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Two-footers: ARGH!

July
22

Don’t know how many readers I have from Milford, Conn., but please read this. If you don’t live there, maybe you just want to contribute to the reward. This just from In Defense of Animals:

Milford, Conn. (July 22, 2010) – On July 11, 2010 a two-year-old female Staffordshire Terrier, dubbed “Ginger” in the media, was found roaming the streets of Milford, Conn., with third degree burns all over her head and upper body. The international animal protection organization In Defense of Animals (IDA) has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for scalding her.

According to Ginger’s guardian, Ginger had been missing since July 9, after she was tied up in front of the house to get her ready for a trip to the vet along with her pups. Days later, Milford Animal Control Services received reports about an injured dog and was able to retrieve her and provide medical care. It is unknown the exact cause or agent that was used to burn and potentially kill her, and the perpetrator(s) are still roaming the streets, possibly harming other animals.

“It is unconscionable that someone would commit such acts of depraved cruelty upon any animal,” said IDA president Scotlund Haisley. Citing the connection between violence to non-human animals and violence to people, Haisley added “someone who would commit such acts against animals is a threat to society and belongs behind bars. As scientific studies and the FBI concluded long ago, anyone who would be cruel to a dog is probably just warming up, and a spouse or girlfriend or child is in danger.”

Despite an outpouring of outrage, and generous donations to help cover her extensive medical costs, the individual(s) responsible have yet to be apprehended. IDA hopes its $2,500 reward offer will produce information leading to the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of the person(s) who burned Ginger.

Linda Marino, an attorney who lives in the Milford area and is working with IDA on this matter, said “The person who did this despicable act must be identified and brought to justice. Such cruelty to one of our fellow beings cannot be tolerated and must be severely punished. As an attorney who seeks to defend those who cannot defend themselves, I hope that the reward offered by In Defense of Animals will assist in bringing the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice.”

Without casting blame on Ginger’s guardian, Haisley also noted that dogs should never be left tied up outside unattended. “There are numerous bad things that can happen when a dog is left tied up outside,” he said, “including choking, theft, escape, and acts of cruelty like what happened to Ginger.”

Anyone with information about how Ginger was injured should call the Milford Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 203-877-1465.

For more information, visit www.idausa.org.

P.S. For an antidote to this story, visit previous post 🙂 Thank heavens at least poor Ginger was found and cared for.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
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Stanley will sleep anywhere

July
22

Stanley has her numerous favorite sleeping spots, but today she found a new one. This blanket is on my bed not because it’s needed or particularly decorative but because — yes — the cats like it and adopted it from the day I first used it, um, 3 years ago.
It fell halfway to the floor last night, and I obviously haven’t made the bed today. But when I went to straighten up a little, I found this:

So, things will remain unchanged until nap time is over 🙂

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
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P&C friends’ pets

July
21

Two sent in today, lucky me! The first lovely portrait subject you may know, the adorable yipster known as Casey, who belongs to good P&C friend ilb. I think here Casey may be thinking, “OK, I’ll let you take my picture, then can I go outside?”

This one is from Denise, whose lucky dogs get to Jetski every Sunday on Long Island Sound. Pictured here are Yogi, left, an 18-month-old poodle/wheaton terrier mix, and Buddy, a 9-year wheaton terrier zooming off Glen Island in New Rochelle (NY).

Oh yeah, the four-footers have names, too. Welcome to P&C Chris Ciotti and Kelly Soares. 🙂

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
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Maine, Sweeney and Todd: part 2

July
20

Yesterday I shared some photos of Sweeney and Todd during my weekend trip to P&C’s northern outpost. Well, the boys’ staff (that would be my mom) also sent me these photos from the trip.
We spent Saturday with my glorious niece Lula, so of course Grandmom (my mom) had lots of toys all over the place. Well, Todd must have decided to take this break either because 1) he was exhausted from playing with Lula all day or 2) figured he’d get more attention if he went to her play area. Regardless, I just love these shots.

Nothing left to say but, adorableness.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 at 7:00 am |
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Tales for the Pet Lover’s Heart

July
19

I’m all for helping animal shelters and animal welfare groups all over the place, hence this post. This just in (kinda, I got it before I left for my weekend):

Purina and Kroger will donate $150,000 to animal welfare organizations in 2010 as part of the “Tales for the Pet Lover’s Heart” campaign and will recognize the outstanding efforts of animal welfare organizations nationwide.
Consumers are invited to visit www.TalesForThePetLoversHeart.com through July 31 to vote for their favorite pet tale submitted by 18 animal welfare organizations nationwide.
The five pet tales that receive the most votes will be brought to life through video.
• Along with Purina and Kroger, Trisha Sutter of TV’s “The Bachelorette” will select the “Top Tale” of 2010 and award the submitting animal welfare organization with $50,000.
• 4 runners up will each receive $11,500.
• All participating animal welfare organizations will receive a $3,000 donation.

So, go cast your vote!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, July 19th, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
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Purr’n Pooch Foundation events

July
19

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals will be rocking the Jersey Shore over the next several months with various fundraising events to help it continue providing financial support and educational resources to nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue groups and organizations.
Four-leggers invited to all events! So, mark your calendars:

• Barks ‘N Burritos
A family and Fido fiesta with authentic Mexican cuisine and Mariachi music!
July 21, 5 to 9 p.m., D’jeet Restaurant · The Grove · Shrewsbury
Tickets, $40 per person
Virgin Barkaritas (BYOB)
Special Bow Wow Botanas for four-legged guests!
For reservations, call D’jeet at 732-224-8887

• Puttin on the Dog
The latest doggie styles for fashion hounds!
Aug. 19, 6 to 8 p.m., Paws & Pose · Pier Village · Long Branch
Canines on the Catwalk Runway Show, 6:30 to 7 p.m.
Free Admission · Door Prizes
“Blue Muttini Bar” courtesy of Mix · Brighton Avenue · Long Branch
Shop for fetching attire for your best friend to wear at the Blue Moon Bark Ball! Special orders can be placed the night of the show.

• Barkin on the Block
Meet & greet on the street! Treats, giveaways and more!
Sept. 4, 5 to 9 p.m., Asbury Bark, Cookman Avenue

• Blue Moon Bark Ball
Oct. 9, 6 to 10 p.m., Ocean Place Resort · Long Branch
Cocktails · Dining · Dancing
Signature “Blue Muttini” Cocktail · Open Bar · Surf & Turf Entree
Entertainment by Eddie Bruce Music
Live Auction · Silent Auction
Special Gift Basket Auction by Greyhound Friends of NJ
King & Queen of the Ball Awards · Cash Prizes!
Tickets, $200 per person, includes your dog

All events benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals.
Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals · P.O. Box 7352 · Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
732-693-3080

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, July 19th, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
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Maine, Sweeney and Todd

July
19

Just returned from P&C’s northern outpost and, as promised, a few pics of the brother cats, Sweeney and Todd. Oh, what a glorious weekend! Breathable air, ocean breeze, family fun, lobsters galore and — yes — these beautiful boys.
But here’s the funny thing I re-learned this weekend. All of our pets are unique and special in their own ways. But sometimes, a dog is just a dog, and a cat is just a cat 🙂 For example, just like my girls, these kitties love running water and digging into flowering plants…As usual, I forget who’s who in the pics (sorry, but it’s hard enough to tell them apart in person!) but here is Sweeney/Todd…..

Slurp! This was taken as water from a plant dripped down from its perch on the terrace. Adorableness!

Sniffing out the best parts to eat (or a bug, who knows).

And lastly, just plain gorgeous handsomeness at sunset.

Love you boys! See you soon!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, July 19th, 2010 at 9:40 am |
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Pets and fires

July
15

There’s still time to take advantage of the offer below. Sorry for the delay in posting this from our friends at the American Kennel Club:

An estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by home fires, however, nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets, according to a new data analysis by the National Fire Protection Association.

The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) and ADT Security Services have joined forces once again for the third annual National Pet Fire Safety Day (July 15) to spread awareness about how pets can start home fires but more importantly how to prevent them.

“Not many pet owners realize that their pet can actually be the cause of a devastating fire,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “Simple preventative measures, such as flameless candles and stove knob covers, can mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friends.”

Chris and Kay Wardlow of Oklahoma know that all too well. Their curious dog Lucy was home alone and spied a cake on the stove top. As Lucy tried to get a taste, her paw accidentally hit the stove knob and turned on the gas burner that was under the cake pan. Within minutes, the house was filled with smoke, triggering the Wardlow’s ADT monitored smoke detector. Firefighters were called to the scene, the house was saved and Lucy was rescued.

“Planning for unexpected emergencies like home fires and taking these precautions are an integral part of responsible pet ownership,” Peterson said.

AKC® and ADT offer the following tips to educate pet owners on how to prevent your beloved pet from starting a fire, as well as how to keep your pets safe.

Prevent your pet from starting fires

· Extinguish open flames – Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
· Remove stove knobs – Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
· Invest in flameless candles – These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
· Beware of water bowls on wooden decks – Do not leave a glass water bowl for your pet outside on a wooden deck. The sun’s rays when filtered through the glass and water can actually heat up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead.

Keep your pets safe

· Keep Pets Near Entrances When Away From Home – Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
· Secure Young Pets – Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
· Since Pets Left Alone Can’t Escape a Burning Home – Consider using monitored smoke detectors which are connected to a monitoring center so emergency responders can be contacted when you’re not home. These systems provide an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.
· Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to update the number of pets listed.

In partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council, pet owners can obtain a free Pet Fire Safety Window Cling on National Pet Fire Safety Day, July 15th at local volunteer firehouses nationwide. For a list of locations, visit www.nvfc.org/windowclings. The clings are also free online at www.adt.com/pets and will be available this September at your local AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day. This year’s flagship event will be held in Raleigh on September 25th. Visit http://www.akc.org/clubs/rdod/ for more information on an event near you. Additionally the clings will be available at Meet the BreedsTM, October 16th and 17th at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. For more information, visit www.meetthebreeds.com .

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, July 15th, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
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Spike update: she’s 10 months old!

July
15

My, kids grow up so fast don’t they? Remember when Spike was not much bigger than a thumb? Well look at our girl now at 10 months old!

Even though that pic makes her big beautiful blue eyes look space alien crazy 🙂 it melts my heart to see her so healthy and grand!

Thanks for the pics Diane, and for giving Spike a smooch from me!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, July 15th, 2010 at 7:00 am |
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Taking a dip

July
14

This is Amstel. First off, great name! Amstel is a certified therapy dog with the Good Dog Foundation who belongs to Alison, a Port Chester (NY) resident. Alison was outside with Amstel on a particularly toasty hot day last month and let her take this well deserved dip to cool off. Dog + ball + water = happy!

Alison tells me that Amstel was a rescue from the North Shore Animal League and, according to a DNA test, her strongest identified breeds are border collie and Akita, so the designer name Alison came up with is “bordakita.”
Whatever she is, she looks grand!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
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For most animal lovers, pets are members of the family. They carry around pictures in their wallets and schedule vacations with pets in mind. This blog takes a look into the world of a pet owner: the good, the bad and the just plain obsessive.









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Laurel Babcock is the Community Life editor for The Journal News, Express Publications and LoHud.com. She grew up with a beloved mutt and was surrounded by dogs into young adulthood. She liked cats enough, but didn't really think of them as true pets. That changed when her brother brought an abandoned 4-week-old kitty into the family, dooming us all. Laurel currently serves as staff for two completely adored cats, Stanley and Cup, both girls.


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