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P&C friends and supporters, just wanted to let you know that I’ll be retiring from this blog to concentrate on some other things, and to thank you for stopping by in the time I’ve been here. I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have. Stanley and Cup can now nap in peace!

In closing, I just want to say, love your pets, support your local animal shelters, and go forth and adopt!

Thanks again, and ta!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, August 2nd, 2010 at 6:30 pm |

How did she do this??


I keep this old duvet cover at one end of my couch because it’s one of Cup’s favorite napping places, she’s a black cat, she’d sheds and, well, you get the picture. (Fortunately it also matches my color scheme.) But Cup lays on top of the blanket. So I have no clue as to how Stanley managed to wrap herself completely up like this. It was like someone tucked her in, but she did it herself. I cracked up laughing. Oh, the marvels of my little girl.


This is why pets are awesome. You can spend a so-so summer day doing chores and feeling, well, so-so, and then a laugh and a smile comes out of nowhere. πŸ™‚

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, August 2nd, 2010 at 11:30 am |
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Kitty bath time


P&C friend and contributor Diane again is fostering some baby kittens, about 8 or 9 weeks old. She’s minding them while house-sitting for some friends, so in honor of letting her baby the kitties at their place, the kitties are named in their honor. I give you Chip (black) and Maria (tortoise) at bath time. If this isn’t adorable, then I don’t what is!

First, Chip:

Any time I can catch a cute kitty tongue in a picture, I’m happy.

Now, dry off time…

Now it’s Maria’s turn.

Towel time!

I get to see these babies again this week. Can’t wait!!!

P.S. Thanks for dinner (and lunch) Di!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Sunday, August 1st, 2010 at 3:30 pm |


Poor little leopard cub!


This little girl does not look happy, but she’s overflowing with adorableness! The baby Amur leopard, born June 24 and also known as a Manchurian leopard, is shown here being weighed in a bucket at a zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany. I want one!!

Here’s she’s just being adorable, probably thinking, “I will get you for that when I’m bigger!”

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, July 30th, 2010 at 2:34 pm |

Hi-Tor raises big bucks


Congrats! This just in: Hi-Tor Animal Care Center announced today that it has received a total of $58,984.34 in donations – the highest dollar amount raised through a single fundraising campaign – through its Dollar for Dollar campaign.

The campaign began in March and ended on June 30. Thanks to a very generous anonymous donor, donations made to Hi-Tor Animal Care Center up to $20,000 during the four-month period were matched. All of the matched proceeds will go directly toward the care of the animals at the shelter – for medical expenses, spaying/neutering, etc.

β€œWe are so grateful not only for the generosity of the anonymous donor, but also for the generosity of our supporters and everyone who contributed to the Dollar for Dollar campaign,” said Vivian Kiggins, executive director of Hi-Tor Animal Care Center. β€œMore and more animals are being brought to our doorstep, and unfortunately, many of these animals end up staying with us for long periods of time. Although we receive funding from all of the towns and the county, we are still operating at a shortfall and rely largely on donations to meet the daily care expenses for our animals. These funds will enable us to continue providing the necessary care and services for our long-term residents until they are adopted out into their forever homes.”

The shelter also recently launched the Celebrate Nikko campaign, a fundraising campaign dedicated to raising money to subsidize the care for adoptable animals that need to stay at the shelter for lengthy periods of time. For additional information, call Vivian Kiggins at 845-354-7900 or e-mail info@hitor.org.

Founded in 1973, Hi-Tor Animal Care Center Inc. is a privately incorporated, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and improving animal life, promoting responsible pet adoption and ownership and providing humane treatment for all animals in its care. The facility is the only animal shelter in Rockland County and takes in approximately 2,500 animals annually. It has a small paid staff, with a volunteer Board of Directors and a team of volunteers.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, July 30th, 2010 at 12:09 pm |

Wish I were her


A miracle happened this morning. I was actually able to catch Cup in a picture. Of course, she had to be sleeping, and two seconds after I snapped this she woke up and walked away. So shy! Wish this were me right now, just outdoors.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 10:27 am |


Stanley will sleep anywhere


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 β€” yes β€” 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 πŸ™‚

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at 4:45 pm |

Cats and mouse (pads)


I found this picture pretty amusing because Stanley does the exact same thing in my home office. Is it because cats somehow respond to the word “mouse” and therefore determine they must take ownership? Darned if I know.
Anyway, this is Jasmine, the personal office cat of recent P&C reader Shari Peyser. Shari says, “I actually put down a towel on her beach so that she wouldn’t land on the mousepad β€” although when she sprawls, we have little push backs on whose work is more important!”

As I told Shari, I bet she loses. I know I usually do. Here is Jasmine, hard at work.

I should also note, I’m so jealous. Wish I could have a desk cat!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at 12:20 pm |

Maine, Sweeney and Todd: part 2


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 |


Tales for the Pet Lover’s Heart


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.
β€’ 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.
β€’ 4 runners up will each receive $11,500.
β€’ 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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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.

About the author
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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