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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 β€” yes β€” 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 πŸ™‚ 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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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 πŸ™‚ 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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Putnam Humane Society/Tom Chapin concert

July
13

This call for personal and financial assistance from the Putnam Humane Society about its benefit concert with Tom Chapin:

The Putnam Humane Society is having an all day benefit concert on Saturday, July 24 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Mayors Park in Cold Spring (NY). We will have 5 local bands and Tom Chapin headlining at 6 p.m. Would you please consider becoming a sponsor to help cover costs of the bands? We are also accepting “In Memory” sponsorships at the $25 level. Feel free to call Kate McGunnigle at 917-853-6821 with any questions.

Volunteer!
Saturday, July 24th
Set up 10 a.m. break-down 7 p.m.
Mayors Park on Fair St.
Cold Spring, NY
General contact: Katimac@katimac.com
Contact these team leaders to work your area of interest:
β€’ Pack the van
2 p.m. Friday the 23rd
Contact Kati Katimac@katimac.com
β€’ Tickets table
Contact Renee red4animals@earthlink.net
β€’ Band/volunteer tent and Public water/soda table
Contact Kim massik@comcast.net
β€’ PHS concession
Contact Barbara bsinovsky@comcast.net
β€’ PHS info table (donation bucket, PHS info and adoption pix, Poster of Mini, our Dog of The Day)
Contact Kati Katimac@katimac.com

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
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3 down, more to go

July
13

Hooray for Sinbad and two of her brothers, who got adopted from the SPCA of Westchester this week! Yet, while I’m very happy for them (and their lucky new families) the shelter is still swarming with kittens and could really use your help. So, if you’re thinking about adopting a cat or kitten, now’s the time! Tell your friends!

Thanks.

P.S. Here’s Sinbad (gray) and Vlad (black)….Vlad still needs a home.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
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A Cause for Paws

July
8

Mark your calendars for this weekend event to benefit the Yonkers Animal Shelter:

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, July 8th, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
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July
8

This just in: Potential good news for kitties and pups from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. I don’t usually post stuff like this, but I find this interesting:

Ralph Meyer, assistant professor of Developmental Biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded a Michelson Grant in Reproductive Biology. The approximately $570,000 grant, awarded by Found Animals, allows Dr. Meyer to continue his research over the next three years to develop a non-surgical sterilant/technology for use in both male and female cats and dogs.
β€œI am thrilled to be a part of this opportunity,” said Dr. Meyer. β€œIt is well known that over-population in our shelters is a problem that often ends with euthanizing dogs and cats that need homes. It is my hope – as well as the hope of Found Animals – to find a non-surgical, safe and effective sterilization method for animals that is cost-effective and widely available to help put a stop to our pet over-population problem. I look forward to the challenge and am honored to be chosen as a grant recipient.”
To date, Found Animals has received 107 letters of intent since January 2009 and thirty-three full grant proposals have been invited and reviewed. Seven of those have been recommended for funding for a total potential of $3.5 million. Of those, three such grants have been awarded to researchers across the country, totaling $1.5 million and another four are under negotiation.

β€œWe’re ecstatic to include Dr. Meyer as a Michelson Grant recipient,” said Aimee Gilbreath, executive director, Found Animals Foundation. β€œThis grant will fund innovative research that could be game-changing and makes Meyer an excellent candidate for the $25 million Michelson Prize, awarded to the first entity to prove the Foundation with a safe, effective and practical non-surgical sterilant for use in cats and dogs. We welcome him to the challenge.”

About Found Animals
Found Animals Foundation is a privately funded Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to animal welfare issues and led by business and medical professionals. The Found Animals team works directly within the animal welfare community to improve animal shelter processes, fund pet sterilization research, promote effective animal welfare policy, and provide funding to area shelters and spay/neuter clinics. The organization also sponsors and promotes pet adoption, spay/neuter, microchip programs and various animal and pet-related events

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, July 8th, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
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Flash (and) Gordon

July
7

Flash and Gordon are adorable little cats who belong to a friend of a friend of mine. I got to spend some time with them over the weekend, but only managed to catch Gordon on film. Here is Gordon, like Sweeney and Todd two posts below, trying to stay cool in the heat, while maintaining her (yes, her) total adorableness.

Ahhhh. Cool grass.

Tabletop stretch.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
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How to spend a hot summer day in Maine

July
7

Thanks Mom! My girls haven’t been out on the terrace since Sunday. It’s just too darn toasty for furry babies. But Sweeney and Todd have found a way at the P&C northern outpost.

Siiiiighhhhh

“You come here.” “No, you come here.”

Stay cool boys!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 at 11:59 am |
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The hunter and the hunted

July
4

A friend passed this on to me from a blogger at the Times Union in Albany. If this photo alone doesn’t make you want to read the whole story, maybe the first line of his post will. Brilliant πŸ™‚

“I was sitting at the computer yesterday when the cat walked in with a roll of toilet paper.”

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Sunday, July 4th, 2010 at 7:00 am |
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Sleeping Beauty

July
3

I just can’t help. Whenever Stanley takes a nap, she is just so darn adorable! I grab the camera without even thinking.

Oops. Sorry to disturb you kitty.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
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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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