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Ball + Lab + deer = great video


You must check this out. You just must. It’s funny, and amazing….and don’t miss the watchful kitties at the very end.
Here’s what happens when you put a soccer ball, a black Lab and a baby deer together in a yard.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 1:33 pm |

Guiding Eyes puppies!


As promised, here’s a follow-up on my visit last night with the Guiding Eyes for the Blind pups. More importantly, I’d like you to read about the organization’s new puppy training program and Canine Development Center. Both are being introduced and built to enhance Guiding Eyes’ already remarkable work, and to improve their already remarkable training of guide dogs for both the benefit of the dogs and their future owners. Read all about it by clicking here:
Guiding Eyes Annual Report

Also, here’s info about their June 14 Golf Classic fundraiser.

And now, without further ado, here again is Pagaent!

Pagaent was a little tired, but when I left she was all exuberant and kissy. I was so flattered, until I realized it was because my hands smelled like crab 🙂

This here is Pagaent’s sister, Paulette, another 12-week-old bundle of adorableness.

And here are two older dogs now in training. Vivien here is going to work with an autistic person. She’s shown here looking up at Pagaent.

And the only gentleman of the bunch, Withers, who was the only one kind of enough to look right at the camera!

Thanks again to the folks at Guiding Eyes.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 at 3:18 pm |

A tease


Tonight I had the pleasure, and honor, of being able to attend my second kick-off party for the Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s annual golf classic, a huge fundraiser for an amazing organization that does huge and amazing work. This year’s classic, again hosted by Eli Manning (yes, that Eli Manning) is the organization’s 33rd.

Tomorrow, I’m going to tell you more about the golf event, and about a new venture Guiding Eyes has embarked on that could use your support. In the meantime, I’m just going to leave you with this little tease. How do I know you’ll come back? Because everyone will want to see more pictures like this! Puppies!

This 12-week-old bundle of adorableness is named Pageant (as in beauty, aptly) and she is one of the pups in training to change the life of a blind person as a service dog and loving companion.
More tomorrow. Come back please. Now I have to go wash off the aroma of Pageant, Paulette, and Vivien and Withers, before my kitties go too crazy with suspicious sniffing about my evening’s whereabouts…:)

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, May 17th, 2010 at 8:15 pm |


Wanna go for a ride?


What I like best about this picture isn’t the item with four wheels, but the guys with four legs 🙂 Read on…image001

Guiding Eyes for the Blind guide dogs Raleigh and Derek pose in front of “the ultimate driving machine.” Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights (NY) will hold the drawing for a new 2011 BMW 128i on June 14, 2010 during its annual Golf Classic hosted by Eli Manning at the Mount Kisco Country Club and Whippoorwill Club. Only 850 tickets will be sold at $100 each. All proceeds benefit Guiding Eyes for the Blind, the renowned nonprofit guide dog school headquartered in Yorktown Heights that has provided professionally bred and trained guide dogs to the blind and visually impaired since 1954. For more information, contact Michelle Brier at 914-243-2208 or visit www.guidingeyes.org/raffle to purchase tickets online. The drawing is sponsored in part by BMW Mount Kisco.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
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This story is just so funny, and the pictures of this dog so awesome, I just had to post. This in from the Veterinary Pet Insurance Co:


Michelle and Don Juen of Maplewood, Minn., know from experience to keep edibles out of reach of their 4-year-old Labrador retriever Rock. When he was a puppy, Rock devoured a chicken carcass he had found in the trash. Then there was the time he gobbled up Don’s one-a-day vitamins. This past Christmas Rock had his stomach pumped after he managed to find where the Juens had hidden homemade cashew brittle, peppermint bark, and a pound of packaged whole bean coffee. So it didn’t come as a surprise last month when Rock ate 23 packages of instant breakfast powder.
“We had bought one of those bulk size boxes of instant breakfast shake mix at the store,” Michelle Juen explained. “We put it way back on the counter before we left the house again that evening thinking, ‘Oh, Rock can’t get to it back there.’ ” Read more of this entry »

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, April 8th, 2010 at 2:31 pm |

Spot the donation dog, win a prize


This just in from Guiding Eyes for the Blind: To kick-off of their new Donation Dog initiative, Guiding Eyes for the Blind is hosting a “Where’s Waldo” Facebook photo contest for residents of Westchester, Putnam, and Fairfield Counties. The nonprofit guide dog school has placed fourteen Donation Dogs in locations throughout the region and invites those interested to sniff out and snap a photo with the life-sized guide dog piggybanks.

Guiding Eyes’ “Spot the Donation Dog” contest will run through June 30. In addition to a gift basket valued at $250, the winner will also receive a private tour of Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s Headquarters and Training Center in Yorktown Heights to meet the future guide dogs who reside there. Second and third place winners will also receive Guiding Eyes merchandise.

To enter, participants must have a Facebook account and become a Fan of Guiding Eyes for the Blind at www.facebook.com/guidingeyes. Participants may submit one photo per location by posting it on Guiding Eye’s Facebook Wall. Entries should include “Donation Dog Photo Contest” along with the location of the photo. The winner will be notified on the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Fan page by July 30. Locations after the jump…. Read more of this entry »

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 at 10:48 am |
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Brothers reunited


If you missed this story over the weekend in The Journal News or here at LoHud.com, I suggest you check it out. It’s an amazing tale of a dog reunion between two brothers, the excellent family who allowed them to be brought back together, and one dog’s apparent strong desire to be back with family.

Here are Timber, the determined doggy, and Apollo.


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, March 15th, 2010 at 11:20 am |

Black Labrador owners unite!


It’s seems that right here in my own backyard is a worldwide headquarters for owners of black Labradors (who, by the way, are some of the most gorgeous dogs on the planet).


I got this info from Ron Colangelo, the CEO of www.blacklabrador.com based in New Rochelle, NY. As Ron says, “Our mission is to bring other Labrador owners together to show their Labrador pride and to share information about the breed to ensure owners properly care for the dogs!! We started 1999 and have roughly 4,5000 members from around the world.”

Good for you Ron! Please feel free to send me photos of your pups! Are they as cute as this?


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, January 22nd, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
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Lady of the house to the rescue


You never know where news is going to come from for Paws&Claws. Take this press release that just came over the transom:

The Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center is proud to introduce its newest employee, “Lady,” a 1-year-old black Labrador retriever. The playful new “Lady of the Estate” now holds one of the most important jobs at the conference center – chasing geese away from the 26-acre property!

She sure is beautiful (and has her own Facebook page)! Here’s the rest of the release… Read more of this entry »

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 at 1:38 pm |


Watch Hunkie get trained…


Remember Hunkie, the golden retriever-Labrador mix slated to be killed for aggressive behavior in Putnam? Well not only has he been given a reprieve (read about it here), but you can watch this deliciously adorable dog get trained on the following video.

First, here’s Hunkie with his new trainer, Mike D’Abruzzo, a canine trainer and founder of K9-1 Specialized Dog Training in Cortlandt. Hunkie is receiving extensive training by D’Abruzzo, who specializes with working with aggressive dogs.

Now watch the boys together here .

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 1:32 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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