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Rock star pig rescue


The joy of being in this is business is you never know what’s going to come across the transom on any given day. Today’s gift was this story about Kim Gordon, a 6-week-old piglet. I got this from the New York Shelter Farm Sanctuary based in Watkins Glen, NY.
It seems this fragile little piglet fell off the back of a transport truck in South Dakota in mid-July, and no one noticed, or cared or went back for her — that is, until Lanore Hahn and her rock ‘n’ roll boyfriend’s concert tour took an unexpected turn. Thanks to Hahn, late last night the tiny piglet, named “Kim Gordon” in honor of the legendary Sonic Youth vocalist and bass player, arrived to a rock star’s reception at her new home at the sanctuary, a farm animal protection organization. Here’s Kim Gordon!

So, Hahn had been on the road for a long time touring with her boyfriend’s band (whose signature image, which she designed, and appears on all of their CDs, posters and shirts, is coincidentally a pig) when they strayed off course onto a backcountry highway on their way back to Wisconsin and spotted the little piglet running around in the middle of the road in Mitchell, S.D. Confused to see a piglet all alone in the middle of prairieland, with no buildings or farmhouses around, they stopped the car and attempted to catch her. Once she was caught, the compassionate couple placed the baby animal in their vehicle, where she promptly fell into a 10-hour deep sleep.

While the piglet slept, the couple attempted to locate the origins of the exhausted animal. They spoke with people from three different farms farther down the highway, all of whom informed them that there were no pig facilities in the area and they didn’t know where the piglet could have come from. Perplexed even further at this point, Hahn phoned the local animal control authority, which sent an officer to speak with her. Given the condition of the piglet, who had a severe sunburn over many of the exposed parts of her body and painful road rash on her belly, chin, and back, the animal control officer was the first to surmise that she had fallen off the back of a transport truck. The officer then informed Hahn that if she handed the baby pig over to authorities, they would most likely shoot the animal. At that moment, Hahn knew she had no other choice but to bring the piglet back with her to Wisconsin.

Back at home, Lanore did everything she could for her new friend — gradually introducing her to more solid foods, treating her wounds with antiseptic lotion daily, and giving her some much-needed T.L.C. While the piglet’s health remains somewhat shaky, she has been improving steadily.

“Her future looks bright: she is well on her way to recovery and will become an ambassador for other factory farm pigs who suffer every day in hot, overcrowded transport trucks on their way to finishing facilities and slaughterhouses across the country,” said the Farm Sanctuary’s national shelter director, Susie Coston. “Her life on the road is over, but here, she will always be a rock star.”

Kim Gordon the piglet joins other famous rescued pigs at the New York Shelter who came to Farm Sanctuary under similar circumstances — including Truffles and Terrin, both found wandering interstate highways after falling off transport trucks in Indiana and Ohio respectively.

From me: Congrats little piggie! Long may you oink!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, July 23rd, 2010 at 4:27 pm |

Pet calendar contest


Got this from the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center in Pomona NY:
Hi-Tor Animal Care Center is seeking pet owners who wish to put their dog, cat, horse or bunny in the limelight as the shelter kicks off its third annual Pet Calendar Contest.
“The Pet Calendar Contest is a really fun way to raise money for the shelter,” said Vivian Kiggins, Executive Director of Hi-Tor Animal Care Center. “It’s been very successful the past two years, and we’re hoping to continue building on that success. We really enjoy receiving the entries, and it’s especially nice to see the number of Hi-Tor alumni that get entered into the contest. All of the money donated will benefit the shelter, and we hope to have a very high number of participants.”

For a $20 registration fee, pet owners will receive a donation envelope that will be used to solicit monetary ‘votes’ for their pet to appear in Hi-Tor’s 2011 Pet Calendar. Any household pet can be entered – gerbil, hamster, cat, dog, horse, bunny, guinea pig, etc. The pet that receives the most donations will be featured on the front of the calendar as Hi-Tor’s ‘Pet of the Year’. The runners-up will be pictured on an inside page of the calendar.

Anyone that does not have a pet but would still like to participate in the contest can fill out the registration form and submit a general donation to Hi-Tor. The shelter will put all general donations toward a nomination for one of its own animals to appear in the 2011 Pet Calendar.

Registration forms for the contest are available at Hi-Tor and on its Web site at www.HiTor.org. Forms will also be available at Pet Nutrition Center in Nanuet. For additional information, call the shelter at 845-354-7900 or contact Judy Stone at Judy@HiTor.org.

All entries must be received by May 31; all donations must be received by Sept. 1. Hi-Tor is located at 65 Firemen’s Memorial Drive in Pomona.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 at 7:00 am |

Why should two-footers have all the fun….


Yes, it’s that time of year again…..get your pet’s picture taken with Santa! The Putnam Humane Society is holding its annual fundraiser, and its not just limited to cats and dogs. Bring your bird, guinea pig, reptile … even the kids! Photos are printed immediately after their taken and no appointment necessary. The suggested donation is $12, plus $5 for additional prints. Here’s the where and when:

Saturday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Brewster Feed Barn, Route 22, Brewster, NY (in the A&P Shopping Center).
Saturday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mahopac Feed Barn, Route 6, Mahopac, NY (also in an A&P Shopping Center, two stores down from Fraser Hardware).
For more info, visit www.puthumane.org45

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 at 11:26 am |
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Pets and swine flu


Hey all, P&C friend John from Guideposts sent me this handy tip sheet on pets and the H1N1 virus. It comes from the ASPCA so you can always follow the link below for more info.

1. Dogs are safe.
Good news. According to the ASPCA, dogs have little chance of contracting swine flu. Experts are continuously keeping an eye on the situation for any changes.
2. Cats should be monitored.
Although it was previously believed that cats were also safe, a cat in Iowa has now tested positive for the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) are reminding pet owners monitor their pets’ health closely.
3. Potbelly and pygmy pigs are susceptible.
Pet pigs may contract swine flu. The ASPCA recommends taking “steps to limit possible transmission from humans to pigs and vice versa.” Influenza Type A vaccines are available for pigs.
4. Ferrets and birds are susceptible.
Ferrets and birds may develop swine flu, or other human flu viruses. Avoid exposing your pet to people and animals with flu symptoms.
5. Watch for signs of respiratory illness.
To date, pets infected with H1N1 have shown signs of mild respiratory illness. This may be rapid breathing, wheezing, sneezing or coughing. Also, it is important to be aware of other types of viruses your pet could contract.

Thanks John. And pet owners, as I always say, if there’s a doubt about whether your pet is sick, head to the vet. Better safe than sorry.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
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Pet radio


Got this the other day on behalf of the people who bring you “Animal Magnet Pet Radio.” Personally, I prefer to read me, but then again, I don’t have guests and you can listen to these guys at work without anyone knowing, which is hard to do with a blog. So I give you permission to listen. Just remember where you learned about it 🙂

First, before their release, I didn’t have time to find a good pic of a cat or dog listening to the radio, so here’s my alternative photo offerings…..HJ027E Cartoon cat radio seriesDogRadio

Take it away pet radio people… Read more of this entry »

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 7:00 am |
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No such thing as teacup pigs


Now I think I may have heard everything. Got this today from the Best Friends Animal Society. There’s a “Pignorance Quiz” at the very end.

The current celebrity-driven craze for mythical “teacup” pigs as pets will result in thousands of these animals ending up at overburdened sanctuaries, shelters and rescue groups when they outgrow their purported small size, according to Best Friends Animal Society.

 To see video, follow this link
Yvonne McIntosh, an animal care manager for Best Friends who is an expert on potbellied pigs, says she was “horrified” when MSNBC, The Today Show, New York Post and other media ran cutesy stories about supposedly tiny pigs and gushed when Paris Hilton and Rupert Gint, of Harry Potter fame, recently adopted supposed micro pigs.

“You can call them ‘teacup,’ ‘mini,’ ‘micro,’ or ‘thimble,’ but the truth is the supposedly tiny pigs do not exist,” says McIntosh who manages Piggy Paradise at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. “People who think they are buying a pig that stays small are being fooled. Unscrupulous breeders are breeding pigs less than a year old, and by the time the litter is born, the parents still are only about eight months old and far below their full size.wild-baby-pig-pigs-2941013-500-375 Read more of this entry »

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, October 29th, 2009 at 1:01 pm |


Blessing of the animals…part 4


Hey all, it’s raining cats and dogs and all other manner of animal life on me today, so I’m just gonna get right to it. Here’s the release:
Dogs, cats, guinea pigs, turtles, and maybe a barnyard goat or sheep are expected to gather at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Mt. Kisco this Saturday, October 3rd for the Annual Blessing of the Animals service.

Animals of every kind are invited to participate in the ceremony at St. Mark’s, which will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 3rd. (Owners should keep their pets leashed or contained for safety.) Participants are also welcome to bring pet photos and mementos to celebrate and remember the lives of their animal friends who have died. The service will include a procession of the animals and a prayer of blessing will be offered for each individual pet that attends.

Here, Emily Antes, Olivia Sullivan and Turner Williams bring their pets for blessing by the Rev. Eileen Weglarz at St. Mark’s Church.St Marks Blessing of the Animals-4x6

The Blessing of the Animals service will be held outdoors in the columbarium garden of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 85 E. Main Street in Mount Kisco. (In the event of rain, the service will be moved into the parish hall.) Refreshments will be served to people and pets following the service.

For more information on Blessing of the Animals, or St. Mark’s other worship services, please visit www.stmarksmtksico.org or call 914-666-8058.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
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Animal blessing….part 2


Here’s another one coming up. Mark your calendars. The Pleasantville Clergy Association will host its annual Community Blessing of the Animals service at 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 197 Manville Road.
Well-behaved pets of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to attend, accompanied by their owners, for a blessing, fellowship and play.
For more information and directions to Emanuel, call 914-769-1559 or visit www.emanuelelc.org.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, September 18th, 2009 at 7:00 am |
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Spring animal blessing season is underway


The first one I know of is happening Sunday at the Hammond Musuem & Japanese Stroll Garden, 28 Deveau Road in North Salem.
There seemed to be a lot of interest in these last fall, so if you know of any, please post the information here. Thanks.
Here’s a photo from last year’s event at Hammond:

I like the two dogs to the right getting to know each other. Details of the event after the jump… Read more of this entry »

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
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Prayers for pets


The book isn’t so new, but the radio show is, if you want to catch up with two local residents who wrote a book about blessings and prayers for family pets. Got this from p.r. man Rob Seitz in New Rochelle. Thanks Rob. Read more of this entry »

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 at 7:00 am |
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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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