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Cool at the zoo


What to do when it’s really hot, and you live in a zoo? Well, let’s the experts show you themselves!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 at 4:24 pm |

Great egret


Got these lovely shots this morning from P&C’s southern outpost. What a wonderful way to start a day, with this view.

Hope he’s keeping his eyes out for the gator!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 12:22 pm |

P&C friends’ pets


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 |


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 |

Purr’n Pooch Foundation events


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

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


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 |


Cat nap time!


Yes all, It’s summer, it’s the weekend and it’s time for this:

Well, I don’t know about the beach part, but my head will be in the metaphorical sand as I head up north to see these guys! I’ll be back Monday. In the meantime, peruse to see what you’ve missed or visit old favorites. Have a great weekend! TA!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, July 16th, 2010 at 7:00 am |

Taking a dip


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 |

2nd annual DockDogs event


Holy Flying Fido! This just in: Hudson Valley DockDogs is pleased to announce its second regional event, “THE JUMPIN JAMBOREE,” July 24 and July 25 at Ledgewood Kennels, 639 Smithfield Road, Millerton, NY. There will be two days of jumping, flying, and splashing dogs from throughout New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and as far as New Hampshire, Vermont and even Pennsylvania.

“Last year’s “Jumpin Jamboree” was a splashing success” says, Todd Brayne, vice president of the Hudson Valley Dock Dog Club. “Everyone enjoyed watching the various high flying dogs. Even the speed swimmers in the Speed Retrieve competition were intense. Tenths of a second were recorded between 1st and 2nd place. I can’t begin to imagine what this year’s competitors will bring to the pool.”

The “Jumpin Jamboree” promises to be even bigger and better this year, especially with the new addition of Extreme Vertical to the event schedule. The “Jumpin Jamboree” is open to all. Newbies or non-competitors are welcome to practice in between waves for $10. Spectators are encouraged to come and watch. Admission is free.

For a schedule, DockDog rules and policies, on-line registration and additional details, visit Hudson Valley Dock Dogs or e-mail info@hudsonvalleydockdogs.com

Registration in advance at www.dockdogs.com is encouraged. Credit cards accepted for on-line registration only.
Online pre-registration fees are $20 per dog per wave. On-site registration fees are $25 per dog per wave.

Formed in June 2008, Hudson Valley DockDogs is the New York affiliate chapter of DockDogs of Medina, Ohio, the independent governing and sanctioning body for regional, national and international dock jumping performance sports. Dock jumping is one of the fastest growing sports in the dog world; pooches and their parents are competing all over the United States.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, July 9th, 2010 at 7:00 am |


Hooray for Buttons!


Now this is the kind of story I adore. (Read it here at LoHud.com). This poor pup hadn’t been given a lot of breaks in her 3-year-old life, being a pit bull, and deaf.
Buttons was raised from a puppy at the Mount Vernon Center for Animal Care and kept getting passed over for adoption. Angel Wings Dog Rescue of North White Plains and Pet Rescue from Elmsford (sorry, couldn’t find a link for them) teamed up to find a home on the West coast where deaf dogs are taken care of. Hooray for all three groups and especially for Buttons! Enjoy your new home sweetie!

Here’s Buttons (on Independence Day, no less, how appropriate) with her caretakers and rescue volunteers, from left, front, Meredith Morabito, a volunteer at the center, Shawn Carroll, animal control, Megan Webster, assistant animal warden, Marlo Tamilio and her daughter Skye, 3, from Pet Rescue; rear row from left, Regina Stutzin, Pet Rescue and Liz Shames with Angel Wings Dog Rescue, at the City of Mount Vernon Center for Animal Care.

And her she is with Shawn Carroll, an animal control worker at the the Mount Vernon shelter.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, July 8th, 2010 at 11:38 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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