Get used to the new term ‘Caturday’

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Cats sat stoically in the grass on Boston Common Sunday morning, allowing themselves to be admired and photographed. Some people squealed “Kitty!” as if they’d never seen a cat before.

“This is the best day ever,” said Erin Curtin, 20, of Natick. “It is a beautiful morning and everybody is gathering as a community to pet cats. This is the epitome of positive experiences.”

It was Boston’s first “Caturday,” a popular cat meet-up that’s already arrived in other major cities, creating a communal space for feline aficionados. On Facebook, the event was called “a day to reclaim the glory of the outdoors for our feline friends.”

Beverly resident and local organizer Kristin Leigh Porcello, 24, said she plans to continue holding Caturdays on the first Saturday of each month on the Common.

“It really was a wonderful turnout,” Porcello said.

Leashes prevented run-ins with squirrels, while dog walkers did double takes as scores of people surrounded feline faces peeking out from carriers and purses. Gizmo the cat, just shy of 30 pounds, wore a tiny sparkling hat.

His owners were bemused at the attention.

“We went and bought one of these cat strollers,” said Kristin Mills, 18, from Bedford. “People are all over him. He’s a little different. He’s super, super obese.”

Lulu the cat was hiding in her owner’s armpit. Brighton residents Charlie, 28, and Jayda, 27, Siegler named her after the restaurant in the hotel where they stayed on their honeymoon.

Lulu, the couple said, acts more like a dog than a cat.

“I’m just trying to make sure she’s having a good time,” Charlie Siegler said.

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Special needs dogs and special humans

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what a great article and story…

In life, there are many circumstances where some extra special help is needed for humans to get by. My human is a prime example. Without me, what would he ever do? I walk him, exercise him, take him outside to play, secure the property, chase off the varmints and the like. If you know him, he’s not normal under any stretch of the imagination – dog or human alike. WOOF!!!! All kidding aside, I keep him active, which mom says is very good thing! WOOF!

The same happens with dogs. While we are the greatest creatures in God’s universe, some may need a little help along the way. Some special needs dogs may be missing a limb, be insulin dependent, afraid of men, or have been abused and need special attention. That’s where special humans can help these dogs or cats find love.

As I pawed this article, I barked with my friend “Lab Lady” from Lab Rescue who shared with me a thought concerning special needs dogs: “I think the most important thing is to focus on the dog, not the illness,” she

said. “Helen, a Labrador Retriever with Lab Rescue, needs insulin shots twice a day but for those few minutes she is your average loving, easy-mannered, and good-looking dog.”

This week, I spent a few minutes barking with a Lab Rescue foster who has spent time caring for special needs dogs and some humans too. Lindee shares…..

“My last dog passed away five years ago. I grew up with dogs, cats, a hamster, gerbils, etc.. Knowing I was going to be an empty-nester, I had to find a way to fill a void I knew was coming. I signed up as a short-term sub foster.” read more

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This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home

A video captured by one resident shows the 55-pound Gaston hogging all the attention while sniffing around a West Side Avenue garbage can. Another resident snapped a photo of the miniature pig with a police officer.

John Paul, Gaston’s owner, said his family just moved to Ege Avenue from the Heights the day before the two-year-old pig’s escape.

“We thought we baby-proofed the backyard,” Paul told The Jersey Journal. “He likes to look for adventure.”

Gerry McCann, the former mayor who works for the city Department of Public Works, told The Jersey Journal he was at West Side and Virginia avenues early yesterday morning on a mission to help clean up trash when he spotted a group of cops nearby.

McCann said he thought something was wrong until he walked closer to the officers.

“I looked down at what they’re staring at and it’s a pig,” McCann said with a laugh. “The pig was going all over the place.” Read more…

Traffic Jam – but for the right reasons

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James Cudmore, a police officer, halted traffic as a cat transported five kittens, one by one, across Lafayette Street in Manhattan in 1925. Credit Harry Warnecke/NY Daily News Archive, via Getty Images

There was a time when the life of a New York City cat was filled with adventure. The archives of The New York Times reveal a golden era for feline exploits in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when cats were apparently as essential to newspapers as they now are to the internet. Tales (some of them seemingly tall) of the city’s cat population — domesticated, stray and in between — ranged from drama to comedy to tragedy. Here is a small selection. read more…

You know It’s a true dog day

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Hundreds of dogs and their owners braved the heat wave Saturday to come to Overpeck County Park for the sixth Bark in the Park outing, which offered dog lovers the opportunity to shop, play and celebrate all things canine.

The annual event — hosted by Cumulus radio stations Nash FM 94.7, 95.5 PLJ and 77WABC — offered activities like a dog-agility course, a peanut butter eating competition, and a dog and owner look-a-like contest. Organizers also came well-equipped with sprinklers, pools and bowls filled with water for man’s best friend as temperatures skyrocketed.
A dog looking up from his baby pool Saturday during the annual Bark in the Park fundraiser and adoption event where temperatures soared.

Leslie Slender, founder of the event, said Saturday was more than just a celebration of locals’ love for their own dogs. It was also a time |for would-be owners to meet animals that could be their future companions.
“The mission of the day is to get as many dogs adopted as possible,” she said.

Two rescue organizations, Union-based Shake a Paw Center for Rescue and Adoption and Long Island-based North Shore Animal League America, were on hand to help meet that mission.

Each brought their own trucks, similar to the ones used at blood drives, that housed a combined total of about 30 adoptable dogs. Would-be dog owners could adopt any of these dogs on the spot. By midway through the event, at least one-fifth of those dogs found new homes.

“Last year, all of our dogs got adopted,” said Kaylynn Bush, adoption manager for Shake A Paw, who said the group had eight dogs up for adoption at the event. “One dog already got adopted before we even started.”

According to Matthew Carrol, off-site operations manager for North Shore, the organization was on track midway through the one-day event to do as well as it did last year, if not better. Last year, 16 dogs were adopted of the 25 or 30 that were available. By noon, dozens of people were lined up outside the North Shore rescue truck, and four dogs had already found homes. He noted the line was “a lot longer than last year.”
“We do events every weekend,” said Carrol. “Something like this where there are thousands of people — it’s a great opportunity.”

Among those on the North Shore line was the Li family, who took home a hound mix they named Priscilla.

“We’ve wanted a dog for a while,” said Joe Li of Scotch Plains, who walked out of the rescue truck holding the golden-haired puppy. “My daughter has been asking, too.”

His daughter, 10-year-old Isabelle, held her new puppy closely as strangers congratulated her.“I’ve been wanting a dog for two years,” she said with a grin, as Priscilla snuggled into her arms.

The free event also brought together dozens of businesses that offered a variety of services for dog owners, including grooming, hiking, training, health care, clothing and food.

Tony Quinones, who works at a Secaucus-based pet-food company, said there were more people at this year’s event than last year.

“I would think it would be the opposite because of the weather,” he said.

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Tink the fire rescue feline from Shrewsbury is named cat of the year

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A fast acting feline who alerted her owners to a house fire has been named Cat of the Year by an animal charity.

Tink jumped on top of Claire Hopkinson who was asleep in bed when an electrical fault sparked a fire at a neighbouring property in Shrewsbury.

Her family managed to get out of the house safely but Tink was overcome by the smoke and had to be revived by firefighters using a tiny oxygen mask.

“Without Tink we wouldn’t be here today,” said Mrs Hopkinson.

“Tink is a very valued family member she’s very precious to us

“Without Tink we wouldn’t been here today. It would have wrecked our lives if she had died in the fire.”

Tink was awarded Cat of the Year at the Cat’s Protection’s National Cat Awards held at London’s Savoy Hotel. read the whole story here…read the whole story here…