Archive for the ‘Helping Paws’ category

Thankful For a Community That Loves and Helps Dogs Like Me

November 27, 2013

Cookie here!  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I’m so excited!  Lots of visitors equals lots of attention…not to mention lots of treats!


Even though it’s a holiday, I’ll still need my walks.  One of the many things I’m grateful for is living in a town where the people on the street are so kind to me and all the other dogs here.  From our Letter Carrier who often stops his truck to pass me a bone, to the many folks who stop me for a “pat and chat,” and to the shops on Katonah Avenue who leave out bowls of fresh water for the passing pups, I really do feel the love!

Did you know that the Hudson Valley Pet Pantry is helping individuals and families who need help feeding their pets due to job loss or financial hardship?  Since 2010 they have been helping people facing hard times keep their pets by providing food supplies for dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and other domestic animals.  Currently they are helping keep 653 animals at home and out of shelters by providing free pet food to 257 families and individuals.   

So here’s to Susan Katz, Founder & President, Kathy Ferri, Director of Pantry Operations, and all the other good people at the Hudson Valley Pet Pantry.  I am thankful for great people like you!

If you’d like to learn more about how you can help the pantry this holiday season, their contact information is below.

Happy Thanksgiving to You & Yours, furry and otherwise!

Woofs, Cookie

Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry
P.O. Box 1296
White Plains, NY  10602
(914) 907-3433 (Administration & Donations)



Boston Marathon Comfort Dogs

April 19, 2013

Hello Friends…It’s been a sad and somber week, and our hearts go out to all affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy.  We at this blog will continue to stand, on two legs and four, for PEACE.     


During these difficult times, our pets can provide us with the unconditional love, comfort, and comic relief that we need to heal.  I was so glad to see in the news that a team of specially trained golden retriever therapy dogs were dispatched to Boston to visit victims in area hospitals.   The dogs are part of the K-9 Comfort Team of the Lutheran Church Charities.  Member dogs hail from several states and travel widely to see those in need across our Country.  Recently members of the K-9 team helped the children of Newtown, CT as they returned to school.  

If you’d like to learn more about these very special dogs visit – you can also read the following recent article from the New York Daily News…which is how we first heard about these canine comforters:

I am constantly amazed by how soothing Cookie’s presence is to us when we are feeling blue.  I hope when she is a little bit older and calmer, that she too can be trained as a therapy dog.  Cookie is so friendly and sweet, especially with kids, and has so much love to give.
Wishing you love, peace and courage, Diana

Puppy Bowl !!!!!

February 5, 2013

Cookie here!  Sure, the Superbowl was ok…but the PUPPY BOWL?  Amazing!!!

Puppy Bowl

Puppy Bowl IX, produced by the good humans at the Animal Planet TV channel, was so good that my family now asks themselves how it is that they had never heard of this amazing event before.  You can’t really blame them, they were extremely cat-oriented until I came along.  Paw-felt thanks, Dear Grandma Carol, for telling my humans about the Puppy Bowl, so they could put the television on for me and I could watch it (see above.)  If you don’t know what Cookie is talking here, do let me explain. Puppy Bowl happens once a year, on a very special day the people call “Super Bowl Sunday.”   A big team of lucky puppies from animal shelters and rescue organizations get to play a game where the goal is to be the pup that brings a toy into the end zone first…and have a lot of fun doing it.  Rounding out this romp were the cutest little hedgehog cheerleaders you’ve ever seen (my Sophia LOVED  them), a tweeting (as in twitter, people) cockatiel bird named Meep, a team of hamsters roving overhead the “stadium” in a blimp, and, most fabulous of all, the Bissel half time kitten show (a disco kitty inferno blazing with cuteness.)  There were lots of Animal Planet’s human stars too from popular shows such as “Pit Boss” and “My Cat from Hell.”  Other adorable touches included “the kiss cam”, the puppy-jacuzzi where the players could rest their tired “dogs”, and the cool camera they placed underneath the drinking bowl.

 This year’s most valuable player was Marta, a little puppy with a lot of moxie.  I personally was rooting for Althea, a cute little Aussie mix with dark features.  But the real winners of this event are all of the puppy players and cute half-time kittens.  All of them are seeking good homes, and they get to have the spotlight shine on them.  The best news of all from the Bowl was from Pedigree dog food.  They announced that as part of the Pedigree Feeding Project, they will be donating their food to animal shelters across America.  You can learn more about this wonderful project, and see profiles of some adorable pups seeking adoptions at:

What?!  You missed Puppy Bowl IX?  Or, you’d like to see MORE of Puppy Bowl IX?  I can fix that!  Visit:

Have fun!  And next year, I’ll be betting on the Aussie.  Woofs, Cookie

Blanket Drive for Animal Shelters this M.L.K. Day

January 18, 2013

Cookie here!  I am one lucky puppy…but there are plenty of pets in need in my area, and yours, too.

Cookie mlk day

Animal shelters everywhere always need used linens, towels and blankets to help keep their residents warm and well.  Here where I live, in Northern Westchester, the Putnam Humane Society is currently holding a blanket drive, seeking donated comforters and blankets.  Visit for more information.  Other shelters in Westchester currently seeking blankets include The Hudson Valley Humane Society in Ramapo, and the New Rochelle Humane Society,  

My family here in Katonah is currently collecting used blankets and comforters.  Local friends, if you have any you’d like to donate, please let us know or drop them off on our front porch.  On Monday, 1/21, Martin Luther King Day, we will be taking them to the Putnam Humane Society for all the animals there.

No matter where you may live, consider saving and donating your used blankets and linens to your local pet shelter or your vet – they are always needed!

Enjoy the holiday and thanks for supporting the Shelters!  Woofs, Cookie

How to lend a paw to help pets post-Sandy…and free FEMA Animal Welfare classes

November 14, 2012

Hello from the Puppy and the Kitty!

As you can see, all is well with Cookie, S’More, and our other beloved pets.  Sadly, this is not the case for many pets along the East Coast who, like their owners, have been uprooted by Sandy.   With so much human suffering going on, and destruction everywhere, it is easy to overlook the distress that animals effected by this storm are experiencing as well.

Some wonderful people are volunteering to help these pets.  In Long Island, New York, at the Mitchel Field Gymnasium, the Nassau County government has teamed up with several animal welfare organizations to run a pet shelter that is currently housing hundreds of cats, dogs, turtles, rabbits, fish and ferrets.  The majority of these pets belong to people who are staying at a nearby Red Cross shelter at the Nassau Community College’s gymnasium.  Of the four Red Cross shelters on Long Island, none of them allow pets.  So the Mitchel Field  pet shelter is so very important at this time.  The shelter plans to remain open through the end of November at least, and longer if necessary.  They are still accepting drop offs.  Want to help? The pet shelter is accepting supply donations of food, treats, cat litter, toys, blankets, towels, poop bags, and cleaning supplies such as paper towels, hand sanitizers and medical gloves.  For more information, call 516-272-0017

For those of you not familiar with the North Shore Animal League of Long Island, they are the World’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization.  On North Shore’s website, there is currently in-depth coverage of the plight of many pets after this storm and the heroic efforts to save and keep them:

Looking at the need for help beyond cats and dogs, in Brooklyn, NY, a couple who reside in the Red Hook neighborhood are seeking safe havens for their pet chickens.  For those who are not aware, keeping chickens has been an increasingly popular hobby in many Brooklyn neighborhoods.  Though their apartment was flooded and most of their possessions lost, their chickens were saved during the storm by owners of a local restaurant.  You can read more about the chickens and their devoted owners by linking to this article:  “A Home for Them, And Their Chickens”

Many of you are generously donating relief supplies such as food, clothing, and pet food as part of the Sandy relief effort.  Please also consider including food and supplies for pets too in your efforts.  If you are unsure who in your area is accepting such donations for pet relief, call your local ASPCA and ask.

Another interesting thing I’ve learned: On the FEMA Emergency Management Institute Website, in the Independent Study Home section, are two online courses you can take regarding preparing to help animals survive and get through disasters.  One is called “Animals in Disasters: Community Planning” and the other is “Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness” Everything you need to complete the course is provided to you online at this site.  It is really worth checking out if you are a pet owner or animal lover.  You can find these courses at:

We can debate among ourselves whether the needs of man or beast is more important.  But for we pet owners who love our animals whole-heartedly, their well being is a part of our well being.  Let’s make an effort to support those pets and owners who are struggling to get back on their feet, be they two or four.  Warm and fuzzies, Diana

Help for you and your pets from the Blogger Response Disaster Network

November 3, 2012

We hope that you and yours are okay post-Sandy!  After the storm was over, Cookie found a very big stick along our front yard.

So big it covered our entire front yard, plus driveway, and took down our phone and power lines. But nonetheless, Cookie “The Great Houndini” had a good Halloween, and we are busy cleaning up the mess.  Since we still don’t have power, we have had to improvise and be creative in caring for Cookie and our other pets.  Looking forward to sharing these experiences in future posts.  But for now, more importantly:

Our last post mentioned that Cookie and I have joined the Blogger Response Disaster Network.   Here is the information I received from Blogpaws and World Vets with some helpful links for those in need of assistance with their pets.  More information will be coming in the days ahead and we will continue to share this with you as it comes in to us.  For now, here is what we have to pass along to you:

With Hurricane Sandy and the pets who need help being such an immediate need we wanted to share a few articles and resources we gathered. Many of these links are updating as information changes so be sure to check back frequently:

Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets

Shelters accommodating pets:

shelters/rescues in need:

Red Paw Emergency Relief Team is on the scene in PA:

Baltimore shelters preparing for cleanup:

If you have personally been affected by this awful storm, we hope you are getting the relief that you need. Please consider reaching out for help also via these links above, or other centers in your community. Remember you are not alone in this! Stay warm and well, Diana & Cookie

Stormy Weather and The Blogger Disaster Response Network

October 29, 2012

It’s been a very busy day here in Katonah getting ready for Hurricane Sandy.  

Cookie spent the day watching us all “batten down the hatches.”   If you too are also affected by this storm, please take extra caution for yourself, your family and your pets.  May you come through Hurricane Sandy safely!  

Earlier this week, Cookie and I received an invitation from Blogpaws For the Change and World Vets (two wonderful groups, one of pet bloggers and the other a global group of veterinarians) to join a voluntary organization called The Blogger Disaster Response Network. This Network serves to create awareness for animals everywhere when disaster hits.  Harnessing the grass-roots reach of individual pet bloggers (like Cookie of Katonah) will enable the Network to spread the word quickly about global disaster response efforts for animals in need, and how people like you can help.   Cookie and I are glad to be part of this important new network, which is the first of it’s kind.  With Hurricane Sandy almost here, our participation is very timely.  While we hope there will be no need to spread any alerts as a result of this storm, please do check the blog later this week.  And read more about the Network at either the Blogpaws site  (http://  and World Vets site ( http://


Be safe out there!  Check in later this week for the Katonah update.  Warm & Fuzzies, Diana