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Gidget’s Last Day

March 2, 2011 on 10:26 pm | By | In press, Uncategorized | 34 Comments

trew-and-gidgetAs I sit in my living room watching Gidge walk the floors, I’m trying to imagine what tomorrow will look like without her.
Last night she really fell apart. At the ripe old age of 16 her Vet and I have decided its time to help her make her way to the Rainbow Bridge… as they say.
He will be here tonight so she can be at home when she passes.
I’m going from crying to numb while trying to comfort my little creature.
Rather than just stare at her while she is pacing, drinking or sleeping….I’m reflecting
She’s like a timeline. Everything in my life will always be before Gidget, the days of Gidget and after Gidget.
It’s interesting that a little spoiled, star pooch from a pet store on the Upper West Side taught me about
the horrors of puppy mills and how important it is to use your resources to help pets in need.
Her little canine celebrity status help raise money for a number of charities. As a Melanoma survivor she was the dog of hope for “Tails of Hope” and was the canine
host of a number of pet charities including Friends of Snuffy. What this really means is… this little creature inspired me to do good things. She helped me become a better person.
I’ve had her since she was 9 weeks old and she’s been my mute little sounding board for 16 years. We’ve been though great family joy and tragedy, a number of boyfriends , one husband, apartments on both coasts, 2 houses and 3 cars. We cuddled in my NYC apartment on 9/11, and had wonderful holidays. She has been by my side for the ups and downs of my career. Her presence gave me emotional support during a couple tours of unemployment and paid some of the bills with her acting gigs. There are so many other big events and silly things that will always remind me of her. She’s a brat but she will always be my brat. I love her and will miss her.
I have no Idea what tomorrow will look like?

xo mare

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Gidget’s home town Phoenicia Needs Your Vote for the Coolest Small Town Contest!

January 15, 2011 on 3:07 pm | By | In Uncategorized | Comments Off

Mary and Gidget in Phoenicia, NYBudget Travel, the ”world’s most useful travel magazine” has nominated 20 American towns to be in their annual “Top 10 Coolest Small Town” contest and Phoenicia is one of them!   The criteria for this designation is “…a town with a little bit of an edge, more avant-garde than quaint” and we all know that the coveted award is custom made for our small Catskills village of Phoenicia.  However, there are only 10 slots and the winners are determined by an online voting process that allows 1 vote every 5 hours.  The contest ends on February 11, 2011 and the winners will be featured in the September 2011 Budget Travel Magazine.  Given that our small town has a population of only 433 residents, we will need to reach out to all of our friends, neighbors, and anyone who has visited Phoenicia and have been captivated by its mountains, rivers, music festivals, parades, celebrations, seasonal color, art, performances, sports and activities and get them all to place a vote for us on the Budget Travel website (  Not only will our town get the much deserved recognition that comes with this prestigious designation but wonderful events like the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice and area businesses will all benefit from the international spotlight on Phoenicia as one of the “Top 10 Coolest Small Town in the USA”!

Phoenicia Rocks!

January 15, 2011 on 2:54 pm | By | In Uncategorized | Comments Off
James Blunt Visits Local Animal Shelter before Benefit Concert at Belleayre for Friends of Snuffy

James Blunt Visits Local Animal Shelter before Benefit Concert at Belleayre for Friends of Snuffy

Many musicians love Phoenicia and come up frequently to vacation, jam, write, perform and help us with fundraising.  For example, James Blunt, Sierra Swann, mini- Gene of mini-Kiss, the School of Rock, Vince Sherman, the Format, Ingrid Michaelson, Dana Fuchs, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship and the Donnas have all made trips to Phoenicia and love its quirky vibe.  Just another reason to vote for Phoenicia as the “Coolest Small Town in the USA”  on Budget Travel!

Mary and Justin at the Mystery Spot

Mary and Justin at the Mystery Spot

The Donnas Celebrate a Record Launch in Phoenicia

The Donnas Celebrate a Record Launch in Phoenicia

Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship Ping Pongs in Phoenicia

Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship Ping Pongs in Phoenicia

The Animals of Phoenicia!

January 14, 2011 on 3:23 pm | By | In Uncategorized | Comments Off

flamingoserin and snuffyEver been to an Animal Dance? Well, this is what one looks like! This fundraiser, hosted by the non-raccoon and companyprofit “Friends of Snuffy” organized an animal costume party (complete with a contest for the sexiest animal) raised money to help local pets in need. bex as devil





Advair Diskus

Trew flys to her forever home in Phoenicia

January 13, 2011 on 6:24 pm | By | In Uncategorized | 2 Comments

IMG_8229 Click here for Trew’s video

Trew a H.A.R.T rescue of UT dog

flys Pet Airways to her forever home

Pet Airways helps many rescue pets get to new homes





Catamount Dog Park Grand Opening and Festivities!

May 19, 2010 on 10:03 pm | By | In Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Have you ever wondered if your pet could be a star? Well, now you can find out by coming to the Emerson Resort on May 30 from 3-7!  Cathryn Long, talent agent to the 4 legged divas, will judge a Pet Talent Contest together with Linda Blick of Tails of Hope Foundation and Ted Gibson, celebrity hairstylist.   There will also be a silent auction to benefit Ulster County SPCA AND a special Catamount Dog Park menu at the Catamount Restaurant. All this to celebrate the opening of the new dog park at the Emerson Resort and Spa . Come join Gidget in her special appearance at the dog park in celebration of the opening of the Sex and the City 2 movie that weekend (she has donated some of her film wardrobe to raise money for the SPCA) and enjoy the new “pup grade” amenities at the Emerson!

emerson dog park

Feed A Pet, Feed Your soul

April 13, 2010 on 4:35 pm | By | In Uncategorized | Comments Off

Vision of the Virgin#54FBA7 4 adj fin-1Please join us at the Posie Kviat Gallery in Hudson, NY, Saturday May 8 for the

Gallery Exhibition “Nourishment”: Paintings and Sculptures by Lynn Gitter
and Fundraising Event for
Friends of Snuffy, Pet Food Pantry.

(Oil on canvas, “Vision of the Virgin”, 28″ x 36″ by Lynn Gitter)

With Musical Performance by Alexander Turnquist

Posie Kviat Gallery
437 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 653-5407

May 8, 2010
3-8 PM
Gallery show running May 8-16.

People love their pets and their pets are part of their family.  Maybe their only family.  Hard economic times put people in difficult situations when they are faced with the choice of not being able to feed their pets or giving them up.  Lynn Gitter is graciously donating a major part of her body of artwork in order to raise funds for Friends of Snuffy, a charitable organization which helps to keep pets in their homes by helping provide pet food to those who otherwise could not continue to afford to feed their pets.   The purchaser gets a tax deductible receipt for the preset percentage that goes to Friends of Snuffy, and gets to go home with a beautiful piece of art.  There are paintings of various sizes, sculptures, and necklaces.

The event is free and open to the public.  At this gallery exhibition opening event, there will be art, music, refreshments, and other entertainment.

Many thanks to Lynn Gitter, Alexander Turnquist, and our other participating artists, John Eric Byers, Ric Dragon, Zoya Geacintov, Kira Greene, Pat Horner, Jeff Leonard, Sally Rothchild, Anique Taylor as well as all contributors and volunteers for the event.
(Friends of Snuffy, Inc. is a New York State 501c3 charitable organization and is an all volunteer group.)

Tips for Reel Pets

March 14, 2010 on 2:04 pm | By | In Uncategorized | Comments Off

Gidget a Reel Pet

Gidget a Reel Pet

Click Here for Reel Pets article

Gidget and a feathered friend at Steiner Studio

waiting to film SATC 2

Fab, Fru and Trew

February 11, 2010 on 7:15 pm | By | In Uncategorized | Comments Off

This girl loves the snow

This girl loves the snow

click here to see Trew’s first press article

Fabulous & Frugal feature Trew in a Pet Adoption article.

Gidget gets a new sister….a Trew story

January 19, 2010 on 9:43 pm | By | In Uncategorized | 3 Comments
Meet Trew...

Meet Trew...

She’s 38 lbs of furry love

click here for the “Trew” story

She started out as “Chewy” then “Trudy” and will now be known as “Trew”

and here is the beginning of her story as told by her foster mom Cathy Freitas of H.A.R.T Rescue of UT

“Oh my goodness I love this gal. She is so sweet.

She was a stray that was taken in by some people who decided that they couldn’t keep her.
She is well behaved, and eager to please.

Ginger didn’t like her right away, but Luna LOVES her. She and Luna rampaged around the yard for a couple hours the first night we had her.

I had to give her a bath, as she smelled pretty bad, but I couldn’t brush her mats out. So I did what I could, and let the AMAZING wonderful gals at All Fur Love groomers to do their magic on her today!
Then we took her to the dog park to play while we visited with some good friends (we got to see Kiya too!) and laughed as all the dogs played.
Wow, she sure was having fun!

I’m sure that we won’t have any problem at all finding this special girl a home. She’s gorgeous and sweet… doesn’t get any better than that.”

This is what I first read on Cathy’s Blog that made me fall in love with Trew

I originally found her while combing through over the holidays

Thanks to Lorraine Pak of H.A.R.T rescue of UT Trew will be flying to New York on Pet Airways and will be in her Forever home with Gidget this Friday.

I would also like to thank Namrata Chand of for assisting with Trew’s travel arrangements.

look for updates of Trew’s story, from stray to star….. here on Gidget’s Blog

Photo by Cathy Freitas

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