Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – July 6, 2015

Dear Whitey and Friends,

As you know, my life has not been easy. My past is bad but my life now is good. Thinking back on that life makes me sad. But you know what makes me happy?

Being adopted and being loved.

Know what else makes me happy?

Loving and helping someone less fortunate.

You’ll never guess what I got! Don’t even try.

Here it is…………

Meet Bow-Tie's New Friend, Helen Keller

 

This is Helen Keller. She is deaf, blind and has some neurological damage. I love her! She really needs some special care and I am here for her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie is Bowled Over by Helen Keller

 

 

This is the first moment I laid my eyes on her. She bowled me over!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie Hugs Helen Keller

 

I was just so full of love for her I had to hug her. Then I got to work cleaning her really good.

Since she’s blind, I wanted to help show her around so she would know her way. She tried to do it on her own and she did find the toys but………..

 

 

 

 

 
Helen Keller get stuck in bowl

 

 

​….somehow she got stuck in the toy bowl and just sat there waiting for help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie brings toys to Helen Keller

 

 

After that I learned it’s just easier to bring the toys to her. (Excuse the photo-bombing in the chair back there).

 

 

 

 

Helen Keller Uses Bow-Tie as a Pillow

 

 

She decided from the first day that I am a good pillow. Sometimes I get a stiff neck from holding her head up but I stay as long as she needs me. That’s love.

 

 

 

Helen Keller Sniffs the great outdoors

 

 

She can’t see and she can’t hear but she still likes to experience different things. We went out for a walk and she enjoyed the fresh air. Her nose was going a mile a minute as she took it all in.

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie takes good care of Helen Keller

 

 

She can find her way around pretty good, but most of the time she depends on me. And I take really good care of her.

 

You’re my friend so I’ll let you in on a little secret. You know I have a bad ear, right? One sticks up and one lays down. So guess what I do?

 

 

Bow-Tie folds Helen Keller's ear

 

Sometimes when Helen Keller is sleeping, I hold her right ear down with my paw. See how I’m doing that now?

If I do it every time she’s sleeping, maybe her ear will lay down like mine and we’ll be the same. She won’t be able to see it so she will never know (he-he…kitty snicker).

The moral of my story here, Whitey, is that as soon as we start feeling sorry for ourselves, we can find someone who needs more than we do. We need to be thankful for what we have and then reach out and help them.

It just feels good……

 

Bow-Tie and Helen Keller are inseparable

 

…and makes everything alright.

See ya next week!

Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

 

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – June 29, 2015

Dear Friends,

It was a big week for this little guy……I went national!

There is a radio show all about animals and they invited me to be on it. It was kind of scary but I said yes because I have an important message to deliver.

Bow Tie has his lady bug for courage

 

My lady bug helped give me courage. She’s always smiling so she makes me happy. I wore my lady bug tie to match her. But, I was so nervous about the show I got the tie on wrong. All of my lady bugs were flying upside down. Uh oh. Better check in the mirror next time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Bow Tie Joins his Mom in the Radio Sound Booth

 

My mom took me into the sound booth. At first it seemed so big and so scary. But then I remembered I was there to deliver a message for all cats. I had to go on there and tell everyone hoarding is very, very bad and not to do it.

So on behalf of all cats who have had a terrible experience like me, as soon as they said “who wants to talk?”

 

 

 

Bow Tie Raises his paw to speak

 

I raised my hand and shouted out “I’ll go first!” (Of course I was speaking cat, so no humans understood.) I got really brave when I remembered it is my job to speak for those who can’t speak.

 

 

 

 

 
Bow Tie Speaks into the microphone

 

I got right up there to that microphone and said “Do not have more cats than you can care for.” We suffer so much when people have so many cats they can’t provide proper care. You better know I told them everything that happens to us in that environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Bow Tie speaks on the radio

 

This was my opportunity to speak and I took it. My message was heard! People started asking questions and showing concern. So many of them just didn’t know and don’t understand. But I’m here now, I’ve found my voice, I’ve found my forum and I will work hard. Bow-Tie to the rescue!

 

It was tiring though. The stress of it all wore me out. My message was out there and my work was complete.

 

 

 

 

 

Bow Tie is all tuckered out

 

It was nice to curl up with my lady bug and know I did my job. People know a little more now about hoarding and about how to care for us. Sleep came easy to this young radio star.

See you next week.

Love,
Bow-Tie, The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – June 22, 2015

Dear Whitey and Friends,

It’s hot, isn’t it? I’ve been out and about town and I can tell you it’s hot.

 
Bow-Tie in his stroller

 

 

​My stroller is not air conditioned. Until we get get the a/c installed in it, I’ve had to find other ways to stay cool. I know, I know, you’re thinking I’m already cool. Maybe, but I meant cool in temperature not in dapper-ness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie's Mom gives him an ice cream cone

 

 

My mom thought of a cool treat for your toothless friend.​Do you see the size of that ice cream mountain? I’m a very small cat. Her eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach.

 

 

 

 

 

BowTie Licks His Ice Cream

 

 

 

But a guy has to do what a guy has to do. So ​I dove right in and got started. The mistake was I started in the middle which caused it to drip on my nose.

 

 

 

 

 


Bow-Tie figures out the best way to lick ice cream

 

It’s better to start on the top and work your way down. ​It was a cool treat and hit the spot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie enjoying his ice cream

 

 

Now before you think I was over indulging, I did not eat very much. Ice cream is not really good for cats (that’s what humans say anyway). So we better not share all of these pictures with the world. I’m glad it’s just between you and me. But I’ll tell you, I sure liked it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie thinks ice cream is lip smacking good

 

 

And ​I liked it right down to the drips that were still on my lips!

You find a way to stay cool this week, my friend. I’ll do the same though I’m not sure ice cream will be included. I’ll just have to depend on my dapper looks to keep me cool.

See you next week!

Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – June 15, 2015

Dear Friends,

Hope your week was a good one. I’ve been out on the road talking it up about special Bow-Tie at Cleanersneeds cats. My first order of business was getting my wardrobe in tip top shape. I took my laundry over to my favorite cleaners for some much needed attention.

They say no cat has ever brought bow ties, or anything else for that matter, in to be cleaned. What are they doing then? I am a dapper gent and want to look spiffy at all times. Am I wrong?

 

 

 

Bow-Tie Inspects the laundry

 

I even asked for a boost up to inspect them closer. After the sniff test to make sure they were fresh, I gave my paw of approval.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie Approves of his clean bow ties

 

 

The finished product was bagged, tagged and delivered. Wonderful service and wonderful handling of those precious bow ties.

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie wants to help pets in need

 

 

When it was time to pay I noticed something on the counter.
​My cleaners supports local pets in need, especially cats! They particularly help bad situations like I was in. I had to help them help the others. So I gave them what I had………

 

 

 
Bow-Tie donates his precious crinkle ball to help cats in need

 

…I gave them one of my precious crinkle balls. It hurt me a little to give something up but then it felt so good knowing I was helping.

Humans have money they can give to help. I don’t really understand money being more valuable than a crinkle ball, but I hear it is.

We need to continue to tell them to give those pennies, nickles and dollars to help cats. (Donate to Friends Like Me) Look where I came from and where I am. Every penny counts. Am I right?

 

So that was my adventure earlier this week. Then I donned a clean bow tie and hit the streets but more on that next week. For right now…………….

 
Bow-Tie Loves his new Cleaners

 

​……a big toothless smile for my purrsonal cleaner!

Bye Bye for this week,
Bow-Tie, The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – June 8, 2015

Dear Whitey and Friends,

Let me just start you out with a test…..

Bow-Tie's Choppers

 

See those choppers?

And see those other choppers?

What’s the difference???

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie doesn't have any teeth

 

 

 

​The difference, my friend, is one has teeth and one doesn’t.

 

One guess which is which.

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie's Selfie

 

 

I took a selfie to prove my point…………

Took this one hour after I woke up from a three hour induced sleep.

Note the glassy eyes and druggy stare.

 

 

 

They pulled all of my teeth out with the exception of six on the top. What I’m going to do with those, I don’t know. I guess I can gnash some corn on the cob.

When I got home, I was happy but a little unable to control my actions.

 
Bow-Tie and his favorite toy

 

​I ran over to my favorite toy. But once I got it in my mouth I forgot where I was again. I sat there for a long, long time seemingly engaged in a drug induced fixation.

That passed then the next couple of days were filled with soft food and more drugs.

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie says No to Drugs

 

 

 

 

By day three I “Just Said NO”…….
No more meds for me!

 

Tomorrow I’ll go back to the doctor and get my medical release. I have had to lay low here a while until I was declared medically sound to hit the road. I’m excited and I’m thankful you have my back, Whitey.

 

So, here I go……….
Bow-Tie is on the Path

 

I’m on the path.

I see the light before me.

I’m ready to fill the might paws set before me.

Signed a healthy, happy and ready,

Bow-Tie, The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Gift Arrives!

Dear Whitey,

You surprised me! A package arrived yesterday addressed to me so I started to rip it open. If you have ever tried to rip something open with no teeth and a mouth full of stitches you would appreciate how unsuccessful that was. So my mom opened it. And there it was…..
Bow-Tie Wears His New Tie from Whitey Wobbles

 

​…my very special tie from my very special friend!

I love it and I know I’m quite handsome in it. Right? It will be my very special bow tie for special events.

Thank you very much for sending it. And thank you for being my friend.

Love,
Bow-Tie, The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – June 1, 2015

Dear Whitey,

I got your note about a special bond between us. The idea of a special bow tie to bond us is exciting. As you know, my bow ties are very special to me….
Bow-Tie loves modeling his ties

 

 

….and I like modeling my ties.

 

Facebook has been working for me and lots of fans are already my close friends. Two of them said they will be sending me something (ties, I’m sure).

My A#1 Fan already sent me a very special dinner tie.

As soon as I start going into public, you’ll see that one when I go out for lunch.

 

Bow-Tie likes his new green tie

 

 

A nice lady named Linda just started volunteering at Cat Depot. She wrote me wanting to make me a whole wardrobe of bow ties. This is the first one she sent me to make make sure it fits. It fits just great and I’m so happy to have it.

Why haven’t I been out in the public much yet? My mission to help special needs cats is all planned. The reason I’ve been a little inactive publicly is because I’m still on the mend health-wise.

They should not call it a hoarding house, they should call it a horror house. The toll it takes on us cats is bad. But I’m almost completely healthy, sturdy, willing and certainly handsome enough to start working. My ears will probably always need medicine (that’s ok). I may always sneeze and need saline up my nose (icky, but that’s ok).

My ear and tail? Well, haven’t found them yet (kitty snicker).

The last important issue at hand? Look at this…..

 

 
Bow-Tie shows his missing teeth

 

​Notice anything? See that other big tooth that isn’t there? Just one of several that have left me. My teeth are rotted almost all the way down to the roots.

Sooooo…….tomorrow I am having dental surgery. Prognosis is that they may all come out. But…..I can still gum caviar, lobster and other tasty morsels. I may even get better care and fancier food if I act unable to eat regular stuff! (another kitty snicker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie is anxiously awaiting his new bowtie from Whitey Wobbles

Thanks for thinking of me and encouraging me on my very special mission. I will be waiting by the mailbox to see what you’re sending me. Get your mom to go to the post office first thing in the morning, you’re too short to reach the counter. (last kitty snicker)

Your friend,
Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – May 26, 2015

Dear Whitey and Friends,

Bow-Tie is Patriotic for Memorial Day

 

 

End of another week (or start of a new one). It’s Memorial Day Weekend so I have gone red, white and blue. Pretty dapper, don’t you think?

 

 

My head has always been a bit too big for my body. I was just made that way, but I’m cute, right? And then I’ve got that ear thing………..oh well.

 

 

 

I’ve been having a lot of new adventures since I have a happy home now. For one, I eat regularly and I eat cat food. Do you know that I used to just eat junk off the floor including bugs? Yuck.

I’m also getting really healthy. You know how I know that? I’ve been going to the vet. Never knew a vet before either. Imagine that. However….I’m not necessarily a fan of the vet.

Bow-Tie enjoys rides in the car

 

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Car rides are fun so I’m always ready to go. This particular car ride was less fun than usual.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie gets his weigh-in

 

 

 

It ended with me being put on a scale in the vet’s office. It showed I’m still a bit underweight but I’m working on that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie Waits at the Vet

 

 

​Then I got put in a room alone to wait. Wait? For what or for who?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie gets his blood pressure taken

 

 

​Uh oh. This is not a good look on The Dapper Gent. The numbers were ticking away. Don’t they know our blood pressure goes up by just putting that thing on us? Turns out my blood pressure is purrfect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie and the Thermometer

 

This looks like a loving embrace, right? I do not even want to tell you what someone else was sticking into my other end at this very moment. But, the result was that my temperature was normal so I guess it had to be done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie gets checked out by the vet

 

 

​My purrsonal physician came in to check my heart. When I was at Cat Depot I had what they call a heart murmur. That’s not good. But she kept listening and listening. The heart murmur is gone! She said I was anemic before and that may have caused it. All of the things that were wrong with me before are getting better now.

Oh Whitey, we need to work really hard to help all cats get homes and good care. I know that has always been your mission. Now that I’m working with you, we can both work really hard. Part of my mission will also be to rescue cats from hoarding homes.
Bow-Tie gets a nail trim

 

​Whitey, when they come at you with those clippers, just relax. If you fight, it takes longer. I just let them do it and it was over before I knew it.

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie like the vet techs

 

​The ladies were all really nice to me. I have never had this much care before. We want to make sure I’m healthy and strong before I go out onto the streets and get to work. The mighty paws left before me need to keep walking. I’m almost fully healed and able to take on the task.

In the meantime, I’m working on Facebook and have a lot of friends and fans. The legacy of Friends Like Me will go on and be stronger than ever.

I know you’ll help me. We can get all of our cat friends into loving homes.

For now though I need to get over the big adventure at the vet…..
Bow-Tie says going to the vet ain't for sissies!

 

​Going to the vet ain’t for sissies!

Until next week,
Bow-Tie, The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin 5/18/15

Hi Whitey and Friends,

I’m still new at this but I’m excited about my weekly blog. This week I’ll tell the story of my final days at Cat Depot. What a great place, huh? We all like it there but it doesn’t compare to a real, furever home.

 

Bow-Tie Fills Out His Adoption Paperwork

 

 

My last day there was a happy one. Wonderful Miss Marianne filled out the paperwork for my adoption. She had a smiley face, didn’t she? I know I always look a little grumpy but that’s because of my folded ear. It makes me look a little crabby, but I’m not.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie is grateful to Dr. Jill Kirk

 

Dr. Kirk was really good to me and helped heal most of my wounds. I’ll tell you, that hoarding environment is brutal on us. In the weeks to come I’ll talk more about it but for now I try not to think about it. Anyway, Dr. Kirk came to give me a final tummy rub. I’m a sucker for a good tummy rub.

Even in my very first days there, I would roll over and welcome a rub. Everyone thought it was so cute. Me?  I just wanted the attention and the loving.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie and his favorite Cat Depot Volunteer, John

 

 

One of my favorite volunteers honored me in a big way. His name is John and he likes to paint. Look at that painting he did of me! It’s fantastic. John came to say his final good-bye, too. Did I mention I also like chin rubs?

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie meets with Terri Gagliardi to discuss his blog

 

Miss Terri wanted to meet with me before I left. She does the blog so she wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing. She approved me taking it over so I have to do a good job. She is really nice so I gave her a nice head butt.

 

By then it was time to go and I was anxious to start my new life.

 

Bow-Tie says goodbye to Buddy

 

Buddy is still waiting for his furever home so I said good-bye and good luck to him.

Did you know I was missing my tail? You can see it here. Yep, I’m missing a tail, an ear and lots of teeth. Oh well, I have a big heart to make up for the missing pieces. (kitty laugh)

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie said farewell to his friends at Cat Depot and headed home with his mom

 

So there you have my final day at Cat Depot. May all the cats there be as lucky as I am to find a furever home. And may they all drive away into the sunshine and live happy lives. Like me!

Thanks for being my new friends!

Love,
Bow-Tie

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Well here we go. It’s Bow-Tie here and this is my first blog.

Meet Bow-Tie

 

I’ve picked up the magic wand and I’m ready to go. I know I have Mighty big paws to fill but I will do my very best to help special needz cats. And to carry on the very important work of Friends Like Me.

Please don’t be surprised if I spell sum things wrong. I never used a computer before. I never really used anything before becuz I had a very, very bad life before Cat Depot rescued me.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie came from a hoarding situation

 

 

My life was in a hoarder’s house. That will be part of what I talk about when I go into the public. It’s important that people know cats suffer there and it must be stopped. But…….for today I’m just going to let you know I’m on the job and I’m excited about starting my new life and new job.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie's First Gig

 

We went on a trial run to see if could behave in public. Of course I behaved in public. I’m on the way to a healthy, happy life and I’ll do everything I can to be worthy. My real name is Bow-Tie (remember the dash for uniqueness). My title is The Dapper Gent (wonder why??)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Ties' Name Tags have been engraved

 

 

My name is now official….

​Name tags were printed with my name on them. I oversaw the work myself.

So by formal announcement and introduction, Bow-Tie is on the job. Whitey Wobbles and I are still on the path to help special needs cats, and all cats. I’m on it and I’m getting all ready to go out to educate the public so they help us.
Bow-Tie is a small kitty taking on a big job

 

​I’m very small and it’s a long journey. But every journey starts with a small step. I was not able to walk well when I got to Cat Depot but I can walk now. So walk I will, to fill those Mighty paws and continue the good work.

 

In the meantime……

 

 

 

Bow-Tie is safe and comfy in his new home

 

I’m just very thankful I am clean, fed and loved. We need to work really hard to help every cat feel such security and safety.

Until next time, my new friends,

Bow-Tie, The Dapper Gent

 

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