Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – February 8, 2016

Bow-Tie, the dapper gentHi Everyone,

You know me and you knew I’d do it.

Didn’t you?

You just knew I would.

The word went out that Cat Depot had a very special girl in need.

She was nearly blind and scared of everything.

She just needs someone to love her.

Bow-Tie to the rescue.



Here she is.

Her name is Blueberry.

Blueberry and Bow-Tie


Bow-Tie watching over Blueberry

She likes to hide under a blanket because she’s afraid.

I want her to hide under me.

I’ll take care of her.







Blueberry on her first day at homeThis is her first day with me, so I’m going slow.

Right now she just thinks I’m a warm golden pillow.







Blueberry relaxing at homeShe’ll come around.

She’s already coming out from underneath the blanket more.

Isn’t she pretty?







Bow-Tie caring for BlueberryYou know I’ll be able to make the break-through she needs.

She’ll learn life can be safe and loving.

I’m Bow-Tie.

It’s what I do.





See you next week.

The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – February 1, 2016

Bow-Tie thinking about Groundhog dayHi everyone,

This week I’m puzzled.

February 2nd is Groundhog Day.

The day is about shadows and predicting weather.

Where do these shadows come from, and exactly how do they work?

And why is it a groundhog who gets to work on that day?





Bow-Tie and his shadowCats cast shadows.

There I am, right there.

But look at me, I’m really tall.








Bow-Tie and his shadow standing upIf I stand up, my shadow stands up too.

I see me over there.









Bow-Tie and his shadow from the other sideBut wait…

…if I turn around, my shadow goes on the other side of me.

How does he do that?







Bow-Tie making his shadow smallHe was starting to freak me out.

So, I made him get real small to get a minute to think about it.





Hey, wait. Is it only me that has this pesky shadow?

Let’s see.

Bow-Tie and Courage inspecting shadows


Courage has one too.

Where are they coming from?

And what do they want with us?

Bow-Tie and Courage and shadowsYuck!

Now our shadows are all mixed up, and Courage’s shadow is on me!

I can’t figure shadows out.

And I don’t see why there is such a big deal about this groundhog.

Seems like we all have shadows and we can’t do anything to control them.



But I know one thing for sure.

It’s official…

Bow-Tie predicts six more weeks of cuteness

…I saw my shadow and there will be six more weeks of cuteness!

See you all next week.

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – January 25, 2016

Bow-Tie shows his cute pawsRight up front, let me tell you I hope I didn’t put my foot in my mouth.

Courage has been begging me to write the blog one week.

So, this week I said yes, since she attended an event alone.

Be patient with her…

…she’s young…





Hi Everybody!

It’s me, Courage!

Courage wearing a sweater

Bow-Tie is letting me write about my adventure this weekend, so here goes.

It was cold – by Florida standards – so I got my sweater on and waited to leave.

We were headed to an event in Fort Myers for the benefit of dogs.







Courage and Nancy ColbyWhen we got there it was really windy, but I was so happy to be there.










Courage at Purses for PoochesThe event was called Purses for Pooches.

People bid on designer purses and all the money went to help dogs in need.

I checked them all out.

Since I couldn’t see them I had to use the touch-and-smell method.

Wait until you see the one I picked to bid on!




Courage checking out raffle itemsThere were a lot of raffle items too.

This one smells like I’m too young for what’s in the bottle.







Courage meets a dogThere were dogs there for adoption, but this little guy already has a home.

His name is Jackson.









Courage waiting for lunchThere was a nice lunch served…

…obviously I was a little early for the food.








Courage ready to place a bidWhen the bidding was about to begin, I got my paddle all ready.

We were number 76, and there was one item we were not going to miss.

We bid and bid, and finally won.







It was the priceless purse Mighty Lou gave Lily exactly one year ago at the same event.

Mighty Lou and Lily

We just had to bring it back home, to honor Mighty Lou and help the dogs.

Courage checking out her new purseIt’s beautiful and sparkly.

Inside there was a gift certificate to Petco, so I can get some treats.




Wait! Wait!

Uh oh…

Courage is stuck in the purse

Bow-TieAnd right there, folks…

…you have the reason why I will be writing the blog next week.

Thanks, Courage

The Dapper Gent



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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – January 18, 2016

Bow-Tie keeping cards in placeHi everyone,

Busy, busy weekend for me!

Courage and I are working a cat show in Largo, promoting special needs cats.

I have to do most of the work.

After everything got organized, I had to stand on it to keep it in place.



Bow-Tie grooming Courage Then I had to make sure everything else looked good…

…mostly Courage, because she can’t see in the mirror.









Bow-Tie and CourageWhen the show was ready to start, we took our places.

We wore matching bow ties for the “wow factor.”










Bow-Tie and Courage with cat statueTo our surprise, our first visitor brought another cat with a bow tie on.

Isn’t that cool?

So nice to be loved.





Bow-Tie gets a visitorVisitors started coming to the booth and were immediately in love with us.

A little pinch on the cheek from this little guy.







Bow-Tie gets a belly rubMy favorite visitor is someone I met at the last cat show.

He actually called the president of the cat club to be sure I was going to be there.

He gives the best belly rubs ever.







Courage playingCourage attracted lots of attention.

This little girl bought her a toy and they played together.







Bow-Tie and Courage get treatsOne of our old friends came to help for the day.

We had lunch with her…







Bow-Tie and PrincessAnother little cutie came by to visit.

This is Princess.

She’s a munchkin and adorable, right?








We were there to promote special needs cats, and that’s what we did, all day long.

People became very aware that cats with special needs are very special cats.

They were educated on why hoarding is so horrible, how we can be saved and healed, and how they can help.

Bow-Tie and Courage relaxes after a job well done.

When we weren’t drawn away to be played with or pet, we positioned ourselves by the donation box.

Money helps, but love helps more.

Our mission will not be accomplished until every special needs cat has a loving home.

We’re on it!

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – January 11, 2016

Bow-Tie waiting for Cookie's arrivalHi everyone,

The New Year is off and running and I’m back at work.

This week I was called to do a very important job that involved a special guest.

I was up early and waiting outside for the special limo to arrive.






Bow-Tie peeking in at CookieFinally… the arrival.

(Forgive the angle, but I had to get a good look inside.)

Cat Depot sent me a very special guest, and there she was.






Cookie looking aroundIt’s Cookie.

She is from Africa and has a passport to prove it!

She is nine years old and was the much loved girl of a nice lady.

The lady had to go to an assisted living facility and sadly Cookie could not go.

Now Cookie finds herself looking for a new home.




Bow-Tie saying hi to CookieCookie came to live with me because she is special needs.

She has diabetes.

I told her it would be OK. I will help her find a home.







Bow-Tie and Cookie hanging outIn the meantime, we will spend some time together.

We are also going to get her some acupuncture (I know that’s needles, but it doesn’t hurt.)

Maybe we can get her sugar under control and get her off the insulin.

But, she’s very good about her shots, so the right person would have no problem.

Until then, she’s under my watch and I’m on it.



Bow-Tie and Cookie taking a napI’m glad I can help this little girl.

She deserves a new home for the second half of her life.

Special needs just makes her even more special.









Thanks to my friend Miss Dee for bringing Cookie from Cat Depot to my house.

Bow-Tie and Miss Dee

Although clearly the only reason she came was to get a Bow-Tie hug!

See you all next week.

The Dapper Gent


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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – January 4, 2016

Happy New Year Everyone!

Let’s start the New Year off right.

“Right” in my book means helping others.

I have come to realize my main mission in life is to help.

To help others who need more than I do.

We can all do that, can’t we?

So, I’m starting the New Year off by doing just that.

Bow-Tie enjoying the sunSome people talk about the “Holiday Blues.”

Well, I’ve got the blues too, but in a very happy way.

Here’s a great big hint as to what I was up to this week.

No idea why I’m wearing blue and painting blue, right?

Let me explain.


My community has started a Blue Line Project.

A lovely lady comes and paints a blue stripe on driveways.

The stripe shows that the people who live in the house support First Responders.

First Responders are police, fire, and rescue vehicles.


Bow-Tie watching blue stripes on the sidewalkI’m all about rescuing, so I signed up!

Miss Sally came over and started our line.

But, she couldn’t start until I matched my bow tie to her paint.

Or before I took my rightful place of supervision.

“You may continue, Miss Sally.”





Bow-Tie examining the asphaltAll of a sudden something caught my eye and I left my place of supervision.

I saw a guy who looked just like me in the shadows.







Courage helps with the painting tooCourage came out to join the fun.

But she’s all about hugs and not so much about the work.









Me? I supervised every step of the way…

Bow-Tie and Courage supervising paint job

…including the removal of the tape at the end.


Bow-Tie and Courage give paw of approvalProject complete.

Bow-Tie paw of approval given.


Thanks, Miss Sally for our blue line.

We support those who rescue!


Mostly I support those who rescue cats.

Hey, we need a blue paw print on driveways!

Yea, there’s an idea.

Paws up, everyone!


Happy New Year!



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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – December 28, 2015

Dear Whitey,


Bow-Tie with a bookWhew!

Christmas season is a whirlwind of activity.

Humans are running way too fast, way too far.

They seem to have lost their minds.

I’m sitting here contemplating the whole thing.

From a cat’s point of view it looked crazy, am I right?




Can we talk?

Bow-Tie wants to talk

I think I have a paw on what cats really want.

Let me explain.

We put up with the noise, we put up with the costumes they put on us.

We want the fancy food they eat, but we don’t get much.

We ignore the toys and choose the box.






Bow-Tie discussing what cats really wantSo, what do we want?

The needs of cats are simple.

We just need food, shelter, and love.

Way too many cats never get those things.

The lucky ones like us find it and we need to be really thankful.




Bow-Tie chatting with WhiteyIt warms my heart to see so many cats adopted this month.

Cat Depot works hard and finds homes for so many.

My mission is to get all of the special needs cats a home this coming year.






I used to think my letter to you was personal, but I have come to realize a lot of humans read it too.

That’s good.

Because the humans are the ones who give us homes.

So humans reading this… Go adopt a cat!

If you have one, get him a friend.

If you have a human friend without a cat, convince them they need one.

If we all do our part this coming year, we can clean out the shelters.

Are you in with me?


Courage with a a toyOf course Christmas did bring gifts and some of us concentrated on the toys…

…I’m not mentioning who cared more about the toys.

Just suffice to say that I’m the serious one in the family.








And I got my Christmas wish…

…someone to love.

Bow-Tie and Courage

Have a good week, Whitey.

Happy New Year!

The Dapper Gent



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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – December 21 , 2015

Dear Whitey,

The season is in full swing now.

There are a lot of events for us to go to and we’re having fun.

This week we went to Lights of Love.

They light Christmas lights to remember pets who went over the Rainbow Bridge.

Mighty Lou was at the top of the tree and Helen Keller was up there with him.

BowTie enjoys sitting outside, watching the crowdsI’m a people watcher, so I enjoyed sitting out in the crowd.

Courage is more of a Little Miss Busy Body.

Courage on the table

She got right up on the table where they had gift stockings for pets.


Courage making friendsShe was also very interested in who was on the table…

It was Lily, Mighty Lou’s wife.







Bow Tie and Courage have a stockingWe bought a Christmas stocking to take home.

I let Courage sniff around to see what she would like.

It took her a long time, but she came up with some treats.






Bow Tie has his own ornamentI got something really special.

It was a special ornament with my name and a little bow tie on it.

I love it.







Bow Tie gets a travel bagSomething else came in the mail.

The envelope said, “To Bow-Tie from your biggest fan.”

Now I wonder who that could be (kitty snicker).

It was a special bag to carry my treats when I travel.

Mmmmmm… Just thinking about it gets me all excited.

Thanks to my biggest fan (and yes, I know you’re reading this!)



All of the lights were beautiful and meaningful.

All of the gifts are fun and appreciated.

But you know what Christmas is really about?

Loving someone and having them love you.

And yes, my Christmas wish came true…

Bow Tie and Courage snuggling

…Courage loves me.

And I love her.

May all of your Christmas wishes come true, my friend.

May all of the cats at Cat Depot find their own homes for Christmas.

Merry Christmas,
See you next week!



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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – December 14, 2015

Dear Whitey,

Things are in full mode “Holiday Spirit” over here.

It’s official now… the tree is up.

Well, MY tree is up.

What do you think?

Bowtie with his new tree

Quite the collection, don’t you think?


Bowtie putting a finishing touch on his tree

Oh, wait.

One more adjustment…

…Now it’s purrfect.

This will be my first Christmas.

Never before have I lived in a home.

Never before have I felt loved.

Never before have I been happy.



Things are different now!

I am so thankful to have a home of my own, someone to love me, and food every day.

My Christmas wish is that every cat at Cat Depot has the same happiness I do.

And if the special needs cats would be the first to find homes, I would be over the moon!


Now, I hear the tradition is to put milk and cookies out for a guy who comes down the chimney.

I won’t give up the milk and I don’t have any cookies, but…

Bowtie preparing for Santa Paws

…I have something more valuable to put out for him.

Bowtie waiting for SantaEveryone likes crinkle balls, don’t they?


Bowtie and Courage talking about SantaCourage has never had Christmas either.

This is the first time she has a home, love, food, safety, and is pain free.

So we had a little meeting.

“Yes, Courage, there is a Santa. He sends angels to adopt us and love us. You and I are very lucky.”






Bowtie posing by his tree




We’re on our way to a Merry Christmas.

I’ve got this one!


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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – December 7, 2015

Hi Whitey,

It’s the party season and I’m no slouch at parties.

We had a nice evening last night at our local pet supply shop.

It was time for Courage to make her public debut.

Courage in bow tie

I loaned her one of my old bow ties from before I had my purrsonal tailor.

She liked it.


Arrival to the storeAs soon as we got there, one of the owners of the store had to come over and greet us.

He likes that we are the only cats among all the dogs.







Bow Tie meets a dogSpeaking of dogs…

…this little sweetie came over to say hi.

He’s not special needs but he has special eyes.

One is brown and one is blue.

I liked that look.





Bow-Tie eats dog ice creamKnow what else I liked?

The ice cream!

They had special ice cream for dogs.

Of course they had none specific to cats.

I put in an order for tuna flavor next time.




Courage tastes ice cream for the first timeCourage never had ice cream before.

She didn’t understand the cold when she touched it.

With a little help, she got the idea.

We may be having some ice cream at our house from now on.






Bow-Tie wants shrimpsThey had shrimp too.

I wanted some, but they are hard to chew with no teeth.

A nice lady kept dipping her fingers in them and letting me drink the juice.

That’s service!







Bow-Tie gets a massageAnd then, speaking of service, of the most purrsonal kind…

…a couple nice ladies found my sweet spot and gave me a good massage in all the right places.








It was a great party and a lot of people came because they are our Facebook friends.

One Facebook friend couldn’t be there to meet us.


Bow-Tie gets a phone call

…she phoned in to see me all the way from Pennsylvania!

Now that’s a good friend!

We had a great time with great people.

Courage did wonderfully, and she will now be going everywhere with me.

Can’t wait to see everyone!

Party on, Dude!

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