Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – May 23, 2016

Bow-Tie with a red bow tieDear Everyone,

I’m out of town this weekend.

We are in Largo at a big cat show.

Notice the red tie?

The theme of the show is Red Hat Cats.

I can’t wear a hat because my ears are uneven (hee hee hee).

The bow tie will be just fine for me.



Pretty Courage in a red hatBut Courage is a girl and she likes to dress up.

She’s going into the show, so she has to look good.







We are both here to bring awareness to special needs cats.

All the cat people and the public are captivated with us.

They never knew special needs cats could be so wonderful.


Courage enjoys toysCourage was very popular with the kids.

They were amazed that she can play with the toys without seeing them.

She caught them every time and fascinated the kids.






Courage at the cat showThe judges loved her too.

They took the time to show how confident she is.

They let her play and strut her stuff.






Courage shows artShe liked waiting for the crowd to come adore her.









Bow-Tie provides a safe place for CourageMe?

I was the safe place for her between show rings.

She’s all full of herself in the show ring.

But when it comes right down to it, I’m all she needs.





So you know what I have to say to everyone who doesn’t like special needs cats?

Bow-Tie licks his nose

Take that!

You don’t know what you’re missing.

Bow-Tie winksSpecial needs cats rule!!

See you next week.

The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – May 16, 2016

Bow-Tie is a donutDear Everyone,

You know I’m a donut, right?

I mean, I’m part of the Baker’s Dozen of Cat Depot.


Here’s what I’m talking about:

In January of 2015 there were 58 cats removed from a horrible hoarding house.

They were taken to Cat Depot and treated medically.

Cat Depot released all but 13 to other shelters for adoption.

They named the 13 they kept The Baker’s Dozen.

I was one of those 13.


Each of us was given a donut name.

Bow-Tie when he was first rescuedMy name was Glaze.

I did not look good and certainly did not feel good in those first months.

I lost an ear, my tail, 26 of my teeth, and I have permanent respiratory problems.


I want to see my brothers and sisters again.


Friday June 3 is National Donut Day!

We have contacted each of my donut brothers and sisters.

We’re all going to get together again to celebrate our new lives.

We will be at Cat Depot on Friday, June 3, from 10 AM to noon.

The public is invited.


Ladies and gentlemen, meet my siblings:

Boston, one of the Baker's DozenThis is Boston.

His new mom is a Cat Depot Adoption Counselor.

Boston has kidney issues.








Churro, one of the Baker's DozenThis is Churro.

He has limited vision in one eye, and a funny ear like me.











Creme, one of the Baker's DozenThis is Creme.

She has eye problems.







Custard, one of the Baker's DozenThis is Custard, now known as


He has my eyes, don’t you think?

He’s the only one of us who doesn’t have permanent medical issues.





Dunkin, one of the Baker's DozenThis is Dunkin, now known as Jack.

He has a skin condition.







Dutchie, one of the Baker's DozenThis is Dutchie.

She was way under weight, but now she’s in good shape.







Fritter, one of the Baker's DozenThis is Fritter.

He has eye problems.








Frosting, one of the Baker's DozenThis is Frosting in her new home.

Evidently, having one eye doesn’t stop her from reading the newspaper.









Jelly, one of the Baker's DozenThis is Jelly.

She had one eye removed.

She is now the constant companion of a sweet little boy.






Maple, one of the Baker's DozenThis is Maple.

She’s beautiful, and has her eye on you.










Sprinkle, one of the Baker's DozenThis is Sprinkle.

His mom helped find all the other donuts.

She’s also doing a video to give to each of the donut families.

Sprinkle helped her.





Sugar, one of the Baker's DozenAnd finally we have sweet Sugar in her new home.

Sugar had one eye removed.






So, there you have it.

The Baker’s Dozen of Cat Depot.

We all have long-lasting problems caused by that horrible environment.

We are all very lucky to have been rescued and repaired.


Bow-Tie with donut bow tieHelp celebrate our good fortune and our new lives.

Meet us at Cat Depot on Friday June 3 from 10 AM to noon.

It’s the Baker’s Dozen Family Reunion.

What a sweet time we will all have!

The Dapper Gent


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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – May 9, 2016

Bow-Tie, Courage, Nancy, and Petunia at Carmel KitchenHi Everyone,

This weekend we attended a benefit for Cat Depot.

It was at Carmel Kitchen in Sarasota.

They donated a portion of all the sales that night to the kitties.

We had to be there for that!


Courage and I were there, and so was Petunia.

She always likes to go where there’s a crowd.

Big old Petunia is a real crowd pleaser.


I wanted to have a little fun with the big girl.

And… not to be outdone… I wanted to take center stage and “top” her act.

Hee hee hee.

Bow-Tie on Petunia's head

She couldn’t see me, but people thought it was funny.

There, Petunia… do you see me now?
Bow-Tie climbing on Petunia


Bow-Tie climbing on Petunia's faceYou can’t stop me with those big old paws!









Bow-Tie takes a leapWhoa Petunia!

You’re losing your grip!








Petunia wonders where Bow-Tie wentAnd Bow-Tie has left the building!

See you next time, Petunia!

The Dapper Gent


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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – May 2, 2016

Dear Everyone,

Bow-Tie preparing to work in the yardThere was a big Volunteer Appreciation event at Cat Depot this weekend.

I wasn’t invited so I didn’t attend.

No problem, I’m an Ambassador, not a volunteer.

What I did instead was stay home and supervise some yard work.

I was wheeled to the job in what seemed to be a fitting vehicle given the task at hand.



Bow-Tie inspecting bags with shellsAccording to these directions shells bring a beautiful, permanent addition to the garden.







Bow-Tie doesn't want to work in the yardBeautiful and permanent after a lot of work.

The work I do is spreading the work about special needs cats.

I do not spread shells on the ground.





Bow-Tie poses in the yardLeaving that to humans to do, I preferred the lighter task,,,

…posing in garden positions among other feline decor.







Bow-Tie poses on the porchAnd then the all important…

…catnap with some other feline friends.








Courage feels out the new shellsWhen the work was finished I brought Courage out to feel the new shells.

She enjoyed the new footing and smelling the flowers.

All in all it was a good weekend.

Work can be fun.





Bow-Tie approves of the projectSupervising has its reward in a job well done.

And this project has received the Official Bow-Tie Seal of Approval

See you next week.

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – April 25, 2016

Bow-Tie isn't just a pretty face - he is a working cat.Dear Everyone,

This is not just a pretty face.

This is the face of a working cat.

See my bow tie?

I’m about giving special needs cats a paw-up in life, and that includes money.

They need money to help with medical care to help them be all they can be.





Bow-Ties work to get fundingSo, I work hard on my end to get that funding.

Everywhere I go, I take my donation box.

It has my before and after pictures, and my story.

People can see how far I’ve come in life.

Then they see what money can do and they always drop in coins and dollars.




Bow-Tie counts money - and plays with the coin wrappersWhen the donation box is full it’s time to count.

The thing I like most about the counting is the coin wrappers.

They’re fun to chase around the room.

That is a bit unproductive though… back to work.




Bow-Tie goes through his pile of donationsI like to go through the big pile and see what’s there.

One person put a $20 bill in the box.

I remember that lady… she cried when she heard my story.







Bow-Tie sits on his money to appreciate itI’ve heard of people rolling around in a pile of cash to appreciate their landfall.

Me? I’m more reserved and prefer to just sit on it.


When all the counting was done, there was a total of $149.50 in the box.

That’s not bad for a working cat out there, working for Friends Like Me.

I’m going to add 50 cents from my treat money to make it an even $150.



Bow Tie Friends Like MEI told you I wasn’t just a pretty face.

I’m Bow-Tie and I work hard for special needs cats.

They are Friends Like Me!

See you next time.

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – April 18, 2016

Dear Everyone,

It’s a busy weekend for me.

I’m up in St. Pete at a cat show.

It’s a “fancy pants” cat club.

The only ones here without papers and long name are me and Courage.

So what?

We’re just as good as those fancy pants cats with pedigrees.

Our job is to educate people that shelter cats rule, and those pedigrees are just so much fluff.

I helped pack everything.

Bow-Tie in suitcase



Bow-Tie packing his coin bankThe most important things got packed first…

…my bow ties and the Friends Like Me coin bank.








We were there bright ad early, waitingBow-Tie and Courage waiting for the show to start for the show to start.

This is most unbecoming.

I hate waiting.







Bow-Tie ready for the show to startOnce we were all set up I got to take my place.

This is more like it.

My job is to sit on the table and help people put money into our donation box.

They love to pet me and marvel at my laid-back purrsonality.







Bow-Tie getting a hugSome cat lovers came just to see me.

This is a friend who came just to give me a hug.

I obliged.








Bow-Tie sharing breakfast with a friendBut there was one person in particular who I call a good friend.

She’s a breeder (not fond of that part) and is showing her cats.

She came by to say hi.

It was early in the morning.

She was hungry, and so was I.

We shared a cheese and egg sandwich.



Courage with her ribbonCourage was with us and she went into the show ring.

She did really well and seemed to really like the spotlight.

Everyone accepted her as a special needs cat and embraced her beauty.

She competed with all the other cats in her class and did very well.

She even placed 4th best in her whole class.

That’s really good, and I’m proud of her.

She’s pretty proud of herself too.

And we’re both proud that we can represent special needs cats here in front of this large audience.

We are well received and have spent the weekend educating people that special needs cats are indeed special.


Bow-Tie restingOn the other hand (I mean paw)…

…the whole thing was quite exhausting.

See you next week!

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – April 11, 2016

Dear Everyone,

This is going to be a very sad story turned into a happy story.

That’s what I’m all about.

Taking the bad and turning it into good.

Cat Depot did that for me, and I believe in passing it on!


Cages with cats saved by Cat Depot's Community Cat teamHere’s where it all began…

…in a hoarding house.

Cat Depot’s Community Cat team went in and rescued all the cats.






Among those cats was a little girl, terrified and sight impaired.

They named her Blueberry.

Bow-Tie kisses Blueberry

You’ve heard her story before.

Her nickname was Turtle Girl, because she wouldn’t come out of her shell.


Blueberry with a harnessWell, not in Bow-Tie’s world!

I have been working with this little girl for two months now.

Look how far she’s gotten…

…I’ve been taking her outside.

That’s waaaaay out of her shell.




Bow-Tie and Blueberry outsideI’m so proud of her.

She stays close for comfort, but has started going off on her own.







Blueberry ready to exploreShe was born in and lived in a filthy attic for her first 9 months of life.

The whole outside world is new to her.







Blueberry and CourageShe likes saying hi to the kitties inside while she’s out in the big world.








Blueberry relaxesShe’s comfortable in the outside world now.

We keep her leash on in case she does something crazy.








Blueberry digs a holeOh wait. She did do something crazy…

…she dug a big hole…







Blueberry rolls on the ground…and then she rolled in it.

She had a good time.

She’s got a good life now.

She is healthy and happy.

She still can’t see very well, but that’s not important.

What’s important is she gets to be a happy cat in a happy home forever.

Thank you Cat Depot, and thank you Community Cats.


Blueberry enjoys the worldIt’s a big world out there Blueberry…

…and it’s yours to enjoy!

See you all next week.

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – April 4, 2016

Bow-Tie with dog bone bowtieHi Everyone,

Did you know I like all special needs animals, not just cats?

Of course cats are my purreference, but I love them all.

This weekend I had a special assignment with someone very special.


See my bow tie?

It’s dog bones.


Because I took care of a special needs dog.

Bow-Tie and TopoThis is Topo.

As soon as he got to my house I kissed him right on the mouth.

I just knew we would have a great weekend together.

Topo is a retired show dog and he was quite the celebrity in his day.

He is retired now, but still beautiful and very loving.

He had a stroke, he has glaucoma, and a lot of his teeth are missing (just like me).

He’s so special, and he needs me.


Bow-Tie walking TopoIt was my job to show him around.

I took him by his leash.








Bow-Tie and Topo checking out the deckIt was a really nice day to be outside.

He was content to lie around, but I always had my watchful eye on him.







Bow-Tie and Topo both have a droopy earNow this is funny…

…you see he has the same ear problem I do?

We are both one-eared, and it’s our right one.

Or is he just making fun of me?






Topo kissing Bow-TieHe was always kissing me.








Bow-Tie and TopoSometimes he just nosed me.

His tongue has a mind of its own.

It’s from the stroke, and because he doesn’t have any teeth to hold it in.

I just love this guy and all his special qualities!





Bow-Tie and Topo holding pawsWhat did I learn from this weekend with my special needs friend?

That all animals need love and give love.

We need to be kind to them all and love them for who they are.

We need to teach that to all our humans too.






Bow-Tie says cats ruleOh, and I did learn one more thing…

…cats are supreme to dogs and must be honored by them.

Bow to me you simple canine!

Hee hee hee hee




See you all next week.

Thanks for the weekend, Topo!

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – March 28, 2016

Bow-Tie with film cameraHi Everyone,

I’m so excited!

What a great week I had and I can’t wait to share it!

This week my blog will be a picture show.

Know why?

Because a big California screenwriter came to see me and Cat Depot.

The best thing is, he adopted one of my special needs friends!

This is Hunter.

Hunter, special needs cat from the Friends Like Me program

Hunter has neurological problems and walks all wobbly.

His head is wobbly too, but he’s so cute.

Hunter relaxing, being cuteThis is the face that attracted his new dad.

I put it on my Facebook page and asked someone to please adopt him.

It worked!

His new dad flew in from California and swooped him up.

Hunter had no idea what was in store for him.



Hunter, special needs cat, looking around his new homeThis is his confused face (hee hee hee)

He just flew all the way across the country and found himself in a new place.

Any cat would be confused.






Hunter looking around his new roomBut he relaxed very quickly.

Looking around the room, he senses there may be some music in his future.







Hunter with his new big brotherHe has a new big brother too.

Brother Saigo is cool, but there’s that confused look on Hunter’s face again.






Hunter lies down to eatHunter likes to lie down to eat.

Saigo probably thought that was weird, but it didn’t interrupt his own dinner.










Hunter on his yoga matHunter has to exercise his legs so he can walk better.

He brought his own yoga mat with him.








Hunter is going to have a long, happy life in Sunny California.

Hunter happy to be a valley boyHe’s a Valley Boy now, and he’s really happy…

…this is his big smile face.


I’m so happy for Hunter and so thankful to his new dad.

Thanks also to Cat Depot for giving him a chance, and to his foster dad, Dennis.


You want to know why his new dad knew about Friends Like Me all the way in California?


Because one day he Googled “Super Hero Cat” and found this…

Mighty Lou Super Hero Cat

…the founder of Friends Like Me.


Thanks everyone!

See you next week.

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – March 21, 2016

Bow-Tie sadHi Everyone,

This is my sad look.

You know what makes me sad?

Seeing all the lost dogs and cats on Facebook.

Have you seen them all?

I always try to spread the news if they’re local, so they can get back home.





Bow-Tie in the yardIt’s really bad when a pet is lost.

They’re very scared and often hide, so it’s hard to find them.

Cats are especially scared, so people have a hard time even seeing them.

They say only 2% of lost cats are returned to their owners.






Bow-Tie demonstrates how small a cat isWe’re really small, and the world is really big… and scary.

There are so many dangers outside.







Bow-Tie in the jungleOnce we have a nice home, we are unequipped to handle the outside.

Everything poses a danger and we have a terrible time.







Bow-Tie poses in the yardSo, what’s the answer?

Most importantly, don’t let indoor cats outside.

Sometimes we make a mistake and run out an open door.

Please run after us!

We really would rather be inside than outside.





Bow-Tie talks about microchipping petsAnd, there is something you can do as soon as you adopt us, to make sure we get back home.

A microchip!

It’s as tiny as a grain of rice.

It goes under the skin with a needle in seconds.

And it saves lives!




Bow-Tie the explorerEvery microchip has a unique number and is registered.

It has the cat’s information and the owner information.

Cat Depot puts a microchip in every single cat before they are adopted.

Then, when they are adopted, the new owner’s information is registered.

Microchips give us the best chance of getting back home to you.




Bow-Tie peeking through the fenceWant to hear a funny story?

A lady adopted a dog and the shelter told her he had a microchip.

She asked how far he could go before it started beeping.

That’s funny, because a microchip isn’t a tracking device, like a GPS.

Anyone who finds a lost animal still needs to take it to a shelter or vet to be scanned.

A scanner can detect the microchip and find the owner.




Bow-Tie presents the moral of the storyThe moral of the story?

Humans – keep your cat inside.

Cats – stop running out the door.

Cat Depot – thanks for microchipping us!

Until next week,

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