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 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 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 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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From the Files of Mighty Lou – March 30, 2015

Hey Whitey and Friends,

Here’s another of my many archived tidbits………..

Mighty Lou Weathers the Storm

 

 

You know what I’ve been thinking about lately? The storms of life. The seas are not always calm, my friend. Sometimes they’re a little rough and your footing is a little unsure.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Mighty Lou on Boat

 

Sometimes you have to get out there and look into the distance to chart the best course in life.

 

Humans are great at just plunging in and then getting themselves into trouble. They make fun of cats because we plan every move with caution. But isn’t that better?

 

 

 

Mighty Lou in the Driver's Seat

 

 

I like to get into the driver’s seat right away. Mighty Lou likes to be in charge, as you know. When I’m in charge and rough seas come, I can calm the storms with my mighty cape power.

 

We have power to calm the storms in our humans’ lives, too. You know how? With our purr. Yep, nothing calms a human quicker or more efficiently than the purr of a good cat.

So help me spread the word. “Adopt” is the word of the day. “Adopt” is the only way.

 

Mighty Lou knows all

 

 

​And there is yet another storm calmed by the Mighty One!
​Later, Dudes,
Mighty Lou, Caped Crusader

 

 

 

 

Hey Mighty Lou,

I really miss you, Caped buddy! I do look forward to your files, but it’s not same.

I continue to work hard to tell humans how important it is to adopt our little furry friends at Cat Depot. They all dream of a forever home like you and I have or had.

You are so right about our “purrs” being so calming to our humans. My Mom melts when I purr. I can pretty much get anything I want with a little purr!

Whitey Wobbles takes a nap

 

I’m working hard to spread the word to adopt, donate or volunteer to help Cat Depot!
Time for my nap.

Whitey Wobbles, Caped Crusader

 

From The Files of Mighty Lou – March 24, 2015

Hello Friends,

Here’s another file I’m leaving behind. My file cabinet is full so Ol’ Mighty Lou’s wisdom will be floating around for a while.

This is the first week of Spring!

Mighty Lou with Goggles

 

Pictures from my files show me looking both enthusiastic and somewhat remiss about the whole thing. Don’t know if it was the warmer weather or the ridiculous goggles but it’s not one of my better looks.

 

 

 
Mighty Lou is ready to swim

 

This gives a little better angle. Can’t mess with the handsomeness of Mighty Lou.

 

You know what I think is important though?

 

 

Mighty Lou with Rubber Ducky

 

That no matter who you are, human or feline, that you have someone you enjoy spending time with. I always loved everyone I spent time with.

Please help continue to spread the word to humans that cats are some of the best friends they will every have. Cats fill the heart in places other people can’t.

You keep promoting adoption. And for my sake, please keep promoting those special needs guys…….they’re the best.

As for me?  I’m still working…..just in a different place.

Love ya.

 

 

 

Mighty Lou Naps on the Blanket

 

Bye for now.

Mighty Lou, Caped Crusader

 

 

From the Files of Mighty Lou

Hi Whitey,

Don’t freak, my man. I was not able to garner up enough cape power to get back to you. Sorry. But I don’t want my good work and my legacy to help special needs cats to stop because I had to leave. I have left behind volumes of my oh-so-creative and ever-entertaining writings to still thrill my public. Your Ol’ Mighty Lou cannot be silenced. The work is too big and has to go on.

So……

​…writings and pictures will go on.

Mighty Lou at His Computer

 

My weekly blog will go on and my Facebook page will go on.

I have left instructions in my files that someday, somewhere, someone will take my place. (I already have some ideas).

Until you receive further instruction from me, know that I’m here, on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge, watching over special needs cats everywhere.

I miss everyone and I know everyone is sad because I’m no longer there.

 

Don’t be sad.

Continue my work and my files will direct the path.

Mighty Lou at Computer

 

With cape power from beyond, I am,

Mighty Lou, Caped Crusader

The Mighty Lou Memorial Fund was set up to continue his mission and a very special room at Cat Depot will be dedicated to Mighty Lou. Donate to Mighty Lou’s Memorial Fund.

Response from Whitey Wobbles

I hear you good buddy! You just made my day, because I do miss my best caped buddy (BCB) very much.

I’m staying on this side of the rainbow bridge to carry on as you direst! You can count on Whitey Wobbles!

Whitey Wobbles and his friends

 

I have been teaching Daisy Doodles and Harley a few things that will help us also. They are all for helping special needs cats and Cat Depot cats in general. They both donated their allowance to buy food for the monthly food bank.

Keep up the instructions from wherever you are…good to hear from you, ML!

Your Caped friend,
Whitey Wobbles

 

Mighty Lou Gets the Final Word

Dear Friends,

I just took another adventure. This was my final adventure. I passed over the Rainbow Bridge last night. Please don’t be sad, I don’t want that. What I want is for you to remember me for my Mightiness and my caped strength.

Mighty Lou's Final Blog

 

 

I was special needs and my second chance at life was special.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou had many adventures

 

The world is a big place. It’s frightening for a cat on their own. But the lucky ones who are saved and given a second chance get to enjoy it. ​I wanted to make a mark on this new world I was given and worked hard to do that.

I charted my own course and enjoyed every ride. My mission was to show people that special needs cats are indeed special. We may take extra effort, but we’re so worth it.

 

Mighty Lou Loved to Make People Laugh

 

 

 

My way of showing people that was to make them laugh. You just laughed, didn’t you? Good. I don’t want you to be sad.

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou Loved a Party

 

 

No one loved a good party more than me! Bad Legs?  What bad legs. I could shake it up pretty good!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou and Jackson Galaxy

 

 

I wasn’t intimidated by anyone. Jackson Galaxy thinks he’s somebody? He’s met his match in me.

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou on the Radio

 

 

I wasn’t intimidated by public speaking either. ​If I could get a chance to talk about special needs, I was there. When Mighty Lou speaks they listen (take that, E.F.Hutton).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou was committed to raising funds for special needs cats

 

 

My mission was always to promote adoption, support and love for special needs. ​I did what I could whenever I could to help Friends Like Me.

 

 

 

Mighty Lou admiring Mighty Lou

 

 

Of course I did it the Mighty Lou way because no one admired me more than me!​​​

 

 

 

Mighty Lou on the cover of Sarasota Pet Magazine

 

 

Except when it was the entire population admiring me….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou in his Tuxedo

 

 

 

 

No one liked a party more me. And, by the way, no one looked better in a tux than me.

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou in his lion costume

 

 

 

Actually, I looked good in just about anything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou weathered many storms

 

 

 

I weathered all kinds of storms in my life……but I did it with my Mighty Lou smile and those piercing eyes.

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou fought many battles

 

I fought battles in my life. Not the battle of special needs but the battle to get humans to love us as we are. I was one of the very lucky ones to be so loved by so many.

So I leave some parting words for humans everywhere. Please consider opening your heart to a special needs animal. Special needs simply means they need a little extra. In exchange they give so much more back.

The Mighty Lou legacy will go on.
Friends Like Me will go on.
My love for you will go on.

 

 

 

Mighty Lou at Computer

 

 

 

Thank you for reading my blog and letting me share my Mighty Lou-isms. ​I enjoyed it.

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou's Final Blog

 

 

 

Remember me with a smile. Keep the memory, humor and uniqueness of Mighty Lou alive.

I loved you all.

Mighty Lou, Caped Crusader

 

Mighty Lou is Grumpy

I am grumpy (in attitude, not an impostor of that somewhat well known other guy) about the weather. Can you tell me what’s going on these days?  Yesterday is the perfect example of what I’m talking about.

Mighty Lou in Blanket

 

 

I slept a little late because I was so cold. I had to get an extra blanket on my bed.

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou hides from the cold

 

 

 

It was time to get up but I was not exactly into it. Everywhere I looked it said “cold”.

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou Huddles in his Blanket

 

 

Are they kidding? Are we in Florida or what? Is it really supposed to be near freezing here? I don’t think so.

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou dons winter duds

 

 

 

It was time to get up and brave it though. So the Caped Crusader did what had to be done. I donned some winter duds and headed into the day. You’re laughing aren’t you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou Dons His Flannel Cape

 

Well it’s cold; what am I supposed to do?! I even had to wear my flannel cape reserved for only the most severe temperatures. It was still just too cold yesterday morning to do anything productive.

And I wasn’t having any of it. So I made the decision just to give in and go back in the house.

However………Mighty Lou does not give in even to the weather. And I must have the last word.

 

 

So hey, you weather….

 

 

 
Mighty Lou sticks his tongue out

 

​Take that!!

 

Until next week, stay warm and stay cool!

Mighty Lou, Caped Crusader

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Mighty Lou Love Me Tender

Elvis did “Love Me Tender,” but Cat Depot did it better!

Mighty Lou gets a new cape for Cat Depot's gala

 

Saturday night was the “Love Me Tender” Gala and quite a party it was (view photos of the gala). I had a special cape made for the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou on his pedestal

 

 

It’s a good thing I did because as soon as I got there they put me in the position I rightfully belong. On a pedestal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou's badge

 

I acted as official greeter (although they gave me a name tag that said otherwise).

 

 

 

Mighty Lou and Jeff Donahue

 

I was all set to meet and greet the public. My first visitor was an old friend. ​Jeff and I go way back to my Cat Depot days so I let him help me with my glasses.

 

 

 

 
Mighty Lou and Jeff have matching glasses

 

 

​We had a private moment before the crowd began. Don’t you think we look good in matching glasses?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou with Bev Meadows and Garo Partoyan

 

 

​Everyone who was anyone wanted a moment with Ol’ Mighty Lou, Founders included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou meets Elaine Spang

 

 

​​I hadn’t met Miss Elaine before but she passed the Mighty Lou sniff test. She can stay.

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou and Mary Budd

 

 

 

​Mary Budd had that “I found you so you owe it all to me” look on her face. She’s right though, I do owe her for bringing me to Cat Depot in the first place.

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou and Katie Norvell

 

 

 

​Old friend and big fan, Miss Katie, stopped by for a Mighty Lou smooch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou and Shelley Thayer

 

​Miss Shelley was still hard at it all night but she never misses an opportunity to touch the great cape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou and Lynn Rasys

 

Miss Lynn and I posed for quite the formal portrait. Lookin’ good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou and Petunia - Cat Depot's Mascot

 

 

​Not all of my admirers were human. Petunia couldn’t believe her eyes. Even she dared to touch the mighty cape.

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou and his admirers

 

 

Everywhere I turned they were looking for the Mighty Lou stamp of approval. ​You’re good to go, girls.

 

 

 

Mighty Lou sits down to dinner

 

 

Finally I got a break for dinner. ​Dining on mahi mahi, Hyatt Regency style. Not a bad paycheck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou receives a Valentine

 

 

​Everyone got a Valentine at the table including me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou checks out a $4,000 bracelet

 

 

​They tried to get me to bid on a $4000 bracelet. Uh, thanks but no thanks. Not right now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou works at the checkout table

 

 

After dinner I was back to work. ​In addition to opening the night as greeter, I closed the night at the auction check-out table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou and Lena Hernandez

 

 

​Miss Lena did a fantastic job but everyone needs a little Mighty Lou assurance.

 

 

Dude, I’ll tell ya I had a great night but it was long. I was there at 5 PM and I didn’t leave until after 11 PM. Now only a guy can relate to this, but I had finally had it with that tuxedo. I couldn’t wait to get out of it.

 

 

I waited until everyone had left the building and then I did it. The tux and the cape were off………..
Mighty Lou has left the building

 

 

​….and Mighty Lou has left the building.

Thanks, Cat Depot, for a great time.

Mighty Lou, Caped Crusader

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