Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – October 19, 2015

Bow-Tie has a new bow tie with starsHi Whitey,

See my new tie?

It has stars.

It’s a gift from Miss Marianne at Cat Depot.

I’m wearing it today to tell you I’m not going to be the star of the blog today.

Today I’m going to let Helen Keller be the star.

 

 

 

Helen Keller dressed up for the eventWe got her all dressed up for the big day.

Isn’t she cute?

You may or may not know that Caroline Resnick is a trapper and works with feral cats.

She is the nice lady who trapped Helen Keller and first realized she had special needs.

It’s only fitting that Helen Keller shines in this blog.

Here ya go.

 

 

 

Caroline donated funds to Cat Depot for the Caroline Resnick Surgical Suite.

That’s where Cat Depot spays and neuters feral cats to control the population and ensure their health.

The ribbon cutting was Friday and Helen Keller wanted to be there to honor Caroline.

 

Miss Marianne decorated the tables.Decoration for ribbon cutting ceremony

She even included little feral traps she made out of paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There ceremony was about to begin, but before it did…

Helen Keller and Caroline Resnick… Caroline spent a quiet moment with Helen Keller.

Ribbon cutting ceremony_resizedThe ribbon cutting was about to happen.

Cameras were already rolling.

Caroline had to make sure Helen Keller’s tutu was presentable for the big moment.

 

 

 

 

 

TV crewA television crew came to cover the event.

It’s possible you may see that little pink tutu on the big screen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then it happened.

The ribbon was cut and the applause broke out.

The Caroline Resnick Surgical Suite was official…

 

Ribbon is cut_resized Caroline Resnick surgical suite_resized

…and ready to change the face of the feral population in the area.

A truly necessary service provided by Caroline, the trappers with her here, and Cat Depot.

 

Helen Keller and trappoerWait a minute.

Now, here’s something you don’t see every day.

A rough, tough, manly feral trapper holding a kitty in a pink tutu.

Ahhh… they all fall for the pretty girl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow tieThere you have it – the day Helen Keller’s star shined.

And all I got was a bow tie.

Next week!

 

 

 

 

Love,
Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

 

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – September 8th

Dear Whitey,

This was a huge week for me, for Cat Depot, and for our feline friends.

I know you and your family worked hard too. Everyone did.

Bow-Tie working hard for the giving challengeI was able to be there at Cat Depot when the Giving Challenge started.

Everyone was putting donations into the computers and the numbers added up fast.

They were all excited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie and Petunia working for the Giving ChallengeMiss Lynn took us over to meet the people who were matching funds. Petunia and I got to go along as mascot and spokescat for Cat Depot.

Now that things have calmed down a bit, I’m going to talk to Petunia about how to hold me.

She always puts me in a choke hold. She doesn’t hurt me, but it doesn’t look professional.

I prefer a view from the top!

 

 

 

 

There we were, Petunia and me, right in front of the whole Community Foundation.

Cameras were sure snapping on this one.

Bow-Tie on Petunias head - a view from the top!

 

The event at JDub’s Brewery was a lot of fun.

Bow-Tie at JDub's brewery, posing with his custom label!

I got to sit on the bar all afternoon and greet people.

Bow-Tie makes a friendThe best part for me was meeting a new little friend and then seeing her adopted.

She went home that afternoon, and so did one of her siblings.

That made me really happy.

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie at JDub's brewery, posing with his custom label!

This is a picture a lot of people posted on their Facebook pages.

Contrary to the comments by those people, I did not drink too much.

What I did was get worn out from working too hard, so I took a little cat nap.

 

 

 

 

 

It was a very exciting week and a very good week for Cat Depot.

The donations received during the Giving Challenge will benefit and help care for the cats all year.

My thanks to everyone who worked so hard, and everyone who gave help to our feline friends.

Have a good week, Whitey.

Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – August 31, 2015

Dear Whitey,

What a week I’ve had, and it’s not over yet!

Event after event, that’s my life lately. I’m loving it, but it’s a purrty grueling schedule. Not for the faint of heart.

As you know, Friday was National Bow Tie Day. As a part of that, Cat Depot offers specially selected cats for $20.00 until September 2. That’s wonderful, because we can help those guys find homes.

 

Gracie with bowtieI’ve been posting their pictures and stories on Facebook all week. My purrsonal favorite is Gracie.

She’s a pretty little girl and she’s special needs, so she’s close to my heart.

She has seizures so she needs medicine, but she is a wonderful girl.

If she gets adopted, I’m donating my allowance in her honor.

You said you would do the same, so let’s both hope she gets home really soon.

 

 

 

 

Then tBow Tie relaxing at Cat Depothere was the Bow-Tie Meet and Greet from 4-7 PM on Friday.

I took a nice little seat and was very laid back about the whole thing.

But then I decided to show my sense of humor for the crowd….

 

 

 

Bow Tie and Petunia

…I jumped on Petunia’s head and the crowd went crazy with laughter.

That was fun!

 

Bow Tie working the money boxOn to the next event on Saturday, which was a pet expo called Crazy 4 Paws.

My mom had a booth for her paintings, but I worked the money box.

That’s what I do best.

When people hear my story, dollars start dropping into the box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday I’m off to a special event at JDub’s Brewery.

Bow Tie BrewThey’ve gone and done it…

…They named a beer after me!

Can you believe it?

It’s called Bow-Tie’s Brew.

 

 

Bow Tie Brew

 

Bow-Tie’s Brew, that’s the brew for me!

The event is from 1-4 PM and I’ll be there to see everyone. My Cat Depot friends will be there, chatting up the Giving Challenge.

Bow Tie working the receptionSpeaking of the Giving Challenge, it’s on September 1-2 from noon to noon.

This is the big deal for me and for Cat Depot.

It’s the chance to make $100,000 in 24 hours.

My shift starts at noon on September 1st.

I’ll be there, helping the wonderful volunteers answer the phones and take donations.

People can call Cat Depot from noon to noon September 1-2. They can also enter their donations online.

 

 

 

 

Bow Tie promoting the Giving ChallengeSome people have already completed forms and volunteers will be entering their donations during that time.

It’s going to be fun, because Cat Depot will be open 24 hours for a big Cat’s Pajamas time.

We’ve done everything we can to make this a fun week and build-up to the Giving Challenge. But, the Giving Challenge is really serious business.

The funds received during these 24 hours will help our feline friends live at Cat Depot until they find homes.

We all have to do our part.

We all have to tell everyone we know and have them tell everyone they know. This is so important.

 

 

 

Bow Tie with money bow tieOh! And for everyone who is a first time giver, their money will be doubled up to $250!

That means if you find a person who didn’t give to Cat Depot in last year’s giving challenge and they give $250, Cat Depot gets $500!

That’s huge!

So, Whitey, I know I can count on you and your family. Let’s get everyone else to commit to Giving Challenge 15.

Are ya with me?

 

 

Thanks.

Bow-Tie, The Dapper Gent

 

 

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – August 24, 2015

Dear Whitey,Bow Tie, Cat Depot spokescat

I’m so excited about next week I’m writing my blog a day early.

This is just so big, I had to share it with you and I couldn’t wait.

Look… I’m wearing the bow tie you sent me.

You better get your matching bow tie on and wear it all week, especially Friday.

 

Bow Tie, Cat Depot spokescat

Are you puzzled as to why I’m telling you to wear your bow tie? (Little kitty pun there, and it’s intended.)

Bow Tie, Cat Depot spokescat

 

Yipes!
Stripes!
This announcement is big!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here it is.

Friday, August 28th is….

Bow Tie, Cat Depot spokescat

….National Bow Tie Day!
It really is!

 

Bow Tie, Cat Depot spokescat

And in honor of National Bow Tie Day, Cat Depot is having a special event. It’s called Bow-Tie’s Overstock Adoption Special!

I had to put my kitty tie on for that big announcement!

From August 28 to September 2, specially selected cats will be available for a $20 adoption fee.

The cats will be identified with bow ties on their cards.

They will also be displayed on poster boards showing their name, photo, and story.

 

 

 

 

Bow Tie, Cat Depot spokescatI’ll be bugging people all week on Facebook to go to Cat Depot on Friday. (Another little kitty pun.)

I’ll tell them to go meet and hopefully adopt those specially selected cats.

You know what else?

I will be there in purrson!

 

 

Bow Tie, Cat Depot spokescat

From 4-7 on Friday, August 28th people can come to Cat Depot and meet me. I’m all ready for it and I have selected my ties from my extensive wardrobe.

 

Bow Tie, Cat Depot spokescat

All of this is in anticipation of the Giving Challenge which will be September 1-2.

I will be at Cat Depot on September 2nd too, but more on that later. This is enough excitement for one blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow Tie, Cat Depot spokescatSo, wear your bow tie this week! And tell your friends to come to Cat Depot on Friday, August 28th to help us celebrate.

People will be able to meet me from 4-7 PM.

I will be there looking dapper and excited!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You have a good week. I’ll have a very busy one.

Bow-Tie, The Dapper Gent

P.S. See this video about me they made at Cat Depot:

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – August 17, 2015

Hi Whitey,

This week I attended a very important meeting at Cat Depot. We had to make sure everything is in place for the Giving Challenge. It’s September 1-2, but it takes a lot to get it all ready.

As the spokescat for the event, I was honored to be invited to attend. I was even more excited about what happened when I got there.

Miss Mary was there waiting for me and said she had a treat for me.

Do you know what the crazy lady did?

She made me a Bow-Tie Buffet!

Bow-Tie's buffet!

When she opened and served all those cans my mouth was hanging open.

I was overwhelmed.

But I dove right in…..

Bow-Tie digs in at his Cat Depot  buffet

…..then it was Miss Mary’s turn to have her mouth hanging open.

She was really getting a kick out of me devouring all those delicacies. I couldn’t eat it all so she packed me a nice kitty bag to take home. She’s my new best friend!

TMeeting with Bow-Tie at Cat Depothen it was time for the meeting to start. I got to sit on the table so I could see everything and visit everyone.

That’s miss Linda with the pretty blonde hair. She makes all my bow ties.

Notice my new money tie complete with a real silver dollar!

 

 

 

 

 

Bow Tie and Maria at Cat DepotThe brochure they created is beautiful, isn’t it?

That’s Miss Maria with me. She will be posting our blogs from now on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow Tie and Beverly at Cat DepotIt’s not often a cat gets some purrsonal time with a co-found of Cat Depot. Miss Beverly was so very tender with me she put me to sleep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s not wrong to take a little cat nap during a meeting, is it?

Bow-Tie napping at Cat Depot

Anyway, that was my first meeting and I really liked it. Everyone was so nice and we are all geared up for the Giving Challenge.

Here’s to $100,000 for Cat Depot in 24 hours!

The thing that will stick with me though was the Bow-Tie Buffet provided by Miss Mary. Every time I think of it…..

Bow-Tie wagging his cute nub tail

…..I have to wag my little nub!

See you next week.

Bow-Tie, The Dapper Gent

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Breaking. Official Spokescat for the 2015 Giving Challenge.

 

Happy August. This is going to be a busy month for me, and I’ll need your help. Actually we’ll need everyone’s help. I have been appointed Official Spokescat for the 2015 Giving Challenge. What is the Giving Challenge you say? Let me tell you! Bowtiemoneyshot

Look at my very special Giving Challenge Tie and tag. Can you get what’s being given?  Yep.

Cat Depot is challenging everyone to help them raise $100,000 in 24 hours!

Cats count on Cat Depot when their lives hang in the balance. I know that all too well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowtiebefore

 

 

When I was rescued with 49 other cats I was declared the worse of the group. Starved, bloody, parasite infested, diseased, rotten teeth, infections and the list goes on. I don’t like to think about those days, but we have to in order to help others like me.

 

 

 

 

 

Bowtiewithmoney

Today I am the picture of health and happiness. It’s the firm financial foundation of medical care that got me healthy. (Little kitty humor there because I’m standing on money.  Get it?  he he)

This is the one time of year Cat Depot pulls out all the stops and yells “Give!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BowtiepawingmoneyThe Patterson Foundation is ready to match funds from new donors up to $250.00 each. That means find a person who never donated to Cat Depot and get them to give! Their donation doubles. ​I’ll be there on this end to scoop up the cash.

The dates of the 2015 Giving Challenge are September 1st-2nd from Noon to Noon. That’s 24 hours and everyone will be working to get the funds rolling in. I’m going to be talking about it on my Facebook page so I can get my fans to give. There are some events I’m going to attend this month so I’ll promote it then, too.

 

 

 

 

 

Bowtiemoney3We need everyone’s help and everyone’s dollars.

And my purrsonal message will be……..

​…..make what happened to me matter.

 

See you next week.

Bow-Tie, The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – June 27, 2015

Dear Whitey and Friends,

It’s been a rainy week so my adventures have been inside. In fact it was Helen Keller who had the outside adventure this week. She brought the excitement home to me.

Bow-Tie is happy about his bag of toys

 

 

 

There were toys involved so I was all happy.

 

 

 

 

Helen Keller gets a kiss from a friend

 

 

She got to go to Cat Depot. A special friend spent some smoochy time with her in the gift shop. She’s such a girly girl.

Sometimes Helen Keller gets a little scared in different places because she doesn’t know where she is. It looks like this was a nice quiet moment for the two of them.

 

 

 

Marianne and Helen Keller

 

 

 

Next stop was to visit someone we both know. Miss Marianne came to say hi to her. I know your mom works with Miss Marianne now doing the adoptions at Cat Depot. She’s such a nice lady. She brought a gift to Helen Keller and she sent one home for me.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie helps Helen Keller find her toys

 

 

 

I had to help her open the package and find the toys. She does everything I do but I have to be right next to her so she can feel me.

Can I tell you something confidentially?

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie took Helen Keller's foil ball

 

 

 

I took advantage of the fact she can’t see. She got this foil ball in her bag and its my favorite toy. I took it and put it in my bag.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie is ashamed that he stole Helen Keller's foil ball

 

 

 

I know it was the wrong thing to do and I do feel ashamed. But it was a foil ball – I couldn’t help myself.

 

 
Bow-Tie was born to take care of Helen Keller

She got to have everything else and she’s happy. I take really good care of her.

Since she’s come to us, I have a real purpose to my life. The struggle I went through for all those years is now worth it. It taught me that no matter what hardships we have, there is always someone who is needs more.

My someone is Helen Keller.

A friend gave me a quote by Mark Twain.  It says:

“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.”

I was born to take care of my Helen Keller.

Humans can use that quote, too, and they can find their purpose may be to dedicate themselves to helping animals.

Wouldn’t that be great?

See you next week.

Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

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Hi there, Bowtie!

I understand about the foil ball incident…I won’t tell a soul that you took it out of Helen Keller’s bag!

White Loves Foil Balls

I have a huge foil ball that I hide from Daisy Doodle and Harley. It is very special to me.

You are doing a fantastic job taking care of Helen Keller. I think you are falling for her…I see that look in your eyes. Be careful dude, you haven’t known her that long.

My Mom says she loves working with Miss Marianne, Miss Nancy and Miss Sue. They do a great job getting kittens and cats adopted every day. Did you know they have 34 new residents that came in last week? I’m getting my friends and my Mom’s friends to donate food for them.

 

 

Whitey Wobbles on the lanai

 

This rainy weather has me down. I like to play on the screened lanai, but it’s too wet out there. My Mom saved the day when she put my scratcher bed on the lanai for me to sit in.  She even served me dinner there!

Keep up the good work, Bowtie.  I know Mighty Lou is watching us and sending us good vibes!

Whitey Wobbles

Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – July 20, 2015

Dear Whitey,

Man-to-Man, I’ve been struggling to find my place here. But I’ve found it now and it works.

I don’t have any mighty powers but I have one thing that works………
Bow-Tie uses his cuteness to his advantage

 

 

 

My cuteness factor is very high. That in itself is where my strength lies.

I’m finding that it works for me and gets the job done.

See my tie? It’s full of kittens. Cat Depot is full of kittens, too.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie Has an Idea

 

 

An idea came to me as I was sleeping on my little couch.
The shock of it jarred me out of my sleep and I fell right off the couch!

But then I realized if I put my cuteness and kitten tie out there on Facebook, something could happen. And it did.

Once people on Facebook saw my plea to go get kittens, they did.

Now, I’m not saying everyone went to Cat Depot because I asked them to. But the fact remains there were 13 kittens adopted in one weekend and my mug was out there promoting.

Then I realized something else. My mission is to help special needs cats.

They don’t get much more special than my Helen Keller so I’m partnering with her. She and I will work together to make a double difference for special needs cats.

Bow-Tie and Helen Keller

 

Once she went onto Facebook and asked for help with special needs cats, people responded.

Our special needs friends, Manny and Cashmere were adopted and so was one FIV-positive guy!

THEN, people (including your humans) started saying they would send donations to Friends Like Me!

That was really fun to see.

What a fantastic weekend we had! Lots of kittens and special needs cats found forever homes.

 

Bow-Tie Smiling

 

Now I know my place in all of this. Use my cuteness, use my Helen Keller and accept the mighty powers of support sent to me from the Rainbow Bridge..

All is well.

See you next week.

Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – July 13, 2015

Hi Whitey and Friends,

If you’ve been watching Facebook, you’ve seen I have a lot of bow ties. That’s my trademark so a lot of effort goes into it. Did you know I have a purrsonal tailor?

 
Bow-Tie has a Purrsonal Tailor

 

She makes the bow ties and brings them to me for private fittings.

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie Tries on a New Tie

 

 

 

Each bow tie has to look just right. She’s very particular that I have just the right bow tie for every occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Bow-Tie sits patiently through his measurements

 

​Each one is custom fit so there is a lot of measuring time but I’m patient.

 

This particular day she wanted help picking out new fabric so asked for my assistance and keen eye.

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie is confused by all of the fabric

 

 

I was very confused by all of that fabric.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie Selects the Fabric for his new tie

 

The one I picked out had colorful cat heads on it. I held it down for her so no one else could get it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Bow-Tie needs a cat nap after all that shopping

 

By the end of the shopping trip we had a whole pile of fabric for new bow ties. I was pretty over it at this point though and needed a cat nap.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Bow-Tie Gets the Bill from his Purrsonal Trainer

 

But, oh no, here comes the bill. Well that’s the price of being well dressed.

 

Next time I think I’ll let the humans do all of the shopping and I’ll just wear the bow ties.

 

 

 
Bow-Tie Winks

 

 

You know what I mean about the human, right? (wink, wink)

See you next week.

Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

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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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