Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – August 29, 2016

Bow-Tie is ready to workHi Everyone,

We were out of town last weekend at a cat show.

It was full of those “fancy pants” cats.

So, being shelter cats we needed to do something special to stand out.

That’s what I do best.


Who could resist this face and these eyes?

But you see this paper I’m lying on?

It’s the story and pictures of where I came from.

I pass it out to everyone, and they are so interested.


It’s about the terrible beginning I had, and where I am today.

When they read it, something exciting happens.

Bow-Tie collects money

The dig into their pockets and wallets and give me money!

I love collecting money for the Friends Like Me Fund for special needs cats!


Bow-Tie is popular with the ladiesOf course there is a lot of socializing to do.

People come from all over to see me and hug me.

Ladies I don’t even know want to get some “Bow-Tie time.”

I’m happy to oblige.





Bow-Tie offers a photo opportunityThere were little people there too.

She asked for her picture with me.









Bow-Tie shows his tailThen I found out what she really asked for…

…to “see the kitty with no tail!”

Come on kid, I have other attributes!






Corage ready for the show ringCourage was there too, and she went into the show ring.

She did really good and brought a lot of awareness to special needs cats.








Mary helping outOur favorite Cat Depot Volunteer, Miss Mary, was there to help watch over us.

She was a lot of fun.

Thanks, Friend!








It was a very tiring weekend, but profitable for special needs cats.

We got donations, we got recognition, and…

Bow-Tie and Courage take a nap

…we got tired.

Tired in a good way, though.

We’re working for special needs cats, and that matters!

See you next week, says the “Cat with no tail!”

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – August 22, 2016

Hi Everyone,

What a fun week I’ve had!

I’m feeling great, and I got a new toy.

Usually I don’t play with toys, but this one has me hooked.

We have the garage all set up as a kitty playroom.

Sometimes I go out there to see what the youngsters are all excited about.

There it was, dangling from the scratching post.

I was intrigued.

It’s not much to look at, but I gave it a whack just to entertain Mixie and Annie.Bow-Tie playing

(Please pardon the view you’re getting in this photo. It’s somewhat embarrassing.)


Bow-Tie and a new toyWhen I hit it, it spun out of control and the chase was on.

It’s just a wire with some doodads on the ends, but it flies like the wind.






Annie Sullivan playingAnnie Sullivan heard it flying around and wanted to check it out.










Courage and Bow-Tie playingCourage heard it too and she caught it in mid-air.










Courage and Annie Sullivan playingThe girls took over for a little while.

It was cute that they could both hear it, and they played together with it.






Bow-Tie and Annie Sullivan sneaking on the toyAnnie and I hid and stalked it.







Bow-Tie and Annie Sullivan conquered the toyAnd the victory was ours.

I love it.

It’s a Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy.

If you don’t have one, tell your humans to go out right now and get you one.

Check the Cat Depot Gift Shop first!

If they don’t have them yet, tell them it has the Bow-Tie paw of approval and to get some!



Bow-Tie is tired from playingIt uses a lot of energy, is good exercise…

…and wears a guy out.

It’s a good thing.

See you next week!


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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – July 11, 2016

Bow-Tie by the poolDear Everyone,

I have one word for this week – HOT.

As in, it’s hot outside.

As in, be careful, because it’s hot outside.

On the weekends i usually like to go out into the sunshine.

It feels good to be outside.

Many cats in Florida have caged-in lanais so they can go to the back yard without getting lost.



Annie Sullivan in a beach chairMy sisters like it too.

Everything is new and exciting to little Annie Sullivan.








Courage in a beach chairCourage loves to put her face up to the sun and feel the warmth.

How she can stand it in that long fur coat is beyond me.







Bow-Tie likes to watch the waterMy place to enjoy the sun is by the water.

No, I do not go swimming, but I enjoy looking at the water.

Speaking of water, cats need to drink water if they are outside.

Make sure there is plenty of fresh water available if you let your cat out.

If your cat goes outside, make sure you are with them.

In this heat, make sure it’s only for a short time.


Bow-Tie and Annie Sullivan by the poolOutside is not a good place for cats.

Cat Depot always recommends keeping cats on a leash and harness, or in an enclosed, safe area.

Keep your eye on the cats, like I do for Annie Sullivan.

Did you know cats don’t pant to cool off like a dog?

We pant and sweat through our feet.

(A big old dripping tongue hanging out is too undignified for a cat.)



Bow-Tie squints at the sunThe bright sunshine sometimes hurts our eyes too.

The famous Mighty Lou wore sunglasses.

We don’t have sunglasses and it’s just too bright.






Bow-Tie seeks out the shadeIf your cat goes outside with you, make sure they are safe and cool.

Cats are smart.

We will find a cool (or at least less hot) place to rest.






Bow-Tie talks to Annie SullivanBut then, when it’s just too hot, like it is now…

…we have a little discussion with the young ones who don’t have any sense.

We tell them the best thing to do is go inside and cool off.







Bow-Tie kisses Annie SullivanWe wipe the tears away from the crying young ones who don’t want to stop playing.

And we go inside, out of the heat.

See you next week.

Be cool!

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – June 13, 2016

Courage dressed up for a weddingHi Everyone,

Just so you don’t think I hog all of the spotlight, I’ll tell you about Courage’s adventure.

She had a big day… a girly thing.

She went to a doggie wedding.

She got dressed up in pearls and everything.

She can’t see how pretty she is, but I tell her.






The brideThe bride was very fancy.

She had lace, feathers, pearls, and lots of bling.









The ClergyThe Clergy was there to perform the ceremony.

Her name is Reverend Betty Lou.










Courage sat on the tableThe ceremony was beautiful and then there was a reception.

Courage got a special place setting.

She sat on the table, but no one seemed to mind.

Everyone loved her and wanted their picture taken with her.

Even the bride’s mother wanted a picture of Courage and the bride.




Courage meets the brideThat’s when things started to go bad.

“Kiss the kitty” is okay once, but then it annoys the cat.










Courage wacks the brideCourage whacked the bride right in the face.

And on her wedding day.

Bad Courage.

Bad dog.

Good event.






See you 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

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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 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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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – November 30, 2015

Dear Whitey,

You must be in charge over there.

I heard your humans are on a cruise.

Be good and take care of Daisy and Harley.


Bow-Tie showing off a new bow tieMe?

You know I’m in the care-taking business.

Since we lost my Helen Keller I haven’t had anyone to care for.

That changed last week.


You know I love my bow ties.

This is a new one.

Notice the pose.

It’s my typical, “Look at my bow tie” pose.


Guess what?

I’ve got a new little girl in training!


Here she is…

Courage sporting a bow tie

…this is Courage.

She has already learned the official Bow-Tie bow tie pose!

Last weekend a rescue group came to me because they heard about my care-taking skills.

They wanted a special home for this special needs little girl.

Of course I opened my doors and my heart.


Courage the new girl on the block

Like me, she is from a terrible hoarding house.

When she and 24 other cats were rescued, she was the worst of them all.

Her eyes were so infected and painful they both had to be removed.







Beautiful CourageShe is only nine months old, but all nine months were lived in pain and fear.

She is going to help me speak up for cats in hoarding situations.

Why do they do this to us?

It’s so bad.

My mission is to put a stop to it.





In the meantime, I have Courage, she has courage, and she will help get the message out.

Look at her… Isn’t she cute?

Courage enjoying the bed

She has a soft place to land now, she’s safe, and she’s pain-free.

Look at her tail.

She pulled all of the hair out, and out of her back, from the stress of it all.

Beautiful CourageShe’s still pretty.

We’ll get her all fixed up and she will be my helper.

Right now she is a little fearful of other cats (including me) – she was tormented by the bigger, sighted cats, and she is just afraid.

Sometimes she hisses at me when I try to get close.


At me?

I don’t get it.

But we’re working on that.

And you know if anyone can turn her around, it’s me…


…I have a way with the ladies, you know!

Happy week!


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