Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – October 17, 2016

Bow-Tie posing with a cardHi Friends,

I’m special. Did you know that?

Well, someone knows.

Look what I got in the mail.

It says, “Someone as special as you…”

See? I told you I’m special.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie reading his cardThe inside says, “…should have a purr-fectly Happy Halloween.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie feels specialHalloween?

That isn’t so special.

It’s what was written in the card that makes it so special.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The writing on the inside said,

“Here is a small gift for your Friends Like Me Fund.
Hopefully it will help in small way for all those in need.
I enjoy reading your weekly Bow-Tie Bulletin.
Always gives me something to think about and smile.
Have a good week.”

Signed, “Mike and the Kitties.”

 

Bow-Tie with his cardIsn’t that sweet?

It really touched my heart.

There is no small gift, because everything counts and everything helps.

I’m not really special, it’s the Friends Like Me Fund that is special.

My special friends need it so much.

 

 

So, I give a great big special Thank You to Mike and the Kitties.

And to everyone who cares about special needs cats.

Way to go!

Bow-Tie high fives

High Five to Mike and the Kitties!

With my thanks and my love.

Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – Giving Challenge Extra!

Bow-Tie collecting moneyHi Everyone!

My name is Bow-Tie and I want to talk to you.

Have you ever heard of The Giving Challenge?

It’s a wonderful opportunity for humans to help non-profit organizations raise much needed money.

I had the honor of serving as Spokescat for Cat Depot in the 2015 Giving Challenge.

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie thinking of the 2016 Giving ChallengeThe most recent newsletter from Cat Depot reminded me it’s that time a year again.

As we go into the 2016 Giving Challenge, I started to reflect on what happened last year.

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie raised a lot of moneyWhen all the money from the 2015 Giving Challenge was counted, Cat Depot raised over $128,000!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie makes a shout-outHere’s my big shout-out to every single donor for their overwhelming support, whether they gave $1 or $1,000! Every dollar translates into saved lives at Cat Depot, and here are the feline facts:

* 1,648 cats were spayed in the Rose Durham Cat Care Clinic

* 1,430 cats and kittens were accepted into Cat Depot to be placed for adoption/fostering

* 1,332 cats and kittens were adopted – an 11% increase over the 2015 goal!

* 6,600 kittens were kept off the streets because of the spaying/neutering done at the Rose Durham Cat Care Clinic!

* 93 active fosters helped care for the kitties with dedication and love

* 400+ volunteers donated 21,888 hours of service to care for cats and kittens on-site

* 19,522 pounds of dry food and 8,757 cans of wet food were distributed through Cat Depot’s Food Ban, and that served 562 customers, fed 2,798 personal cats, and 5,933 community cats.

On a purrsonal note, I’d like to “paws” for a moment and think about that last number… the food.

Bow-Tie thinks of food

Ahhh… that’s better.

Now back to business…

The 2016 Giving Challenge is going to be bigger than ever, because our goal this year is to raise $200,000!

We have wonderful donors and are looking forward to new donors joining us to help make a difference.

Every person can Be The One to make a difference.

Everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a cat like me.

 

Bow-Tie is gratefulWhen I think about the difference donors make at Cat Depot and how they changed my life, I am so thankful.

It warms my heart and makes me blush that donors care that much about the cats at Cat Depot.

You see, I have a keen interest in what happens at Cat Depot.

I was in really dire straits in life when Cat Depot swooped in to save me.

The highlights of last year are amazing.

The donors make it happen, and each one of them is amazing.

 

 

Bow-Tie thanks the donorsI may only be a cat to some people, but to Cat Depot my life mattered, and I’m a success story.

So many people helped save my life, and it all starts with generous donors.

 

I promise to do my part to spread the word about Cat Depot.

I challenge existing donors and new donors to gear up to give generously during the 2016 Giving Challenge.

It’s an exciting time of the year for non-profit organizations and Cat Depot is my purrsonal choice!

 

Bow-Ties cute noseCan we count on you?

Here’s to the success of the 2015 Giving Challenge!

Here’s to even greater success in the 2016 Giving Challenge!

Love,

Bow-Tie
Cat Depot Spokescat

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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!

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 – 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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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 22, 2015

Dear Whitey and Friends,

It’s hot, isn’t it? I’ve been out and about town and I can tell you it’s hot.

 
Bow-Tie in his stroller

 

 

​My stroller is not air conditioned. Until we get get the a/c installed in it, I’ve had to find other ways to stay cool. I know, I know, you’re thinking I’m already cool. Maybe, but I meant cool in temperature not in dapper-ness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie's Mom gives him an ice cream cone

 

 

My mom thought of a cool treat for your toothless friend.​Do you see the size of that ice cream mountain? I’m a very small cat. Her eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach.

 

 

 

 

 

BowTie Licks His Ice Cream

 

 

 

But a guy has to do what a guy has to do. So ​I dove right in and got started. The mistake was I started in the middle which caused it to drip on my nose.

 

 

 

 

 


Bow-Tie figures out the best way to lick ice cream

 

It’s better to start on the top and work your way down. ​It was a cool treat and hit the spot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie enjoying his ice cream

 

 

Now before you think I was over indulging, I did not eat very much. Ice cream is not really good for cats (that’s what humans say anyway). So we better not share all of these pictures with the world. I’m glad it’s just between you and me. But I’ll tell you, I sure liked it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie thinks ice cream is lip smacking good

 

 

And ​I liked it right down to the drips that were still on my lips!

You find a way to stay cool this week, my friend. I’ll do the same though I’m not sure ice cream will be included. I’ll just have to depend on my dapper looks to keep me cool.

See you next week!

Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

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