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

Clifford.

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!

Bow-Tie,
The Dapper Gent

 

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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.

Bow-Tie,
The Dapper Gent

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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.

Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

 

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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.

Awwww.

Thanks everyone!

See you next week.

Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

 

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – February 8, 2016

Bow-Tie, the dapper gentHi Everyone,

You know me and you knew I’d do it.

Didn’t you?

You just knew I would.

The word went out that Cat Depot had a very special girl in need.

She was nearly blind and scared of everything.

She just needs someone to love her.

Bow-Tie to the rescue.

 

 

Here she is.

Her name is Blueberry.

Blueberry and Bow-Tie

 

Bow-Tie watching over Blueberry

She likes to hide under a blanket because she’s afraid.

I want her to hide under me.

I’ll take care of her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blueberry on her first day at homeThis is her first day with me, so I’m going slow.

Right now she just thinks I’m a warm golden pillow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blueberry relaxing at homeShe’ll come around.

She’s already coming out from underneath the blanket more.

Isn’t she pretty?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie caring for BlueberryYou know I’ll be able to make the break-through she needs.

She’ll learn life can be safe and loving.

I’m Bow-Tie.

It’s what I do.

 

 

 

 

See you next week.

Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – January 11, 2016

Bow-Tie waiting for Cookie's arrivalHi everyone,

The New Year is off and running and I’m back at work.

This week I was called to do a very important job that involved a special guest.

I was up early and waiting outside for the special limo to arrive.

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie peeking in at CookieFinally… the arrival.

(Forgive the angle, but I had to get a good look inside.)

Cat Depot sent me a very special guest, and there she was.

 

 

 

 

 

Cookie looking aroundIt’s Cookie.

She is from Africa and has a passport to prove it!

She is nine years old and was the much loved girl of a nice lady.

The lady had to go to an assisted living facility and sadly Cookie could not go.

Now Cookie finds herself looking for a new home.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie saying hi to CookieCookie came to live with me because she is special needs.

She has diabetes.

I told her it would be OK. I will help her find a home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie and Cookie hanging outIn the meantime, we will spend some time together.

We are also going to get her some acupuncture (I know that’s needles, but it doesn’t hurt.)

Maybe we can get her sugar under control and get her off the insulin.

But, she’s very good about her shots, so the right person would have no problem.

Until then, she’s under my watch and I’m on it.

 

 

Bow-Tie and Cookie taking a napI’m glad I can help this little girl.

She deserves a new home for the second half of her life.

Special needs just makes her even more special.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to my friend Miss Dee for bringing Cookie from Cat Depot to my house.

Bow-Tie and Miss Dee

Although clearly the only reason she came was to get a Bow-Tie hug!

See you all next week.

Love,
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
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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
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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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