Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – September 19, 2016

Bow-Tie with a clockHi Everybody,

Time for Bow-Tie’s blog!

You knew that already.

You know why else I have this clock?

Because this is the countdown to the Giving Challenge!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie waits for the Giving ChallengeKnow why it’s set to 12 o’clock?

Because the Giving Challenge starts at noon on Tuesday the 20th and ends at noon on Wednesday the 21st.

That’s when you call in or log in and give your donation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie has 25 dollars to giveWhy do I have $25 here?

Because if you give a minimum of $25 and you gave last year, Cat Depot will get $50!

If you did not give last year and you give $25, Cat Depot will get $75!

That’s double and triple your money, and it all goes to the cats!

 

Money is a human thing.

It’s up to you if you want to donate, but if you do, this is a purrfect time to do it!

Let me tell you from purrsonal experience what those dollars mean to me:

 

This is Hunter.

Hunter

Hunter was less than a year old, alone, scared, and dying outside.

A lady found him and took him to Cat Depot.

He had neurological problems that were hard to control, and he was failing fast.

Cat Depot’s medical team worked hard to stabilize him and finally did.

The price was he has a permanent wobble to his walk, but yes, he can now walk.

He can run, play, and even climb stairs.

A wonderful man from California flew all the way to Cat Depot to adopt him!

Hunter is now a Valley Boy, living a wonderful life on the other side of the country.

 

This is Sidney.

Sidney

Sidney was the longest term resident at Cat Depot.

She was there two years.

People came, people went, cats came, cats went.

Sidney watched it all and thought no one would ever want her.

I posted her picture and story on my Facebook page (Bow-Tie and Friends.)

She captivated the heart of a man way up in Chicago!

Cat Depot approved the adoption and used donated miles to fly her to Chicago.

Of course she had a purrsonal escort; no baggage compartment for Miss Sidney.

Sidney now lives large (no pun intended because of her size) in Chicago.

 

This is Blueberry.

Blueberry

Blueberry has very limited sight.

She was born in a feral colony, living in the attic of a hoarder’s home.

She had no chance to ever get out of that environment, because she cannot see well enough to navigate.

She would have died up there.

Blueberry was part of the Community Cat program at Cat Depot.

This team goes into feral cat environments, traps the cats, and vaccinates them.

Cat Depot keeps the cats that are able to be domesticated and adopted, and finds them homes.

The true feral cats are returned to their colony, now unable to produce more unwanted kittens.

Blueberry could not be released because of her eye sight.

She was terrified and hid under blankets while she was at Cat Depot.

She came to live with me, and I got her out of her shell.

Now we love to run and play together, and Blueberry is very happy.

 

This is Annie Sullivan.

Annie Sullivan

Little Annie Sullivan was born without eyes.

She was found as a tiny kitten all alone under a trailer.

More than likely her mother left her to die since she could not keep up with the family.

A lady found her and took her to Cat Depot.

Cat Depot’s medical team examined her, determined her eyes were not painful, and would be fine.

She is obviously blind, but doesn’t know it.

She went into a foster home until she was old enough to spay and be adopted.

Guess who has Annie Sullivan now?

Me!

I love my little Annie Sullivan, and she loves me.

I’m bringing her up to be a confident, playful, and loving little girl.

 

These stories are purrsonal to me.

I know these cats.

I am a cat.

And I know the good work Cat Depot does for us.

To them, it’s all about us.

 

So when I talk about money, it’s not because I care about money.

Frankly, I don’t even have pockets for change.

But I do care about the cats.

And so does Cat Depot.

 

Bow-Tie is hopeful for the Giving ChallengeI know you care about cats.

If you have a heart to give during the Giving Challenge, your money will be doubled or tripled for us.

Oh, on Tuesday the 20th, there will be a Cat’s Pajama Party at Cat Depot!

If you live in the area, come by and sleep with the cats!

The party is on!

 

Thanks everybody.

I love you!

Bow-Tie,
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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!”

Bow-Tie
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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – August 8, 2016

Bow-tie feeling betterDear Everyone,

I’m feeling better now.

Still on my medicine, but I’m feeling great.

So it’s back to work for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie shouts out about his latest projectI’m shouting out loud about my newest project.

This one is close to my heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LoverboyMeet Loverboy…

…he is a special needs friend of mine.

He is 8 years old.

He has severe stomatitis and decreased kidney function.

Decreased kidney function is pretty common, and can be controlled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie shows he doesn't have teethThe stomatitis is something I can relate to, because it involves teeth and gums.

I had it myself.

The cure? Get those teeth out of there and get to fixing the inflammation.

Cat Depot pulled all his teeth and he is much, much better now.

Once the choppers come out, the pain goes with it.

Eating soft food is easy to do.

Hard food has to go down whole, so we need a lot of water.

I eat hard and soft and never have a problem.

Loverboy will eat just fine, and his mouth won’t ever hurt him again.

 

Loverboy is a complete lap cat.

He loves humans and loves attention.

 

I’m on a campaign to get Loverboy into a loving home right away.

He’s at Cat Depot, and he is ready to go home.

 

Bow-Tie offers his pocket moneySpecial needs cats sometimes take a little extra financial support.

Most of the work has already been done and paid for on Loverboy. But he does need medicine and regular check-ups with the doctor.

I’m prepared to chip in for his adoption.

(I have inside information that Cat Depot may be working on something special, too.)

Don’t let a little money stand in the way of love.

And don’t let a toothless kitty scare you.

We can lick you just as good without teeth! Hee hee

 

Loverboy looks for an adopterSo, put this picture in your mind…

…that’s Loverboy watching out the window.

He’s watching and waiting for that car to pull into Cat Depot to take him home.

Bow-Tie yawnsPlease give him a chance.

Special needs cats rule!

 

See you next week.

Bow-Tie,
The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – July 18, 2016

Hi Everyone,

A caretaker’s work is never done.

I’m proof of that, because this weekend I was really caretaking.

My workload is already pretty full with the girls in the house.

But this weekend I did double-duty.

My old friend Topo spent the weekend with me.

Bow-Tie and Topo

He’s special needs, so he’s close to my heart.

We both have bad ears and aren’t too proud to show them off.

 

Bow-Tie and GiadaThis time Topo brought his sister, Giada.

I hadn’t met her before…

…but we became instant friends.

The girls can’t resist me, hee hee hee.

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie says follow my leadShe was new here, so I had to tell her the rules.

Rules are simple, just follow my lead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giada follows Bow-TieShe quickly fell in line…

…and followed the Bow-Tie lead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giada and Annie SullivanThen something really funny happened.

She met little Annie Sullivan.

Annie Sullivan was really interested in her and followed her everywhere.

Giada kept trying to walk away, and Annie Sullivan was on her tail… literally.

Giada was afraid of her.

I laughed my kitty head off over that one!

 

 

 

IG-looTopo and Giada are Italian Greyhounds.

For short, their mom calls them “The IGs.”

When the IGs arrived, they brought their own house with them.

Does that make their house an IG-loo?

Hee hee hee

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie tries the dog foodThey had food in there too.

I tried some, but it wasn’t as good as my own.

Don’t dogs like fish?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie tucks Topo in for the nightWe had a good time this weekend.

I like everyone, and the IGs are two of my favorite canines.

As with all good things, our time had to end.

I made sure Topo was all tucked in for the night.

 

 

 

 

 

Giada gets a kitty kiss from Annie SullivanOh, you know what else happened?

Giada finally understood why Annie Sullivan was following her.

She just wanted to give her a kitty kiss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-tie gets a doggy kissIt was a good weekend and there was a lot of love over here.

Just the way I like it.

See you next week!

Bow-Tie,
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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – June 27, 2016

Bow-Tie and Helen KellerDear Everyone,

If you know anything about me, you know I am a lover.

I am a caretaker. I am a giver. I am a nurturer.

I love special needs kitties and love to care for them.

This is my beloved Helen keller.

When I lost her, I lost a piece of my heart.

Courage and Blueberry are pretty independent and don’t need me.

I was sad.

Sad until…

Annie Sullivan

…this little girl popped into the picture!

 

Bow-Tie and Annie SullivanThis is Annie Sullivan, named after Helen Keller’s beloved teacher.

Annie Sullivan is blind, but that doesn’t stop her.

She loves to play.

I am sharing all of my toys with her.

I even bring them to her if she can’t find them.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie kissing Annie SullivanShe is very active.

Too active maybe, but she’s young.

Sometimes I have to hold her down to give her a bath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annie Sullivan fell asleep playingThen just when I think she will never stop playing…

…she falls asleep in the middle of a game.

Finally I can get a little cat nap.

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie and Annie Sullivan in the sunI am helping her explore the world.

She likes to go outside in the sun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie and Annie Sullivan in the strollerShe likes to go for rides.

I use any opportunity to give her some lovin’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annie Sullivan hugging Bow-TieShe follows me everywhere.

She takes every opportunity to give me a hug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie being hugged by Annie SulilvanAnd to say, “Thank you for helping me through life.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie kissing Annie Sullivan on the headFinally I have someone new to care for.

And her name is Annie Sullivan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love has come full circleLove has come full circle. (Pun intended.)

See you next week.

Bow-Tie,
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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – June 20, 2016

Bow-Tie with a film cameraHi Everyone,

It’s Bow-Tie on location (well, kind of.)

I’m reporting from the movie mecca of the USA… California.

Guess who lives there?

 

 

 

 

 

HunterMy very special friend Hunter.

Isn’t he handsome?

He’s the special needs kitty who was lucky enough to be adopted from Cat Depot and flown to California.

He has a neurological disorder that gives him the wobbles when he walks.

He also has a wobbly head, and that makes him so cute.

I sent my mom out to California to check on him. (I don’t like flying.)

 

Hunter with his dadHis dad brought him outside to meet his guests.

When Hunter as born he wasn’t able to walk very well at all.

He spent some time in a foster home to gain some strength.

Now he can walk, run, and jump, but he still wobbles (in a cute way.)

 

 

 

 

Hunter going up the stairsHunter lives on the second floor…

…and he has no trouble at all going all the way up by himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunter waiting by the doorHe knows exactly where he lives.

He lead the way right to his door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunter showing his favorite spotThe first thing Hunter did was show off his favorite spot.

He likes to sit and look out the window.

He also keeps his memories of Cat Depot close to him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunter posing for a photoHunter’s legs are still all wobbly, and he will be like that forever.

He’s a very special guy and has a very special home.

It’s a wonderful thing when one of the Friends Like Me cats is adopted.

It’s an even more wonderful thing to see them in their happy home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All good things come to an end, and sadly so did the visit with Hunter.

As he watched his visitors leave…

Hunter watching his visitors leave

… I know he is thankful for the wonderful life he has now.

And it’s thanks to Cat Depot and the Friends Like Me program for special needs cats.

Hunter waving bye byeBye bye from Hunter.

And bye bye from me until next week.

Bow-Tie,
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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – June 6, 2016

Welcome tableHi Everyone!

We did it!

We had the Donut Kitty Reunion!

The day was here.

The table was lined with Donut Kitty memories and the donuts (pastry kind) had arrived.

 

 

Bow-Tie wants to enter the roomI was there first and waited anxiously at the door for my siblings to arrive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SprinkleThe first one to come was Sprinkle.

Here’s Sprinkle with Boston’s Dad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie and BostonThen came Boston.

I loved all of them, but Boston became my best bud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston and SugarBoston was a real lover.

Boston was the one who made Sugar feel comfortable.

She was a little shy at first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SiyaJelly now called Siya (get it?) was there with her Mom and Dad.

She’s the only one with all that coloring.

So cute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dunkin and BostonDunkin now known as Jack came in and went right up to everyone.

Here he is with Boston.

Dunkin is the only one with long hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group photoNot all of the Donut Kitties were able to make it.

But the ones who did loved the party.

Some of the shy Donuts sent their parents to represent them.

They were all honored, talked about, and included in the day.

 

 

 

Boston in Donut bow tieEach Donut was given a beautiful gift bag.

The bag included the Donut Kitty Reunion DVD, toys, and treats.

It also included a very special gift from me.

Here’s Boston in his…

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Sprinkle in his…Sprinkle in donut bow tie

I’m thinking these guys need a little practice in bow tie wearing.

It was a great party and lots of wonderful people did a lot of work.

A lot of love was in that room, both human and feline.

It was also a place to showcase special needs cats and bring awareness.

 

 

Bow-Tie napping on a purseSo, I found a purse and camped out until I got a donation!

Thank you to everyone who made the day so much fun.

Thank you to all the Donut Kitty parents.

You gave my siblings and me a life worth living!

 

 

 

 

 

Life is short have a donutLove you all!

Bow-Tie,
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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,
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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – April 18, 2016

Dear Everyone,

It’s a busy weekend for me.

I’m up in St. Pete at a cat show.

It’s a “fancy pants” cat club.

The only ones here without papers and long name are me and Courage.

So what?

We’re just as good as those fancy pants cats with pedigrees.

Our job is to educate people that shelter cats rule, and those pedigrees are just so much fluff.

I helped pack everything.

Bow-Tie in suitcase

 

 

Bow-Tie packing his coin bankThe most important things got packed first…

…my bow ties and the Friends Like Me coin bank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were there bright ad early, waitingBow-Tie and Courage waiting for the show to start for the show to start.

This is most unbecoming.

I hate waiting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie ready for the show to startOnce we were all set up I got to take my place.

This is more like it.

My job is to sit on the table and help people put money into our donation box.

They love to pet me and marvel at my laid-back purrsonality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie getting a hugSome cat lovers came just to see me.

This is a friend who came just to give me a hug.

I obliged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie sharing breakfast with a friendBut there was one person in particular who I call a good friend.

She’s a breeder (not fond of that part) and is showing her cats.

She came by to say hi.

It was early in the morning.

She was hungry, and so was I.

We shared a cheese and egg sandwich.

 

 

Courage with her ribbonCourage was with us and she went into the show ring.

She did really well and seemed to really like the spotlight.

Everyone accepted her as a special needs cat and embraced her beauty.

She competed with all the other cats in her class and did very well.

She even placed 4th best in her whole class.

That’s really good, and I’m proud of her.

She’s pretty proud of herself too.

And we’re both proud that we can represent special needs cats here in front of this large audience.

We are well received and have spent the weekend educating people that special needs cats are indeed special.

 

Bow-Tie restingOn the other hand (I mean paw)…

…the whole thing was quite exhausting.

See you next week!

Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

 

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