Bow-Tie’s Gift Arrives!

Dear Whitey,

You surprised me! A package arrived yesterday addressed to me so I started to rip it open. If you have ever tried to rip something open with no teeth and a mouth full of stitches you would appreciate how unsuccessful that was. So my mom opened it. And there it was…..
Bow-Tie Wears His New Tie from Whitey Wobbles

 

​…my very special tie from my very special friend!

I love it and I know I’m quite handsome in it. Right? It will be my very special bow tie for special events.

Thank you very much for sending it. And thank you for being my friend.

Love,
Bow-Tie, The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – June 1, 2015

Dear Whitey,

I got your note about a special bond between us. The idea of a special bow tie to bond us is exciting. As you know, my bow ties are very special to me….
Bow-Tie loves modeling his ties

 

 

….and I like modeling my ties.

 

Facebook has been working for me and lots of fans are already my close friends. Two of them said they will be sending me something (ties, I’m sure).

My A#1 Fan already sent me a very special dinner tie.

As soon as I start going into public, you’ll see that one when I go out for lunch.

 

Bow-Tie likes his new green tie

 

 

A nice lady named Linda just started volunteering at Cat Depot. She wrote me wanting to make me a whole wardrobe of bow ties. This is the first one she sent me to make make sure it fits. It fits just great and I’m so happy to have it.

Why haven’t I been out in the public much yet? My mission to help special needs cats is all planned. The reason I’ve been a little inactive publicly is because I’m still on the mend health-wise.

They should not call it a hoarding house, they should call it a horror house. The toll it takes on us cats is bad. But I’m almost completely healthy, sturdy, willing and certainly handsome enough to start working. My ears will probably always need medicine (that’s ok). I may always sneeze and need saline up my nose (icky, but that’s ok).

My ear and tail? Well, haven’t found them yet (kitty snicker).

The last important issue at hand? Look at this…..

 

 
Bow-Tie shows his missing teeth

 

​Notice anything? See that other big tooth that isn’t there? Just one of several that have left me. My teeth are rotted almost all the way down to the roots.

Sooooo…….tomorrow I am having dental surgery. Prognosis is that they may all come out. But…..I can still gum caviar, lobster and other tasty morsels. I may even get better care and fancier food if I act unable to eat regular stuff! (another kitty snicker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie is anxiously awaiting his new bowtie from Whitey Wobbles

Thanks for thinking of me and encouraging me on my very special mission. I will be waiting by the mailbox to see what you’re sending me. Get your mom to go to the post office first thing in the morning, you’re too short to reach the counter. (last kitty snicker)

Your friend,
Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – May 26, 2015

Dear Whitey and Friends,

Bow-Tie is Patriotic for Memorial Day

 

 

End of another week (or start of a new one). It’s Memorial Day Weekend so I have gone red, white and blue. Pretty dapper, don’t you think?

 

 

My head has always been a bit too big for my body. I was just made that way, but I’m cute, right? And then I’ve got that ear thing………..oh well.

 

 

 

I’ve been having a lot of new adventures since I have a happy home now. For one, I eat regularly and I eat cat food. Do you know that I used to just eat junk off the floor including bugs? Yuck.

I’m also getting really healthy. You know how I know that? I’ve been going to the vet. Never knew a vet before either. Imagine that. However….I’m not necessarily a fan of the vet.

Bow-Tie enjoys rides in the car

 

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Car rides are fun so I’m always ready to go. This particular car ride was less fun than usual.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie gets his weigh-in

 

 

 

It ended with me being put on a scale in the vet’s office. It showed I’m still a bit underweight but I’m working on that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie Waits at the Vet

 

 

​Then I got put in a room alone to wait. Wait? For what or for who?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie gets his blood pressure taken

 

 

​Uh oh. This is not a good look on The Dapper Gent. The numbers were ticking away. Don’t they know our blood pressure goes up by just putting that thing on us? Turns out my blood pressure is purrfect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie and the Thermometer

 

This looks like a loving embrace, right? I do not even want to tell you what someone else was sticking into my other end at this very moment. But, the result was that my temperature was normal so I guess it had to be done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie gets checked out by the vet

 

 

​My purrsonal physician came in to check my heart. When I was at Cat Depot I had what they call a heart murmur. That’s not good. But she kept listening and listening. The heart murmur is gone! She said I was anemic before and that may have caused it. All of the things that were wrong with me before are getting better now.

Oh Whitey, we need to work really hard to help all cats get homes and good care. I know that has always been your mission. Now that I’m working with you, we can both work really hard. Part of my mission will also be to rescue cats from hoarding homes.
Bow-Tie gets a nail trim

 

​Whitey, when they come at you with those clippers, just relax. If you fight, it takes longer. I just let them do it and it was over before I knew it.

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie like the vet techs

 

​The ladies were all really nice to me. I have never had this much care before. We want to make sure I’m healthy and strong before I go out onto the streets and get to work. The mighty paws left before me need to keep walking. I’m almost fully healed and able to take on the task.

In the meantime, I’m working on Facebook and have a lot of friends and fans. The legacy of Friends Like Me will go on and be stronger than ever.

I know you’ll help me. We can get all of our cat friends into loving homes.

For now though I need to get over the big adventure at the vet…..
Bow-Tie says going to the vet ain't for sissies!

 

​Going to the vet ain’t for sissies!

Until next week,
Bow-Tie, The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin 5/18/15

Hi Whitey and Friends,

I’m still new at this but I’m excited about my weekly blog. This week I’ll tell the story of my final days at Cat Depot. What a great place, huh? We all like it there but it doesn’t compare to a real, furever home.

 

Bow-Tie Fills Out His Adoption Paperwork

 

 

My last day there was a happy one. Wonderful Miss Marianne filled out the paperwork for my adoption. She had a smiley face, didn’t she? I know I always look a little grumpy but that’s because of my folded ear. It makes me look a little crabby, but I’m not.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie is grateful to Dr. Jill Kirk

 

Dr. Kirk was really good to me and helped heal most of my wounds. I’ll tell you, that hoarding environment is brutal on us. In the weeks to come I’ll talk more about it but for now I try not to think about it. Anyway, Dr. Kirk came to give me a final tummy rub. I’m a sucker for a good tummy rub.

Even in my very first days there, I would roll over and welcome a rub. Everyone thought it was so cute. Me?  I just wanted the attention and the loving.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie and his favorite Cat Depot Volunteer, John

 

 

One of my favorite volunteers honored me in a big way. His name is John and he likes to paint. Look at that painting he did of me! It’s fantastic. John came to say his final good-bye, too. Did I mention I also like chin rubs?

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie meets with Terri Gagliardi to discuss his blog

 

Miss Terri wanted to meet with me before I left. She does the blog so she wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing. She approved me taking it over so I have to do a good job. She is really nice so I gave her a nice head butt.

 

By then it was time to go and I was anxious to start my new life.

 

Bow-Tie says goodbye to Buddy

 

Buddy is still waiting for his furever home so I said good-bye and good luck to him.

Did you know I was missing my tail? You can see it here. Yep, I’m missing a tail, an ear and lots of teeth. Oh well, I have a big heart to make up for the missing pieces. (kitty laugh)

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie said farewell to his friends at Cat Depot and headed home with his mom

 

So there you have my final day at Cat Depot. May all the cats there be as lucky as I am to find a furever home. And may they all drive away into the sunshine and live happy lives. Like me!

Thanks for being my new friends!

Love,
Bow-Tie

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Well here we go. It’s Bow-Tie here and this is my first blog.

Meet Bow-Tie

 

I’ve picked up the magic wand and I’m ready to go. I know I have Mighty big paws to fill but I will do my very best to help special needz cats. And to carry on the very important work of Friends Like Me.

Please don’t be surprised if I spell sum things wrong. I never used a computer before. I never really used anything before becuz I had a very, very bad life before Cat Depot rescued me.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie came from a hoarding situation

 

 

My life was in a hoarder’s house. That will be part of what I talk about when I go into the public. It’s important that people know cats suffer there and it must be stopped. But…….for today I’m just going to let you know I’m on the job and I’m excited about starting my new life and new job.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie's First Gig

 

We went on a trial run to see if could behave in public. Of course I behaved in public. I’m on the way to a healthy, happy life and I’ll do everything I can to be worthy. My real name is Bow-Tie (remember the dash for uniqueness). My title is The Dapper Gent (wonder why??)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Ties' Name Tags have been engraved

 

 

My name is now official….

​Name tags were printed with my name on them. I oversaw the work myself.

So by formal announcement and introduction, Bow-Tie is on the job. Whitey Wobbles and I are still on the path to help special needs cats, and all cats. I’m on it and I’m getting all ready to go out to educate the public so they help us.
Bow-Tie is a small kitty taking on a big job

 

​I’m very small and it’s a long journey. But every journey starts with a small step. I was not able to walk well when I got to Cat Depot but I can walk now. So walk I will, to fill those Mighty paws and continue the good work.

 

In the meantime……

 

 

 

Bow-Tie is safe and comfy in his new home

 

I’m just very thankful I am clean, fed and loved. We need to work really hard to help every cat feel such security and safety.

Until next time, my new friends,

Bow-Tie, The Dapper Gent

 

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Mighty Lou Gets His Last Word

Dear Whitey and Friends,

I’ve made a decision. There is a lot of work for this Caped Crusader to do up here on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. I need to start concentrating on getting things in order up here. There are so many beloved pets here that need me to look after them. If you know any of the humans who have lost pets, please tell them they are well and happy now. They’re with me and we’re all OK and waiting for our humans.

That said, this will be my last blog, Dude. It has been a wonderful life for me.

 

Mighty Lou's early days at Cat Depot

 

My very early days at Cat Depot saw me sporting a sign about my diabetes. Not sure why I’m wearing flowers but it was all good. That little adornment led to my real adornment…..the cape.

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou's original cape

 

 

This is my original cape given to me by your mom. It’s the one that matches yours. Of course that lead to a whole wardrobe of capes through the years. Happily all the capes were auctioned off and brought donations to Cat Depot. But this one started it all and my mom has it.

 

 

 

Mighty Lou loved blogging

 

 

I loved my work especially my association with Cat Depot and my all important blogging.

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou Central

 

 

It’s an honor to have a room at Cat Depot named in my memory. Of course it’s the Executive Director’s office since I always wanted to be in charge. “Mighty Lou Central” was dedicated on Sunday.

My friends and fans participated in a celebration of my life. So many people continue to follow me and love me. I am truly touched.

 

There is still so much work to do for special needs cats. I cannot be there to go out and talk to people like I did before. I need actual paws on the ground to continue my good work. So, in the next week you will see my successor step into my role. He is also a special needs guy and he’s ready to take on the challenge. He’s young and inexperienced but he has a story and needs that make him special. He will carry on the legacy of Mighty Lou and Friends Like Me.

I’ll let him introduce himself later this week but here’s a sneak preview…..

Mighty Lou's Successor has serious eyes

 

Look at those eyes. He’s serious about his work and he will carry on my vision.

So I leave you and go to work up here. I’ll be there in spirit for you everyday. Remember me as I remember you.

 

The plaque above Mighty Lou Central says “He lived, He loved and He did it his way.” And I did.

Migjhty Lou, Caped Crusader

 

Thank you everyone.

Love,
Mighty Lou, Caped Crusader

 

 

 

Whitey’s Final Word to Mighty Lou

To my best friend in the whole world, Mighty Lou…

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking since you sent me your final word. You are doing the right thing, good buddy. You need to tend to business on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. I can handle things here. Don’t worry…I will carry on as if you were here; working hard for all our friends at Cat Depot and especially the special needs kitties.

You and I had a good run, but it is time to move on. I have made the decision to retire my cape. It just doesn’t feel right to wear it without you here.

Whitey Wobbles wears his cape for the last time

 

I will work just as hard and I know you will be sending me extra powers. So for now, this is it…the last time I will wear this cape.

Whitey Wobbles

 

From the Files of Mighty Lou – 4/27/15

Hi Whitey and Friends,

Writing that got me to thinking about friends. Friends are what it’s about, right? If you have friends you have a happy life. I was lucky enough to have a lot of friends and that made me happy. Everyone is different and we can’t judge our friends for their difference.  For instance…..

 
Mighty Lou has lots of friends

 

​We can’t judge our friends if they look a little kooky. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

 

 

 

 

Little Girl has a grip on Mighty Lou

 

​Sometimes our friends hold us a little too tight. But they love us so we let them hang on……..all in the name of love.

 

 

 
Mighty Lou and dressed-up doggie

 

​We should always tell our friends they look pretty……..even if they are a little over the top. That just makes them unique.

 

 

 

Mighty Lou and monkey friend

 

​And when our friends are less attractive than others, we need to love them even more. When others look away or treat them bad, we need to love them even more. They are just like us on the inside.

 

 
Mighty Lou and Lily

 

And, when we find that extra special someone, we need to be the kindest of all. We need to make sure they get our best. Even when our best means we can’t touch their food even if they don’t eat it as fast as us. Know what I mean?

 

 

 

 

Whitey Wobbles is Mighty Lou's Best Friend

 

Whitey, you are my best friend, my caped buddy. Carry on my mission to help cats especially those with special needs.

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou's Kitten friends

 

Tell all the humans that cats make the best friends. Tell them there are always too many cats waiting for too few homes. (The similarity in looks to mine is purely coincidental)

Tell them to go to Cat Depot and pick out a best friend. Thank you, my friend.

Love,
Mighty Lou, Caped Crusader

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From the Files of Mighty Lou – April 20, 2015

Hi Whitey and Friends,

Were your humans going crazy this past week? Tax Day happened and humans scrambled. Each year it happens at the same time, you’d think they would be more prepared.

Prepared is what I was thinking about. Do me a favor, Caped Buddy….will you please pass on a way for them to be more prepared?

Tell them Mighty Lou says:
Mighty Lou says keep accurate records

 

​1. As you go through the year, keep good records and be accurate.

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou's commitment advice

 

 

2. Commit your money to things that matter. It’s easy to waste money.

 

 

 

Mighty Lou says to challenge yourself

 

3. Challenge yourself to help others more than you did last year.  It feels good.

Tell them to remember our kitty friends at Cat Depot. Giving to help them really does save lives. Donate to Friends Like Me.

 

 

 

Mighty Lou says every penny counts

 

4. Every penny counts and the kitties benefit.

Think what would happen if humans just saved all of their change for a year. That would mean a lot of kitty food and medical supplies for our friends!

 

Will you tell them for me?

Tell them, my friend.

 

 

Mighty Lou will be watching

 

 

I’ll be watching.

Love,

Mighty Lou, Caped Crusader

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Angel Mighty Lou,

Hope you are ok with the “angel” part. I know there is reason you were taken from me and everyone else here on earth. I figured it out…it’s so you can watch over all the cats and not just the ones at Cat Depot. Am I  right?

You have an even bigger job now. Wish I could see the cape you are wearing. I bet it is awesome…well, everything is awesome on Mighty Lou. And I know you don’t have to wear glasses, cause you can see and hear perfectly in heaven.

So, of course, I will tell everyone to save their money and help kitties at Cat Depot…especially the special needs kitties.

I’m sure you know about the big celebration of your life on May 3rd at Cat Depot. I know everyone who is anybody will be there. I see lots of  good things coming from that event.

I’m helping my Mom bake lots of cookies for your party. I think we need to make some cat treats…I’m gonna go talk to her about that!

Go do your “angel” stuff good buddy. I feel better now that I figured out why you had to cross the rainbow bridge and leave me here.

Till next week,
Your caped friend, Whitey Wobbles

Mighty Lou Heard It

Dear Whitey and Friends, 

Can you believe I heard something from the other side of the Rainbow Bridge? And did you notice I used the word “hear?” Yes, I can hear up here! All of the animals who were not physically perfect down there are perfect up here! Please tell the humans who loved them so much that we are all in perfect health!

Anyway, this is what I heard:

I heard that I am going to be a TV star once again! My friend, Marsha Panuce is going to feature me on her TV program again.

Mighty Lou does his happy dance

 

 

 

And this was my reaction:

My happy dance!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou and Marsha Panuce

 

 

Here’s Marsha and me. She loves me so. Marsha’s show is called Animal Outtakes. It’s on WWSB ABC7 in Sarasota. The show will air on Saturday, April 18th at 6:30 AM.

I know you’re up early but if your humans oversleep, they can catch it on www.mysuncoast.com.

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou is still a winner

 

 

And so, Dude, your old Mighty Lou is still a winner……even now!

Thanks to Marsha and thanks to everyone for continuing to keep my memory and spirit alive!

I love you all.

Mighty Lou, Caped Crusader

 

From the Files of Mighty Lou – April 5, 2015

Dear Whitey and Friends,

It’s Easter. Another day for humans to do silly things. Another day I went along with it.

Mighty Lou Wearing Bunny Ears

 

 

I remember this day. Those ears seemed a little heavy and made me list to the right. Later on we straightened them up but this was a funny pose. Of course it never made the cut for the blog that year because it was a little off (in more ways than one). Since these are my notes coming from my files, I’m sharing it with you just for fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lou and Sparkles

And then of course everyone wanted to get a closer look at the great Mighty Lou. ​Is she kidding me? Is that outfit a little outrageous? And nail polish? Her name is Sparkles for good reason.

But in all seriousness, I think about something else on this day. This is Easter – Resurrection Day. Resurrection means coming back to life. And isn’t that what every cat at Cat Depot does? We come back to life when we’re rescued. We get a second chance at life.

We come in there in one state or another but it’s always a state of need. We need medical care, food, love, human care. And that’s what we all get.

 

Mighty Lou's Easter Wish

 

 

Do on this resurrection day, please continue my work of helping cats, especially special needs cats. Do it for me, Whitey and Friends. Do it for the cats who need so much. (Donate to Friends Like Me)

 

 

And hey, Whitey and Friends……….

 

 

 

 

 
Mighty Lou as the Easter Bunny

 

 

​Smile when you remember me!

Love you,
Mighty Lou, Caped Crusader