|WELCOME! to the first ever issue of The Pride Cartoon™ newsletter... a publication of The Pride™, the Award-Winning Reality Cat Cartoon Starring Crazy Johnny.
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This first issue honors our friends, in particular friends
made in the course of Julie's summer walks in front of our building. (By
"walk" of course I mean those things which are supposed to help her shed pounds, but in truth are long periods of sitting down punctuated by the
occasional step to the next shrub. It's not exactly aerobics.)
Since Ms. Julie's been walking on her harness out
front of our building, we have met every sort of person, and had every sort of
reaction from gushing admiration to smirking derision. We've had people squeal
and take her photo with their iPhones to send to friends, and
people so suspicious of a cat on a leash, they cross the street. Imagine!
The vast majority of the time, Julie is admired, complimented, wondered over,
and leaves people saying, "what a marvelous cat!" We have made more friends on Julie's walks, and really good people too. She seems to bring out the best in people - or just bring
the best people.
However, another very common (and very
tiresome) reaction is, "OMG what a fat cat!" This is almost as tiresome as (and
usually comes from the same people who say) "Me Tarzan!" when they
hear my name is Jane. <sigh>
First of all, Julie is NOT that fat.
Second of all, you don't insult a young lady on her afternoon stroll!
Third of all, it's not my fault. She came that way! Anyway, all of this detracts greatly from what we should be concentrating on, which is her worship.
We finally had our fill of the eff word, and considered
handing out POO POO POINTS to those impolite enough to use it. But in the end we
decided it's better to reward good behavior than punish bad. And so we began distributing FAN POINTS
to each person who met Julie without saying you know what. We printed up little business card-sized giveaways with Julie's picture in The Pride™
signature colors, and gave them to each person who got through five whole minutes without
calling her fat. 10 fan
points entitles the recipient to a free subscription to the newsletter, and
honorary mention in the first issue... which is this!
So, without further preamble, our first honoree is Jerry from the
next building who absolutely gushed over Ms. Julie's beauty (it is
magnificent), and told her, "if you were my cat you would be bald because
I would never stop kissing you."
Jerry once had a mother and daughter pair of cats that he
absolutely adored. So great was
his love for Sandy and Candy, and so terrible was the grief of losing them when
they reached their time at old age, he has been unable to have another
cat since. However, he said Ms. Julie
inspired him to think about letting another special fur person into his heart. We hope you do, Jerry. Your home will fill with love again on
kitty's first day home.
It wouldn't be the first time Ms. Julie inspired an
adoption. Jason, our neighbor
and second honoree, adopted two cats a few months after
meeting Ms. Julie in the hall. It
was a chilly winter night, too cold to go outside. But that doesn't stop Julie taking her stroll. She just moves it into the
lobby. Jason was impressed with
Julie's accessibility and casual attitude about meeting strangers. Jason said he'd
been thinking about adopting a cat; meeting Julie made up his mind.
Within a few months he had two cats
of his own. We often see Jason's cats at their window. They're
beautiful, and they have a great home.
We smile knowing Julie helped influence their dad's decision.
Our third honoree is Karen, who saw us all the way from the
corner, and came out of her way to meet Julie and tell her she's
"delicious". Karen is a
lovely and gentle woman who has given her life and home to rescuing
animals. She has 5 or 7 dogs, and
2 or 3 cats - all rescues with different stories. Karen knows you don't call a young lady "fat" on
her evening walk, and was amazed to hear that some people are so
insensitive. However, she confessed to also having an equally beautiful "corpulent
kitty". Thanks so much for stopping to talk with us, Karen. We really enjoyed meeting you.
Our fourth, fifth and sixth honorees for this issue are a beautiful family: Jaimie, Sarah and baby Tammy who were blown off their route onto our street by the mighty winds of this Wednesday. They were so delighted by Julie in her harness, and so irresistibly sweet, that even though she wasn't sure she should venture out at all, Julie said, "oh, wind be darned" and left the doorway to meet them. Uncle Jaimie got down on one knee to pet her and marvel over how serene she is on her harness. Auntie Sarah said Julie "seemed to own the block in her harness and all her regal glory", and wanted to hear how Julie learned to walk on a leash (which is in her bio
). Baby Tammy, closest to cat level in her stroller, smiled and cooed and never took her eyes off Ms. Julie. I heard later that she was "still yowing" an hour after meeting us. What a great meeting!
Isn't it wonderful how we can come together over a little round cat? Thanks so much, all of you, for stopping to talk with us and sharing
our walk. We really enjoyed meeting you and hope to see you again soon.
JULIE'S FRIENDS will be a recurring segment in our newsletter. Stay tuned, and keep your eyes open for us on nice days in NY. If we see you on our walks, remember what not to say, and we'll give you 10 fan points!
Blinded Kitten Needs Adoption or Foster ASAP
I'd been hearing about this kitten for 5-6 days before I saw her myself - One of 6 kittens born in the backyard of my mother's house in Queens to
a feral mother. She's just 4 weeks old, and an infection has ravaged
I went each day for a week trying to find her, but missed her every time. Last night, 10/08/09, I finally caught up with her. She was with her family, a tiny, beautiful calico kitten (red, white and black) making a valiant effort to keep up with her brothers and sisters. But she was falling behind, being elbowed out of the food, and clearly does NOT have what it takes to live a feral life.
I scooped her up, and took her to the emergency vet. She was feral for about five minutes. When she realized I was not going to hurt her, her tiny, cold paws curled gently around my finger, and she melted. She so needed to be rescued.
While she appears basically healthy, the prognosis for her eyes is uncertain. The vet says it is possible that there could be normal eyes under all that swelling. It will take a week to see if the meds will save them. Meantime, this baby girl needs more than anyone in my circle can give. She needs a patient, gentle person with time and a tender hand. She needs meds 3x a day and to know the world and people are safe. Right now she's with my aunt, who is 83, half blind herself, and hardly able to see the medicine bottle. That can't last. The shelters.... all full. She can't go back with her family. If we can't place her within a day or two, it may be kinder to... well...
We'd rather see her get a chance.
you're thinking you'd love to open your home and heart, but a potentially blind
kitten is too much for you, take it from my friend Penny, whose Ben was
the love of her life, and the smartest cat she ever had. A blind cat
can be as normal as a seeing one. Ben amazed her every day with his affection, abilities and intelligence. He got around just as well as a seeing cat, and even moved with her several times. He always adjusted beautifully. Take it from me as well. My Stevie lost his sight. It wasn't easy for him as an adult cat, but he
adapted, and he's had a magnificent two years of being spoiled
rotten. He climbs on the bed, the backrest of the sofa, everything he did when he could see.
Of course blindness and
deafness are apples and oranges, but don't forget, your very own Crazy Johnny, the star of
this cartoon, is deaf. Smartest, biggest personality you
ever want (or didn't want) to meet.
But you know what, even if they're not super intelligent, not profoundly beautiful, not the life of the party, or special in any way, it's the one that needs you the most that
takes the biggest piece of your heart.
Please, consider giving this precious baby girl a chance. And if you can't do it yourself, please forward this on to someone who may. If you can help, write: jane@thepridecartoon
ASAP. Reference this article in the subject box.
PS: My grandmother always said a calico kitten is good luck for the family who adopts her.
(most recent addition....)
I'm very impressed with squirrel moms. I've seen two things this
week that made a deep impression, and left me in awe of squirrel moms!
The first thing was a series of photos someone forwarded to me of a
squirrel mom kicking the butt of a big black dog who was threatening
her baby. There were only 4 photos in the series so you couldn't see
how this drama began, but, in photo 1, Big Black Dog has Squirrel Baby
on the ground between his paws and is nosing him over; Squirrel Mom is
about 4 feet up the tree on her way down.
In photo 2, Squirrel Mom has pounced upon BBD, and is attached to
his jugular vain. The surprise attack has allowed SB enough time to
flee, and he is running away toward the tree. continued.....
So, how did we do with our first issue? Feel free to let us know your opinions, questions, comments and suggestions. We value your feedback!
Jane Denny, Creator
The Pride Cartoon™