On October 1, 2013, the cat blogging community lost a legend, and this blog lost a friend.
Hello, felinity assembled, Nikita here and I have some very sad news to report: Cokie the Hollywood Insider has travelled to Rainbow Bridge.
Carnival of the Cats #500 - the evening of Monday October 14, 2013
In the wake of the passing of Cokie have you posted a tribute on your blog? Do you have a special memory you would like to share with your readers in a post this weekend?
I will be hosting the very special 500th edition of Carnival of the Cats, the oldest continuously running blog post sharing event for pet bloggers on the internet, and one of the oldest share fests online, period.
Do you also have Carnival hosting memories to share? Do a blog post about it!
It began in 2004 and used to get 40 to 70 submissions a week!
We here, at The Opinionated Pussycat intend to celebrate that legacy, but we would also like to make it a place where felinity assembled can share how it celebrated the life of Cokie the Hollywood Insider.
Please send all submissions (Thru Sunday evening) to: carnivalofthecats(at)gmail.com
SPREAD THE WORD!
Cokie appears to have begun his blogging career 8 days after I moved from daddy's blog to this one, in January 2010, and an even greater presence in the blogosphere came in the spring with The Anipal Times..
Daddy had the honor and pleasure to meet Cokie's human, Kristin Dewey, at a charity event in Los Angeles, in August 2011.
Dear kind, funny, talented, encouraging, inspiring, caring, beautiful man cat, I
know that you will have found release from the pain of the last few
years at last and are being welcomed by friends who went before.
As I mourn your passing this old geezer knows that I might not make it to 20 either and look forward to someday making your acquaintance in person, at last, just as your Mom & Daddy Kiril once met in LA.
It has been an honor and a pleasure to know you, read your blog, and receive comments from you on Opinionated Pussycat.
The best way Elvira and I can honor your memory is to carry on our own writing lives in new and better ways and we fully intend to do so.
Rest in Peace, and may the catnip and kibble and toys be plentiful and just to your liking at Rainbow Bridge.
Mr. Nikita and Elvira Mistress of Felinity
Who was Cokie? We here, at the Feline News Network, wish to enlighten you:
Blogger, commentator, humorist, journalist, reviewer, promoter of events and causes, social media master on Twitter and Facebook, and opinionated man cat extraordinaire, barely does him justice.
He was a "Special Needs" kitty who looked so damn dapper in a diaper the lady cats couldn't help but swoon, and made many man cats feelings of embarrassment over having to wear diapers themselves lessen or disappear entirely.
A 19 year old Ragdoll who, with his human, lived on Hollywood Blvd., near the famous Chinese Theatre, whose medical issues were the eventual result of a mis-adventure in his very early youth.
At around age 13 issues with his spine led to him becoming paralyzed.
As Kristin explains: " He got better quickly but never got the feeling back in his fluffy white tail, so it follows him like a mop – and he’s mostly incontinent now, too. So he wears pants."
While Kristin is a Film/TV Location Manager and freelance in mostly pet related Social Media Marketing & PR and is also Special Projects Manager at BlogPaws.com, Cokie has almost 7000 Twitter followers @cokiethecat, and co-founded an online newspaper – by pets for pets – called The Anipal Times. For a while he was even one of the 10 most popular Lakers Tweeters!
He was also known as the Daniel Craig of Man Cats!
What to do?
We decided to make a donation in honor of Cokie and chose the Houston SPCA. Reaching out we made contact with a nice lady named Stacy who gratefully accepted.
Founded in 1924, it is Houston’s first & largest animal protection organization and shelter.
The Houston SPCA "places more animals into loving new homes than all other area private and public shelters combined."
As much as we support the "No-Kill shelter" movement we understand reality, too.
Houston SPCA explains themselves this way: "The Houston SPCA is what is termed an "open door" shelter, meaning that we accept every animal that is brought to us. We feel that we serve the animals of our community best this way. Although the idea of becoming a no-kill shelter is certainly appealing, current reality in Houston is not that simple."
It "proudly places 100% of our healthy, behaviorally sound canines and felines animals that are healthy and free of serious behavior issues - into loving new homes. No animal is ever euthanized at the Houston SPCA to make room for incoming animals."
Another thing we like is that their Cruelty Investigations Team is featured globally on Animal Planet’s Animal Cops: Houston television show.
One final word....about "Special Needs" kitties and efforts to help them...
Here in Houston there are many feline rescue efforts and at least 2 have programs related to special needs kitties.
Adopt-a-Cat Texas, established in 1994, is a no-kill shelter whose mission is to "Rescue, Rehabilitate, & Provide shelter/sancturary for homeless felines until safe and caring, permanent homes are found."
Adopt A Cat is also a sanctuary and has many kitties who have special needs; "They are more difficult to find homes for, so we ask for sponsors to help us care for these wonderful animals."
Dori's Darlings No-Kill Cat Rescue "saves 100's of cats every year from dangerous-street situations, and out of high-rate kill-shelters. Once cats & kittens enter our program they are never at risk of being put to sleep!"
Their Special Needs page is an eye-opening feature on the many kitties with issues that come throught their program.
Special Pals rescue of West Houston does something for homebound human seniors with pets: "Special Pals and Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels Team Up for the AniMeals Program - Homebound senior adults with pets in Fort Bend and Waller Counties receive pet food in daily deliveries."
****UPDATE - 430pm****
What beautiful tribute to our boy, Cokie, and we're so happy to hear about the Ideal Balance basket donations made to the Houston SPCA in his honor. I just read your post to Cokie's dad, and it choked him up. You've touched us deeply with your friendship and your understanding of how special Cokie was to us. Thank you kindly. Love,