Gone to the Dogs

I’d been eagerly awaiting Friday night all week and not just because it meant a few days off and seeing my daddy for Fathers Day.

I’ve long been saying I have to get my self out of my comfort zone and meet new people (potentially an eligible guy!) so I had plans Friday to meet-up with I HAVE CAT facebook fans for cocktails and then head over to an AC&C of New York (Animal Care and Control of New York City) fundraiser.

Me, Kira, Damun, Sharon and Gina (Old Cats Rule) grabbing a few drinks. The ears were put on in post!

Well not only did I have the chance to catch-up with old friends and make new ones (Damun and Kira!) but I received an unexpected gift and met a celebrity! Not bad for a Friday night in the city (no eligible guy, but guess you can’t have it all right?!).

Bocker the famous Labradoodle was in attendance! This pup has been in numerous TV and print commercials and is starring in the upcoming movie “Eat Love Pray” with Julia Roberts (sadly he didn’t make it into the trailer)!

Boker starred in Eat Love Pray with Julia Roberts

Bocker‘s a certified therapy dog and has special gift working with kids (he spends three hours a week as a Tail Wagging Tutor in upstate New York, where he listens to children read). And the really good news? He’s a friend of cats

I’ve never had much luck at winning giveaways or raffles, but purchased a few tickets anyway to support the AC&C unaware of what the prizes even were. Imagine my excitement when one of items turned out to be a  lithograph of an 1896 Harper’s Magazine cover by Edward Penfield featuring a woman carrying two cats (valued at $1.200). Well I didn’t win it, and sadly the guy who did win it didn’t seem too enthused about it (the MC asked him three times if he liked cats to which he finally gave a half-hearted “yes”).

Kip closely inspects print to ensure its up-to-snuff!

While I don’t have a knack for winning prizes, I do have the gift of gab and I’m certainly not shy (having consumed a few glasses of wine didn’t hurt). Moments after said guy won the lithograph I stormed him, I HAVE CAT business card in hand, asking if he might consider donating the lithograph, Imagine my surprise that without thinking twice he said I could take it right then and there!

I walked out of there with a huge, framed $1,200 piece of art! Now i just need to figure out how to auction it off and who the proceeds should go to (I have a certain grey tuxedo in mind…hmm…wonder who that could be?!).

Stanley, a Pitt-Bulldog mix, was original from the AC&C but was lucky enough to get a forever home years ago.

So the evening was a success. The only down-side, if there was one, was that sneaky Gina (Old Cat’s Rule) got some incriminating evidence of me snuggling quite a few pups (in my defense there were no cats at the event or they would have taken precedence I can assure you!). My cats didn’t seem to notice, or if they did, they knew there was nothing to be jealous about!

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  • OldCatsRule

    Good job — and love the photos (except for the one with me :().

    • Ihavecat

      How can you say that! You are all but hidden! Your mystique is in-tact! 🙂

      • Laurel Court

        Yeah I noticed that Tamar .. very sneaky … Gina isn’t it? Do I at least know your name now 🙂

  • Chris

    Good on you for accosting the apathetic raffle winner & scoring his fantastic prize!!! Woo hoo! What a great night out for you & the fortunate cause you’ll choose…and all because you wanted to get out of your comfort zone. It was a night that was so meant to be!

    • Ihavecat

      Thanks Chris! I’m excited to have something cool to auction off for a good cause! Now I just have to figure how to pull it off! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment! 🙂

  • Miss Tamar,

    Yous a wheeler and dealer for sures! It okay if yous go to da dark side of doggie-dome once in a whiles, just so longs as yous comes back!!!



    • Ihavecat

      tehe! YES, i can go check it out for research purposes right (and to get cool stuff!)> LOL!

  • Miss Tamar –

    I has posted looking for a cat lovins dude for yous to dates in NYC. All da ones I knows is gay or taken. (Sorry, but it true). Who dis mystery tuxie? Is yous steppin out behinds mai back? Hee!

    I loves yous!


    • Ihavecat

      Awww you da bestest! Same with me (regarding the mens!). The mysterious tuxie? You will have to wait and see…!

  • So sorry I missed this, Tamar, but I’m glad everyone enjoyed! And good for you about the artwork!!! Awesome.

    • Ihavecat

      Leslie, we were all totally bummed you couldn’t be there but we will DEF do something again soon! Thanks for reading and posting! 🙂

  • Sounds like you had a great time. And whoever wins that art will be very lucky indeed.

    • Ihavecat

      Thanks for stopping by and comment! It means so much to me!

  • Congrats on that beautiful photo. How lucky was that. You deserved it much more than he did and you appreciate it. It went to the right person.

    • Ihavecat

      Thank you thank you! I am excited about being able to auction it off for a good cause! Now if I can decide on one! SOo many to pick from! thanks as always for visiting I HAVE CAT and for taking the time to comment! 🙂

  • Susan D. Smith

    What a great auction prize! Kudos to you for being so persuasive and obtaining it from the original, less-than-thrilled winner. It’s a real treasure. I’m sure it will fetch lots of bids, especially if you find a way to enable online people to participate, too.

    My cats Rubydee and Sassy would heartily approve!

    • Ihavecat

      Thank you than you! I promise to do good with it! and i will CERTAINLY make sure it’s an online auction. Thinking I will get a few more things together and go from there. Thanks for reading and commenting Susan! 🙂

  • verreh cool you got the Harper’s!

    • Ihavecat

      Thanks AttieCat!! Woot woot! Now I have to do something super great with it to help the anipals!

  • wow, great prize, sorry you did not win it. I love your picture with Bocker and I know he loves cats and baby birds. We have three doodles and they all love our three cats. The cats as expected, always rule! But the doodles don’t seem to mind a bit.

    • Ihavecat

      Well I may have won it, but i left with it! tehe! Didn’t realize Labradoodles were so gentle! No wonder Bocker makes such a good TV doggie!

  • jmuhj

    We’re not AT ALL into (dogs), but we are very conCATulatory of your managing to “win” the fab litho! Next, the guy. 😉

    • Ihavecat

      Tehe! yes yes! The guy! The guy! Do you know TT from facebook? He has posted on his page looking for eligible guys for me! how cute!

  • Kira

    Love your post! I can’t tell you what an amazing night that was! I was looking forward to it all week. It was just so nice being with fellow compassionate animal (cat) lovers and meeting new friends!! For once I didn’t feel like the weirdo cat fanatic that no one understands!! It was so much fun to share stories and how crazy is it that all of our humor in movies, tv, etc. are very similar?!?!??! Big hugs to everyone, and thank you Tamar, you brought us all together, you should have a big smile knowing that you brought us all together!! xo

    • Ihavecat

      It was a joy to meet you my dear! Completely agree with you in terms of how everyone seemed to jibe easily! Thanks for the shout-out 🙂 I’m so happy we made it happen!

  • Tamar, great job! The magazine cover rocks!

    You could auction it on Ebay or you could promote a silent auction, asking people to send you a bid my e-mail.

    • Ihavecat

      Thanks Daniela! I might be asking for your assistance/advice soon!