Hi there and how's your cat?

Did you get an email from anybody about the Painted
Cats? I think at least a dozen people sent that one
to me, with quite a variety of comments along with
it. Many were outraged that someone would take the
time and spend the enormous fees charged to actually
PAINT their cats.

I was equally disturbed and passed it along to my
list of friends, too, with my comments added in.

Well, as it turns out, I guess I let my hoax shields
down and didn't check it out before using up all
that bandwidth for nothing.

Here is the final answer on this one:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/arts/paintedcats.asp

Yep, it was all computer generated. The cats didn't
look upset, OR drugged, so that should have tipped
me off right there!

Still, I have to admit, the "artwork" was quite
amazing. Some of the photos are on the snopes web
site, in case you haven't seen this.

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TIP OF THE MONTH
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I am tempted to say this month's tip should be about
being cautious with those crazy email stories. So
many of them are not true... there is no Amy Bruce
who needs a liver transplant, for example... and
there are several web sites you can use to check out
all these stories for their "hoax score," but I will
just say that we all need to be a bit suspicious these
days. It's so possible to do just about anything with
a computer now. Or, say that you have, and "prove it."

Here are two sites I use to dig out the truth:

www.snopes.com
hoaxbusters.ciac.org

OK, so this month's tip will be:

Don't forget to give your cats lots of love! And
remember all the cats that don't get any, and love
yours all the more.

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SPECIALS
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A great place to shop if you use natural products:
http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/?click=15867
(Recommended by Dr. Andrew Jones)

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A SMILE FOR YOU ;-)
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Well, no jokes or uplifting stories this week,
but I would like to mention that we had one of
our best weeks at the shelter... we got 10 cats
adopted out! That makes US smile!

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Do you have any fun stories to share about your
cats? Send them in and I'll put them here in
this newsletter. (Include your name and website
if you have one, and I'll give you a "plug" for
your site. Or, anonymous is OK, too. It's
up to you.)

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