CATastrophes Meets Animalist.com!

You guys!!!

Remember when I said I had epic news? Well, check it out! Drum roll please…… (DUHHd Rduhdhrhrhrdhhrhhdhdhrhdhdrdrdrdrdr)

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CATastrophes Web Series has been chosen as a new show on Animalist.com! We will now be featured alongside the likes of Jackson Galaxy, Lil BUB, Cole the Black Cat, Big Cat Diaries, and others! We have made it a long way since our very first cat video called “Catalogue,” and are now so pleased to have a wider audience with which to share our videos and adoptable cats.

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If you’re not familiar with Animalist, it is, in their own words, “an online network that explores the connection between humans and animals. From the exotic to the domestic and the cute to the weird, Animalist covers the whole animal kingdom with Animalist.com as its hub – from breaking animal news stories and funny animal sketches to must-see cat videos…lots and lots of cat videos.”

Alana and Kris doing their thing.

Alana and Kris doing their thing.

Here’s our latest video called “ChronoCATastrophe” featuring Lil BUB as “Wellington, the time traveling cat.”

 

In lieu of an acting fee, BUB accepted a donation from us to her Lil BUB’s Big Fund with the ASPCA, which supports special needs pets! So generous!

Please share, and if you haven’t, subscribe to our channel for new weekly content. You can even set your email to alert you every time we have a new video, which will be every Monday from now on!

Thanks, everyone, for your awesome support. We couldn’t be where we are today without all of you! I’ll be happy to sign an autograph should you see me in person. My stump is covered in ink from practicing, but it’s totally worth it.

Love,

Crepes.

**Disclaimer: We were not compensated for this post. **

A sneak peek of an upcoming episode!

A sneak peek of an upcoming episode!

My First Blogoversary & The Lil Bub Special Special

You guys!

Hurray!!!

Hurray!!!

I cannot believe it. It has officially been one year since we started blogging and it snuck up on us real fast! We are very pleased to have grown so much this year and would like to thank:

  • The Blogosphere at large. You are all incredible people and animal lovers. We thank every one of you that has helped us and answered our questions, allayed our concerns, and pointed us in the right direction. We have too many favorite blogs to mention each one and we discover more every day.
  • Layla Morgan Wilde of CatWisdom101. You were the very first person to reach out to us when we were brand new. You pointed us in the right direction, invited us to the blogosphere, and have served as a helpful mentor and friend. Thank you!
  • BlogPaws! Without you guys, we would not have had some of the great opportunities that we came across this year, like the Adoption Champion project.
  • Tree House, Tabby’s Place, Cat Guardians, Chicago Cat Rescue, Pets with Disabilities, Lovey Loaves, Kitty Bungalow, Harmony House– wonderful rescues that have provided us with information and bachelor/ettes many times over the year. Thank you for believing in us!

We are very proud of the successes we have had in advancing the adoption of special needs pets using humor. And, not to toot my own horn, I put together this little page of our Accomplishments to highlight all of our favorite moments from year one.

We have some exciting news to share with you today, too: We (especially me) will be appearing in the Lil Bub Special Special on Animal Planet this Saturday, February 8th at 9 pm E/P! It’s true. Our friend Bub, THE most famous special needs kitty, chose some of our clips as her favorite ones from the internet to include in her funniest animal clips show. Look carefully, because you’ll see our videos at least three times (from what we heard) – Clips from Hell-Copter, my version of the Harlem Shake, and even a clip of me and my biological brothers and sisters playing under the sheets.Special logo and announcement

To put the cherry on the Sunday (actually it’s Wednesday, but whatever) of our one-year celebration, Bub sent us this great message to commemorate our one-year anniversary:

My Dear Crepes,
Today marks the completion of your first full year of cat blogging. Specifically, you have shared magic with the world for the duration of one complete revolution about the sun. And once you really wrap your head around that fact, you will realize what an amazing accomplishment this is. Congratulations Crepes, you are one of a kind.
lub,
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Thank you again to everyone who has helped make our blog a success. It has been a year that we are tremendously proud of and that we hope to top in our second year. We appreciate every reader, every comment, every share, like, and word of encouragement. From the bottom of our hearts: thank you, thank you, thank you.
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Love,
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Crepes & Alana.
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Behind Bub: Q&A With Mike Bridavsky, Bub’s Dude

Last week, Crepes spoke with Lil Bub about her special needs and how she lives her life. This week, I’m talking to Mike Bridavsky, better known as Bub’s “Dude,” about his life, career, and what he wants for Bub. A man with admirable qualities exemplified by the caring he shows for his special needs cat, Mike manages her career in a way that doesn’t allow for nonsense or exploitation (a topic I discussed a few weeks ago.) But what else is interesting about the man behind Bub? Let’s find out.
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Mike and one of his other cats Special Agent Dale Cooper. Meowza.

Mike and one of his other cats, Special Agent Dale Cooper. Meowza.

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AG: Welcome, Mike. Please tell me, what is your biggest goal for Bub?
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MB: I don’t have any “goals” for BUB. My main priority for BUB, as my pet, is to be as healthy, comfortable and happy as she can possibly be.
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AG:  Bub’s health is obviously your number one concern. I’ve read that you’ve learned reiki to help treat her and that she also is being treated for osteoporosis. How is she doing with the therapies that you’ve selected for her treatment? 
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MB: The “reiki” is helpful, but what I do is more along the lines of energy work. I don’t really know exactly what I’m doing, I just know what works and what she responds to. It’s sort of a personal thing, and I realize it might sound like voodoo to most people, but all I really care about is that it works, and that BUB benefits from it. But the most useful treatment that has had the most noticeable results, is the PEMF treatment with the Assisi Loop, as well as vibration therapy. These treatments are very useful in treating her very specific bone disorder, and since starting them she has gone from almost completely immobile to being able to run around.
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AG: That’s a great result! What does Mike Bridavsky do for work when he’s not traveling with Bub? I’ve heard tell of a recording studio. Are you a musician? 
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MB: I have owned and operated a recording studio called “Russian Recording” for the past 10 years. I record, mix, and master records for bands, and have worked on about 600-700 to date. I also play guitar and bass in several touring bands.
Window to the studio.

Window to the studio.

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AG: Have you put aside your other pursuits presently while working on Bub’s career?
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MB: There’s only so much time in the day. And at this point in my life, most of it spent on working on “BUB STUFF.” I spend about 80 hours a week on that on average, but also try to make time for my studio and music when I can.
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AG: I’ve heard that you refused representation for Bub and yourself, and prefer to have people approach you rather than solicit opportunities. What’s your reasoning for that?
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MB: Well it’s because I want to keep things organic and natural. That’s how it all started… I never meant for BUB to become a celebrity cat! It started as just sharing pictures of her with friends and eventually she developed a big fan base, which turned into, well, what it is now! Early on, when it first started happening I considered stopping it. But I saw how much joy she brought to so many people, and also realized it could be an opportunity to spread a positive message, raise awareness and also raise money. So at that point I decided that I would go with the flow… wait for opportunities to come, follow through with the ones that felt good and right, and execute them to my best ability while trying to include my talented friends in the process. I am perfectly ok with all of this to be over at any moment. But as long as there is interest and unsolicited opportunities keep coming, I’m happy to keep it going as long as I have full control over how BUB is portrayed, where the money goes and well, everything.
Vivian hanging at the studio.

Vivian hanging at the studio.

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AG: You have four other cats that live at your studio. What are their names? Would you be willing to share a photo of them? I think they also deserve a shout out since Bub gets most of the daily attention.
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MB: I have four other cats. Josie, Vivian, Special Agent Dale Cooper and Oskar. Oskar’s been missing for about 3 months now, so I’m assuming he’s found another planet to live on. I’d be happy to share photos of them.
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AG: Is there anything you’d like to mention that I may have forgotten?
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MB: GOOD JOB BUB
Mike with Oskar, before he left for another planet.

Mike with Oskar, before he left for another planet.

Mike and Vivian, one of his studio cats.

Mike and Vivian, one of his studio cats.

Mike with Josie.

Mike with Josie.

Special Agent Dale Cooper, super model.

Special Agent Dale Cooper, super model.

 

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There it is!  Our Q&A with Mike Bridavsky. What do you guys think? Is there anything you want to know about him that we haven’t asked? Maybe we can find out the answers!  Also, maybe if you’ve seen Oskar, you could let us know.
The missing Oskar.

The missing Oskar.

Love,
Crepes.