August 1, 2011

Fatboy Babushka has always dreamed of becoming famous. When a pet supply company notified him that they were having a contest that might make him a celebrity and the "next TV Star" he was thrilled. All he had to do was create a page on facebook and ask all his friends to vote for him. Fatboy was so hopeful that he would win that he packed his little suitcase in the hopes of winning a trip to Florida and meeting Burt Reynolds, an Actor who Fatboy believes he looks like. (I told him once he was as handsome as Burt Reynolds and he hasn't forgotten it).

On 8/1/11 Fatboy Babushka entered the contest. It was called "The TV Star Search Pet Photo Contest" and the winner was to star in their next TV commercial. The pet who received the most votes would become the winner as determined by their judges. The photo to the right is the photo that was submitted along with the following caption and biography per the contest rules. 

" ... while visions of tuna and catnip danced in his head ..."

"Fatboy Babushka is a 24 lb, 2 year old, double-pawed tiger cat who was abandoned as a kitten and raised by a family of opossums. He doesn't know how to "meow". He "quacks". He loves to be loved and will allow anyone to pet him."

On 8/18/11 the winner was announced and Fatboy didn't win. The winner was a little dog. The 9 runners-up were also dogs. Out of over 10,000 entrants, not one cat was chosen and that upset Fatboy. He was convinced that he had received a "hundred million votes" and was so disappointed at losing and embarrassed that he had let down all his fans who voted for him.

Fatboy Babushka was so despondent at not winning the contest he ran to the top of this cat tree and refused to come down. Then, when he finally did come down ... he tried to run away from home so I had to buy him a harness. He is so smart that he was able to escape from his harness in less than 2 minutes but he promised not to try and run away again.


In this frame of mind, he hastily posted a comment on the pet supply company's Facebook Page and said:

"The winner of the contest has been announced and I didn't win. Pet Meds ... PetShmeds. Mommy told me to be gracious so I won't say the judges stink even though I think they stink on ice. I'm not bitter ... I'm just sayin' ... they might stink because I didn't win the contest and I didn't even win a cat toy. If I gave a rats patoot, which I don't .... I would write the judges and tell them what I think of them ... but I don't. They can "talk to the butt" for all I care and if they ever have another contest and think that I will enter, they've got another think coming. Mommy says I will always be her little "star" and besides who wants to go on TV and make a stinky commercial for PoopheadMeds. I'm not even disappointed and I'm not crying, I just have something in my eye. I hope I didn't disappoint all my fans who voted for me. I have to go and unpack my little suitcase now because I'm not going anywhere; and I have to help my brother, Sunny Papoochie take down my "Congratulations, Fatboy Babushka" banner that he made for me. Hugs and Kisses to all my fans."

Love, Fatboy Babushka

P.S. "Congratulations to the little dog who won the contest ... I was just wondering ... can you "Quack"? No? Well I can. Oh ... and do you have a big fluffy tail? No? Well, I do. Oh ... and can you groom yourself? No? Well, I can ... because I'm a Cat ... just sayin".

Comments came in from many other cats who also entered and did not win. As not one single cat even made the top 10, Fatboy and his brother, Sunny Papoochie, took it upon themselves to make a sign (see below) and post in on their front lawn.

Fatboy then wrote another comment on the company's Facebook page.

"Sunny Papoochie and I made this sign and it is on our front lawn. We live on a very busy street and it is slowing traffic down - which is a good thing ... just sayin'. We dedicate it to all the cats who were overlooked in the contest. Love, Fatboy Babushka".

At that point, the company decided to award Fatboy a consolation prize and even posted a photo of him on their website. The photo and their response is below:

"Congratulations to Fatboy Babushka and his owner, recipients of today's random giveaway. Hopefully your cat will accept our goodie box as a consolation prize :) Remember, with great catnip comes great responsibility".

Fatboy was thrilled because he not only won a prize but he was also featured on the their Facebook page in their Profile Photos; so he wrote them the following letter:

"I would like to thank you all for the very nice comments. I would also like to thank Pet Meds for randomly choosing me to receive a consolation prize of a goodie box even though I did not win the contest and will not become the "next TV Star". I apologize for calling the judges "PoopheadMeds" and for saying that they "stink on ice". It wasn't nice. I've never even smelled them ... just sayin'. I will be putting my little suitcase on eBay. (The one I bought for my trip to Florida which I won't be needing anymore). Love, Fatboy Babushka".

Fatboy Babushka and the company are now friends and have put the past behind them. Although Fatboy didn't win the contest to become the next TV Star, he is still determined to become famous and he still dreams about stardom. He has written his Biography, many Scripts and has also written a book of Poetry for children. He hopes to inspire children to be the best that they can be and to never ever give up on their dreams. Even though he didn't win the contest, he believes that you should never give up, and you should keep on trying and you will succeed.

Fatboy Babushka sells products featuring himself and his friends on an on-line store called zazzle with 100% of his royalties going to other kitties on Facebook who need financial help for medical treatments and food. He created an organization called KIN (Kitties In Need) and holds Auctions on Fatboy Babushka's Auctions for KIN facebook page where the facebook community donates items with the proceeds going directly to the chip-ins listed in a Directory he has created called Fatboy Babushka's Directory of Chip-Ins for KIN. He also has a facebook page called Fatboy's Boutique and Hair Salon where for a $1.00 donation to KIN kitties and pets of all kinds can get "wigged" "masked" or photo shopped for an event. Fatboy's philanthropic efforts have helped many kitties and their owners and he hopes that once his books are published and his product line is marketed he can help on a larger scale. His message to children and people everywhere is that anything is possible and to never ever give up on your dreams.


Rebel (Fatboy's sister): "Oh ... no! He's talking in his sleep again ... some gibberish about not winning a contest."

"High Five to all my fans and friends. Love, Fatboy Babushka."

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