Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Pet Luv Cat Scratcher Board

On July 3rd, I was at Big Lots and picked up one of their Pet Luv Cat Scratcher Boards. Less than 24 hours later, on July 4th, I returned the item. I am not recommending that you buy this item for your cat! Let me tell you more about my experience.

BIG LOTS PRODUCT PAGE

Pet Luv Cat Scratcher Board - Big Lots Product Page
Pet Luv Cat Scratcher Board - Big Lots Product Page
Before I purchased the single-wide cat scratcher board, I had not visited the Big Lots product page. I only just visited that page when I was researching this product online and found that Big Lots actually had that page! Take a closer look at that tabby cat on the board. I don't think the product photo is an accurate depiction of what YOUR CAT will experience with the board.

THE SCRATCHER BOARD BEFORE USE

Pet Luv Cat Single-Wide Scratcher Board
Pet Luv Cat Single-Wide Scratcher Board
In the product photo with the packaged scratcher board, you can see the plastic bag of catnip that is lying on a section of the cardboard and plastic wrapped to the board. The fact that the plastic bag of catnip is directly on top of the cardboard is a design flaw. You see, that entire section of cardboard will smell as though you sprinkled catnip there!

MOMMY CAT FINDS THE SCRATCHER BOARD

I have been taking care of a white mommy cat and her six little kittens that I rescued on June 20th. They occupy my Florida Room. I calculate that the kittens were born the end of May and as of the writing of this blog post, they are well past 5 weeks of age. I thought a cardboard cat scratcher board would be a good cat toy for them.

On July 3rd, around Noon, I put out the cat board by another of their toys. I unwrapped the scratching board and set aside the plastic bag of catnip. I did NOT want to put any catnip on the cardboard scratcher since it was intended for the six kittens to use. A couple of the kittens walked over the board, but no kitten engaged in using that scratcher board. Then, it was around 7:30pm that day. I just happened to look out the living room window into the Florida Room and see the mommy cat had found the scratcher board.

Mommy Cat on Pet Luv Cat Scratcher Board
Mommy Cat on Pet Luv Cat Scratcher Board #1
At first, nothing looked out of the ordinary. Mommy cat seemed to be intent on using the board as a scratching toy. I snapped that first picture above; however, when I look closer at the board, it looks wet in the area directly in front of the mommy cat's front paws.

Mommy Cat on Pet Luv Cat Scratcher Board
Mommy Cat on Pet Luv Cat Scratcher Board #2
Watching the mommy cat, it all seemed to happen so fast! One moment, she seemed OK and then not. She had detected the catnip smell that had permeated the cardboard from the wrapped plastic package!

Mommy Cat on Pet Luv Cat Scratcher Board
Mommy Cat on Pet Luv Cat Scratcher Board #3
In the third picture, you can see the mommy cat is now seriously concentrating on that spot on the cat scratcher board that housed the wrapped package of catnip!

While I was watching what the mommy cat was doing with the cat scratcher board, so were two of her kittens. They were off in the distance carefully watching mommy. Both of the kittens started to creep backwards away to a hiding place. It frightened them when they saw their mommy not like herself.

It wasn't a long time that mommy cat was engaged with the scratcher board. Perhaps five minutes or so. I came into the room to get the scratcher board and to wipe the tile floor and clean up all the wet pieces of cardboard that were lying on the tile floor around the board. I then removed the board from the Florida Room and set it down inside. I returned to the Florida Room to check on mommy cat and her six little kittens.

Pet Luv Cat Scratcher Board After Five Minutes of Use
Pet Luv Cat Scratcher Board After Five Minutes of Use
When I came back inside, I saw that my cat Boots had found the board and was also experiencing the same effects of the catnip smell. Boots is a six-year old female tabby. So, now I had two female cats that had reacted very dramatically to the cardboard in the scratcher.

Pet Luv Cat Scratcher Board After Five Minutes of Use
Pet Luv Cat Scratcher Board After Five Minutes of Use
Take a closer look at the wet spot on the scratcher board and compare it to the size of the catnip package. It pretty much demonstrates how the catnip had permeated the plastic package and tainted the cardboard scratcher.

PRODUCT DESIGN FLAW

I believe there are two design flaws with this product:
  1. The plastic package of catnip should not be packaged directly on top of the cardboard. There is no telling just how long that package sat with the catnip odor permeating the plastic into the cardboard.
  2. Do you really want to use catnip on a cardboard product? I'm not the expert, but I rather think NOT!
When I returned the scratcher board to Big Lots the next morning, the cashier asked if anything was wrong with the product. They couldn't see that the area beneath the catnip package was all wet and torn up. I told them, "Yes, this product has a design flaw. You shouldn't be using catnip on a cardboard product!"

Searching on the Big Lots website, I see there are a lot of Pet Luv cat toys available. I did settle on two other cat toys that seem to work fine with the kittens. No more catnip for the white mommy cat and her six little kittens!!

P.S. I had previously had a conversation on Facebook with a fellow cat lover. We were discussing how I surely wouldn't want mommy cat experiencing catnip because it might get into her system. Since she is still nursing the six little kittens, I don't think the little cuties need to feel the affects of catnip at such a young age!

SUPPORT MOMMY CAT AND HER KITTENS

I am caring for the white mommy cat and her six little kittens until they are adopted. That means another three weeks before the kittens can be put up for adoption. July 25th would mark approximately 8 weeks of age for the kittens. We are hoping to raise enough funds so that we can provide the spaying and neutering of the kittens and mother. Won't you help us? Please help to support the mommy cat and six little kittens during their care. Give through their GoFundMe page.


ADOPT A KITTEN

Would you like to adopt one of the six kittens? Or, maybe you would want an older kitten like the mommy? We think these are some special kittens. They are cute in disposition and have beautiful markings. If you are interested, please leave me a comment with your contact information.

Friday, July 04, 2014

The American Flag, Hustler and Amorica

It is July 4th and we are celebrating our independence and showing our patriotism. In honor of the fourth, I am penning this blog post. It is about "The American Flag, Hustler and Amorica." A rather interesting and perhaps strange combination.

Hustler Cover July 1976 - American Flag Panty
Hustler Cover July 1976 - American Flag Panty
Panty design by JaguarJulie Ann Brady
THE BACKGROUND STORY

In March 1976, I was working in Columbus, Ohio and living off Morse Road on the Northside. I happened to know the Art Director for Hustler Magazine, Bob Flora. I got to know Bob and Kathy in 1973 when I moved to Columbus. At that time, he was attending Columbus College of Art and Design [CCAD] with my sister Diane.

Looking through my scrapbook, I found a picture of Bob Flora when he won a prize for his entry in the "Meet the Pros" advertising contest. That was April, 1974.

Bob Flora wins prize for his entry in the "Meet the Pros" advertising contest
Bob Flora wins prize for his entry in the "Meet the Pros" advertising contest
April, 1974 - Columbus, Ohio
I got a phone call one weekday afternoon in March 1976 from Bob Flora. He said that Hustler magazine wanted to have a patriotic cover for our bicentennial in July 1976. Would I be able to design some panties that would capture the theme of patriotism? I told Bob that as soon as I got home from work, I would see what I could come up with. I knew I wanted to try and capture the essence of the American Flag with fabric.

THE WHITE BACKGROUND FABRIC

When I went to my sewing supply closet, I found that I had plenty of white fabric. I also had red and blue colored bias tape that I would use along with elastic for the sides. Bob and Kathy found some white star with blue background fabric. The curious thing about that white fabric is that it was surplus from my wedding dress that I had sewn in 1971. I don't think Larry Flynt ever knew that the fabric was from my wedding dress!!

JaguarJulie Ann Brady Bridal Party - December 1971
JaguarJulie Ann Brady Bridal Party - December 1971
There it is - my wedding dress. I also made the veil and sewed my two sisters' dresses and the purple velvet outfit that my mom wore that day.

The evening Bob and Kathy Flora dropped by, I had sewn three different pairs of patriotic panties for his photo shoot. They were airing the panties to Miami, Florida for the shoot. A few days later, Bob asked me to sew three more panties as those that I made were a bit too snug on the model. I wished we had digital cameras back then so that I would have had a record of the six different designs that I created. I do know that my first three designs weren't so rushed and probably were stitched a bit better. When it came to the redo, and the patriotic panty made the cover of Hustler Magazine, it wasn't my best sew job!

HUSTLER COVER - JULY 1976

Hustler Cover July 1976 - American Flag Panty
Hustler Cover July 1976 - American Flag Panty
Panty design by JaguarJulie Ann Brady
Flipping through my scrapbook I found the Hustler Cover of July 1976. Written above the cover, "Designed 6 panties in March, '76, for Bob Flora, art director. This one was for the Bicentennial Cover. Another pair on Sept. cover." Gosh, I had forgotten that another pair of panties that I designed made another Hustler Cover in 1976!!

I don't remember what Bob Flora paid me for my panty designs. Maybe $50 or $100. It wasn't much.

So, that was pretty cool way back then that my panty design made the cover of Hustler. I might have mentioned it through the years to some coworkers and friends. It was in my scrapbook for posterity!

THE BLACK CROWES AMORICA - 1994

1976 to 1994 - how many years is that? Eighteen years? Holy Smokes, that is a long time. So, it was 1994 and I was now living in Jacksonville, Florida and working for SCM Glidco Organics on the Northside. Late in the afternoon at work a fellow worker named Pat came in from the plant. He came up behind me in my office and planted something in front of my face.

The Black Crowes Amorica Cover - 1994
The Black Crowes Amorica Cover - 1994
"Holy crap, that's my design!" That's kind of what I said. Pat had just bought the cassette of The Black Crowes Amorica album and knew that was my design. I had previously told Pat about a panty design of mine that appeared on Hustler Magazine.

The first cassette cover was the actual cover from Hustler Magazine in July 1976 - that is the cassette on the right. A little later, a second cover was released, with the background blacked out to obscure the model's body and her pubic hair. For an interesting read on the two different covers, you must check out the Wikipedia reference on the Amorica picture!!! It says, "The cover art copyright is believed to belong to the label, American Recordings, or the graphic artist(s)."

And, why not do an image search on Google to see all those patriotic panties!! Wow. It sure is crazy to see my design like that.

What was rather funny was the story Pat was sharing, claiming that I was the model in that photo. Not true! It was just my panty design made from my white wedding dress material.

WARNER BROS. COMMUNICATION

In 1994, I was in communication with American Recordings and then Warner Bros. legal department where we went back and forth on their use of the panty design that I created for Hustler Magazine. I simply must dig up that correspondence and share it here! As it has been twenty years since that exchange, I don't really remember that I got any satisfactory response from them. I was the little designer gal without legal representation. All I really wanted was design credits for my patriotic panties!

THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT

In 1996, along comes the movie about Hustler Magazine and Larry Flynt, The People vs. Larry Flynt. Would you believe, that there is a scene in the movie where Woody Harrelson, who is playing Larry Flynt, is giving a speech in Cincinnati, Ohio. As he stands on the stage talking about freedom of speech, there are images projected on the screen behind him.

The People vs. Larry Flynt - Hustler Cover July 1976
The People vs. Larry Flynt - Hustler Cover July 1976
On the screen projected is a giant image of the Hustler Cover of July 1976! Wow! If I knew my patriotic panty design was going to appear on more than just Hustler Magazine, I surely would have done a better job of sewing it! Can you see all the stitches? No, I guess the public hair probably overshadowed those loose stitches!!

THE END OF THE STORY

P.S. So, over the years, I have chatted with my sister Diane about this story. She was also an Art Director, but for a major advertising agency in Columbus, Ohio. She told me to "get over it!" That my panty design probably became the property of Larry Flynt and Hustler. A few years later she apologized for her abrupt assertion. After all, it was her right under freedom of speech.

Bob Flora left Hustler Magazine in 1977 to become the Associate Art Director for Harper's Bazaar. In May, 1979 he became the Art Director for Harper's Bazaar. I don't know what Bob was doing after that. When we chatted about Bob Flora, she told me that he had died of AIDS many years ago. But, what about Kathy Flora? We had both lost touch with her over the years. Now, what was her maiden name? I thought it was something like Korman, but I am not sure.

Bob and Kathy Flora at Wedding of Doug and Diane Hay
Bob and Kathy Flora at Wedding of Doug and Diane Hay
Photo Taken December 29, 1973
Oh, I just wanted to share a cool photo from December 29, 1973. Bob Flora was the best man at my sister Diane's wedding to Doug Hay. Kathy Korman Flora was also there. You can find Kathy on the far right and Bob is in the last row on the right.

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!

Have a safe and festive fourth of July. Maybe you are doing a barbecue or a trip to the beach and surely fireworks later. You may want to give The Black Crowes Amorica a listen or perhaps catch the movie, The People vs. Larry Flynt!