President Bush's Cat 'Ernie' Offered a Second Chance in White House

California Company Offers to Outfit All 132 Rooms in White House for Free With

Popular 'Cat Scratcher'



Apr 13, 2001, 01:00 ET from WorldWise, Inc.

    SAN RAFAEL, Calif., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernie, President Bush's cat,
 lost his bid at a term in office with the First Family over fears he would
 shred irreplaceable presidential furnishings.  However, he may keep his place
 in history and his ambitious claws with a generous offer from a California
 company.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010413/SFFNS01 )
     WorldWise President and CEO Aaron Lamstein hopes to write Ernie's ticket
 back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with an offer to outfit the entire
 White House for free -- all 132 rooms if necessary -- with the WorldWise Cat
 Scratcher(TM).  Ernie was returned to Bush's friend Brad Freeman of
 Century City, California, yesterday after wandering away from his foster home
 for more than a week.
     WorldWise, Inc. is an environmentally responsible consumer products
 company and maker of the remarkably effective and wildly popular
 Cat Scratcher.  The Cat Scratcher, an unassuming slab of recycled cardboard
 seasoned with 100% pure Certified Organically Grown Catnip, has earned almost
 one million feline fans in all 50 states by preserving both furnishings and
 relationships.
     The WorldWise Cat Scratcher and the WideBody Cat Scratcher(TM), a
 plus-size version of the original, mimic tree bark which is a cat's preferred
 scratching surface.  Cats are unfailingly drawn to the texture of the
 scratching surface and the pure, potent catnip.  WorldWise's legion of fans
 say it works where carpeted, sisal and other scratching posts fail.  It also
 provides a painless alternative to declawing and is easier to maintain than
 the unnatural "claw caps" that Ernie currently sports.
     This is not the first time WorldWise has rallied to a good cat cause.  On
 April 20, 2001, WorldWise will deliver two custom-made, mattress-sized
 Cat Scratchers to the Folsom Zoo, a wildlife sanctuary near
 Sacramento, California.  The Zoo, which harbors abandoned and orphaned
 mountain lions and bobcats, asked WorldWise if they could make a large version
 of the Cat Scratcher to meet the colossal scratching needs of their wild cats.
 One of the cubs, Alder, became enthralled with the domestic-sized version
 zookeepers had purchased for their housecats.
     WorldWise has a history of working with government employees.  Last year,
 a census worker reported significantly greater success securing interviews by
 placing WorldWise's Certified Organically Grown Catnip in his socks.
 Apparently, Americans felt more comfortable with the census worker after
 seeing how attracted their cats were to the interviewer.
     "We're proud to do what we can to reunite the First Family with their cat
 Ernie," Lamstein said.  "We have Cat Scratchers boxed and ready to ship to
 The White House.  All we need is the word 'go' from the President."
     WorldWise offers a variety of useful and unique consumer products made
 from recycled, reclaimed or sustainably harvested materials in more than
 7,000 retail stores throughout North America.  WorldWise has posted its
 "Ernie" letter to the Bush Family on its web site at www.worldwise.com
     WorldWise is guided by the principle of sustainability:  a step beyond
 conservation that maintains the planet's natural functions, resources and
 beauty.  We contribute to this global goal by educating consumers and
 providing useful products that enhance sustainable living.  Please visit our
 web site at www.worldwise.com to learn more about our products and
 environmental issues.  Or contact us at WorldWise, Inc., Dept. R75,
 Post Office Box 3360, San Rafael, CA 94912-3360.
 
 

SOURCE WorldWise, Inc.
    SAN RAFAEL, Calif., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernie, President Bush's cat,
 lost his bid at a term in office with the First Family over fears he would
 shred irreplaceable presidential furnishings.  However, he may keep his place
 in history and his ambitious claws with a generous offer from a California
 company.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010413/SFFNS01 )
     WorldWise President and CEO Aaron Lamstein hopes to write Ernie's ticket
 back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with an offer to outfit the entire
 White House for free -- all 132 rooms if necessary -- with the WorldWise Cat
 Scratcher(TM).  Ernie was returned to Bush's friend Brad Freeman of
 Century City, California, yesterday after wandering away from his foster home
 for more than a week.
     WorldWise, Inc. is an environmentally responsible consumer products
 company and maker of the remarkably effective and wildly popular
 Cat Scratcher.  The Cat Scratcher, an unassuming slab of recycled cardboard
 seasoned with 100% pure Certified Organically Grown Catnip, has earned almost
 one million feline fans in all 50 states by preserving both furnishings and
 relationships.
     The WorldWise Cat Scratcher and the WideBody Cat Scratcher(TM), a
 plus-size version of the original, mimic tree bark which is a cat's preferred
 scratching surface.  Cats are unfailingly drawn to the texture of the
 scratching surface and the pure, potent catnip.  WorldWise's legion of fans
 say it works where carpeted, sisal and other scratching posts fail.  It also
 provides a painless alternative to declawing and is easier to maintain than
 the unnatural "claw caps" that Ernie currently sports.
     This is not the first time WorldWise has rallied to a good cat cause.  On
 April 20, 2001, WorldWise will deliver two custom-made, mattress-sized
 Cat Scratchers to the Folsom Zoo, a wildlife sanctuary near
 Sacramento, California.  The Zoo, which harbors abandoned and orphaned
 mountain lions and bobcats, asked WorldWise if they could make a large version
 of the Cat Scratcher to meet the colossal scratching needs of their wild cats.
 One of the cubs, Alder, became enthralled with the domestic-sized version
 zookeepers had purchased for their housecats.
     WorldWise has a history of working with government employees.  Last year,
 a census worker reported significantly greater success securing interviews by
 placing WorldWise's Certified Organically Grown Catnip in his socks.
 Apparently, Americans felt more comfortable with the census worker after
 seeing how attracted their cats were to the interviewer.
     "We're proud to do what we can to reunite the First Family with their cat
 Ernie," Lamstein said.  "We have Cat Scratchers boxed and ready to ship to
 The White House.  All we need is the word 'go' from the President."
     WorldWise offers a variety of useful and unique consumer products made
 from recycled, reclaimed or sustainably harvested materials in more than
 7,000 retail stores throughout North America.  WorldWise has posted its
 "Ernie" letter to the Bush Family on its web site at www.worldwise.com
     WorldWise is guided by the principle of sustainability:  a step beyond
 conservation that maintains the planet's natural functions, resources and
 beauty.  We contribute to this global goal by educating consumers and
 providing useful products that enhance sustainable living.  Please visit our
 web site at www.worldwise.com to learn more about our products and
 environmental issues.  Or contact us at WorldWise, Inc., Dept. R75,
 Post Office Box 3360, San Rafael, CA 94912-3360.
 
 SOURCE  WorldWise, Inc.