Sex: Male Weight: 15 lbs.
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March 3rd 1993
October 1st 1984
Furry mouse. Buddy didn't know how to play until Tigger and Taylor came along. It was really sweet to see him learn how to swat a mouse and play with the feather toy!
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Cat hammock in window
Watch cat, warned of intruders and other "problems" around the house.
Buddy's Story: We estimate that Buddy lived on the streets at least six to eight years before we adopted him in 1992. One day in 1988, a strapping orange-striped tomcat showed up in my yard (where I lived prior to marrying my husband). He started hanging about, which prompted me to ask my neighbors about him. They informed me that he was a stray who was well known, that he made the rounds and pleaded his case to many of the neighbors. Some of them fed him, but most of the time he resorted to stealing food from their outdoor pets' dishes. He was fondly thought of as a bit of a pest! Despite his reputation, the big tom cat and I seemed to make a connection. In subsequent days I gained enough of his trust that he eventually allowed me to pet him. I wasn't allowed pets at my rental, so he remained an outdoor kitty. I didn't feed him as he seemed to be maintaining his weight. After we had been acquainted for a time, I figured I ought to think of something else to call him besides "Hey Kitty". He was becoming a dear little friend. Often, when I arrived home from work, he would greet me at the gate. Then, he would shadow me as I took my evening walk around the neighborhood. So, it seemed natural that I start calling him "Little Buddy" or Buddy for short. When my husband-to-be and I decided to move in together in 1993, I moved away from the neighborhood, sadly wishing Buddy good bye. At the time I had not considered taking him to our new abode and attempting to make an outdoor tom cat into an indoor pet, as I knew next to nothing about adapting a stray tom cat. Awhile later I had to make a trip back to my old neighborhood, so I decided to stop by to visit my former housemates. They occupied the back part of the house which was divided into two rentals. I had rented the front part of the house; it had a small porch where Buddy and I would hang out together during many of his daily visits, especially in the spring and summertime. Finding one of my former housemates at home, and after engaging in some small talk, I asked if he'd seen Buddy around. He informed me that not only had he seen him, but Buddy had been sleeping on the porch every night since I'd left! The front part of the house that I had rented stood empty, waiting for a new tenant. There was no welcoming porch light left on in the evenings as there had been every night for the past few years. Yet still, Buddy would return from his daily jaunts and sleep there each night, "waiting" for me to come back. I was humbled and touched beyond words. (The thought of it still brings tears to my eyes.) I stood there wondering if Buddy would come running, as he had in the past whenever I called out to him. I looked around the yard but I didn't see him. I called out his name. Immediately he bounded out from under the bushes! He greeted me with a plaintive meow and a look that seemed to say, "Where have you been?!" I reached down to give him a pat and he seemed so happy to see me. My decision was made. After bidding a quick farewell to my former housemate, I immediately packed Buddy into our car and brought him home. I decided to telephone my fiance at work and tell him the story after the fact! But I needn't have feared, once he heard about Buddy sleeping on the porch, he agreed that such devotion could not go unrewarded. With a seal of approval from our landlord (who luckily happened to be my soft-hearted grandmother), Buddy became a treasured member of our family.
Buddy adapted well to indoor life. We had him neutered and he settled right in. A few months after I brought him home, we rescued his adopted brother and sister, Tigger and Taylor. We were unsure of his reaction to the babies, but we need not have feared, given his loving nature. That tom cat became a devoted "mama" to those kittens! Later, when we adopted Bob, it was the same thing. He and Bob were very close. Buddy loved food, human attention, and our other cats, in varied order, depending on the time of day! He was a superior watch cat and warned us of impending danger (an example: one day the kitchen was flooding and he woke me up from a nap with insistent howling at the bedroom door). He was extremely vocal! A cute fact about Buddy is that he had no idea what to do with cat "toys" when he came to live with us. Tigger and Taylor were the ones who taught him how fun it was to bat around a fur mouse! ~ Buddy died from cancer on December 9th, 2002. We miss him so...
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June 15th 2015 5:23 pm
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I miss you my Buddy, on this your Gotcha Day. I will never forget you. You were the sweetest cat I've ever had the privilege to know. You were so gentle with all the other rescue cats we brought into our home over the years. You shared your space and your heart with them and with us. You were so generous! I didn't know that about you when I brought you home to live with me and Dad. You were a street kitty who befriended me and vice-versa. Who would have dreamed what a precious soul you would be?! You will always be in my heart my dearest friend.
June 15th 2013 8:46 pm
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Thank you my furriends for remembering my Gotcha Day! You made it so special. The day my mom brought me home with her is indelibly etched in her heart.
December 9th 2011 5:46 am
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Five years ago today Muffy and I walked paw in paw down the aisle! I also adopted Muffy's brother Blue on our wedding day. Please join us in celebrating this happy occasion. :)
P.S. It is also my 9th Bridge Annifursary. Mom misses me today just as much as she did when I first crossed. I feel her love all the way at the Bridge.
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