Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Shameless Plug for Mr. Bufus

In honor of the start of the Cat-Dog competition at MangoMinster I am re-posting the tribute to Mr. Bufus, as well as his original entry, so you can get to know more about him.

Thanks very much for all the kind notes about Mr. Bufus. I must honestly say that I was overwhelming by the outpouring of support, both here and on Facebook, both from friends and family as well as complete strangers (many of whom I hope will not be strangers for long; when I get a chance I’m going to come blog-visiting!). Thank you so very much. We received confirmation that Bufus did, indeed, have cancer of the stomach and intestine, and while it was not yet causing him pain, it was causing fluid build-up which made him bloated and was causing him discomfort. The reality is that the fluid build-up was a bit of a blessing in disguise, as Bufus didn’t have to suffer while the tumors grew to a size where they would be easily noticed. Ultimately, he led a long, full life replete with opportunities to harass a collective pack of dogs, while also having plenty of time to nap in the sunny places. Bufus’ entry in MangoMinster will stand, and I have faith that he will hold his own in the face of very tough competition!

As the Ruler of the Roost, everything was his, if he wanted it, including Fiona's chew toys. (BTW, Bufus didn't have any teeth.)

Or Dad's dessert....
He always found the best sunny spots

And traveled in the motorhome like a pro:

(When he wasn't throwing up in his Uncle Charlie's hat, which did happen on occasion... But that's what Charlie gets for not paying the proper respects!)

He was a fantastic Guard Cat

And, yes, he really did like taking showers.


Bufus was truly the King of the House.

Thanks again for all the words of support; Bufus really was A Great Cat (or, Man-Bear-Dog-Cat-Pig, if we are going to be technical about it) and he will never be forgotten.

Here is his original MM entry:

Name: Mr. Bufus

Gender: Male

Breed: Man-bear-dog-cat-pig (with apologies to South Park); the vet papers say that he is a Maine Coon, although I say he is a Very Large, Venerable Cat

Group: Cat Dogs

Blog Link: (that would be this bloggie).

Here is his picture:

I felt it would be helpful to include a brief statement with Mr. Bufus' picture.

Mr. Bufus is a rescued kitty who has risen to the lofty position of the head of Civil Defense for the Dranow household (the submitted picture shows him in his uniform). In this role, and over his 20 years of life, he has raised generations (note from Fi’s Mom: literally!) of puppies to be respectful of cats, despite having been declawed at an early age (he has a very wicked right cross; for a big lazy cat, he can be very quick when he wants to be!). Mr. Bufus is very much a Cat Dog, as many people has likened him to a dog (even his groomer has said "he’s a great dog" on more than one occasion). He also takes showers (seriously!) and will stand at the shower door when it is running and will meow to be let in. He doesn’t seem to care that he gets soaked. (Which might make him more of an alien than a Cat Dog, but that’s neither here nor there…) Mom and Dad say that he is a man-bear-dog-cat-pig, but I think that is because they watch too much South Park. Mr. Bufus travels Very Well in the House With Wheels, and likes throwing up in visitors’ hats (just ask my Uncle Charlie, who generously provided a hat for Mr. Bufus’ use). He also has the largest litter box on the market, and still manages to miss, which, I think, is a skill in and of itself.

So, now go to MangoMinster and vote early and often for Mr. Bufus!!!

*kissey face*
-Fiona, Official Ballot Box Stuffer


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Thank woo fur keeping MrB in the khompetition!

This is a furry nice way to shamelessly plug fur votes!

I enjoyed meeting his spirit and aura as I made my judging rounds!

I hope he enjoyed the Wolf Moon's glow ovFUR The Bridge!

Judge Khyra
Mango Minster 2010

bichonpawz said...

We just love Mr. Bufus! Love all of the pictures showing us his true colors!! Hugs from Chloe and LadyBug, the NY BichonsFrises

Lorenza said...

Kisses and hugs

Molly the Airedale said...

Mr. Bufus is holding his own at MangoMinster! Good luck! His pictures are just wonderful!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Unknown said...

Mr Bufus rules! I don't want to get you emo or anything, but you may wanna stop by my blog tomorrow. I'm featuring my Max. He reminds me a lot of Mr. Bufus, minus the awesome personality. Max is a lazy boy.
Good luck to Mr. Bufus :)

Clive said...

We're keeping our paws and fingers crossed with Mr Bufus!

lots of woofs
Clive and the NSLM

Hi! I'm Sierra-Dog! said...

Awwww... poor Mr. Bufus. Me and the peeps just saw him on MangoMinister and came to offer our condolences. So sorry to hear of his passing.
I placed my vote for your sweet boy!
Usually, not a big fan of the feline species, this one seems like a dog! Showers, guarding and traveling? Wouldn't have believed it without the pictures! What a great cat!
Crossing my paws for Mr. Bufus to sweep MangoMinister!

By the way, great blog! Glad I found it and "Hello!" to Fiona and TaiChi.

Loads of Licks,

Ms. ~K said...

We voted for Mr. Bufus! That should count as 3 votes, huh?
Wrooo wrooo,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

Unknown said...

Mr. Bufus was a wonderful cat and will well deserve his post-mortum win at MangoMinster. What a nice tribute to a life well-loved and well-lived!

And let's have a moment of applause for those 20+ year old cats who have beat the odds to spend a few extra years with us, teaching us wonderful lessons.

Your pals,

Petey and Mica

Taffy said...

We just love Mr. Bufus! That photo of you and he in the house with wheels looking out the window is one of my faves! He was a pawesome kitty (and I don't even like cats). Thanks for letting him share your blog, Fi!

Jans Funny Farm said...

We're so very sorry for the loss of your Mr. Bufus. He sounds like quite a cat! We lost our Crystal the 24th, so we know you are missing him!

Ms. ~K said...

What a wonderful remembrance to a wonderful kitty!!!

Amber and Nala said...

Hi Fiona...thanks for visiting my blog! :) I'm so sorry about your dear friend Mr. Bufus even though he did steal your toys despite the teeth thingy. ;) He sure seems like he was a COOL cat! We voted for him on Mango Minster...mostly because of the shower thing...any cat that likes to take a shower is a true champion. I don't even like those horrible things. I noticed you live in Park City, UT....I was there this summer!! Bummer I didn't know you then or we could have romped around and gone hiking together. I went hiking on this trail...the road was kind of across from the big white barn on the left if you are heading into town. :) It was lots of fun. Anyway, have a great week.


Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! A BIG Congratulation ... You WON. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

BRUTUS said...

He's certainly got our vote!! I didn't know a cat could had so much personality!! Hope the new puppy comes home soon to help heal your hearts!!

Brutus the Frenchie

Kari in Alaska said...

Im glad you decided to keep him in. good luck :)

Taffy said...

Congrats! Way to go Mr. B! And you too Fi for helping him win!