Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Thank You, and Tribute

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.

TaiChi and Fiona are both great comforts to us right now, and we are also looking forward to the arrival of little Abby, effectively completing the circle of life in our house.

-Dr. Liz and Family


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

We love the sunny spot shot -

But yes, woo are khwite khorrekht: Abby's arrival will help khomplete the cirkhle of life -

I hope woo do get a chance to get all the khat khooties out of the house befur she arrives ;-)

Woo will find out that the blog world is a furry impressive world in the support we show each other -

It is truly a paw if furward atmosphere in helping to show some virtual hugz when needed - and sometimes just bekhause!


Kari in Alaska said...

love that sunshine pic! I'm sure he is all about the sunshine now

Unknown said...

Buffus, you Rule (with a capital R) wherever you're guarding, watching, enjoying the sun's rays, bathing... :) We shall meet again.

BRUTUS said...

A cat that loved showers - too funny! Glad you have your girls there to comfort you. Nothing like a warm fuzzy body curled up next to you to comfort an aching heart.
Feel free to visit us on FB, Brutus has his own page for fans (Brutus the Frenchie, what else?)


koko said...

Mr. Bufus had a great long life and you have given him the best... may the sun shine on him at rainbow bridge.

Licks, hero

The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

What a wonderful tribute to Mr. Bufus...He is happy running things over the Rainbow Bridge I am sure :-)

Lorenza said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful tribute to Mr. Bufus!
I know he had a happy life with you all.
Take care
Kisses and hugs

The Oceanside Animals said...

A great tribute to your kitty! Something similar happened to us ... we got Dennis from rescue, and a few months later an undetected tumor on Pooh Bear's liver ruptured and we had to put her to sleep. One enters, one leaves.

Sunny said...

What a lovely tribute to your dear Mr.Bufus, he will forever be in your heart. May the shower water be warm and the sunshine even warmer at Rainbow Bridge.
Sunny and Lucy

Martha said...

What a great tribute to Mr Bufus - he was indeed a great cat.
We had a cat for 22 years and we understand how they indeed rule the household.
Gibran says that death is nothing but to melt into the sun.
Mr Bofus has melted into a constant warm ray of sunshine now. He is at peace.
Our thoughts are with you.

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

Beautiful tribute to a beautiful well loved cat. I loved the one peeping through the mesh the best..Well loved and a great life he couldn't have wished for more. Love GJ xx

Life With Dogs said...

I just caught wind of this, and am so sorry to hear the news. Hugs to you an yours...

Daisy Dog said...

We are sad to hear about Mr. Bufus. He lived a long lovely kitty life and your tribute is so nice. Its hard to lose a friend. Godspeed Bufus, theres lots of catnip at the rainbow bridge.

Daisy Dog said...

We are sad to hear about Mr. Bufus. He lived a long lovely kitty life and your tribute is so nice. Its hard to lose a friend. Godspeed Bufus, theres lots of catnip at the rainbow bridge.

YD, sometimes with ♥June and ♥Angel Samantha said...

Yes indeed Mr. Bufus lived a great wonderful live! Beautiful tribute post.
Run free Mr Bufus!

Sam & June

Linda said...

What a nice tribute to Mr. Bufus. He sure had a wonderful long life living with you. We're so sorry for your loss & we know our Angel Snickers was ready to greet him at the bridge.
Wirey Hugs, Purrz & Licks,
Butchy, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby & Hootie

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

We know you will miss Mr. Bufus, but you would not have wanted him to suffer.

And we also know you are looking forward to getting Abby home to you. There's nothing like sweet puppy breath to bring a smile to one's face.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Pug(s) and Bugg said...

We are catching up on bloggy reading (Mom has been BUSY/LAZY) and are so sad to read about Bufus. We are glad he isn't suffering and are praying for you all in the wake of this sad time. PUG HUGS

Ms. ~K said...

You have been in my thoughts so much the past few days and I have shared Mr. Bufus's story w/ many people...they always say the same thing, "20 YEARS!?! He must have had great humans to care for him!"

So glad to hear Mr. Bufus is still entered in MM...gone, but certainly not forgotten!

Hugs to you and belly rubs for pups,

Clive said...

That was such a lovely tribute to Mr Bufus. We loved the photo of Fiona and him looking at through the window from the motor home.

Thinking of you all
Clive and family

1000 Goldens said...

Mr. Bufus in the sunny spot is such a wonderful shot, and the guard cat picture with Fiona i awesome too :) Very sweet and happy memories of your precious boy...

Dexter said...

What a complex character he was.


Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

We are so sorry to hear of his passing but glad to hear that he wasn't in pain. He was sure a great kitty and had great siblings too! Loved this tribute post for him!

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo & Snicker Doodle (the foster chi sibling)

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

I'm bakhk as part of my Mango Minster 2010 KhatDog group judging -

Thank woo fur entering - and keeping this special KhD entered -

Your pawticipaton is furry purry much appreciated too!

I'm sorry I didn't get the opportunity to snoof and zoom with MrBufus!

Best of Lukhk!