Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Return of Bubba the Cat

Well, I've never told this story before, but little Mimi's favorite kitty Bubba finally came back home. When she first adopted him, he was the friendly outdoor cat that went from yard to yard visiting various barbeque parties in a certain north-east Denver neighborhood. Truth be told, Mimi actually stole Bubba from this dumb guy that lived next door because he didn't "get" why his cat kept fighting with his roommates' motley collection of (transient) dogs and ferrets. So he tossed Bubba outside to get the other guys off of his back.

Bubba actually did pretty well for himself-- his undeniable charms have earned him many tasty little tibits of barbequed chicken and grilled fish. He purred sweetly and slowly winked his little blue eyes at unsuspecting cooks and squeaked out a teeny-tiny meow. However, he was no match against the stray dogs that targeted him on a daily basis. Although seriously injured, he also was quite fat when Mimi met him-- in fact, she thought Bubba was a pregnant GIRL cat! The local vet kindly set her straight...

Anyway, long story short, Bubba never did get over the sudden trauma of losing his freedom to roam despite his enviable position as a well-fed, well loved, much pampered, and protected apartment kitty. And so every time someone opened a door, Bubba was primed to make a run for it. One day he did just that, and broke poor little Mimi's heart. But now, having sowed his wild oats and once again craving the sweet comforts of warm little hands stroking his cold little nose as he drifted off to sleep, Bubba returned to the young girl who loved him best. How he managed to find his way back to sweet Mimi all the way from Denver-- well! What can we say. Clearly, it must've been true love!

The girls' other cat Lula seems happy to see Bubba, too! She was just a wee little kitten when Bubba made his break... It makes the girls laugh to see how much bigger Lula has become!

Jinamarie is happy to see her little sis reunited with her beloved ball of fluff. Although, frankly she is also more than a little concerned because if memory serves, Bubba made some incredibly STINKY litter box deposits in the past. We're talking clear-the-room, peel the wallpaper off the walls, "I see Jesus and he's smiling at me" stinky!! They had to get the powerful multiple cat formula kitty litter even though he was the ONLY cat in the house at the time...

(excerpt from Marc Gunn's When Kitty Eyes Are Smiling)
When kitty eyes are smiling
All the world it is their play
With a leap a cat is soaring
Now your shoe lace is his prey
When kitty hearts are happy
Against your leg, you'll feel them rub
And when kitty eyes are smiling
Sure, you can't help falling in love.

Bubba and Lula were lovingly hand-crafted by IGMA artistan Bridget McCarty.