The last time I wrote a blog post about Buddy, we had just collected him from a friend who could no longer keep him due to ill-health. I had actually found the little scrap myself on Facebook and arranged for safe transport to my rescuer friend in Sofia, Bulgaria. I didn’t think it would be fair to adopt ourselves, as we already had ten cats of our own, but then a lovely lady from a pet forum stepped up to complete the rescue.
Buddy actually lived with us for four days after he arrived in England, as it was too far to collect him from the kennels and deliver him to his new home during the week. So it was that he became part of our family and began to bond with the rest of the cats. It broke my heart to separate them at the weekend, but I knew he was going to a good home. It broke my heart again when I received the e-mail a few weeks later saying that owing to poor health, my friend could no longer keep him. It was a very sad situation and yet I was pleased Buddy would be reunited with his pals once more.
It was as if they had never been parted and in particular, Bubu was thrilled to have his play mate back. I’ve never known two male cats to love one another like this pair. Bubu has his girlfriend Bijou of course, but these two lads will spend ages washing one another on our bed. Buddy has his own girlfriend now in the shape of partly blind Vicky, who arrived last September. Having spent the first few days hissing at her, Buddy suddenly became besotted and now they eat, sleep and play together.
No longer the thin and dirty scrap I saw in the original photographs, Buddy has filled out nicely. He is totally devoted to me and I can’t go anywhere in the house without my furry shadow. One of his favourite tasks is to guard me as I vacuum the carpets. Ours is an old house, with every room on a different level, so this is not a quick job and it takes at least an hour. Undaunted, Buddy can be found only a few feet away and with an alert expression… no doubt ready to jump to the rescue should I be sucked up by accident!
The featured image above was taken a few weeks ago after the arrival of my new bridge camera. A gift from my husband to help me photograph birds at the local reserves, Buddy soon commandeered the box. Other boxes are chewed to shreds within days, but for some reason this one remains relatively unscathed.
The image below was taken more recently in the late afternoon sun at the top of the stairs. He was playing like a mad thing with Vicky and I was very fortunate to be able to capture what has become one of my favourite images of a very special cat.