Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Meet Bucky the Hobo Cat

Do you see Bucky? When I took this picture I didn't see him. I walked around a bit taking pictures and didn't see him in this one until I got home.



Here comes poor sick Bucky to the big old softy with the camera
This story began on Saturday as Vicki and I were leaving to go to breakfast. That morning I woke up thinking about finding a cat, which is strange because it had only happened once before and that was over 20 yrs ago. Anyway back to Vicki and me at our doorstep.
Out of the blue I said, "I'm not going to look for the next cat that we get" Vicki asked what I meant, and I told her that I woke up with a strong feeling that our next cat should find us and we should help it and give it a home. Then we both laughed and she said "when was the last time that happened, I guess it will be a long time before we get another cat." lol

Fast forward to Sunday.
I went out by myself to take some pictures along the road that we traveled to get to Peddler's Village the day before, but I forgot to make a turn and ended up in a place that I'd never been before. I saw an old abandoned train and depot so I stopped to take some pictures. After a while I saw a poor sickly orange cat emerge from under the train. He has a bad cold and dehydration, a small part of his ear is gone, he's missing some teeth and his eyes look funny, but he is so sweet and lovable. We took him to the Vet the next morning/yesterday. The Vet took blood tests and gave him some meds. Then I bought him a comfortable bed and a stuffed toy. He's sick and weak but seems happy and grateful.

Bucky is now staying in our laundry room until he recovers and is able to meet Simba and Lucy. I found him near the abandoned Buckingham Valley train depot and the Buckingham Lumber yard and they are in Buckingham PA, which is in Buck's County, so I named him Bucky.
I didn't want another cat but I can't help but think that he is meant to be with us.

37 comments:

Rebecca said...

Glad he found a good home. Hope he recovers.

Thom said...

I love this post. How wonderful you are to take Bucky home with you and get him tended by a Vet and all. I love his name. It so fits. :) Well done my friend :)

cieldequimper said...

Awwww. I'm sure he'll live a long and happy life with you and forget about the trauma. He is cute.

Sunny said...

You are a kind soul James. Bucky is very lucky that you happened along and I hope he recovers completely.
I love your picture of the railroad car.
Sunny :)

Ebie said...

I will check out the pics tonight. I thought you would have named him Money Pit?

Olivier said...

j'aime bien la photo du vieux wagon.

Nefertiti,deesse NiLuNoah adoratrice d Aton said...

j aime bcp la photo avec le chat ;O)

Lois said...

Bucky is very fortunate (I was going to say lucky, but didn't want you to think I was trying to get poetic) that he found you! He is a beautiful cat and that is a great story!

Martha in PA said...

Yes, I do believe that he was meant to be with you! What a wonderful act of kindness! You and Vicki are just as I have expected, just from getting to know you through your blogs - AWESOME folks!

Love the name! Tara thought you should name him Jimmy, (she did not know your name is James), but now that I told her the Bucky story, she thinks it is an awesome name!

Cheryl said...

This is such a wonderful story, it made my day! Yes, I agree that finding this cat was meant to be and what a happy ending to Bucky and you and Vicki. I believe everything happens for a reason!

mbkatc230 said...

So glad that Bucky found a good home. He looks like he will be a handsome fella once he gets some TLC. Our little Sax was an abandoned cat (found by our daughter in a rainpuddle next to a dumpster) and she has turned out to be the BEST cat, bar none, that we have ever had (and we've had alot of cats over the years since I work for a vet) Good for you! and even better for Bucky. Do keep him isolated until he's well, those URI's can spread like wildfire. Thanks for a big smile today! Kathy

Pagan Sphinx said...

What a fantastic story. He most certainly is meant to live with you. I hope Bucky recovers as much as is possible and brings you both a lot of joy.

I wish I could have cats again but two of our daughters are allergic.

We found a home for a kitty that we thought might be pregnant. The kind woman whom we drove 70 miles to get to with her (we named her Lucy too, and her new owner kept that name. Kind Lady knew that Lucy might be pregnant and took her anyway. Last we checked on her facebook page, Lucy had give birth to four kittens, all of which had homes even before they were born.

Sorry to carry on about it, but these stories do warm the heart so!

Also, loved the Paris WW photo. I lived in Paris as a young child and that shot looks particularly familiar. I couldn't leave a comment on that blog (having a lot of trouble with that on some blogs).

Best,
Gina

subtorp77 said...

Aaaww! You are a softy but in a good way here. Sending some healing vibes to Bucky :)

Jientje said...

Aaawww. He's goiung to ber the luckiest cat on the face of the earth. It was meant to be, no doubt about it!

kaye said...

lucky bucky! And I love the Caboose shot. You don't see many of those around anymore.

~Cheryl said...

Bucky certainly blended in well with the dry weeds, but I'm sure he's much happier blending in with your family!

Thérèse said...

Long life to Bucky!

Jan said...

James, wonderful story. I'm so glad you, Vicky and Bucky got together. I'm sure all of your lives will be better.

Ebie said...

Bucky is a nice name. I see the glow in Buck's eye. You have such a big heart James. I hope he feels better in the warmth of you house.

Dimple said...

He is one fortunate kitty! Great story, I hope he brings you joy.

Malyss said...

I read the arrival on Vicki's blog, and was already very moved by this story. It had to be so. You'll give him a home, and he'll give you love. i'm so glad he could meet you, and I'm so glad to have met you too, you and Vicki are such good persons!..
Welcome to Bucky!

Vogon Poet said...

Nice story about how you met Bucky, I had to check twice before seeing him in your first photo. It happens all the time with my photo...
I hope your new friend will get better soon, keep us posted.

Cezar and Léia said...

Oh James!
I'm so impressed with this story, full of coincidences, and great feelings! You and Vicki have a beautiful heart!
Bucky is adorable and very lucky, now he can rest and be happy with a wonderful family!
Léia :)

Anya said...

Very touching story ;)
You are a real catlover ... =^.^=
He has find a fantastic home.
Lucy can be happy with a Daddy like you and now she have two brothers!!!
She is a lucky girl :)

Kcalpesh said...

Nice & touching story. I love cats too and so nice of you to have given the cat a shelter.

- Pixellicious Photos

Pam said...

Bucky is no dummy... he knows a kindhearted softy when he sees one!

My thanks to you and Vicki for being so caring...

Tom said...

Lucky Bucky ;O)

B SQUARED said...

Wonderful story. By the way, do you have any suggestions for this weeks lottery?

Bibi said...

You are a softie, like I am. But I would have dogs all over the place. I am glad that the kitty has a good, warm home with you.

Keep us posted on his progress.

Hilda said...

Bless you and Vicki for taking him in! I hope he gets healthy soon and gets along well with Simba and Lucy.

Sistertex said...

Special people to be sure. I hope th hear more about your new guy and send healing, healthful wishes for him.

I'm a bit slow lately, computer completely crashed, lost most everything that wasn't backed up so I am now getting a new computer into shape. Seems my rss feeds are giving me a hard time as well. Eventually I will get this system into shape to serve my usual needs. Not a good time I had so many deadlines hanging over my head and lost so much.... but you do what you have to do.

Here is hoping that Bucky does well in his new home, obviously you have no idea how long he 'did what he had to do' to get by. Long enough to fall into the hands of angels that will make the rest of his life as comfortable as possible. Was the vet able to give you some idea of his age? We took in a stray and the vet had a look at his teeth and thought he was perhaps around 3 years old. Certainly it is hard to pin down that way, but at least gives you a ball park idea.
Lots of hugs to you and Vicky and scritches to the kitties.

Sistertex said...

Vicki, not Vicky - sorry!!

Bogey said...

Bucky is the perfect colour for pumpkin season too...isn't he. That was a wonderful gesture making him part of your home. In this season of Thanksgiving, it is also nice to be kind to the odd strays who roam our neighbourhoods. After all, pets are people too....don't ya' think?

ruma2008 said...

It is a lovely cat.
The scarecrow seems to be alive.
ruma

Martha said...

That is a lovely story, thanks for sharing your kindness w/this lucky cat and now with us.
Visiting for The Reflections meme and checked out this post. Thank you again.

Lily Hydrangea said...

your story gave me goosebumps reminding me of happy memories. our cat adopted us much the same way.
I love his name.

Crafty Green Poet said...

how wonderful that he found you! Hope he gains strength and has a happy life with you