One of Bucky’s previous lives

We have all heard that cats have nine lives, but rarely is the evidence for one of those lives presented so starkly and so unexpectedly.

In a previous life, Bucky belonged to Mr. Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain.

Now, for those of you who know me, Twain is one of my all-time favorite writers and humorists.  The man was just brilliant and hilarious.  And he had a cat named Bambino that looks and sounds awfully familiar.

Bucky does exactly this in my old office chair.

One description of Twain’s cat Bambino was this: Large and intensely black; thick, velvety fur; has a faint fringe of white hair across his chest; not easy to find in ordinary light.

Sounds familiar.

There he is. Buckminster Charles Hopkins III.

That’s Bucky.  And descriptions of Bambino’s personality seem to match him as well:  intelligent, even clever; vocal, wanting to sing to/with the cats he hears outside;  inclined to want to go outside but never strays far; loves to spend a lot of time on the bed.

So yeah, I like to think that maybe Bucky was Bambino in a previous life.  Kelly and I are going to try reading some Twain aloud to him and see how he reacts.

Thanks for training him well and loving him,  Mr. Clemens.


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