I really don’t go in for “cat culture” at all, but Bub was different, as anyone who ever met her knows.
Lil Bub was a special creature, but what really made Lil Bub such an anomaly of purity and goodness in the skeevy world of famous internet animals was that her owner, Mike Bridavsky is different from all the other owners of famous internet animals.
Mike truly loved and cared for Lil Bub beyond the lengths even most good, perfectly loving pet owners would have gone. This was obvious even from the few very minor interactions I had with Mike at his music studio, where Bub would sit, seeming comfortable, loved, and at home. Mike never exploited her for personal gain of any kind, though he would say Lil Bub gave him more than he could ever ask. Lil Bub’s unlikely, yet inevitable celebrity was unequivocally a force for good. I mean like, Mr. Rogers, Bob Ross, universal unconditional love and kindness kind of stuff. In Mike’s own words:
“BUB has made a huge difference in the world of animal welfare, and in the lives of millions of people worldwide. She has literally saved thousands of lives (both pets and humans), she started the first national fund for special needs pets, she was the subject of groundbreaking genetic and biological research, she’s helped raise over $700,000 for animals in need, and has spread a message of determination, positivity, and perseverance to people all over the world.”– Mike Bridavsky, owner of Lil Bub
It would have been understandable—even expected—for Mike, a highly dedicated and accomplished recording engineer whose studio has been and remains a launchpad and home away from home for countless musicians in Indiana and beyond, to attempt to synergize Lil Bub’s fame with his own career even just a little, but Mike’s work was always a footnote at most to Bub stories, tucked somewhere in an obligatory paragraph describing Lil Bub’s astonishing foundling origin.
Rest in peace, Lil Bub, forever in our hearts. Thank you, Mike, for sharing your selfless love with the world. She made it a better place thanks to you.