Lil Bub sprang to internet stardom in 2011. She was the runt of a feral litter, with multiple genetic anomalies that meant she would only survive and thrive with the care of a dedicated human. Mike Bridavsky filled that role. Lil Bub's anomalies gave her a distinct look that charmed everyone who saw her, but she also had an easygoing attitude that charmed everyone who met her. Through live and television appearances and even a genetic study, Bridavsky fiercely protected Lil Bub from threats to her health and well-being. Despite her disabilities, Lil Bub was a happy cat. Lil Bub recently suffered from a persistent bone infection, and passed away in her sleep on December first. That announcement and a tribute came from Bridavsky.
But most importantly, 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. And even though my heart is absolutely crushed by her graceful departure from planet Earth, I know that her sprit, magic, and overwhelming energy are still with us, reminding us every day to be better.