Behind Bub: Q&A With Mike Bridavsky, Bub’s Dude

Last week, Crepes spoke with Lil Bub about her special needs and how she lives her life. This week, I’m talking to Mike Bridavsky, better known as Bub’s “Dude,” about his life, career, and what he wants for Bub. A man with admirable qualities exemplified by the caring he shows for his special needs cat, Mike manages her career in a way that doesn’t allow for nonsense or exploitation (a topic I discussed a few weeks ago.) But what else is interesting about the man behind Bub? Let’s find out.
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Mike and one of his other cats Special Agent Dale Cooper. Meowza.

Mike and one of his other cats, Special Agent Dale Cooper. Meowza.

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AG: Welcome, Mike. Please tell me, what is your biggest goal for Bub?
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MB: I don’t have any “goals” for BUB. My main priority for BUB, as my pet, is to be as healthy, comfortable and happy as she can possibly be.
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AG:  Bub’s health is obviously your number one concern. I’ve read that you’ve learned reiki to help treat her and that she also is being treated for osteoporosis. How is she doing with the therapies that you’ve selected for her treatment? 
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MB: The “reiki” is helpful, but what I do is more along the lines of energy work. I don’t really know exactly what I’m doing, I just know what works and what she responds to. It’s sort of a personal thing, and I realize it might sound like voodoo to most people, but all I really care about is that it works, and that BUB benefits from it. But the most useful treatment that has had the most noticeable results, is the PEMF treatment with the Assisi Loop, as well as vibration therapy. These treatments are very useful in treating her very specific bone disorder, and since starting them she has gone from almost completely immobile to being able to run around.
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AG: That’s a great result! What does Mike Bridavsky do for work when he’s not traveling with Bub? I’ve heard tell of a recording studio. Are you a musician? 
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MB: I have owned and operated a recording studio called “Russian Recording” for the past 10 years. I record, mix, and master records for bands, and have worked on about 600-700 to date. I also play guitar and bass in several touring bands.
Window to the studio.

Window to the studio.

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AG: Have you put aside your other pursuits presently while working on Bub’s career?
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MB: There’s only so much time in the day. And at this point in my life, most of it spent on working on “BUB STUFF.” I spend about 80 hours a week on that on average, but also try to make time for my studio and music when I can.
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AG: I’ve heard that you refused representation for Bub and yourself, and prefer to have people approach you rather than solicit opportunities. What’s your reasoning for that?
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MB: Well it’s because I want to keep things organic and natural. That’s how it all started… I never meant for BUB to become a celebrity cat! It started as just sharing pictures of her with friends and eventually she developed a big fan base, which turned into, well, what it is now! Early on, when it first started happening I considered stopping it. But I saw how much joy she brought to so many people, and also realized it could be an opportunity to spread a positive message, raise awareness and also raise money. So at that point I decided that I would go with the flow… wait for opportunities to come, follow through with the ones that felt good and right, and execute them to my best ability while trying to include my talented friends in the process. I am perfectly ok with all of this to be over at any moment. But as long as there is interest and unsolicited opportunities keep coming, I’m happy to keep it going as long as I have full control over how BUB is portrayed, where the money goes and well, everything.
Vivian hanging at the studio.

Vivian hanging at the studio.

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AG: You have four other cats that live at your studio. What are their names? Would you be willing to share a photo of them? I think they also deserve a shout out since Bub gets most of the daily attention.
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MB: I have four other cats. Josie, Vivian, Special Agent Dale Cooper and Oskar. Oskar’s been missing for about 3 months now, so I’m assuming he’s found another planet to live on. I’d be happy to share photos of them.
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AG: Is there anything you’d like to mention that I may have forgotten?
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MB: GOOD JOB BUB
Mike with Oskar, before he left for another planet.

Mike with Oskar, before he left for another planet.

Mike and Vivian, one of his studio cats.

Mike and Vivian, one of his studio cats.

Mike with Josie.

Mike with Josie.

Special Agent Dale Cooper, super model.

Special Agent Dale Cooper, super model.

 

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There it is!  Our Q&A with Mike Bridavsky. What do you guys think? Is there anything you want to know about him that we haven’t asked? Maybe we can find out the answers!  Also, maybe if you’ve seen Oskar, you could let us know.
The missing Oskar.

The missing Oskar.

Love,
Crepes.

8 thoughts on “Behind Bub: Q&A With Mike Bridavsky, Bub’s Dude

    • No, my cats are not allowed outdoors. Oskar was a 2 year feral before I adopted him 10 years ago, so he always would run out. He was even able to open the front door with his head. Of the 40-50 times he’s escaped, this is the first time I was not able to find him. I’m sure he’s living it up in some mansion. So long as he’s happy.

  1. oskar….heerz hopin ya finds yur way home; if ya can, N bub…nice two get ta noe a wee bit mor bout yur familee N yur dad dood 🙂
    hope everee one haza trout filled kinda week…ore toona 🙂

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