I'm of two minds on this weeks FFC post. First of all, I've really enjoyed this month's theme and all the bear characters I've been able to highlight. Characters that I love and am so grateful for the opportunity to revisit them. I'm also a little sad because will this not only be the last post of the month, it will be the last post I write for the next two months. During July and August there will be 9 different guest bloggers letting us in on some of their favorite fictional characters. So with no further ado, I'll present you to Kissyfur, the cutest darn bear cub to ever grace Paddlecab County.
Kissyfur, who's pictured with Beehonie, was a bear cub who started off life with tragedy. At a young age, Kissyfur's mother passed away leaving him ans his father, Gus, all alone. They were a circus family and after her death, neither one of them felt like performing anymore. When their circus train is derailed into a swamp, they use the opportunity, and escape into Paddlecab County.
Kissyfur and his dad settle down and start a new life. Kissyfur goes to school with other kids who live in the swamp. He quickly becomes friends with Beehonie, an adorable little beaver named Toot, a fussy pig named Duane, and Stucky the porcupine. Unfortunately Kissyfur's life isn't without a bully, a pudgy little warthog named Lennie loves to call him sissy face. Lennie's dad isn't much better, he tries to make Gus' life harder as well. Gus has started a paddle boat taxi service for residents of the swamp, and Lennie's dad doesn't want it to succeed.
The best part of this cartoon, other than Kissyfur himself, were the alligators who were always trying to eat them. Floyd and Jolene, thankfully aren't the sharpest tools in the shed, and they are always bungling their attempts to get a hold of Kissyfur. They were hilarious spoilers for the young hero and I never got tired of him and his dad outsmarting them.
What I loved about Kissyfur and this show, and not something I really appreciated until years later, was what it taught me about life. No matter what tragedies happen in your life, you still have a life to lead. The pain and loss will always be with you, but you have to move on and start a new life. It's not always the best life you could have had, but you can still be happy and live a full life.