Great London Circus Cat Problem

Posted By on September 19, 2012

The cats that Alfonso was working were not all that bad but like always there is one or two trouble makers in the arena. At this time I had my eye on one of them. At times Alfonso would turn his back to this cat I told him never do so, as he is doing in this photo. The cat was a jughead and if it wasn’t for the two good tricks he did he would be better off in a zoo. Note how all the cats are looking at the Cindy at the back right of the arena. This was not good, too much of a distraction. When I saw this photo, which I had totally forgotten about, I remembered the almost fatal problem. I was watching that one cat, when he lowered his head and leaned forward, I knew he was about to come off his set. I yelled out  “Pancho”,  Alfonso’s nick name and at the same time got up moving toward the cat to catch his eye. A second or two went by as he now was watching me, this was good in that his thinking changed from Alfonso to me. I had some run ins with this cat before and he had some respect for me.

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Buffalo Bill Performer #1

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Buffalo Bill Performer #2

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Buffalo Bill Performer #3

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Buffalo Bill Performer #4

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Aho  Mitaki Oysin

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Buffalo Bill Performer #5

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Buffalo Bill Performer #6

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Albert Afraid of Hawk.

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Buffalo Bill Performer #7

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Buffalo Bill Performer #9

Posted By on September 16, 2012

First and foremost I want to thank Jackie Knupp for sending me this article. Jackie along with many others know how important the native American people are to me.The Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show set the stage for the circuses and our heritage of the American old west. Every circus that I know of had an after show dedicated to cowboys and Native Americana. Even movie star cowboys were featured in the center ring and many went on to own circuses themselves. Thanks to Buffalo Bill because of what he created and it is still popular to this day. The wild west lives on and people like Albert Afraid Of Hawk in his own, small way played a very big part.

I posted your comment Jackie.

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