We were able to help Steve find a stuffed Rufus that didn’t talk, but he is still looking for a talking one. And we still have a mailing list of people looking for Rufus.
I’m looking for a talking Rufus the Lion. He was made in the 70’s and had a pull string to talk. He was kind of a yellowish brown, had a pull string at the back of his neck, an outie belly button, round, flat black plastic eyes with white felt behind them, and a bushy mane.
I got Rufus when I was really young, maybe 6 or 7. I came from a VERY dysfunctional family. My father beat my mother and was abusive to both me and my sister. All I had to hold on to back then was my Rufus the lion. He was my sanctuary. My friend.
I had him until I was about 19 or so. I had to move a lot as I was really poor and stayed with a lot of people, because I couldn’t afford much more. Somewhere he was lost. He’s as much a part of my life as anything I can remember.
I have 1,000s of bad memories but every good one had Rufus in it. To this day I cannot say I don’t still miss him terribly. I know I will never have my Rufus, but I want to bring him back to my life even through another. I think for me it will close a lot of bad chapters in my life.
It sounds silly being 43 and still wanting him, but it’s true. I have gone to 100’s of swap meets looking through untold thousands of boxes of old stuffed animals looking for him. I have posted on the internet and finally got a photo at least from a lady who was as attached to him as was I. She wouldn’t sell him at any cost. I will never stop looking for him so long as I am able. I have written and called Mattel in the hopes that they would help. They can’t help.
My wife is asking me why I am crying, as I try to explain how much he means to me…words can’t even go there. She cannot understand the feelings that I have for Rufus even if he isn’t the original. He means more to me than just about anything in the world. I want to be reunited with him, so I can hopefully begin to get past that which happened so many years ago.
Please help me to find him!
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Originally posted Sunday – 08/28/2011