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Courage under fire

Call me SUPER Crazy Cat Lady.

I rescued my beloved feline, Buddy, from -- dun dun dun -- CERTAIN DEATH this weekend.

My friend's dog, "Puppy" -- a sweet-as-can-be mutt, who may or may not have a drop or two of pit bull in her -- joined us for a barbecue on Sunday. She was prancing merrily in the back yard until one of the children left the slider open.

"Puppy" ran inside to scope things out, which I really wouldn't mind if Buddy tolerated dogs, but he doesn't. Buddy's hated dogs since he was a kitten and fit in the palm of my hand.

I found him July 5, 1998 yowling from the bottom of a covered manhole in Bremerton, WA.

Jerod and I had been fighting the night before, and I was stomping my way to the ferry terminal when I heard Buddy's scratchy voice screaming from under the ground somewhere. I squatted  over a nearby manhole and pulled on the cover until it popped loose and the weight of it threw me backwards.

I poked my head in the hole to see what I could see, and a tiny pair of green eyes looked up at me from the darkness. I climbed down the ladder, wrapped the rat-sized kitten in my sweatshirt and headed back to Jerod's house -- Buddy purred the whole way there through run-ins with an angry rottweiler and a pervy security guard.

He's a big cat now -- lots of gray fur everywhere and a scrappy-looking face that makes me think of Cypress Hill -- "Don't you know I'm loco ese?"

He thinks he's a tough guy, but he's really a scrawny wuss beneath his heavy coat and attitude.

He growls at children and attacks dogs and wildlife like a pint-sized Cujo. I've rescued him from possums and raccoons -- lucky for him, the only dogs he comes in contact with are wussier than he is.

I don't know "Puppy" that well, but she wasn't the least bit intimidated by Buddy's irrational display of temper. She looked curious at first -- "What's the matter with you, Cat?"

She bounced around him a couple of times inviting him to play.

Buddy punched her in the nose several times and spit in her face.

"Puppy" was looking irritated and seemed to be asking -- "You wanna piece of me?"

She'd every right to fight back, but as strong as she is my 14-year-old cat didn't stand a chance. I launched from the couch like a missile and threw myself over Buddy, who kept on advancing towards the dog, despite the person on top of his back.

"Puppy" was running circles around us -- "You wanna go? Huh, huh? You wanna go?"

I wrapped my arms around Buddy, but he kept breaking free. He clawed my arms and chewed on my fingers desperate for a piece of that dog. I heard people talking in the background.

"Do something," I panted. No one seemed to hear me.

Buddy bit my hand again hard, and I almost lost hold of him.

"SOMEBODY GET THE DOG," I managed to scream. "GET THE DOG."

I slowly rose to my feet when I heard "Puppy" padding towards the door. Buddy bolted down the hall and up the stairs leaving me shocked and bloody in the family room.

I've got two holes in my left thumb -- one through my fingernail; I've got claw marks up and down my right arm; there's a chunk of flesh missing from somewhere around my armpit; and I pulled something in my shoulder rolling around on the floor.

I'm pretty sure if Buddy was a person, he'd sue me for saving his life -- that's how grateful he was.

It doesn't change the fact that I'm a HERO (with a really sore thumb).


  1. I dropped by for the IWSG blog-hop, but got sidetracked with the awesome cat pic! Wow, is Buddy gorgeous - and feisty!
    I really enjoyed this post! Now to find the one I came here for...


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