Friday, September 16, 2011

Run Free, Buddy

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Buddy, the injured feral cat who reappeared in my yard last week (after being gone for two years). 

Buddy's injuries were horrific, much worse than I could have ever imagined. His wound was extremely deep (the vet described it as the size of a human fist), infested with maggots, and his skin was peeling in layers. Because of the depth and severity of the wound, the vet does not believe it was caused by another animal. His neck was sliced by something (maybe a fence or broken window) or possibly by some poor excuse for a human being. He was surely in agony and it is a wonder he survived as long as he did.

There are thousands of stray and feral cats in Chicago. Many view them as nameless, faceless shadows in the night. But Buddy had a name and people who cared about him. And although he never let me touch him, I am grateful that he returned so that I could help ease his pain.

Buddy was humanely euthanized at ten this morning. I am heartbroken, but comforted that he is no longer suffering. Run wild and free, dear Buddy.





81 comments:

Max the Quilt Cat said...

Ohhhhhh.... so sorry to hear about Buddy. He was lucky to find you when he needed. That's for sure. I know it hurts though. Purrs to you...

pawhugs, Max

Maggie Mae said...

RIP Sweet Buddy. Thank you fur doin' your best to help him.

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

That is just so incredibly sad. Poor Buddy. But even if they couldn't save him, you still did so much to try. And his agony could have gone on for a lot longer if you hadn't trapped him and sought help. He was one tough kitty. RIP, Buddy - we know you are happy now.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We had one more thing we wanted to say - we think Buddy came back after two years to YOU because he just knew you would try to help him. And lots of thanks to you from us.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

K9 Katastrophie said...

That poor baby. We are so sorry.

K9 Katastrophie said...

But happy that he is not in pain anymore.

Tucker The Crestie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Buddy. But if there is anything positive about such a sad story it is that Buddy did not die alone and anonymous on a cold street. Instead, he was surrounded by people who loved and cared for him, who were doing everything possible to ease his suffering. Buddy's life was not an easy one, but at least, in the end, he was loved. Thank you for being Buddy's angels.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I am sad too. And I agree with OP PACK. I was going to say the same thing,, that he came back to you,.... his heart was crying help me find the angels, lead me to them, and you did.
Your heart is sad,, but you did the kindest thing.
Buddy is now being held by the angels.. and is being loved , by a kind of love he never knew....
and all our love for him,,, he feels that too.
love
tweedles

Wyatt said...

That is really, really sad. We are just glad that you were there for him, to help him over the bridge.

Love,
Wyatt and Stanzie and Mom

Stella said...

Right from the start, you and your family tried to do the best thing for Buddy. What a tragic life this beautiful kitty had, and what a wonderful part of it you all were.

Our kitty Ali Zophia thanks you, as do Stella and I for your caring for this poor kitty. He is in a good place now, pain-free.

Kisses,

Stella and family

jen said...

I am so sorry to read about Buddy, he is safe and pain free now. You are wonderful for trying to do the best for him.

24 Paws of Love said...

So sorry to hear about Buddy, but so glad he came back to you when he was so hurt. Thank you so much for taking care of him and may Buddy rest in peace.

houndstooth said...

I am so very sorry! I know that your mom went above and beyond what many would do, and Buddy is much better off for it. Our hearts go out to you and your mom!

Bunny and her mom

houndstooth said...

I am so very sorry! I know that your mom went above and beyond what many would do, and Buddy is much better off for it. Our hearts go out to you and your mom!

Bunny and her mom

Frankie Furter said...

I am terribly sorry that Buddy's injury was so horrific. He came to you beclaws he KNEW he would find the help that he needed. I am sure he would SAY THANK YOU if he could.
Run Free and Easy Buddy.

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

Maybe Buddy never let you touch him but he sure did know who to come to when he needed help and he knew who would do right by him. RIP Buddy.

pumpkinpuddy said...

Oh dear. Poor Buddy. I'm so glad you were able to catch him and ease his pain. He must have been suffering terribly. Run free Buddy. No more pain for you.

Benny and Lily said...

So sorry to hear about Buddy
Benny & Lily

Oskar said...

Oh I'm so sorry that he was put through such terrible suffering, but glad that he came back to you for some final love.

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

scottishdogs said...

So very sorry to hear about Buddy. Thank goodness he had YOU! Otherwise he might still be suffering a long drawn out, painful end. Instead he was sent over the rainbow in peace.

Well done!

Hector

PS: If it was an excuse of a human being that did this to poor Buddy, we hope the same happens to them....

Hilary said...

I am so sorry.... I was praying buddy would have a happy ending, but in a way, he did. He knew that he could count on you guys to look after him in his time of need and that is why he came back. You did a wonderful thing easing his pain.... and letting him finally rest in peace. I can't even think that a human did this to buddy, but as scottish dogs says, if they did, I hope the same happens to them... Hugs...

Daisy said...

I am so sorry that Buddy had to go to the Bridge, but I am relieved that he is no longer suffering. Rest in peace, Buddy.

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Buddy is no longer in pain. Rest in peace, Buddy.
(((Hugs)))

Roo said...

So very sorry to hear about the loss of Buddy. Butt as you said, he is no longer suffering. He is running free. We hope, knowing this, will comfort you.

(((HUGS)))
The Roo Family

Brian said...

My sisters and I are so very sorry to hear the sad news about Buddy. Run free big guy, we will all remember you pal.

Marg said...

We are so sorry about Buddy but we are so glad you were able to catch him and let him go in peace. Poor thing. We know he came home to you just for help. Who knows what happened to him but at least you helped him in the end. Big hugs to all of you for helping Buddy. That is so great of you. Take care.

The Sprollies 'n' Border Collies said...

Sorry to hear about Buddy, RIP :(

Fuzzy Tales said...

Poor Buddy. Thank you so much for caring enough to give him a last, best gift, one of Mercy and kindness.

(((Hugs))) and kitty kisses.

Momma Tea (also Ronnii and Uji whose open ids wont work) said...

Oh Pip and Kristin, I am so very sorry about Buddy but you did everything you possibly could to help him.
Run Free Buddy

Love
Tea
xxx

SAS....Sammy, Andy and Shelly said...

We are so sad to hear that Buddy had to run off to the Rainbow Bridge.

We pray that you will be greatly blessed for helping him in his time of need.

xxxxxxxx

Sue said...

We're so sorry about your friend, but his suffering is over now and he's making new friends across the bridge.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

HoundDogMom said...

We are sorry to hear about your friend Buddy. How sad for him, but so glad your Momma was able to help him at the end. At least he had someone with him that loved him and helped him end his suffer and go run free at the bridge. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

Amber DaWeenie said...

So terribly sorry to hear about Buddy's fate. But he will be forever grateful to you for helping him the way you did. He is finally pain-free and enjoying his free run at the Bridge. Rest in peace, sweet Buddy!

Madi and Mom said...

Oh Pip and Family,
Mom and I are so very very sorry to read about Buddy. He was indeed a handsome and very smart boy to return to your home where he knew he would receive help.
We are glad he is no longer suffering and feeling bad.
Hugs to your Sweet Mom for her devotion to getting hime help.
Madi and Mom

Yoda, Brutus & Ellie said...

So sorry to hear about Buddy :( We know some very good kitties up on the bridge that will greet him with open paws.

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda, Brutus & Ellie

KB said...

I'm so sorry, Pip, for your sadness and for Buddy's passing. I'm glad that you were able to ease his pain by letting him go peacefully.

You showed us what huge hearts of gold you and your family have.

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Pip, I am so sorry to hear this. Buddy was so blessed to be loved by your humans in his last hours and I know he would have appreciated it.

Fly high sweet Buddy.

Dory and the Mama said...

We are so very sorry to hear about Buddy, but know that he is ever so thankful for you and your Mama who saw his injury and had his best interest at heart!

5puggums2mamasanddadandhiscat said...

Hi Pipster and mama! Wesa so sorry to hear about your kitty Buddy getting ills and it was very kind for you alls to help end his suffering. Wesa hope you find a home soon to lives in and that Sweet Pea is doing well with the dusk of his life's journey.
Much luvums and Sincerest Sympathy,
The Slimmer Puggums
George, Gracie, Toby, Lily, and Mimi

Peggy Frezon said...

So sorry about Buddy. It is so hard to love an animal, and to want to keep them all safe. At least Buddy is out of pain now.

Whisppy said...

This is so sad. :( RIP, Buddy.

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! So sorry to hear this. For sure you did your best to help out. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Hope you guys are well ... getting ready for your big move. Golden LOVE n Woofs

Tessa the Maltese said...

Oh Pip I am so very sorry that Buddy crossed over the bridge. Please be comforted in the fact that he did come HOME to YOU! Yes, he just knew in his heart that you and your wonderful kind hearted Mom would help him. Mom and I thank you both so very much for what you were able to do for Buddy. I know that you will miss him terribly.

Tessa

Bella and Ollie said...

We are sorry but at the same time, it's a relief he is no longer suffering. Well done to you for everything you have done, you did your best.

Jazzi said...

We are so sorry to hear about Buddy. It is heart breaking fur sure. YOu did your best to help him and I think he knew that you would. He is free now and also pain-free. We will see him again some day!!

Love
Diana and Jazzi

bichonpawz said...

This is so sad about your friend Buddy. We are glad that you were there to help him over the Bridge. RIP little Buddy.
xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Anny said...

We are so sorry to hear about Buddy. It is the humane thing to do.. if his injuries are too serious.

A feral came back into your life to seek help. You must be his angel. The kindest one too.

RIP Buddy. Hang in there Kristin. *hugs*

Rene said...

Ohhhh, we are very sorry to read this. You gave Buddy a kind and peaceful ending to his life. He must have been in great pain.

LP said...

Rest in peace Buddy. We are glad that you were able to come back to the place where you knew love and that Pip's humans were able to ease your pain and set you free cloaked in love.Run free sweet angel.

the critters in The Cottage

Tessa the Maltese said...

Oh Sweet Pip, Frankie just told me that Sweet Pea is not feeling good. I gots my paws crossed that he will be fine. Please know that we are right there with you Pip and Sweet Pea!

Hugs and woos, Tessa

Hound Girl said...

RIP Buddy, im so glad he found you when he might of needed it the most. Thank you for doing what you could for him.

Im so sorry to hear about Sweet Pea, we have our paws crossed and will keep yall in our prayers.

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Father Tom said...

Buddy, you precious boy. I'm sorry you had to suffer so. There are many loving furriends to make you smile at the Bridge and give you comfort.

It breaks my heart to hear these stories. All we can hope for is that there are those few glimpses of love and people who care that make all the difference! We'll say a few prayers, too, for Sweet Pea..

Hugs to you all,

Tom & Julie

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, how horribly sad! You did what you could to ease his pain and end his suffering. We are so sorry it turned out this way. Like you, we were hoping for a happy outcome. Purrs and tail wags.

LP said...

P.S.

We wanted to send your Mama some extra big hugs today, Pip.We know she must have felt so many things seeing Buddy again and then having to let him go.We are filling her lap with our kittie and puppy love and we are counting on you to be extra loving to her today Pip.
luv,
the critters in The Cottage xoxox

Sweet William The Scot said...

Oh Pip ~ It is sad to hear about Buddy and to know there are other kitties that need help. Buddy knew you helped him before so he came back to the kind people he knew would help again. And you Mr. Pip did help Buddy! Bless you Pip.
Sweet William The Scot

Winnie said...

Poor Buddy. Thank you and your folks for trying so hard to help him and in the end helping him to a peaceful end. That was the only gift left you could give him.

So sorryt for your sadness.

Love and licks, Winnie

George the Lad said...

Oh Poor Buddy, you did the best you could, he must have known you would help him, coming back after two years.
Run Free dear Buddy
George xxx

Remington said...

This is such sad news....may he R.I.P.

The Island Cats said...

Oh we are so sorry to hear about Buddy. Even though you know it was the right thing to do, we know it wasn't easy. RIP, Buddy!

Junior and Orion said...

Oh goodness! Poor Buddy. Thank you for taking care of him and for easing his pain. He knew love on this earth because of you. He will be waiting over thebridge for you and you will be reunited one day.

RIP Buddy.

tubby3pug said...

Poor Buddy-The life of feral cats is so hard, thank you for trying so hard for Buddy

ML said...

Sweet Buddy went to the Bridge knowing your love and that is quite an accomplishment.
Many of us in the CB know what it is like to have your heart broken when a newly-rescued feral cannot be saved.
It is amazing how quickly you can fall in love and become attached to them.
Buddy ran off to the Bridge knowing a family's love... you made a real difference in his short life.
Love & Purrs,
Mom ML & KC

The Lee County Clowder said...

So sorry to hear about Buddy. But at least he knew love, and some help at the end. Sometimes, that is all you can give them.

ppuurrrrrr

FURKIDSMOM said...

We're so sorry to hear that Buddy has gone to the Bridge. We are so thankful that he had someone to love him and do what was best for him at the end.

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

FURKIDSMOM said...

We're so sorry to hear that Buddy has gone to the Bridge. We are so thankful that he had someone to love him and do what was best for him at the end.

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Ikaika said...

We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Buddy the feral boy, and send you gentle comforting purrs. Our humans feed a couple of feral gray kitties who live on our property and they know how much you must have cared about him.

Run free at the Bridge, Buddy ...

Cheri said...

Feral cats live a hard hard life. Thank you for caring about Buddy!

Cats of wildcat woods

meowmeowmans said...

So very sad. Thank you for loving Buddy. Our purrs and prayers are with you.

Fly free, Buddy.

Mark's Mews said...

Our great sadness fer Buddy! No death is good, but some are sadder than others.

Everycat said...

This is so sad, after Buddy found his way back to you knowing he would be helped. You helped in in the kindest way, you are a true friend to cats. We send you love and rumbly purrs

Oliver & Gerry

Random Felines said...

We are sorry to hear about Buddy, but we are so very glad you were there for him when he needed you the most.

Old Kitty said...

Me and my cat Charlie heard about poor darling Buddy from Jan's Funny Farm. We are so sorry. We are truly glad that he was surrounded by love and goodness in the end. Take care
x

ABBY said...

Buddy was helped with compassion and love on his final journey...God speed Sweet one....we will light a candle in your honor and we send our gentle purrs.
purrs
>^,,^<
♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥

Team Tabby said...

Buddy returned for help, and you provided a final act of kindness.

RIP Buddy.

Melinda said...

awww *hugs*

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

I am ever so sad for your loss of this precious feral kitty...you touched him in more ways you than you will ever know...until you meet in heaven. A cat name Buddy is special to my heart...I have a feral name Buddy also...he has been missing since Christmas.
I leave you a basket of love and thank yous...
Soft hugs, Karla

Forty Paws said...

We are so sorry that Buddy had to pass over, but he is happy now that he is across the Bridge, and living free and has many friends over there. Thank you for taking care of him, and for helping him cross over.

Luf, Us and Maw

Sagira said...

I am so very sorry to hear about Buddy. That is just awful and I really hope a human (if that is what you would call them) would do that to the poor kitty. Thank you for taking Buddy to the vet and helping him end his pain and misery. RIP Buddy. :(

Cat said...

Oh my goodness how sad, poor Buddy!!! However we are so very glad that Buddy returned to you where he knew he could trust you to help him in his time of greatest need.

Bailey Be Good! said...

Sending lotsa woofs & hugs to you!! So sorry to hear about Buddy.

~~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!) <3

Kristin G. said...

Oh gosh! I'm just trying to catch up with everyone, and I'm so sorry to see what a tough few weeks you've had. I'm so sorry for Buddy's passing, and for Sweet Pea. Wishing you peace and comfort. xoxo