Buddy demonstrates the triumph of the feline spirit over his abusers’ intentions

NEWS AND COMMENT: You may remember the story of Buddy. He’s a little black cat who was minding his own business on a porch in Philadelphia. He preferred to live outside but was cared for by his owner. A couple of guys walked by with their Pitbull-type dogs and set the dogs upon him. He was badly mauled and taken to hospital. The dogs were put down by the authorities and the two guys have been arrested and charged with animal cruelty. They were juveniles and their parents appear to have talked them into giving themselves up.

Buddy recovering. On the mend.

Buddy recovering. On the mend. Photo: PSPCA.

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That’s the background and here’s the good news. Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA), in a Twitter tweet, have joyfully announced that Buddy ‘is doing well’. It was touch and go at one time. The announcement was on Monday. You can see the tweet below. He has been brave throughout. Although he was wired up to all kinds of medical contraptions and tubes, he purred and made muffins when he was petted.

Note: This is an embedded tweet. Sometimes they are deleted at source which stops them working on this site. If that has happened, I apologise but I have no control over it.


Note: the PSPCA have gently reminded readers to think of the other cats in their care who need homes as well.

Here is a recent tweet (April 9, 2022):

He wanted the reassurance of a kind human and got it at the PSPCA. The purr was a thank you for kindness received. It appears that he might have been a little bit lucky because although he was badly bitten, he did not receive, as far as I am aware, internal injuries.

The domestic cat is a stoic individual. They endure injury and distressing conditions with good nature. And we know that they have nine lives. Perhaps this is another example.

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On that topic, do you know why people say that cats have nine lives? I guess you do. It means that they are good survivors. But why the number 9? It is a phrase that was coined many years ago, in ancient times, when the number 9 was considered a particularly lucky number because it was a “trinity of trinities” (3×3). A number well suited to the lucky cat endowed with a resilience and toughness that we all admire.


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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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6 Responses

  1. tamara beinlich says:

    Mike I wanted to comment on Martha Stewart’s dog killing her cat but I don’t use Facebook any more. So I’ll post my comment here.
    My Rotty who was raised with cats and chihuahua’s killed one of our cats in the house while we were out shopping. She had been lunging at the kids when they walked passed the yard on the way to the bus stop. She had always been a sweet dog but she was changing.
    Could also be Mike one of Stewarts dogs went after the cat first and the other 3 joined in. Dogs are a pack and they have one leader. It also seams her dogs ran loose with no one having control over them.
    After Anja killed Ming I had her euthanized. I could not chance her getting out and attacking a child that walked passed the house. I believe once they kill a family member they will do it again. Stewart’s dogs will kill again. She needs to remove the ring leader from the pack.

  2. tamara beinlich says:

    YIPPIE Buddy left the hospital today! His foster mom is a vet tech. Good luck Buddy! πŸ™‚ Use the FB link previously posted to see new video’s.

  3. tamara beinlich says:

    Look Mike Buddy is unhooked from everything and sitting up and eating! He’s been getting lots of presents and goodies to eat from people all over the world and over 30K in donations.
    Posted 25 minutes ago πŸ™‚ https://www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaSPCA

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