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Buttercup.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Saturday, May 26, 2012

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A Ragdoll mix kitten fights for her very life after being attacked by a dog much larger than she. This is her story.

The first thing I saw were her eyes.  Large, luminous, the color of sapphires, bright with pain and fear.  

My heart broke when I saw them, but nothing like when I saw the puncture wounds and the blood staining her beautiful, fluffy cream-colored fur.  I knew she was in for the fight of her life.

The kitten's name was "Buttercup".  She couldn't have been more than eight weeks old, twelve at the most: she was a tiny little thing.  Apparently a neighbor's dog decided that the hapless little kitten was a chew toy, so he worked her over pretty good, probably shaking her like a ... well, ragdoll.

When the kitten was brought in to our animal sanctuary, we knew we had to do something to help her; if we couldn't, we would probably end up euthanizing her, putting her out of her misery.  The kitten didn't make a sound, just lay on the table, trembling from a combination of shock and fear.

My partner started an IV of antibiotics; the kitten didn't even cry out when the needle pierced her skin.  I then proceeded to clean the blood from her fur and examined the wounds more closely.  Some of them looked pretty deep.  If she was to survive, it would definitely be a miracle.  Right now, though, it looked doubtful: her vital signs were rather iffy at best.  Yet we were determined to do everything possible to help her.

I thought by now I would be used to this sort of thing, seeing animals hurt or abused, but not so much.  If anything, my heart only broke a little more each time and it was all I could do to keep from lying my stethescope down and walking away ... permanently.  I knew the animals needed me, so that was why I continued to stay and do what I do for a living.

My eyes filled with tears at "Buttercup's" plight, and I whispered a silent prayer to God, asking Him for His guidance and help, so I could give this precious little peanut of a kitten the miracle she so desperately needed.

~To be continued.~


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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/1/2012
Well written Karen, loved this story, thank you for sharing
In Christs Love
Michelle~
Reviewed by Paul Berube 5/26/2012
Well written, Karen.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/26/2012
Poor baby. I hope Buttercup makes a full recovery. :( Well done, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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