AuSABLE FORKS — After her cat, Buddie, was cruelly shot, Vickie Trombley made a promise to God.
If he recovered, she would help other animals.
About six years ago, the black feline was shot in the right front leg, and the bullet pierced through and also hit his left front leg.
“He was shot by a .22 rifle, and the bones in his two front legs were completely shattered, and there was nothing but skin,” Trombley said.
Buddie managed to crawl back home, and she rushed him to the veterinarian’s office.
“I don’t think anyone can picture the panic and terror that I felt at seeing Buddie.”
Trombley believes her cat was able to drag himself back to her in his pain because of the love and bond they have for each other.
She said the vet wanted to amputate the right leg, but she did not want to do so without giving Buddie a chance.
“We spent weeks trying to figure out what to do and come up with a plan,” she said. “I couldn’t picture life without him.”
At one point, Trombley lost all hope. It was at that time that she made her promise.
“If anyone understood and knew how much this cat means to me, it’s God,” she said.
After several weeks of worrying and taking care of Buddie, Trombley said, the cat’s shattered bones started to heal miraculously.
Today, Buddie is fine and runs and plays on all four legs.
“I believe it was God,” Trombley said. “It was a miracle; it’s my miracle cat.”
Trombley was very inspired by how bravely Buddie endured his pain, and indeed, she kept her promise.
Every year since the incident, she has filled Easter baskets with stuffed animals, candy and items such as gift cards to local restaurants and raffled them off.