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Hello (and Goodbye) Kitty!

Me and Beth, driving along a 4-way highway.

Furry little thing shoots across the street.

"WATCH IT, WATCH IT, WATCH IT!"

I brake. I miss it. I don't know how I miss it, but I do.

"What was it?"

"A cat...I think."

I pull over. Nothing around but fields...and lots of traffic.

We don't even know what we're looking for.

We search through the tall grass. Beth spots it. "There it is!"

Tiny little kitty. Soooo tiny. Striped. Skinny. Trembling. Terrified.

Beth scoops it up and we run back to the car.

Eli, in the back seat, is not a happy camper. This is the dog, after all, who recently swallowed a bunny whole.

"What're we gonna do with it?"

Me: "Hell if I know. I have to go to work in an hour!"

Eli meets my eyes in the review mirror. We are not keeping that thing.

"I know," I tell him.

We are so not keeping it. I will eat it.

He demonstrates this by launching between the seats and opening his jaws over the kitten's head.

"Bad dog! Leave it!"

Not a good idea to bring a kitten into a house with a dog who hates cats. Especially bunny-sized cats.

"I can keep it in my room," Beth says.

"OK. Just till tomorrow. Then we'll figure out what to do."

We stop at Petco to buy litter, a pan, and cat food. The staff all crowds around the kitten, ooh-ing and ahh-ing.

He has a booboo on his head and one on his tummy. His woodpecker heart beats hard against my hand.

I take a chance. "Um, anyone want him?"

YES! Someone wants him! A very nice girl. She cuddles him to her chin, already in love with him.

"Thank you, thank you!"

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Kitty has a home!


I put the kitty litter back on the shelf.

Eli is pleased: I told you so!


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Patrick Dilloway
Aug. 27th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
If only my sisters had that kind of resolve. Maybe I just need to introduce a cat-swallowing dog.
onegrapeshy
Aug. 27th, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
I would have loved to keep him. But I don't think he would've last long. :(
ophelialaughs
Aug. 27th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
I have had a weird...craving? for a kitten lately. But I don't need more pets, and it would probably die. Only Oliver is big and mean enough to survive. And by survive I mean "mercilessly harass, torment, and bully dogs one of whom is well over five times his weight."
onegrapeshy
Aug. 28th, 2012 04:37 am (UTC)
I'm always craving a kitten. Totally impossible now. PS I can't believe I haven't met Oliver yet!
edgyauthor
Aug. 28th, 2012 01:43 am (UTC)
Aww! So glad that kitty was able to find a home so quickly! (Especially one where it's free of the fear of being eaten....)
onegrapeshy
Aug. 28th, 2012 04:37 am (UTC)
I'm glad, too. I get way too attached to things way too quickly.
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