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      Tuesday, September 13, 2005

03:53 PM - 09/13/2005

The topic: The stuff of nightmares


Katrina and the news stories and the posting on internet bulletin boards.  The pictures of the emaciated dogs, the stories of the left behind cats, the people looking for their pets.  Are they in this shelter or that?  Did the cat even get to a shelter or did the authorities just release it on its own when the owner was told s/he couldn’t ride the bus to safety with their kitty? 

I didn’t think it was bothering me that much.  I cried, I was sad, but I didn’t think it was bothering me that much.

Until I woke up in the early, early morning, with fading visions of looking for my cats among lots of carriers, lots of cats loose and lots of dogs.  I remember thinking “where’s Little Bit?  Little Bit will never come to me and what about Joey, will he?”  I was devastated in my dream.  My life was lost, my cats were gone. Would I ever find them?  I was in tears, I was shaking, I was lost…..

When I woke up, I lay there in bed thinking about what we’d do if we had to evacuate.  How would we get all of them?  What would we take them in?  We could probably crowd six of the smaller cats in each of the big crates. And possibly two in the smaller ones.  Handsome would have to be alone, as would Oliver.  And how would we catch them all?  Where would we transport them?  We used to have the shell on the Ranger, but those lowlifes took care of that earlier this year.  Oh, yes, we could use Brian’s big truck, the dump bed.  And he could put something over the top of it, tarp it off, that would work.  But how would we catch the ferals?

A net, we need a net.  And Brian would have to wear a heavy shirt and heavy gloves to keep him safe from sharp claws and teeth….

Just remembering those early morning thoughts brings me to tears…...

I can’t even imagine living it. 


I can’t imagine it, either.

It could be a fire, an earthquake, a flood.

How can you find a scared cat and make it come out from it’s hiding place?

I can’t imagine ...

Posted by Bobbie @ Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 6:22:07 PM

I cannot count the times over the past couple of weeks that I have told our cats (3) that I would never leave without them.  I cannot even begin to imagine leaving an animal behind.

Posted by Maggie @ Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 6:38:07 PM

I’ve told my 4 cats the same.  Last time I broke down watching a clip of animals needing/being rescued I went and found 2 of my cats and smothered them with hugs and kisses and tears.  Last night I dreamt someone stuck a firehouse in my house to flood me out and I was frantically trying to rescue the cats.

Posted by Lisa @ Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 7:39:07 AM

We have a plan, we’ve trained our cats that when the fire alarm goes off they run for their carriers. It’s good, they feel safe there (they even hide from the grandkids in it) and when there is a storm warning daddy hits the button on the detector and the kitties get to the basement with us where we have “provisions”. They think it’s a big game! I’m so glad their daddy taught them this, Wisconsin gets a lot of tornados and severe thunder storms.

Posted by Donna Olsen @ Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 8:10:07 AM

I can not imagine it either. I would not leave them!!!  I don’t have a plan nor do I have enough cages to put them in.  I have an SUV so they could all go in there.  But I have the same problem, how do I catch the ferals.  LOVE the fact that Donna’s hubby trained them to run for the carrier. SMART!

Posted by BaileyShelbyCody @ Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 9:25:07 AM

I too would be completely bereft to leave my furkids at home.  I have thought about it, and if I could catch Ruth, the boys would be easy to catch, they’re slaves to treats.  I took the websites you listed last week for rescuing animals and sent it to everyone I knew.

Posted by MayEllen @ Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 12:29:07 PM

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