Tuesday, January 03, 2006

1 down, 8 to go...

This story from THV is completely non political, but since I am a major league cat fanatic it sure caught my attention. This cat has used at least one of it's lives and is very lucky to come out of this scrape with any lives left at all.
Driving down the New Jersey Turnpike can be scary enough. But imagine doing it clinging to the drive train of an SUV. That was how a gray-and-white domestic shorthair cat traveled for 70 miles before being rescued.

The driver was going down the turnpike from Newark to Cherry Hill two days before Christmas when another driver spotted the cat through the wheel well.

The driver took the frightened feline into the Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees. The association's director speculated that the cat was warming up by the engine when the driver took off.

The cat's paws were burned, a claw was missing and its fur was singed. But otherwise, it's OK.

The shelter named the cat "Miracle" and hopes to find someone who will adopt it and keep it inside.
One note here from my perspective that really has nothing to do with the story. Why is it that any pet who goes through a hair raising adventure and winds up rescued is always given a name that details their moment of horror. I must admit, Miracle is a new twist on this theme. I'll guarantee that 90% of these unfortunate pets are renamed Lucky by their rescuers. Just one time I would love to hear the question answered after one of these stories:

"You've just rescued a dog who was frozen to the wing of an intercontinental jet liner for 16 hours... What are you going to name him?"

"We've talked about it with all the other rescuers, and we think Rover sounds nice!"

Frosty...the dogs name would be that or maybe Delta...
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