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RE: Hero Cat and Cat's Heroes

LOL!!! Thanks for giving us both a bad news/good news set of stories, Kitty!

For the life of me, I'll never understand how people can be so cruel to
critters and one another.  And the Rescue cat is really something!  I'd
always been told you couldn't train a cat, but I've known of folks who
taught their cats to use the toilet and to open doors by themselves, so why
not to dial 911?  People don't give critters enough credit for what they can

Thanks, again, Kitty!

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

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Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2006 12:24 PM
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Subject: [CHAT] Hero Cat and Cat's Heros

Firefighters rescue caged cat from icy river
Calico cat survives cruel ordeal, is adopted and named 'Lucky'

MISSOULA, Mont. - If cats have nine lives, a kitty here has definitely used
one up.

The house cat survived being locked in a cage, thrown off a bridge and then
stranded in an icy puddle of river slush.

The ordeal ended Tuesday morning when a pair of passers-by spotted the
calico cat while crossing a footbridge and called for help.

Missoula firefighters arrived minutes later, donned wet suits and launched a
rescue boat.

Someone had put the animal in a cage, along with a rock weighing about
16 pounds, and tossed it into the Clark Fork River. But instead of
landing in the water, it bounced several times on the ice and then
became stuck.

Its unclear how long the cat had been there.

Firefighters took it back to the fire station, dried it off and fed it
leftover Christmas turkey and a dish of milk.

It was really skinny, nothing but skin and bones, and had collar marks
where a too-small collar had rubbed the fur off its neck. But it was
really friendly, firefighter Philip Keating said.

Firefighter Josh Macrow decided to keep the cat. After his shift, he took it
to a vet and then home to his 12-year-old daughter.

Its the sweetest cat, Macrow said. It sits on your shoulder when you
drive down the road and it curled up with my black Labs this morning.

Naming the animal was easy, he said.

We call her Lucky.

Hero cat apparently dials 911 to help owner
Responding to emergency call, police officer finds feline next to phone

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Police aren't sure how else to explain it. But when an
officer walked into an apartment Thursday night to answer a 911 call, an
orange-and-tan striped cat was lying by a telephone on the living room
floor. The cat's owner, Gary Rosheisen, was on the ground near his bed
having fallen out of his wheelchair.

Rosheisen said his cat, Tommy, must have hit the right buttons to call 911.

"I know it sounds kind of weird," Officer Patrick Daugherty said,
unsuccessfully searching for some other explanation.

Rosheisen said he couldn't get up because of pain from osteoporosis and
ministrokes that disrupt his balance. He also wasn't wearing his
medical-alert necklace and couldn't reach a cord above his pillow that
alerts paramedics that he needs help.

Daugherty said police received a 911 call from Rosheisen's apartment,
but there was no one on the phone. Police called back to make sure
everything was OK, and when no one answered, they decided to check
things out.

That's when Daugherty found Tommy next to the phone.

Rosheisen got the cat three years ago to help lower his blood pressure.
He tried to train him to call 911, unsure if the training ever stuck.

The phone in the living room is always on the floor, and there are 12
small buttons  including a speed dial for 911 right above the button
for the speaker phone.

"He's my hero," Rosheisen said.

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