“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

There once were two tuxedo cats, and two men ...
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I'd been paying a petsitter, off and on, for nearly a year ... trying to avoid what I envisioned to be hell on earth: transporting two cats, via minivan, to our condo in Nashville, a 14-hour trip from Fort Myers, Florida.

Finally, I mustered up the courage, largely because my best friend agreed to take the trip with me. I set up a catbox and catfood, even made them a playhouse from a big cardboard box. We would stop every hundred miles or so and let them out and let them play and eat and then put them back in their crates ...

That's not what happened. For more than 150 miles, Mitchell, the younger of the two, scream-meowed in that Oh-Lord-Help-Me-I'm-Headed-Toward-The-Veterinarian's-Office manner ...

We let him out. And, to be fair, we released Thomas as well.

While Thomas, The Elder, responsibly hunkered down, beneath my seat, Mitchell decided he wanted the highest view in the van. And, because he finally shut up after finding this perch, we left him there, like the weak, indulgent parents I've judged so many times before. And this was fine ... until, while driving at 79 MPH, we came upon an 18-wheeler STOPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INTERSTATE.

Gravity happened. Catbox catapulted against the back seat. Mitchell became airborne.


Yes, those marks on the dashboard are from Mitchell's claws. His rear claws. We know this because he doesn't have front claws.

We were rattled but safe. I shouldn't have let them out, I know. But, hey ... we transport our children in school buses without seatbelts -- don't we?


4 Comments:

Anonymous Sreeder said...

you couldn't have painted a better picture.LOL LOL. Yep I would have done the same thing.

October 11, 2011 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

catapulted ... heh :-)

October 11, 2011 at 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Van? What van?

October 11, 2011 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger c.a. Marks said...

Glad everyone is OK.

October 12, 2011 at 11:25 AM  

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