"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.

1.20.2010

Still in the tree





The cat! The tree!

My daughter and I were leaving for the yarn store yesterday afternoon when we heard our kitty Jackie meowing. We thought at first she was under the house, but as we looked up we saw her in our huge poplar tree next to the house. As far as I know this was her first time climbing a tree, probably after a bird or one of our many squirrels that live in our yard. Well coaxing her to come down did not work. So we went to the yarn store thinking surely she will be down when we come home.

She was still in the tree.......

We tried to coax her down again. She would get to the trunk and then turn around and go towards the end of the branch. So I went in to make dinner.

She was still in the tree.......

My husband Greg came home and we tried once more to coax her. We could not find our extension ladder so we pulled our pick-up truck up close and put the regular ladder in the bed, but it was not high enough. Things look closer than they really are. We called a guy from our church who is a fireman. He said, "cats always come down." (years ago when we lived in Connecticut, we had a kitten in a tree, the fire department came out and got her down) So we ate dinner, expecting her to come down.

She was still in the tree.......

So, we went to bed with the pitiful sound of Jack meowing in the tree. Megan got up around 3am and looked out her window, and

She was still in the tree.......

My son Brian came over around 10am. today. He made a bridge for her from the end of the branch to our roof. The problem was Jack had to walk nearly to the end of the branch and it was pretty small at that point. Now she is a cat, and we knew she could do it even if she did not. He then found the extension ladder. When he finally got it up Jack decided to try to walk the plank! She got to it and could not maneuver turning on that small branch to get on it. Then she went past it, further along the thinnest portion of the branch. She slipped and was hanging onto the little shoots, first with two paws, then one........

She was no longer in the tree.........

I wish I had thought to get a picture, but I was too frightened for her. So down she fell. She landed on her feet, and I swear she bounced!!! She took off running for the door to the house, where she proceeded to scarf down the cat food!!!!

I wonder if she will be climbing more trees in the near future?? Probably so, but at least we now know where our extension ladder is just in case we find her

Still in the tree!!!

18 comments:

CountryDreaming said...

Wow! So relieved at the happy ending to this near "cat-astro-tree!"

mystele said...

what a silly cat! made me giggle...tried to reply to your email but i keep getting a message that says it's undeliverable. is your inbox full?

Diane said...

Awwww :(

lori vliegen said...

you tell a great story!!! so glad that jackie is grounded again....isn't it amazing how they always land on their feet?!! :))

Sarah said...

poor cat! hopefully she learned her lesson!

Jo Reimer said...

My husband is fond of saying that he's never seen a cat's bones in a tree, but then he never looks so what good is that statement? Our cat has trouble on the roof. There one and only one place where he can easily get up on the roof and then down; otherwise it's mostly 2 stories. He's wander all over, crying piteously, until I "walk" him around the house to the garden fence. Silly boy forgets every time he gets up there. Cats intelligence seems to desert them in high places.

sarah said...

☺ I loved this post. And I'm glad that cat made it down. Great story.

Elena said...

Loved this...made me laugh!

Denise said...

Bless the little kittys heart, glad she is safe.

lynnekovan said...

Love your brave kitty. She's far too beautiful to live in a tree. Hope she's curled upsomewhere warm recovering!

WINDOWLAD said...

Hi Mary,

O, that's a dramatic and very thrilling tale of a cat... i wonder why cats keep on climbin' trees then later will find it hard to go down... haha... that's funny!!!:) anyhow, glad she's safe now...!!!:)

P.S.: Let me thank you for a very wonderful words you left on my blog... i'm deeply inspired and flattered... thank you so much!!!:D

God bless you and your family!!!:)

Keep safe!!!:)

>Kelvin

Brenda said...

Awwwww, I am a owned by a cat also. Thanks you for your wonderful comment on my doll, gotta find her name! Wonderful Day!

thekathrynwheel said...

Ah. I love a happy ending :-)

Teri Leigh said...

What a funny story. We had a cat up a tree once and I called the fire department. They asked me if I had ever seen a dead cat in a tree and I said no. So they said just wait and she would come down. Five days later she did make it down. I think her hunger got her motivated.

Bevie said...

Awwww, little Jack had is first real adventure!!! Good thing he wasn't in one of our old trees cuz it's been freezing here. See I told you you could write a book, now I believe you could write childrens books and use your paintings too!! Whoooo that's a grand thought..hehehehe!!! love ya sis!

Mollye said...

Hi Mary, I am relieved she is out of that darn tree and inside where she belongs! My daughters parrot flew the coop one day and ended up high in a tree and that was the last she ever saw of him. Have a wonderful weekend friend, Mollye

Brandi Evans said...

ha ha .. that first picture with the eyes peering out is fab!!

laurel said...

Oh my! You had me worried sick one moment and laughing the next. Awesome photos.