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Kitty takes a long ride to new homePosted Monday, June 18, 2012, at 12:11 PM
It's amusing, interesting and equally frustrating to have a tiny kitty dance its paws lightly on the keyboard as one endeavors to type away and try to connect thoughts from the head onto the computer screen.
The thoughts are disrupted, my words changed to something that I cannot even decipher, and yet sometimes I wonder if those words in this cat paw tap lingo are perhaps an improvement upon my own.
Thus begins a rather funny cat story that unfolded Friday for a my little kitty once named "Cali."
It seems little Cali has some traveling blood in her, but she chose hardly a conventional mode of transportation.
Friday morning as I made my way to work in haste, kitty Cali found a place to rest along the undercarriage of my Chrysler Sebring just before I wheeled out of the barnyard south of Newberry.
It was about 6 o'clock in the morning and I drove across the twin bridges just like every day. There was a good smell in the air this day, a pleasant mixture of fresh-cut hat and morning fog with a touch of breeze coming off the waters of the White River.
The sun was just starting to break over the horizon as I wheeled up the highway north on State Road 57.
In my head, I was reviewing my day's plans and wondering what big news might break this day.
My daily commute continued west toward my work's destination in Linton. There was a stop at the service station to pump 10 gallons of some very cheap $3.37 a gallon fuel into my tank.
As I unlocked the office door, I could here the police scanner sounding some information about a house fire west of Linton near the Greene-Sullivan county line.
That's news to the ear of a newsman, especially on a day when an idea for a Page 1 photo hasn't surfaced at this early hour.
Off I went in search of the fire -- still with my unknown hitchhiker kitty firmly attached somewhere in a hidden area under my car.
After about 20 minutes and several wrong turns I found the place.
I snapped some photos of the still smoldering fire and talked to some firefighters about a pit bull that had been rescued earlier from the fire.
Then an emotional scene developed and I was able to capture it on film.
The daughter to the dog owner and home resident -- her dad -- arrived and gave the lucky pooch a big and long hug.
The dog's tail was wagging briskly as he almost stood up on his paws in front of this crying young woman seeking some affection and comfort from his frightful experience.
It was a precious moment.
Then, it was back to the office to download my pictures and begin a morning of writing after a drive of no less than about 40 miles.
At about noon, I went back outside to my car, parked along South Main Street, and heard the distant sound of a kitty meowing ... more than once. I pounded on the hood of the car -- thinking there might be a cat under there.
I saw nothing emerge, so I left for a noontime run of errands.
When I got back to the office, the tale of the hitchhiking kitty came to a head.
My little Cali was in my office safe and sound -- a little frightened and still meowing loudly.
She had been a secret passenger on my morning drive to work on this day.
Co-workers had gathered up some milk and canned cat food for her to munch on and put her in a box.
The story has a happier ending.
Sabrina Westfall, one of my reporting partners here in the newsroom, had just talked to me earlier in the morning about adopting one of my newborn kittens ... the same April litter from which Cali came.
So, a quick adoption was arranged and Sabrina is now the new caretaker for my little traveling cat.
I saw a photo of little Cali on Facebook on Saturday morning and I had to smile.
The kitty has a new name -- Nala from The Lion King movie.
With a little Google search help, I found out that Nala in the movie as a cub was a bit sassy, spunky, curious, and mischievous. Sounds like the new Nala.
There is no doubt this little kitty has got quite an adventure of a story to tell if she ever gets a chance to dance on a keyboard.
Nick is assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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