When our daughter, Ariel, was a teen, her short-haired black cat Frisbee loved car rides with the family. On the way out the door for the drive to Ariel’s friends’ homes, she’d gather him up in her arms and put him in the car.
He was an intelligent cat who enjoyed exploring the world and what better place than from the safety of the car’s window! When he was outside and saw us walking to the car, he would run to join us.
One Sunday I was late for church, so I dashed out the door, sprang into the car and backed out of the driveway all in one swift move.
A block from home, I turned left, then right and then down the steep hill accelerating to 45 mph.
That is when I heard it.
There it was again.
I did a quick check of the car’s interior and there was no cat.
Then again, “Meow!”
I did another check of the car’s interior and there was no cat.
I looked to see if the car’s radio was on. No, it wasn’t.
Then in the rear-view mirror, I saw two black furry legs sliding down the back window. Oh, my gosh! Frisbee, hopeful for a car ride, had jumped up onto the car’s roof assuming I would see him and now he was car-surfing down the hill!
He was losing his grip from speed and gravity and calling for Meow-Help.
No other cars were on the secluded road to alert me of the furry car ornament.
I slowed down, pulled over and retrieved a very relieved cat!
I drove Frisbee home and was late for church, but feeling blessed for the outcome. He was too. Luckily, we haven’t had any flying Frisbee incidents since.
His message? “Slow down. Driving fast may cost the life of a loved one.”
Once Frisbee was safely in the car’s interior, a car came up the hill. A police car!
Could you imagine if the officer had seen me whiz by with a cat on the roof?! Is there a ticket “cat-agory” for driving with a cat outside the vehicle?
• Never bring home a long-hair furry pet unless you are prepared to groom it daily. These pets are way more work than their short-furred relatives. Their fur ends up all over the house, between your toes and up your nose.
• Being the parents of white Persians, we developed creative cleaning and grooming habits. They love being groomed with a man’s inexpensive short, black comb and a Furminator.
• All our clothes are light colored, because dark ones are long white fur magnets.
• We clean fur off the FUR-niture with a wet, yellow rubber kitchen glove.
• Rubber brooms’ static electricity easily gathers pet fur.
• Fresh towels are placed where the cats sleep. The towels are washed weekly and every two months we steam clean their beds. Cats love boxes and they are easy “beds” to clean, just toss out and get a new one.
• Cats love chasing ping pong balls, chewing catnip toys, and their Da-bird toy is their favorite toy.
• Reverse your toilet paper roll to stop pets from unraveling it.
My husband and I hope you have enjoyed our cats over the years. We tell them their job is to make others smile and they have done their job well.
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