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Heroic feline

Posted by Richard on January 13, 2011

I'm back! Did you miss me? (Did you even notice I was gone?) Sorry for the long absence, and a belated Happy New Year. It was a combination of way too much work, too little motivation, and a major computer meltdown that took forever to resolve.

In the last couple of weeks, there have been a bazillion things about which I should spout off. But for now, I'll just give you a little feel-good story you probably missed (unless you're in Chattanooga, TN). At least, it's a feel-good story for those of us who are cat lovers: 

At 4 a.m., Cornett was awakened by the loud and repeated meows of the family's cat. Bustopher Jones, named after a character in the musical "Cats," wouldn't shut up — meow, meow, meow, meow.

"I was a little annoyed, and I raised up and thought, 'What is that cat doing?'" she said.

What he was doing was saving the lives of the entire family.

Awake on the sofa, she smelled the smoke. The smoke alarm hadn't even gone off, and Talullah, Lexiss and Seamus, the Cornetts' three dogs, were asleep, not making a sound. 

Bustopher, a shelter cat, saved the lives of Angi Cornett, her husband, three children, and three dogs. And instead of thanking Bustopher, one of the dogs viciously attacked him, causing nearly-fatal injuries. 

Fortunately, the Cornetts got him to a veterinary hospital, and he survived: 

Jones came home Friday from an animal hospital in Cleveland. The bill was $241 and left the family with about $30 in their checking account.

But Cornett said she doesn't regret anything.

"He fought back from the brink of death," she said. "I just want Jones to be recognized."

He was. The McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center, from which Bustopher Jones was adopted, has awarded him the "McKamey Purple Paw certificate of meritorious conduct." 

Good for you, Bustopher Jones! And I think you should lord it over those useless dogs from here on out. 🙂 

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One Response to “Heroic feline”

  1. Rick Shultz said

    Hey Richard. Glad you’re back. And I, for one, did wonder what had befallen you. Kinda glad it was nothing more than too much work and computer problems. Although I’m sure the computer meltdown was annoying I can’t complain too much about that as it WAS computer

    malfunctions that paid my salary for the 20 years that I was a member of the workforce…:=)

    Loved it when I read about Bustopher Jones in the Times Free Press. I’ve always maintained that cats are much smarter than dogs despite all the research that purports to prove otherwise.

    Dogs just don’t “get it” whereas cats know which side their bread is buttered on. At least the Cornetts can still live in the house despite the smoke smell, and Bustopher is doing well.

    I leave you with one of my favorite W.C. Fields quotes:”Anyone who doesn’t like dogs and small children can’t be ALL bad.” >>>:+)

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