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Carol Perkins: How quick thinking saved Elvis' life

A story with all the elements of a tragedy, but fortunately for Elvis, his best friend in the world instinctively knew what to do after a perfect storm mixed all the wrong elements for a good outcome: A pair of black pants. A clothes dryer. And a mischievous black kitten named Elvis.
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By Carol Perkins

Bobby Sue ran off. My friend Becky looked everywhere for her, but no Bobby Sue. “I think she’ll find her way home,” said Becky, “unless someone has taken her.” I doubt anyone would want a huge cat like Bobby Sue whose personality wasn’t exactly purring, but I didn’t tell that to Becky. My opinion is that Bobby Sue met up with a gang of alley cats and either ran off with them, or they killed her. I didn’t tell Becky that either.

Becky gave up on the return of Bobby Sue, so she got another cat - a black kitten - named him Elvis, and promptly tried to kill him. Not intentionally, but nonetheless, Elvis almost died. Here’s what happened.

She threw a pair of black pants into the dryer to fluff them up and went off to do something in another room. She heard a thumping coming from the utility room, but only when she went back to toss in a top to go with her pants did she discover the source of the thumping-Elvis.

The kitten must have jumped into the dryer, going unnoticed in the darkness of the dryer and the black pants. Around and around, Elvis bounced inside the inferno until Becky rescued the lifeless fluff ball and immediately began working to bring him back from the dead. “His little tongue was hanging out, blood seeped from his ears, and one paw was dripping with blood. His body was hot as fire. I had to do something,” she recounted. “I was so upset.”

I would have never thought of this, but she ran a sink of tap water and placed the lifeless kitty gradually into the water, rubbing his hot fur with the tap water and keeping him wrapped in a towel to avoid a chill. “Gradually, I could feel his body cooling off.” Guilt set in.

“What have I done to Elvis? ” she thought. As he was coming back to life, she called the vet. “I have almost killed my cat,” she said, and then told the story. The vet instructed her to keep up the process of what she was doing, and then if she felt Elvis needed medical attention to bring him to the office. Becky ended up taking Elvis there the next day.

“It was at least three days until Elvis perked back up to his mischievous self,” Becky said as she told me this story. “He’s in timeout today.” Isn’t that the way we are even with our children? When they do something they shouldn’t do that could hurt them or kill them, we are so relieved they are not hurt or dead that we shower them with forgiveness, but when we get over the gratitude, we want to put them in timeout of take away their electronics or their keys!

As for poor Elvis, he almost left the building in a ball of fire.

(Carol's new book, A Girl Named Connie, is available at Blossom's Florist and Boutique Unique in Glasgow on the Happy Valley Road, as well as on Amazon and Amazon Kindle.)

Carol Perkins is a regular weekly columnist and a co-host with Susan Chambers on the very popular The "Susan & Carol, Unscripted" show, live. FM 99.1 radio each Tuesday Morning at 10amCT.

This story was posted on 2016-07-27 13:04:50
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