When I picked my daughter up from school today, it was with the greatest excitement and happiness. I was so anxious to tell her the good news. After four long days of being stuck 50 ft high in a tree, our prayers were answered, and her cat has finally been rescued. The reunion was the sweetest thing ever- a remarkably healthy cat, purring and nuzzling her very relieved girl. The days preceding this one have not been easy. Very little sleep and a whole lot of feeling distracted and helpless have been the reasons that I have not written here in over a week. Besides that, I don't like sad stories, so I was waiting for a happy ending to this one. Today, we got our happy ending.
We first noticed that the cat was missing on Monday, but we think she ended up in the tree sometime on Sunday. After looking around, we heard her crying, and finally discovered her high up in a neighbor's tree. The crying was what tormented me. I can't handle seeing any living thing suffer, having it be our daughter's beloved cat made it all the worse. We tried many things to get her down....fire dept. (they don't come) a bucket raised up on poles, a bucket raised up with a rope pulley, waiting it out, food at the base of the tree, one unsuccessful tree climber/cat rescue guy that scared her higher into the tree, a friend with a boom truck (but then it wouldn't work), and finally, Canopy Cat Rescue. The guy from Canopy Camp Rescue knew what he was doing and he was gentle with her. It was risky to send someone up after her, but we felt like if we waited any longer, she would die of dehydration.
There was a whole lot of cheering when our hero safely put the cat in his bag and started descending the tree.
Now we can enjoy our weekend. It's going to be a fun one, with a wedding to go to! I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well.