A Not So Graceful Moment in Kitten Rescue


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I had been holding back on adopting another animal since my Smoky went to kitty heaven.  Not sure why, but it just hadn’t felt right yet.  In the meantime, my house had been too quiet (and clean), so I started to consider fostering homeless cats for Pet Smart charities.  I did this years ago and came away from it with lots of pictures and stories as well as a sense of satisfaction that I had made a difference in the lives of some very special animals.

So, I went to the Pet Smart store just to check it out and somehow came home with three little grey kittens to foster – Joey, Chloe, and Phoebe.

I thought it would be a breeze.  Silly me.  We were all traumatized within the first half hour.

My idea of starting them in the downstairs bathroom went haywire when one of them ran into the laundry room and behind the dryer.  I grabbed a flash light to check on her and realized it was possible that her head was stuck under the gas line.  The dryer couldn’t’ be pulled out much, so I climbed on top and reached and reached, but I have very short arms and didn’t get anywhere near her .  There was only one thing to do.

I dove head first behind the dryer with my feet straight up in the air.  I was able to get hold of the nape of the kitten’s neck, discovering that she was fine and not stuck at all.  That’s when I realized my predicament.  I couldn’t get back up.

I was stuck!

I was upside down, behind the dryer, hanging on to a kitten, and wondering if the neighbors would hear me if I called for help.   Probably not.  My only choice was to try and squirm and shimmy my way out, which I eventually did.  I am so grateful there was no one with a video camera in the house, even if they would have rescued me.

As I type this a couple days later, there are three adorable kittens looking out my screen door, enjoying the sun and breeze.  I wonder how many more adventures and stories we will create together before they get their forever homes.

Note: Please consider adopting or fostering a homeless animal.  Our animal companions enrich our lives and fill them with love.  There are wonderful pets out there living in cages or being euthanized every day.  One of them may be the next great love of your life.

Note 2: One of my clients asked me to re-post this.  I think she just likes picturing me being stuck behind the dryer when I give her homework.  It was first posted in my old blog in October 2012.  I kept little Chloe (Warrior Princess) and her brother Joey (Scaredy Cat). They are almost 3 years old and have truly blessed my life.  They are in the picture above with Chloe in the back.

What about you?  Have you ever adopted a homeless animal?  Please feel free to share your stories in the comments section.  I would love to see them.

6 thoughts on “A Not So Graceful Moment in Kitten Rescue

  1. christine says:

    Yes. I have two cats from the humane society both with really sad stories. I have had them for 6 years and boy do they have personality. One is 30lbs (diesel) he is very loving and protective and my little one (reilly) is such a sweet boy and a trouble maker as well. It is hard to replace an animal that you once loved but sometimes it just fills a little hole you have in your heart! Thank you for sharing!

    • Linda Luke says:

      Diesel and Riley sound adorable. My Smoky was 28 pounds and I thought that was about as big as they come. I can tell you are a great kitty mom and your cats are so blessed that you found them.

  2. Flora M Brown says:

    Hi Linda,

    LOL about your client enjoying that visual of you stuck upside down behind your dryer.

    We had pets (mostly dogs and cats) throughout the childhoods of my four kids. Now that they’re grown, I dare not own nor adopt another pet. I love to admire pets from afar, but vividly remember the work and antics involved during those decades. I especially fear that being a foster pet mom would be too emotionally wrenching when I had to part with them.

    I’ll continue to enjoy your experiences and those of other pet parents. Thanks for sharing them.

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