Skateboarder rescues scared cat from tree

I only know that my cat rescuer’s name is Jerry. He is the rescuing hero of Huhu.

To the editor:

I have to write this letter to express my sincere thanks to a young man who I only know by his first name—Jerry

Huhu (meaning tiger) is an orange tabby I rescued several months ago from a stray.

I had almost no knowledge on having a cat as a pet.

On Sunday evening, I tried to have our fourth walk with Huhu in his walking jacket at Ben Lee Park, where he seemed having enjoyed more and more each time.

Around 9 p.m., as  we were about to return home, two unleashed dogs together with their owners approached us. One of the dogs took an interest in Huhu.

Sensing some hostility, the cat began to back up. I was trying to hold the leash and pick up the cat while wishing the dog owner’s would take control of his dog.

All that just happened in a split second before the dog started attack.

Huhu wriggled out of his jacket, and climbed on a nearby pine tree. Then a reek of alcohol from the dog’s owner floated by?

But looking up the tree, I could not see where Huhu was? I had no knowledge about the fact that a cat can be stuck in a tree?

I did not know what I should do, so I waited for the cat to come down on its own. But it was getting late, and colder, so I started to pray.

Eventually, a young man on a skateboard towed by his dog friend came by and asked if I need help. Obviously to me, he had a conversation with the drunken guy and knew what had happened.

I said yes I do, and he disappeared with his dog to go retrieve a flashlight.

He returned and with the help of the light, was able to see the cat’s eyes staring at him from the very top of the tree.

So what next? How do we get the cat down?

The young man disappeared again, and returned this time with a ladder, pulled along on his skateboard by his dog.

By 10:45 p.m., we managed to get Huhu down, although one of the young man’s fingers was bitten by the scared cat.

Fortunately, the cat has had all the shots.

I only know that my cat rescuer’s name is  Jerry. He is the rescuing hero of Huhu.

I wish I could be an artist so I would draw this picture on the board: In the darkness with some dim lights from the light poles, a young man holding a 20-foot extended ladder rescues a stranded strange cat. What picture could be more beautiful than that?

Thank you so much Jerry! And I pray for your finger getting better very soon.

And I also hope everyone keeps their dog on a leash in the public places.

Wendy Yu,

Kelowna

 

 

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