Friday 20 July 2018

Life's looking good after road rescue

If you would like your pet featured in this column please send a story of 440 words and a photograph to snews@independent.ie clearly labelled MY PET
If you would like your pet featured in this column please send a story of 440 words and a photograph to snews@independent.ie clearly labelled MY PET

Alyssa O'Neill, Co Kildare

It was a very bitter November morning. I was just three weeks old. Cold, hungry, scared and lonely.

I had been dumped by the side of a very busy road. Cars were whizzing by just inches from my face as I sat there too scared to move. Then a car began to slow down. A lady had spotted me but was unable to stop as there were too many cars coming up behind her. I was devastated as she drove past. A minute passed and another young lady spotted me and put on those flashing orange lights. She pulled up beside me to protect me from the other traffic. Her name was Alyssa. She picked me up and put me into her lovely warm car. I was saved.

She took me home where her dad, Richard, was waiting with warm diluted milk and a blanket bed with a hot water bottle. When Alyssa told him the whole story he decided to name me Rambo after my ordeal. I did not like that name. Her mum, Helen, brought me kitten formula that evening and it was yummy. I felt warm and safe.

When Alyssa got back to work, word spread around the office that she had picked up a stray kitten that morning. A lady in the same office heard this and asked her to describe me. She was the first lady who tried to stop. She had turned around and had come back to rescue me. She thought the worst had happened when I was not there any more and went to work very upset. She was thrilled to hear that I was alive and well and being looked after in Alyssa's home.

The next day Richard took me to see a vet in Kildare town. His name was Alexis. He checked me over and declared that I was healthy and in good shape, despite my ordeal. He asked if I had a name and when he heard Rambo he said that it was a very "odd name" for a female kitten. Richard changed it on the spot to Smudge and I really like that because of my colouring.

I now live happily with the family's other animals. Rescued cats Dennis and Maya, who are brother and sister, and my best friend, Oliver. He is Alyssa's "big" kitten that joined our home a year before me. There are three rescued dogs, Marley, Rocky and Dolly, as well as lots of horses and ponies. In time I will be allowed to go outside to play with the other animals.

Life certainly has taken a turn for the better for little old me.

Name: Smudge

Finest hour: Being rescued

Likes: Climbing up people's backs and meowing in their ears until they feed me

Dislikes: Cold weather and scary fast cars

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