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October 11, 2007

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Retriever Saves Man From Blaze Sparked by Cat

In a tale with an ironic twist that we appreciate here at the Outdoor Newshound, a black Lab is being credited with saving the life of man whose house burned to the ground this week--in a blaze apparently sparked by a cat.

That’s right, the dog was a hero, and the cat; a scoundrel.

The story leaves little doubt why dogs are man’s best friend and cats are not. (As if there was ever any question, really.)

If it hadn’t been for the quick actions of Thumper, Richard Cote’s black Labrador retriever, the Greenville, Maine resident believes he surely would have perished in a fast-moving fire that consumed his home early Sunday morning.Wanted_poster

“She grabbed me by the arm and woke me from a sound sleep,” Cote, 56, told the Bangor Daily News this week.

Cote said Thumper rousted him at about 3:30 a.m. and he had only seconds to hurry downstairs, grab the telephone, and dial 911 before the house was totally aflame.

On Tuesday, the State Fire Marshal’s Office concluded that the fire started when a kerosene lantern was apparently tipped over by the family cat, named Princess. The lantern, which was used as a nightlight, melted a rubber gas line to the refrigerator, fueling the quick-moving blaze.

The remote Maine home was largely solar-powered, with a propane gas refrigerator and other appliances.

Neither Cote nor his faithful Lab were burned or injured.

And fate was more than benevolent to Princess the perpetrator, as she escaped with little more than singed tail fur.

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Greg

Ilove cats, flat, squished,oh yeah deep fried, bbqed, sauteed, stir fry. So many cats so few recipes. They taste like chicken!!!! Save a songbird EAT A CAT!!!!

Bubba

Another plug for the book, "101 Things To Do With a Dead Cat!"

Bubba

Greg

HERE

Greg

HERE, KITTY KITTY KITTY!!!!!!!!!

Cat's in the kettle...

Glad they all made it out safely (cat included). Here's a song that might amuse a few of you! Original lyrics below.


Cat's in the kettle

Did you ever think, when you eat Chinese
It ain’t pork or chicken but a fat siamese?
Yet the food tastes great, so you don’t complain.
But that’s not chicken in your chicken chow mein.
Seems to me I ordered sweet-and-sour pork
But Garfield’s on my fork.
He’s purrin’ here on my fork.


...

There’s a cat in the kettle at the Peking Moon
The place that I eat every day at noon.
They can feed you cat and you’ll never know
Once they wrap it up in dough, boys:
They fry it real crisp in dough.


...

Chou Lin asked if I wanted more
As he was dialin’ up his buddy at the old pet store.
I said "Not today. I lost my appetite.
"There’s two cats in my belly and they want to fight."
I was suckin’ on a Rolaid and a Tums or two
When I swear I heard it mew, boys:
And that is when I knew...


...

There’s a cat in the kettle at the Peking Moon
I think I gotta stop eatin’ there at noon.
They say that it’s beef or fish or pork
But it’s purrin’ there on my fork.
There’s a hair-ball on my fork.

Here are the lyrics to the original song:


Cat's In The Cradle
(Harry & Sandy Chapin)

My child arrived just the other day
He came to the world in the usual way
But there were planes to catch and bills to pay
He learned to walk while I was away
And he was talkin' 'fore I knew it, and as he grew
He'd say "I'm gonna be like you dad
You know I'm gonna be like you"

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home son?
I don't know when, but we'll get together then
You know we'll have a good time then

My son turned ten just the other day
He said, "Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let's play
Can you teach me to throw", I said "Not today
I got a lot to do", he said, "That's ok"
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
And said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah
You know I'm gonna be like him"

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home son?
I don't know when, but we'll get together then
You know we'll have a good time then

Well, he came home from college just the other day
So much like a man I just had to say
"Son, I'm proud of you, can you sit for a while?"
He shook his head and said with a smile
"What I'd really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
See you later, can I have them please?"

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home son?
I don't know when, but we'll get together then
You know we'll have a good time then

I've long since retired, my son's moved away
I called him up just the other day
I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind"
He said, "I'd love to, Dad, if I can find the time
You see my new job's a hassle and kids have the flu
But it's sure nice talking to you, Dad
It's been sure nice talking to you"

And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
He'd grown up just like me
My boy was just like me

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home son?
I don't know when, but we'll get together then
You know we'll have a good time then