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Place: Cornucopia, Wisconsin
Date: 11 February 2010
Time: 3:45 pm
Temperature: six degrees below zero
As I came over the top of the hill, a quarter of a mile ahead of me at the bottom of the hill, I saw a car stop, the door open and something thrown out and into a ravine through which a small river flows. The car sped off.
I drove to the spot and looked down into the ravine. I thought I saw something down there,, so I got out; fortunately I was still wearing my severe cold weather outdoor gear on my way home from work. When I approached the side of the road I saw a small orange bundle on the ice at the edge of the water. It took a few seconds before I realized that it was a cat--or rather it was a kitten.
In the ensuing half hour of sitting in the snow and gently coaxing, I got the little guy to creep up the hill and slowly come towards me. When he was about six feet away he took a mighty leap and landed in my lap. He was very content to let me fold him into my jacket and was happy to be in the truck. I called my wife and said: "Guess who's coming to dinner?"
Punkin has essentially run our lives and the lives of our other two rescue cats ever since. He is the quintessential Orange Cat. I have it in mind that the Cheshire Cat must have been a distant relative--sometimes all that is left is his smile.
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