As I lay in bed cozily sleeping through the third alarm I had set to remind me to get up and put the trash out, I heard a cry for mom, then a second. I’ve never been a father, but can verify a mother knows instinctively the sound of distress, most especially in her own offspring.
I JUMPED out of my bed and RAN to find my daughter in violent tears, shaking uncontrollably, unable to speak. I had no clue what time it was, so assumed something was wrong with my grandie. Fortunately he was already off to school, and my daughter was able to get out “cat” and “dryer”.
Please don’t judge. We are good pet parents, and have never had this issue in a lifetime of very many pets.
I pulled the cat out of the dryer thinking he was dead. He just hugged and cuddled me. Thankfully the dryer was set on very low just to get wrinkles out, and full of clothing. The cat has eaten, is climbing and jumping as usual, running around like the dog he thinks he is, none the worse for wear, just a bit fluffier than usual.
The point in sharing this story is…ALWAYS check the washer, dryer, dishwasher for sleeping pets before running AND how amazing is it, that someone who needs a bed rail to pull herself up from it, can’t see to walk well, is still frail and does not move or think fast could use involuntary actions and adrenaline to RUN, not trip over anything, overlook her fear of the ‘dead’ cat to think to pull him out quickly and carefully and still console my extremely upset daughter?
My thought is that if I can do this under the influence of adrenaline and subconcious thought and action, then I must be able to do this again in less serious situations.
Has anything similar happened to any of you? What are your thoughts? (Aside from my pets needing a new home?)