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Who says there’s no good news?

“I believe if you just go by the nightly news
Your faith in all mankind would be the first thing you lose”

Excerpted from Good by Sean of the South

MURRAY, Utah.—John works at a Nissan dealership in the service department. A customer called and said they had a big problem.

John explains, “I took a call from a very distraught lady this morning, stating their new kitten had gotten stuck behind the dash in their car.”

So, drawing upon his years of automotive customer service insight, John suggested that the woman “Bring it in.”

In the garage, three technicians began disassembling her dashboard with tools and flashlights. Which is not an easy job. They removed the stereo, the glovebox, and components of the AC unit. Finally, after a lot of work, one of the guys announced, “We have a tail!”


Technicians shined lights into the deep crevices of the vehicle until one man rolled his sleeves up and said, “Okay. I’m going in.”

And anyone who has ever retrieved a sharp-clawed domesticated creature from a tight space such as, say, a set of box springs at your in-laws’ house, knows what an ordeal it is.

Imagine, several burly auto mechanics who often eat undercooked red meat for supper and wash it down with Anheuser Busch products, trying to coax a kitty out of hiding. The men used very high-pitched baby voices and said things like, “Come here, cutie wootie. C’mon, you can do it. Come on, cutie wootie.”

Finally, a gray kitten emerged and an entire auto garage cheered. One of the mechanics even held the cat to his face and kissed her, saying, quote:

“She’s such a cutie wootie. Yes she is. Yes she is.”

While I write this, the news is blaring in the other room. There are reports of murders, destruction, and illness galore. It is enough to make a grown man weep.

But this world is more than the horror you see in the headlines. Sure, it’s a mess. But it’s more than death, hatred, riots, fires, hurricanes, diseases, and angry people in three-piece suits.

People are good. I don’t care what you’ve heard. Our a planet full of exceptional people. Those who, even though they’re dog tired and overworked, will gladly give up precious hours to rescue a kitten from a peril. If for no other reason than because she is a cutie wootie.

Yes she is.

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  • Teri Pittman October 1, 2020, 12:28 PM

    We are no longer allowed to have any happy news. It has to be doom and gloom 24×7. Every once in awhile, real life peeks through.

  • Stargazer October 1, 2020, 1:17 PM

    Turn off the TV. Life gets simpler that way.

  • downeasthillbilly October 1, 2020, 1:23 PM

    Out. Standing. Humanity reigns. In between killing that which NEEDS killing. Carry on.

  • PA Cat October 1, 2020, 3:28 PM

    “Those who, even though they’re dog tired and overworked, will gladly give up precious hours to rescue a kitten from a peril.”

    Here’s another cat rescue story for Gerard: Two tough guys who rescued cats from burned-out trucks and cars following the Camp Fire that destroyed Paradise:

  • Anonymous October 1, 2020, 5:04 PM

    At risk of making a troublesome situation worse…. how about a catnip lure introduced into the lair.

  • Auntie Analogue October 1, 2020, 8:05 PM

    Hmmmm. Is that why guys call certain cars “pussy catchers”?

  • Jerry October 2, 2020, 1:14 AM

    Years ago the neighbor lady stopped in the middle of the country road just in front of her house. “Something is wrong with my car, it’s making weird noises.” Inspection revealed a cat in the fan shroud between the radiator & fan. It was no longer in the mood to get pulled anywhere near that fan for freedom.
    I think I still have the scratches & left index finger bit mark (under all the other scratches of life)

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