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Huck's Story
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Steve from TN    Posted 08-28-2004 at 21:17:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Huck showed up on the court house lawn about a month ago. He is one more big-eared,ugly little tiger tomcat. He was found by one of two trusties that work at the court house. They do the janitorial work and hang out in my office. Both of these guys are from Sullivan County in E.TN which is notoriously rough on their d.u.i.'s. Some of their drunks get 6 years. Anyway, but for the grace of God there go I or my son. Our county houses state prisoners to help pay for our justice complex that the federal gov't forced us to build. I digress. The trusty,Jason,who found Huck took him around to all of the offices in the court house trying to find someone to take the ugly little yearling tomcat. Stray cats are pretty much like used Zippo lighters, not much count and no real demand for them. No one wanted Huck.

Jason came back around to my office at 1:00 p.m. which is about the time that he has to go back to the jail. His face was long and sad. He reckoned, that he would have to call the animal shelter to come and get his cat. The high sheriff would certainly not let him take the kitten back to the jail with him. We already have six stray cats that live in an old shed outback. We feed them and have even named a couple of these old cats. They eat about a 25 lb sack of cheap Wal-Mart cat food a week. The plus side is we do not have mice since this tribe of gray and white alley cats showed up. So........I sure didn't need another cat but I took it to relieve Jason's long face. Jason's last name starts with "Huck" so that's what we name the kitten.

Right off, we had to take Huck to the vet. Something was not right with one of his eyes. It was swollen and had puss in it. Infection. The vet also wormed him good. We had to take the sucker back again because he got an infection and was running a fever. Otherwise, he had done pretty good. Our grandson that stays with us a good bit took a shine to ole Huck and wagged him around. Our little Border Colie-mix likes him too. I caught her running acorss the yard with Huck's head inside her mouth. The cat's feet were draggin' the ground. They have gotten to be pretty good buddies.

This afternoon my daughter(Beth) and her boy friend(John) went to the movies over at Dyersburg.....about 20 miles north of here. After the movie, they went to eat. When they came out of the restaurant and started toward John's truck, ole Huck crawled out from under the truck. He had been up under the truck for about 3 hours. It has been raining all day here. I guess he was trying to stay dry. They brought him on back home. This time he got to ride in the cab. I'm thinking maybe we need to change his name to Lucky Huck.

He is still one more ugly little kitten, but he is home again. Yall spell check this thing for me. I have to go to bed.

~Lenore    Posted 08-29-2004 at 08:44:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for sharing Huck with us.
Cats are very special critters, even the "ugly" ones, if given a chance.
Have Huck nuetered, Steve, he will be a great addition to your family.

Steve from TN    Posted 08-29-2004 at 06:01:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for your comments. Huck didn't learn from his mistake. I went out this morning and out he comes from the tirewell on my truck. Looking in my crystal ball, I can see more adventures for ole Huck. He might even take a float on a raft down the Miss. River like the real Huck did with Tom and that other guy. Can't remember his name right now.

Alias    Posted 08-29-2004 at 04:54:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Steve, where you been hiding? I'm thinking you should be a regular story teller here at C/L.
Enjoyed this one a lot.........gfp

DD    Posted 08-29-2004 at 03:29:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good story Steve, Thanks for sharing it with us. Seems there are lots of good story tellers on this board : )

Len....NY    Posted 08-29-2004 at 02:50:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Steve, Ya'know wild critters are real nice to have around and serve other worldly purposes. But, domesticated pets have a way of snatching those heart strings with their antics.It would be nice if spaying & neutering was a little more affordable (hey!are you listening PETA,this might be a better way of spending your millions and really do something worthwhile.) Anyway you done good giving that kitty a home.I expect we'll hear more about Huck and other stories of life in the good ol' USA. I sure hope so.

JB    Posted 08-28-2004 at 21:49:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good story! Enjoyed it a lot.

Grove r    Posted 08-28-2004 at 22:48:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
No spell check needed here, Steve... understood and enjoyed every word of it...just keep em comming...have a gooder, R.E.L.

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