Sunday, April 28, 2013

File this under... of three things:
 Weird things cats do, or
Why you should make your cat an indoor only cat, or
Why your cat needs a microchip.

It is probably not all that unusual for South Wood Humane Society workers to go in to work on a Tuesday morning and find an animal abandoned on their doorstep.

It is unusual, though, for the animal to be in a brand new carrier.

It's even more unusual to eventually track down the cat's owner in Tuscon, Arizona, 1800 miles away from the Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, area.

Ace had been reported missing months earlier, and no one, except perhaps the person who dropped him at the Humane Society, knows how he ended up that far from home.

Well, Ace knows, but he's not telling.

Southwest Airlines is flying him home free, with an escort, good for them.  And Ace's owner says he's grounded after that.

Today is

Chicken-Tickling Day -- Fairy Calendar (Leprechauns)

Cubicle Day -- ???  we celebrate this because...?

Feast of Jamal(Beauty) -- Baha'i

Festival of Floralia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (three day festival to Flora, goddess of flowers and vegetation)

Great Poetry Reading Day -- make sure you read some great poetry today

Hidaka Hibuse Matsuri -- Mizusawa, Iwate Prefecture, Japan (through the 29th; floats, child musicians, traditional costumes, and fun)

James Monroe Birthday Celebration -- Charlottesville, VA, US (at his home, Ash Lawn-Highland)

Kiss Your Mate Day -- guys, do not forget this one, in case she reads it somewhere on the internet; kiss her, then read her a great poem

Lag B'Omer -- Judaism (began sunset yesterday)

Landsgemeinde -- Appenzell, Inner Rhoden Canton, Switzerland (one of the last examples of direct democracy left; the final Sunday of each April all voters in the canton age 18 and older, wearing traditional swords, gather for a church service and then vote directly on all affairs of the canton for the year; no secret ballots, all raise their hands to vote yea or nay; festival follows.  This tradition dates back to the 14th century.)

Mother, Father Deaf Day -- to honor deaf parents and recognize the gifts of culture and language they give to their hearing children; sponsored by CODA (Children of Deaf Adults International)

National Blueberry Pie Day

National Day of Mourning -- Canada (In conjunction with Workers' Memorial Day and World Day for Safety and Health at Work, honoring those injured or killed on the job)

National Heroes Day -- Barbados

Palm Sunday -- Orthodox Christian

Pet Parent's Day -- honoring those who consider pets a part of the family final Sunday

Rip Cord Day -- the first successful jump with a parachute that used a rip cord was this day in 1919 by Leslie Erwin of the U.S. Army Air Corps

Sa die de sa Sardinia -- Sardinia, Italy (Sardinia Day, celebrating the uprising of 1794)

Sense of Smell Day -- listed on different days on many websites; While celebrating, remember those with anosmia (diminished ability or total inability to smell)

St. Peter Chanel's Day (Patron of Oceania)
     Saint Pierre-Chanel Day -- Wallis and Fortuna

Sts. Vitalis and Valeria's Day (Patrons of Thibodeaux, Louisiana)

Turkmen Racing Horse Festival -- Turkmenistan

Victory Day -- Afghanistan

Workers Memorial Day / World Day for Safety and Health at Work -- International (remembering all who have lost their lives or been injured on the job)

Anniversaries Today:

Maryland becomes the 7th US State, 1788

Birthdays Today:

Jessica Alba, 1981
Penelope Cruz, 1974
Nancy Lee Grahn, 1958
Jay Leno, 1950
Ann-Margaret, 1941
Harper Lee, 1926
Oscar Schindler, 1908
Lionel Barrymore, 1878
James Monroe, 1758

Today in History:

Nichiren Buddhism is founded, 1253
Captain William Bligh and 18 crewmen from the HMS Bounty are set adrift, 1789
Chinese and Irish laborers for the Central Pacific Railroad working on the First Transcontinental Railroad lay 10 miles of track in one day, a feat which has never been matched, 1869
Azerbaijan  is added to the Soviet Union., 1920
The first night game in organized baseball  history takes place in Independence, Kansas, 1930
A vaccine  for yellow fever is announced for use on humans, 1932
Thor Heyerdahl and five crew mates set out from Peru on the Kon-Tiki, 1947
The Sino-Japanese Peace Treaty (Treaty of Taipei) is signed in Taipei, Taiwan between Japan and the Republic of China to officially end the Second Sino-Japanese War, 1952
Charles de Gaulle resigns as President of France, 1969
The Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure is signed, 1977
Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world's first space tourist, 2001


  1. Sounds like a children's book plot to me.

  2. great story with a happy ending! Our Lucy is an indoor only cat plus she has a chip. She came to our house 2 1/2 years ago- 8 months old, scared and in heat. She was a bit feral-so who knows how long she had been "lost". We could not find where she came from so took her in and she's a wonderful cat. Turns out she is a Korat-a very interesting breed of cat. Cheers!

  3. Yay for Southwest Airlines' kindness. Gotta love a happy ending.. even if it is to a mystery.

  4. If only Ace could talk we'd have a bestseller.

  5. We had a crazy cat incident in our town recently where a cat bound for San Francisco busted out of his carrier at the airport and ended up living in the woods near the airport for a few months. He made it home, too. These cats have stories to tell.

    Cubicle day? LOL. As a cube-dweller, I'm just thankful I have a window.

  6. Tabor, feel free to write the story, if you want.

    Kathe, i'm amazed that someone let such a rare and valuable cat become a half feral, and glad she landed with you.

    Hilary, i agree, but i'd love it more if we could know!

    Stephen, we would, or at least, i would buy it.

    Shell, i'm glad that cat got home, that must have been awful for cat and owner. And i don't know why someone started that day.

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