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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Archie's Big Adventure

Archie didn't come to the house for breakfast yesterday morning, but it was raining so I wasn't too worried.  When I got to the barn to help Spud get up I heard him in the loft, but it was too dark to see him.  He meowed to me and I greeted him back and didn't think anything about it.  The cats go up in the loft all the time and I figured it was a cozy place to nap away the rain.

When I got back to the barn a couple of hours later to do the morning chores he was meowing much louder.  I looked around and found him not in the loft, but waaay up in the rafters...and it was obvious that was not where he wanted to be.

"I'm stuck!"

It's a bit hard to see, but he's on the second rafter from the very top of the barn.  I'm guessing that's about 32' up.  We have a ladder that might reach that high, but I don't feel comfortable using it.  I ended up climbing up into the loft and making some straw bale stairs.  


"Halp!"

I need to explain something about Archie.  While everyone on the internet thinks Archie's claim to fame is his epic napping, he's actually more famous in real life for his complete lack of any natural cat athletics.  We have never met a less coordinated cat.  This next step was going to be a doozy.

My straw steps were six bales high and yes, I knew that was dangerous, but that was the safest thing I could think of.  I texted my neighbor to let her know that I was getting ready to do something stupid and if I didn't text her back in five minutes to come looking for me.  

I got my head and shoulders to just a couple feet below him and he bravely stretched down and got a foothold and we both gave a big sigh of relief...and then he wouldn't move and just sat there shaking.  I ended up climbing back down with him on my shoulders and he finally jumped off.


After a bit of breakfast, Archie did what he does best and took a long nap.  It just looks like he's sucking his thumb ;-).


9 comments:

janejmtl said...

Oh, my. My hands started sweating just looking at the photos. You are a brave woman. And Archie is a very lucky boy. So glad everything ended well.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Good thinking calling the neighbor! What a rascal Archie is...I wonder if he eventually would have come down? I wonder did he chase a bird! You are a hero!

Anonymous said...

The things cats can get themselves in to! I love reading your stories about Archie, Possum, and Bea. RHill

Michelle said...

What DID you do without this cat in your life???

Shirley said...

Bet he doesn't try that again!

Mary Ann said...

Thank heavens you are both okay!

ineedorange said...

He's lucky to have such an attentive and brave mama.

Janice Grinyer said...

Archie is...special, isnt he.

Well if youre going to be getting into escapades, he couldnt ask for a better cat mom to rescue him! xox

Donna Schoonover said...

Great rescue!

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