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December 20, 2010 - Diane Speer
I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for kittens. I almost got a new one today, but I figured in the long run, my husband would be none too pleased if I surprised him with an unexpected little housemate. We already have a much loved cat that we rescued several years ago from the Huron Humane Society, and in his mind, we are strictly a one-cat household.
Still....it was tempting. Before work this morning, I stopped at Neiman's Family Market to pick up a few essentials. As I was leaving the store, I couldn't help but notice a group of store employees clustered around a box, and I couldn't help but overhear their conversation. It seems that one of the guys was checking the bottle return area when he happened upon a discarded box. Thinking it was just garbage someone had pitched at the store, he was about to throw it away when he very unexpectedly heard a small plaintive cry coming from inside the box.
Upon opening the lid, he discovered a very cute but very scared gray striped kitten. Included in the box were a folded up towel and a container of food. No one knew for sure what to do with the kitten. My initial reaction was how could someone do that to an animal? My second reaction was, well at least it was a kitten and not a baby - or else instead of writing about this subject in a blog, I'd be writing about it for a front page story. Those reactions were immediately followed by thoughts of maybe I should take the kitten home with me and then, maybe I should not. After all, I do value peace and harmony in my home this Christmas.
Ultimately, I left the store knowing the staff at Neiman's would figure out the right course of action to take, but during my work day here I couldn't help but think occasionally about the kitten and what ultimately happened to it. I made a quick follow-up phone call to the store at the end of my work day and am happy to report that an employee there did what I wanted to do but knew better than to actually do it. He took the kitten home with him because his girlfriend has been wanting one for a long time.
I'm still a sucker for kittens, but I also like it when a story ends well. And so does my husband.
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