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Cat Credited With Waking Up Bremerton Woman Amid Fire (Washington State)
The Kitsap Sun (Washington State) ^ | March 2, 2009 | Derek Sheppard

Posted on 03/04/2009 6:20:14 PM PST by Stoat

Cat Credited With Waking Up Bremerton Woman Amid Fire

In a rare role reversal, it was the cat who helped out the firefighters.

More importantly, it was a cat who saved a woman's life with what would normally be a routine annoyance for cat owners — the early-morning face pawing.

Around 6:45 a.m. Saturday, an elderly Bremerton woman's Veldee Avenue home filled with smoke billowing through the vents from the home's heater.

The smoke alarm was going off, but she didn't hear it.

Good thing she has a cat.

The feline, whose name was not immediately available, leapt on the woman's bed and pawed at her face until she woke up.

"If the cat hadn't woken her up, I'm pretty sure she wouldn't have made it," Bremerton Fire Department Lt. Charlie Rinard said.

The woman showed signs of smoke inhalation, he said. In most fatal fires, smoke kills the victim, not flames.

The cat left the building with its owner and was OK after the fire.

The fire was contained inside the heater and firefighters cleared the smoke from the home, but it will probably require further cleaning, Rinard said.

"It could have been worse," he said.



TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: bremerton; cat; firecat; herocat; heroiccat; rescuecat; washington; washingtonstate
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Wash. cat saves elderly owner from smoky fire

1 posted on 03/04/2009 6:20:15 PM PST by Stoat
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To: Slings and Arrows; sionnsar

funny pictures of cats with captions


2 posted on 03/04/2009 6:20:47 PM PST by Stoat (Palin / Coulter 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: Libertina; kayti; narses; Avid Coug; RedinaBlue; trustandhope; SoldierMedic; Global2010; ...
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3 posted on 03/04/2009 6:23:08 PM PST by sionnsar (Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | "Tax the rich" fails if the rich won't play)
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To: Tax-chick

Wednesday ping


4 posted on 03/04/2009 6:23:38 PM PST by sionnsar (Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | "Tax the rich" fails if the rich won't play)
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To: sionnsar
Thank you very much for pinging your list  :-)

 Thank You

5 posted on 03/04/2009 6:28:31 PM PST by Stoat (Palin / Coulter 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: Stoat

The cat was only trying to save itself. Cats and giraffes are selfish.


6 posted on 03/04/2009 6:29:42 PM PST by Krankor (Vitajex, whatcha doin' to me.)
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To: Girlene

Seriously...Derek Sheppard wrote this...I thought he was just a brain surgeon on Grey’s. Who knew?


7 posted on 03/04/2009 6:30:07 PM PST by lilycicero (This is where I am moving........are you coming to visit?)
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To: Stoat

Most cats I know would watch you be consumed by flames with complete indifference, lick their fur for a bit, and then curl up to sleep on your warm ashes.


8 posted on 03/04/2009 6:30:54 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Krankor

LMAO.


9 posted on 03/04/2009 6:31:38 PM PST by conservative cat (America, you have been PWNED!)
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To: Krankor

Yeah I was thinking the same. The cat just needed her to open the door.


10 posted on 03/04/2009 6:32:07 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Stoat
Wow - I had a similar experience years ago, except it was just a malfunctioning alarm, there was no fire. But I was so exhausted from working on my house all day that I woke up a little, thought, "oh, it's a siren," and went back to sleep.

Suddenly I had two cats on my chest, meowing and pawing at my face. Then I did wake up to quite a scare.

I don't think they were trying to save my life as much as say, "TURN THAT DAMN THING OFF!"

11 posted on 03/04/2009 6:33:06 PM PST by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: Stoat
We had a major house fire about two years ago.

Our magnificent, noble young hero dog, with his superb nose and acute hearing, kept snoring until I woke him up and carried him out of the house. I really wanted to be able to tell the story of how this glorious animal saved our lives, but No. He was useless. That's okay; we love him anyway.

12 posted on 03/04/2009 6:34:30 PM PST by ottbmare (Ein Reich, ein Volk, ein Obama!)
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To: Stoat
Yeah, that "appears" all sweet and good etc. But instead of following the easy angle of the cat heroically waking its owner to save her life, has anyone considered that its more likely that the cat realized that the only one that knew how to open the door was that person thing on the bed?

Smart cat does not necessarily equal heroic cat.

13 posted on 03/04/2009 6:34:35 PM PST by MichiganMan (Look I know you need that big vehicle to...compensate. But dont then whine about the cost to fill it)
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To: Stoat

“the cat’s name was not immediately available”

T. S. Eliot said a cat has three names:
(1) the name people call the cat;
(2) the name other cats call the cat;
(3) the name the cat calls himself.


14 posted on 03/04/2009 6:51:48 PM PST by Malesherbes (Sauve Qui Peut)
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To: Stoat

Turns out an ordinary housecat is far more qualified than our president. At least the cat accomplished something.


15 posted on 03/04/2009 7:06:43 PM PST by beagleone
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16 posted on 03/04/2009 7:07:53 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (“I HOPE you like your CHANGE.”--MrB)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Thank you very much for pinging your list  :-)

 Thank You

17 posted on 03/04/2009 7:14:39 PM PST by Stoat (Palin / Coulter 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: Stoat

You’re quite welcome.


18 posted on 03/04/2009 7:15:47 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (“I HOPE you like your CHANGE.”--MrB)
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To: ottbmare

Years ago I came home to a burning house. I ran in and carried out an 80 pound fish tank. It took four men to carry it back in. I RESCURED A STUPID TANK OF FISH!!! From a fire!! They didn’t even have a pump so unless the temp got really really hot, the fish were going to be okay.


19 posted on 03/04/2009 7:18:23 PM PST by Mercat (There will be a day)
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To: Malesherbes

The naming of cats is a serious matter.
It isn’t just one of your holiday games.
In fact, you might think me as mad as a hatter,
when I tell you a cat must have three separate names.


20 posted on 03/04/2009 7:19:23 PM PST by Mercat (There will be a day)
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To: Stoat
Bremerton woman...

When did they stop calling them "Bremalos"?

21 posted on 03/04/2009 7:20:55 PM PST by Doohickey (The more cynical you become, the better off you'll be.)
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To: Doohickey
When did they stop calling them "Bremalos"?

When they started calling them "Bremosauruses".
22 posted on 03/04/2009 7:35:21 PM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

23 posted on 03/04/2009 7:53:28 PM PST by PERKY2004 (Proud Military Wife -- my DH is in his 26th year of military service! PRAY 4 OUR TROOPS!)
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To: Stoat

I love cats!!!


24 posted on 03/04/2009 7:55:00 PM PST by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.Stopsidsnow.com)
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To: Stoat

The cat was probably checking to see if the lady was dead yet and he could begin eating her.


25 posted on 03/04/2009 9:11:52 PM PST by skepsel
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To: Stoat; potlatch; dixiechick2000; ntnychik; LucyT

Priorities Straight Ping


26 posted on 03/04/2009 9:17:40 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: PhilDragoo

get over it, cats are one of he smartest critters we have.you see people every day going to work to support a cat.


27 posted on 03/04/2009 9:23:01 PM PST by BooBoo1000 (Some times I wake up grumpy, other times I let her sleep/)
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To: BooBoo1000
You have it backwards. I and my pingees are cat-people.
28 posted on 03/04/2009 9:28:12 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: Stoat
Great story. My cats would just hide in the closet. They were worthless earthquake detectors when I lived in LA. Image and video hosting by TinyPic
29 posted on 03/04/2009 9:41:33 PM PST by peggybac (Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. Ronald Reagan)
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To: skepsel
The cat was probably checking to see if the lady was dead yet and he could begin eating her.

This thread is hilarious, but hands down, you win! LOL!

30 posted on 03/04/2009 10:11:11 PM PST by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: Stoat

Cats can make good “watchdogs”. Twice my cats have alerted me to strangers making their way through the woods into my neighbor’s yard. Years back I also had a cat attack a boyfriend who was threatening me.


31 posted on 03/04/2009 10:12:29 PM PST by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents, dead people, dogs, felons)
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To: PERKY2004
Smiley - Clapping
32 posted on 03/04/2009 10:25:09 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (“I HOPE you like your CHANGE.”--MrB)
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To: Mercat; Malesherbes

OLD POSSUM’S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS

T.S. ELIOT

1939

THE NAMING OF CATS

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey—
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter—
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that’s particular,
A name that’s peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover—
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Effanineffable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.


33 posted on 03/04/2009 10:32:04 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (“I HOPE you like your CHANGE.”--MrB)
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To: lilycicero

34 posted on 03/05/2009 5:25:04 AM PST by Girlene (Kitteh hero needs a treadmill)
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To: Stoat
I don't care how selfish cats are. If one of mine pawed my face and woke me up in time to escape a fire, that cat would be my HEROINE (my current three are all female) in my book, and she could have her favorite treats forever.

It wouldn't matter to me that the cat might only be thinking of herself; if a side effect of her selfishness was that I escaped death by fire and/or smoke inhalation, that would be good enough for me.

In such a case, I'd be more than happy to be her staff; in fact, I'll admit it--I'd be more than happy to be her grateful SLAVE for the rest of her natural life (well, I already am).

35 posted on 03/05/2009 5:40:16 AM PST by pbmaltzman
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To: ottbmare
LOL.....and I am glad you are okay and you still love your none hero dog....thanks for the morning laugh..
36 posted on 03/05/2009 6:04:39 AM PST by Kimmers (Working hard so Obamas friends don't have to)
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To: peggybac
But that's ok because they are OH so cute!
37 posted on 03/05/2009 7:42:17 AM PST by angcat ("When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own dwelling, his goods are safe".)
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To: angcat

Thank you! They are my babies. Notice the messy dining room table and also notice how the chairs and credenza are covered because they are not declawed. Oy.


38 posted on 03/05/2009 8:13:05 AM PST by peggybac (Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. Ronald Reagan)
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To: peggybac
This is mine. She climbs on my face in the morning so I will let her outside. No matter how far I throw her, she keeps coming back to assault my face.

AR15 cat AR-15

Photobucket

39 posted on 03/05/2009 9:43:13 AM PST by I Buried My Guns (FMCDH - BITS - BLOAT, and all that other stuff)
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To: Auntie Mame

Thanks. My screen name is for a cat I had 25 years ago. The original Skepsel was a relentless eating machine; he’d finish his food, swat his sister Roxy away from hers, finish that and try to ooze in between the dogs and theirs! I think he had a route in the neighborhood too, begging from the neighbors. The vet said he was healthy, it wasn’t worms and he never got fat either.


40 posted on 03/05/2009 8:44:43 PM PST by skepsel
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To: I Buried My Guns

What a beautiful baby!


41 posted on 03/07/2009 3:10:28 PM PST by Sunshine Sister
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