Saturday, May 6, 2017


plumbing access hole

So I am in Kansas City doing some handyman work.  I am at the Sherwin Williams store on 7 highway in Blue Springs when the call comes in.  I look at my phone, it is my boss, the man that I am working for this particular day.

Me:  Hello.
Boss:  Jeff, we have an emergency.  The tenant that just moved into the Westminister unit has a problem.  Her cat has somehow become trapped inside the wall of the utility room.
Me:  I'm on it.  Bye.

I rushed out of the paint store and fired up the ambulance.  I flipped the siren on and tore out heading south on 7 highway.   I made a beeline for the feline.  Traffic parted, and I arrived at the site in less than 3 minutes.

scaredy cat inside wall
The panicked tenant met me at the door.  She was beside herself, sobbing uncontrollably.  I reassured her that we will save the cat.  Secretly, I am worried that the animal may be in shock... maybe even catatonic.

I take my tools into the laundry room.  It seems that the cat, being curious, climbed on top of the washer, looked into the access hole for the water shut off, climbed in, and fell 5 feet down inside the wall.

happy cat
I took a picture of the inside of the wall to make sure that I would not be cutting into electrical or water lines.  Then I pulled out my surgical grade sheet-rock knife and went to work.  I opened a hole in the wall and we reached in and pulled the cat to safety.  The kitty was hungry and thirsty, but otherwise unharmed.  Eight lives left.

A day that darn cat will always remember.  For me, just another day in the life of a handyman.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.


Joanne Priester said...

U did THAT? Wow I'm impressed - siren n all

Anonymous said...

Loved your description of handy man to the rescue. Cracked me up. Glad the kitty is okay.

K-Mac said...

"beeline for the feline" LOL!!