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Bob Lind, Published March 03 2014

Neighbors: 'Lucky' cat needs a forever home

Patsy Holm, a bus driver for Northern Cass School, Hunter, N.D., was ready to drop off her last passenger a few weeks ago when she saw what looked like a dead cat in the road. That shook her up, because she was afraid she’d hit and killed it.

After she dropped the student off, Patsy came back and picked the cat up. Happily, it was alive, but sadly, it was thin and frozen to the ground.

When she returned to the bus depot, she was in tears.

Stan Dreckman, West Fargo, a bus mechanic at the school, noticed this and wondered what was wrong.

Patsy showed him. She was cradling a completely stiff cat in her arms.

This story comes to Neighbors from Katherine Tweed, Fargo. She heard it from Stan, who helps her and husband, Doug, with things around the house.

Patsy was unsure what to do, because she already had several cats and knew she couldn’t take this one home.

Stan gave some water to the cat and went out to get some cat food. So, overnight, the cat was safe in the bus barn with food and water. But nobody knew what they’d find in the morning.

What they found, Katherine says, “was a cat purring up a storm. The young tomcat was transformed.”

So the cat was given a name, “Dummy,” and was taken to a veterinarian, thanks to the drivers who contributed $20 each and the school cook who pitched in $10.

“He lost most of both ears to frostbite and the veterinarian says he is likely to lose most of his tail, too,” Katherine writes.

But he’s content, because “He flips over for anyone who comes in because he likes to have his tummy rubbed.”

And he’s no longer “Dummy.” He’s been renamed “Lucky.”

“And lucky he is,” Katherine writes. “He has a temporary home with lots of people who care for him.

However, Katherine says, “Lucky needs a forever home,” adding, “If you or someone you know can pass the screening test to take Lucky home, call Stan at 799-1768.”

How about it, neighbor? Can you pass that test?

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107; fax it to 241-5487; or email blind@forumcomm.com