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    6A COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL FEBRUARY 1, 2017
Cat's amazing journey
Last March, Karen, her husband, and rescue kitty, Sunny, moved
downsizing their home and yard. Sunny missed roaming the moun-
tain’s river exploring and then happily returning home to eat and
sleep in her favorite spot.
To acclimate 16 year old Sunny to her new home, they let her
explore inside the home and garage. But one day, she wiggled under
the garage door and vanished.
Karen’s heart was broken and she wondered, “Honestly, this
can’t be this cat’s destiny! How can a deaf and blind kitty survive
who is not familiar with its new location. “I cried harder over her
disappearance than when I lost relatives,” admitted Karen. “It is
amazing how deeply we care for our ‘family’ of pets.”
“I intuitively felt that Sunny was alive,” said Karen, “but as the
days, weeks, and months rolled by my husband said to ‘give up on
her’. He reasoned that, ‘She is a country girl, a wild kitty and prob-
ably happier on her own.’ I just knew she was alive, and wanted to
come ‘home’, so I asked that if it was God's will she would fi nd
her way home.”After two and a half months, even Karen’s friends
suggested that Sunny wasn't coming home.
“I couldn't give up on her,” said Karen. “She's been a good
friend. So I kept searching and asking neighbors if they’d seen
her. I thought I saw her by the river, so I took her favorite soft food
and fl icked little drops of it, like Hansel and Gretel in the nursery
rhyme, making my way home.” Then, the evening of July 12th a
miracle took place. Sunny walked back under their garage door and
strolled into the house “like nothing was wrong." But the poor kitty
was skin and bones!
Karen visited the Humane Society’s “This ‘n That Shop”, on 8th
Street, and asked them “What do you do for your rescued starving
kitties.” They gave her wonderful suggestions and she started in on
them right away.
Today, Sunny is more content than before her “adventure. She
lays in Karen’s lap absorbing every drop of love and appreciates
having water and food at her beck and call. The kitty has regained
her muscle tone and Karen and Greg are hoping that Sunny fi nished
off her life with no more drama. And after 16 years, their once quiet
kitty, has found her voice and everyone’s best guess is that Sunny is
saying “Thank you. Thank you for writing about our cat's journey,”
said Karen, “I can't wait to read it to her!”
TIPS
“The ladies at the Humane Society,” said Karen, “suggested the
following tips:
- Beef bone broth soup administer with an eye dropper for nour-
ishment.
- “No fl avor” children’s Pedialyte and warm water in the side of
their mouth for hydration.
- Rescue Remedy.
- Warm food.
- A warmed fl ax seed bag/hot water bottle to improve their body’s
temperature.
- Keep pet quiet.
- Take them to a vet.
- Check on internet for reviving a dehydrated/starved pet.
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Karen and her rescue cat, "Sunny."
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Cycle Oregon headed for Cottage Grove
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BY CAITLYN MAY
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Between 1,500 and 2,400 cyclists will be headed towards Cottage
Grove this September as part of Cycle Oregon’s 30th anniversary,
2017 route.
The current plan has cyclists camping at Schwarz Park rather
than Bohemia Park but according to local offi cials, Cottage Grove
will still feel the impact of the event.
“This isn’t going to be 1,000 tents in Cottage Grove,” said Tra-
vis Palmer, executive director of the Cottage Grove Chamber of
Commerce. However, Palmer noted that the ride leading to Cottage
Grove was mostly slated to be down-hill; a fact he hopes contrib-
utes to the group’s ability to engage in local tourism.
“We’re hoping they have the energy to go out and do some shop-
ping,” he said.
Cycle Oregon routinely includes a “day stop” that allows riders
off-time. This year, they’ll be spending that day at Diamond Lake,
giving riders the opportunity to experience Crater Lake.
However, local efforts are being made to bring the group into
town.
According to Cottage Grove City Manager Richard Meyers, the
city is looking into arranging a shuttle service.
“We will feel the impact,” he said. “We’ll see the hotel room stays
increase because some of these cyclists, when they have the oppor-
tunity for a real bed and a real shower rather than showering in the
semi shower, they’re going to take it.”
The group is expected to come to town with three to four semi-
trucks which will have their luggage unloaded by local clubs and
volunteers. While those groups are expected to benefi t, local busi-
nesses will be at the mercy of riders coming into town.
“It’s actually better that they’re out there,” Meyers said of the
Schwarz location. In the past, the event utilized the area the city is
currently using to construct the new Harrison Middle School, leav-
ing little room for campers. Meyers also said he was confi dent that
the shuttles would aid in bringing cyclists in.
This year’s trip will mark the third time the event has come to
Cottage Grove. The fi rst was in 2008 and the second in 2011.
Meyers and Palmer are expected to meet with Cycle Oregon in
mid-February to hash out fi nal details.
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