Kitty is down!!!!!
What a crazy couple of days I've had. On top of the fact that my poor kitty was stuck in the tree and I was literally freaking out, I had thanksgiving at my house this year with a bunch of friends staying over from out of state.
So here's what happened... after the fire dept came...
I called EVERYONE.
every vet, shelter, animal rescue, emergency hotline, tree service, you name it! anything that looked vaguely associated in the phone book, I called. I got online and searched every site I could get my hands on and essentially no one either could, or would help. (Most didn't answer the phone since it was a holiday).
I'm watching him... the closest branch to the ground was 15 feet... he was about another ten feet higher than that. I'd been up all night, checking on him every half hour or so and continued to do so throughout my entire thanksgiving plight (I COOKED TOO!)
The neighbors, where the tree is, had their entire family over as well.
We had quite a few things working against us...
2) tree is very tall and NOT in our yard or on public property
3) no one believed that my cat was STUCK, everyone thought he would just come down even though he was clearly trying to come down and couldn't AND he'd already been up there all night.
4) the neighbors DID NOT want us up in their tree, worried that we would fall and sue or something...
and 5) we didn't have a ladder tall enough to reach the first branch.
So I walked over to the neighbors place to BEG THEM to let us into their yard, which was awful because they obviously were trying to enjoy their holiday and there were no less than 30 people over there in their backyard.
I knocked and knocked and rang the doorbell and no answer.
I really didn't want to yell over the fence for them but I had no choice!! The sun would be setting in about an hour and then we would have to leave kitty up for another whole night!
NO WAY was I gonna let that happen...
I finally got their attention, I called the lady over and spent a long time talking to her, trying to talk her into letting us over there (we were gonna try the basket trick since they didn't want us in the tree...), they were being VERY stubborn about letting us over.
It was clear that none of them were taking me seriously, making jokes about burning down the tree and knocking him out with a rock...
BUT I bit my tongue and kept my cool and kept on trying to convince them...
I ran next door to my other neighbors house where I borrowed his ladder (16 feet) and some rope. I came back, I tried some more. I argued with my family over what we were going to do, I talked to the neighbors some more...
Finally, I lost it. I couldn't hold back any longer, I was exhauseted, frustrated and heartbroken, I asked my BF to continue to try to persuade the neighbors and I went into my room to CRY
Meanwhile, Berach is STILL in the tree, scared, crying and visibly weak.
Next, I hear my mother making matters worse by hurling insults over the fence at the neighbors!! Oh NOOOO!! I ran outside and started hissing threats at my mother to please SHUT UP.
... she was making matters so much worse.
Finally, my BF (Shawn) talks them into allowing us into their yard with the ladder...
The stipulation is that, "he must not leave the top rung".
So, we bring all of our gear over the fence, the neighbor is eyeing us the whole time, shawn sets the ladder on the side of the tree and ascends.
Berach sees Shawn coming up and is really getting excited, he's trying to come down as far as he can, and once Shawn hits the top rung, he keeps going! All the women in the yard gasp! (omg he LEFT THE TOP STEP) He just kept climbing all the way up to my kitty! Once he got to him, Berach lowered his head and let Shawn put him in his backback and zip it up. He didn't struggle or complain at all. Then down they both came...
The neighbors didn't say a word.
We grabbed everything and came back home... and kitty is safe and sound
omg I am so RELIEVED!!!
I have no doubt that he would've stayed up there another night had Shawn not ignored the neighbors orders.
He is my hero right now. He is Berach's hero.
Berach seemed to be shaken up but okay. He immediately ate and drank and then went and stunk up his kitty box
He then spent the entire night either in my arms or laying around with the family...
Today he seems like he may have a bit of a cold... he goes to the vet tomorrow as a precaution...
thank god, the crisis is over.
Everybody, thank you so much for your support and ideas, they really helped...