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Cat-astrophe avoided: 70 miles under a truck

A cat named Bella was shaken up, but survived a 2 1/2-hour trip on a spare tire under her owner’s truck.

Gil Smith recently drove 70 miles from his home in Gilbert, Ariz., to a business meeting in Kearny. When he got out of the truck, he heard a cat in distress and realized it was his, according to an Associated Press report.

Smith said Bella apparently was smart enough to know not to jump off the tire as the truck was moving.

Smith, who has three indoor cats, three goats and three chickens, skipped the meeting and took Bella — this time in the truck’s cab — straight back home.


Comment from MG
Time September 3, 2008 at 9:08 am

Now there`s a fella who has his priorities straight.
He now has a story to tell the Grandkids.
I`m sure they would have no interest in the retelling of what went on at the business meeting.
Good for him.

Comment from tsg
Time September 3, 2008 at 9:46 am

That happened to my brother two weeks ago. A small kitten had found a resting spot on his spare tire as well. He had driven only 45 minutes (apparently) from an Auto Zone store to his home, parked his truck in the garage, then searched for an odd source of mewing. Once he discovered where it was coming from he was amazed that the estimated 5-6 week old kitten had managed to stay on. My brother named him “Hitch”.

Comment from bluhawkk
Time September 4, 2008 at 5:53 am

Here is a pic of Mr Smith and the tough Bella