The Odd Side – March 27, 2018

Florida Man Reunites With Pet Cat Lost 14 Years Ago

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) – A Florida man has been reunited with a cat he lost 14 years ago.

TCPalm.com reports that Perry Martin of Fort Pierce said he had assumed his orange tabby named Thomas Jr., or T2 for short, had died in traffic.

Martin moved in with a friend after Hurricane Jeanne clobbered the state in 2004. A few days later, T2 escaped the home and never returned.

Martin had T2 implanted with a microchip in 2002. He never had news of his missing pet until a Martin County Animal Services officer called him March 9 to tell him T2 was in a shelter in Palm City.

Martin said he initially thought the call was “too crazy to believe.”

The pair reunited last week at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.

Alaska Motorists Stop Dog Team Pulling Sled Without Musher

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – McKenna Wall was driving home one weekend in Fairbanks, Alaska, when she noticed something odd about the sled dog team running on the highway’s shoulder.

She had just attended a sled dog race, but these dogs had no musher on their sled to guide them.

Wall thought it might have been one of the racing teams. While she recorded Sunday’s strange encounter, another observer, Wyatt Dunlap, pulled their vehicle ahead of the team.

He stopped in front of six dogs, and other motorists boxed them in to stop them from running more.

It turns out it wasn’t one of the teams that Wall saw racing earlier.

Former Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race competitor Gwen Holdmann said two of her children were giving a friend a ride in the sled.

Holdmann was ahead of them, riding what she called a “snow moped” that looks like a motor scooter on skis, in case anything went wrong.

The dog sled skidded on river ice and, when it hit snow again, tumbled sideways. The children spilled out, the sled righted itself, and the dogs — with their load now lightened — continued running.

Holdmann figured the dogs would stop when they got to a river landing. But the dogs had other ideas, made two right turns and found themselves running beside traffic.

Wall said she worried for the dogs’ safety when she saw them.

“I felt kind of panicky, that we should help,” she said. “There were a lot of people kind of hanging out the window trying to keep the dogs off the road.”

All six dogs piled into a Subaru to wait for Holdmann. She had searched unsuccessfully for the dogs in the neighborhood, and when she called police, they knew where to direct her.

“At least they chose to go on the right side of the road,” Holdmann said of the runaway team. “Nobody was hurt, which was fantastic. That’s how you hope things like this will end, because I was pretty scared.”

Husband Donates Kidney to His Wife on Their 23rd Anniversary

(TNS) – The suggested wedding gift for a 23rd anniversary is a silver plate. For Monica Calle, her husband Cesar had something a bit more personal in mind for their 23rd wedding anniversary — his kidney.

The five-hour, life-saving donation happened Feb. 19 at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Fla. According to the hospital, this was the first kidney transplant at the affiliated and new Memorial Transplant Institute.

Before the operation, Monica, 39, was on nightly dialysis for three years due to polycystic kidney disease, a genetic disorder she said came from her mother. She was diagnosed 10 years ago, The Sun-Sentinel reported.

“This is an amazing, amazing gift. G-d put this man into my life for a reason,” Monica said of her husband Cesar, 52, who is a computer network technician.