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July 19, 2021
Michael says: We acquired Puff one cold and rainy Saturday in Phoenix. My boys and I went to visit friends and on the way home we decided to stop at the new Hobby Lobby to look for a remote-controlled boat. The store is in a big strip mall with lots of parking spaces. As we were walking into the store, we saw this tiny kitten in the parking lot. It looked like it had been run over and was not moving, and we assumed it must be dead. I told my boys that we would go into the store and look to see if it was still there when we came out. When we came out of the store the kitten was not where it had been. We were back in the car ready to leave when my middle son spotted it on a parking berm. Someone had apparently moved it. My son got out of the car to take a closer look, and he screamed, "I see the kitten moving!" My boys wanted to know what we could do to help it. I told them to pick it up and I would call my friend Dr. Robert Hatch, the local vet, to see what we should do. Dr. Hatch explained how to bottle-feed the kitten and nurse it back to health. The first few days he just slept and ate. He could not walk or stand up and we thought that he might have some injuries. But Dr. Hatch came by to check on him and said that all was fine. The kitten quickly became a very aggressive eater, chewing through several bottle nipples. He must have developed these eating habits during his days on the streets. We named him Puff after the character in the children's pre-primers featuring Sally, Dick, and Jane because he looked just the kitten from the stories. Puff is now a happy member of our household and gets to see Dr. Hatch on a regular basis.
All Photos Courtesy of and ©: Michael Jordan
Please visit Michael's Web site to see more of his beautiful photography

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KC -
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I remember Puff's story from the first time it was posted here quite a few years ago. I'm so glad you saved him! He was an adorable kitten and am sure he is now a big, handsome boy.
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This reminds me of the old Warner Brothers cartoon with the big bull dog has this tiny kitten whom he's a protecter of, just like these two here.
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Puff, the magical surviver! And that desperate look in his eyes. So glad he made it and is part of a loving home. All hope is never lost.
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looks like a very sweet kittie
Dana L Turner -
This story has bothered me since the first time I saw this little guy. How do you see an animal possibly hurt or dead and go shopping before checking their condition?
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Yes, # Dana, but it all turned out well. I think our first instinct is not to be bothered when we have plans. We do this with humans in distress also, and then think better of it, often to help. The story was honest.
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That was my first reaction too #Dana. My first priority would be save the cat, never mind the shopping. I mean good for you, you're a hero, you saved a kitten, but only after nobody else would. This breaks my heart.
Dana L Turner -
It saddens me that so many people's priorities are so skewed.
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I love that your dog and Puff get along so well! Thank you for saving him!
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Puff is such a pretty little kitten. She must be so happy and content to no longer be a street kitty. I am glad you went back to get him after shopping. He must be very happy with you.
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Dana and Jeanne I am totally with you on this . How is finding a remote controlled boat more important than checking on the life of a baby animal. The little boys had much more empathy then their father. I don’t get people yet that is nothing new. I am grateful that Puff was okay and found his forever home. He is such a cute kitten who I am sure grew up to be very handsome:)



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