This is a sample chapter from the book ‘ANIMALS MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER’ John G. Sutton published by Element/Penguin
CUDDLES THE LIFE-SAVING CAT
Dede Summerscales is a happily married woman in the Western Australian town of Kalamunda. Were it not for her cat, her life might have ended many years ago.
The night before the wedding
It was late in the evening of 8 September 1978. Dede was to get married the following day. The excitement of preparing for the wedding had really tired her out and she needed to rest. Dede lived at her parent’s home, a big, rambling old place made out of wooden panels they call weatherboards.
Dede had switched on her electric blanket and the bed was lovely and warm when she got into it. But just as she snuggled down under the covers, she heard her bedroom door being rattled. It sounded as if someone wanted to get in. Thinking it might be her mother coming to check on her wedding dress yet again, Dede climbed reluctantly out of bed.
When she opened the door, her little pet cat Cuddles ran in and jumped up on the bed. Dede was a bit puzzled by this, because Cuddles always slept downstairs. As she watched, the cat crawled underneath the sheets and settled down on top of the electric blanket.
Back in bed, Dede fell almost instantly into a deep sleep. The heat from the electric blanket soothed her tired body.
It was probably less than a couple of hours later that Dede was forced to waken. Cuddles the cat was licking her face and making a rather odd ‘Meeooow’ sound. As Dede gradually came out of her sleep, she noticed that the room smelled of smoke. Something was definitely burning.
Cuddles the cat continued meowing and scratching at Dede’s nightdress. Suddenly Dede became fully awake and she knew what it was: the electric blanket was about to catch fire. She jumped straight out of bed and unplugged it at the main socket on the wall.
Cuddles is a hero
The next morning when Dede’s father checked the wire circuit of the blanket, he found that the connection between the electric cord and the woollen material had overheated and begun to melt. Had she not switched it off when she did, Dede would have burned in her bed, and probably the entire wooden house would have been destroyed by the fire.
Dede told her mother that it was Cuddles the cat who had saved all their lives. Had he not woken Dede up from her deep sleep by licking her face and pawing her cheek and crying, there would have been three funerals and no wedding.
John G Sutton is the resident Psychic Clairvoyant here on Psychicworld.net