Thursday, June 18, 2009
An entire Seattle neighborhood is rejoicing and a picnic is being held today in honor of a local cat who made it the entire way across the street.
The day was hot and sticky, and Merit, a 15-year-old, spayed, Domestic Short Hair, is 'tired and exhausted' after surviving the crossing on only a small amount of mini-bar food, a witness said.
Merit, an insurance salesman in town for business, is part of the 75 cat NW Business & Development Trade Show staying at the W Hotel in Seattle.
Merit had been lying low in his room, drinking little and eating complimentary bags of peanuts, when he decided to try to cross the street.
Hotel manager Zack witnessed the crossing
W Hotel director Zack, a 5-year-old, neutered, Domestic Short Hair, told the Gazette he was in constant contact with Merit who was ‘exhausted, hungry and distressed’ after an exceedingly boring sales meeting held that afternoon.
“He came out of that meeting looking haggard and depressed,” Zack said. “I knew that I needed to keep an eye on him.”
Until he decided to attempt the street crossing, Merit said “ I prayed that everything would be okay, that I would make it across.”
An unnamed witness at the site of the incident
At seven o’clock that evening, Merit left his room and crossed the entire street. It was a harrowing affair, which he undertook with great bravery.
“With no way of knowing what anyone else would be doing in this situation,“ Merit said “I was relying on my gut instinct to get me across.”
He had been in contact with W Hotel authorities, who knew his exact whereabouts.
"The local government has been brilliant. I've spoken to FBI, the NSA, and the CIA," he said. “They were all very aware of what I had undertaken.”
Merit began at the street corner, stepped off the curb, crossed over the right lane and then continued onto the left side of the road until he safely touched his paws to the sidewalk on the opposite side.
Merit was staying at the W Hotel in Seattle
Rumors swirled like wildfire after the crossing at the hotel. Some said that he was chased by miniature horses, others that he was wanted on a warrant for a heinous crime.
"It's just that there is so much misinformation going around, I wanted people to know that I made it across.” Merit added.
“I don’t know why he did it,” said one witness who refused to give a name. “We were shocked to hear that anyone would undertake such a crazy act and put themselves in such jeopardy.”
Copyright Sharyn Thoma
Posted by The Kitty City Gazette at 1:19 AM