Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : Kitty, kitty, kitty…here kitty. Or, how to completely remodel your home on the Insurance Companies money!

Kitty, kitty, kitty…here kitty. Or, how to completely remodel your home on the Insurance Companies money!

Kitty, kitty, kitty...here kitty. Or, how to completely remodel your home on the Insurance Companies money!

This is scary but true.

This happened to a friend of mine in Dallas, Texas back in the 1990's.

 

A perfect little family moved into a perfect little home in a perfect rural neighborhood.  Mom and dad put baby girl Sara, age 3, to bed each evening as the sun was waning. Dad, Sara and mom would get up with the sun and have breakfast together as a family.

One morning Sarah said something very unusual. "Mommy, the kitty is so soft and she comes to see me."  Mom, with a big smile said, "Sara honey, we don't have a kitty. You must have been dreaming."

Days full of sunshine, play and happiness went by and yet another morning Sara remarked, "mommy, the kitty visits me at night. She's nice and soft."

Mom, getting a little more concerned said again, "Sara, honey we don't have a kitty. You must be dreaming."  "But I play with her mommy, she's my kitty," exclaimed Sara, and mom decided to talk to someone about Sara's overactive imagination.

That night mom was tossing and turning and just couldn't sleep. Finally, she sat up from the bed and slid on her house shoes. She padded off to get a drink of juice in the kitchen. It was dark, it was late and as she made the turn in the hallway she could hear Sara talking.

Mom flipped on the light and to her horror was...

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 drum roll please...

 

 

 

 

 

 almost there...

 

 

 

 

 

be patient...it was a surprise to everyone! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kitty!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  and it was the real thing.

Of course, up went the tail and it was all over. They had no pets

although they did have a "doggy door" that was still open to the elements.

After gutting the home and living in the motel for quite some time

their perfect lives were perfect again. Their insurance rates raised,

Sarah got a cat and the doggy door was replaced with a solid door. Today all is well. Their insurance rates are

higher but they are living happily ever after. See? Things can always get worse.

Later in the rain~Deb

 

 

 

and Proud of it!  Deb

 

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Comment balloon 46 commentsDeb Brooks • March 07 2008 08:56PM

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Debra, that is too funny!!  We use to have a real problem with raccoons but we have not had a problem with that type of kitty.  I have seen them in my parents mobile home park in Colorado though.  We gave them a wide birth. 
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago
It's funny now Marchel but the insurance claim was rough. If you see them just go the other way! Later in the rain~Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago
Debra- So funny, but sad that their rates got raised. Good they are all happy and safe and sound with a real kitty.
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 11 years ago
Very funny Deb! Youn should always listen to your kids I believe is the moto of this particular rather smelly story!
Posted by Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services) almost 11 years ago

Deb

It requires a sizable ktty. Hope all is well. Call me sometime so we can catch up

Your froiend in Wisconsin

Tom Braatz

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) almost 11 years ago

I couldn't wait to see what animal it might be.  That little girl has a way with animals. One of my neighbors put her coat on and felt the pocket move and out came a baby squirrel.  A family had chewed a hole in the ceiling in the closet. Surprise!

Posted by Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional (RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA) almost 11 years ago
Thank Goodnes.  I was thinking it was a big fat rat. 
Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
We actually had a pet skunk in pre-kid days .   Her name was Peaches. They do purr like cats, and are blind as bats. She was de-perfumed.
Posted by Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes (BCR Realtors) almost 11 years ago

Hi Deb,

That's a fun story, I'm sure not them, but they might laugh now:-)  Thanks for the suspense.  Congrats by the way on your appraisal coming in good....you have a lot of positive energy pulling for you on A/R.  Awesome.

Posted by Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant (Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision) almost 11 years ago
I nearly ran over one of those last night! It's not even good to run over them because it can make your car smell and is hard to wash off. He and I did not collide and he ran off into the bushes....thank goodness.
Posted by Cheri Smith, Realtor Prudential Gary Greene (Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX) almost 11 years ago
Deb - You really held my attention humor now and then is truly refreshing.
Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 11 years ago

That stinks!

Posted by M. Suzi Woods (Gravenstuk), Suzi Woods, Prior Independent REBroker in MS (NOW Sharing the life and spice of the GC one day at a time) almost 11 years ago

Deb.

That was a great story. I was thinking about the time I walked in my sons room in the middle of the night to fine the biggest, harriest, glowing eyed..

 

wait a minute

 

 

 

 

 

Hold on...

 

 

 

 

Just a moment longer while I try to keep my dinner down...

 

 

 

 

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just can't say it. Sorry.

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) almost 11 years ago

Nestor and Kat, I think it was worth it to them for sure...and they lived happily ever after.

Simon, children don't lie~not at that age. Better listen.

Tom, I will! One of these days when you least expect it...

Karen, I would have to keep the baby squirrel~love animals.

Lenn, I watched a You tube video that talked about men hunting rat for dinner. Yuk.

Trey, I had a neighbor that had a pet squirrel but a skunk? Good with no aroma..

Rebecca, they are laughing now. Of course sara is now, 15. She still has cats.

Cheri', I haven't hit one before but just following a car that did is almost lethal.

Jenn, I'm glad to keep you smiling.

Suzi, that's an understatement!

Alan, you're in big trouble now. You can't do that!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Debra, I don't know where you get these stories from. That was a real stinker.

I thought it was a ghost or something.

Can you really get a skunk's smell out of a house.

Posted by Dionne Morgan, Broker REALTOR ,GRI, e-PRO (Realty World Solano Realty) almost 11 years ago
Dionne, they had to remove the sheet rock and flooring and anything else that absorbed the smell. It was pretty much a wash. I love your little guy up there! How do you do that? Later in the rain~Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago
Hey, I could have borrowed that skunk to get my bat out !! I would call the Insurance Company but just settled my fire claim and they don't like me much...who would have thought a skunk could do that much damage. YIKES, now I am glad it's only a bat ! To which I still cannot find !
Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago
Melissa, you still haven't found that bat yet? What on earth? I guess it only comes out at night when your lights are out and you're sleeping. Creepy. Let me know when you find it. Later in the rain~Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

LOL Deb...

I was so not expecting that.

I was expecting a bunny and I was going to make a remark about shooting the bunny :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago
Hillarious Deb, glad it was in week in review.
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 11 years ago

TLW, I know they were surprised too! Please don't shoot the bunny. I'm glad to see you back~Deb

Missy, thank you. What week in review is it in? Did I miss something? I must have~Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago
What a relief. I was all set to read the kitty was a rat.
Posted by Rosario Lewis, GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY (DDR Realty) almost 11 years ago
I'm really surprised that it never unleashed on the little girl.  I guess it really liked her.  Glad she finally got a kitty out of it :)
Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Thank heavens it wasn't a rat! I had never thought of that but several of you have! I'm glad it didn't hurt her either. Animals seem to find special relationships with babies.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago
Yikes!  I found a mother raccoon and her little ones chowing down in my kitchen on the cat chow.  Kitty door is now gone. 
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Patricia! I love raccoons! I have always wanted to befriend one but I hear they bite! Not good. Thanks for reading!
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

That is so funny.  I'm sure it wasn't amusing for them at the time.  But since life is comprised of stories, hey... what a story they have to tell.

 Thanks!

Posted by Melanie Pavelka (Brooks Prime Properties) almost 11 years ago

i had chills going up my spine... great storytelling!

Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) almost 11 years ago
Trey - "De-perfumed?" That's so funny. Is that the politically correct term?
Posted by Benjamin Clark, Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert (Homebuyer Representation, Inc.) almost 11 years ago
Do you think the daughter was actually petting the 'kitty'?  I love this story!
Posted by Joe Hayden Real Estate Team, Your Louisville Real Estate Experts! (RE/MAX Properties East) almost 11 years ago

lol, cute

I want a pet skunk though. They are de-scented and  there are some really pretty domestic skunks out there. The husband says he draws the line at the ferrets and dogs though.

Posted by Raine Carraway almost 11 years ago
Oh my gosh Deb, that is so funny. Unfortunately those poor people probably didn't think so at the time. 
Posted by Jacqueline Tolstyka, Realtor - Selling Beautiful Northern Michigan (Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors) almost 11 years ago

Thanks Jacqueline! Fact is stranger than ficton!

Raine, where did you get that great name~ It sure fits here. Later in the rain, Raine. :-)) Deb

Joe the kitty skunk let her pet it. She tells the story about how soft it was. And, friendly.

Benjamin, we could call it deflowered!

Thank you Mara, I enjoyed recreating the truth! Come back by and visit. I'll stop and say hello too!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago
Debra - Great story--I was imagining a rat or mouse of some kind. 
Posted by Candy Henthorne, Spring Texas Real Estate (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

Now, Candy I actually think I would like a mouse...I'm not sure about a rat but when I was little I had a guinea pig and just loved her! Much like a fat mouse really. She use to sit on my shoulder and nibble at my ear.

We get pleasures out of strange things as a child. Okay, as an adult too! Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Hi Deb,

Oh my gosh, I was just thinking about Melissa's bat story when I read your post. Then I seen she had left a comment.

Glad to hear the little one got a "real" kitty. We had a family of possums visit us once. Thank goodness they stayed outside :)

Posted by Renee Busse, ABR,ePRO Dyer Co. TN Real Estate (Tennessee Realty) almost 11 years ago
Hey Renee! I read Melissa's story too. She never has found the critter yet. I have a possum that visits my dog's food bowl every night. We have no doggy door though! Later in the rain~Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Deb:

We have a possom that pops up in our backyard. The funny thing is that we are not in a remote location at all. We are in a huge masterplanned community right in the heart of everything. It was really weird the first time we saw him on our back porch. He was just sitting in the rocking chair smoking a pipe.

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) almost 11 years ago
I thought it was a rat, too, but I don't think a rat could be mistaken for a kitty!  When I was first married, we used to keep the dog in the garage at night. He got into it with a skunk through the garage door, and the skunk let loose on the door. Our furnace was also in the garage, and the entire house filled up with the stench, bad enough that we both woke up immediately! It was weeks before the smell cleared, and we had to wash down the door with tomato juice!
Posted by Elaine Manes Gage, Staging done ONLINE! (Home Staging Online Services) almost 11 years ago

Me to, thought it was a rat, but which one of two is worst.  Sorry to hear about the insurance, but they have a newly remodeled home.  OHHH the price to pay to get your home all fixed up.   I hope she enjoys her REAL cat.

Posted by Ruth Rivera, Central Florida Real Estate (Zip Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Alan! Now that's a picture to behold. You must have a very inviting yard! I don't blame him for kicking back and enjoying although we need to talk to him about that habit he's got going!

Elaine, can't you just imagine what it was like to have it sprayed inside the house? Yuk. I'm glad you were able to clean it up without a major loss!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Alan! Now that's a picture to behold. You must have a very inviting yard! I don't blame him for kicking back and enjoying although we need to talk to him about that habit he's got going!

Elaine, can't you just imagine what it was like to have it sprayed inside the house? Yuk. I'm glad you were able to clean it up without a major loss!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Deb, Skunks are so cute when they're young. In the spring you can see the mothers being followed by a line of baby skunks. Of course you don't want to bother them, but just watching doesn't generate any hostile action on their part. For some reason they only come out at night.

We have them right in the middle of the city (San Diego) along with possums and raccoons.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) over 10 years ago
That is bad! I too thought it was a rat. Anything not a pet that comes in the dark has got to be not good  but this one left its lingering calling card!
Posted by Mary Strang over 10 years ago
Oh rats! Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

What a stinker! Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

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