Pepe Lepew's rescue in Slidell that I got a call from Andre to see if I could rescue his cat in Picayune, Mississippi. Picayune is not very far from Slidell at all, so I considered it fortunate timing that I could do both of these rescues in the same trip. I told him I would call him as soon as I finished with Pepe to let him know when I could be there. At that time, I did not know that Pepe's rescue was going to turn into an exhausting, five-hour drama, so, after it was over, I felt very badly that I had to tell Andre that I was simply too exhausted to do another rescue. It would have to wait till the next day, and I would just have to make a separate trip. Andre and his wife, Shannon, were very anxious to get their cat down, but they understood, and we agreed to meet the following morning.
The cat, Midnight, had been stuck in a tree in their backyard for three nights by the time I arrived the next morning. Midnight is a black, one-year-old girl with a small white spot on her chest, and when she saw me approaching her tree, she started crying desperately for help. It was clear she wanted down, and it appeared she would be a very cooperative kitty to rescue. Installing my rope above her in the tree, however, scared her quite a bit, so I decided to get out of her sight and take a break to give her some time to calm down. Several minutes later, she did indeed sound much better, so I prepared to climb up to her.