Pretty Boy and Iris
I struggled awkwardly to reach Pretty Boy, and I can't say I was comfortable putting so much trust in that dead stem even with several other backup ropes holding me to other parts of the tree that were more sound. I climbed only as close to him as I needed to get him and did not spend much time making friends with him. I just grabbed him and bagged him and came down as quickly and safely as possible.
Shannon cried as I handed Pretty Boy to her as all the stress of the entire ordeal finally dissolved and relief set in. She loves this little Siamese and had been in fear of losing him. I already know how valuable these rescues are to people, not to mention the cats, but it is always rewarding to me to be reminded, once again, just how meaningful and valuable these rescues can be.
I climbed the Sweet Gum tree until I was above Iris' height and then threw a rope into Iris' tree well above her. I wanted to use that rope to pull and lower myself over to her. I had some trouble getting my rope where I wanted, and Iris was watching me impatiently. She finally had enough of my incompetence and decided to climb down on her own. She did a great job too. She went backwards and in control all the way down until her owner could pick her off the tree. After Iris settled down and enjoyed a can of food, they put her in a carrier and took her home. Iris made me look bad, but if that is what it takes to get her down, I can live with that.