Caturday felids: World’s first air-to-land radio message: “Roy, come and get this goddamned cat!”; heroic cat saves baby by snuggling; dog carries cat home

In October, 2010 I posted the story of Kiddo the cat, a felid who nearly beat Charles Lindbergh across the Atlantic. (Kiddo was on an airship, which ultimately had to ditch, but all hands and paws were rescued by the accompanying boat. Go look at that short post before you get to this update, which I hadn’t known when I wrote the earlier piece. It’s recounted by Aviation Humor (my emphasis):

In 1910 airman Walter Wellman and five companions attempted to cross the Atlantic Ocean in the airship America. He was also accompanied by his cat Kiddo. Unfortunately once they were underway Kiddo decided he was not so fond of flying and started causing trouble by meowing, crying and running around ‘like a squirrel in a cage.’ The airship America was the first aircraft to be carry radio equipment and the first engineer, Melvin Vaniman, was so annoyed by the antics of Kiddo that he was moved to make the first in-flight radio transmission to a secretary back on land.

The historic first message read:, “Roy, come and get this goddam cat!”

A plan was formed to lower the cat in a canvas bag to motorboat beneath the airship. An attempt was made, but failed because the seas were too rough for the boat to catch the bag, so it was pulled back up again and Kiddo was forced to continue the journey. Luckily Kiddo became more comfortable and settled down to become an excellent flying companion. Navigator Murray Simon wrote that he was ‘more useful than any barometer.’ And that ‘You must never cross the Atlantic in an airship without a cat.’ He slept comfortably in a lifeboat and seemed to only become agitated when he sensed there was weather trouble ahead.


Kiddo and Melvin Vaniman


A Russian cat rescued a baby! Here’s the skinny (original story from Pravda):

A baby found abandoned in a box on a cold winter day in Russia is alive and well today – all thanks to one cat’s life-saving cuddles.

As Russian news outlet Pravda reports, the two-month-old baby boy was discovered near the dumpsters of an apartment complex in the city of Obinsk, after resident Nadezhda Makhovikova heard the desperate meowing of the building’s communal cat, Murka.

When Makhovikova arrived to investigate, she found the long-haired tabby cat cuddled alongside the helpless infant, sheltering him from the sub-freezing temperatures like she would her own kitten.

“One side [of the baby] was already hot – [the] cat warmed [him] in the few hours he spent in her box,” Makhovikova says, as translated by Google.

Murka remained close by, reportedly licking the baby until paramedics arrived to take him to the hospital. Fortunately, the child is said to be “completely healthy,” no doubt because of Murka’s help.

Here’s a video of the heroic cat, which was undoubtedly more efficacious because it was very FURRY:


And finally, though I may have published this before, here’s a d*g trained to carry a cat home, which is the proper function of a d*g. I’m not sure what language is being spoken here, but readers will sort that out:

h/t: jsp, Mark


  1. Randy schenck
    Posted June 10, 2017 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    I recall often seeing a similar type of house in other countries as shown in that Russian video about the cat saving the baby. Very sad living conditions indeed.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted June 10, 2017 at 10:25 am | Permalink

      @Randy How about your own country for example? I’m somewhat miffed by your remark!

      That’s not a ‘house’ you’re seeing in the cat video, it’s the communal entry area to a tower block – it’s a communal cat & it hangs out there. The area could do with paint, but it looks clean to my eyes, cleaner than some I’ve seen in the UK & in North America

      • Randy schenck
        Posted June 10, 2017 at 10:42 am | Permalink

        You are miffed? Because I look at that type of housing and say it it sad. And by the way, I never said we did not have housing in this country that is similar. Go to google and look up Cabrini Green if you like. I have been to East St. Louis in the early 70 and downtown St. Louis. I have also seen house similar to the one in this video in Korea by the hundreds and not too much better in Tokyo, Japan. It is mass warehousing of people and that is why the Green in Chicago was torn down long ago. Try not to get miffed, it can be stressful.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted June 10, 2017 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

          In your first comment re ‘similar type of house’ you should have put some of your own in there when referencing ‘other countries’ – then I wouldn’t see you as talking down.

          Also, no point NOW giving me USA examples with one for me to google – as if I need to google something I already know to be true!

          • Randy schenck
            Posted June 10, 2017 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

            I would suggest you saw me as talking down because of your own problem not mine. In your mind I was the big bad guy pointing fingers at housing in another country. On one hand I was stating it was sad so many people live in substandard housing and on the other hand is you looking at me as the social injustice or at a minimum, making fun of someone else’s circumstance. How you get there from the two lines I put down above is some reach.

        • Posted June 10, 2017 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

          Yes, it is sad. Not only the flaking paint but the very architecture of the building, the “warehousing of people”. In my country, this is the standard in urban areas. It is unavoidable there, because most families have only 1 car or none at all, so residents must be concentrated to use public transportation. But our former communist dictator Zhivkov took care to furnish with such buildings all towns and even villages, where the need does not exist. Oppressive governments like people housed this way, very easy to control.

          • Randy schenck
            Posted June 10, 2017 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

            I recall in South Korea on the road between Seoul and Inchon they had built and were still building dozens of these building. I did not notice parking but surely there was parking. Many of these thousands of people would need to commute to either of the two large cities and the road did not come close to handling the traffic. Yet, up the buildings went.

  2. Peter
    Posted June 10, 2017 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    It seems the language in the third video is Russian or some other Slavic language.

    • Posted June 10, 2017 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      Yes, Russian. The lady says, “Nesi domoy, davay!“, which means, “Bring home, come on!”

  3. DrBrydon
    Posted June 10, 2017 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    When I read “dog carries cat home,” I was expecting the usual scruff of the neck thing, not a fireman’s carry.

    • rickflick
      Posted June 10, 2017 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

      Indeed. I’m surprised the cat tolerated that treatment. A scruff carry has the beneficial effect of immobilizing a cat, but I can see that dog is not tall enough for a good scruff carry.

  4. Lurker111
    Posted June 11, 2017 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    The entire election was unnecessary. Murka is already great! 🙂

  5. Mike
    Posted June 12, 2017 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Great Story.

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