The past few weeks have been full of excitement here at CATMEDIA. The final stages of post- production for our feature film Mnemosyne are in full swing, and we celebrated several staff birthdays over some delicious red velvet cake. We also welcomed Catherine’s new executive assistant, Ashley, as well as our marketing intern, Maddie, to the CATMEDIA family.
Just when we thought the excitement was coming to an end, we were hit with the biggest surprise of all. Allow me to set the stage.
Just another Tuesday evening.
Catherine, our fearless leader and CEO, is enjoying a relaxing evening at her friend Nancy’s house. Any stress from the workday has been left behind at the office. Suddenly, there’s a knock on the front door.
It’s a neighbor.
“Hi. Do any of you have a cat?” she asks. “I heard meowing coming from a car in the driveway.”
Confused by the question, Catherine and Nancy deny any knowledge of a feline friend, but set out for to the driveway to investigate.
Sure enough, as they approach Catherine’s car, the two hear high-pitched, squeaky meows coming from inside.
Without hesitation, they embarked on a quest to rescue this story's protagonist, a tiny kitten who had found her way into the engine block. However, the kitten - a professional escape artist - wasn’t going to be lured out so easily.
So, Catherine did what any rational person would do in the midst of a cat problem.
She called the fire department.
The fire department arrives.
With the help of these valiant firemen, they are sure the kitten will be retrieved in no time.
This, however, is not the case.
The mission continues for several aggravating hours in hopes of reaching the little hellion. A portion of the car is removed. The kitten is not to be fooled, and creeps further and further away from their reach
“What are we supposed to do now?” they all wonder.
The fire department leaves, along with the other neighbors who have spent hours trying to help. The suspicious and stubborn kitten remains stowed away in the car’s engine.
Catherine calls a tow truck.
With the car in tow – precious cargo in the engine block - Catherine, the kitten, and the tow truck driver arrive at her home.
As the driver begins to remove the car from the flatbed - success!
The tiny kitten emerges and plops down; she sits. Waiting.
After putting on a pair of gloves, Catherine carefully reaches in to grab her.
This kitten, however, is still putting up a fight. After five minutes of jumping, chasing, hissing, and scrambling, they finally catch the wild kitten. Catherine finds a ventilated box for her to sleep in.
Catherine awakens after a good night’s rest and goes outside to check on her furry little tenant, but to NO surprise the kitten has escaped yet again.
Catherine decides to close this chapter and begin preparing for another day when she hears a familiar meow outside her window. “You’re kidding,” she thinks.
Peering outside, she spots the kitten, which has managed to get its head caught and is hanging from the iron railing on the porch.
Catherine darts outside to help the tiny damsel in distress, but in classic cat fashion, the kitten hisses and spits at her rescuer.
Keeping her composure, Catherine gets some half and half from the fridge and feeds it to her small and ungrateful adversary.
Battle Royale finally comes to an end, and all is forgiven.
After hearing of this epic tale, we had to share the story. Not just because of the heroic rescue, but because we have officially gained a new intern here at the office. Truly, the best part of the story unfolded once this kitten cat walked into the office. It took her no time at all to jump right into work. But while she was pretty good at playing “hard to get”, the victim, and what not, we can’t ignore her ambition.
She immediately started organizing files for us . . .
. . . and making coffee for everyone.
She even started answering the phones for Kelly in the front office, which was really impressive. (We have a sneaking suspicion she’s after Kelly’s job.)
Most shocking of all, just this morning I received a request to connect with her on LinkedIn... I was wondering what she was doing on the computer.
We are beginning to think that this was all a creative ploy to get a job with CATMEDIA.
She’s an inspiration, and sets an example for the rest of us.
Nicely played kitten.
We see real potential in you, and we’re excited about your future here at CATMEDIA.
CATMEDIA is an award-winning Inc. 500 company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1997, the company specializes in advertising, creative services, media production, program management, training, and human resource management. As a Women Owned Small Business (WOSB), CATMEDIA provides world-class customer service and innovative solutions to government and commercial clients. Current CATMEDIA clients include Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).