GREAT NEWS..........My baby is home!!
What a day yesterday was.........I woke at 5am to find my cat Walker meowing like crazy. He jumped up into bed with me and I noticed that his collar was missing. Then I began to notice that he was covered in dirt and his paws were muddy.
Once I finally got myself awake I got out of bed and then realized that Tucker was missing. I had my fiance get out of bed to help me look for Tucker and that's when we realized that they had broken through the side vents of the air conditioner that's in the window and gotten out. I immediately threw on my bath robe and the search began. I called my mom about an hour into the search and she came over to help us look. We finally found Walker's collar hooked to the fence in our backyard. (Both cats wear a safety release collar so that if they ever get caught on anything the collar will release that way they don't hang themselves or get hurt).
We looked for the cat until about 8:30am and then finally made the decision that it was time for us to take a break. I needed to get to work and Don needed to get ready for an appointment.
Being at work and knowing that Tucker was somewhere out in the world alone and probably scared was horrible. My mind had convinced me that something horrible had happened to him. I can honestly say that yesterday was one of the l-o-n-g-e-s-t days of my whole life. Knowing that there was nothing I could do just killed me. But, being the great fiance that he is, Don continued looking for him all afternoon but was never successful. He drove around for hours on end calling out for the cat, but nothing!
While at work I printed off about 60 missing cat fliers that I could pass out once I got home. I also called the local vets, animal control and humane society. I felt so helpless!
Once I finally got home from work my mom came over and we drove around posting fliers on every telephone pole, putting them in mailboxes and passing them out to everyone we saw. Still no luck!
Mom had to go home but I continued to search. I drove around looking for him and would park my car and walk up and down each side street calling out his name. As the hours passed by the reality started to kick in. He was gone and there was a chance he wouldn't come back. Did someone take him? Did he get hit by a car? Did he get injured and is lying somewhere? Did he get too far away from the house and can't find his way back? I was an emotional mess. About 9:45pm I decided to give up looking for the night. It was too dark to see anything and obviously Tucker wasn't coming to me calling him so it was basically useless at this point to continue. Once I stepped foot in the door I lost it. I cried harder than I've cried in years. My heart actually ached and the pain was too much for me. If you know me, you know that these cats are MY LIFE!! My world revolves around them. They are my kids....my family!
So as I'm in the bathroom having an emotional breakdown, Don decided to go sit in the garage to see if he could hear anything. It was late so the neighborhood was finally quiet. Maybe just maybe Tucker would meow (and when I say meow I really mean squeek. He is such a silly cat).
And the next thing I know Don is screaming for me...."Amy, Amy get out here quick" I come busting through the garage door to find Tucker sitting there! Hallelujah!! I scooped him into my arms and cried and cried (and then cried some more). I quickly got him in the house so I could look him over to make sure he wasn't hurt. And once again....everything in the world was right again! My "family" was whole! The pain in my heart quickly subsided and I thanked God over and over for answering my prayers.
WELCOME HOME TUCKER!!!