Friday, June 3, 2011

Miracles Do Happen

Our cat, Leo, was cast into our lives when my son and his college room mates broke up housekeeping after graduation.  My son asked if we would take care of him for only a week while he went on a fishing trip. Six years later, he's still here.

Leo is de-clawed and has a bad habit of slipping out the back door whenever some unsuspecting guest comes over and isn't used to watching for him.  He did just that last night.  But this time he didn't come back.  He wasn't anywhere.  He just disappeared.

We looked and looked, asked neighbors if they had seen him and became very discouraged.  We thought some animal got him.  As a last resort, I called the police department.  And they HAD HIM in custody.  It turns out that some wonderful teachers at the grade school (six blocks away) found him hiding under a car.  Several teachers were involved in getting him out.  Then one of them brought him to the vet to see if he has a chip.  (No).  Then the teacher took him to the police department.  The police officer said that they were just about to take him to the animal shelter.

So guess what I'm doing this Saturday.  I'm getting him a chip and a collar with his name and phone number.  Because miracles like this don't come along everyday.


Celeste Bergin said...

AWWWW I have my indoor cats "chipped" it is such a smart thing to do. Leo is so cute! Glad for the happy ending :)

Marion said...

I'm so glad you got your kitty back. What sweet people rescued him!! I've lost one several times who ended up stuck up trees. Two calls to a tree service cost dearly, (same cat, years apart) but we got our Sophie back. She seldom goes outside now and stays away from trees!


Betsy said...

I wonder if that counts for using up one of his nine lives! So glad you got him back!

Pam Holnback said...

What a story! 6 years is a long fishing trip! LOL.

FireLight said...

Janelle, lets hear it for the Boys in Blue and for the all American classroom teacher! Our chores are many and diverse! While I am thrilled the teachers took care of your Leo...I am not surprised! I have been known to feed the feral cats that live on our high school campus!
I wish we had a photo of you when you heard he was in "custody" !
God is good, and He IS on time!

Jala Pfaff said...

Oh, Janelle, how wonderful! I'm so glad.
"in custody": hahaha.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Celeste, Egads, now I see the wisdom of having indoor cats chipped! For sure!

Hi Marion, I'm so glad you got your Sophie back. Leo is de-clawed so he can't climb trees. And yes, thank goodness for the wonderful people who saved him!

Hi Betsy, I think he's only got about three lives left:)!

Hi Pam, Ha, that's what I say! But now he's part of our home and hearts:)

Hi Firelight, So sweet of you to feed the cats on your school campus. I was praying for Leo's safe return and my prayers were answered.

Hi Jala, From one animal lover to another, thank you!

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

What a wonderful ending to a scary story. So glad you got Leo back!!

Karen F. Rose said...

Janelle love stories with a happy ending and yours is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.