Thursday, September 13, 2012
For those who don't know, I'm a professional petsitter. One of my clients left on a trip last Friday. I came in Saturday to start visits with Casey, their 17 year old seal point Himalayan. He's a sweet old' boy. Very calm, not very active. I don't think I've ever actually seen him walk anywhere in the 10 years I've been watching him. I always came in to find him already curled up on a chair, the sofa or a bed (usually the one in the guest room with the white comforter), so I know his usual hangouts. I don't always see him every visit, but as long as I see he's been eating and using the litterbox, I don't worry too much. When I arrived Saturday the food had been nibbled a little, but the family had just left the day before so I didn't think much of that. The litterbox had been used. Looking back, I don't think it had been uCsed that day. Again I wasn't worried because I came in the morning. Casey might not have gotten up yet.
They have me come every other day (I hate EOD visits, too many things can happen), so my next visit was Monday. When I came in Monday, I noticed the food didn't look like much, if any, had been eaten. That concerned me some. After all, Casey is 17. When I saw the litterbox hadn't been used alarms went off. 1 + 1 = BAD!!! I immediately searched all the usual places, then I searched everywhere else, including outside, then I searched everywhere again. I finally called their niece. She lives a ways off, but came over and we searched inside and out again. Neither of us can imagine Casey even trying to go outside, but we couldn't find any sign of him anywhere. I emailed Caseys photo and information to our local shelter. Later that evening I went back and searched the house again. I have looked in, under, behind and around everything in the house. I looked in cabinets, cupboards and drawers. I went through the closets, looked under the cars in the garage and under the storage shed in the backyard. I also walked around the neighborhood. I can't think of any place I haven't looked. I put flyers up by the neighborhood mailboxes.
I'm so worried for Casey. Can't imagine him outside, can't find him inside. If anything has happened to him my clients will be devastated. They've had Casey since he was a little kitten. Not to mention, the wife just lost her sister a few weeks ago, only 6 weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. Casey disappearing couldn't have happened at a worse time. I'm getting ready to go look for him again. Please pray for Casey.
9/15/12 Went to Casey's house and saw him laying on the walk near the front door. He's a bit spooked. Being outside for a week will do that. I spent 3 hours trying to lure him into the house, but he had run back into the bushes and disappeared. I put his food, water and bed outside. I'll take some canned food over tomorrow. If I can't get him to come inside by tomorrow night I'm going to set up my Havahart trap. Please keep praying. Thanks everyone.
9/16/11 CASEY'S HOME!!! CASEYS HOME!!! Long story short. Found him hiding in bushes. Neighbors helped herd him into another neighbors entry. Voila! CASEY'S HOME!!! HALLELUJAH!!! I'm on such an adrenaline rush. Need to find a nice thank you gift for the neighbors.
9/23/12 Caseys people got home late last night. They were shocked that Casey had been outside. It was dark when they left. They figure he must have followed them out while they were loading their luggage. He's never done anything like that before. We're all just so relieved he's back home.