A Gray Adventure. A Ross Nightmare.

I have just aged ten years during the past two hours.

My nightmare began when I got home at 5:30, and went to feed my yard kitties. These are my outdoor beasts, safe behind an eight-foot-high unclimbable fence.

During the day, I let Gray out into the yard. As mentioned previously, I found her last October under my front porch, a very wee one scared and very ill. I nursed her back to health and in the process fell in love with her.

But when I went out into the yard tonight…she was gone. Just vanished. I walked along the perimeter of the endless fence and, to my horror, discovered that the fence had been damaged in an incredible wind storm a few days ago, creating a hole. It was obvious that Gray had found this exit.

Initially, I was unconcerned, sorta, for I felt that she would, surely, come when called.

She didn’t though. I called and called and called and also walked around the whole block, calling.

No Gray.

Every fifteen minutes I would go back outside and call and call and call.

No Gray.

My emotions began to unravel and my mind was seized by dark thoughts. Had she been taken in by a neighbor? If so, would I ever see her again? Was she trapped somewhere? This was un unbearable thought. Had a woolly mammoth eaten her?

The minutes passed into hours and I was unable to focus on anything. I felt like I was going to vomit.

I again went out into the street and called and called and called. And then, and there, as if dropped from the sky, was Gray. Right next to me.

I burst out crying.

Six months ago this small creature did not exist in my life.

Tonight, my life felt impossible without her.

She’s now resting, after her Great Adventure.

Me? I should be really drunk soon.


The minx.





  1. Marjie on March 9, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Oh trust me, I totally understand that hopeless feeling when one of your beloved pets is missing! I was missing one of my indoor cats for two days after she broke though a screen. It was two full days of torture not knowing if I would ever see her again, but to my amazement she was found hiding in our garage. (In a tiny ball behind a piece of furniture)..she ended up pregnant as a result of her adventure, but my life has been blessed by her son, as she passed away in 2012. (He will be15 this year.) I did get her spayed after her adventure, fyi. 🙂 I’m so glad that your baby girl made it back home safely!!!!!❤️

  2. Annette on March 9, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Oh thank heavens. How scary. Bet that was a big drink at the end of it all. It’s amazing how attached you get to them isn’t it.

  3. Debbie on March 9, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    It’s amazing how they can wiggle their way into your heart so fast. I’m glad Gray is resting comfortably after her adventure!

    Years ago we had an indoor/outdoor cat that disappeared for a couple of days. I was distraught! We couldn’t find him. Neighbors knew him and nobody had seen him. All of the sudden late one night he was scratching at the front door to come in. I freely admit I collapsed on the floor and sobbed I was so glad to see him.

  4. Curmudgeon in Canada on March 10, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Yep, they quickly become your little people in fur coats. They sure are quick to take advantage of any opportunity to become escape artists. Glad she came back so quickly from her little walk-about, but then she knows where she has it good!

  5. Barb Sanford on March 10, 2018 at 9:11 am

    So glad the lost one has returned.

  6. Hilliary on March 10, 2018 at 9:12 am

    I started crying just reading about Gray missing! 😢 I am another Canadian fan following your blog!

  7. Gia on March 10, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Been there. She telepathically felt your distress calls, I’m sure. No way that minx wasn’t coming straight back to you after a little escape, ha ha! I love a happy ending.

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