Our Miracle

Terri Chandler

Batesville, United States

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Featured by the Rescued Pets Group, April 2009

No fancy pictures to see here this time. Only the first shot of our Grand-purry “Bandit” since our son’s roommate left a bathroom window open and he escaped January 2, 2009 and my happiest “Rescued Pets” story in a long while .

Thanks to two WONDERFUL elderly ladies that lived one street over from our sons rental home, and their “claim to fame” as being “Crazy Cat Ladies” (God Bless Them All!) Bandit was returned to us yesterday, a little thinner than he left but virtually showing no signs of being on the run all this time.

Our son and his room mate were preparing to move from this rental house, and the room mate moved first. He opened the window in the bathroom but in all due fairness to him, Bandit and our sons dog were both closed in our sons bedroom during the time that the room mate was actually in the process of moving.
Our son came home during a break in the evening to check on the pets and let them out and didn’t notice that the bathroom window was open. Bandit found the open window and was gone by the time our son got off patrol early that next morning.

We spent three good days searching for the precious thing. I made and passed out flyers with his picture on it. The only thing that kept my hope alive was that one street over, God had blessed that neighborhood with not just one, but TWO wonderful widow ladies who adored cats, and especially one in particular that had a reputation for being the “Crazy Cat Lady”. As I walked the streets knocking on doors and talking to kind strangers their directions always led me down their street to the home of Mrs. “M”.

When I knocked on Mrs. M’s door for the first time I knew that if Bandit had a chance, he would find it with her as laying just inside the glass storm door, were two of the prettiest and fattest felines whose cat perches had been purposely put there so they could enjoy watching the world go by outside.
After meeting Mrs. M and hearing her stories I knew from my own experiences, that unless something serious happened to Bandit, eventually he would find this lady. They always do. ;o)

Our son moved and despite his continued patrol of the neighborhood, our hopes were fading as the harsh winter weather and time slipped past and no sign of him.

The phone rang here yesterday morning and it was our vets office and on the other end the friendly voice of my once co-worker, all excited said, “Terri! They’ve found Bandit and want you to come get him.”
I forced her to repeat herself as I was in total shock. Grabbing the necessities my husband and I headed 20 minutes north, to the town where our son lives, and sure enough, after greeting Mrs. M, she led us out behind her house and gave a call and around the corner came our little “Bandit”.
For all the years that I’ve rescued and handled cats I was afraid to move now. This was the one time that I feared that anything I did, even breathing, would result in my scaring him away and we’d never catch him. So I stood perfectly still and no, I don’t think I did breath for a few minutes, until Mrs. M had Bandit safely scuffed, and cuddled in her arms.

Bandit in no way put up a fuss when she made the transfer to me despite my concern that he would become scared once out of her protective arms.
With a cat carrier in hand my husband slowly and quietly approached and soon all of us were hugging and laughing and nearly in tears as Bandit was now safe and sound and lost no more.

We carried him straight to our vet who gave him a good routine check up and for all intensive purposes Bandit really seems to have managed to come through his ordeal without any physical injuries. He is a little thinner to us, but he isn’t emaciated; certainly nothing that a few days of TLC won’t help over come.

Bandit will now become a permanent member of our family. The demands on our son’s life right now just make it impossible for him to give Bandit the care he may need for a while and after having been on the run for so long, it won’t take much for him to slip out the door again in fearful flight.

So “Grandma” spent most of the night last night giving her precious purr LOTS of TLC and cuddles and Bandit responded in such a content and relaxed manner. You could tell that he was very happy to be off the street, and responded to his new temporary quarters by rolling all over the dog bed on his back, kneading the air and letting me massage his tummy.
Anyone who knows cats knows that is the sign of a truly happy cat!

Welcome Home Bandit! And God Bless Crazy Cat Ladies Everywhere!
~Terri April 29, 2009

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