Heartbroken.

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The beautiful stray cat we fell in love with and gave a home?

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Has been returned to his rightful owners.

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I think you can guess that wasn’t my choice…. but when you receive a call from the local police department, there really isn’t any way to avoid it.

Apparently his people had been frantically searching for him but aren’t active on social media and didn’t see my original posts about finding him. A friend of theirs alerted a lost animal site…

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And there really was no doubt.

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After the police gave me their phone number, I found this on my FB messenger.

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Damn.

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They live right up the road from us.

The guilt was strong, because I really wanted to keep him.

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But look, he has a twin brother.

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Double damn. There were worried children.

I had to call.

So I called.

They came, they thanked us profusely, they took their beautiful kitty, and yes…. I cried.

Now the house seems emptier than ever.

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42 thoughts on “Heartbroken.”

  1. Look at the bright side. The bar is open. You have pretty new chairs. You made small children happy. You can console/reward yourself with and adult beverage. There are more cats. And when you get one that one will probably wander back. And then you will have three cats. Add 452 more cats and you will be a crazy cat lady. Stop have an adult beverage and ignore the line with 452. Said the person with more than 452 daylilies. Now I need to go have an adult berverage… ( misspelling intentionally left in for er poetic effect ) right after I finish this morning coffee.

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  2. You might think about asking Dumpling’s owner if you could have first dibs on any kittens he might father. You could then post a kitten-naming contest, with first prize being the winner’s choice of a virtual kiss from you, or a photo of hubby kissing the kitten.

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  3. Aww River, your such a good person, you and the hubs. He seemed just as taken with Dumpling as you were. I’m glad he was taken care of by the both of you, I’m sure his owners really appreciate the love and attention you gave.

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  4. It doesn’t take long for us to fall in love.
    One thought: Volunteer as pet sitters for your little buddy (and other pets too?) so you have sometimes pets but still have the freedom to travel.

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      1. I could never volunteer at a pet shelter . . . I would want to adopt them all. Not sure about pet sitting. I think I could do that, knowing that we’d enjoy our little buddies a few times a year.

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  5. Crap. Now I’m heartbroken, too. I think you could turn this into a win-win, though: Cat and family have joyful reunion/Petless couple gives loving home to a new cat in need after selflessly surrendering lost cat back to its human family.

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      1. My husband too. However, you should see him with our youngest cat. The one he really did not want. They’re gaga for one another, heart-melting affections.

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