I had the happiest waking up experience of my life this morning- Kyle placed my lost kitty into my arms. I took a second to realize what was going on, hugged her tight, and then just burst into tears of disbelief and happiness. Each day for the past week we have been canvassing the neighborhood, searching at different times of the day and night, and about to lose our minds from the mental and physical effort.
Last night, we went out to dinner at Tin Lizzy’s Mexican with Kyle’s parents and some friends. I wore my perfume and he wore cologne for the occasion. He bought a thermal camera that arrived yesterday (called Flir, review forthcoming), so we wanted to wait until it was dark and the heat from the sun had cooled down so we could use it. Around 11 PM we headed out, searching the places people said they had last seen her, and found a small cat sitting on top of someone’s fence. It was difficult to tell, but we think it was Artemis. The cat quickly jumped off the fence into someone’s back yard and was gone after that.
Dejected and disappointed after getting so close, we went home. After getting ready for bed, I was very tired and getting comfortable when Kyle said he was going to go back out. I was sure that we weren’t going to catch her if she didn’t want to be caught and that she was probably pretty well hidden at this point.
This morning, Kyle went to let the dogs out and heard a small meowing at the front door. She had made her way back!! She is in perfect condition- she was not hurt and looked almost like she had never left! We are inclined to think that she smelled our perfume and cologne and was able to trace the scent back to the house. If anyone reading this is missing a pet, don’t give up hope!!