Lost Cat - Pugg's Story
From Roleystone Courier Sep 2006
7 Sep 2006
Luck was on Pugg's side because he has been rescued as of last night!
Despite searching the bush and a million letterbox drops and posters all
around the shops we had no word on him. I walked up and down the bush and
Canning Valley several times without any luck. I was so depressed about
Anyway, Yesterday I received a call from Rachael, a cat lover, who said
she had seen him, had been feeding him and recognised his picture in the
Courier. Her description fitted........purrfectly!!
I went up to her property.....and it was right up Soldiers Rd opposite
Churchmans Brook Dam, miles through the bush and over the river from where
he went missing. I searched the bush and house without luck but climbed
into the property next door and called out for him and from a patch of
scrub got a moanful cry...but as much as I looked I could not find him. He
wouldn't come of course. He must have been so nervous and scared.
I was scared of driving him into the bush further so left it and came back
at dusk. Rachael, kindly, had been leaving food out for him for a week or
two after sighting him a while back.
Anyway after waiting and waiting for dusk, we heard him and I went and
called to him...he was up a steep bank and looked and sounded so frantic
but he was too scared to approach with strangers around so I went to one
side and he bounded down, shied away a bit, but then I grabbed him and he
just collapsed into my arms. He was so matted and skinny and nervous, but
the look in his eyes was pure relief.
What a terrible time he must have had being lost in the bush and all
through 2 months of freezing cold wind and rain. He is so skinny.....but
we had the vet check him over and he is fine.
He is now settling back in but the relief in his face is palpable and I am
so relieved as well. I hated to think he was lost out there.
He must be running out of lives after this one!!! How lucky is that.....?
Thanks most definitely go out to Rachael for being so caring and
responding to the article. Also people have been very kind and calling us
about missing ginger cats and the local Vet has been passing on calls as
well. Thanks to the Courier for publishing his picture. He is now
appreciating a warm basket and cuddles again after so many cold and
Just shows, never give up......
Puggs appreciating a comfortable bed for
the first time in over 2 months
October 2006 Update:
Puggs has put back on weight and seems quite
healthy though can be nervous aound atrangers or strange noises. Puggs is
now getting used to staying inside and has a nice big home of his own in
the garden......keeping him inside the house though is hard work..... he
still wants to go out at night. We will have to see whose will is
strongest over time.
"Dunroaming" is the name on the gate. We have
put some shelves up and a box to sleep in since this pic was taken.
Puggs getting used to captivity