A couple of weeks ago we went into winter mode and changed the furniture around in the living room to face the wood stove. The air conditioners were replaced by screens and because it was still warm enough, we were all enjoying fresh air from open windows.
After my usual evening routine of coming home from work, doing a few chores, and giving the cats a treat, I settled in my office to work on my computer and wait for DP to come home then we’d eat a late dinner. Snafu had chased Owen into my office, running across my desk one too many times, so I closed the door to work in peace. About a half hour later, DP came home and the kitties had quieted down. We got dinner ready and when DP cleaned up the living room couch she noticed the screen had fallen out of the window. The first thing she said was “do we have everybody?” and started rollcall. Wizard was our main concern because of his habit of dashing out the door, but Owen was unaccounted for.
It was still a bit light outside so DP went directly out the back door to pick up the fallen screen and started calling for him out there. I was still calling for him in the house and checking all his favorite hidey holes. Not having found him, I grabbed a couple flashlights and joined DP in the back yard. She was already in the woods behind our house saying she thought she heard a faint cry from in there.
As I approached her handing her a flashlight she told me to go get Stanze, our German Shepherd. I ran back to the house and let her out of her crate and out the back door. DP told Stanze to “find the kitty.” After she peed and then sniffed her pee (she has her own priorities), Stanze started sniffing in search for Owen. In less than two minutes she focused in on one spot on the ground, tail wagging furiously. She found him. Owen had burrowed himself under a fallen tree beneath some old leaves. DP pulled him out, picked him up and cradled him in her neck. He was shaking and wide eyed, and thankfully didn’t bolt or fight, but pressed himself into her as she brought him out of the woods and back into the house. All the kitties surrounded him sniffing so we took him to the bedroom by himself to have some down time. We are so very grateful to have him back safe and sound.
Owen was in here