It was just over a year ago – 6th February 2016 – that Mischief disappeared. We were ‘between houses’ and my friend had kindly invited us to stay with her. Mischief and Pansy appeared to settle in well at their new home, so it was a shock when Mischief was nowhere to be found. I was distraught. We searched everywhere for him, called for him, and put notices in letterboxes all around the area, not wanting to give up.
Time moved on in its normal relentless fashion, and come April it was just Pansy and I who made the move into our new home in Panmure. I was heartbroken, having faced the inevitable truth that Mischief was no longer with us.
But miracles do happen.
Just a couple of weeks ago I got a phone call. My heart jumped when the caller introduced herself as a vet nurse from the Lynfield Veterinary Clinic. Could it be about Mischief? My thoughts scrambled as I prepared myself for the worst - was he dead, hurt or … could he possibly still be alive? Unbelievably, Mischief was alive and well.
I rushed across town to Lynfield, all the while still not quite believing that it could be him. But there he was curled up in the cage. He immediately knew the sound of my voice, and my heart was racing as I heard his answering meow.
The vet nurse had the name of the lovely woman who has been looking after him for a year, not far from the Lynfield Vets. Mischief wasn't in good shape when he arrived at her home, but he soon put himself at ease - sleeping on her bed. I am so grateful to this kind woman for nursing him back to being a fluffy, healthy, 6kg cat.
In early February Mischief’s adopted mum happened to take him to the vet. Mischief was routinely scanned for a microchip. and my name came up. I had adopted Mischief from the SPCA, where microchipping comes as part of the service, however I had no idea this was the case. All I can say to that is, thank you SPCA!
Mischief is now very much at home here with me and Pansy. He is regularly running up and down two flights of stairs which will help him lose some weight. I am so thankful for microchipping and to his adopted mother - it is truly wonderful to have him home again.