Growing, Growing . . . Missing, FOUND (December 10, 2010)

UPDATE - Friday, December 10, 2010, 11:50 a.m.

HERSHEY has been found, a few blocks from home, frightened but safe and healthy, stranded on top of a neighbor's roof. According to these neighbors, Hershey was there for all three of the nights he was missing. He cried but they could not coax him down. For warmth, he slept by the flue. Finally, these kind people called the Prince Edward Island Humane Society to ask for advice. 

Meanwhile, Pat and Henry had repeatedly walked within a few doors of the house where Hershey was stranded, putting flyers in mailboxes. It's more than likely that Hershey even heard them calling him.  

Fortunately, Henry and Pat had also reported to the Humane Society that Hershey was missing. So when the owners of the home where Hershey was stranded telephoned the Humane Society, they were told to call Pat and Henry immediately! 

Pat and Henry drove over to collect Hershey: what a beautiful sight it was, to look up and see him peering down! As for Hershey, as soon as he saw Pat and Henry, he wailed as long and as loudly as he could, over and over again, until he was safely in their arms! 

Now he is home again, hungry but otherwise well, trying not to seem too overjoyed, complaining that he doesn't understand why it took Pat and Henry so long to rescue him . . . .

(file photo)


We kittens continue to grow so quickly, Pat is tempted to tell us, SLOW DOWN!  And our eyes have turned a lovely gray-green that goes very well indeed with the color of our fur:

Dandy in particular is growing SO fast, he is larger now than Dolly, and closing in on Mama Tess:

Our Mom continues to love us very much, of course.  Here she is with Dolly:

We were amazed this week to see lots of beautiful, white fluffy stuff falling from the skies:

But, not all is well here in the land of Pat's Cats.

For one thing, the forest that you can see in these pictures, across the street from our house, suddenly disappeared, just this week! Men came with big, noisy machines and within three days, every tree was gone. WHY?

And something even worse has happened.
Approximately 66 hours ago (yes, we are counting), Hershey Cat went out on what we all expected to be one of his routine inspections of the property. He has not yet returned.

Pat surprised us by telling us that Hershey, who seems so big to us, was smaller than we are now when he first came to live here. We had so much trouble believing that Hershey was once a tiny kitten, Pat showed us these baby pictures of Hershey and his mother and siblings.

As Hershey grew older, he and Summer Cat became best buddies:

Although Hershey has always been a bit imperious with his sisters, he is quite fond of Tootsie - and why not? They look so much alike:

Here is a picture Pat took of Hershey just a few days ago:

We wish Hershey would come back. Henry and Pat are both so sad, and so busy: they keep running outside to search further, or to put more flyers in the neighbors' mailboxes. They spend a lot of time on the phone.

We are not allowed out (and Pat says that after this, we never will be!), but we try to help by watching for Hershey from the front windows:

We wish we could comfort Pat more, so that she wouldn't cry all day long. 

We are hoping, hoping, hoping, that Hershey will soon appear at the upstairs study window, impatient as usual, demanding his dinner . . . .

Meanwhile, the snow is falling harder.


Kea said...

Oh, noes! MEGA-purrs from us that Hershey comes home SOON! All paws crossed for him!

The Island Cats said...

We heard that Hershey hasn't come home yet, and we are purring very very hard that he comes home soon!!

Wally, Ernie & Zoey

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Such cute kitties. We are sorry Hershey is missing. We send purrs and tail wags that he comes home SOON!

Pat said...

Dear Kea and Island Cats and Jan's Funny Farm,

Thank you so very, very much for your purrs and expressions of concern. Your comments are, as always, much appreciated.

Pat's Cats

meowmeowmans said...

Yay! We just read your update about Hershey being found! :)

We are so happy for you all. Enjoy the reunion!

The Island Cats said...

We're so happy Hershey is home!

Brian said...

Hooray, hooray for Hershey!!!

Kea said...

We're so glad he's home safe and sound!!!!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, such good news. Wonder what Hershey was doing on a roof so far from home? He'll probably never tell. But he's home. And hopefully he won't be doing that again.

ABBY said...

WE are so glad that you were found and are now safe and sound back at home.


Butchy, Katie, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby, Hootie, Zeek said...

We are so thrilled that Hershey is home safe now. Our Scuby girl, which looks just like Hershey, snuck out of the house (which she is not allowed to do) and was missing for 2 whole weeks. We finally caught her and she lost almost 1 1/2 lbs. in the 2 weeks. Silly girl. Bet she won't do that again.
Wirey Hugs, Purrz & Licks,
Butchy, Katie, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby, Hootie & Zeek

Team Tabby said...

We are so glad to hear that Hershey is back home. What scary time for all!!

Mindy, Moe, BonBon, Cookie & Mike

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

We are so, so glad Hershey is back home! Maybe he will stay inside with the kittens, much safer inside!!
We are sorry all the trees across the street are gone. Our Mom is a tree hugger.
Give Hershey gentle ((hugs)) for us!
~ Anna Sue

Kaz's Cats said...

We're so pleased that Hershey is home safe again. Now hopefully he'll try to stay closer to home if he patrols outside,


Gypsy & Tasha

Pat said...

Hello all, and THANK YOU for being so happy that Hershey is home!

I am writing on December 12:

Hershey has not been outdoors since he returned home . . . nor have any of the other cats except Summer (who as Head Cat has a few special privileges - so long as he does not abuse them!).

Henry and I never again want to go through the agony that we experienced while Hershey was missing - so we have determined that from now on, all cats other than Summer will be confined to the house and pen.


The Creek Cats said...

Woohoo! So glad to hear Hershey is back home safe and sound!

The kitties are simply adorable!

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

Hi! We are glad to hear that Hershey is back home!! We are very pleased to meet you all!!
Your TX furiends,

Karen Jo said...

I am glad that Hershey was found. Happy Birthday, Schooner!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Happy Birthday, Schooner!