I’m One of “Those” People Now


I’m One of “Those” People Now

Dwight told me, “Tell the truth. When you write, tell the truth, even if it makes you look bad.”

Yesterday, in the 46-degree sunshine, I let Maude, my cat, lounge on the deck off my bedroom. In the summer, she sleeps out there. Once or twice, I found her venturing onto the roof, but, when I called she scurried back onto the deck.

Around 5:00, as it cooled off, I went to close the sliding glass door. Maude was not on the deck. I checked under my bed, under the highboy dresser, in the linen closet, and in Maude’s room.

No Maude.

I called, “Here kitty, kitty, kitty.”


I checked the backyard.

I looked in the guest bathroom next to the heater.

I called and called and called.

Faith, Gus and I walked around the neighborhood calling and making “ta ta ta ta” We checked garages, patios, the open space and the Preserve.

I posted on kpcw.org and Facebook. I called the local veterinarians. I even reported my missing kitty to the Summit County Animal Control.

Now, I am defeated.

Whenever I saw a “lost pet” poster, ad, or posting, I thought, “How could they let their pet go?”

I am very cautious. I actually have double-gate protection everywhere my dogs go. Both the side-yard and the backyard are double-gated. Inside, they are naked. But, when we leave the house, they wear their bling.

Well, I let Maude out onto my deck. She was not wearing a collar. She is micro-chipped.

Maude is gone.

I am one of “those” people. I cannot find my cat.

I brought her home with a festering wound on her thigh when she was just four months old. She trusted me.

Maude has a respiratory issue and a mass growing in her lung.

For seven-and-a-half years, Maude trusted me.

Yesterday, I let her down.

Now, the heat is cranked up, but the dog door and the sliding glass door are both open. The garage door is about a foot from being closed.

Please, keep her in your prayers.

About Julie Hooker

I'm a teacher, writer, and editor. In addition, I'm an animal rescuer, yogi, and friend.
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1 Response to I’m One of “Those” People Now

  1. Carol says:

    I’m so sorry. It’s good that she was microchipped. If you haven’t already, you might consider taking flyers to local vets’ offices and animal control. I hope she comes home to you soon.

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