There’s very little in life that gives us more joy and pleasure than the relationships we have with our pets. They pick us up when we’re feeling down, and they make the good times even more special. All they ask for is food and love, which we are more than willing to give.
By the same token, there is not much that is more heartbreaking than a pet going missing. Whether it’s a dog, a cat, or a guinea pig, it is a harrowing experience, especially for someone who has never experienced anything like it before.
Unfortunately, this is what happened to a young woman from Texas. Nguhi Muturi from Dallas, Texas, got a kitty when she was only nine years old, and was completely besotted with her new best friend from the start.
“I loved him to pieces and used to write about him for every daily journal entry in school,” she told a journalist from the Press Association.
“We adopted him when he was a kitten months after we moved into this home.” Nguhi and Panther happily lived together until the girl grew up and had to leave for college.
She was adjusting well to life in her new college town. However, during this time, Panther left home and didn’t come back.
“He slipped out of the house and never came back.”, she recounted.
Of course, Nguhi was devastated to hear this news from her parents. Even though she was much older than when her family adopted Panther, it hit her really hard. Who can blame her – this is every pet owner’s worst nightmare.
Eventually, she managed to make peace with her loss – she assumed the worst, and moved on, carrying on with her studies and eventually going away to college. But that’s not where this story ends.
Five years and a few crazy twists of fate later, a cat resembling Panther showed up at the Muturi household. After Nguhi’s parents were shocked with how much the cat looked like Panther, until the penny dropped and they realised that i could actually be him.
There was one way they’d be able to tell for sure. You see, their long-lost feline had no claws on his front paws. They went out into the garden, where the cat greeted them in a friendly manner.
They checked out his paws, and couldn’t believe it – it was him!
Yup – by an amazing twist of fate, the cat was indeed Panther, hanging out in the same spot he used to, five years after he went missing.
The story gets even more incredible from here on out.
You see, it turns out that after he ran away, Panther was taken to an animal shelter in a city 15 miles away. Whilst there, a woman adopted and kept him for a few years before giving him to her parents. As luck would have it, the woman’s parents also turned out to be the next door neighbors of Nguhi’s parents!
Of all the coincidences! This really is amazing. Obviously, Panther remembered where he was, and almost straight away, he went to his old spot in the garden.
“I can’t believe this is real because I am still in shock,” Nguhi wrote on Twitter. The neighbors insisted Panther should stay with her former owners, but they decided this was not possible and gave him back, since a new cat and dog were already growing up in their home.
However, Panther is now just next door, and the Muturis can go and see him any time they want. It’s a happy ending, because it means that Panther now has two households to give him love and attention.
Of course, Nguhi was upset that she couldn’t take Panther back in, but more than anything, she was just so happy to see her old friend.
“It was heartbreaking but I can’t even be sad [because] today was truly surreal.”
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