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cookie the cat

Some of us dread when our pets go missing. What if they never come back? What if they get hurt? For many, these worries are valid because many pets never return home after they are lost. However, for Dan Bouchery from Calvados, Normandy, her missing cat had a tenacious will to get back to her.

Dan, who worked as an artist and poet in Normandy took her then 10-month-old cat Cookie with her when she went to spend a three month residency at a hotel in Grasse, Provence for work. Cookie enjoyed most of his time in the hotel room, but occasionally he went on little outings to the hotel courtyard. One day, on one of his outings, he disappeared. Dan searched the area, put up posts, placed wanted ads and even appealed to the other residents for his return. However, when it came time for Dan to return home, she feared she would never see her cat again.

A year and a half went by when Dan received a phone call from a veterinarian in Obec, 20 miles from her home in Normandy. The veterinarian told her that a dirty and emaciated cat had been brought in and his microchip pinged her as his owner. The cat has nearly made it home after travelling for a year and a half across 700 miles of France before an Obec woman brought him in and didn’t want to give him up.

Eventually the police got involved and the woman was persuaded to give Cookie back to his original owner. Dan was absolutely shocked at her amazing cat, dazzled by the journey he made. Who know what this tenacious cat saw out there and how he made the long trip home, but for some pets, they always know where home is.

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