I have written this weekly column for a long time. I actually originally started writing a column for The Daily Sun. About a year after I started writing for the Sun, the newspaper was bought by the owner of the Telegraph and here I am more than a decade later.
During that time, I have written about a lot of things -- beauty pageants, football games, garden club tours. I have written things for people because they asked me to and about people because I thought others needed to hear their story. I have covered historical things, new things and even things that I really didn’t understand.
But today I am doing something I have never done before. I am writing about a missing cat.
When my friend Cathie Wood emailed me and asked me to put a picture of her missing cat on my Facebook page, I offered to go a step further and mention it here. I am not really sure why. I’m not a cat person -- not really an anything person. It has been a decade since there was an animal living at my house.
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But Cathie, who is one of the nicest, most upbeat people you will meet, has been devastated by Mouse’s disappearance. Her pain is genuine and easy to sympathize with. Because of the type of person Cathie is, people want to help her. Mouse’s picture is all over Facebook now.
Cathie has been looking for her cat, a 6-year-old male named Mouse, for weeks. Mouse is a fluffy, gray and white cat with a long, fluffy, gray tail. He has been neutered and micro-chipped and been an important part of the Wood family since he was a baby. Mouse has always stayed close by a family member, so that makes his disappearance even more worrisome.
Cathie and her family found an abandoned litter of kittens six years ago and bottle-fed them so that they would survive. Mouse’s sister lives with the Woods, while his two brothers live next door at Cathie’s brother’s house.
Mouse’s family -- Bobby, Cathie and Melanie -- have been putting up signs and calling vets and animal shelters. They also are offering a reward for Mouse’s return.
For a picture, check out the one I posted on my facebook page. If you know anything about Mouse, you can call Cathie at 955-5630 or her husband, Bobby, at 954-0317.
Alline Kent can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 478-396-2467.