So... Around 1:30 am, I figured it was time to hit the sack so I was walking around looking for Toby to bring to bed with me. Usually when I call his name, he comes running.
Well...he didn't. So I'm searching and searching in all the little places he's usually sleeping.
Not there! Sooo... I start to search in places where in my head I'm thinking there's no way he is going to be here but better check anyway.
Not there. So finally I'm like okay..this is weird. Maybe my boyfriend let him in the room already. But that wouldn't make sense because I had just seen Toby walking around out here because i removed his harness and I definitely would have noticed or heard Justin open the bedroom door.
Then I realize how frigid it is in the house and I feel my heart start to pound. I run to the back door, and low and behold... It's open!!!!
Omg. You want to talk about sheer panic? I had numerous thoughts running through my head (why is the back door open?! Was it justin or me?! Toby runs off from me, there's no way he will come if I call him. He can be anywhere!) and finally I just dash out the door and I'm just yelling his name over and over again.
After 30 seconds, I'm realizing ok I need to put a jacket on, grab a flash light, and start the hardcore search. And I'm starting to feel hopeless, mind you. The few times I have let Toby out on his own (no harness) he refuses to come to me AND just dashes off. And it's a rural area so if he did run off, he could be anywhere!
Well...just as I'm about to head back inside, I give one last name call and hear the quiet little "mewwww mewwww". My heart LITERALLY jumped in relief! So I continue to call his name and he continues to "mew" and I track him down next to the fence, hunkered down.
Literally, he sprang into my arms. It was the best feeling in the world! I am so immensely relieved. And I find it somehow ironic that I joined this cat forum to talk about cats and then I was thinking how terrible it is that I have just lost this cat!!!
Luckily, the big man was watching out for me tonight. And I'm SO thankful that Toby stayed close and didn't run off, like I thought. He seemed pretty freaked out, not his normal giddy self during day time hours. He must have walked outside thinking "hehehe, left the door open" and then realized "hey...it's dark and cold out here. This sucks! Now which way do I go to get back? Ummmm........"
Anyways, I had to vent! Clearly no one else is up at 3 am like me but posting to a forum makes it easy and nice! I'm never letting this happen again! Gah! Hope none of you have experienced this! Toby is back in the safety of my home so all is well.
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