Lulu’s Escape

It wasn’t until I was getting ready to start my workout that I realized I hadn’t seen my cat, Lulu. Usually, she the first family member I see each morning. She greets me at my bedroom door, walks with me downstairs, jumps up onto the counter, and watches me prepare my coffee

So I called her; no response.

I called her again, nothing.

I shook the bell of her favorite toy, “chicken,”  and announced that I had her favorite treats. Nothing but silence.

At that point, I ransacked my house, looking under beds, opening every cabinet and drawer. I reminded myself that she had to be somewhere inside. The farthest she’d ever gone was the screen door. I looked in the backyard and our detached garage; she wasn’t there. I left the garage open for her to crawl under. Then I walked around the neighborhood, calling out to her, but there were only sleeping strays.  

I returned home and alerted my Nextdoor.com neighbors, Lulu’s tracking devise company, and the local shelter that lulu was missing. I printed up flyers and taped them to lampposts and put her litter box outside so she could pick up her scent and find her way home.

After that, all I do was distract myself with a HIIT workout. I cried through every 40-second work period, and at every 20-second rest break, I went to the window and called her name. I continued to push through my day, trusting that the universe would keep her safe and guide her home.  

Lulu on 2.11.2020 and she always folds her arms this way.

At one point, a nudge of intuition had me back in my garage. I went to the rolling door, peeked under, and called out towards the bushes.

“Lulu?”

From behind, I heard, “Mew.”

“Lulu!”

“Mew,”

I followed her voice to the corner of the garage, where layers of dismantled furniture were stacked like giant odd-shaped books against the wall but did not see her.

“I can hear you, but I can’t see you. Where are you?”

“Mew,”

After some coaxing, she reappeared, physically unharmed, but emotionally distraught after spending a night away from home.

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