Location: Durham, North Carolina, USA
Hi!! I’m Tolliver!! This is me the day I met my human, five years ago. I was living in a shelter, and she picked me up, and I put my arms around her and licked her nose. I went home with her about five minutes later.
I had a harrowing April this year–I left the house on April 5th and never came back. My human was sure I was dead! It was late at night on the 30th when she heard a cat in distress, and she realized a cat had been trapped in the crawl space of her neighbor’s house. She went to save the cat, and it was ME! I had been under there 25 days!! I had licked the little bits of water that trickled under the house, and I ate crickets and things. I was 15 pounds when I left on the 5th. I was 8 pounds when she found me on the 30th. (The neighbors had moved out, but my human didn’t realize it–she would have checked sooner if she’d known the house was empty.)
My human says I was dehydrated and delirious when she found me, but I don’t remember. These days, I’m up to 11 pounds, and I’m much more likely to just sleep on our porch. The vet says I’ve made a full recovery! And now my human kisses me even more than she used to!