And I guess I should say I've been lucky because it's about my cat. Nonetheless, it's extremely painful.
Exactly a year ago, we brough Ramsey into our house. He's a playful, joyful, Abyssinian cat who was around a year old. Now at age two, we decided to take him and my 13 year old golden retriever on a camping trip to Lake Tahoe.
This morning, while getting coffee in Olancha, a sleepy small town along the 395, Ramsey jumped out of the RV window and it's been 14 hours since any of us saw him. We've been searching non stop, keeping somebody at the RV at all times, taking shifts sleeping, and leaving food out for him. My dad says he saw home jump out, get spooked by some other dogs, hit a barbed wire fence and head into a closed off field. Theres NOTHING out here...dirt roads, tumbleweeds and bushes. We've contacted every home in 2 miles to let them know he's missing.
There's no sign of him, and we called off the trip. The friendly neighbors and cafe provided us with water and power, and we're giving him until morning to come back...or we're heading home without him.
It's the toughest decision I've ever had to make...leaving him behind. What of he came back just after we left? What if he's out there injured and needs help? There is no animal control for hundreds of miles, and nobody to help us search.
I'm scared, sad, angry, and depressed...I haven't eaten all day, and haven't slept in over 26 hours due to driving. I'm writing to you from outside my RV, while my family sleeps and dreams of reuniting with our friend. Until then, it's going to be a long night but I have to keep the light on for him.
I'm sorry for rambling...I have to stay strong for my family but it really is hard to hold back the tears...we all love him very much and he's been a part of all our lives for the last year. I can't imagine returning home without him.
Sen your good vibes, send him home for me, fellas. I'm not a man of faith, but I'll admit I've looked up a few times today.