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Thanks for the help searching for Jack

April 4, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

I would like to thank all my neighbors in the Tarpon Point area of St. James City for helping look for my errant cat, "Fat" Jack, who managed to push out a screen with his bulkiness, unwittingly, and escape out of my front window, while I was away. Numerous neighbors, who do not even know me, joined my fabulous pet sitter Sarah Hyde's attempts to locate my kitty. Sarah, by the way, is a tremendous young woman who untiringly hunted for Jack on my street, up and down neighboring streets, in the woods, everywhere she could imagine. Some of my very thoughtful and caring neighbors joined in the hunt, some of them actually going into the woods, making kitty sounds, trying to lure Jack out of hiding. Jack is not used to being outside and he had just moved in with me a few months ago, so he was probably very scared.

My story has a happy ending. I had to cut my trip short and come home as I had visions of Jack being mauled by another animal or being coerced into a fight with a more streetwise kitty. Imagine my enormous relief and surprise when I arrived home, went out on my back porch, and called his name, and heard his meow and then saw him just standing at the corner of my house, waiting for me. Little stinker! No worse for wear, no signs of fighting or any trauma.

I am so thankful for such wonderful people, especially Sarah, who went above and beyond what was expected of her as my sitter. Thank you everyone. Jack thanks you (I'm sure), too!

Jennifer Ford



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