Sunday, May 12, 2013

Gus Gus

I want to tell you a little story about our four legged family member, Gus the cat.
(for any of my facebook friends, sorry, I know you have heard enough about him lately)

Tyler and I got Gus when we were first married, about 7 years ago. I had never had a cat and didn't really want one. I didn't think I would care for one being in the house all the time, dealing with the litter box and most importantly the hairballs! However, Tyler had always had a cat growing up and swayed me. (It wasn't terribly hard, by the way.) Tyler's aunt had brought home a stray that had been hanging out at her school and then had a litter of kittens before they knew it. Beautiful Siamese mix kittens at that. We chose a male and fell in love quickly, of course!

Tyler named him after the mouse on Cinderella. I know it seems odd to name a cat after a mouse! Gus was very active and wanted to go outside all the time. We didn't let him out but once we moved to our second house...which was when I was pregnant..... he went down our hill of a backyard and I ran after him about to fall...again probably 7 or so months pregnant.....I decided quickly that he could be an outdoor cat.

Gus was then a better pet. He stopped being whiny and hyper when inside. And once Garyn came, he was great with him and then with Ansley, too. Our two dogs practically grew up with Gus since they were all young at the same time.

Fast forward about 6 years, last week, Gus didn't come in one night. I didn't think much about it but then the next day and night, we still couldn't find him. The next 2 or 3 days it rained, a lot. We got more and more worried. Nana had seen an owl the first night he didn't come in and we heard that some owls will get cats. One neighbor said they had seen coyotes in the woods before. Then we have some neighbors who have lost mulitiple cats on this street. One of those neighbors feels there is someone getting rid of them because they don't like cats. All sorts of theories were rolling around our heads. I was worried, then just plain sad that we couldn't find him. Garyn started talking about him being gone and we made posters to put up around the streets. I also checked at the McKamey animal shelter. I got to were I wanted to cry everytime I thought about him being gone for good.

(Laying on top of me the night he came home)

 After a week, I had lost all hope. Low and behold, just about that time, Gus came home! Last night, Saturday May 11th (also my mom's birthday), Gus was here when we got home. He wasn't hurt or dirty, just hungry and a little skiddish. We were all loving on him the whole night. He seemed to like all the attention, too. We can't help but wonder where he was. He must have been trapped somewhere since he hadn't eaten much nor been hurt. But who knows really.

(Garyn and Gus right after we got home)

So that is the story of our cat Gus and what we have been focused on the last 9-10 days. I am just so glad he is back! Garyn said it made his heart happy and he was glad Layne would get to meet Gus now. :) Gus slept in Garyn's room actually which he used to do a lot. We are trying to keep him in but he has already been out a couple times. He hasn't stayed gone long, though. I plan to only let him out when I'm home. But again, I'm pregnant and am not gonna chase him all the time.

When I was looking for a picture to make the poster, I couldn't find any! I had one picture on my phone but that was it. As well, I have never posted about him on here either.So I plan to take more pictures of him because he is obviously dear to our hearts and loved!

Video Garyn took with Gus, shows how tolerant Gus is of our kids!

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