5/24/16

Maggie Still Missing

First, thank you for all your well wishes and supportive comments. It's been quite a day. We haven't found Maggie, although we have searched the entire property several times. Also, Mike and I have both used our hiking poles to walk across an expanse of overgrown and dense juniper bushes where she likes to hide. This evening, we walked the perimeter of the property for the second time, and also went down into our woods that are overgrown and dense. We're using a flashlight, hoping to see her glowing eyes. So far, nothing. Occasionally, we think we hear her, but it's probably just wishful thinking.

We sent an email with pictures to all of the people on our Neighborhood Watch list. We received a few supportive responses, but no one has reported seeing her. We live far from our nearest neighbor, and so it's extremely unlikely she's at a neighbor's house or locked in a neighbor's garage. If she is around, we believe she is somewhere on our own acreage.

So, all of that to say we know nothing. If she is outside and hiding, it seems we're just going to have to hope and wait. And if she isn't...well, there isn't a whole lot to say about that, and I don't want to even think about it. We're closing off the doors to the laundry room where the kitty door is located, so that Smitty is corralled for the night. We're leaving the kitty door open for Maggie and putting all her favorite items in the room hoping we'll find her when we get up in the morning. Beyond that, there's nothing else to report.

Of course, I will post immediately if anything changes. Until then...waiting and hoping.

28 comments from clever and witty friends:

Teresa in Music City said...

Waiting and hoping with you - praying too! And giving my own little kitty extra scratches and hugs tonight ....

Beth said...

Oh, Barbara, we are with you and Mike in spirit. Sending comfort to Smitty and Maggie, too.

Be sure to leave your windows open enough to listen for her--years ago, our cat slipped out of a motel room and disappeared into downtown Santa Ana. We stayed there for an extra week, searching for her. On the night before we had to leave--for an out-of-state move--I was awakened by the sound of her crying. She'd been high in a tree behind the motel for the entire week, we think. Sometimes life gives you a gift; that night, mine came through an open window.

I hope tomorrow is a better day.

Sally said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Maggie. Praying she finds her way home to you soon xxx

Motherdragon's Musings said...

Somehow I had convinced myself Maggie would have turreted home today. I truly believe she is hiding somewhere. Did you check all our cupboards? Once one of my cats was missing for two days .... I went into a cupboard not used a lot, lo and behold, Pepsi was hiding there. Funny thing we had looked in the Cordoba, already.

Barb H said...

I was traveling all day yesterday and just now learned about Maggie being missing. I hope when you get up this morning she's back. Wondering where the cat went to and what happened is very, very hard. I really hope she returns.

Dana Gaffney said...

I am so sorry, I'm still hoping she's hiding somewhere.

Kathy H said...

I hope she returns home today. I have been enjoying reading about her adventures.

Doreen Auger said...

I do hope she decides to return soon!!!! I'm sure she doesn't realize all that she's putting you through!!! Hugs..............

Jenny - the lilac cat said...

I've only just caught up as your posts can get bunched together. Oh I do feel for you. I'm sure you can't settle to anything. Will keep thinking of you all. I was only making a mental note in your last but one post about how well Smitty and Maggie have settled down with each other.

DaniQuilts said...

This is so sad.

sophie said...

I hope she's OK and turns up soon. This is so hard.

Lee Ann L. said...

I hope she does turn up. I cannot believe this happened to Maggie the shy and timid one. :-(

Dogwood Lane Rambles said...

Keeping my fingers crossed that Maggie just decided on a little walk about the call of her old life being just too much and she'll be home soon. She will be missing you soon and come scampering back.

Anonymous said...

Paws crossed. Hoping she's just spending a little Maggie time nearby and will come home very soon. Wendy

Kim said...

I hope she returns. These stories always break my heart. I can't imagine the not knowing! Do you have a porch that she might get stuck under?

Pam's Applique Paintbox said...

One time a cat lived with me. He grew up walking on the wild side like Maggie. He kept his wild, private nature. When he got hurt, he would go off by himself to heal himself. Maybe Maggie hurt herself and is in hiding. I hope she is okay and home soon. We all have become very fond of her pretty blue eyes and miss her.

Auntiepatch said...

I hope you find her soon. I must have missed the announcement of her being missing. Have you sent Smitty out looking for her? Maybe he could find her.

WoolenSails said...

Praying that she finds her way home, it is so hard when we lose our kitties and no idea what happened. I spent months looking for one of mine, but I knew what really happened, but I kept hoping.

Debbie

barbara woods said...

Maybe she is out romancing and will be back soon

Lee said...

Is there any possibility she snuck in and got locked in your camper, or any other vehicle, if you were cleaning up after your trip and had doors open while she was outside? You've probably already thought of that though. It's so sad she's missing. It appeared she was really getting settled at your home and with Smitty.

nellieduclos@yahoo.com said...

I know this sounds crazy, but have you considered the possibility that she may still be in the house? We recently moved into our renovated home which Ben, our orange tabby had lived in before. But we moved back I think it was a Monday, but by Wednesday, Ben was missing. We looked high and low, put our flyers around the neighborhood and notificed Nextdoor.com, as suggested by a neighbor. Just as we were reluctantly resigned to losing him, very painful so I sympathize, we were eating breakfast one morning and my husband saw Ben in our room adjacent to the kitchen. We guess that he went into a cabinet in that room and somehow got under into the "toe-kick" area and stayed for three days! Our black feline, Tabitha, always opens that cupboard and lets it go, causing a banking noise and we just thought she was up to her old tricks, as she had done so many times before, but this time she was trying to tell us where Ben was. Stupid humans didn't get the message. We were relieved that Ben came out of hiding. We guess that he was traumatized by the move, but when we moved away, 15 months ago, our other gray tabby with a white tuxedo, who looks like your Smitty, "pooped" in his carrier on the way which he had never done before! So maybe she still might be in the house, I hope. Thinking of you and knowing what you're going thorugh and sending you our sympathy, but hopes.

Natureluvr57 said...

I missed yesterdays post and I gasped as I read today's post. I pray she will come home. We help the feral cats in our neighborhood. Currently we have 9. Two years ago Pumpkin went missing. He had been fixed as we try to get them all fixed in hopes that one day the feral numbers will dwindle (a lost cause). I drove around searching, looking at the roads. We finally assumed he had went off to die. About 6 months later...he turned up like nothing was out of the ordinary. We were ecstatic but perplexed. Of course to this day we don't know where he was. If only I could find a real life Dr. Doolittle. He is still with us and doesn't venture off far from home. I hope he learned his lesson that there's no place like home and won't do that again. I often wonder if someone took him in and he finally got loose. Moral of the story-don't give up. They know where they get consistent feeding and love. Keep up the prayers also.

Kate said...

I'm catching up on blogs this evening, I'm hoping she showed up sometime today.

Judy1522 said...

I am behind on reading blogs and this is the first I have known that Maggie is missing. I am so sorry to hear that and hoping she will be back soon.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Sorry to hear about Maggie. Hopefully she'll show up soon. Not knowing is the hardest part. I lost a dog on Christmas eve, many years ago, and never found him. I still wonder. Not easy at all.

quiltzyx said...

Maaaaagggieeeeeee!! Come on home. We promise that we won't be mad at you for going walkabout.
Sending extra good thoughts your way Barbara.

Angie in SoCal said...

So hope she turns up.

Chris said...

Barbara, I know this is a weak idea but could she have somehow gotten into your motor Home?