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Seeing Sammy Again

He was on the deck, in the middle of the night!!

I had come downstairs at 3:00 this morning, after having been up for hours with a touch of food poisoning.

The cats were ecstatic – EARLY BREAKFAST!! I put out their bowls, then strolled by the deck door to check for Sammy.

As some people know, Sammy was the outside cat I fed on the deck for 8 years. I was never able to get near him, but I provided a house, food and flea meds, which helped make his life easier.

He’d beaten the odds many times. Five months ago my beloved boy vanished, presumably lost to a coyote that had come through the woods that day.

But I NEVER stopped looking for him.

And at 3:00 this morning…there he was!!

My heart stopped – SAMMY! He was actually sleeping in the house!! I knocked on the door and he lifted up his head, so I knew he was ok! Tears streamed down my face as I ran into the kitchen to get his special food. As soon as I had fed him I’d call my friend, Judy, who knew that if he ever showed up again she’d get a call from me no matter what time it was.

The can opener turned and I took off the lid. Odd…the label was correct, but I could tell the food didn’t look quite right.

Then I noticed that the can opener was sitting on the table, and not on the counter.

Then I saw that the living room furniture was sitting in the kitchen.

And then I knew the heartbreaking truth – this was a dream!

I didn’t know I had gone back to sleep. I shot up in bed, and the realization that this was just a dream – that Sammy was NOT waiting for me on the deck – tore me to pieces. To have that joy ripped away was gut-wrenching. It had felt so real…so unbelievably real.

I sobbed buckets of tears…and then I finally stopped crying for him.

But I will never…ever…stop looking for him.

Chris Davis

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posted on February 21, 2012 Reply

Chris, what a cruel trick, I’d be out of my mind. But this just shows how deeply you want to see him again. I’m so sorry.

posted on February 21, 2012 Reply

Oh, Chris, how heartbreaking! I was going to say that I had a feeling that Sammy was not gone and that you would see him again. Now I am afraid that this might have been a visitation, that he has shown you that he is all right.

At least you were happy with him for that short time.

posted on February 21, 2012 Reply

Oh Chris! What a difficult dream. I’ve lost a cat with no idea of what happened. It was a very difficult loss because I, like you, kept hoping Zen would come back. Take good care!!

Chris Davis
posted on February 21, 2012 Reply

Thank you, Bernadette. The dream was SO REAL I think my sweet boy DID stop by, and that brings me comfort.

Chris Davis
posted on February 21, 2012 Reply

Andrea, I think you’re right – Sammy showed me he is ok. He certainly seemed content…and that brings me peace.

Chris Davis
posted on February 21, 2012 Reply

Thank you, Tammy – having lost Zen the same way I know you understand what it’s like to always be on the lookout for a missing critter.

Bob S.
posted on April 16, 2012 Reply

When I began reading this post awhile back my heart literally jumped with joy. Oh my! He’s back. “Sammy we love you!” As I read I remembered how ecstatic I felt when I sighted my missing cat. Though not a dream.
Still Waiting,

Christine Davis
posted on April 17, 2012 Reply

Bob, I know you understand exactly how heartbreaking this was for me. I still look for Sammy several times a day. Who knows, maybe one day….

Christine Davis
posted on April 17, 2012 Reply

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