Beloved family cat Freddie returned to Auckland family 18 months after going missing

Beloved family cat Freddie returned to Auckland family 18 months after going missing

Video will play inPlay nowDon’t auto playNever auto playAn Auckland family are overjoyed their beloved family cat Freddie has been returned to them after going missing 18 months ago. Lisa Baillie said Freddie spent the last two weeks hanging around the Animates store at St Lukes, so staff took him to the nearby vet to have his microchip scanned. “I just got a call out of the blue from Pet Doctors. ‘Did you have a cat called Freddie? We’ve found him,'” Baillie said. “I think I screamed. I was at work, I just yelled when they said we’ve got a cat called Freddie, I was just in shock.” Jack Baillie cuddles Freddie the cat, who has returned to his family 18 months after going missing. Photo / Supplied Freddie had disappeared “basically off the face of the earth” from their home in September 2015. Baillie was unsure why he went missing but thought it might have been because the house was on the market and Freddie had been disrupted by all the open homes and strangers coming through the house. She reported him missing and put out fliers in her neighbourhood, but five weeks later had to move to a different area. “The kids chose him and he was only two, they were just devastated,” she said. Though the kids had talked about Freddie every week since he went missing, Baillie had given up hope on ever seeing him again, which was why the call from the vet last Thursday was such a surprise. Continued below.Related ContentVideoCat returns home after 18 months Loyalty low in 30pc of bank customers My car accident left me terrified of driving – so I asked racing legend Greg Murphy for help Freddie has made himself at home in his family’s new house. Photo / Supplied Freddie appeared to be well-fed and in good health, so Baillie suspects someone may have taken him in and looked after him, though questions why they did not take him in to see if he had a microchip. She picked up her daughter, Sophie, from school and got Freddie from the vet, then surprised her son, Jack, when he came home for the day. A video Baillie took shows Jack, 8, coming home from school and discovering Freddie asleep on a bed in the house, then gently wrapping his arms around the cat and cuddling him. “Jack, you can see in his face, he just couldn’t believe it. They’ve just been doting over him ever since.” Baillie said Freddie seemed happy as ever, “totally affectionate”, and appeared to be enjoying spending time around the kids. Freddie is happy to be back with his family, Lisa Baillie says. Photo / Supplied “We’ve just been on a high ever since Thursday night.” Baillie wanted to thank the Animates staff for getting Freddie scanned, and also whoever cared for Freddie over the past year and a half. – NZ Herald

Abused shelter dog a hero for finding naked girl shivering in cold

Abused shelter dog a hero for finding naked girl shivering in cold

DELTA COUNTY, MI – An abused shelter dog is hailed as a hero for finding a naked 3-year-old girl, who was curled up and shivering in a ditch near the dog’s new home, the shelter said.

An owner of the dog found the girl, wrapped her in a sweatshirt and rushed her to his home to warm up.

“Thanks to Peanut, a little girl’s life was saved today,” a woman wrote to Delta Animal Shelter, which shared the story on its Facebook page.

The girl was rescued around 11:15 a.m. Friday, March 17, near Rapid River in the Upper Peninsula’s Delta County.

The woman, who wasn’t identified, said that her dog “started going crazy at our house. She was running up and down the stairs, barking and yelping.”

The dog then went into the garage, where the woman’s husband was working on a project. The dog alerted him that it wanted to go outside. The husband had heard the dog running around but couldn’t figure out why.

Young, naked girl found lying in ditch in Upper Peninsula

“He let her outside and she went barreling into the field behind our house at full speed,” she wrote.

“My husband followed her and to his surprise, he found a naked, shivering, 3 year old girl curled up in a ball barely alive.”

She said he covered her with his sweatshirt and brought her inside. He called 911.

“The little girl was barely hanging on for her life. By the time the ambulance and police arrived, the little girl could only say one thing – ‘doggie,'” she wrote.

She said that the dog has been a blessing to her family.

“As you know, her background was so heartbreaking and we are so happy that we were able to take her into our home and give her the love and the family she deserves,” the woman said.

The dog still has a sense of its past life, though.

Once named Petunia, the dog was brought to the shelter last April with two broken legs, broken ribs and a stomach full of carpet.

The former owner was recently convicted of animal abuse, the shelter said.

“Petunia has a great new home with a wonderful family….and this formerly abused dog has now Saved the life of a little girl,” the shelter wrote.

The shelter was not releasing the name of the new owner, a worker said.

Meanwhile, Delta County sheriff’s deputies, who found the girl’s parents after going door-to-door, described the home as “unsafe and unsanitary.”

Police contact Child Protective Services workers who took custody of the girl and another young girl in the home.

Police said the temperature was around freezing at the time the girl was found.
Police have referred reports to prosecutors.