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Epic pet journeys: Samba's no sailor

SUZANNE BOLTON
Last updated 11:30 07/12/2012

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Our very old black cat regularly sleeps in our boat at the bottom of the drive. Two years ago just prior to Christmas my husband hooked the boat up to take it down for a service and that was the day our black cat "Sambo" went missing.

I had a horrible thought he was in the boat but after checking with the Boat Service Centre in Seaview there was no sign of Sambo.

I checked with the SPCA and although they had recovered a black cat fitting Sambo's description from the Seaview area and euthanased it, on checking the "body" (all very distressing) they realised that cat was not neutered so wasn't our missing Sambo.

We travelled away for Christmas to Taupo and we were very surprised and relieved to receive a phone call from the Boat Centre on Boxing Day to say that on opening up the workshop a very grateful and hungry Sambo appeared. Goodness knows what he survived on for the past five to ten days but he was none the worse for his little sojourn. When our friends collected him later that day a normally feisty, uncuddly cat was very subdued and friendly!

He is still with us and is now about 20 years old but unable to climb into the boat anymore!


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