Coming Home Again, An Unsolved Mystery

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First let me preface this story by saying that this is not a sad mystery.  Far from it.  It is mystery filled with lots of love, hope and joy.

One of the cats fortunate enough to adopt my Dad and Mom was loving known as Paws.  While her real name was Elizabeth, a beautiful long-hair calico, she became known as Paws because of her extra toes.  Elizabeth, aka Paws, was essentially abandonded by her owners even though they still lived in the neighborhood.  Paws was so very kind and gentle and was friendly with everyone, she just really wanted a place to be loved and attented.  Y’all know my home, so there probably isn’t any doubt that she found exactly what she was seeking, and then some.

Paws lived to be 20 years old before she had to leave for the Bridge.  My Dad and Mom were understandably heartbroken.  Getting over that loss was difficult.  But just a couple of days later someone who bred Siamese cats ended up with a calico in the litter.  To make a long story short, their young human had let the female Siamese outside (which was a no-no) while she was in heat.  They ended up with a calico that they did not want.  I know, I know, but not everyone is good and kind.  Anyways, they had taken the calico kitten to a local pet store so that she could find her forever home.

Our Grandma, not the one that lives close to us, the one who left for her Bridge several years ago, knew where she belonged.  She went and got the tiny Calico kitten.  And listen, I’m talking tiny here, so tiny she came in a parakeet box!  The rest fell into place and my Dad and Mom, in honor of Paws, named the tiny kitten Bethie.

Bethie was so loved by Dad and Mom and they were together for 16 years, until Bethie got that dreaded Cancer and asked to go to the Bridge.  Now I never met Bethie, that was before me, but my Brother Ivan told me all about her.  From what I could gather, Bethie was very particular in what she liked and didn’t like.  She was also very particular about was she did and what she wouldn’t do.

So, let’s fast-forward to a couple of years ago…or so.  One of the regular Saturday morning stops for Dad and Mom was PetSmart.  Not only did they go for cat food, but since Kitten Action Team (my wonderful rescue group) is housed there, they always took the opportunity to check out the new arrivals.  One Saturday morning the nice lady who runs the Kitten Action Team said to them, “you’ve got to come here and see what I’ve got” as she escorted Dad and Mom into the back room.  There, in a cage, was a beautiful blue-eyed girl that someone had left is a cage, overnight, outside of the PetSmart.  Is this starting to sound a wee bit familiar?  It might not to my newer readers, but to those who have been with me a while, you’ve probably recognized that it was Sister Sascha in that cage.

Brian's Home, adopt cats, we deserve it!My Mom took one look into those eyes and said to my Dad “that’s Bethie”.  Now Sascha isn’t a Calico and Bethie didn’t have blue eyes.  But my Mom insisted that she was Bethie.  Dad just thought she was beautiful and told the nice lady with Kitten Action Team that she was coming home with us.  Of course she couldn’t come home that day as she had to go through the standard tests that Kitten Action Team required.  All the while my Mom kept telling my Dad that it was almost time to bring Bethie home.

I’m sure all of you already realized this, but Moms are always right!  My Mom knew it was Bethie, well, Bethie’s spirit and soul anyways.  Mom knew it.  Hardly anytime had passed before the truth began to show itself.  Bethie had just a few favorite places in our house.  When Sascha first came here and was in self seclusion, the only places she felt safe were, yes, Bethie’s favorite places.  And then Dad realized that the only foods that Sascha cared to eat were the only foods that Bethie would eat. The same went for treats, Bethie would only eat one kind of treat in just one flavor, and that is the only one that Sister Sascha will eat.  The looks she gives to Dad and Mom and the way she gives head butts are also identical as is the way she plays with that favorite toy, which was still here.  Bethie loved the Christmas tree more than any cat that ever lived here, and when the Christmas Tree is up you will find Sascha happily napping under it most of the time.  But it really is more that all of those physical things, I think y’all know exactly what I’m talking about here, when you look deep into the eyes of another and your heart just knows.  Besides, the math works.  Sascha, based on her age, would have been born at about the time Bethie departed.

Now you know one of the many reasons Sister Sascha has brought so much joy to our lives. And not just because she came home again.  Sister Sascha, just by being Sister Sascha brings her own brand of joy.

The mystery isn’t how she came back.  Us felines know that we always come back, almost immediately after we depart.  Us felines also know that the humans have really messed up that whole nine lives thing.  We don’t always have nine lives while we’re here, but we do  get to come back nine times.  But since each time we come back our new vessel gets nine lives, the possibilities become endless.

The real unsolved mystery in our household is how did Bethie end up as Sascha and return to exactly the same place from where she left?  That rarely ever happens…something to with the law of physics I hear.  What or who guided her back to the family who loved her so much and now has the a chance to continue the love?

Our Unsolved Mystery will likely never be solved, but in the mean time Dad and Mom are thankful for the second chance. I am delighted for the first chance and am most thankful to know that all is possible when love is involved.  Some mysteries are not meant to be solved, only enjoyed.

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40 thoughts on “Coming Home Again, An Unsolved Mystery

  1. Hilary

    I have chills… this is such a beautiful story, and I believe that Sascha is bethie… How lucky are your parents to have this happen (well, based upon what they do for cats, I doubt luck had anything to do with this.) I never heard that 9 lives means that cats come back 9 times. one day, in the VERY distant future, I hope Marc and I get as lucky as your parents did…

  2. Hannah and Lucy

    We didn’t know Sascha’s gotcha story so it was great to be able to read that along with the story of Bethie – we hope you all have a great day.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  3. Random Felines

    We know how it happened…..she knew how much love Sister Sascha would find with you and wanted your mom to be sure she knew it was all ok…..

    What a great story and mystery!

  4. Admiral Hestorb

    Mom has tears even though this is such a happy story. Sister Sascha, I am so glad to know your gotcha story and you make me and mommy very happy with it, Love to you and your mom and Dad. I appreciate their loving souls.

    xoxoxo Katie

  5. Marg

    Oh goodness, I knew that Sascha was special. She is Bethie. That is such a great story. That is so neat how Sascha took up Bethie’s habits. Hope all of you have a wonderful day and a better week end.

  6. Milo and Alfie

    What a truly beautiful post. It made mom leaky eyes ~ in a good way. You see she thort she was nuts! Let me explain …

    Mom had a beautiful blue-eyed lilac point siamese called Henry who was her heart cat (1985 ~2004). He had a long and happy life with mom from the age of 8 weeks old until he died of old age (organ failure) at nearly 20 years old. When he died it broke mom’s heart. She was grieving so much she couldn’t face getting another cat ~ for 4 years she checked out other kittens and cats but couldn’t make herself bring one home.

    Then in 2008 2 days before what would have been Henry’s birthday she found Milo ~ being given free to any taker (in a cardboard box). She looked into his blue eyes ~ and knew Henry had sent him. She said she just knew that Henry thought she had grieved enough ~ and since Henry no longer need birthday presents himself, as he was at the bridge ~ he gave Milo as a present to mom instead. Milo’s first full day in his forever home was what would have been Henry’s birthday. Henry and Milo share the same blue eyes.

    Mom has never felt Milo was Henry ~ but she :knows: he sent him to her to heal her broken heart ~ knowing Milo’s beautiful blue eyes would remind mom of sweet Henry every single day. And they do.

    Love Alfie xx

  7. Old Kitty

    Awwww what a most adorable story gorgeous Brian of how sister Sascha came to be! Me and Charlie always knew sister Sascha was a special kitty the second we saw her and fell head over heels in love with her! She’s soooooooooooooooo beautiful!!! We think Bethie is truly in her soul!! Awwwww!!

    Take care

  8. Cats of wildcat woods

    Sometimes our kitties do find their way back home to the ones they had before in another live. It is a mystery but it does happen! Like with you and Bethie! We do think you are right about the nine lives too! Great post!

  9. Ginger jasper

    This beautiful true story made mum have goose bumps and she said it would realy be so true. Who knows how it happened but it did and that is so lovely.. Both Sasha and your mum and dad got lucky that day and you are all watched over for sure. Beautiful… Hugs GJ xx

  10. Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom

    This gave me chills in a good way. For anyone who believes in reincarnation, it makes perfect sense. In the words of Hamlet: There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” There will always be unsolved mysteries and we’re happily sharing yours.

  11. Ms. Stella

    Isn’t that like the saying ‘The mind can’t always comprehend what the heart know instantly’ or something like that. What a great story, Sascha is indeed a gorgeous being inside and out. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Ms. Stella O’Houligan

  12. Pip

    This is a wonderful story! My mom is pretty convinced that my feline sister Rosie shares the same spirit as our cat Cleo who passed away about six years ago so we surely believe Sasha and Bethie are one in the same.

    Your pal, Pip

  13. Puddles

    Oh Brian, dat was just a remarkable post, I’m almost in tears…I definately have goose bumps. I knows any kitteh dat comes to your house will always be loved and cherished. You has da best peoples.


  14. Artemisia, Fenris, Socks & Scylla

    What a wonderful and heartwarming mystery thank you for sharing.

    Mommy insist that Scylla is Whiskers. The birth date our vet gave Scylla & Charybdis was the date Whiskers went to the bridge. Scylla gave out a happy little chirp the first time she saw Socks and acted like she knew him (Charybdis was afraid of him). Scylla got up on Daddy’s motorcycle when she was only 6 weeks old (Whiskers’ favorite spot) and Scylla does all the things Whiskers did to annoy the Dad like destroy the weather stripping on the garage door.

    PS: Mommy is the treat thief in our mystery.

  15. Penelope

    Dear Brian,
    What a wonderful mystery! Me thinks that your peoples is extra special to has figured it out! Mommy says Kozmo is the reincarnation of one of her before cats – Genghis!
    Has a great weekend!

  16. Cathy Keisha

    What a wonderful mystery with a happy ending. TW is now wondering where her beloved Nicky is now and hopes he’s happy. The only cat I could be a reincarnation of is Big Tym, who lived with Gramma. She had to carry a gift wrap roll with her to get him off when he attacked her.

  17. Oui Oui

    What a touching story! We love it The Mom sometimes wonders if Oui Oui isn’t her Robbie. Sweet, friendly, lovable brown tabby who is a fussy eater – that’s them!

  18. Mumsy and Furkids

    The most wonderful unsolved mystery we ever read. With sweet Sascha being where she is meant to be we would say how it all came to be doesn’t matter. Bethie saw to it that it all worked out perfectly. We are happy for all of you and happy that we have come to know sweet Sascha too. Hugs and nose kisses

  19. Fin

    Ah Brian that made my eyes leak like crazy for some reason. What a beautiful story! And yes, Mom’s are always right.

  20. Clooney

    Wow, that is one of the most fantastic stories we’ve ever heard! Love it. We are pretty sure Sascha is a flame point Ragdoll, she is truly gorgeous and we are so delighted that she is your Bethie and that you all found each other again.

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