Kelly: Stray cat survives secret ride -
Published Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 1:00 am / Updated at 12:52 pm
Kelly: Stray cat survives secret ride

Steve Alley has a cat, which doesn't mean it's an alley cat.

Then again, if you like tales of pets that get lost and against the odds are somehow found and returned home, then this story could be right up your ... well, let's dispense with the alley references. If at all possible. For now.

Steve is married and the father of three in Tabor, Iowa, where he owns Midwest Auto Interiors. A salesman for an upholstery supplier from Kansas City had stopped by recently and chatted with Steve.

The Alley cat, unbeknownst to Steve and his family, apparently hopped into the salesman's trailer. Three hours later, the man called from Lincoln, 70 some miles away.

Bad news: He saw the calico cat jump out and run off.

Steve and wife Angie, a pharmacist in Tabor, have three children: Connor, 11; Lydia, 9; and Lana, 3.

The 3-year-old cat's name is like the peanut butter-and-chocolate candy, Reese's — and the kids love Reeses to pieces. So Steve wasn't about to abandon her or write her off.

The next morning, he drove more than an hour to Lincoln, stopping in the area where the salesman saw the cat jump out. "Here, kitty, kitty," he called out as he walked, hoping Reeses might recognize his voice.

Up and down streets and alleys, Steve Alley told everyone he saw that he was looking for his calico — who is pregnant.

He knew some people in the area, and he said they helped search. "They sent a posse," he said. "They did a lot to try to get our cat back to us."

Steve even put a notice and her photo on his Facebook page.

Two days later, he tried again, arriving at 8 a.m. And, sure enough, it turned out that someone had seen the cat — he's not sure if it was in an alley. In any case, once she was captured, he received a call.

Alley had to laugh when he noticed a sign nearby on a Dumpster with a design of cat paws: Alley Cat Disposal.

He drove Reeses home to Tabor, first telling his wife, "Look who I found." Then he drove to Fremont Mills school to show her off to the three Alley kids.

Everyone by then was feelin' fine about their formerly far-away feline.

Their cat wasn't a stray, but had temporarily gone astray. Now this little cat's tale ends happily — and the Alley Cat is back.

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Contact the writer: Michael Kelly    |   402-444-1000

Mike writes three columns a week on a variety of topics.

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