‘Lucky Penny’: Dauphin Island cat finds owner in Tennessee
MOBILE, Ala (WKRG) – Find a dime, collect it and you’re in luck. It’s a common saying. A Dauphin Island cat named Penny must be very lucky after being picked up on the island and found his owner hundreds of miles from home.
Penny’s owner Monica Fleming said if Penny hadn’t been found on Thursday June 6 would have been 11e day she disappeared.
Fleming told WKRG News 5 Penny often goes out exploring, so when she hasn’t come home one day, she hasn’t given it much thought. She said, “I didn’t post right away because I was like, ‘Well maybe she just got caught up and she’ll be back tonight because she has it. already done. “”
When Penny was not home for four days, Fleming posted messages on several Dauphin Island Facebook groups looking for her pet. After posting the messages, she received a message from a woman she had never met. Fleming said: “She had pictures she sent me, and it was Penny.”
Fleming said she and the woman had spoken and even video chatted to make sure the cat was Penny. The woman said she saw Fleming’s post in one of the Facebook groups. The woman said when she found Penny the cat must have lost her collar and seeing no owner the woman thought she saved Penny when she brought her home.
Fleming said: “I was like, ‘Okay, I have to go get her.’ You know, it was like picking up my daughter from school, I was like, ‘Okay, I have to go now.’ “
The journey was not that easy. Penny was in Tennessee. Fleming said the round trip took more than 13 hours.
“If I thought she was just a cat, I certainly wouldn’t have. I would have said, “Okay, she’s in a good house, you all keep her,” but she’s part of my family and I would for any member of my family, “Fleming said.
It may have been a long drive, but Fleming said it was worth it.
“Once she heard me start talking to her the whole way home, she would look at me with her big old eyes and start meowing like she was telling me what had happened,” Fleming said.
Fleming said she plans to buy Penny a GPS tracker, so she won’t be traveling too far from home on her own.