Cats On A Plane
February 1 | 1 Comment
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Some kitty math: How many lives did little tabby Gracie Mae use up when she crawled into her owner’s suitcase, went through an airport X-ray machine, got loaded onto a plane, thrown onto a baggage belt and mistakenly picked up by a stranger far from home?
“She’s got to be at four or five now,” Seth Levy said after his 10-month-old pet was returned Sunday night by a kind stranger who went home to Fort Worth, Texas, with the wrong bag and Gracie inside to boot.
I’ve never traveled by air, but if I did, it wouldn’t be in a suitcase. I’d be in first class eating a savory Hungry-Man meal while the second class passengers take pleasure in their one ounce treat, one salty peanut at a time.
The last time Levy’s wife, Kelly, saw Gracie was before she took her husband to the airport. The 24-year-old went back to her house in Palm Beach Gardens late Friday to find the bottom step, where Gracie would usually be waiting, empty. She tore the house apart looking for the cat, who had been spayed just days before.
Then she got a phone call.
“Hello, is your refrigerator running?” the mysterious caller asked.
“Well you better catch it!”
The call was quickly followed by another…
“Hi, you’re not going to believe this, but I am calling from Fort Worth, Texas, and I accidentally picked up your husband’s luggage. And when I opened the luggage, a cat jumped out,” Kelly Levy quoted the caller saying.
Rob Carter said he made it home with the suitcase before realizing it wasn’t his – and there was a big surprise inside.
“I went to unpack and saw some of the clothes and saw it wasn’t my suitcase,” he said. “I was going to close it, and a kitten jumped out and ran under the bed. I screamed like a little girl.”
The scream went something like this, “We love you Hannah Montana!!”
“In the morning, I got close enough to see its collar and the phone number on it,” he said.
The tabby made the 1,300-mile trip home on an $80 plane ticket.
Had she been fully grown, that ticket would have set her back a full $200. I guess jet fuel is cheaper the younger you are. Anyway…
Carter said he considered keeping the cat before he knew she had a home.
“We were going to name it Suitcase,” he said
If he was Chinese he would have named her Dinner.