Unexpected reunion

Wonderful surprise: Alex DeMille and Indy the cat spend a little time together getting reacquainted after being separated since May 2011.  - James Murray/Observer
Wonderful surprise: Alex DeMille and Indy the cat spend a little time together getting reacquainted after being separated since May 2011.
— image credit: James Murray/Observer

Indy is home and shows no signs of wanting to leave anytime soon.

Like his namesake Indiana Jones, the beloved black and white cat went on an adventure three years ago.

And owners Brad and Kelly DeMille, thought he was a goner, but the cat is back.

When the DeMilles and their two daughters moved from their farm to a home in Gleneden, they did their best to acclimatize their six- or seven-year-old feline to his new home.

“We did what we were supposed to do; get it used to the house and keep it inside,” says Brad, noting his sister visiting from California accidentally let Indy out. “It was sad, he was just such a good cat, a great disposition.”

Brad says the cat’s brother had been killed on the highway in front of DeMille’s Farm Market shortly before the family moved.

“He was sad, I think possibly he was lonely,” says Brad of the loss.

Indy disappeared into the woods near the DeMilles’ new home  towards the end of May 2011.

A few weeks ago, the family got a tremendous and happy surprise in a phone call from the SPCA telling them a cat had been seen at Glen Echo Resort and the ear tattoo identified him as their beloved Indy.

Brad says Indy wasn’t necessarily tame at this point, but another call advised the family that the cat had been caught.

More good news was revealed in the cat’s condition.

“He’s awesome; he’s in better shape than I am – maybe a little overweight,” laughs Brad. “We took him to the vet and his ears were clean and he got some new vaccinations.”

Brad said his daughters Tanis, 16, and 13-year-old Alex shed tears of sadness when Indy disappeared and tears of sheer joy when he arrived home.

The only one whose nose may be a little out of joint is Lola, a new family cat, who is not allowed in the house because she has a tendency to “poop in the basement.”

As for Indy, Brad says he seems to be happy staying indoors.

“He has done nothing but lie around in the house, I think he knows he’s home,”  he laughs. “We take him out on a leash and he looks around like ‘no, don’t want to go there.’”


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