There’s nothing more heartbreaking than a missing pet—but there’s also nothing more heartwarming than a reunion. Get the tissues ready, this one is a doozy.
Twitter user @ngvhi hopped online to share the most beautiful story about how she was reunited, five years later, with her sweet cat and first pet. Meet Panther.
hi I can’t believe this is real because I am still in shock but my first pet ever my cat panther just came home today after going missing FIVE YEARS AGO. FIVE. YEARS. AGO.
— nguhi (@ngvhi) March 16, 2018
“Sometime after Panther went missing he apparently turned up in a shelter in the next city 15 mi away,” she wrote. “Days before he was going to be euthanized he was adopted! And lived with a women [sic] for a little while in yet another city.”
Apparently the woman who adapted Panther kept him until she couldn’t any longer, and ultimately gave him to her parents—who just so happened to be @ngvhi’s neighbor. So, for over a year, Panther (whose name changed to Charlie) was literally living his best indoor cat life right next door.
“These happen to be the neighbors that bought a Siberian husky that quickly turned out to be too much to handle. I started taking care of him until they asked if I wanted to fully adopt him,” she continued.
Yep that’s right, this story also involves a doggo. The neighbors took in her cat, unknowingly, and she ended up with their dog.
One day, her neighbors called to ask if they had seen a missing Charlie—aka Panther. When Charlie/Panther did turn up, Trotsky the husky (which, side note, is a perfect name) didn’t freak out. “HE ALREADY KNEW HIM. THEY’D LIVED TOGETHER BEFORE,” @ngvhi wrote.
“Our neighbors were as flabbergasted as us and insisted we keep him because he really was ours. we (I was overruled) decided to give him back since he was comfortable there and we already have a dog and cat,” she tweeted.
“It was heartbreaking but I can’t even be sad bc today was truly surreal. They’ve given me permission to visit my beautiful boy whenever I’d like. How is it possible that they gave me this dog I adore and have fostered my first best friend.”
you know how you lose a person or pet and you wish you had one more day with them just to let them know how much you love them and how much they mean to you? I just had that day with Panther. I never would have guessed that 5 years later I’d get to kiss his little head again ❤️ pic.twitter.com/KQyEQ67QFy
— nguhi (@ngvhi) March 17, 2018
“You know how you lose a person or pet and you wish you had one more day with them just to let them know how much you love them and how much they mean to you?,” she wrote. “I just had that day with Panther. I never would have guessed that 5 years later I’d get to kiss his little head again.”
Mashable has reached out to @ngvhi for more information but until then, cue all of the tears and all of the feelings. 😭