AFTER Dixie the cat went missing for eight months from Watsons Creek, her owner thought she’d never see her furry friend again.
But, as Tex Morton sang, “The cat came back – thought he was a goner ...”
On April 24, when Nicole Whiting’s mother was feeding horses, she heard meowing and there was Dixie looking as if she’d never left.
Ms Whiting rescued Dixie in April, 2011 after she’d been dumped with a litter of kittens in Gatton, Queensland.
Ms Whiting lost her dalmatian and kitten in the Toowoomba floods, so was happy to rescue little Dixie and another kitten, Tilly, a fortnight apart.
Dixie moved with Ms Whiting from Queensland to Freemans Reach in the Hawkesbury, then to Watsons Creek, where she went missing in August last year.
“When she disappeared in winter, we thought a fox or something had got her because she wasn’t much of a bush cat, so she didn’t have many survival skills,” she said.
Since she’s returned, now living in Moonbi with Ms Whiting and her partner Terry
Rosewarne, she’s settled in as if she never left – with improved social skills.
“She’s a bit more friendly than she was before and we think she was probably being looked after by someone else indoors,” Ms Whiting said.