By DARREN HANDSCHUH
Rocky the cat has quite a story to tell.
At not even a year old, the wayward feline spent weeks on his own after disappearing from his Vernon home.
Chelsea Temple said Rocky went missing July 12, but on Tuesday morning, she received a call that Rocky had been found – in Anglemont.
Exactly how the black and white cat made if from the North Okanagan to the Shuswap remains a mystery.
“I don't know how he got there,” said Temple. “He had a month and a half to venture, but that is a long way. There was no way he could have done it himself. I was thinking someone took him and ditched him somewhere.”
Temple said a lady living in a van near Kin Beach in Vernon had a cat that fit Rocky's description, but she was unable to confirm it was her cat.
But this week, Temple was contacted by a woman named Tammy who used the tattoo in Rocky's ear to track down her sister who used to own Rocky.
Temple's sister then called her and the reunion was set.
Tammy presented Temple with a different theory on how the wandering feline arrived in the Shuswap.
“Her idea was perhaps he got stuck in someone's motorhome and then jumped out when they stopped, which is also pretty plausible,” said Temple.
Either way, Rocky is home.
“I knew he was a street smart guy and I knew he was alive, but I never thought I would see him again,” she said.