Thank you for all your kinds words over the loss of our dear Mischu!
I am happy to report that he is safe and sound back at home!!
Last Tuesday, I called the Humane Society to confirm that I eas able to rent a trap in order to catch whomever it was that was eating the food on our step. After waiting on hold for about 15 minutes, I was told that yes, it was possible and that I would be able to get the cage for 2 weeks.
So after work, I drove all the way to the Northside to pick it up and after one more tour around the cages to see if he had turned up, I was told tht no, I was unable to rent a trap to catch my OWN animal (still makes absolutely NO sense to me) After some pleading a little stop-by of a friend I know who worked there, I was able to get it.... for 3 days. I was BEYOND unimpressed. We would be heading out of town the following day. I was told that I could get an extention if my mom (who would be watching the hosue and animals while we were away) called in and requested one.
After the girl showed me how to use the thing, I was ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED!! If I did it wrong, I could accidently cause him to lose his tail!!!! OMG!! Needless to say, I was not looking forward to setting this up when I got home.
So instead, I decided to hop out of the truck and pull some weeds when we pulled into the driveway. I had hooked Finley up to the railing on the stairs and she lay in the grass playing with a ball for the 5 minutes it took me. When I was done, I went and threw the weeds in the garage. When I came out, she was standing, staring at the back gate and I suddenly had a feeling....
So I peeked around the corner, and sure enough, there he was! Poking his head out from under the bottom of the gate. I sort of froze for a moment and then realized that I needed to act fast otherwise he'd be gone!
So, I very slowly walked over to the gate and called his name. His head disappeared and so I calmly repeated his name. He backed up, let me open the gate and then let me scoop him up no problem.
He was pretty clean, just a little sandy and looked perfectly fine. We segregated him for a little while in the basement as there was some intial fighting between him and his siblings, but things are now back to normal and we're back to being a family of 5.
( looking a little LESS than pleased in this photo hahaha)
I can't tell you how happy I was to have him back! Thanks again to those of you who had such nice things to say and helped me keep the faith that he'd return!