When tabby cat Goose went missing from his Chilliwack, British Columbia home in 2010, his family initially assumed that he would return.
Christina Bartha, her husband, and their five children moved to a house within their neighborhood just a block away. They had had Goose for eight years at that point, but after their move, he disappeared.
The family hoped that Goose would return, but as time passed, their hopes faded. Gradually they began to assume that Goose had fallen victim to one of the bears or coyotes in the area.
That is, until Goose showed up at a neighbor’s house one day. Sue Kilfoyle lives close by the Barthas, and when Kilfoyle’s daughter saw Goose making his way up the driveway, they brought him inside and took pictures. Goose was in bad physical shape, but Kilfoyle was determined to find his owner. A veterinarian clinic was able to connect Kilfoyle with the Barthas, based on Goose’s ear tattoo.
But Goose’s story doesn’t end there.
Christina Bartha was thrilled to hear that Goose was still alive, but Kilfoyle quickly warned her that the cat was dying. Goose was terribly skinny, dehydrated, and suffering from a bowel obstruction. The vet who had examined him didn’t think that he would survive, but Bartha insisted on getting a second opinion, which was more positive.
Goose had some significant veterinary bills, but strangers donated to help cover the cost. Today, Goose is well and back home, having been given a second chance at life. His adventures over the past six years will likely remain a mystery, but the Bartha family is happy to have him back again.