Last week, Jackie Lake experienced a stomaching realization that no pet owner wants to do. Her beloved cat, Baloo, was missing.
The lake and her family spent the whole weekend nearby. They patrolled the nearby forest, looked under the deck and knocked on dozens of doors. There was no sign of the cat.
"It was a terrible feeling," told Lake at CTV Atlantic.
That feeling lasted until Monday when Lake got an unusual phone call. There was a woman calling from Purolator in Montreal.
"She stopped and said," Then did not you send a cat? Lake recalled.
That's when the pieces of the plaster began to fall into place. Lake had recently packed up several boxes filled with car tires. She tied up the boxes and sent them via Purolator to a friend in Calgary.
"My first question was: Is he alive? Did I kill my cat?" She said.
No, Baloo lived and well. The Purolator worker told her that a truck driver found the cat on the back of his vehicle. Baloo had somehow let go of the box.
The lake says that her cat must have managed to sneak into the box while she was not looking, probably through a small opening in the top and embedded in the rim of the rim.
"So he was not on top, he had come in through the hole of the rim into the bottom of the box," she said.
When Baloo was found, the shipping company arrived at Montreal SPCA, who picked up the cat.
"We were all extremely easy to Balloo doing well to Montreal, that he survived the trip," says SPCA spokesman Anita Kapuscinska.
Baloo, who is completely healthy, is now home thanks to Freedom Drivers, a voluntary organization that drives pets that need travel.
The lake said that she is relieved to get her cat back in time for the holiday. But she does not expect her to hear the end of it anytime soon.
"I will never live it," she said.