Despite Tim Berners-Lee’s most noble of intentions, the internet is frequently a cold, dark, miserable place.
Sarcasm abounds, cyberbullying proliferates and evil activities take place in the dark underbelly of the web.
But when it feels like it’s all getting too much, just remember: no people in human history have ever had such easy access to so much quality cat content.
And never before has it been so easy for feelgood stories to reach a deservedly huge audience.
So imagine our delight when we stumbled across this heartwarming tale posted on Twitter by Dallas resident, 23-year-old Nguhi Muturi.
We won’t spoil it by summarising here, so simply read on and prepare for the ride of your life.
hi I can’t believe this is real because I am still in shock but my first pet ever my cat panther just came home today after going missing FIVE YEARS AGO. FIVE. YEARS. AGO.— nguhi (@ngvhi) March 16, 2018
I’m still sobbing. He came up to my dad outside started purring & rubbed up against him. He took him inside & he went straight to his favorite spot. We declawed panther’s front claws $ left his back. THIS CAT HAS NO FRONT CLAWS EITHER. Everything else is the same it’s really him— nguhi (@ngvhi) March 16, 2018
alright saddle in bc this is a JOURNEY. sometime after panther went missing he apparently turned up in a shelter in the next city 15 mi away. days before he was going to be euthanized he was adopted ! and lived with a women for a little while in yet another city.— nguhi (@ngvhi) March 17, 2018
she saved his life and named him Charlie! She had him for a little while and when she couldn’t look after him anymore she gave him to her parents. this woman’s parents happen to be.....my next door neighbors. They have been living with “”Charlie”” for a little over a year— nguhi (@ngvhi) March 17, 2018
he was an indoor cat we hardly saw and at this point we’d presumed panther lost or dead. These happen to be the neighbors that bought a siberian husky that quickly turned out to be too much to handle. i started taking care of him until they asked if I wanted to fully adopt him— nguhi (@ngvhi) March 17, 2018
THIS IS WHY when trotsky saw panther at our house today he didn’t go crazy or bark. HE ALREADY KNEW HIM. THEY’D LIVED TOGETHER BEFORE. we discovered this after our neighbor called and asked if we’d seen Charlie who’d been missing all day— nguhi (@ngvhi) March 17, 2018
Our neighbors were as flabbergasted as us and insisted we keep him because he really was ours. we (I was overruled) decided to give him back since he was comfortable there and we already have a dog and cat. It was heartbreaking but I can’t even be sad bc today was truly surreal— nguhi (@ngvhi) March 17, 2018
We’re not crying, it’s just been raining on our face.
Five years ago Nguhi’s pet cat Panther went missing and was nearly put to sleep in an animal shelter 15 miles from her home before being rescued by a Good Samaritan, who looked after him for several years before giving him to her parents who, it transpired, lived next door to Nguhi.
When the neighbours found out that Panther was actually Nguhi’s family pet they offered to give him back, but her family decided he should stay in the place where he had settled.
Naturally, people loved it.
I have no words but my feelings have exploded for you and Panther— Ty Dolla Menu (@OttoFernandez) March 17, 2018
Someone contact Disney, I want a full animated tail of Panther and his adventure.— Jess Baskerville (@herstrangeways) March 17, 2018
Of course, this being the internet, some people STILL managed to find fault with the story:
But fear not, there was still a happy ending:
I agree! we declawed him in 2004 before we knew how terrible it can be for them. we regret it and didn’t even consider it when getting our current cat. trust me I advise everyone to learn from our mistake— nguhi (@ngvhi) March 17, 2018
Go off into your day with a spring in your step and love in your hearts people.