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Share your stories about lost pets with the Gazette

We're inviting readers to submit short stories about dealing with the loss of a pet.

Inspired by the fantastic return of Hurly the cat, who was trapped and relased 2.5 miles from home, we want to hear more about what happens when pets get lost.

Share your story: How did it happen? What did you do for a search? What were the thoughts running through your head? And did you ever get your pet back?

You can send stories of under 150 words to WebEditor@GazetteNET.com. Don't forget to incude a pet picture! If we get enough of them, we'll post a package of stories online.


Hurley the cat, missing for nearly a week, makes 2.5-mile trek home to Easthampton

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — Hurley, a Maine coon cat, found his way home to 206 East St. Wednesday morning after a neighbor allegedly trapped and relocated him 2.5 miles away in the Meadows near South Street in Northampton. The 8-year-old cat’s owners, Shawn and Helicia Forest-Ussach, had been searching for him since Friday, when they said a neighbor admitted that he had …

Easthampton couple searches for cat they said neighbor trapped and relocated in Northampton

Monday, August 19, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — Shawn Forest-Ussach said his cat, a 17-pound Maine coon named Hurley, is tough. In the eight years he and his wife, Helicia, have had him, he’s had many adventures on Mount Tom, which is in their backyard, and survived a dog attack. Once, when they lived in Southampton, he came back from a wander in the woods dragging …

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