Elsie Has Gone On Walkabout-Elsie is Missing

On Monday, November third around ten at night, Miss Elsie slipped out of the door of the RV and went on walk-about. That might have been OK but she has not returned.

She has always been a curious kitty with a strong sense of adventure. I believe that she decided the opportunity was there and it was time to create even more adventure in her life.  The opportunity was a slip of an open door I was unaware of.

We are staying at Santee Lakes Reserve and Campground in Santee, California, east of San Diego. It is coyote country out here and I understand she needs to be a wily kitty to avoid them. I think she has it in her to do that. This campground is huge (300) sites. I have walked the park end to end numerous times.

I have a new routine. I set the alarm for five in the morning and walk the park until it is light and many people with their dogs are around. Then I return back to my site and check the numerous sites and pages that I have put her lost poster on, check the San Diego Humane Society, check my emails and facebook. I wait during the full daylight hours at my rig just in case she comes back. Around dusk I walk the campground again, come back eat dinner and rest. Then at eleven p.m., I walk the campground again. I walk with food, her bells from her collar and more.

Just this morning I was told about a possible sighting in one of the lower loops. I now make sure to include that on my own Elsie walk-about, three times a day.

We have traveled so much and seen so much. She has impacted so many people’s lives. I hope she continues to be that ambassador for many years to come.

I am slowly adjusting to life without my buddy. It is hard to do. I feel so guilty about having that door open. I am trying hard not to personalize this. It wasn’t that she was unhappy, she is just a curious cat and grabbed the opportunity when it presented itself. Ever since I started this lifestyle I have acknowledged fully that something like this could happen. She is a cat and has those wild instincts. That seems all good on paper, but my heart is involved here and I miss her.

The good news is that RV’ers are a good sort of people and most are on the lookout for her. I am thankful for that. My friends are doing the best they know how to support and love me. I am so thankful for that. I don’t want to leave the rig closed, so friends have offered to come and spend a little time at my home on wheels when I need to go to an appointment.

Meanwhile, I am letting my emotions be what they are. I try not to berate myself too much. These things happen. Right now between my walks, I try to get enough rest, because I imagine this body is still recovering from surgery. I am remembering to breathe. I have to grieve, I have to let my heart do its thing and then I too will pick up and move on, in whichever direction I need to.

Currently, I would like to ask all of you to pray, send energy, and whatever else to get Miss Elsie back to me, if at all possible. She deserves it and so do I.

14 thoughts on “Elsie Has Gone On Walkabout-Elsie is Missing

  1. If hope and prayer and thoughts can bring Miss Elsie home then she will come back. I check my FB and messages every 15 mins or so hoping beyond hope that I see she has returned. Let’s all hope that the potential sighting is real and that she has wandered closer to where you usually camp there, where you have the nice lake view. Come on Miss Elsie, it is time to reveal your whereabouts!

  2. O NO!! So sorry she is missing and will come home soon. Hope you will continue to improve and you two can get back on the road. Sending prayers, Katy

  3. I have been saying outloud that Miss Elsie needs to get back to you. I’ll keep the positive thoughts and hope that Miss Elsie hears my request!!

  4. Jan, been following you for quite awhile. Look forward to now on this site.
    Saddened over your missing partner, wishing you the best.
    Doug

  5. Still praying for Elsie’s return, but your silence is saying something. Thinking of you………. Katy Walden in Virginia

    On Thu, Nov 7, 2019 at 12:22 PM Journeys of Thankfulness wrote:

    > JanetA posted: “On Monday, November third around ten at night, Miss Elsie > slipped out of the door of the RV and went on walk-about. That might have > been OK but she has not returned. She has always been a curious kitty with > a strong sense of adventure. I believe that s” >

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