Stows Away on PPG Delivery Truck; Found 160 Miles from Home
June 23, 2009
A cat named Stimpy from Redding, Calif., recently took a tour of
the statevia a PPG Auto Glass Truck. The cat's owner, Missy
Patten, owner of Platinum Auto Glass, noticed the cat was missing
on the morning of Tuesday, June 9.
"I usually get up at around 6 or 6:30 and I went to feed him,
and he didn't come when I called him," she said.
Patten, who's had Stimpy for nine years, said he usually stays
in the front yard of her house, from which she runs her mobile-only
She searched her neighborhood and animal shelters for two weeks,
and assumed he'd run awayor worse.
Fortunately, Patten's fears were assuaged last Thursday when she
received a call from from a company in Sacramento, Calif., saying
their staff had found the cat. They located Patten using the cat's
collar, which included her phone number, but no area code, as she
had assumed if Stimpy ever went missing, it would be locally.
"Luckily this guy randomly tried my area code and he got through
to me," she said.
"I left right away and I just drove-I didn't stop," says
Patten, who has one other cat and a dog.
When she arrived, she discovered that the warehouse where the cat
had been found was right behind a PPG Auto Glass (a part of Pittsburgh
Glass Works) distribution center. It was then that she realized,
Stimpy must have hitched a ride on the PPG truck on Monday, June
8, when the truck made her 2 a.m. auto glass deliverythe night
before she discovered the cat's disappearance.
Patten has since warned the PPG driver to watch out for Stimpy,
to make sure he doesn't hop on the truck againas she assumes
he must have donebut isn't too concerned at this point.
"Since he got home, he literally will not leave my front porch,"
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