After a year of being apart, James Raasch is reunited with his cat. Photo courtesy of JOSH FARLEY / KITSAP SUN.
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - Rescued from the streets of Naples, Italy, when a former Washington man was stationed there with the Navy, Odie the cat was James Raasch's companion for more than a decade until she vanished a year ago.
He searched for her unsuccessfully in Bremerton and a few months ago moved to Davis, Calif.
The Kitsap Sun reports (http://is.gd/hNXi9Z ) that picture changed this week when the Kitsap Humane Society tracked Raasch down to tell him Odie had been found and identified by her microchip.
Turns out she had joined a feral cat colony in East Bremerton. A woman who monitors the colony noticed this cat was different.
As Humane Society cat expert Tara Trezona puts it, "She was a cuddler." And the cuddler proved to have a chip.
Raasch was headed back to Kitsap County for a visit this weekend, and the two were reunited Friday.