NEW ZEALAND – This is one story you will be thrilled you decided to read!
It’s a fairy tale come true — a runaway kitty has returned home after being missing for just about a decade.
Four years ago, 11-year-old Fletcher Oxford captivated the entire nation with his performances on New Zealand’s Got Talent. All were dedicated to his missing cat, Sushi.
She disappeared just shortly before he started learning to play the guitar, and became his inspiration.
“Since then I’ve been writing songs for her, and singing and playing the guitar just for her,” Fletcher explained to viewers!
“And my family, but mostly for her. I think the more performances I do, the higher the chances of Sushi returning home would be.”
Fletcher did actually make it to the semi-finals, where he performed original song ‘Everything To Me’, dedicated to his pet.
Now eight years after Sushi first went missing, long after the Tauranga schoolboy completely gave up hope of seeing her again, he was able to perform it for her for the first time.
Now 15, Fletcher says the cat’s return was an “impossible happening” that proves miracles can happen.
“On Monday, Dad walked into the shed that we live in on the farm and bam, there she was!” he stated.
“To be told that she had found her way home, completely out of the blue, was something that took me a while to believe, even after I saw her in person.”
Fletcher was sitting in class when he got a text from his father saying that Sushi had come home.
“I was in total shock after receiving the text, and kept telling myself it wasn’t real, that I would wake up at any second.”
Incredibly, despite her eight-year long adventure, Sushi was in remarkably good shape, but perhaps, a bit on the skinny side and with a sore paw, but otherwise unharmed.
It was an unbelievable reunion for Fletcher, who was worried she somehow wouldn’t recognize him. But she did!
“There was an instant connection,” he says. “She knew exactly who I was. For a moment all I did was hold her close and listen to her purring, trying to convince myself that it was all real life.”
Sushi’s miraculous return has already sparked back up the writing bug, Fletcher says.
“She was the very reason I started writing songs, and since then I have grown up and experienced and learnt so much more and it has broadened, developed and matured my compositions.
“I look forward to pouring my heart out on the page to share this emotion with the world.”
For now, at least, Fletcher’s simply grateful that the impossible has occurred, and he’s been reunited with his beloved pet.
“Every once in a while, miracles happen.”
Watch Fletcher dedicate an old performance to the one and only, Sushi!