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Family cat lost eight years ago returns to Yarra Glen family

Kathryn Powley, June 6, 2017 6:00PM Herald Sun

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A FAMILY cat-astrophe has had a purr-fect ending after a beloved feline turned up eight years after going missing.

When Silvie the purebred British shorthair couldn’t be found in 2009, the Crossland family of Yarra Glen were heartbroken that their pet of eight months was gone.

“She never came back. We put up signs and everything for about 12 months,” Steve Crossland said.

As time passed though, hope dwindled* and talk turned to getting another cat.

Mr Crossland said their children Will and Eve, then six and four, were keen to get a new cat. Now Will and Eve are aged 14 and 12, and have a little sister, Quinn, 6.

But Felicity Crossland decided she did not want another pet unless it was Silvie coming home.

Last Thursday, that’s exactly what happened.

A family had brought a cat into Coldstream Animal Aid after an elderly woman, 94, was no longer able to live at home and had to give up her silver-haired companion*.

Mr Crossland was told that the lady’s husband died not long before she found a young, lost Silvie. The woman lived just a few streets away from the Crossland family.

Silvie the cat. Picture: Tim Carrafa media_cameraSilvie the cat. Picture: Tim Carrafa

“She never let her outside and she fed her roast chicken,” Mr Crossland said.

Animal Aid cattery manager Lynn Bell said it was fortunate Silvie was microchipped* and the address was the same as when she went missing in 2009, as it meant she could be returned to the Crossland family straight away.

Mrs Crossland didn’t tell Mr Crossland straight away, keeping Silvie a surprise until he arrived home from work.

“I was overcome with joy,” Mr Crossland said, of seeing Silvie again.

“That’s not our cat,” he’d said in surprise. “What do you mean? Oh my god, Silvie. You came back. You came back,” he said, in a video the family took of the happy moment.

Mr Crossland said Silvie was settling back in well and did not seem stressed.

“She needs to go on a bit of a diet and she’s not going outside,” he said.

GLOSSARY

dwindled: slowly went away

companion: friend

microchipped: small chip inserted under the skin containing contact information of the owner

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Activity 1. Timeline

Create a timeline of events from the time that Silvie went missing from the Crossland’s to the time she returned. Read the article carefully to make sure you include all events mentioned. Include what the Crosslands did to try and find her, what happened in their lives while she was missing and what happened to Silvie and how she was found.

Extension: Missing Poster

The Crosslands put up signs when Silvie went missing in the hope that she would be returned. Use details from the article to design a poster like one that might have been put up in 2009.

Time: allow 40 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English

Activity 2. Lost and found!

Imagine one of your beloved pets (or favourite toys) went missing,

Write a short rhyming poem that explains how you are feeling in four to eight lines.

Like Silvie, imagine your pet (or toy) returns.

Write a second poem the same length explaining how you are feeling now.
Try and use language that makes the reader feel the same as you might have been feeling.

Extension: Microchipping pets

Silvie was microchipped.
What does this mean?
Write an explanation of how this process works.

How did this help Silvie be reunited with her family?

If the Crosslands had moved house in the time Silvie was missing, would it have worked?

Time: allow 40 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Design and Technology

VCOP ACTIVITY

( Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation)


Show don’t tell

Make a list of all the emotions the Crossland family may have felt when they lost their beloved cat and also when she returned.

Select an emotion and write some phrases that ‘show don’t tell’ that feeling.
For example, shocked – jaw drops, heart beating fast, mouth open wide.

Extension:

Use the phrases you have created to rewrite some parts of the article.
Could you use their technique in your own writing?

Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum Links: English, Big Write and VCOP

Activity provided by Andrell Education, www.andrelleducation.com.au


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