Dear Landa, Annalisa & your wonderful dogs, in particular Rainbow,
THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for finding my beloved kitty, Cat Stevens, who was missing for 6 days. Without your hard work, compassion, and of course your team of amazing dogs, I don't know if I would ever have seen my baby boy again.
Unfortunately, I happened to be in the UK visiting my family for Christmas when I found out Cat Stevens was missing. He is an indoor/outdoor cat who loves exploring and being out in the fresh air, but normally I could get him back by calling for him, and if he wouldn't come back because he was in the middle of an adventure, it would still usually only be a couple of hours before he made his way home. But he had already been gone 2 days when the cat sitters told me he was missing!! My heart filled with dread. I wanted to jump on a plane as soon as I heard, but due to family commitments, it was very difficult for me to get back to LA as soon as I wanted. My friends flyered up and down the street, they put posters up in the neighbourhood, the cat sitters went out looking and talking to the neighbours on the street.... but he was still missing.... so by the 5th day, I knew I had to come back myself. Things just went from bad to worse when my flight was oversold and I had to wait another 24 hours to get on a flight out of London.
I never had a clue that such a thing as "pet detectives" even existed, but once I found out about your service, I instantly knew I had to hire you. You told me that you have about a 73% success rate and that was good enough for me - how could I not hire you? I knew that this would be the best chance I had of finding him alive and well. You then explained that due to the area where Cat Stevens was missing, the chances of a "walk up find" were around 35%. That still filled me with hope. You explained your service in detail and what to expect.
When I landed at LAX, you were out with the dogs and had been searching for 3 hours already. When I heard you were still out searching, I was just thankful that you hadn't found a body... I don't know what I would have done if I had got off the plane to be met with that news. After I had got through immigration and picked up my suit cases more than an hour later and had just got in the car to rush home, I got a phone call to say you had found him, trapped in a garage at the back of someone's yard, about 5 houses up the street.
I screamed with joy, I could not believe the news!!!!!!!! I was going to get my baby back!
When I finally got to my street more than an hour later due to the awful LA traffic. Anna Lisa was shivering inside the dark, dingy shed, with you making sure Stevens stayed there (he was hiding in a dark corner and would not come to her.) That act alone reinforced what lovely people you are. When I crawled into the shed myself and called out "baby boy where are you? it's me, I'm here!", it only took a couple of seconds for him to start meaowing his little head off and when I moved loads of boxes and piles of stuff out the way he crawled out from a tiny little space where he had been hiding.
Oh my god I can't tell you the sense of relief that came flooding through me - and the most enormous gratitude for you both, and all the wonderful dogs who had been involved.
Thank you so much for doing what you do, I will sing your praises far and wide, I have already put up a notice in my local pet store telling people about you, I will do whatever I can to publicise your service and let people know that when their companion animals go missing, there is hope. Whatever I can do to help you, please let me know, be it now, in 6 months, or 6 years time. I will never forget this experience and all of you, Landa, Annalisa, & dogs :)
THANK YOU, I hope we stay in touch, with love and eternal gratitude,
Claudia and Cat Stevens