Passion. Love. Fear. Desperation. Hysteria.
No, I’m not describing your first kiss. These are the unfiltered emotions found in the desperate scribblings of a Lost Pet poster.
For almost two decades I have been collecting Lost Pet flyers posted to telephone poles, bulletin boards, and occasionally those that lay crumpled up on the street. I'd study them over, soaking in every detail, and dream up stories for these lost souls: like Bezoar the outgoing cat who got stuck in a tree and climbed away into the clouds. Or Sneaky Pie and Twinnie, the brother cats who slipped out one evening to party in Catnip City. Entertaining, yes, but I knew these were only fictitious tales.
It wasn’t until recently that my curiosity bubbled over and I began dialing all the numbers on these old fliers to find out what exactly went down with these pets. After hundreds of phone calls, texts, emails and plenty of tears, I had a beautiful collection of stories documenting the bizarre human behavior in pursuit of a lost, furry friend. But in every story there runs a common thread: love. Love for that best friend that will listen and lick. Love for the begging, whining mutt that waits faithfully for you in the doorway. Love for the plump kitty that pins you in place while you sleep. Love that endures and love that inspires.
I present to you my collection of wild, curious, all-too-mischievous and rebellious pets.