In Matthew’s 18-wheeler, along with his human Matthew B., he rode through America.
The two love each other and have been almost inseparable for years, but the tragedy hit last July; when Matthew was stopping at a Springfield, Ohio, truck stop, Ashes unintentionally got out of the truck and died For his friend and travel partner, Matthew looked high and low, but to no avail. Ashes left without a trace, a long way away from home.
When he learned that he had to begin the trip without Ashes, Matthew was distraught. He eventually drove off, but he plotted his routes for the next few months so that he would come back to the same location he missed Ashes repeatedly and be able to search for him.
Ashes was doing his best by keeping himself alive, though Matthew was holding out hope of finding Ashes again.
For months, when a lady, Kimberley T., spotted a scrawny looking cat in the bushes, the cold and starving kitty scraped by.
Kimberley gave the name “Smokey” to the cold and malnourished kitty and took him to the Lollypop Farm animal rescue association in Newport, New York.
“Smokey” was scanned for a microchip at Lollypop Farm and they found that he wasn’t “Smokey” at all, he was Ashes!
Five months after the Ashes disappearance, when Matthew received the message, he couldn’t believe it. For the last time, he rearranged the road and left for New York, where Ashes are waiting for him.
Matthew could not keep the tears from his eyes when they eventually reunited, and Ashes was overjoyed at finally seeing his cat-dad again.
Matthew’s and Ashes’ happy ending highlights the value of our fur-babies being microchipped.
This is a microchip—without it, I would never have gotten it back. His life was spared by the woman who found him, but the microchip took him home: Matthew told Lollypop Farm.
Now, Ashes and Matthew are finally where, together and on the lane, they belong. Never again can nothing separate the couple.