On in the afternoon Saturday of Thanksgiving we let our cat Mies out. After about 3 hrs, he hadn't returned and I began to get worried, as he is usually never gone for more than an hr or two before he wants to be let back in. I went out and called for him but he was nowhere around. I started to walk the neighborhood with a flashlight (it was dark by now) calling his name to no avail. By late evening he still hadn't shown up even though we wnet out and called for him from time to time. Neither did he show up by the time we had to go to bed( my daughter waited up quite late). When he didn't show up in the morning, I new something was definitely amiss.(on those nights when he gets me up to let him out he is always waiting at the window when we get up and wants to be fed.) We put flyers up around the neighborhood and at the local vet. We contacted the local humane society and animal shelter and filed a missing pet report. I've been stopping by at the shelter three times a week to check on found cats (including the DOA folder, As At least even if he had been found dead, we would then know and have some closure). Nothing. This morning I got up to go to work and as I entered the kitchen something out the window caught my eye. When took a longer look, I saw it was a cat. My first perception was that it was to small to be Mies, besides, what were the chances? Still, I looked even closer, And it took about 15 secs before I could convince myself that it really was him. I opened the door and he came flying in. He had lost quite A bit of weight but otherwise seemed in good shape. He even still had his collar. I sure wish he could talk, so I would know where he has been for the last 3+ weeks!