SALISBURY — It has been a long time since Gus, a domestic short-haired cat with responsive ears and a button nose, has seen his lower Manhattan home.
For more than five months — or about five years in terms of cat time — Gus has been pretty much living on his own since escaping from his owner’s car while parked at a rest stop off Interstate 495 in Merrimac.
Yesterday, however, Gus was on his way back to the Big Apple after his owners, David and Lynn Ghesquiere, picked him up from the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society on Elm Street and drove him back home.
It was an emotional few moments for the Ghesquieres, who admitted they thought they would never see their almost 2-year-old cat again.
“It’s such a blessing, I am telling you. We’re going to spoil you to bits, nothing bad is ever going to happen to you again,” Lynn Ghesquiere said, in between kissing a mellow Gus, who, for being on the lam so long, looked to be in good shape.
The last time the Ghesquieres had seen Gus was in August. They were heading back to New York City from a summer trip to Nova Scotia, Canada, when they ran out of gas right at the rest stop.
Fearful that Gus may be suffering from the searing summer heat, Lynn Ghesquiere lowered one of the windows enough to draw in some air for her cat, which was allowed to travel out of his carrier while on the road.
But the agile cat seized the opportunity and was able to wiggle his way through the open window and leap out of the car. Before the startled couple had a chance to stop him, Gus disappeared.
“Up he goes, up in the woods,” David Ghesquiere said. “We just assumed he was gone.”