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News - September 10, 2010

Around Town

A TALE OF TWO TIGERS ... There are many brown-and-gray tabby cats in the world, but only one Tiger Samson. And if he could talk, he'd have quite a tale to tell. Tiger, a nearly 2-year-old tomcat belonging to the Samson family of Palo Alto, embarked on a weeks-long adventure when he escaped from Palo Alto's Classic Pet Grooming on Arastradero Road in early August — where he was to stay while his human family was on vacation. When Mark Samson and his kids, Emma and Craig, ages 10 and 6, returned to pick up Tiger, they were presented with one who looked similar to Tiger. But the Samson children insisted he was not their beloved pet. Besides, he was growling at the family. At first, Samson said the owner of Classic Pet Grooming said it was indeed their cat, but she eventually admitted that Tiger had escaped his kennel and disappeared shortly after arriving. The impostor cat turned out to belong to a neighbor. He was found in the yard to which the real Tiger had escaped and was presumed to be the right cat, the owner said. "We had hardly seen Tiger because he had been in his carrier and then escaped so quickly," she said of the mistaken identity. An opening in the ceiling through which Tiger escaped has now been sealed off to prevent any future escapes, she added. She apologized, waived the boarding fee and put up lost-cat posters in the area. Then, a miracle: After 21 days of "heartache, tears and several false leads," Samson said, a Mr. Sakazaki of Los Altos called the Samsons. He had recognized Tiger as a cat he'd seen hanging around his neighborhood, taken a photo of the "lost cat" poster with his iPhone to compare it, and tracked down the Samsons. A short trip to Los Altos later, with Sakazaki leading the way and Samson's wife and children calling Tiger's name, the wayward feline was joyfully reunited with his family and is now back home. Sakazaki has earned the Samsons' gratitude — and a $200 reward. "He's a hero," Samson said of Sakazaki.

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