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Cat stows away on cross-country flight

After jumping unnoticed into a box, Cody flies from Dallas to Chicago, ending up in the office of a bewildered chiropractor. He's back home now.

October 11, 2009|Lisa Black

CHICAGO — At first, an Illinois chiropractor was miffed when he opened a shipment of supplies last week and noticed tufts of fur. Then he spotted a black and white cat that had hitched a ride from Texas.

"My first reaction was, I didn't know what kind of animal he was, so I closed the box back up," said Brett St. Aubin, clinic director at Chiro One Wellness Center in Woodstock, Ill.

The stowaway's collar identified him as Cody, 2.

The cat had jumped unnoticed into the roughly 2-by-3-foot box as it was being packed, said Marie Webster of Dallas, whose daughter is Cody's owner.

"She taped it up, put the label on it and off he went" via UPS, Webster said.

Trust a cat to get comfortable. Cody had burrowed into a bundle of foam products designed for the neck.

When Webster received the call that Cody was safe, she assumed he'd been found wandering in Dallas.

"I didn't know he was in a suburb of Chicago!" she exclaimed.

Cody spent the night at a veterinarian's office and flew back home, this time in a cat carrier.

But Cody won't be forgotten at the Woodstock chiropractic clinic.

"We made him patient of the month," St. Aubin said.

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lblack@tribune.com

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