A truck driver Matthew B. from Texas has an extraordinary travel companion named Ashes. The man shares an inseparable bond with his best buddy, a three-year-old cat, and spends his days traveling cross-country with him. Sadly, a couple of months ago during one such trip, Ashes accidentally slipped out of Matthew’s 18-wheeler as they were passing through Springfield, Ohio. The cat got scared by unfamiliar surroundings and ran off into the bushes. The devastated owner frantically searched for his pal but eventually gave up and got back on the road.

More info: lollypop.org | Facebook

A trucker who lost his feline travel companion during a cross-country trip burst into tears after being reunited with him

Image credits: Lollypop Farm

Over the course of two months, the truck driver tried his best at rearranging routes so he could go back to the same spot in Ohio where Ashes was last seen. However, the cat was nowhere to be found.

Image credits: Lollypop Farm

When Matthew probably thought that he’d never get to see Ashes again, a kind passerby spotted him. The woman named Kimberly T. noticed Ashes during 13-degree weather seeking a stranger’s attention. “He was trying to not put his feet down on the ground, it was so cold,” she said. The woman took Ashes to her car and drove him to the animal rescue organization called Lollypop Farm.

Image credits: Lollypop Farm

Luckily, Ashes had a microchip which helped to track down Mathew. The employees were quite stunned when they found out that Ashes was 1,465 miles away from home.

Image credits: Lollypop Farm

“Our Admissions Team immediately scanned for a microchip, as they do with all incoming pets. Not only did he have one, but he had an owner who had registered him under a Texas address that was over 1,465 miles away! This was one cross-country kitty,” said the organization.

The missing cat was surrendered to an animal rescue organization called Lollypop Farm and was returned to Matthew after they scanned cat’s micro-chip

Image credits: Lollypop Farm

Matthew was relieved to find out that his beloved feline was safe and sound. During the reunion, he burst into tears as he hugged Ashes and called it his “Christmas miracle”.

Image credits: Lollypop Farm

Here’s how people reacted