THE Godden family never thought they would see their pet cat again.
That was until they opened their Journal and there she was — staring out from page 11.
Last week we reported how staff at Carmarthen Veterinary Centre had nursed Merry back to health after she had been run over in early December.
It turns out Merry is fact called Pixie and she had been desperately missed by her owners.
There were tears of joy when the pet was reunited with the family this week.
She is now back home with Ava and Isla Godden, aged nine and six, and their mum Kristie in Burgess Meadows.
The family said they had all but given up hope of finding Pixie after a poster campaign failed to find any trace of the cat.
Unbeknown to them, Pixie had been hit by a car, undergone two life-saving operations and was recovering just a couple of miles down the road.
"I opened the Journal and there she was," said Kristie. "I couldn't believe it, I screamed I was so happy. I was astonished and overwhelmed.
"It was Isla's birthday as well, so it was a wonderful present for her."
Kristie said Pixie was home on Wednesday and enjoyed cuddles and fresh chicken.
"We were all having a cwtch," she said.
"She was sitting between the girls.
"They adore her, she's their first pet and part of the family. She always met us from school — she would be there at the end of the road waiting for us. So when she went missing it was hard. The girls did lovely posters, but there was no sign."
Kristie said she couldn't thank everyone at Carmarthen Veterinary Centre enough.
"They saved her life," she said. "All the staff there are brilliant. They have looked after her and have given her back to us. She was so happy to be home.
"It's a magical story for us, it is one with a happy ending. The girls are overjoyed. I'm going to try to fundraise for them for all the work they do down there.
"We are really grateful they made the decision to save her life — it's fantastic."
Penny Ayling, practice manager at Carmarthen Veterinary Centre said it worked with a number of charities to care for animals without owners.
She added that Pixie's treatment would have cost up to £3,000.
"This highlights the need for owners to insure their pets against accidental injury and illness, as very few people can easily find such sums of money and this adds to their distress at seeing their pet suffering," she said.
"Vets don't want to put otherwise healthy animals to sleep when there is a good chance of a full recovery but, sadly, this is a decision some owners face following an accident to their beloved pet, when funds are tight.
"This is why we decided to give Pixie a chance, even though there was a high probability we would not be recover our costs."