My cat went AWOL twice recently. First, she took off for two days. She came back looking rained-on and shame-faced like an off-the-wagon drunk resurfacing after an 8-day bender.
A few days later she took off again. She was gone for nearly a week. I put up posters. I called the shelters. All that.
I got a call from someone who had seen my posters reporting that someone a few blocks away had posters up reporting a cat found. She had wandered into the back door of a sandwich shop and one of the staff members took her home. She was missing for almost a week, but only outside for a grand total of a few hours.
Charmed life, that.
Anyway, here's a picture of her in recovery mode.