Almost every pet owner out there will tell you that the animal companion enriches their life in more ways than they can count, but it turns out that pets actually help prolong their lives, too. Numerous studies have shown that having pets helps lower our stress levels, decrease blood pressure, benefit our cholesterol, improve our mood, and boost our immunity – in our words, lengthen our life span!
We’re definitely going to live longer with 2 pets on board – “Freddie”, our 11-year old cat and “Gracie” our 7-year old Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrior.
I really think its time to change Freddie’s name to “CK” (aka Coach Kitty). He is certainly a different cat since we’ve hit the road – and this is our biggest surprise. We couldn’t even take him to the vet without him getting sick on the short ride. We contemplated not bringing him on this adventure and our daughter, Ashleigh, had offered to keep him. Now, Freddie was part of a brother-sister duo (Fred & Ginger) but, Ginger passed away a few years ago. I didn’t want to leave Fred behind and have something happen to him so we declined our daughter’s offer and brought him along – and he loves it!
Gracie was a different story… While she loves the back seat of the pick-up truck with all windows down – she did not originally like the coach. She didn’t like the new noises (air brakes, jacks, etc.) and I think she missed the back seat. She was very anxious initially and we sure didn’t like seeing her that way. However, that too shall pass… She is now very content while travelling. Occasionally she shares my passenger seat with me, recognizes the word “cows” and jumps to look out the window, sleeps at my feet while travelling, and loves the pit-stops.