Welcome to our series "Truckers Pet Transport". This will be our second blog in a series dedicated to helping relocate pets to their permanent families by utilizing drivers from all over the country. They help military families relocate their pets, help adopted and rescued pets reach their permanent homes, and much more. We will be updating you in our future blogs on our own pet transports as well as experiences from other drivers.
These two cats are brothers. Ptah (pronounced Pa-taw) is the gray one and Montu (pronounced Mon-Two) is the black one. This was a transport from Albuquerque New Mexico to Sharon Pennsylvania. It was a fun, challenging and fulfilling experience. Ptah has some health issues and we weren't sure if the Vet was going to clear him for transport. Initially Montu was going to go on the trip without his brother but at the last minute the Vet cleared Ptah to be transported also. This was a good thing because these two definitely had a bond and looked out for each other. They absolutely loved one another.
I think we were supposed to keep them in their soft side cage the entire trip but it didn't take Montu long to charm us. We were hyper sensitive to their well being because of Ptah's health issues and because this was our first run for Operation Roger. We wanted to do everything right. Montu started meowing a lot so immediately we were concerned. We let him out of the carrier to make sure he was alright and had everything he needed. He ended up making himself quite comfortable on our bed. Shortly after that we let Ptah out as well so they could be together. Everything was calm for awhile "see images". Both cats seemed to be relaxed, composed and happy to be out of their confining carrier. So we decided to let them stay out.
We are a team operation so one driver is sleeping in the bunk, now with two cats, and the bunk curtain is closed so the cats can't get up front with the driver. Here's what I learned the first night. 1: Cats stay up all night. 2: Cats like to use your open laptop as a bed and coincidentally rearrange your files. 3: If there is a 6 inch available space, a foot long cat can fit into it, and they will. 4: Kitty litter does not stay in it's box but does stay in your bed and in your shoes.
The second night of trust with these cats might be comparable to trusting your teenage daughters home alone for a weekend for the first time. We took a four hour break and both of us grabbed some valued sleep with the truck not moving. Well, this meant the party was on for these two fun cats. I can't begin to describe how much fun these two had by rearranging things, knocking things down that we thought were secure, checking out the laptop again and hiding in places that we didn't think were possible. It literally took 10 minutes to find Montu at one point. Needless to say, these two party "animals" went back in their cage for the remaining last portion of their trip. Overall it was an amazing experience and probably the best we felt about delivering anything in a long time.
Reggie is the owner of these two amazing cats and had to leave them behind in New Mexico when she relocated to Sharon PA over a year and half ago for her own health reasons. She has been trying to get them to her new home in Pennsylvania ever since her health has improved. Fortunately, we were able to facilitate the transport of these two and we were fortunate enough to be part of this amazing reunion. Reggie is a great person and we are staying in touch to keep up with her and "The Boys" as she calls them. We wouldn't trade this experience for anything. It was very rewarding and we are looking forward to our next Transport. More blogs to follow.