Travel Story: Cats on Drugs!

Here’s our first Travel Story from Harry Olsen. Send your story to [email protected]

Hi, here’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

We found our two cats, Thelma and Louise, in our garage about 14 years ago. They were 6 weeks old with no mother in sight. We owned a restaurant at the time and thought we couldn’t keep pets. We kept them in the house until the weekend and then took them to the humane society. We only got a block away before I broke down, so we turned around and got them back and we’ve been having a ball ever since! Except when we have to take them to the vet. They’re house cats and never go outside. When we take them to the vet, all heck breaks loose! When we finally corral them and get them in their cages, they whine, howl, pant and hyperventilate all the way to the vet’s. Thank god it’s only a mile away! When they get there they’re as quiet as can be. When we leave they start whining and howling again until we get home.

Now for the real problem. We sold our restaurant in Chicago and we were now planning to drive, with the cats, to our second home in Arizona for the winter! 1600 miles! We thought the stress might kill them, so the vet prescribed a pill to help them relax. The morning we were leaving, my wife broke up the pill into their food. The cats ate it and they seemed to settle down. But, I think by the time we got the car loaded, it looked like the pill wore off! We got them in the car and the howling, whining, panting and hyperventilating started all over again! After about 200 miles they settled down, but we had 1400 more miles to go! We finally stopped over somewhere in Texas.

When we tried to feed them their drug-laced food in the morning they refused to eat! So, in the car we went and this time after 100 miles they settled down! When we drove back to Chicago in the spring, we didn’t bother with the drugs and they were fine.

Moral of the story; don’t drug up your cats. Just don’t worry, they’ll be fine! Just think of all the whining and howling as conversation! Like any long road trip, the conversation will eventually die down!

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Boarding Your Dog

While it might seem counter-intuitive for a company that promotes taking your pets with you wherever you go, it might not always be possible to do so. If you have a young puppy that hasn’t had all of his required immunizations, you probably don’t want to expose him to the general riffraff that he might encounter on the road. It’s probably healthier to board him at your local veterinarian. Same thing for an older (or sick) pet that might not be able to withstand the rigors of riding in a hot car, and certainly not capable of dealing with flying in the hold of an airplane. Sometimes you have no choice–if you’re going to another country for a week or two–it just may not be feasible to take Fifi to Paris with you, even if her ancestors came from there.

If you’re on vacation and you’ve taken Fido with you, and you’re planning to be off sightseeing for most of the day, it might make sense to find a nearby boarding kennel. Many of them offer things like pet sitting and exercise programs, so you can drop him off in the morning and pick him up in the evening when you return. Some tourist places like Walt Disney World and Dollywood, have their own kennels, so you can drop your pet off in the morning, and go have a good time without any concerns.

Of course, before you leave your precious four-legged buddy anywhere, take the time to visit the boarding facility, talk to the owner, take a stroll through the place, and express any concerns you have about Fido. Assuming you’re satisfied, go have a good time, and you’ll rest easily, knowing you’ll have him back in your room for the evening and morning strolls.