Missouri yesterday, halfway through Wyoming today, Nevada tomorrow night and California Thrusday-I think.
The factory that was making the product I'm hauling was running late in production so I got started out LATE, but on the upside, I'm only carrying 8,500 in the box and since I'm running so light, I can soar
up the mountains, but I've got enough weight to really
get moving down the other side!
I spoke to Jim, he's the load planner for Northern California and told him that I needed to get through eastern Oregon and he was pretty encouraging, he did put a note on my trucks "screen" (The screen the dispatcher sees when they pull my truck up for dispatch) that says I need to get through Oregon. I'll tell them about getting to California after
I get Starlight aboard.
On the care side, you should all know that I only give the cats aboard my truck bottled water since water quality can vary so much from town to town and many waterborn illness's can be passed along this way.
I change the water three or more times PER DAY since we can get dust and hair in the water, we keep it fresh.
I'm also going to get an air filter that I will be able to plug into the ships on-board inverter to help filter the air.
I also exchanged the kennel cage I recently bought since it was a pain in the butt to assemble and unequal to the task in that it was TOO SMALL!
Fester likes LARGE!
I exchanged it for a soft-sided kennel that folds down nicely, stores easier and doesn't rattle and vibrate like that metal cage did.
GOD THAT THING WAS DRIVING ME NUTS!
I can also use the bunks "barricade net" (A blanket netting that you wear over yourself when sleeping to act as a restraint in the event of a crash) to secure the cage in place while in transit. This is MUCH EASIER with a soft-side cage than a steel cage, and no
I also got a new kitty-bead and made a kitty-shelf that they can claw all to pieces becasue this carpet is PERFECT for that, they can also lay on it and get a commanding view of everything.
I also bought a few new stainless steel feeding bowls that are weighted at the bottom. I like the stainless bowls, VERY EASY TO CLEAN!
I have a kennel cage aboard for several reasons:
If I'm even in a Freightliner dealer and the cats need to be out of the truck, I have a cage to place them in.
If I'm in one of our shops, the cages we have at some shops are, in a word, NASTY!
If I ever happen across another kitty in distress like that one in Louisiana last year, I have an isolation cage until I can get the animal to a vet for shots-tests-etc.
In this case, It might be a good idea to let Starlight spend some time in a seperate place to get "sniffed at" and allow him to adjust to the new surroundings and noises.
I remember the first time I hit the engine brake, Zoey and Bari both nearly jumped out of their skin.
I have a HUGE, covered litterbox, the biggest one I could get, it's got a scoop and a spool for liners built right in along with a charcoal filter and I even installed matting where the kitty can scruff the litter off of their paws and Zoey LOVES this feature.
I've had a sisal scratching post on one of the cabinets for as long as I've had Zoey and it get's used, it also helps them get up to the top bunk where there are two more kitty-beds along with another on the dashboard that is sucured in place with velcro. I have 4 kitty beds, one on the dash, one on top of the litter box (both secured with velcro) and two for the bunks.
All in all, a pretty cat-friendly truck. Nevermind the fact that Zoey likes my chair and every time I get out of the truck, she's laying in my chair when I get back, she prefers I stand in the door and pet her rather than her move so we can get going.
She also likes my computer case and I've probably got so much cat hair in my laptop, I'm amazed it even works!
Bari likes the steering wheel for his naps and the bed on the dash when he can get it.
Gotta get some sleep now, but I just wanted to let everyone know where I am and when I expect to get there, maybe if I get the right load, Saturday?
Again, that's if the right load falls in my lap, but this carrier is good about getting you where you need to go.
That's all for now,