The long, winding road to Snickers
Despite her boss’s great advice, Karen faced some challenges in finding the perfect cat for her.
One of Karyn’s favorite stops along her route to California
is at the PetSmart® store in Peru, Illinois. She enjoys visiting with the friendly associates and the adoptable pets.
During one visit, her eyes were drawn to a black female cat. But when the group’s volunteer found out that she was looking
for a cat to travel with, she told Karyn that she wasn’t qualified to adopt any cats.
“I was heartbroken,” Karyn said. “I’ve had many adopted cats throughout my life, but because my home was a truck it wasn’t considered to be a good one. That really hurt.”
The PetSmart manager
saw Karyn’s disappointment and suggested that she talk with another adoption partner: Safe House Animal Rescue. They all worked together to find a cat who would be a good fit for Karyn and her truck: Snickers. He jumped right into her lap, and shortly
after, Snickers became a trucking cat.
“He’s very adaptable,” Karyn said. “When I took him out to the truck he was like, ‘Okay, this is cool. I got my own bed.’ Nothing really phases that cat.”
is a daytime sleeper, and particularly enjoys napping on the truck’s dashboard, paws up. Karyn’s fellow truckers think this is hilarious, and often come to check him out. Silly Snickers helps Karyn meet a lot of new people this way.
noise from the other trucks and other people don’t bother him,” Karyn said. “All he cares about is he’s at home, he’s with his mom and he’s loved. This is his home on wheels.”
A house on wheels isn’t
a home — without two cats
Snickers was such a successful trucking cat that Karyn didn’t hesitate to welcome another cat in need when he crossed her path.
One night, Karyn and several
other truckers found a box of kittens at a truck stop in Ontario, California. They all took a cat or 2 and promised to find each a forever home. Karen ended up with 2 kittens named BamBam and Pebbles. Pebbles soon found her forever home with a friend, but
BamBam stuck around and became another trucking cat.
“The only life he knows is in that truck,” Karyn said. “And he loves it. He’s like a little kid — very active, and all over that truck all the time.”
his brother, Snickers, who sleeps during the day and plays at night, BamBam is an early bird.
“He’s the alarm clock,” Karyn said. “You do not go past 7 a.m. Eastern time — no matter what time zone you’re in —
without feeding BamBam. He’ll meow, nibble my fingers, bite my nose — anything to get my attention. Plus, he likes to blow raspberries at dogs. He’s just a big tease and a flirt