We all have been going through solitude blues amidst the pandemic induced lockdown, and some even before this occasion. We can only imagine how lonely would it be for truck drivers.
It’s not the same for Paul Robertson thought. Paul has been working as a long-distance truck driver for years now. Although he loves his job, it can get lonesome driving the truck on the road, especially when he’s alone. To deal with the loneliness stricken by long roads, the truck driver adopted a stray cat, named Howie, who accompanied him on his trips. They were road buddies for years until Howie passed away in 2017.
In February 2017, Robertson experienced one of the biggest scares of his life.
Devastated by grief over the loss of his cat, Paul kept his eyes open for a new furry friend to keep him company. Knowing the importance of adopting from shelters, rather than just buying pets, Paul decided he’d give another stray kitten a chance in life. That’s when he met Percy. Once Paul saw his scars, torn ear, and a missing tooth, he immediately knew that he would make the perfect companion.
Eventually, Percy became his constant co-pilot on his long-haul trips. Riding shotgun on a platform that Paul designed so he could look out the window, Percy enjoyed every minute he spent on the road with his new dad.
“He’s very affectionate and loves to crawl on my lap, up my chest, and then rub cheeks with me,” Paul wrote on Facebook. “He loves to play. He purrs a lot. And of course, he’s a cat: he loves to eat and he loves to snooze.”
Paul, who’s also a photographer, loved taking snaps of Percy and often shared them on his Facebook. Because of his adorable pictures, the cat gained a significant following on the platform.
In February 2017, Paul had one of the worst scares of his life while they were at a truck stop in Ohio. When he woke up in the morning, the passenger window was down, and Percy was nowhere to be found.
This had happened before, usually when there was a bird outside. This time, however, Percy didn’t come out even when he called out to him and scoured the area near the rest stop. Worse, the weather report that day said that a storm was coming.
The feline had had a pretty rough life yet, the adorable being is as affectionate as ever.
Losing all hope, Paul took to Facebook to announce that Percy was missing. Many people offered to help him search for his missing cat. Unfortunately, Paul couldn’t afford to wait for his return.
“I’m a commercial truck driver … and I’ve signed on a dotted line saying I will have it delivered by such and such a time. I don’t have the choice to stay if I want to,” he said.
Paul drove away with a heavy heart, feeling like he had abandoned his child. He had made two deliveries and driven 400 miles when a miracle happened. He turned around, and there he saw an oil-covered stray cat coming out from under his truck – it was Percy!
The cat looked hungry and tired, but he was okay. After that incident, Paul made sure to keep a close eye on him. Now, the duo has been together for three years, and the bond they have is stronger than ever.
“The other day I caught myself laughing at one of his antics and I thought: ‘It’s nice to live alone sometimes ’cause you can have everything your own way – but I wouldn’t be laughing like this if I were alone.’ Percy is good for my spirit and soul,” Paul said.
What a lovely friendship! We’re so glad that Paul and Percy found their way into each other’s lives. Indeed, having a partner makes everything better.
Robertson and Percy are a sweet pair who love each other more than anything.
Since then, the duo has been inseparable. They sleep in the truck’s bunk together and are living the best life.
Robertson, on his private Facebook page, regularly shares Percy’s pictures and routine updates. Thanks to this, Percy has basically become a totally cat-lebrity who loves greeting his fans!