When I told a friend that Michael, my younger boyfriend, and I were taking a road trip to San Diego for the weekend, I could see her eyebrows arch even though we were talking by phone. Then I heard her question even though I was the one talking, “What, Pam, could you possibility have to talk about on a 10 hour car ride with a guy nearly half your age?”
Well, Cougarites, let me tell you what I told my friend. Finding something to talk about is the least of your problems when traveling with your cub. It’s keeping up with all the action that really counts. Because if you’re traveling with a younger boyfriend, you will always be on the move and the word, “risk,” will lose all meaning.
Here’s an example from our trip. First off, be prepared for the action to start early. Michael picked me up at 6:30 AM, just as I was falling asleep. So I was kind of grumpy and whiny. I forgot to pack my toothbrush, clothes, underwear, dress shoes, makeup and face cream.
Eventually we hit the road – just the three of us. Yup, Michael insisted on bringing, Nyxi, a puppy that we share in a happy joint custody sort of way (don’t ask). Nyxi is a Border Collie/Lab mix and frankly, she is not only the cutest little thing in the whole world, but also the sweetest, the smartest, and the best behaved. I could hardly say no.
By the time we rolled into San Diego over five hours later, it was late at night so we headed right for the pet hotel. But there was a little hitch concerning the little dog and they wouldn’t admit her. Something to do with not having papers showing she’d had all her shots. Another thing I'd forgotten to pack.
So there we were, a tired cougar and her cub, and one homeless pup. We drove to The Hilton where we were staying and parked in the main entrance to strategize about what to do with Nyxi.
Michael checked his cell phone for the time and then looked at me somberly. “Okay, here’s the plan,” he said. Suddenly he turned to the pup sitting alert in the back seat, one ear up, one ear flopped over. “Get down! Down!” he ordered. “The valet might see you!” Nyxi yawned widely and started licking her crotch.
“Okay,” he said turning back to me.