Introduction number six is the absolute king of the household, and my favourite animal (yes, I unashamedly have a favourite), Lager. Lager is the animal who has been with me the longest, seven years this year. I adopted him as an eight week old kitten from a shelter in Monterey, California when I was serving in the Air Force. Since then, he has traveled with me through over twenty states, seven countries, and moved house over ten times. To say that he has been a constant through the best and worst times of my life would be a massive understatement; he has been THE constant.

A Maine Coon mix, Lager is the largest of my cats, and really more dog then feline. He has raised half of my dogs from puppies, including attending the birth of my biggest shepherd. He begs at the table worse then any dog I know, greets me at the door with the pack, comes when his name is called, and obviously relishes his place as my favourite.

He also is my one wandering soul, regularly escaping from the house to spend time out of doors and usually giving me a heart attack in the process when he stays away too long. He will require an eagle eye on our adventure, as he will undoubtedly be as eager to explore our new surroundings as we will. Of all my animals, he is the one I am most excited to share this experience with… we’ve been through a lot together, and it is impossible to imagine doing this without him.