Bill made friends with a "tom cat" who was about nine months old. They met at the Pilot Truck Stop, in Greenville, VA. The young Tom was friendly with Bill and let him pet him. He had no intentions of going anywhere, though Bill was tempted to rescue him. The Tom just wanted to be fed. So, he was pleased when Bill bought him a can of turkey dinner with gravy, from the truck stop store.
As a trucker, Bill meets these "professional beggars", both cats and dogs, every now and then. Usually you cannot get close to them. Bill respects each critter and their space. He knows how hard they have it. When he meets one, he does what he can to make life a little bit easier for them, even if it is for just one day.
I would not be surprised if one of these days Bill meets one that becomes his trucking buddy.