Meet Stephanie and Anya.
The more I see cyclists out and about with their best friends, the more I'm convinced that I need to get that chihuahua I've been dreaming of! I believe it's time to have a tête-à-tête with my cat.
One alternative, with a lot less responsibility, is a stuffed animal.
The monkey's name is Lily. She provides companionship, and also serves as an "air bag."