I plan on living forever. Or die trying.
"Yes, thank you, good mother. Can you take animals on the barge?"
She thinks for a moment and then nods her head. "Yes. I believe your beast can make it across. The current here is not bad. It can make it without too much of an effort. I would probably remove everything from it so that can cross unencumbered." Then she pauses for a moment. "What are you planning on doing that you need such an animal over there?"