Travis, Sonora's Moon Over The Desert

 

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"Travis"

Sonora's Moon Over The Desert, CGC  

AKC SN42888309

Sonora's Moon Over the Desert, CGC, known as 'Travis Tailwagger',  was born on Sunday, March 23, 1997, the ninth of nine golden retriever puppies, on a full moon night. His father was CH Vanreel's Magnum Of Stonecrest, 'Magnum', and his mother was CH Rush Hill's Journey to Stardom, 'Hailey.' Travis was beautiful dog with a fluffy plume of a tail, honey-blonde coat, black nose, and strong shoulders.

His personality was loving and gentle, polite, eager to please and sensitive. Travis never did anything to displease his family. Travis came home from the whelping box.  He was always looking out for his family. Travis also enjoyed fun and enjoyed traveling and staying in hotels. Travis enjoyed riding in the car and got so excited at the prospect that we would spell the word rather than saying it. He loved to play with toys and at various times had different favorites. As a puppy one of his most-loved toys was an orange monkey, but the monkey bit the dust after so much use and then his favorite toy became a chicken which he carried around in his month and flung about with abandon. Like any golden retriever he loved to fetch tennis balls. Travis attended dog training and in his case he attended evening outdoor classes under the Sonoran moon in suburban Phoenix.

Travis enjoyed going for regular walks. His first walk was at 0430 in the morning and by noon he would have been around the neighborhood again. Travis would be out with his family again in the evening before joining them inside in the living room. He and his brother Hunter often chased each other around the house at full speed in a ritual we called 'crazy boy.' Hunter did a lot of barking during the running and chasing so it was a noisy 'free-for-all' event.

Certainly a wonderful and loved golden retriever. Travis loved his family and we loved him.

Travis passed away suddenly on June 30, 2005.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

 

So this is where we part, my friend,

and you'll run on, around the bend,

gone from sight, but not from mind,

new pleasures there you'll surely find.

I will go on, I'll find the strength,

life measures quality, not it's length.

One long embrace before you leave,

share one last look, before I grieve.

There are others, that much is true,

but they be they, and they aren't you.

And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought,

will remember well all you've taught.

Your place I'll hold, you will be missed,

the fur I stroked, the nose I kissed.

And as you journey to rainbow bridge,

take with you this ... I loved you best.

Till we meet again ...

 

 

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