Sonora's Moon Over The Desert, CGC
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.
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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