October 5, 2015 – a sad farewell to Travis
Another painful goodbye…
Monday, I lost another best friend, Travis. Losing Travis has really taken its toll on me. Having Travis in my life for 15 years and being the last of my original crew has flooded me with all the memories of everyone Travis grew up with… (Harley, Molly, Rose, Jake, Sasha, Callie, Bear, Jack, and Gizmo). Knowing that I’m not, but feeling that I am, once again alone.
Travis came to me when he was just a year old, already knowing all the horrors in life. Never complained once! Not even when he was sick or hurt, he still always took it upon himself to protect all of those with special needs and accepted any animal who needed a home.
Travis has been going down hill for awhile now and I think the one thing that had kept him going was me. I was sick and he stayed long enough for me to get back on my feet. Even though he was eating everyday, he was losing 1 to 2 pounds a day for the last few weeks, and was starting to struggle with his breathing. He finally let me know it was time…
With all the animals I’ve helped, loved and lost in my lifetime… It doesn’t get any easier saying goodbye… I truly do hope what they say is true….. We’ll all be together again.
Sponsor: N. Gregersen
Travis is a Dingo – Pit Bull combo. Travis was about one to two years old when he found us. He wondered in from the desert week, afraid, with open sores and scars all over him. Travis was severely abused. He’s been with us since 2003, and he still has nightmares where he wakes up screaming, then barks and growls until he is able to be soothed.
Travis has been a great asset to the sanctuary, he has taken on the job of both protector and guardian for all the special needs animals, fetching them back when they begin to wander off.
Now a senior, all of his previous injuries have taken their toll… Travis can barely get up, stand, or walk on his own without assistance. But he still wakes up every morning with a smile on his face and wants to go outside while chores are being done. With all the animals Travis has watched over the years, they are now watching over him!