Friday, September 18, 2009

RIP Dear Traveler

Yesterday morning I lost my cousin, Traveler as he passed over the rainbow bridge. He was my Aunt Michelle's beloved nine-year old golden retriever.

Mommy got a call a bit after 7am saying Aunt Michelle was taking him in to the vet and that he wasn't doing well. Traveler had been having trouble for a year or so now and a battery of tests where inconclusive. In the end, seems he had an abdominal tumor and it ruptured yesterday morning. He was certainly uncomfortable and there were no options for him.

Traveler was the light of her life and quite literally her rock. She got him while she was doing travel nursing, thus his name, and he went everywhere with her. Here is a picture of Aunt Michelle giving Traveler a kiss before he goes to the bridge- actually all these pictures are of Traveler yesterday.

Traveler was the consumate golden retriever. Always friendly and happy, greeting you at the door with a ball, or two or even three in his mouth excited to see you and waiting for you to throw it. He was a gentle, kind soul.

They waited to let him go until Mommy got to the clinic to say goodbye to this dear wonderful boy.

Please say a prayer for him, and for my Aunt Michelle. She has had a difficult life, but I don't think she's ever known grief like this. Our family will certainly miss him.

May God greet him warmly.


Gus said...

Amen, and kisses to all of you who will miss him.

Brother Gussie

TwoSpecialWires said...

With eyes as gentle as those, it is obvious what a gentle and kind dog Traveler was. With a picture as tender as the one of Aunt Michelle sweetly kissing her boy goodbye, we know he'll be greatly missed. Please send our condolences to Michelle, and assure her that we believe that Traveler waits for her at the Bridge. We hope that in time wonderful memories of him will begin to fill the hole in her heart, the one that we know she is feeling right now.

Run free of pain, with the youth of a puppy, Sweet Traveler. You will be missed.

Through tearful, tender, tiny tail wags,
Jake and Fergi xxoo

Lacy said...

w00fs, soo sorry on ur loss of Traveler..its always sad when we lose a friend...Please, tell Michelle we iz thinking of her and of u all..RIP Traveler, run with the wind..

b safe,

Maggie and Mitch said...

Our hearts are breaking for Aunt Michelle. Traveler was a beautiful boy! We're so very sorry, Mackie.

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Asta said...

My Love and prayers go with Trveller and his Mom Michelle.
I'm suwe he had as much love as any of us could evew want. I can just see the love between him and youw auntie Michelle. I'm suwe he was gweeted wif wagging tails and love ovew the bwidge.
I pwy that hew huwt eases and his love stays wif hew to fill hew heawt
smoochie kisses

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh Mackie...we're leakin' all over the puter...there is no grief like losing a dog and best friend...we are sending our love and prayers to Aunt Michelle...we know Traveler is bounding around in a large field at the Bridge chasin' a ball and spreading his gentle love...

Hugs and healing kisses to you and your aunt!!

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanny

Sally said...

All our love and hugs - we are so sorry for Auntie Michelle - please give her a big hug from us

Take care
Sally, Paddy and D

Agatha and Archie said...

Oh dear PL2 is very very leaky...Tell Michelle that we are sending her a zillion gentle kisses and hugs to help her get through this... As PL2 is a nurse as well she knows how wonderfull it must have been to have Traveler with her as she went to all her new hospitals...... God speed dear sweet boy and we know you are with lots of our dear pals now over the bridge.. Love A+A+PL2

Molly,Taffy and Monty said...

We are sorry to read that your dear friend has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. He looked such a lovely boy and your Aunt Michelle will miss him so much. Please pass on our condolences to her.

Molly, Taffy and Monty

Eric said...

Sending much love and many prayers for Aunt Michelle and her beautiful Traveller. Our hearts go out to them and we are sending this with warm comforting hugs and many many kisses.

Eric xxxxxxxxx

Luna "The Scruffy Yacht Dog" said...

Dear Mackie,

So sorry to hear about Traveler. My condolences go out to you and your Aunt Michelle. It's always sad to loose a loved one. I'm sure he is chasing those balls over the bridge.

Luna Licks,


Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Hey's it going??? We were wonderin' if you have heard from Cecil????? We're thinkin' of him and sendin' him zen!!!!!

Barkin' at ya man...