Travis' Legacy


(November 1992 - September 18, 2003)

A Letter From Travis...

My name is Travis and I have a little something I'd like to whisper in your ear. I know that you, my human, lead a busy life. It always seems like you are running here and there, often much to fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in life. I look down at you now, while you sit there at your computer. Can you see the way my dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy now. That comes with age. The gray hairs began to ring my soft muzzle. You always smiled at me, I see love in your eyes. What do you see in mine? Did you see a spirit, a soul inside who loved you as no other could in the world? A spirit that would forgive you and always love you in spite of your mistakes in life for just thetime we shared together? That is all I ever asked. To slow down if even for a few minutes to be with me.

So many times you have been saddened by the words you read on that screen, of others of my kind, passing. Sometimes we die young and oh so quickly, sometimes so suddenly it wrenches your heart out of your throat. Sometimes we age so slowly before your eyes that you do not even seem to know, until the very end, when we look at you with grizzled muzzles and cataract clouded eyes. Still the love is always there, even when we take that long sleep, to run free in distant lands.

You don't know that I am ill, but I do. I know that I must leave you soon. I may not be here tomorrow, I may not be here next week. Someday you will shed the waters from your eyes, that humans have when deep grief fills their souls, and you will be angry at yourself that you did not have just "One more day" with me. Because I love you so, your sorrow touches my spirit and grieves me. We are still together. So come, sit down here next to me on the floor. I am in the arms of the Angels,but you can still look deep into my eyes because I am still here with you, in your heart, and in mine. What do you see? If you look hard and deep enough we will talk, you and I, heart to heart. I may tell you something about the fun of chasing a tennis ball, or all the wonderful things you taught me, here in my memories of our life together. You decided to have me in your life when I was just a puppy because you wanted a life to share your love with. I am your dog, and I can revel in the differences of our spirits and souls. I do not think of you as a "Dog on two feet"---I know who you are. You are human, in all your troubled times, the hardships we shared, the time you spent to save others like me and I love you still. I must leave you now so come sit with me, on the floor. Enter my world, and let time slow down if even for only 15 minutes. Look deep in my eyes, and whisper into my ears. Speak with your heart, with your joy and I will remember your love for me. I will wait for you until I see you again, as I have always waited for you, all my life. I am your dog.