Dylan - 600,000 shared miles!
He was on top of a mountain along an Interstate. Pam saw him first. She saw a magnificent Golden Retriever that looked lost. We pulled over and with a little coaxing he came down. He had No collar and No ID and appeared about two years old. A year younger than our GenGen at home. Soon he was in the truck and on his way to his new home. That day he would become "DYLAN", GenGen's younger buddy.
My stories of Golden Retrievers would not be complete without Dylan. It all started with General. He was the first. Then GenGen was heir to that throne. Dylan arrived in the GenGen era. When I started traveling throughout North America I had two sidekicks. GenGen was one, Dylan was the other. Many a Christmas and New Year we were on the road together. Because of these two boys, no matter where we were on the holidays, it was home.
When GenGen passed away, Dylan went in to depression. He needed Sunshine as much as I did. So it was just a week before Sunshine became the newest traveler. Dylan showed Sunshine the ropes of being on the road. Dylan never missed a trip in over six years. In all, he
clocked over 600,000 miles. We now share that together.
The travel ended in December of 2009. Our buddy beagle was not around for the last trips either. He passed away in the Shenandoah Valley.
Dylan saw every one of the lower 48 states and 9 provinces of Canada. What a Wonderful World!
Now Dylan and I have the memories of a Wonderful World! We don't have to worry about road problems anymore. We can snuggle in bed without worrying if the generator will give up in -10F or if the transmission will have a problem in the mountains. No drunk riding a bike on snow covered streets will pull in front of us and then loose control. We did it all without a truly traumatic incident. There were many problems, but we would do it all over again.