As dictated by Tasha 2.0!
TASHA (1) 1998 – 2009, Grand-Daughter of Ch. Silverhall Soldier O’ Fortune, a buff American Cocker Spaniel, Toys Tasha Yar was born on New Year’s Day in Braintree, Massachusetts. She was brought into our family as a trained service animal and companion for my dad, Gordon. She did her job extremely well and was loved by everyone she met. Tasha was eventually trained in 19 different tasks and helped Gordon in his daily life in so many ways, including saving him from injury and embarrassment. As a service animal Tasha was welcomed everywhere she went, Including all Disney resorts, parks and cruise ships.
Tasha received her AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification in November 1999, passing with flying colors!
My dad worshiped Tasha, and she worshiped him. She always made everyone she met smile. She loved everyone and everything she owned, especially her family and her “kittie” Mickey. Tasha loved to go shopping! When selecting a new toy, my dad had to hold it up so she could sniff, she would either grab the item or pushed it away. Based on her response he would buy it for her. (this is fun for me too!)
Tasha was a fun, outgoing American Cocker Spaniel, she was extremely well behaved and always wanted to please everyone she met. Yet if she was “working” she would only focus on my dad, it was only with his permission that she would be told “release” and at that point she would wiggle her tail as she met new people. (I’m still working on this, it is so hard!)
As a service animal Tasha was able to travel all over the world, on airlines, cruises, hotels and even railroads. Having her own passport she always carried her necessary paper work along with the required health certificates, she was never denied access. She loved to travel, she was always by his side, giving him the comfort to continue to explore our world feeling secure that he had someone to watch over him.
Her favorite destination was always Disney. No matter if she was visiting Disneyland®, Walt Disney World® or sailing on the Disney Cruise Line®, Tasha was always at home. She loved meeting all of the Disney characters, her favorite was of course Mickey Mouse. To honor her memory and my dad’s passion for anything Disney, this site was built from her love.
Toys Tasha Yar crossed the Rainbow Bridge on October 23rd, 2009. She left a huge hole in his heart that I’m hoping to fill.
I’m Tasha 2.0 I’m not an upgrade, (you can’t upgrade perfection) I’m a new version!. Hey if Microsoft can do it why can’t we? I was born on September 27th, 2009, but did not meet my new family until November 28th, 2009, just four weeks after dad’s beloved Tasha crossed the rainbow bridge. My dad had already planned on adding me to their family before loosing Tasha, so when I came into their life, they wanted to honor Tasha’s memory by naming name me Tasha 2.0.
I am trying to fill the void that Tasha left in my dads lives, although I’m totally different than Tasha, I am certainly the evil sister! I already have them under my paw. Like Tasha, I am learning fast on how to make them do what I want, (they never had a chance with my eyes!), when I want, even if it means they have to drop everything!
I’ve completed my AKC STAR PUPPY certificate with flying colors and I am now in training for my AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate. I have big paws to fill and I’m doing my very best to help take care of my dads.
I am in training as a service animal and companion for Gordon, I already help with chores, like “sweeping” the floor for any tidbits he drops while cooking, that’s my favorite activity and I also love to chase the vacuum, just to make sure it does not suck up my toys!
I am becoming a loving velcro dog. I can now open the refrigerator, grab and bring a small bottle of water from the bottom shelf to my dad, when he just says the word “water.” And most importantly, I can sense a seizure or low blood sugar coming on and I can warn Gordon to lie down in a safe place. When it’s over I comfort him, he tells me just knowing I am there makes him feel better.
In December, 2011, my dad and I took a trip to Vermont to learn to decorate holiday cookies at the King Arthur Flour kitchens in Norwich Vermont. We stayed at a lovely bed & breakfast where they now allow dogs, and more than welcoming me to the Inn. Cookie decorating was so hard for me, smelling all those fresh baked cookies, sugar and other great ingredients made me want some. But wanting to be on my best behavior I waited until we got back in the car with our fresh cookies before I started up with those puppy eyes I have, who could say no? My dad says I was a great “ambassador” for service dogs everywhere.
I’m had a great time on my first visit to Disney, a cruise on the Disney Magic! It was a a 5-night New England cruise in the fall of 2012, we enjoyed staying in the Royal Suite! Please check out the rest of our site, there is lots of information on Mickey’s world.
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