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My Tribute to Tehya

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It is a week today since we lost our beautiful Tehya and I wanted to post a tribute to her so you could all see what an amazing girl she was. Until now I wasn’t able to gather the strength to do this as you can all imagine it has been one tough week.
Around 11.5 years ago we suddenly lost our German Shepherd Shelby to a twisted stomach and for a few months we went pet free which was extremely longely. My husband was adament that we would not get another dog, I however had other plans and thought that if I brought a puppy home he would love her to bits and there would not be a problem. So off I went looking for a puppy. A friend put me in touch with a well known Golden Breeder and the process began. I passed filled in the application, passed the interview and then she said well now that you have passed I just need to meet your spouse. Oh boy I thought there goes the puppy. After a lot of pleading from me and my sister and family off we went luckily for me her fell in love with Tehya’s Mom and we were on the list for the puppy. We were told that her name had to begin with a “T” so I researched and found the name Tehya which is Native American for Precious. It could not have been more perfect! Her registered name is Orianna’s Talanabay (Talanabay being a beautiful spot where we spend our summers).
It was off to puppy school to try and teach her some manners she passed I failed. The teacher said you can tell who gives the hugs and who gives the discipline in your house. See if you can tell from these pictures who might be giving the hugs?

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Everyone that met her loved her and she was soon to be the babysitter of the Shuswap. We have a summer condo and there are a lot of children in the neighboring units. Everyday Tehya would swim with them for hours on end. Not only would she swim she would swim circles around them so they couldn’t go out to the deep water. We were forever getting knocks on our door with some little voice saying can Tehya come out and play. Her 2nd favorite summertime thing to do was to go for a boat ride. As you can see from the next picture she had the backseat all to herself.
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I could write for hours on how she has made our life so special but won’t bore everyone with my rambling. I just want to share one more story that shows just how much she meant to the husband who had to be nagged and tricked into getting her.
About 5 yrs ago my husband was very seriously ill and was in the hospital for three months. The nurses of course had heard all about Tehya and kept telling me to bring her up. Finally with my neighbors help off we went to visit. She stayed downstairs with my neighbor and off I went to get my husband. When I got him to the lobby he spotted her right away and his face lit up like a neon sign. He was hooked up to tons of wires and by gosh our girl found a way to get her head on his lap without touching one of them. She spent a good couple of hours just letting him patting her and not moving. We took her back a few more times after that and each time you could see my husband getting stronger and stronger. I swear just having her by his side helped him to heal even faster.
My final favorite picture is of Tehya and her best friend Kaydee I know they are both running together in heaven once again.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading a little about our precious Tehya! It has been healing to look at the old pictures and remember the good times!
Darlene


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15 Responses to “My Tribute to Tehya”

  1.   Carmen (Catie's Mom) Says:

    Beautiful.

    Thank you.

  2.   admin Says:

    Very beautiful indeed. Thank you for sharing.

  3.   Mackenzie's Mom Says:

    Angel Tehya…so precious, beautiful and amazing…..your tribute brings tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing your wonderful stories and photos. We are thinking of you. Sending you love from across the border. Kami

  4.   jakesmom Says:

    OMG! I was crying while I read this…:-( Such a beautiful life… I’m so sorry for your loss… She made such an impact on your lives… and mine too for the short time I’ve read all about her journey. May your sweet Tehya rest in peace… and run free with her best friend Kaydee… 🙂

    Angel Jake’s Mom

  5.   Emilysmom Says:

    I enjoyed reading about Tehya. She was such a beautiful girl. It does get better.
    Debra & Angel Emily

  6.   majorbubbatank Says:

    Thank you for finding the strength to share her story with us. As a Paramedic I’ve seen over and over again the healing powers of our four (or three) legged counterparts. I know you provided her with that same support through her rough days. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Rachel (Major’s Mom)

  7.   Donna (Tehya's Aunt) Says:

    Tehya was the most beautiful dog ever! I also want to say that I am so proud of my sister Darlene and Dave and the courage they have shown through Tehya’s illness. Tehya had a wonderful life and was truly blessed to have had them as her parents.

    My heart goes out to all of you that have lost your beautiful companions.

    Donna (Tehya’s Auntie)

  8.   jack crowder Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing.

    What a wonderful life she had and what wonderful memories you have of your sweet and beautiful girl. I’m pretty sure she would want you to smile when you think about her.

    Sending our thoughts and prayers your way.

    The chauffeur

  9.   keepsmiln1818 Says:

    Darlene,

    I am thinking of you and holding a special prayer for you. You guys fought such a tough battle for Tehya. She is a beautiful dog! I know your hearts are heavy and you miss your sweet baby! Cherrish those wonderful memories! She will always be with you! She was a strong and brave girl. Thank you for sharing your journey and her beautiful tribute! Always know that Tehya felt your love and devotion to her! She knew how much you guys loved her and that gave her comfort and peace all the way to the end!

    Hugs!!!!

    Wendy & Henri

  10.   wyattraydawg Says:

    Teyha was not only precous but beautiful and strong. Her spirit will stay exactly the same, and we will never forget your amazing Tripawd warrior.
    Thank you for sharing her life with us.

  11.   anyemery Says:

    What a beautiful tribute to a very precious girl. Thank you for sharing, Darlene. We’re continuing to send lots of hugs and doggie kisses across the miles…
    Hugs,
    Holly and Holly’s mom

  12.   Peyton's Path Says:

    Beautiful tribute to Tehya! She was a very special girl and was very lucky to have you as pawrents! You gave her a gift of life/love and she will always be with you even when she is in heaven!

    Thanks for sharing your Precious Tehya with us! Take care!

    Lots of XOXO
    Kris, Cami, Dillon and Rhys

  13.   Sophie's mom (Tana) Says:

    What a beautiful story, and tribute to your much loved Tehya. Thank you so much for sharing. I am, like the others who have sent their hugs and prayers, lost in tears and heartache for your loss.
    Tana and Sophie (and Angel Keaton)

  14.   peytonpawd Says:

    We are thinking about you. This is such a hard time in life and it is hard to find the right words to say, but we know what you are going through and we feel your pain! Tehya will always be with you and some day you will be reunited at the bridge. Until then just remember the wonderful times you spent together and the wonderful memories you created!

    XOXO
    Dillon

    I bet she is at the bridge sharing peanut butter biscuits with Peyton!

  15.   Ginger Says:

    Tehya was a bit of heaven on earth, as all dogs are truly gifts who expect nothing from us and give only happiness, joy and unconditional love in return. I know it’s rough now, but your life is richer just by having her in it for all those years. You will have the support, thoughts and prayers of all us fellow tripawds as you grieve.

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