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My Tribute to Tehya

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

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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?

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.
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!

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A Special Poem for Tehya

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

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A very good friend of mine wrote a poem for Tehya that I wanted to share with you all. It is a beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl.
Don’t Cry For Me

Don’t cry for me, my masters
Fore I go to a happy place
Where bones are bigger and better
And my limbs are all in place

I will be happy, arfarf
Though I cannot walk by your side.
I will romp in doggie heaven
Playing ball with Kaydee
Running far and wide

We might come across Shelby
Or maybe Brandy too
So just remember the good times
And try not to feel too blue

We will all be with one another
Playing ball and swimming too
Frolicking like puppies
All very happy
With, nothing else to do.

Yes, you might feel lonely
But memories are special gifts
So call on me through those memories
And I just might,give you a sniff.

I have tried to be good and loyal
But it is time to say goodbye
For I can see my doggie buddies
Way up in the sky

So don’t worry about me
For I am safe and sound
Up here in doggie heaven
Where I can be happy and run around.

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Heaven got a very special angel this morning!

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

I wanted to let you all know that heaven got another very special angel tripawd this morning. Tuesday night Tehya’s tumor burst on her toe and she seemed to be doing ok until last night when she let us know it was time. So this morning we set her free to cross the Rainbow Bridge and run pain free with all of her four legged friends that went before her and all of the wonderful Tripawd friends that she met in her journey. I know that Miss Cherry was there waiting for her along with one very special friend that she had for many years Kaydee bears.
I will do a tribute for her in a couple of days so you can all enjoy some of the memories that we hold dear to our hearts. Thank once again for all of the amazing support.

Tehya’s pawrents!

Tehya’s Two Month Ampuversary

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Well it’s two months today since Tehya’s amputation and as you know from my previous blogs things aren’t looking to good for her right now. Today the tumor on her toe has grown quite a bit and we have spoken to our vet about what steps should be taken next. He will recheck her again on Thursday to see how things are going for her but right now we keep enjoying her wagging tail and incredible spirit.
We can’t thank you all for the continued support that we have been receiving in these very hard times!

Tehya’s pawrents

Today just sucks! (Pardon the expression)

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Pardon the expression but some days just suck and this is one of them for sure! Yesterday we took Tehya back to the oncologist for her two week check up. We mentioned that she had cracked her nail which appeared to be healing nicely but luckily another Golden in the waiting room stepped on it and it started to bleed. I say luckily because we probably wouldn’t even have mentioned it if it wasn’t bleeding. The oncologist said she didn’t like the looks of it as it had cracked at the top and the tissue looked very abnormal. To make a long story short we have three options, biopsy the tissue to see what it is, amputate the toe or treat it with epsom salts and antibiotics in the unlikelhood it isn’t the cancer showing up (which by the way the oncologist and surgeon are pretty sure it is). We have opted for the latter and took Tehya today to our regular Vet so he could have a look at it for a starting point for him. After checking her out he basically told us to take her home and enjoy what little time we have left with her. We have been the best pawrents we could to her and to cut her up by amputating her toe is just fighting a losing battle. So that’s what we are going to do enjoy every last minute we can with our precious Tehya (that’s what her name means by the way). She doesn’t seem to be in pain and her tail is still wagging like crazy probably will until the day she dies. Needing all the hugs I can possibly get today!

Tehya’s Mom Darlene

Hello from the Olympic City

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Hi everyone, I haven’t had time to post for the last liitle while as I have been glued to the TV. Congratulations first of all to the US athletes you are doing amazing! Me well I have been struggling for the past couple of days. I didn’t get sick from the chemo but yesterday my Mom noticed that my front paw was bleeding and on a closer look it appears that one of my nails has split. That must be what is so sore! So for the past two days I haven’t been to active. I have been spending a lot of time on my Dad’s knee watching TV or sleeping on my bed. I go back to see the oncologist on the 25th so have all paws crossed that things have slowed down somewhat for me. I am hoping that I feel better tomorrow as we are having the warmest weather in 100 years so I would like to be able to get out and play some more street hockey with the kids down the street. That is before the big Olympic hockey game in the afternoon!

So far so good.

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Ok my Mom messed up the pictures somehow but you get the idea that I’m not sick. In fact I’m feeling reallygood today actually! My Mom thought I was sick this morning but I was just tired as you can see from the picture above. I heard the magic word walk so off I went with my Mom. When I came home my Dad was waiting at the end of the driveway but down the street the kids were playing street hockey. Hmmm let me think Dad or Street Hockey sorry Dad they need me to be goalie! (It is Olympic time you know) Happy Valentines to all of my Tripawd friends!!

Yeah so far so good!

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Not sick just tired!

My big blast

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Well yesterday I got my first big blast of Doxorubicin. I got sent home with Pepto Bismol caplets, Cerenia and Metroclopramide just incase I get sick in the next few days. Here’s hoping I don’t cuz I don’t like the names of these drugs can only imagine what they taste like! I was a bit late getting out to come home cuz I had to stop and give all the vet techs cuddles before I left. I sure do like those girls!!! Today I am curled up in front of the fireplace with my Dad who has a bad cold now from getting soaked watching the torch relay yesterday. Tonight we are all excited for the Olympic opening ceremonies! A good way to forget that I am supposed to be sick!

We are still fighting hard!

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Hello to everyone from sunny Vancouver the home of the spring oops I mean winter Olympics that are scheduled to start on Friday. Our city is alive with tourists and news media I must say it is pretty exciting. There I have done my tourist promotion for today.
After much reading and soul searching we have decided to give Tehya the blast of chemo tomorrow to see if we can slow down those dreaded mets. As well once again she is showing us that she isn’t ready to cross over the bridge. On the weekend we had her out on the front street visiting with all of the neighbors (some of whom had yet to see her with three legs) and my gosh she was like a puppy. She even is trying to chase her tail forgetting of course that she goes off balance pretty quickly.
We are keeping everything crossed for our precious Tehya and will keep you posted on her progress. Once again thank you so much for all of the support that you have been giving us.