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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!
PS Sorry I couldn't the pictures to transfer however if you are interested please have a look at her blog.
14 August 2009
That was so beautiful and sweet it brought tears to my eyes. It sounds like there was so much more to her than we even knew about. She was really special to say the least.
I am curious, why did her name have to start with a "T"?
Comet - 1999 to 2011
She departed us unexpectedly January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.
She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.
What great stories!!! I really enjoyed your tribute and hope that you can find peace knowing you had amazing time with Tehya. I am thinking about you guys. I know one day I will have a similar tribute to Jack that I have to write and hearing your words definitely gives me strength
Hang in there
Erin and Jack
28 November 2008
Tehya is indeed special. I'm so happy you were able to share a bit of her with us. I've said it over and over, these tripawds are amazing animals. I love them all.
Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul. Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.
I can see what a special girl she was through your stories and memories. I'm glad you could go through your pictures and share them. I have done that myself this past week and sometimes it helps. Its been a rough week here too, I admire your strength in this difficult time.
13 September 2009
OMG! I was crying while I read this... Such a beautiful life Tehya had with you... I'm so sorry for your loss... She made such an impact on your lives... and mine too for the short time I've gotten to know her from reading all about her journey in the forums and her blog. Thank you so much for sharing her life with us here!!!
May your sweet Tehya rest in peace... and run free with her best friend Kaydee...
Angel Jake's Mom
Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… http://jakesjou.....ipawds.com ….. CANCER SUCKS!
13 July 2009
15 January 2009
2 November 2009
Darlene, your tribute to Angel Tehya is beautiful. Her photos and stories are just so precious. Thanks for sharing a very special Angel Tehya with us. xoxo Kami
My sweet golden Mackenzie. She became my angel on Dec 29, 2010 at the age of 8 1/2 although she was always my angel from the time we brought her home. She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Sept 2009 and officially became a tripawd (front leg) on Nov 5, 2009. She will be forever in my heart and now she's running free with all of our other tripawd heroes. I love you Mackenzie!
28 September 2009
Your tribute to Tehya is beautiful, Thank You for sharing with us your very special girl.
Jo Ann & Tasha
Tasha 8 years old, First cancer diagnosis 6/26/09, Last cancer diagnosis 9/26/09, Amputation 10/01/09, Loving our girl moment by moment.
Tasha lost her battle and became my Angel on May 4 2011. Forever in my heart….
26 November 2008
Darlene and family,
Thank you so very much for sharing Tehya's tribute. There has been nothing but black clouds above since hearing of the loss of this extremely wonderful companion. I am not sure if Tehya had some Sheltie instincts with her hearding of the children to keep them from the deep water, or if she had some Newfoundland instincts since they were bread to retrieve people who have fallen overboard. Either way, she was a very unique personality that clearly will be missed by any and all who knew her.
As if we did not share enough with Cherry's and Tehya's experiences, I was speachless when I read that your previous dog died from gastric torsion. Both of "The Girls", my white Standard Poodle littermates, suffered gastric torsion just three weeks apart. I was fortunate enough to save them at that time, but they both passed away three years later, just three months apart, from internal damages suffered during the torsion. On more than one occasion, I have attempted to warn this community how devistating gastric torsion can be, only to be put down by one moderator. So as you can see, we have shared similar horror stories long before we both found this site.
I do not want to digress too far from the real purpose here and that is to pay tribute to your beloved Tehya. As so very many of this community, I enjoyed the story. I hope that when warm weather returns, you will take those boat rides and remember the companion that is still with you. Whenever I pass over portions of the journey Miss Cherry and I took so very many times during her journey, I feel her nearness. May you find the same nearness as well.
With very long arms - Huggs