Apr 22, 2019

April calendar girl

This is Channel.  She was our second dachshund.  She loved to play with toys, especially those that made a great deal noise.  In the top left she is hanging out in a hammock with Colin in the Baja.   Her eyes were so compelling, they just drew you in.   She loved birds and butterflies.  Whenever a bird or butterfly would fly overhead she would stop and watch.  She would even stand up with her front paws resting on a tree truck and crane her neck up.

Sadly by the age of two she had fallen out of the RV once onto concrete and while sleeping in her bed, a blind dog who was visiting stepped on her back.  She screamed at the time.  Several months later while we were RVing here in Kelowna she woke up in pain and could not move.  We packed in a hurry and drove non stop to a special critical care veterinary hospital on Boundary Road in Vancouver.  She needed urgent surgery.  The next day after the surgery she was still screaming in pain.  They called in a neurosurgeon on the Monday of a long weekend.  Before the second surgery we carried her outside to the grass where we sat with her for a few moments.  She had been given more pain meds and we just wanted to sit with her away from the hospital environment. She just looked at the sky and the birds passing overhead. Colin carried her inside and placed her on the operating room table and then we left.  She died on the table.  While trying to stabilized her spine they put a screw through her aorta by accident of course.  She was only two and a half years old.  We were devastated.

This butterfly over a doxies head was the perfect memorial for Channel.  That is Carmeh in the background.

She was a very special girl.  The last two photos were taken from blogs in years past.

I just want to add that in my post last month when I talked about Cloii, our first girl, I neglected to mention that she died of poisoning.  We suspected she ate something at a friends home that we had visited a few hours earlier.  It was also a very tragic, horrific and sudden death.   Our first two girls only lived a few years but we have so very many special memories of them both.



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14 Responses to “April calendar girl”

  1. Roxanne says:

    Oh. Sweet little nuggets. I’m sorry.

  2. George Yates says:

    Love the pictures and you have the wonderful memories of all the good times together.

  3. Deb says:

    Family comes in all forms. Beautiful photos.

  4. Alan and Laura Brechin says:

    A very touching group of pictures and also the story accompanying them. Thank you for sharing that with us…….Alan

  5. Maxx Trails says:

    Such a sad story, but great pictures to remember her by.

    • contessa says:

      Yes sad, I cried while I worked on that post but oh how much joy Channel and the other three have brought us over the past twenty years. They will be forever missed.

  6. SandyM says:

    ?????? our pets mean so much to us

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