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Our Dear Old Dog Oiya

Updated on March 24, 2013

Meet Our Oiya!

Our dear old dog Oiya is fifteen now and she is still going strong despite a few health set backs in her life.

Oiya is a Staffie, Labrador and Kelpie cross which makes her an extremely loyal and active dog, she is also a great guard dog, some people being most afraid of her territorial behaviour but once she knows you and your scent she will be your friend for life.

Our extremely loyal constant companion.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier - Faithful and Loyal Dog

Guide to Owning a Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Guide to Owning Dog Series)
Guide to Owning a Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Guide to Owning Dog Series)

This book will give you all the information you should know about about Staffies before you make one part of your family.

Oiya was part Staffie.


A Youge Oiya Waiting for that Walk

A Youge Oiya Waiting for that Walk
A Youge Oiya Waiting for that Walk

A Grand Old Age

Once a super fit active dog who could walk for miles, Oiya has slowed down considerably over the last couple of years suffering from arthritis and other age related illnesses.

It becomes a worry when your dog gets to this grand old age as, like us, little things start to happen with their general health, with more frequent visits to the vet never really knowing what the outcome maybe.

But knowing Oiya, as she is, she seems to bounce back with that strong inner health that she has, no matter what the age.

Oiya is our loyal and constant companion.

A Day With Oiya!

Oiya's main activities these days are to nudge me awake for her morning breakfast of porridge and to refresh her bowl of water, then its back to bed.

Maybe later in the day its a stroll down the road if she feels up to it or just a gentle walk around the garden.

Dinner is a bowl of dried food formulated for the elderly dog on mind, mixed with home steamed vegies.A raw hide bone goes down well to nor on later at night when bored cleaning those teeth at the same time.

Oiya is always there, laying beside me whilst I write, watching me work in the garden and on her bed next to mine at night.

I can't imagine what life would be like without this wonderful loyal friend at my side everyday, certainly an empty place indeed.

Oiya Loves Bones!

Oiya used to love tennis balls when she was a younge dog but now that she can't get around as much she will sit for hours in the garden with her bone.

Chunky Chews® 9"-10" Glucosamine Natural Rawhide Safety-Knot® Bone for Large Dogs
Chunky Chews® 9"-10" Glucosamine Natural Rawhide Safety-Knot® Bone for Large Dogs

These rawhide bones are great for you dogs teeth and will give your dog hours of enjoyment.


How Oiya Got Her Name.

We adopted Oiya from a friend who no longer could look after her when she was about three years of age.

She didn't really have a name unless you would call 'Oi' one, which unfortunately she was referred to by but I wasn't very impressed.

By adding a ' ya'  this made the name Oiya, sounding so much better to me than 'Oi', giving the dog some much-needed respect and making for a more exotic sounding name as well as starting with much the same sound as not to confuse her.

Loyal and Loving Labradors

Training Your Labrador Retriever (Training Your Dog Series)
Training Your Labrador Retriever (Training Your Dog Series)

A great book about the loyal Labrador. Oiya had a little lad in her .


Oiya's Favorite Things!

1.The young Oiya would love to walk and walk for miles.

2. Chase after a tennis ball.

3. Swim in the creeks.

4.Jump into the back seat of the car and traveling to where ever the car would go, hopefully ending with a visit with friends and a tossel in the park.

5. Watching TV with her best buddy of the time on the couch.

6. A good crunch on a bone or two.

7. A soft lambskin bed beside me...Sleep.

8. And last but not least,food,any food!

One of Oiya's favorite things!

Dog Gone Smart Bed Canvas Donut Pet Bed, Khaki, Large, 42"
Dog Gone Smart Bed Canvas Donut Pet Bed, Khaki, Large, 42"

A beautiful comfy canvas dog bed, easy to wash and keep clean, as well as looking stylish.


Kelpies - The Working Dog of Australia

Australian Kelpie (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
Australian Kelpie (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)

This book is all about the bred of dog, the Kelpie. Oyia had Kelpie in her.This book will help you understand want kind of temperament and behavior you dog may have.


What Do You Think of Oiya?

A Tribute to a Great Friend

Oiya passed soon after this lens was made.

You can tell when you look at the photos of her that she was not a well dog.

She was sixteen years old and she certainly had a happy active life living with us.

Missing you dear friend.


Julia Pearce

Thanks for Stopping By! Would love to hear what you think of our dog Oiya!

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      Sherry Venegas 

      5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I like his grey old snout. We have a 17 year old Beagle. It will be hard when it is time for him to go.

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      6 years ago

      Cutie pie!

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      nightbear lm 

      6 years ago

      Oh my, I'm so sad for you. I have had to endure this pain as well. I am sure she was so happy in her life. And bless you for loving her all the way to the end. blessed.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Wow, she looks so much like my Sassy! (I made a lens about her with photos.) Sassy is 14 now, so she has the white on her muzzle like Oiya did. I'm very sorry for your loss, but I'm glad she had such a wonderful, long life.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      So sorry to hear of Oiya's passing. I like to think she's running and playing in the sunshine, and feeling no more pain. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet. Blessed.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Lovely story about your old friend. I 'liked' it.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I've met Oiya and she impressed me as indeed a grand dog, even though, on that occasion, all she did was vocalise at me. Or maybe she was welcoming me in her fashion. Or maybe she smelled dingoes in the back paddock.

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      8 years ago

      Thats a good start of your first squidpaw lens!


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