April 9, 1993 - May 9, 2001

Date of Birth: April 9, 1993
OFA Hips: BX-1105G24F-T
Sire: Ch. Turo's Kristian Dior, SOM
Dam: Ch. Turo's Piper of Tarabran
Breeder: Joyce Bouchard, Sandy Roberts, Elizabeth Esacove
Owners: Sharon and Ron Berry
Death: May 9, 2001 - Lymphoma

Kelly is one of our special girls at home. Everyone that knows Kelly calls her a "Lady". That best describes Kelly. She is the perfect companion, very gentle and never, well almost never, does anything wrong. A very special girl.

We were very fortunate to be able to purchase Kelly from Joyce Bouchard of Tarabran Kennels when Kelly was six months old. Kelly earned her Canadian Championship very quickly and is pictured above winning Best Opposite Sex at the Boxer Club of Canada Regional under respected breeder judge, Jack Ireland. Kelly made a brief appearance in the obedience ring. Obedience definitely was not her thing, but she did earn her CD title.

Kelly only raised one litter. She was bred to Can. Ch. Tradonalee's Classic Sensation, Am. Can. SOM. We unfortunately did not keep anything from this litter. The second attempt at a litter was not very successful. She was implanted with frozen semen from Am. Ch. Sundarby's Fleetwood Mac, SOM. We had never had her under anaesthetic as her ears were done when we got her and her first litter was whelped naturally. Anyway the whole time under, which was done as quickly as humanly possible, she did not take a single breath on her own. Her heartbeat was strong, but she had to be bagged the whole time. Thank goodness there were two vets available, one took over the anaesthetic, the other did the implant. Because her heartbeat was strong, the vets did not appear to be particularly worried, but I was panicking. When it came time to whelp she had one very large white puppy by c-section. Again, she never took a breath while under anaesthetic. Anyway she came through the surgery fine. At this point I decided this was not worth the risk to Kelly. She went under anaesthetic for a third time to be spayed. This time there was a team of two veterinarians and three animal health technicians. It was felt that as she got older, perhaps her heart would not be a strong, so if I was to spay her now was the time

Kelly rules the house as queen. Her and Star are the best buddies and go everywhere with us. I hope that we will be able to enjoy many more years with this special girl.

In early April, 2001, Kelly developed a lump on her throat. Surgery revealed that she had cancer in the lymph node and tonsil. Consultation with a cancer specialist, revealed the cancer was very agressive and fast growing, so there was nothing medically that could be done. In typical Boxer fashion, she never complained. On May 9, 2001, Kelly started to seizure, and we all knew it was time. Kelly is now playing with her buddies at the Rainbow Bridge. One day we will be with her again. Until then, rest in peace my lady, you will always be in our heart.