Did you know that I was viscously attacked by a dog in the second grade?
He used my arm as a chew toy. I got shots. He got put to sleep.
I was never a dog person after that.
The little hairs on my arms would stand on end if I came within 50 yards of a dog.
Then, as I got older, I started to like them again and my fear went away, somewhat.
I decided to get my own dog after my divorce. My mother was shocked.
“Why would you want that kind of work?” she asked.
“It has got to be easier than what I have just gone through.” I replied.
And it was.
Emma was more than what I could have hoped for in my first dog.
Yes, she had her quirks. She ate the table. She loved to dig. She hated water of any kind, even the rain.
But, she grew up.
She was loyal and more loving than I ever could have dreamed. If I petted her 24 hours a day since the day I got her, it STILL wouldn’t be enough.
She loved to love and be loved.
And to eat. Popcorn was her favorite.
She followed me everywhere, walking in front of me and looking behind, just to make sure I was still there.
From the minute we brought Sarah home from the hospital she laid by her.
She was always the first one to attend to Sarah’s needs as a baby, making Tyler and I feel like horrible people for letting Sarah cry even for a nanosecond.
She did not sleep for 2 whole months after we brought Sarah home from the hospital.
She was there for every single feeding and every single diaper change.
She would fall asleep standing up, begging for food, while we were eating dinner… THAT is how tired and stubborn she was.
She has kissed a million dirty feet and heard a zillion books at story time.
Even the day she got home from her amputation, she hobbled in to Sarah’s room for story time.
Sarah says that Emma is her “bestest buddy” and that is how we all feel.
We did everything we could to help her and lengthen her life.
And it did for awhile. She got to run and play and was pain free until recently when the cancer took over her lungs and back leg.
We hoped it would be another 2-3 YEARS not 6 months.
We made the decision to put Emma to sleep. We had planned to do it tomorrow, but woke up today and since she has been deteriorating so fast these past few days, we had to do it this morning.
She is now happily running with the rainbows in the sky.
Thank you all in advance for your kind words and thoughts. Please take a minute or two and watch the slideshow I put together for our family.
Many of you have been here with me from the beginning, so I feel it is only right, that you are here with me in the end.
The song that accompanies the pictures is the song I used to sing to Emily in the weeks leading up to bringing Emma home. It is The Puppy Song – (Harry Nilsson Lyrics) from the You’ve Got Mail Soundtrack.
I will be taking a few days off this week to spend with Jack and I will be back for Feel Good Friday.
As always… there is something to feel good about.
I love you Emma.