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Is it silly or insignificant?

The loss of a loved one…a human is profound. What is it about the loss of a pet that we take into our lives, or is it the other way around? Profound loss, I say. Months later it brings tears. So powerful was the influence of Emma Louise in our lives that even today the mere mention of her name or her image causes a pause for reflection and an audible or silent homage.

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Less evident are the pet’s feelings left behind. I am convinced they suffer affliction to their routines, patterns and yes hearts! Harley, was very close to Emma.



Harley has seemed at a loss for the last six months since Emma passed. Time has passed but the routines are different now. Harley seems to be much more dependent now even with lots of loves. The nuisance and teasing of two cats has not lifted Harley’s spirits.

When I come across the postings of folks that lose a pet, my eyes well up for their loss and for my unresolved loss. So it is.


Emma Louise Passes On…………….

On June 3, 2003 our family brought Emma Louise into our home. On June 3, 2014 we let her go to a gentler place. No words can describe the pain of this loss to our family. Such is life and loss. Thank you Emma for all the joy you bestowed upon us every day of your life.

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Family Member In Trouble: Emma Louise, the Yellow Lab


Emma Louise recently, upon being let out the back door, decided to chase a squirrel. This unfortunately necessitated charging off the upper deck to the lower deck and then launching off the deck over a rose bush.

Emma forgot she is 9 years old and about 15 pounds overweight. Within a few days, Emma could not walk. She tried to rise but fell to the side in frustration. She could not rise on her rear or front legs. Head hung low. Scary. Into the Vet she went this weekend. Blood tests were fine. Steroids were administered to reduce inflammation and suddenly she could momentarily stand, but still collapsed. Indications to the Vet of probably spinal issue.

A decision was made to get her to a neurologist for a MRI. Several possibilities, some more probable than others: a tick, ‘coon-hound’ disease, damage to spine/disc. Emma was put under for a MRI this afternoon and has a very ruptured disc at the C6 point. Surgery needed. Expensive. I would sell every piece of fly fishing gear I own to pay for the surgery. Surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. They go in through the front. Prognosis risky for this ‘family member’. Say a little prayer for this sweet girl. She is very tuckered out. So are we. Thanks to all for the well wishes! Very kind.


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