Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dog Heaven

Emma Lou Marie Diamond
Spring 1999 - September 9, 2011

It's sad for us to write, but Emma has gone to doggie heaven.

Isaac doesn't quite understand what has happened, but we have had some good conversations with Noah about life and death, and he is asking lots of good questions and seeming to understand what has happened. We have spent the last few days looking through our puppy pictures with Noah. He thought that it was funny that she was so small when she first joined our family.

As have reminisced about Emma's life, remembering the funnier and happier stories, like the time that she ate Grammy's new pearl earring on Christmas morning. Or the time that she ate an entire chocolate fudge cake, entire loaves of bread, sandwiches and cookies - really whatever she could steal. Emma joined us on our cross country ventures, visited many states and event stayed the night at a five star bed and breakfast.

Emma would happily sit at our feet while we spent countless hours working on the computers for school or work.
She loved a good rub and a scratch on the behind. Long walks around the neighborhood were her favorite. She would spend her days in the grass, pictured above, watching the clouds go by.

Emma was always a "nuclear family" dog. She only made two dog friends her whole life: Buddy and Mitzi. She loved her "grandparents" and our close friends that she saw often, but that was it. She had her family and that was enough for her. She was never interested in expanding her social circle. When we lived in California, we took her to various dog parks for socialization, but she absolutely hated every minute of it. We used to joke that we could punish her by threatening to take her back to the dog park!

Emma's world was rocked by the birth of Noah. She had been our only "child" for eight years. When we came home from the hospital with Noah, it took at least three weeks before Emma would come within arms-reach of Laura. Once Emma came to terms with our expanding family, Noah and Emma were great buddies, and Isaac and Emma were always inseparable. Mostly because Isaac proved to be a great food source for her.

Emma, you were our good girl. We miss you.

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