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In Loving Memory
Emma was born in September 1991 of German Police Dog parents, destined to become the next generation of canine law enforcement, or was she?
She began intensive training at an early age and was enrolled in the police academy before her second birthday. Although she learned new skills very quickly, she never quite fit in. She was a future police dog who would not bite. Emma loved everyone and wanted desperately to be loved in return. Repeated attempts were made to teach Emma fear and anger, including physical abuse. Rather than attack, Emma became frightened and distrusting.
One day a retired police officer saw Emma’s situation and intervened. Emma’s destiny was forever changed that day. Mary Krauer became not only her savior but her new “mom” as well. The two rapidly became inseparable. Emma spent the next 10 years being a devoted and protective companion to Mary. Even though trusting people was very difficult for Emma, she gradually made friends with her neighbor Carol (who loved Emma as her own) and Marie (the veterinary technician who comforted and cared for Emma during doctor’s visits).
As Mary’s health deteriorated, Emma did her best to care for and protect her “mom”; but a German Shepard dog can only do so much to help her beloved human. One day Mary was taken away to the hospital and Emma became very frightened. Then her friend Marie came. Marie took Emma to visit her “mom”. Even though the hospital was a very frightening place with strange people and smells; there were also wonderful people there who loved Emma at first sight.
Emma was able to return home with her beloved “mom”, but only for a short time. Mary remained very ill. Emma tried very hard to care for her “mom” until one day Mary did not respond. Emma was confused and terrified. She was trapped in her house with her “mom’s” body. Even Emma knew that Mary’s body was all that remained. Her spirit had departed. For 2 days, Emma ate from the trash can and tried to figure out how to get help. After 2 days, Emma risked her own life and jumped through a window to get help. She ran around her yard barking wildly, trying to get someone to help her. After a very lonely and frantic night alone, Emma saw Carol. (Carol knew that Emma was never outside at night, so something must be wrong.) Emma was overjoyed to see Carol enter the fence. Emma was immediately taken to Carol’s house and given the first real food in 3 days. Emma’s “mom” was taken away and Emma never saw her again.
Emma was very frightened and confused. All that she had known for most of her life was suddenly gone. What would happen to her now?
Then Marie came, and Emma’s life changed again. Emma went to live with her friend Marie, and experienced many new and exciting things. Now Emma had dog “siblings” to play with. She went hiking in the mountains, to play in dog parks and meet many new people who loved her. Emma’s new “sisters” showed her how wonderful it was to visit hospitals and nursing homes. Within months, Emma had earned her Therapy Dog Registration; and had more friends that she could ever imagine.
Emma was getting older and despite the best care available, her muscles began to weaken. One morning she simply could not hold herself up any anymore and collapsed. She was rushed to the hospital and received exceptional love and care for 2 days. Despite the wonderful care, she lost the ability to lift her head or control her bladder. With her new family and many of her new friends gathered around her, Emma was released from her body. Her spirit went to join her “first mom” Mary.
Emma will always be loved and remembered as the police academy dropout with the heart of a therapy dog.
Registered Therapy Dog, Canine Good Citizen
Finnish Spitz/Chow Chow mix born April 1993,
Rescued from a creek in Georgia
For those of you who knew Miss Niladvyi, my Princess and Lead Dog for the past 14 years, she is truly an angel now.
On Monday, August 20 2007 @ 215 pm, she was released from her failing body, her heart stopped and she was given the eternal peace that she deserved.
As some of you know, her mental capacity had been deteriorating over the past two years, due to Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (doggy Alzeihmers). She has two collapsed disks in her neck, which gradually decreased her movement and eventually control of her hind quarters.
Thanks to the wonderful efforts of Drs. Deanna Miller, Jonathan Quint and Monica Overman, her life (and quality of life) were greatly extended. This past week, she began chewing on her joints, in reaction to pain or numbness.
I felt that she needed to be released from her failing body and mind to enjoy the rest that she had earned through 14 years of faithful service, friendship and support.
She spent her last moments in the grass and sunshine that she loved, sitting in her mommy's lap, with her daddy and Aunt Deanna there.
She was an angel with fur, and now she has shed that fur and become a true angel. Her spirit will remain whit me always.
I want to thank Dr Deanna Miller and Mary Cook at Pets Vet of Arvada for their wonderful care or her, through the years, and especially during Nila's last moments. They made a painful good-bye easier for me and more pleasant for Nila. I also want to thank Kristina Durham for her support in making a painful but necessary decision.
I want to thank everyone who has been so understanding and supportive. This good-bye would have been much more difficult without you.
Thank you all for your love and support of Nila through the years.
Registered Therapy Dog
Siberian Husky born 1995 (?),
Rescued from Aurora Animal Shelter
November 15, 2007 Diddy went to join her sister Nila, over the rainbow bridge. They are back together happily romping in the snow. No more weakness, no more pain, no more seizures.
Diddy spent her last day on this earth walking through Cherry Creek Reservoir, eating cheeseburgers, going to the park with her boys (our sons that she raised) and pretending she was flying out the car window.
I want to thank Dr. Deanna Miller and Kristina Durham for helping Diddy leave her failing body with such dignity and honor.
Diddy's ashes will be buried with her sister/doggy best friend Nila in a private ceremony (date/time to be determined). Their life will live on through the maple tree, as their love lives on in the many lives they have touched.
Thank you for your all the love and support you have given Miss Diddy during her lifetime.
Rocky- therapy cat
Rocky will be buried with his favorite wrestling buddy, Miss Diddy, beneath her evergreen tree.
My beloved dog Zaza’ has taken her final journey over the Rainbow Bridge. Zaza’ came into my life in 2003 as a little puppy and during her time here she brought me and many others great joy. In her short life she became a Canine Good Citizen and a Therapy Dog. She was such a sweet and gentle girl who gave big kisses freely. Zaza ‘in her brief 5 years had great times – she traveled from coast to coast, she ran on the beaches of Oregon and attended my 40th birthday party on a New York river cruise.
Here is my favorite photo of Franklin. "He was my "nurse", hero and best friend." from me. "Frank was an original, a love, and brought happiness to all who met him." a quote from his friends and family.