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Remember my Emma?

Postby emmas_mom » Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:13 am

Those of you who have been around forever will remember the bitter custody battle when my marriage ended in 2006 - we had two dogs (Charley and Emma), and the courts dictated that we each get one. As Charley was bonded only to me and my ex had NO interest in her, he ended up with my heartdog Emma, who I had stayed home with for the first nine months but who was bonded to both of us. I fought for visitation rights and in 2007 got an award of 30 minutes per month, on his property, when he is there.

Emma is now 8 1/2 years old, and her face is beginning to show her age.
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But her body is still full of puppy-joy and she is still the same happy happy happy happy happy girl she always was.
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But the very best thing about my visit with her last week was that my ex popped the question: "If I die before Emma, will you take her and look after her for me?"
YES!! Not that he's likely to die first - he's still in his fifties (yes, I married a younger man) - but who knows? I am thrilled that he is thinking of her welfare, and finally after seven plus years trusts me enough to want me to have her if he isn't around. I'd fought for that in the divorce agreement but back then he wouldn't agree to it, and according to property rights (dogs are property in the eyes of the law), he could do whatever he wanted with her. My biggest fear was that he would die and I would lose all contact with her.

Emma is so lucky to have two people who really do love her and will stick by her forever. And she clearly loves both of us too. My heart is full of joy for my sweet heartdog.
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Re: Remember my Emma?

Postby Sabine » Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:40 am

I'm so glad you still get to see her. :)
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Postby SherriA » Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:31 pm

Jean, this makes me so happy. Emma is looking beautiful, and I'm so glad that your ex seems to be easing up a little about her. That's got to make things better for everyone. She's a lucky girl to be so well loved. :love:
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Postby JudyL » Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:34 pm

I'm glad that you still see Emma too. It's nice that your ex is finally able to put aside his negativity and think of what would be best for Emma, and I hope that he relays his wishes to the appropriate person(s) in the event he does predecease you and Emma.

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Postby UpwardDog » Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:34 pm

That's so great! I remember well how heart wrenching that was and how angry I felt on your behalf. I'm so glad she looks good and you could see her. I hope he'll let you see her more often.

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Re: Remember my Emma?

Postby Bari » Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:24 pm

That is wonderful. Too bad you can't see her more often while he is alive.
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Re: Remember my Emma?

Postby Jen » Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:40 pm

I'm so glad she's happy and that you were able to see her. I do remember her and have, from time to time, wondered what became of her. :grin:

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Postby emmas_mom » Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:51 pm

Seeing her more often is difficult as we live a good 12 hour round trip away from each other now - in fact, with the cost of the ferry and gas, I don't see her every month any more. What I'd love is to be able to take her off the property for a walk or swim or something when I do go and to get more than thirty minutes with her. However, I see her several times a year and it has been good to watch her grow up, and she still remembers every command I ever taught her. :)
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Re: Remember my Emma?

Postby QBert » Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:27 pm

Emma is looking wonderful! It's good that you do get to see her even if it isn't as often as you'd like, and at least you know she is cared for.

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Postby Amanda » Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:49 pm

Aww, sweet Emma girl. She looks good. I'm glad you get to see her still, even if it's only occasionally. It's nice that you can be sure she's well cared for.

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Postby maxs_mommy » Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:34 pm

Aww, what a pretty girl and how comforting to know her welfare is being looked out for. 18 and still running around like a puppy is quite a feat!
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Postby emmas_mom » Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:40 pm

Aww, what a pretty girl and how comforting to know her welfare is being looked out for. 18 and still running around like a puppy is quite a feat!
LOL - Eight and one half years, not eighteen! But I sure hope she is still running around like a puppy at 18. :lol: You know labs - perpetual puppies. I keep telling her she is supposed to be a Lady now, not an overgrown pogo stick.
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Postby maxs_mommy » Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:43 pm

Oops! My bad! 8 and still a puppy is still a feat but you're right about perpetual puppies!
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Re: Remember my Emma?

Postby Yankee » Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:56 pm

Sweet pictures!

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Re: Remember my Emma?

Postby Bettyna » Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:14 pm

Your post made me tear up. It's so good to know that your ex is taking good care of her.

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Re: Remember my Emma?

Postby amyzon » Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:23 am

I remember this too, and how my heart hurt for you. I'm so glad there's a bright spot, and that Emma is so loved.

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Re: Remember my Emma?

Postby MaisyPancakes » Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:34 pm

Yay, EMMA!! Definitely have been thinking of her, and wishing you could see her more. I agree with Judy—I hope you guys can get this in writing. It's wonderful to see Emma so loved and happy. :)

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Re: Remember my Emma?

Postby Yankee » Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:53 pm

she's still so pretty!


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