13 hours ago
Let me tell you about my best friend, Emma. A sassy, 6.5 pound gal that walked into my life during one of my lowest moments, and little did I know she would forever change my world.
First, let me back up a bit. Many moons ago my husband and I fostered puppy mill rescue dogs. After Emma was no longer needed by the puppy mill owners, she was auctioned off to the highest bidder. Luckily, the highest bidder that day was a local dog rescue based here in Chicago.
The week Emma came to her forever home, she first was being held at temporary foster home, a home I happened to be stopping at to pick up adoption applications. I look into this sea of new rescues, and before I knew it I had locked eyes with the most beautiful 4 pound gal. It was over. She was coming home with me.
Emma had a long road to recovery ahead of her, undergoing multiple surgeries, gaining weight, working hard to build up her strength/weight and trust. Slowly, she started to blossom into this gorgeous, sassy, extremely opinionated, extra loving, trusting Maltese. The Maltese she was destined to be.
For the next seven years Emma and I were two peas in a pod. We did and went everywhere together.
January 15, 2018 all of that changed. By this time Emma had been in heart failure for almost two years, and our luck had run out. Her tiny heart could no longer keep up. I had to say goodbye to my best friend. I was crushed, she was gone. The week following Emma’s passing I laid in bed trying to imagine what my life was going to be like with her no longer in it. Quickly
finding myself drawn to watercolors. Trying to create this beautiful, magical place where I imagined she now was. It would be months before I picked up a hammer, string or nails for almost three months after her passing. Always keeping this string art tribute for her in the back of my mind to be created at a later time.
A year and half later, finally gaining the strength to create this larger than life tribute for our sweet, Emma. A place where I look forward to seeing Emma again one day. Thank you Emma, for teaching me patience and some of life's most important lessons.
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