All dogs go to heaven


Even though Emma made slight improvements at the end of last week, they didn’t last for too long.  By Sunday several new issues came up, including a fever, diarrhea, and a heart murmur.

There were lots of indicators that my puppy was in severe pain, and it was agonizing to watch her go through it all.

As much as I loved and adored my little girl, it felt selfish to keep her going if she was not going to get better.  After discussing it all with Michael and the doctors one last time, we made the difficult decision to let her go up to heaven.

And so, I said goodbye to my sweet puppy this morning.

After I handed her over the to doctor, my eyes focused on a plaque on the walls that said:

One day, I hope to become the person who my dog already thinks I am.

It pulled at my heartstrings in a big way.

Emma loved me unconditionally and treated me as though I was the best mommy on earth.  I hope that, in the near future, I live up to those standards, and I find comfort in knowing that Emma is looking down on me and my growing little family.

She was only alive for 6 short years, but in that time, Emma touched my life in countless ways.

I’ll be thankful to her always for all of the cuddles, the kisses, the laughter, and the love.

I’ll never forget my first baby…

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  1. Awwwwww : ( lots of doggies went to heaven recently, my friend Meg’s pup and my familie’s dog too. So sad, I am so soory for the loss of your pup, but you are right, all dogs go to heaven <3

    Love you <3

  2. Oh my gosh Erin. I’m crying reading this right now. I’m so sorry for your loss, but I hope you know you did the right thing and that Emma is bouncing around in doggy heaven completely pain free. I’m thinking of you today and hope you find peace.

  3. Your post made me cry. My pups are my children and I can’t imagine what you are going through. I am so, so sorry Erin. big hugs.

  4. Im so sorry for your loss…… My girl will be making her journey on Friday.

    May your memories quickly heal the pain of missing your girl, and replace it with the warmth and laughter of all the good times shared.

    The sorrow we feel is only matched by the love we shared

    • Thank you for the sweet comment. I am so sorry to hear that you will also be going through this. I’m sending hugs your way. <3

  5. So sorry to hear this. 🙁 Lots of hugs coming your way.

  6. I am so sorry for your great loss. I was so teary eyed reading this, such a sad thing. She has no more pain though and is in a place where she can run around and be happy forever. Stay strong! xo

  7. I am very sorry for you. It is hard to let go – and it is one of the hardest decisions you ever have to make. But she is not in pain anymore – and I am sure she is very thankful to that right now. 🙂

    I send a big box of hugs and comfort your way.

    • Thank you so much, Julia. This has been really difficult, but I do feel comfort in knowing that Emma is no longer suffering. <3

  8. I am so, so sorry you’re going through this…my dogs are my children (for now, although that’s obviously changing soon!) and my heart breaks at the idea of some day letting go of them. When it’s the right time, I will, and I will know that they were deeply loved, just as your sweet girl does.

    • Dogs truly are like family, and this has definitely been really tough. Thank you so much for your sweet comment. It is truly appreciated.

  9. Tears are in my eyes. May God bless Emma and your little family. 🙂

  10. I am sorry to hear that and that the two of you had to make that ultimate decision concerning Emma. She will do great going over the Rainbow Bridge and be playing on the other side. Brings tears to my eyes. I learned more about you through your love for Emma – thanks for sharing those memories with your readers. Take Care Sweetie:)

    • Your comment means so much to me, and I really appreciate it. I’m missing my little girl big time, but I know that she’s up in heaven playing like crazy and feasting on dog treats. 🙂

  11. I absolutely bawled reading this – my heart breaks for you, friend. Emma was such a lucky pup to have such a loving, caring momma! Sending hugs your way <3

    • Thank you so much, Lindsay. 🙂 We’ll have to get together soon. The hardest part has been staying in the house all alone. Everything reminds me of my little girl.

      • Of course!! Seriously, my door is always open. I would say that I’d have wine and chocolate… but I guess will just both settle for chocolate, sans wine. 🙂

  12. Oh, Erin. I am so, so sorry for your loss. I can tell Emma brought so much joy and love to your life. And in many ways she can still do that when you look back on your great memories with her. I know it’s hard right now, but I do wish you many smiles in the future when you think back to what a joy Emma was in your life. Sending love!


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