In Memory of Emmie

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When we live with animals, they become an integral part of our life, valued family members. By extension,  they can become virtual friends to those with whom we are connected via social media.

So, I would like to share with you that Thursday, 4/18/2013 at approximately 3:00 PM CENTRAL, my sweet, gentle Emmie was released to Spirit.

Emmie and her BFF TeddyEmmie was 15 years old, was not ill, but her body had aged to the point she no longer had control. This past week her spirit had been leaving her body more and more. We both knew it was time for her to join her BFF Teddy, who was released to Spirit in 2009.  Teddy had promised to be with Emmie when she crossed, and he was.

img_0153Emmie adopted me in 1999, when she was about a year old. She loved to run, explore, chase squirrels and take car rides. Emmie was never so happy as when she knew we were getting in the car to go to the dog park.

With her gentle and sweet presence, Emmie was the peace holder in the Roper clan. She was also the shy one, the one by her own request who was the one the least on social media. You can read the one blog post she wrote here.

Since May, 2012, Emmie had been becoming weaker and, well, older. As a matter of fact, I thought it was her time to leave in May 2012, and she told me it wasn’t. She was correct.

It has been my honor to support Emmie in what she has needed and wanted in this life, and to love her with my entire heart.

This past week my ‘job’ has been to be with Emmie and be willing to hear her and support her when she said it was her time to transition. Emmie went peacefully at home, surrounded by me, IamMaxRoper and her 3 cats, Billy, Mitzie and Raven. Thank you Dr. Ricci Kelso and Kim from Le Sueur Veterinary Clinic and Belle Plaine Animal Hospital for coming to the house and helping her transition so peacefully and beautifully.

Emmie, you are loved, will always be loved. Peace be with you, my darling.


Janet Roper


  1. Azar ATTURA April 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    My deepest condolences. The loss of an animal friend is like losing an angel-on-earth. But love never dies. Emmie is now running like the wind, joyfully barking and leaping, grateful for all you did for her and all the good times you shared.


    • Janet April 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

      Thank you Azar 😉


  2. Arlette Cheramie April 19, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    Janet that was a beautiful tribute to Emmie. Thank you for sharing this and other moments with you these past weeks as Emmie neared the end of her earthly journey. Hugs to you and the other furry friends.


    • Janet April 19, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

      Thanks Arlette 😉


  3. Amy April 21, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I love that you spent this last week just being with Emmie.


    • Janet April 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

      Thank you, Amy for your kind words. Yes, that is a gift Emmie gave me, being able to spend as much time as possible with her as she was preparing for her transition and as she transitioned. As I always told Emmie “That’s what girlfriends do for each other”. Harmony


  4. Janet Ruggiero April 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    I am so sorry for the loss of Emmie. I know all too much, how much it hurts. They are true members of our families and we grieve deeply for them.


    • Janet April 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

      Thank you Janet, for your kind words 😉



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