Emma was truly blessed with so many memorable moments in her life. She experienced modeling success, extensive traveling, and her sports accomplishments. Being her mom, I was happy to experience all those moments, paw in hand with her. All of Emma’s hard work has made me so proud. I wanted to share some of her moments with you, the ones that stand out as the biggest ones of all.
In 2012, I heard about dogs getting modeling gigs. After surfing around the internet for a while, I found a place to apply for a chance to model for a local photographer. Emma went to the audition, and got a couple nice job doing shoots for Target. She loved being on the set, in the limelight.
Her first photos came out on product labels for dog beds. It was such a cool feeling to walk down the aisle of a store and see my little Emma on a product!
Emma’s next job was modeling for a Target crate mat. I still have the products here at home that I will never use, as I want to keep them forever as they are.
The canine version of Julia Child, Emma, also caught the attention of blogging friends who included one of Emma’s baking stories in their book, Mischief Master Class which is still available on Amazon.
Being in her friend’s book planted the seed in Emma’s brain to write her own book. Emma did just that, and Tales of a French Scent Hound was born. It is still available on Amazon in paperback and e-book formats.
One of the big name photographers in our area put out a book called Dog Faces, and Emma was included in the book. We were invited to the book release party where she posed with the photographer.
Traveling always made Emma happy. She was a world traveler with five countries and eighteen states under her furs in her twelve years. Emma always happily jumped in the car, donned her seat belt, and was ready to ride for ten minutes or ten hours. Swimming was a favorite thing for her to do. As a puppy, she was in the North Sea all the time.
Here in Minnesota, she traveled up north several times. On one of her trips, she was able to experience one of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior.
Emma traveled to Florida three times. It is about twenty five hours in the car, but she didn’t mind. On one of her trips, she went to the dog beach, and dipped her paws in the Gulf of Mexico, and loved it.
Swimming pools were not Emma’s thing, but she would sit on a floating raft if I was by her side. She trusted that I would keep her afloat.
If you asked Emma what she liked best about Florida, I bet she would say the squirrels. Those tree rats are just as mean to dogs in Florida, as they are here at home in Minnesota, but she still tried to capture them.
In 2014, we drove to Lake Las Vegas. How many dogs make it to Vegas. She had a great time at the beautiful Sheraton resort.
One year later, she traveled to Nashville. It was another fun road trip, but not as far away. The past couple years, Emma and I traveled for nose work to Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois. It was always fun, and she was so very happy to be traveling with me, no matter where we went.
I don’t know if a CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test counts as a sport, but it is a title. Emma earned her CGC on the first try, and without even practicing. It was the first title of any kind she ever earned.
One of the most proud days of my life with Emma was the day she earned her first NACSW Nose Work Title, a L1V (Level 1 Vehicle) Element Title. Emma loved nose work so much, and she was pretty good at it too. She was the first GBGV to ever earn an NACSW nose work title, and also the first to earn many of her other nose work titles. No one can ever take that away from her.
We tried tracking. For some reason, it was not her thing. I think had she started at a younger age, she would have been much better at it. Emma earned her tracking certification, but she never got a spot in an actual tracking test.
Emma earned her first big nose work title, NW1, at Afton Alps in 2015. I was so excited, and Emma was pretty happy too.
We had some big upcoming nose work and scent work plans, but sadly, they were not meant to be. I’m so very happy we got to trial together one last time in September where she earned her L2I (Level 2 Interior) Element Title. She was so thrilled, she even smiled for our photo. The last months, we had been working so well together as a team, it’s so sad we won’t ever be able to trial together again.
In just twelve years, she had so many memorable moments. I chose the ones I find to be the most memorable for me. Emma was an amazing hound. Now her paw is without my hand, but she is with me in spirit.