The Legacy Award Emma received last weekend was for the two of us, which is why I, Emma’s mom, am writing today’s post. She was such a special dog in so many ways! We were shopping together in August 2016 when I saw this sign and knew it was Emma. It really sums up her personality. Emma knew she was special, and she made a difference in the world of the GBGV breed.
Back on March, I was contacted by the GBGV Club of America to let me know that they were presenting Debucher Baguette, Emma, with the Legacy Award this year. The award would be presented at the National Specialty Awards Dinner in Perry, Georgia on April 13th. I was not able to go to the specialty this year, but I felt I needed to attend the dinner to receive this award for my special girl.
Luckily, I happened to have some frequent flier miles to get me a round trip ticket. I would fly down the day of the dinner and back the next morning. As I was at the airport that morning, what I was going for really hit me. I’ve had a very hard time dealing with Emma’s sudden passing. I still cry daily and miss her so much. Here I was going to get her award, and she was not with me in the fur. It got my tears flowing at six in the morning.
It reminded me of when I flew to DC for my first blogging conference. I left Emma home because I didn’t know what to expect. That time I took a flat Emma with me. Last Saturday morning I so wished I had my flat Emma at my side. Emma always wanted to be the center of everything, and now I would have to be there for both of us. Needless to say, as wonderful as it was, it was a tearful day.
Once I arrived in Atlanta, I had to rent a car to drive the hour and a half to Perry. I found this pig outside a gas station near my hotel. I knew I had to take a photo of it because that is what Emma would want me to do. Such a shame she wasn’t standing next to it. Finding the goofy pig was a sign to me that Emma was with me in spirit.
The awards dinner was held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds. I went over early to look around and see what the whole National Specialty thing was about. I’d love to drive and take the girls if it wasn’t so far away another year.
At the awards dinner I read a short speech about Emma, telling about how we ended up promoting the breed, including her blog, book, Target ads, nose work, and travel around the country. Even though I could have had someone read it for me, I chose to do it myself. I managed to not shed a tear, but I couldn’t stick to the words I wrote. I ended up just talking about her which was fine, no one knew whether I was reading or not. At the end of that, I was given her plaque.
One of the hardest things about even writing this post is. I want to have a photo of Emma holding her plaque. She would be so proud of herself and her accomplishments. Instead, I held it up for the attendees, and it will hang on the wall in my home office.
After receiving the plaque, a slideshow was presented with photos of Emma throughout her life. I selected some twenty photos, and a club member made them into a slideshow. The tears were really coming down hard seeing this, and not only me, but most people in the room. My Emma made a huge paw print on this world, and I’m so proud and thankful to have had her as my girl. Her breeder, Vivien Phillips truly chose the perfect puppy for me back in 2006. On the day I met Emma and took her home with me to Germany, neither of us had any idea where we were headed, and that she would become such a public figure.
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