Wednesday, June 27, 2012

R.I.P. Emma and Fires!

Yesterday we took Emma, our 11 year old senior, to the vet when she appeared to be in distress.   After a day of X-rays and tests, it was determined that her lungs were full of fluid and fibers, she was straining to breath, combine this with her failing kidneys and she could no longer fight the battle for life.   We had taken her in for tests two weeks prior, but we had expected to have several more months with our golden lady.   The comparison of X-rays from just a short time before were dramatic.  We were using two tests to gauge her progress, we watched her closely to see when she could no longer come to bed on the second floor, and when she lost her appetite.   The night before, she was still climbing the stairs, determined to sleep with the pack, but when morning came, she could not come down on her own.

 Emma was our cousin, her mom and dad are our families daughter and son-in-law.  Since their move back from Tampa, Emma, Molly and Piper, and their parents have been staying with us, waiting for the renters to move out of their home.  Emma is the reason I live here, she was the original "rescue" in the family, she was the reason everyone else became involved in rescue.   Molly and Piper will carry on in her absence, in her memory.   We will remember Emma as the happy lady that loved playing in the ocean waves when she lived in Jacksonville and Tampa.  

Meanwhile, the fires in Colorado are creating a crisis.  The fire on the edge of Colorado Springs kept the family up all night even though Colorado Springs is 90 miles away.   Our cousin had to go help move people out of care facilities that were being threatened by the fire, into their facilities on the South edge of the Springs.   Today they will be moving more people into the Denver area medical facilities.   Any empty beds are rapidly being filled.   We were on the phone last night looking for a place for a Colorado Springs family to stay and even with help from a phone bank, the closest hotel room was in Dillon, Colorado, 160 miles from Colorado Springs.  With 35,000 people are already evacuated in Colorado Springs, 6,000 in Boulder and 2,500 in Fort Collins, there are no rooms left in the front range of Colorado.  Today is not going to get better, high winds threaten to expand the fire greatly and they are already evacuating The Air Force Academy and its housing.  We are working with a matching service for people that will open their homes to fire victims. 

Wish us well, pray for rain and keep Emma in your thoughts.

Mogley G. Retriever


  1. So sorry for the loss of Emma. I have an 11 and 12 year old and hope to have them for as long as possible. So hard to say goodbye.

  2. Mogley,

    Our sympathy to your whole family on Emma's trip to the Rainbow Bridge. We know that the years they are given are never enough, but we are so glad that Emma lived out her life with love and a wonderful family.
    We have many friends in Colorado and have you all included in our prayers, such a tragic terrible situation.

    Sheila & Bob
    Hamish & Sophie

  3. Nooooooo! I am so sad about Emma. I am glad I got to see her on Saturday and give her some hugs and scritches. I still remember Jenny saying "Emma is the perfect dog." This will be a hard loss for you all. I am so very very sorry. She was a precious, precious baby.

    Thank you for helping with placing people from the fires. These fires are so scary. I have lived here my whole life and have never seen anything like it.

    Hugs to you all.
    Colleen and the furry gang

  4. I am so sorry about Emma, it is never easy to let them go. We are praying for the folks in the face of the fire and those in Florida as well.
    Hugs to you and your pack!

  5. We are so sorry to hear about Emma. She was a very special girl. Hopefully, you will be safe from the fires. It really looks bad on the news.

    love & wags,

  6. thinking of you all with the loss of Emma. When you spoke of your cousins it always sounded like one name..Emma, Piper and Molly. I always worry about how hard it is on the other dogs when one of their mates dies. Such a distinction knowing she led the way for all of the rescues in your home. Not forgotten.
    My husband saw that rain just went through Colorado. Sure hope it had some impact on the fires. This has been going on way too long already. Thinking of you all.

  7. I'm so sorry about Emma. She had an amazing life as part of your family so no regrets, I'm sure, except that we always wish that they could live forever.

    Rest in Peace, sweet Emma.

    As a fellow Coloradan, I certainly feel like the fires have taken over our lives. We have our vehicles fully packed, all our valuables in storage in the city, and a pile of "last minute" items next to the door for evacuation. We've had about five small lightning-caused fires very close to us this week. It's incredibly scary.

  8. We are SO SO sorry to hear about dear Emma Mogley, we know she was a valued member of the pack and fam... :( Trust that she is in a better place - she is with Benson and gibson and they are running freely, in no pain with no strain... I know it's hard, we are going through it too, but try to endure and just pray for solace...

    We have been praying and purring and crossing paws about the wildfires for SO SO long. Mom went to school at colorado state in the Fort so she has many friends and family on the Front Range who are in danger. Thankfully no one has lost anything of true value yet and all woofies and kittehs and neigh-neighs are safe. We worry about the bunnies and deer and other wildlife though... :( We have donated to Larimer Cty Humane, where Mom did an internship her senior yr of college!! BOL!

    Take care guys, sorry its been so long since we stopped by. We miss you!

    Jaime, Sasha, Tater Tot and MAxwell