The Hurns were puppy mill operators who did not care if their dogs lived or died as long as there was profit to be made. When BARC rescued dogs from the Hurn puppy mill Emma was one of the lucky ones who survived the ordeal of the mill.
In February 2006, at the age of five she was adopted by Teri Wong of Chicago. Like most adoptions this should have been the beginning of a happy life for Emma. Unfortunately it was not to be. Despite BARC’s strict adoption contract Emma disappeared from the organization’s radar screen. Three and a half years later the rescue organization was contacted by Emma’s current caregiver with the request that BARC find a new home for her.
So today was a big day for all of us at Sontheim. At 11:00 AM we had the privilege of giving shelter to the now eight and a half year old Emma. I want to thank Bonnie for returning this lovely Berner girl to BARC. It is obvious that Bonnie took good care of Emma while she was in her care and we are grateful that Bonnie contacted BARC in order to ensure that Emma’s long odyssey would have a happy ending after all.
So here she is, BARC’s Emma, a true sunshine and the sweetest Berner girl I ever met:
Before long Emma was intrigued by the banana in my hand and when offered a piece she happily accepted. Around noon it got too hot under the porch and she followed me into the house.
No, she did not hide, but instead checked out the house, all the while panting nervously.
But it turns out that the two Berner girls are hard to keep apart. Even Stan has trouble deciding who it is. It’s funny how similar the two girls look. If Emma was not such a hefty girl she could pass for Sophia’s twin.
But lets continue about today, by the time Emma’s new dad arrived about 3:00 PM, the girls were already the best of friends. Here are the Berner girls, patiently waiting in Sophia’s kitchen corner until their humans are ready to take them for a walk.
Around 4:30 PM everyone was ready for a walk. Emma’s new dad had already stowed away the dog bed, the food and all the other supplies in the car so that after the walk he and Emma could be on their way home to Dubuque.
Now let me show you the proof that it was love at first sight between Emma and her forever dad Greg.
- Greg, Emma, and of course Lilly (Sophia is hiding behind the camera).
But please stay tuned … the story continues tomorrow when Greg and Emma return to Sontheim on their weekly visits.