Posts Tagged ‘Dogs’

Emmet Story #9: Water Isn’t As Fun When It Is Frozen

Posted on January 1st, 2009 by by Pete

We learned early in Emmet’s life that he loved nothing more than to swim. One of our difficulties with him was if he was allowed off leash, and there was any body of water nearby, he would end up swimming in it. One year, when he was maybe a year old, we decided to walk […]

Emmet Story #8: The Labrador Tail

Posted on January 1st, 2009 by by Pete

Emmet was pretty easy dog to read in terms of how he was feeling. It was easy to tell when he was happy or excited and equally easy to tell when he was scared or in pain. How you ask? It was that thick Labrador tail of his. His life is full of examples of […]

Emmet Story #7: Emmet Eats an Apple

Posted on December 31st, 2008 by by Pete

As part of Emmet’s Service dog training, we would occassionally take him to public places to practice. One Saturday afternoon, we found ourselves at the mall. We practiced walking in and out of stores and practiced positioning skills in and among the displays, racks, and shelves in stores. Emmet loved being in public and would […]

Emmet Story #6: Never Give Up!

Posted on November 27th, 2008 by by Pete

One Saturday afternoon I was standing in my kitchen making lunch. I had decided to go simple that day and was cutting up slices of cheese to make cheese Quesadillas. As usual, the dogs were watching what I was doing intently, hoping that there would be some tragic accident that would cause cheese to go […]

Emmet Story #5: The World is your Swimming Pool

Posted on October 21st, 2008 by by Pete

Emmet loved water. He would try to swim in anything that looked like it might be swimable. Out at the farm, we used to water our animals using large stock tanks that held 100 gallons of water. For some reason, Emmet got it in his head that this was large enough for him to swim […]

Emmet Story #4: Emmet Wets The Bed

Posted on October 5th, 2008 by by Pete

OK. So it hasn’t turned out to be a story every day for 30 days. I’m changing it. It’ll be 30 stories about Emmet. Satisfied? Good. When Emmet was around one and a half, I was regularly taking him with me to my office, which was the Tech Support Office at Hopkins High School. I […]

Emmet Story #3 – Emmet Goes to the Mall

Posted on October 3rd, 2008 by by Pete

I thought I had all the stories about Emmet. Our friend Sue sent us this story, that I had forgotten about. “But I hope that you find some comfort in the many touching and funny memories you have of Emmet. He did provide plenty of material :-). My favorite memory of Emmet was when Bucky […]

30 Stories of Emmet

Posted on October 1st, 2008 by by Pete

” In honor of my late Labrador, Emmet, I want to share with you 30 stories about the life we shared with him. Here is the first story: How did he do that? When Emmet was a puppy, I was a teacher at Heritage Middle School in West St. Paul. Since Emmet was a service […]

Our Beloved Emmet — Rest in Peace — You’ll Always Be In Our Hearts.

Posted on September 28th, 2008 by by Pete

I’m heartbroken as I write this. Our beloved lab Emmet unexpectedly died last night after 10 years of bringing joy to our lives. We raised him from the time he was eight weeks old. He was a remarkable dog. The original plan was for him to be a service dog for Helping Paws, but after […]

Who knew? Cancer of the Toe in Dogs

Posted on July 31st, 2008 by by Pete

Emmet is our 10-year-old black lab that we’ve had since he was a puppy. Unfortunately, he is now beginning his fight with malignant melanoma. That’s right. Malignant melanoma. The type of skin cancer that every human dreads because it is so hard to treat. It turns out that dogs can get it too and it […]