Emma Book: empty

Our year and seven days with Emma was over before we were ready. We had hoped that there would be time for her to mentor a new puppy in training but alas, Fable came just two days before Emma’s recall to Guide Dogs for the Blind. The day we put her on the puppy truck for San Rafael was much like the day that she got off the puppy truck a year earlier. But we had mixed emotions. While were excited to see what her future would bring we wished we could have just a few more weeks with our sweet Emma.


Emma Book: everywhere

While Emma was part of our family she went just about everywhere with us. Here are the kinds of places she went often:

  • work with Bill
  • church & choir practice
  • grocery & other stores
  • restaurants
  • movie theater
  • post office
  • library

Here are a few of the other places she went:

  • Kimball Arts Festival
  • Pool Party
  • Dentist
  • C Street Preschool
  • Antelope Island
  • Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point
  • Camping at Palisades State Park
  • Lagoon
  • Jordan River Parkway
  • East Canyon State Park
  • Collage Baseball Game
  • Emigration Canyon Fire Station
  • Eye Doctor
  • Blood Drive
  • Wedding Reception
  • Utah Lake State Park
  • Camp Floyd
  • This is the Place Monument


Emma Book: enigma

Having raised seven puppies previous to Emma we had seen a variety of energy levels from the super calm and low energy to very excitable and high energy. Emma is a surprising mix of energy and calm. She has plenty of energy to get up and go anywhere and everywhere but she is also just as good and hanging out and chilling all day if that is what the schedule calls for. Not many dogs, at least from the ones that we have known, have that kind of mix. Seemed like she would make the perfect partner for a blind or visual impaired person one day. I could imagine her enjoying the big city life.


Emma Book: exceptional

One of the things that made Emma so easy to raise was her exceptional ability to settle down and just chill out when that was what we wanted from her. At home or on outings she was always quick to relax and just enjoy the downtime while we concentrated on other things.


Emma Book: exuberant

One very memorable day with Emma was at East Canyon State Park. I waded out into the water and encouraged Emma to follow me. She did at first and then decided that running along the shore was so much more fun. There was a little creek flowing into the reservoir and she took great joy in running back and forth and leaping over the creek. It was spring and the ground was soft and muddy so she was quite the mess but It was such a joy to watch her playful exuberance along the shore.


Emma Book: errant

Emma’s biggest flaw was her occasional destructive chewing. Mostly this was just when she was a young puppy. But the few weeks before she went into season this weakness came out again. (It isn’t unusually for dogs in heat to do this.) In retrospect the funniest incident was with an ink pen. Bill lost a pen out of his pocket. Emma and Sandler (who We were puppy sitting) found the pen and starting playing with it. We were downstairs and when we discovered them, Sandler was the one who looked guilty. He was covered in blue ink along with the carpet but Emma was the one who pooped blue for the next couple of days.


50 Button Crafts: idea #12 – turquoise buttons bracelet

turquoise buttons bracelet via Pinterest

Got a box or jar full of buttons carefully saved by your mother or grandmother? For 2015 I’m in search of great ways to put those buttons to use. Here is this week’s idea:

This button bracelet puts the buttons on edge. While this takes many more buttons, I really like how it changes the buttons into flat beads and give a completely different look. I can imagine making a beautiful but simple bracelet with a variety of white buttons that I have in abundance in my stash. I looked for the original place this photo was posted on the internet but didn’t find it, so I have no information on the bracelet above. It could be made with a clasp or some thin elastic to thread the buttons on should work great.

It would be a good idea to document where the buttons for your project came from and any relevant stories or information about that person or family. If you are looking for more button crafts, check out my Pinterest board.