The portrait couldn't have arrived at a better time. I had been missing Emma so much with the 2 month anniversary of her passing fast approaching. When I checked the mail on 5/26 and saw Shirley's name on the package, I got a lump in my throat. I considered waiting to view it but couldn't open it fast enough!!! Tears of happiness flowed as I admired Shirley's work. She drew Emma's ears just right and it's as if I was looking right into my baby girl's eyes. It's absolutely PERFECT and so precious!!! Here's a photo of it:
Several members of Forever Pugged donated towards the vet expenses I incurred during the week Emma was treated and passed away. The donations paid the bill in full, which included her necropsy, cremation and a special urn. For that, I am very appreciative and thankful. Since the vet who performed the necropsy & cremation placed her ashes inside a pretty blue urn, I decided to use the urn from Forever Pugged members as a keepsake/memory box. The box is very special. It has a fawn Pug figurine on the top and her name engraved on the faceplate. I LOVE it!
I've included photos below of the memorial shelf I started. The top shelf has the portrait from Shirley, the blanket she was wrapped in the day she passed, her collar and tag along with a candle I received from my friend Shelley H. that was created by Elaine's Creations. Shelley lost her Pug, Ty, near Christmas. The second shelf currently has the keepsake/memory box and urn.
The shelf will also have a hinged box with a Pug on it that I received from my friend Sue and a beautiful picture frame with Emma's photo in it from my friend Guylaine. The pink heart pillow on the hinged box is great because Ems just loved her doggie bed.
My friend Shelly G. gave me a photo keychain that I plan on hanging from my rear view mirror in my car that was made by Shel's Tarts and Crafts. My friend who just so happens to be the owner of Shel's Tarts and Crafts (Shelley H) also made me magnets of all 3 of my babies =)
The cards received are appreciated as well. My friend Mindy R. made a donation in Memory of Emma to Pacific Pug Rescue, which was awesome of her to do!!! I'm so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family in my life. Words cannot express the love and warmth in my heart that I have felt these last couple months. Thank you!