We had our old dog, Abbie, for 16 years. When we lost her a few years back, and even though I'm a 'dog person', I didn't want another one because losing her was so hard. Well...that didn't work out. My family kept emailing me pictures of "adoptable" dogs and I cracked under the pressure. 2 years ago, we got Emma (now known as Emmie) and I admit I am head-over-heals in love with this animal. She is funny, loving, loyal, cuddly, smart, stupid, goofy, soft, sweet and an all around love. We took her to the vet today for a check up. She had a little lump in her neck and I was a wreck. It's nothing to worry about, our dear vet said. Emmie helps out in the sewing room. Mummy is happy.