When Emily Taphouse lost her husband, Korey, in a hit-and-run accident back in November 2016, her world was turned upside down.
Even worse, she didn’t know how to tell her daughters – 4-year-old Hazel and 2-year-old June – that their dad was never going to come back home.
Emily did everything to give her family a new beginning. She sold their house and moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where they can start a new life without having to be reminded of the tragic accident that took a member of their family away.
To keep her daughters’ spirits high, Emily decided to adopt a bulldog puppy named Fern. She hoped that Fern would be able to patch the hole that the accident has left their family.
When Emily brought Fern home, she was relieved to see that Fern quickly took to both her daughters. And as it seems, her daughters took to her as well.
Seeing them happy, and finally healing was like patching her wounded heart, according to Emily. Fern changed everything.
The four, including their cats, were a happy family again. However, Emily soon realized that Fern seemed sad when she had to leave after socializing with other dogs.
Despite the love and affection that they were giving Fern, she somehow needed another dog she can call a friend.
Emily scoured the internet for shelters and adoption groups that had a dog up for adoption that was good with kids and cats. But most of the dogs available were either not good with kids, or was too old to keep up with Fern.
After her arduous search for the perfect dog, she was tagged in a Facebook post about the sad story of a foster dog named June (Juno).
Juno was also a bulldog and had a difficult past.
Emily figured that she could help Juno find a home since she was always helping animals find their homes. But then she took one look at her and decided that it was her who was going to adopt Juno.
It was love at first sight!
When Emily finally brought Juno home, they did their best to make her feel loved and safe.
In the past, Juno had been hit when she tried to get on the furniture, so they talked her into going on the couch and showing her that it was okay.
Soon after, Emily’s daughter June and Juno formed a special bond. They’ve become inseparable. June takes care of Juno like she was a small puppy.
With the addition of Fern and Juno to their family, Emily is happy that both dogs have given them back the happiness that was taken away during her husband’s untimely passing.