In November, 2016 the unthinkable happened. A woman named Emily Taphouse lost her husband suddenly when he was hit and killed by a hit and run driver. She found herself completely alone and with no one to comfort her. Sadly, Emily’s husband also left behind two little girls. His daughters were only four and two years old when their father died. It was so hard not only for Emily but also for her little girls to try to deal with the grief and to understand how something so terrible and tragic could happen to someone they loved so much.
Emily says it was difficult to explain their father’s death to the young girls. It was particularly difficult for her daughter Hazel, who struggled to understand that her dad was not coming back again. Emily worked to give her girls a fresh start though, and she sold their family home and moved with her daughters to Grand Rapids Michigan to be closer to family. Emily also got a new puppy: a brown and white bulldog pup named Fern. The moment Fern arrived in their home, Hazel and her sister June were so excited. Emily would often find them snuggling with Fern when they were sad.
Emily says Fern brought so much joy and comfort to their home at a time where they desperately needed it. But she noticed that Fern seemed lonely and loved to play with other dogs, so she got an idea: it was time to expand the family again. She began searching for another bulldog and that’s when she came across Juno, a large bulldog with a terrible past. They adopted Juno and it was like the pieces fell into place: he was a perfect fit for their home. Juno took some time to acclimate to the new environment, but it now thriving and has bonded with Emily’s girls.