Emmi is a tenacious little Shih-Tzu. She has many nicknames, including “My Little Six Pack” (indicating that she can handily be carried anywhere, and doesn’t really take up much room) and “Stinkerbelle” (after a walk in the woods through who knows what).
Humans can learn a lot from Emmi – about resilience and never paying attention to disabilities. Emmi was blinded when she was only six years old, literally having one eye “popping” out of her head during a doggie play session, and then the second eye going blind just months later due to a damaged optic nerve. As horrid as this may sound, Emmi hasn’t missed a step over the past five years (well, except if she runs into a wall, or a chair, or another dog). She knows her way around the office, but will definitely play the audience if she thinks someone will give her special attention. I challenge everyone that she knows exactly where she is going, because she can be down the hall and at the front office door in seconds if she hears the UPS truck (and potential treats) coming in the parking lot!
There is no fear inside Emmi – she will approach any animal, big or small, and welcome any human within the vicinity. Other animals also recognize that she is no threat, as they treat her with an interesting acceptance. She loves walks, and is absolutely trusting that I won’t let her crash into a tree as she tears out across the parking lot in a full run. Emmi is just a sweet little fluff ball that never ceases to amaze me how she can make herself at home in any environment, whether known or foreign, and just makes everyone relax a bit when she is around.