Ok, it’s been a few weeks, and it’s time we let all the long-time members of the blogs and the groups know about our original and much-loved mascot.
Over a decade ago, we started this company as the “Bargain Hound Daily Deals” blog. We didn’t have a mascot, s
o I decided, why not have my old dog take that role? My then young Treeing Walker Coonhound “Emo” was the perfect solution.
He was deformed and not suitable for breeding or hunting. The breeder was planning on killing him, so we added him to the family at five weeks old. He sure put me through the wringer a few times! He stole my dinner probably a thousand times over his 15 yrs.
But he also saved my life once when someone or I should say someone’s (there were TWO), waited till after Mick left to go to work and tried to rob the house!
I had just had major surgery and was on pain meds. I would have been in a terrible situation if it weren’t for Emo! But that old dog wasn’t going to have it! He let loose, and no one was getting in that window! The police came. They saw the footprints and said at LEAST two. They also told me there had been a few armed home invasions, but all had been on the other side of town. They said it was the same situation, though. The other others were similar. In all the other burglaries, a husband or boyfriend left home, and a female was robbed and worse in a few cases.
Because he did such a great job, Emo got a big steak dinner that night!
Well, getting to it so I don’t end up crying…… Our beautiful soul Emo is no longer with us. They said that Emo was supposed to live no longer than 8 years. He made it to 15! He was blind mostly, couldn’t hear anymore, and couldn’t always make it to go potty.
When Mick and I first separated, he was alone in the old house. And since I try to be a decent human, I let him take Emo with him to live. He has been there for the last two years. But he was still like one of my kids. Mick visits the lil dogs here too.
A couple weeks ago, Emo couldn’t get up. He tried and kept falling. The vet and Mick decided with a heavy heart that it was his time to pass. He was now suffering. This was a very active fellow, and being unable to walk wasn’t going to work. He was a hundred-plus pound guy, and no one could carry him; otherwise, we would have.
Mick got his ashes, and we are all heartbroken. This post is, I guess, his eulogy of sorts. It is hard to imagine a world without that old hairy dog.
I wanted to share this with you all. We still get questions almost daily about how Emo is doing. The blog hasn’t had Emo for a mascot in about 7 years. Still, I think this post will be a dedication to a beautiful dog that brought many readers joy and laughter with his antics. He was seen by tens of thousands of people worldwide over the years.
We are heartbroken to announce that “Tickle Me Emo” has passed and moved on.
If there is a dog’s heaven, he is there running amok, chasing snowballs, and trying to catch that pesky squirrel who lived in the oak tree by our garage for years! I am sure that squirrel lived so long to taunt that old hound!
We will miss you, Emo!
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