In 2016, Emily Taphouse faced a devastating tragedy. She found herself feeling alone after her husband, Korey was struck and killed by a hit and run driver. The absence of Korey left her at her lowest. She found it very hard to fill the hole and she was now looking after her two daughters, then 4 and 2-years-old, alone.
She worried that her daughters, Hazel and June, would be lost without their daddy as Emily herself was struggling to deal with her grief. Hazel definitely found the loss of her dad very hard.
Telling her that her dad died, and also that she wasn’t able to see him, was almost worse than the accident itself.
After the tragedy, the family needed a fresh start, so they sold their home to move closer to the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Emily also decided to add a new addition to the family, a white and brown bulldog puppy called Fern.
The Taphouse family found it hard to move on
As soon as Fern entered the home, Hazel and June immediately warmed to the pup. Emily would find her daughters snuggling up against the lovable pup and Fern’s love helped comfort their grieving.
It’s like I could feel a patch be placed on my heart. I watched as my girls squealed and played and loved on her. She changed everything.
As Fern grew bigger, Emily noticed she would get noticeably sad every time she had to leave playtime with other puppies. Despite being adored by her human family, Emily knew Fern was craving a doggy companion.
It seemed that every dog we were finding in the shelters and adoption groups was either not good with small kids, or kitties, or was too old to keep up with our 1-year-old stinker.
Emily was finding it challenging and she was ready to give up. However, one day she was checking her Facebook and noticed her friend had tagged her in a post. It was for a foster dog named Juno. Juno was a large foster dog with a difficult past.
She figured I could help find [Juno] a home since I’m always trying to help find homes for animals who need them. I took one look at her and said, ‘Yeah. ME!!!’ I just knew. Her foster mama, Victoria, told me she had been abused and neglected. I was expecting her to be timid, aggressive or frightened. Instead, we sat on the floor to meet her and she happily laid her 74 pounds directly across my 30-pound 4-year-old.
Emily knew at that moment that it was love at first sight
When Juno arrived at their home, Emily and her daughters let Juno know straight away that she finally had a forever home.
She had previously been hit when she tried to get on the furniture. I got her home, and we talked her into going on the couch. She looked like she had found a piece of heaven.
However, Emily never expected how big an impact Juno would have had on her youngest daughter, June. June found a best friend in the new dog and the two rarely spend time apart. Together, they watch TV, listen to music and cuddle non-stop.
June even goes out of the way to make sure her bulldog bestie is sitting comfortably before the film starts.
June cares for her like she’s a small puppy. She asks her if she’s okay if she can get her anything. She puts blankets on her.
Fern brought the playful side and fun back into the family’s lives and Juno has become their comforting cuddle buddy. Together, these two Bulldogs have managed to change the lives of the Taphouse family.
They are light and healing in the sweetest packages.
These dogs really have helped comfort a family struggling with the loss of their husband/father.
There was a time when I wasn’t sure I was going to survive this. I wasn’t sure I wanted to. Therapy, medication, all of it just didn’t seem enough to get me through this. I can say with 100 percent honesty that the combination of these dogs and Hazel and June have done more for me than any medical professional has.
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