When people learned of a girl who longs for dogs’ love, they sent a ton of letters to lift the spirit of this terminally-ill child.

Emma Mertens of Wisconsin suffers from a brain tumor, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma and though she undergoes extensive treatment, doctors mark she’s still in a terminal stage. She’s only a seven-year-old girl who is unfortunately hit by this rare disease.

To cheer Emma, dog owners sent over 80,000 love letters, and Emma’s parents couldn’t be happier and thankful for their support. They thought it was more than enough but wait; there’s a little more of a surprise that is set to blow her away.

Unexpectedly, it was from K9 officers from their local police departments, who are usually seen as too serious in their duties. But that day, they took a break from their usual look. The officers adorably lined up together with their K9 partners outside the Mertens’ residence to pay their tribute to this renowned dog lover!


Emma is all smiles!

The Hartford Police Department took it on their Facebook page to share the little event they prepared, “She had no idea we were coming so she was very excited, what an amazing and strong little girl. “

The Mertens family are full of joy, and they are overwhelmed by people’s unconditional support for their daughter. With their efforts, Emma now shows to be positive as ever! She might be too sick, but she would still have the energy to play with the K9 toys handed to her by the officers.

It is beautiful how dogs can have a magical effect on sick children such as Emma. And we hope that all these efforts both by the dogs and the good-hearted humans are enough to continue giving the girl and the family hope and positivity!


Thanks to our friends at Team Emma- Emmalovesdogs7 for the original post on Facebook!

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Chloe Roper
As a little girl living in the country side without many neighbors, my dog Sostee became my best friend. We shared an immense bond and I fell in love with these loving, beautiful and wonderful creatures. I knew from a tender age that I wanted to work with animals. I worked at the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana for a few years, and have experience with a variety of dogs and cats. When I’m not working as semi-retired Assistant Administrator in a Home Health Care Agency in Merrillville Indiana, I am a grandma frolicking with my active grandchildren and my sweet dog, Kresi.


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