Emma Marie Rose Rim-Thomas was born in Southern California. It was 2007 and her Uncle Micah (my best friend) spotted her in an El Pollo Loco parking lot. She was only 4 weeks old and less than a pound, far too young to be away from her mother…but regardless, she was up for grabs at only $200. A couple phone calls later and a trip to the El Pollo Loco and the tiniest, cutest, most loyal and loving Chihuahua was mine!
Brad and I considered Emma our first born. She went everywhere with us, plane rides and road trips were common and she was our rock when we traveled. We delighted in her spunk and little fierce bark. Along with the sassiness that comes from being a Chihuahua, she had this incredible maternal instinct and would give us the gentlest loving care, especially when we were sick. She gave us the kind of comfort and joy that only unconditional love can give.
Emma went through epic life changes with us. And in time, we went from a family of just 3, to a family of 6. Well, 8, if you include her feline siblings…which undoubtedly she would like me to leave out. Emma had incredible Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and human friends. If you knew her, I’m sure she delighted you with her teeny tiny deer like stature. She probably also nipped at you, or at least tried to. And if you were one of the lucky ones, you experienced her sweet little kisses. I’d give just about anything to feel those little kisses again.
On May 12 th , 2023, at sunset, in her home and lying in my lap, she left her physical body and began her journey into the “whatever happens next”. Along with Brad and me, her human siblings, Grace, Rosalie, Kam, and her Aunt Marie stood by her side as she took her last breaths. All of it was poetry. I profoundly love and miss her.
Emma’s adventures do not stop here. In a week, a bit of her ashes will be tucked into my pocket, next to my heart, while we fly back to her birth place of Los Angeles and then onto Maui. Emma will forever be a part of the beautiful Sea and Emma will forever be a part of me.