Terminally ill Wisconsin girl who loves dogs visited by K-9 officers, nearly 40 police departments


Many times, with all the negativity that surround us, it happens that we lose our faith in humanity. But stories like that of 7-year-old Emma Mertens let a few rays of hope shine through the life’s dark clouds and remind us that there are still people out there whose compassion makes this world go round.


As Fox 6 reported, this sweet little girl from Wisconsin was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, an inoperable and rare brain tumor. After receiving this devastating news, Emma asked people to send her photos of their dogs. This big dog lover knew her days would be eased if she was surrounded by all those pictures of the furry babies she loves so much.She asked, and people listened. Shortly after seeing the post, she received thousands of photos.

But it was the police officers and their K-9 partners who went and extra mile and answered the girl’s request in an unusual and an unexpected manner.

Officers from around 40 different police departments and their dog partners stood in a queue in front of Emma’s house waiting to cheer her up. 

“Today, just a few of us (roughly 40) stopped by to see Emma,” the Hartford Police Department wrote in a Facebook post. “She had no idea we were coming so she was VERY excited. What an amazing and strong little girl. It was such a great morning.”

Emma was over the moon. Neither she, nor her parents could hide the joy they felt because of this kind gesture. Her family said about the visit: “There are no words….Pure Joy!”

“Thank you to everyone who took the time to organize and participate in this. Emma is still all smiles! Over 35 different departments and many more K9s and officers,” her family wrote.

It’s amazing how little it takes to make someone’s day.


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