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From the book Jacket: Sequel to Emma and Co. Readers of Sheila Hocken's previous bestselling autobiographies (Emma & I, Emma VIP and Emma & Co) will remember her remarkable guide-dog, Emma, who inspired Sheila with a lifelong love of chocolate-brown Labradors. After Emma relates more of the hilarious (and sometimes despairing) antics of Bracken, Mocha, Buttons and Teak of Emma & Co, but it also introduces four new characters, Pip (a Colliador), Elsa (a neurotic mongrel), Katy (a black Labrador), and Katy's daughter, Psyche. Apart from its many humorous anecdotes, After Emma highlights Sheila Hocken's continuous enthusiasm and caring attitude towards the training of her dogs and she is forthright in her criticism of some methods used by other trainers. The book also movingly reveals Sheila's very real fears that an eye infection could threaten her sight once more. After Emma is the sixth delightful and heart-warming book from an author whose own experiences and reflections have won her a large and dedicated following. She won much acclaim with her first book, Emma & I, the memorable account of her special relationship with her guide-dog: "It has that rare quality motional honesty -touching and joyful" -Daily Mirror. Sheila Hocken was born in Beeston, Nottingham in 1946 into a family who were all blind or partially sighted. Emma, a chocolate-brown Labrador, gave her the freedom to travel, and was brilliantly intuitive in realising her needs. A successful operation in 1975 restored Sheila's sight, and she now lives in Stapleford, Nottingham, with her husband Don and daughter, Kerensa. After Emma is her sixth book.
From the Book Jacket: In Emma and Co readers will be delighted to renew their acquaintance with Sheila Hocken, her family and, of course, her dogs. Since the miraculous operation which restored her sight Sheila in gratitude to Emma, her devoted guide-dog, companion and best friend, has grown into a love of all dogs - and in particular chocolate-coloured Labradors. Perhaps it is because in watching them grow up she can see for the first time how Emma herself must have looked as a young dog, dancing with excitement at the prospect of going out wearing her distinctive guide-dog harness. Now, as Emma enjoys her well- earned retirement, the other dogs take up more and more time for Sheila, her husband Don and their daughter Kerensa. There is Bracken, full of fun and mischief; Buttons, whose first litter of puppies gives problems but also great pride: one of them is accepted by the Guide-Dog Association to be trained as a guide-dog. There is Mocha, beautiful but absentminded; Teak, whom she buys for Don's birthday to make a change from aftershave and socks; and Shadow, with whom she develops a great interest in Obedience Trials. All of them appear here and will certainly endear themselves to the reader as they have already done to the Hocken family. Emma and Co is full of delightful (and sometimes disastrous) anecdotes, both human and animal. But there is great sorrow in it too, for in the end Sheila must learn to live without the dog who was her 'eyes' for many years.
From the Book Jacket: "The bandages came off, and then there was the wonder, the suddenly engulfing knowledge that I could see. I had escaped the infinite black pit. I could see!" Here is one of the warmest, most moving stories in many years-of a young woman who was born blind, spent twenty-eight years in blackness, then suddenly could see! It is also the story of Emma, the smart, funny guide-dog who saved her life. As a blind child, Sheila Hocken tried desperately to keep up with normal youngsters. Determined to lead her own life despite her handicap, she bravely confronted all obstacles. But it was terribly difficult, and as she grew up it seemed she would have to accept the inevitable-a life of dependence on others. Then came three miracles. First, she was given a seeing-eye dog, a chocolate-brown retriever named Emma-a most lovable animal. Emma provided more than eyes for Sheila; she became part of a joint personality. (Readers will be thrilled as Emma ingeniously leads Sheila through all sorts of dangers.) Then, after assuming she would never marry, Sheila met a wonderful man, and they fell in love. And finally, in the book's climactic scene, she had an operation that instantly gave her perfect vision. Sheila's radiant descriptions of what it is like to see after a lifetime in the dark are incredibly powerful, as is this whole unforgettable book. sheila hocken is thirty years old and lives in Nottingham, England. Don and Sheila Hocken and their daughter, Kerensa. "By the time I was nineteen, even the blurred shapes I had always seen had vanished, had been swallowed up seemingly forever. It was at this point, when my future seemed to be a dark vacuum, that a miracle came into my life. A new world opened up for me. I was given Emma."
Sheila's further story of her life with her chocolate Labrador brood, including Mocha, Buttons, Bracken, Psychie, Katie, and Pip. She also shares about the dogs as they get older, a terrible illness that Mocha had, and life in the Hocken Household. Sequel to After Emma.
Sequel to Emma and I. Sheila talks about her life after being able to see again, about learning and relearing to read print, about seeing snow for the first time, and about the other things, pitfalls and joys of regaining vision. She also talks about the birth of her daughter Kerensa, and of three additions to the family, of her dreams of owning a cattery and kennels, and of Don's and her fears that Kerensa may be blind. The story is interwoven with stories of Emma, in retirement, of the publication of Emma and I, and of the new pups in the family, Bracken and Buttons.
From the Book Jacket: SPRING DIGGING It was lovely helping Paddy in the garden. Digging up weeds -I gave her a helping paw there watching her put things in. After lunch Paddy said she'd put in everything she wanted to, and was now going to do some baking in the kitchen, but as it was quite sunny I could stop out in the garden. I went round again sniffing all the things she'd buried. Perhaps she'd left them there and wanted to get them out later, like I did sometimes with bones? If I did that for her now it would save her such a lot of time. So I went round and dug them all up. It took me ages. There were about a hundred. Won't she be pleased, I thought, when she knows I found every one and brought them all back for her? It wasn't long before she opened the door. 'Emma, come on in, it's teatime. ' Then she spotted the bulbs. I sat there looking pleased with myself. But she suddenly started laughing. 'Oh Emma... no. What have you done?' 'My name is Emma and I'm a chocolate-coloured labrador. Most other labradors are black or yellow, but not only am I a very special colour, I used to be a very special dog. I used to be a guide dog--and that isn't something any dog can do. So I'm going to tell you how to be a guide dog, right from the beginning, from when I was a puppy.' EMMA & I and EMMA V.I.P. have made Emma a very famous guide dog indeed. Now Sheila Hocken tells the full story of Emma's training from Emma's point of view This really is Emma's story, a book as lovable and lively as Emma herself.
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