The Black Knight remains immortal in our hearts

By Jennifer Stoeckl, MAT - Dire Wolf Project CEO, Oct. 19, 2023
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In the chill of Fall 2015, a little dark silver puppy named Emris entered the world as part of the King Arthur litter.

Originally known as "The Black Knight," he bore a name worthy of legends. He was a warrior, a brave and noble soul with a heart filled with love. Emris embarked on a journey that would etch his memory into the hearts of those who knew him.

Emris was the embodiment of everything a family could wish for in a canine companion. His story was one of love, joy, and the deep bond he shared with his wonderful family. He was more than a pet; he was a beloved family member, a confidant, a loyal friend, and a gentle protector.

With each passing day, Emris's spirit shone brighter than ever. His boundless enthusiasm, sparkling eyes, and wagging tail were a testament to the joy he brought into his family's life. But his story, like all stories, had its heart-wrenching moments.

In June 2023 at eight years old, Emris was diagnosed with congenital congestive heart failure. His family, determined to give him the best life possible, stood by his side and provided him with the care and attention he needed. He was placed on heart medication, which, for a while, helped him live life to the fullest. Emris thrived, cherishing the love of his family and sharing countless adventures with their young daughter. Together, they explored the world, hiking through picturesque landscapes and building precious memories that would last a lifetime.

But fate can be a cruel mistress, and Emris's path took a turn that brought tears to those who loved him. The heart medication, while a beacon of hope, took a toll on his kidneys. His health declined rapidly, leaving his family with an unbearable decision to make. The pain of letting go of a cherished companion is something that every pet owner dreads.

With heavy hearts, Emris's family said their final goodbyes. In his final moments, he was surrounded by love and affection, with the people he cherished most by his side.

His departure left a void that seemed impossible to fill.

Emris may have left this world, but his legacy endures in the hearts of his family and all who knew his story. His memory lives on, enshrined on the front cover of the 2024 Dire Wolf Project calendar, forever celebrated as the magnificent dog he was.

At the Dire Wolf Project, we stand by our commitments and honor Emris's memory by extending our support and fulfilling our health guarantee for his beloved family. His legacy serves as a reminder of the strength of love, the bond between humans and their four-legged companions, and the precious memories that will always be cherished.

Emris, the Black Knight, may have left our world, but he remains immortal in our hearts, an enduring symbol of loyalty, love, and the magic that dogs bring into our lives.

Click the link below to see Emris featured on the front cover of the 2024 Dire Wolf Project calendar:

Jennifer Stoeckl is the co-founder of the Dire Wolf Project, founder of the DireWolf Guardians American Dirus Dog Training Program, and owner/operator of DireWolf Dogs of Vallecito. She lives in the beautiful inland northwest among the Ponderosa pine forests with her pack of American Dirus dogs.