Author(s): Sheila Hocken
'All I had to do was go out of our front gate, tell Emma to turn right to the top of the road, a main road, turn right again, go straight to the bottom, turn left and ask Emma to find the first gate. So off we went a Twenty minutes after setting out, we were standing in the porch and I was reaching for the bell. We had done it: it was a milestone. "Good girl, Emma," I kept saying. I was so proud of her.' Emma, a beautiful chocolate-coloured Labrador, came into Sheila's life when she was a teenager in the 1960s. Before then Sheila hadn't wanted to admit to herself she was blind, but when she found herself one evening apologising to a lamp post only to collide again, she knew something had to be done. Guide dog Emma gave Sheila an independence she'd never experienced before (more than perhaps she'd like - why walk to the bus stop the same way everyday, when Emma could choose a new route each time instead?). Soon Sheila was able to leave home and even find love. And when Sheila received a operation to regain her sight, Emma stayed by her side. There have been a good few memoirs about dogs who have changed their owner's lives - but none more so than what Emma did for Sheila.
The classic bestselling memoir - how a beautiful chocolate Labrador transformed the life of a determined and passionate young woman
"A delightful and courageous autobiography...will move you to tears."
Sheila Hocken is a writer and canine specialist, best known for her book Emma & I. Sheila was born in Beeston, Nottingham, in 1946, and lives near Nottingham today. Sheila is actively involved in the canine world as a dog trainer. Her website is www.sheila-hocken-dog-training.com.