Little Girl With Brain Cancer Wants Dog Mail For Encouragement

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
A beautiful little girl with brain cancer is asking dog lovers around the world to cheer her up through her treatments with letters from family dogs. Yes, she wants your dog to send her some letters of encouragement, so go get Fido’s pen and paper ready.

Seven-year-old Emma Mertens was diagnosed with brain cancer this January. The little girl’s Caring Bridge Site listed a simple request: letters or emails from dogs to give her encouragement.

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Yes, the sweet little Wisconsin girl is a big dog lover, and the messages from furry friends all over the world are helping her get through these tough days.

People from all over the world have been sending Emma emails and letters with stories about and pictures of their dogs–showing that a little bit of kindness to a stranger can make such a big difference in the world.

Emma’s brain cancer is inoperable, and her dad says that the pictures of the dogs cheer her up. Emma’s currently in treatment and her Caring Bridge Site says that she’ll be the recipient of a Make-a-Wish program that will, of course, include animals!

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So, go get your pup ready, tell him or her to say, ‘Cheese’ and send this sweet little girl messages of encouragement and silliness that can only come from our furriest, most faithful friends. You can also visit her GoFundMe page if you’re interested in seeing some of the pictures sent in from around the world, and donating to help battle medical expenses.

Letters can be addressed to:

Emma Mertens

P.O. Box 230

Hartland, WI 53029

You can also email her at

Good luck, Emma! You’ve got lots of fellow dog lovers rooting for you!

Lori Ennis
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