Likes: Car rides, walks, treats, cuddling, looking out the windows, laying out in the sun, giving kisses
Pet-Peeves: the doorbell, thunder, the vet's office, baths, nails trimmed, sometimes the cats, SWIMMING!
Favorite Toy: chewing on a bone, ball
Favorite Food: cheese, bones, any canned food, and green beans!
Favorite Walk: I like to go anywhere! I wiggle my bottom like crazy when I see/hear the leash or Mommy says "leash" or "Want to go for a walk?"
Best Tricks: sit, shake, half a roll for roll over, chasing large balls with my nose- I can hit them up in the air and then guide them back to the ground with my nose while running at full speed!
Arrival Story: By Sophie's Mom: I adopted Sophie from the Humane Society in Phoenix. She was approximately 1 1/2 years old at the time and was at the humane society because her "previous owners were moving." She was all curled up in the corner of the kennel and every time I walked by she raised her eyebrows and looked over at me. She was so nervous and scared that a technician had to crawl into the kennel and carry/coax her out. As soon as I brought her to the play area she put her front paws on my lap, leaned forward, and started kissing me. I knew we were meant to be family.
Bio: 10/2010: Sophie is a sweet senior dog now. She's deaf and is losing her vision. She has arthritis that makes it difficult to go up the stairs or get in the car. Despite these "old age issues", she is amazingly healthy for such an old dog! She spends most of her day sleeping. She snuggles with her kitty siblings and allows them to groom her face and ears (I think she really likes it!). She still loves to eat and she loves her treats. Sometimes she asks to go outside and then wants to come back in immediately and get her treat! She's in the golden phase of her life and we are doing everything possible to make her last few years as peaceful as possible, with lots of love. I adopted her when I was a 19 year old college student and she was a 1 1/2 year old timid little girl looking for a forever family. We've grown up together and I feel so blessed to have had Sophie in my life for 14 1/2 years and counting!
Sophie is close to making her journey to the bridge. I always thought that it would be illness that took her from me but it looks like it's going to be old age and arthritis. She's aged so much in the past month or so. She is having a very difficult time with mobility; it's hard for her to get up and down from the floor, she is no longer able to sit (just stand or lay down), and she stopped wagging her tail. She sleeps and sleeps and, surprisingly enough, she is eating a ton of food (but has lost 25% of her body weight in less than 3 months). She had an appointment to be helped across the bridge on April 9th but the vet wanted to try one last arthritis medication to see if it might help her have a little more time here with me. She seems to be responding to it so her bridge date has been postponed until April 23rd. Two extra weeks to love on my baby girl. I am so blessed to have had her in my life for so long.
I'm missing you like crazy. Just wanted to let you know how much I think about you every day. Somedays are especially hard and today is one of those days. 15 years together and it went way too fast. Rest in peace, baby girl. I love you.
It's been 5 months since you made your journey to the bridge. I miss you so much, it's difficult for me to talk about. It's hard for me to look at photos of you. That may get better with time but I'm not so sure; Sally passed away 3 1/2 years ago and I still have a hard time going to her Catster page.
15 years with you and now 5 months without you. I look to your favorite sleeping space often and imagine you there. You were the sweetest girl and I was so blessed to have you with me for so long. Your age kind of snuck up on me and it wasn't until my dad and brother came to town and visited that I realized how difficult everyday things had gotten for you.
I worried for years about what would take you from me and having to say good-bye. It was silly to worry, in the end it was all about you and making sure you were comfortable and happy. When things got too difficult for you, I made the best decisions that I could, always with love and your well-being at the front of my mind, even though it broke my heart.
Thank you for picking me that day in the Humane Society. I will always know that I was in the right place at the right time because you were meant to be my baby girl. We grew up together. I love you and I miss you so much. Please give Sally a big kiss and cuddle from me.
So many people told me in recent weeks that I would "just know" when it was time. I worried so much about this because I didn't "know" and at the same time, I knew Sophie was struggling. I could list all the things that she was struggling with and it was so clear that her time here was hard for her and growing more difficult. But she would look at me and smile or kiss me or have a good day or just be sleeping so peacefully, and my heart would say that it can't be time.
I made the appointment to help her cross the bridge two weeks ago. And then I cancelled that appointment and rescheduled it for yesterday, April 23rd. The vet was so kind and told me that I could cancel and reschedule the appointment as many times as I needed to. I wasn't sure that I was going to keep the appointment until April 21st. On that day, Sophie was struggling, despite the 7 pain and arthritis pills she was on daily. I took some time off of work to be with her and it was during that time that I knew I was doing the right thing on behalf of Sophie.
She'd lost interest in so many thing, didn't even want her special bone for more than a minute or two and didn't even want to take a walk. She could no longer wag her tail (which broke my heart). And while she still smiled at me and had a sparkle in her eyes, I could see that she was feeling worse. I didn't think I could do this while she still had a sparkle in her eye but I didn't want to wait until she felt so badly that there was no sparkle at all.
It was the hardest decision. I'm sure I will have a lot of feelings about it in the days and weeks to come. I'm bracing myself for feelings of guilt; right now, it's all about sadness and grief. I didn't realize that I would feel worse today than I did yesterday but I do. Overwhelming sadness.
There are so many things and so many memories that I want to write about (and I'm sure I will at some point) but right now I'm just so sad and a little stuck in the current moment and the moments of yesterday. It was so hard. She went peacefully but it was so, so hard.
The kitties are grieving, too. Leo slept on Sophie's bed last night. He's a little nervous about my crying and has been peering at me with wide eyes. Lucy, who was so very close to Sophie, slept all day yesterday. She finally came downstairs late last night and ate some food and purred while I loved on her. And feisty Charlie has been the most expressive and vocal in his confusion about Sophs. Last night he sat in Sophie's favorite spot and howled. Poor babies, she was a big part of all their lives. She loved her kitties and they loved her.
Thank you all for the support, kind and thoughtful words, and rosettes and gifts on Sophie's page. I've read each one and they mean the world to me. Sophie was a very special girl and I was so very blessed to have her in my life for the last 15 years.