October 21st 2007 6:05 pm
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When we first got Sophie, she was a "train wreck". When she got to 4-Paws rescue, she had both ears infected, her eye was infected, she had a raging UTI, diaper rash......
Sophie was made to have puppies naturally, something that Bullies cannot do. Their heads are just too big & if they have them naturally, it can mess them up. Sophie has incontinence, she "dribbles" constantly. She was really kind of a shy girl. One look at her it just breaks your heart! I saw her on the internet, I was looking into being a "foster mom", then I saw Sophie. We already had Chesney & we love the bully breed. I contacted 4-Paws & found out someone else was coming from Texas to meet Sophie. I was not disappointed, afterall....this is about what is best for Sophie....not me! Turns out, the people from Texas could not make it, so we made a date to meet our girl. I already KNEW she was going home with us!
We met her, she was the exact opposite of our big ole boy Chesney! Sophie was tiny comparred to Chesney! She only weighed 46 lbs!! She was sway-backed just like an old abused horse! Her head was sooooo little! We took her home & really weren't sure what to expect between Sophie & Chesney! Ches is a real bully when it comes to me! He hates other dogs to get attention from me & will try & stop it from happening. Not with Sophie. IT's like he knew she needed more love! It also didn't take long for Sophie to show who was boss!!
We took Sophie & got her on the Banfield wellness plan. X-rays were taken, Soph has a degenerative bone disease. She has something like bone spurs on her spine. She also has a dent above her butt, the x-rays showed it is a deformity she was more than likely born with. It is a hole & goes almost straight through her pelvis. She was given almost $200.00 worth of meds! It quickly became routine to go to Banfield every weekend. Sophie was put on soooo many different antibiotics, ear drops, ear wash, eye drops, ointment....... I don't even know how many THOUSANDS of dollars we spent on our girl! Nothing worked though! Sophie has a chronic ear infection & will need surgery to fix it! She has never even been able to get her shots, because she stays so sick! We have begun to give her 3 baby asprin, 2 times a day, to help with the pain! WOW! What a difference when she takes her asprin! She is a frisky funny girl! Before the aprin, she wouldn't even LOOK at the stairs! Now she runs up 7 down them, no problem!
We soon noticed Sophie had no bowel control. Her spinchter muscles just did not work. She would poo while asleep, had no idea. I began to call her Princess Stinky!
My hubby quickly became totally crazy for our Sophie. Chesney is a mama's boy, Sophie...daddy's girl. Her personality began to emerge, she was a DIVA! She had to have pills twice daily, she would take them from my hubby....no problem. Not from me! I don't care if I wrapped them in a steak! She would spit them out & look @ me like "Ha! There!!" Mike took her out back each night, Sophie loved to go to one spot & eat grass!! I always said they were going to the "salad bar"!!
She always had dry food readily available & got 1 can of food a day. She would eat her canned food until she got near the dry food, then no more! She would STARVE before she touched the dry food. Sophie was just tooooo good for dry food! Mike aleways fed her @ 9:00pm, me....I had to feed her as soon as I got in from work....or else!!
My hubby was deployed to Iraq, about a month & 1/2 ago, Sophie rebelled!! She would NOT take those darned pills from me for anything! I tried to make her, she bit me! The brat!!! She woke me up almost ever night, or should I say morning @ approx 2am! Just because she could!!!! Sophie wanted her daddy!!
Several days ago, I noticed a couple of bright red blood spots on the carpet. I checked both of the bullies thoroughly, nothing was amiss. Friday night, I took Chesney to Petsmart (I cannot handle both of them together & since Soph had a vet appointment the next day, Friday was Chesney's trip!) we bought Sophie a diaper to wear to the vet the next day. When we came home, Sophie ran to greet us. She left a trail on the tile, this time it looked like coke was spilled. Again, I checked her, nothing.
Saturday, October 20th, I put Sophie's new diaper on, OMG!! How cute! We go to the vet, ears get checked, no change, eyes checked, left eye getting infected again, gums, feet, heart.......time to take the diaper off. Sophie's diaper was FULL of blood. My heart sank. There was NO indcation she was bleeding badly! The vet & I discussed our options & decided it was time to let our little Princess go. Ever time we went in, it was something else, her health was deteriorating. I had to do what was best for Sophie, not me.
I stayed with our brave beautiful girl till the end. She deserved that. She deserved sooooo much more than she got in this life. We only had her for a little over 5 months, but she blessed our lives in soooo many ways! After they gave Sophie the meds to put her to sleep, she began to snore as loud as her little body would allow her! I have heard plenty of bully snores but these were award winning snores. She had me bawling AND laughing!! That's our girl!!
You cannot imagine how incredibly hard it was to tell my hubby. He is in Iraq, he has enough on his mind! Mike was/is devastated. I have never heard him cry like he was. I know in my heart I did the best for Sophie, yet, I feel so guilty. I feel like I gave up on her. I know she is no longer in any pain, that she is frisky all the time now & that she will never have to have the dreaded dry dog food again.
The one thing that makes it ok for me is that I know Sophie knew she was finally loved....unconditionally. She knew she was a princess & that she had finally found her "furr-ever" home. She will be sorely missed & she will always hold a special spot in our hearts.