Friday, March 13, 2015

Life-Changer


Our lives changed when we found Sophie eight years ago.
We had had a dog, Jessie, for 14 years
and waited for four years until we saw Sophie and fell in love with her.

It was time to have a dog again and we jumped at it!
The first two years were like what I imagine having a two year old child
for two years straight!
Sophie was a handful.

I know she doesn't look like it now,
but she had her own mind and there was no changing it.

In 'puppy school' she was politely asked to leave the class.
In obedience classes, she lasted maybe four classes
and this time we decided it was just not for her.
She was more interested in playing with the other dogs.

We were very firm and consistent with her after that.
Gradually she started to 'see' things in a way that satisfied us
so she would be safe and relatively obedient.

She was nowhere near as obedient and well-behaved 
as her 'sister' Jessie was.
They were and are different dogs.
And not fair to either to compare them.

Sophie has become an integral part of our daily life.
And we are so grateful for that.


20 comments:

  1. And she's a beauty! I remember our first dog, Collette, as the worst dog in puppy school. We made it through, but it was rough. She was a very independent-minded dog her whole life.

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    1. HI Walt. Colette and Sophie were cut from the same cloth! Sophie has mellowed somewhat now and has turned out well considering her childhood!! lol

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  2. That's a beautiful, angelic pose! Sophie is lovely.

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    1. She is an angel now, Craig, but it took some work initially. And so well worth it!
      Hope things are improving on the 'homefront'.

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  3. She's got spirit! And her own unique personality that she grew into it. Not to mention how beautiful she is. She's also brought joy into our lives, too, through the blogs she's featured on.

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    1. Thanks Martha. You know her well! She is a sweetheart, that is for sure.

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  4. our furry family members are so special-I still have not gotten over the loss of our Nikita-2 years ago now-our love is now with Miss Calico-she was our outdoor kitty for 10 years- she loved Nikita, and now she has warmed our hearts more with being our indoor kitty love the photo-hugs

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    1. Losing a pet is so difficult and it takes time, Kathy, as you know.
      Nikita sounded like a wonderful dog. But now you have Miss Calico! Nikita would want it this way.

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  5. sophie is such a wonderful dog! teddy bit her trainer and that was the end of that. she used to like going to the puppy park but when she decided she had to take every other dog down to submission, that ended that. teddy is the dog form of grumpy cat.

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    1. Sophie was the same as Teddy.....my way or the highway!!
      I think Teddy is content with the way things are now for her....in control!! lol
      thanks for dropping by Joyce.

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  6. So Sophie was a little devil in an angel's disguise, was she? I bet she still is sometimes!

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    1. As with most of us, age will begin to mellow us out a bit. Sophie is in a good place now. She still does have those moments though, Debra, now and again.

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  7. so beautiful she had to trust you first, i bet that happened quickly then she started listening either way it's real unconditional love forever and ever....and still occasionally keeps you on your toes, she's so beautiful

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    1. Yes, that is right, Lorraine. Sophie had to figure things out first before she was willing to listen to us.

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  8. Hello Jim, greetings and good wishes.

    Sophie looks wonderful, endearing and very naughty. She looks as though she wants constant attention. Lovely photo.

    Best wishes

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    1. How did you know, Joseph, that she needed constant attention?! That is so true......where dd we go wrong? lol
      The three of us are together all the time....maybe why she needs this attention all the time.....she is used to getting it. And I love giving it to her.

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  9. Beautiful girl. She's a wonderful companion now.

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  10. Our gal got kicked out of obedience class too! That Sophie girl is a lucky one to have picked you two as her dads.

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  11. Sit ~ Stay and I'll be so good for you!

    Sophie Doodle here!

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