It was with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to our Sophie yesterday. It was very unexpected-she was a brave girl and never let us know how sick she was until she had no choice. Sophie had been slowing down a little lately and wasn't eating with the same gusto that she usually did. Yesterday she would not take her favorite treat so we took her in to see the vet. They did some xrays and saw a very large mass in her abdomen that was already causing her some respiratory problems. The decision was made to let her join her friends at the Rainbow Bridge. She went peacefully with Rich at her side holding her and talking to her until she took her last breath.

This is the last picture we have of Sophie taken in November of last year. She's with her favorite person, Rich. Sophie came to us in 2001 at about 18 months old-making her between 12 and 13 years old. When she arrived here Sophie had already been in three homes. Once in Redding she decided she did not want to leave and made herself unadoptable by growling and barking at all our visitors. She was never an aggressive girl-she just took herself out of the running to go to a new home. Knowing Sophie as we did, maybe she just wanted the others to have a better chance at getting a forever home or maybe she just liked it here. Sophie was never a demanding dog in terms of almost anything. She let all others go before her. She lived with a couple of different "men" while she was here with us, but her perfect mate was Magoo. They truly loved each other and are now together again-never to be separated.

It is a difficult time again for us-this loss coming so close to the loss of Cassie. Sophie was the last of our "posse". They were four good friends-to each other and to us. Magoo was the first to leave us about two years ago. Rufus, Cassie, and Sophie all passed within six months of each other. All four of these fast friends were at least ten years old when they made their final journey to join each other. While here they were allowed to run the property while we were out working with the rest of the "kids". They always made sure there were no unwanted critters coming under their fence to invade their territory, and they did their job well! We miss each and every one of them, but we know that they are together again-healthy and whole-running and playing to their hearts' content.

Magoo, Rufus, Cassie, and Sophie-may you all rest in peace. You are all so very missed and have left a huge hole in our hearts.

Anna and Rich

It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are. ~Unknown