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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sweet Sophie

The worst part of having a pet, by far, is saying goodbye.

We had to say goodbye to one of our most cherished pets last night.

To make matters worse, we were completely blindsided. We had just returned from vacation, and we were greeting all our dogs, when we realized our little Sophie Cakes was not among the horde. I sent someone outside to call her, and Daniel went into the Dining Room and Game Room to look for her.

He saw her lying next to the door in the Game Room, and thought she was asleep. He walked over to her, excited to say hello. He called her, and reached down to pet her and nudge her to wake, and realized she had died.

Needless to say, we were all traumatized, and what followed was much crying and questioning and hugging and comforting and more crying and more hugging and so much sadness.

Since we had someone coming over twice a day while we were away, and it didn't seem like she had been gone long, we think she had died earlier that day. By all appearances, she died in her sleep. There was no sign of struggle or trauma. Her belly was not enlarged and we saw no blood or evidence of anything out of the ordinary. Stroke? Aneurysm? Heart attack? We'll never know.

What we do know is that we are all left with an empty space that hurts.

We will miss her bat ears.

Her spins.

Her cuddliness.

Her couch potato ways.

Her silence.

Her big melty eyes that said so much.

Her trust in us.







For those of you not familiar with her story, you can read about her here.

But in a nutshell, we got her from the shelter about 5 1/2 years ago. We were told that they had tracked down her previous owners, but they didn't want her back because she was always running away. Well, judging by the scars all over her head, we think we had a pretty good understanding of why she ran away.

She took to each and every one of us right away, and was content to stay with us. She formed a strong bond with James, and went up to his room every night to sleep cuddled up next to him. Silent, and with a history of trauma, they had much in common.



I'm glad to know that the bulk of her life was happy, and that she was loved and cherished.

But we will miss her.



So, so much....

28 comments:

  1. I am so very sorry for your loss. XXXXXXX

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  2. We are so sorry for your lose.

    Purrs and Purrayers

    Mr. Nikita and Miss Elvira

    The Opinionated Pussycat
    http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com

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    1. Horrible, horrible, horrible. Still can't believe it, Kathy.

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  4. Sorry for your loss, dread the day this happens to our Maggie :( Danica

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  5. I'm so sorry. It's hard no matter what, but to be taken by surprise like that, and just coming home from vacation. . . what a shock!

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  6. So sorry for your loss and praying for your comfort. Reading about her brings tears to my eyes!

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    1. Thanks so much, Emma. Still wiping away my own tears...

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  7. I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost my angel dog Charlie to cancer two years ago and i still miss him terribly. My heart goes out to your family.

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    1. Thank you Emily. And I'm so sorry about your Charlie. You never get over them, do you?

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  8. So sorry to hear of your family's loss. It has been a while, but I know the pain and sorrow that goes with losing a loved one. Sounds like Sophie was so lucky to have found you and you her.

    36 Claws are crossed for you and your family.

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    1. We were so, so lucky to have had her, 36 Claws. You said it. We miss her so much!

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  9. I'm so sorry. That's always hard, especially with dogs because they are so eager and willing to give their love. And what an awful thing to come home to after a vacation. Nothing like getting pulled back into 'real life' right away. Hugs to your whole family. It's crazy how much we find ourselves loving our pets, but it happens anyway. So sad.....

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    1. You are so right, Taryn. Thanks for the condolences. 8-(

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  10. So sorry, Anne. Keeping all of you in my thoughts.

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  11. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet pup. Dogs have such an amazing way to make us feel loved and trusted. My heart goes out to you and your family. *Hugs*

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    1. She sure did, Melisa. Thanks for the hugs....

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  12. I'm sorry about your puppy. The same thing happened to our cat, she died walking up the steps and just looked like she was stretched out in front of our door. It's a shock but at least you know she went peacefully and at home.

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    1. Aww, so sorry to hear about your cat, Kathy. It's so hard, isn't it?

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  13. I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like you gave her an amazing life full of love and happiness. I hope your grief soon lessens and is replaced with fond memories of Sophie. Prayers for you and your family.

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  14. I am so sorry to hear of your lose of Sophie. God gave her a home to live in and be loved . The memories our pets leave in our hearts helps the void of not having them with us. May you feel God's love and presence surround your family during the lose of your family pet.

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    1. Thank you so much, Linda. What beautiful words....

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