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Miss Sophie left us today. One super big, little dog.

Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at 3:29 PM

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Sophie on her daily trip to the Post Office to deliver eBay.
For those of you who remember when Sophie joined us in October of 2007, she left us about an hour ago in peaceful slumber. As many of you know, we have many pets and many came before, but Sophie made a BIG impression in our hearts in a relatively short period of time.

Having a small "lap dog" was new to us. She showed up about two weeks after we had to say goodbye to one of our blue heeler mix and she almost seemed to be "sent" to ease the pain.

Her breed was always a mystery to us, but it was certain that she had been a loved member of some family. We are guessing an older person who could not keep her or who had passed away. The family left behind must have turned her loose on our road, because we are too remote for her to just "happen by".

We posted pictures at the Post Office and blogged about her here, but no one spoke up and in hindsight, we were extremely lucky that she stayed. Just a pure delight,loyal and deeply devoted to me.

Why? We do not know. Maybe her previous human was a man but Debbi and her mother were the primary caregivers to her, so we thought she would attach to them. She loved them, but Debbi says she always seemed lost when I was not in the house and when I was, she was a constant shadow.

It was tough to say goodbye to my shadow today. She has always enjoyed laying on her bed next to my desk, next to me on the sofa while watching TV or laying with us in bed.

Deb said she always seemed to be pushing her off the bed, but I think it was just a desire to be close, but not too close. She was not a lap dog, unless she was using your lap to hang her head out the car window.

She was with me during one of my heart attacks, licking my face and worrying. Deb was away, and she seemed to realize that she was all I had for help. Her soft tongue kept me conscious until I was able to call for a ride to the ER.

Lately she had lost her desire to eat. We thought it might be her teeth, which were crooked up front and hand fed her for weeks before she just stopped eating. After a 3 night, expense paid vacation at the vet (and some IV fluid) we brought her home to see if we could get her eating again.

Nope. Nothing was interesting any more. She used to give in for fresh fried chicken from 82 market, but even this was a no go. Sparing you the rest of the details, we decided she probably only had a few more days to go, so we asked Bobby West to help her on her journey.

Keeping her going for the next few days or maybe a week was selfish on my part, so....we said goodbye.


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By the way, you may also remember that PITA earned her place in our family by laying on top of Blackie's grave last summer (one of our cats). Today she could not lay on Sophie's grave because the rocks were a but uncomfortable, but she was the only dog to come up, visit and sit next to Sophie for a few minutes.

PITA used to harass the crap out of Sophie on her trips to the bathroom, but somehow I got the feeling that they both got some enjoyment out of it. PITA was 6-7 times her weight and 10 times her size but all she would do is hover over Sophie and put her nose on her head.

Sophie on the other hand, had to jump up to try to nip PITA, all while barking in a ferocious manner. I don't think she ever really made contact but PITA always acted scared. Maybe we all will miss her.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 3:36 PM

So sorry Steve. Never an easy thing, but the right thing to do in the long run. It's amazing how these unassuming beings bless us with their loyalty and love.

-- Posted by neighborhood mom on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 5:44 PM

Thank you to those who contacted me directly regarding our precious Sophie. She is on my cell phone wallpaper now and will always hold a warm spot in our hearts.

I thought about putting her on my computers but I might not get much work done as I mourn her absence. Those of you who have not had a close relationship with a pet will think I have lost it.

I have, but I will get it back.

Those of you who HAVE known this emotional tie, understand.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 27, 2011, at 5:54 PM

Your Sophie is on the other side of the rainbow bridge. As one that knows too well that emotional tie you are in my thoughts.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Wed, Apr 27, 2011, at 7:00 PM

I'm so sorry to read about Sophie's passing. It's always hard to lose a friend/member of the family.

-- Posted by cfrich on Fri, Apr 29, 2011, at 11:26 AM

Thanks. She was on and now wrapped in her "blanket" that she slept on every night with us, so she was as comfy as we could make it.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, May 1, 2011, at 7:34 AM

I am so sorry for your families' loss. Her unconditional love will live on through you and your devotion to your other fur kids.

-- Posted by cats4me on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 11:46 PM

Thanks cats4me. Sophie's picture is on my cell and on my desk.

Each time I get up to do something, I still hesitate to wait for Sophie to get up and come with me. She won't take a back place in my mind for quite a while.

I woke up this morning thinking about finding a lost and bloody kitten. He/She survived and grew close (in my dream).

Not sure what that means, if anything. We have three new kittens (8 weeks) that we are trying to acclimate to people, but the mother only lets us pet her on her terms so the kittens have not mixed with us yet.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 7:44 AM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.