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Sophies first photo’s


Water Park for Dogs

This is what we call the “water park for dogs”, it’s a wonderful park in our City and being Canadian we love nature. Many dog families come here to play and enjoy the freshness and beauty, and it’s great to meet up with some of the regulars for a chat while the dogs play.
The water is clean and fresh and is fed by a stream from a mountain and it’s cold, but the dogs love it. The stream is hidden away under trees so it stays shady and cool. And there are wonderful trails through the bush area where we hike with the dogs off-leash and yet you will see houses around too.
Jazz hasn’t been to this park yet, she doesn’t like water, but we’ll definitely be visiting many times over the summer and I will probably end up carrying her (which I love to do – to my husbands chagrin) and I’ll get some new photo’s and update this storey.
The Border Collie in the pictures is Lily; she was a rescue we had a few years ago who I will write about at another time.


I don’t know if anybody has encountered this with their senior dogs but our darling Sophie has become afraid of the dark!
She has always enjoyed sleeping, even more so since she got older and arthritic. But like the rest of us age does catch up and cause changes that we could often do without.
Sophie will be 15 this coming October 15th – her “golden” birthday that we are really looking forward to celebrating! She has always been a trooper and survived two cancer surgeries, has allergies, liver disease, hypo-thyroidism, heart disease and now has lost most of her hearing and sight. She learned to tolerate car trips but after moving 4,500 km. to the West Coast of Canada a few years ago she does not look forward to hearing “in the car”!
And on top of all that she has had numerous “brothers and sisters” that I have brought home as rescues. So she truly is special and our “princess” and we have and will continue to go the full distance for her, as long as it’s in her best interest.
Sophie has been taking Tramadol to ease her pain and stiffness for about six months and recently we added back 3 mg. of Melatonin to help her sleep. She sleeps soundly during the day, which the vet tells me “keep her up” but I just can’t, I love her too much. Besides even if I do wake her to come for a walk, she will refuse to come along, so… she sleeps.
Sophie has always looked forward to bedtime and at night gets snuggled in and comfortable on the floor beside our bed (she has her choice of dog beds and/or blankets, and yes my bed too) but this is where she plops down lately. She will be fine until the lights go out and then it starts; she wakes, gets up, paws at the night table and this wakes Bobby, who has to alert me that Sophie is up. So we play musical beds every night, one of us either sleeps downstairs on the couch with her or in the guest room with the night-light on (that would not be me as I need pitch-black to sleep). Needless to say we are all a little tired, except for Sophie that is.
I am waiting for the Vet to call as we have ordered a diffuser that contains Dog Appeasing Pheromones (D.A.P.) and it should arrive today. The pheromones act to stabilize emotions and hopefully will allow her (and Bobby) to relax. Let’s hope so, maybe it’ll work on humans too!

Sophie The Princess

My name is Sophie and although I don’t like to admit it, I am a Sheltie, but please don’t spread that around. My Mommy always says that we are her “four-legged children”. I’m almost 14; October 15th for anybody who wants to send me cards and gifts, BTW pink is my favourite colour (see my bow) and I really love pearls;)

Hmmm, what would be interesting to tell you? Well, we live with Mommy and Daddy who totally spoil me, as they should, in a place with big mountains and lots of water. I have a brother who is 6 AND a little sister who is a huge pest, but besides that she is 4 and 1/2, sigh, but that’s enough about them.

My favourite things are eating, noooo, I’d have to say sleeping is number one, then eating, and people who talk to and compliment me. Walking is okay too, but if it’s raining or cold then FORGET IT! My Mommy will tell my Daddy “If she doesn’t want to go, don’t make her”, (happy dance) and I get to stay home all warm and dry! I mean I do have to maintain my beautiful coiffure, right ladies?

Time for my beauty sleep and for my Daddy to carry me up the stairs, (yawn) sweet dreams everybody.

Raindrops keep falling on my head

Bobby writes…
This weather is just like my Bonnie Scotland; rainy, fog and cool temperatures.
We laddies love to go for walks when it’s raining and jump in every puddle! The lassies, not so much.T Sophie & Bobby in rain coatshe best part is all those stooopid skateboarders don’t come out.
I won’t lee, being the laird is a bit of work for me but nothing I cannot handle, the wee lassies don’t much like this weather because they say it gets their tiny wee feet wet and cold, ach, what to do. But when we come inside it’s great fun to be able to shake, shake, shake.
Somebody please tell me Mum that I don’t much care for the rain coat, I’d really prefer a tartan!

Decisions, decisions

Sophie writes:
Mommy took us shopping to get ready for the changing weather. I LOVE shopping for new clothes, my sister Jasmine not so much and my brother Bobby…not at all!
We found a new store just for us fur kids with so many nice things to choose from! We got really pretty matching coats for my sister, and me and some other stuff that Mommy hid because she told Daddy “It’s S-O-P-H-I-E-S birthday soon” (does she think I can’t spell my own name?). She always forgets where she hides things so then we’ll have to go shopping again!