Please keep Sophia Marie’s family in your thoughts and prayers. This sweet Bulldog earned her wings. Her momma writes: It was exactly one year ago today, December 19, 2015, that our family adopted Sophia Marie aka “Nanny.”Just a few short weeks after adopting Sophia Marie, she was diagnosed with kidney disease and though for the most part appeared to be healthy, we knew ultimately the disease would take her from us. After her diagnosis, we took every step we could in order to control the disease through diet, medication and monitoring to extend her quality of life. Over the past year, Sophia touched the lives of many she came in contact with including the entire staff at VCA Animal Hospital in Desoto. They were and continue to be a huge support system in what is often times a very difficult decision when medical options are no longer. Sophia was a constant companion and one of the biggest delights of my life. My family misses her so very deeply and even though we had only adopted her a few days short of one year ago, it seems as though she had been part of our family for years. We needed her just as much as she needed us and even though it ended much, much sooner that we ever imagined, I wouldn’t trade our time together for anything on this Earth. After two last rounds in the hospital and the kidneys going into complete failure, Sophia was finally free of the pain and suffering last Friday. I hope her heart was filled with as much joy and love during her short time on Earth in our care as she filled our hearts with. They just don’t get any better than our precious girl, Sophia Marie. Shine bright my faithful companion until we meet again.
Sophia Marie is a 5 yr. old female that weighs 63lbs.
Sophia Marie joined rescue today as an owner surrender. Her family was unable to spend enough time with her and made the tough decision to allow her to find a family that could spoil her rotten. Sophia Marie is good with other dogs and humans of all sizes. She has not been cat tested yet. She made a stop at the clinic to get a check-up, where it was found that she has entropin and dry eye. Sophia Marie also has some skin issues on her face. The entropin surgery has been scheduled for Monday and medication for her skin issues start today. She has moved in with her foster family and the spoiling has begun. More details on Sophia Marie as she begins her journey to find her forever family.
7/12/2015 Update: Sophia Marie had no problems riding in a car. She hopped right into our daughter’s car seat and was ready to meet the rest of the pack. First order of business was a bath and to start her eye drops for dry eye and her antibiotic for her skin infection. Sophia was very nervous and spent the first few hours walking from room to room in our house. She warmed up to our 3 children with a little back and belly scratching. When it was time for bed, she snuggled up next to our bulldog on the chair. She has made a new best friend with our 4 year old. They love to sit together and watch Monster High. Sophia is scheduled for surgery tomorrow for her Entropin. I think as Sophia heals and gains comfort in her new surroundings, we will see her personality shine. We can’t wait to help her feel better.
7/18/2015 Update: Sophia Marie had her Entropion surgery on Monday. Her hotspots are healing, and her eyes are now clear. We moved her to a higher quality food which seems to help with her itchy skin. She is more comfortable in her new surroundings, and is being more social with the other dogs. She seeks them out and wants to be in the same room as them and has even started playing with her foster brother. Sophia loves attention and would let you scratch her for days. We had a house full of kids this weekend, and she was great mingling and soaking up all the attention. She is gentle and sweet. Sophia Marie would be a great addition to a family that is ready to spoil her with belly rubs and back scratches.
7/25/2015 Update: What a difference a couple of weeks has made for Sophia! She has made herself right at home, and fallen into the routine of the rest of the pack. Her eyes are healing and the largest hotspot on her face is drying up. She has found the toys too. She loves a good bone and stuffed toy. She gives a little bark at the door when she needs out. Sophia loves to lounge around. She is sweet as pie and loves people, especially the ones that give her a good scratch. She is being treated for a corneal abrasion that she got while scratching her hot spots before they healed.
8/2/2015 Update: If there is anyone sweeter than Miss Petunia (we are calling her Tootie), I don’t know who it is. Her personality has come out a lot this week. She did great with her spay and is healing nicely. Dr. W said she is very healthy. She is starting to play with her fur foster siblings and humans. She is even giving kisses!!! She has become a little attached to her foster daddy and stays by his side. She doesn’t bark or fuss about anything except a couple of times when her fur siblings were pestering her. She has the cutest snorty sounds and won’t refuse a cookie. She is still a little apprehensive at times, but getting used to life with lots of loves. She is well potty trained and has had only one accident in the house when she first got here. She has not been kid tested. If you want a quiet, sweet, gentle little girl that likes to chill and get belly rubs, Petunia is your girl.
8/9/015 Update: Sophia had her Entropion surgery redone this week. She is doing great! She continues to come out of her shell. Sophia is an easy, breezy dog. She sleeps through the night, no accidents in the house, doesn’t chew on anything other than her toys and is great with other dogs and kids. She can slso roam the house freely while we are gone for long periods if time without worry of distruction. She is a perfect lady. Sophia is looking for someone that will hand out scratches galore. Check out her video to see her tricks.
8/15/2015 Update: Sophia Marie continues to show us her skills. She has proven to be an excellent guard dog. I always know when someone is about to knock on the door. She also let’s me know when the mailman has left a package on the porch. She loves playing with her foster brother. They have been ‘sharing’ toys. This means they will chew on Santa Eeyore, the rope, or bone at the same time. They move in perfect unison and are equally stubborn. She continues to be a sweetie pie to all she comes in contact with dog or human.
8/22/2015 Update: Sophia is such a great dog. With the heat, she prefers to nap all day and play in the evening. She has taken over the toddler bed that I have been meaning to get rid of, but it looks like it is here to stay. She is still working on getting rid of her skin infection, but her biopsy results showed just what she needed. She continues to look better and better everyday.
9/6/2015 Update: Sophia Marie has returned to us after having to spend almost a week at the vet for observation on her new antibiotic. This one is doing the trick on her bacterial skin infection. She looks so good! She was so happy to be back around her little people and fur friends. She slipped right into her routine. Sophia is a cool breeze. She barks once when she needs out, goes out and does her business, then she is right back in looking for a nice spot to nap. Heavy duty antibiotics make this girl sleepy. You don’t get sweeter than this girl. If you are looking for easy going and sweet, then Sophia Marie is your girl.
9/13/2015 Update: Sophia is done with all her medicines and her skin has improved so much. She has been a champ through it all. She is very easy-going. She loves her naps, but she also enjoys her playtime with her foster brother and toys. If he won’t play with her, then she tosses the bone to herself. You can see her do this in the video. The heavy breathing heard in the video is Buddy checking out the camera
9/20/2015 Update: This week’s updates, I call an Ode to Napping by Sophia Marie. This girl can and will sleep anywhere. She likes to curl up with whomever is watching tv, under my desk while I work, nap alone or alongside the other dogs. Now that she is done with all her antibiotics, her skin issues are not puffing back up. This is a huge jump forward. Her hair will start growing back, and her face will match her sweet disposition and shy personality. We had a couple of workmen at the house this week, and she wanted absolutely nothing to do with them. She came and gave them the sniff test and went to take a nap behind a chair. I guess they didn’t smell like they were going to give good scratches. Sophia is a very special girl, so she needs a very special forever home.
9/26/2015 Update: Sophia is kid tested (4-13) and mother approved. She gets along with all dogs, as she is submissive. She is less shy when there is just one other dog in the mix. If another dog takes her toy, she lets them have it and walks away. She will toy share and play with other dogs too. She isn’t cat tested, but she pays zero attention to the wild bunnies in the backyard and the guinnea pig inside. Her favorite thing is curling up and watching Netflix. Sophia will need daily eye drops for her dry eye. She is such a good and easy sweetheart.
10/4/2015 Update: Sophia is a creature of routine. She likes to lounge in front of the stove when she thinks it is time to eat. It is her friendly reminder that the crew is ready for dinner. She is very independent, but she likes to cuddle up with her fur buddies on the weekends. Check out how good she looks
10/18/2015 Update: Sophia had a bout of pancreatitis this week. She got some antibiotics and is feeling much better and more playful already. This girl has such a serious look on her face, but it is not a reflection of her true self. She is sweet and easy going. She is an all-around good girl. She is very excited for Bulloween!
10/25/2015 Update: Sophia was so disappointed she had to sit out Bulloween. Sophia injured her leg doing stunt work earlier in the day. She was executing a risky maneuver known as a triple lindy dismount off the bed. She was put on injured reserves and ordered to rest. She is really good at resting.
11/1/2015 Update: Sophia’s leg is feeling better. She has been sick this last week, but Dr W has her on some meds to make her feel better. She found out she has arthritis, so she has to leave her stunt career in the past. This frees her time up for more back scratches, so it doesn’t bother her one bit.
11/9/2015 Update: Sophia has been doing a good job recovering this week. Her leg is back in business. Her tummy troubles are improving as well. She is still enjoying her rest and cuddling with her people and dogs
11/15/2015 Update: You can always tell when Sophia Marie is feeling better because she wants to play. She loves playing ball and tug of war with her people and bulldog buddies. We had switched her food, and we figured out that her early-morning spit up sessions this week were probably related to that food because we weaned her onto a new one and bam… no spitting up today. Sophia visited Hollywood Feed on Saturday. This is her favorite place. This little lady loves all the delicious treats they offer. She also wouldn’t miss the extra scratches she gets from all the visitors. She seemed to go back to one several times and was handing out kisses almost immediately. This was amazing because Sophia is typically very shy (especially around men), but she found one she really liked. She is a sweetie!
11/22/2015 Update: Sophia had a good week. She was very playful this week. She can’t get enough of playing with her tennis balls. She recently noticed the squirrels in the backyard. She barks at them as long as there is the door between them. Once she is outside with them, she ignores them in true bulldog fashion. Sophia is ready for a lazy, turkey-eating kind of week.