Sophie, AKA Dog #009

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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 27th, 2010, 7:13 pm

So I went today to meet Inara's mom, Sophie, at the warehouse being used to house the animals confiscated in Trumbull County. It was so much harder than I had thought it would be. I was doing okay until a new friend, a trainer working there named Becky, said, "you know, we're allowed to adopt the dogs out now. You could take her home." My heart died because I knew that I didn't have the space/money/resources to take her home, yet I felt like I was abandoning her. So I said, "I don't even have an extra crate for her." Dear sweet Becky said she would give me one. I started crying. Realistically I knew I couldn't take her, but emotionally I was figuring in my head ways of doing it. I held out. But oh it sucked and once I started crying I didn't stop, all the way home.

She is undersocialized but is starving for attention. She is EXTREMELY food-driven. Becky did tell me that she is one of the messier dogs that messes in her crate - from the looks of her legs and hearing that she's messy, I'm guessing she was kept in a crate all the time at Humane Sanctuary. I was able to easily touch her all over - head, mouth, all four legs, belly, tail, etc. Her tail was a bit tucked, but I think that's due to the undersocialization. I gave her a big strong hug to see how she was about having my arm and head over her neck. She didn't pull away at all or actively resist. Becky said she has shown no dog aggression or resource guarding issues at all. She didn't bark at all while we were there even though all the other dogs were. She just seems frightened and lonely. :cry:

Anyway, here are pics of Sophie. She is so thin. :( Her listed weight is 51 lbs and I would bet she needs to be around 60. Her hip bones are sticking out. She has what looks like urine burns or pressure wounds on her legs. She has an inguinal hernia (have to google that, not sure what it is), a mammary mass that they are recommending be removed, and is on Panacur (for worms, I think?). They're not sure if she's spayed or not. She has some kind of wound on her upper lip.

The first few are videos because my friend was taking pics and I'd forgotten to take it off video mode.








And her info card:
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Postby maberi » February 27th, 2010, 7:19 pm

That is sad Liz, but I'm so glad you went to see her and are putting her information out there (I can only imagine how hard that was). I hope things turn around for her and she finds someone who can take her in.
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Postby Suzi » February 27th, 2010, 7:36 pm

Oh my.......*hugs*......I am so sorry.... :(

No words,,,,except Bless your Heart....I can only imagine what your soul felt like.....You can feel it in the pics,,,,what that dog wants,,,,,Love.

Please do not be hard on yourself......Prayers sent that there is a happy ending for her,,,,,and the rest.

Remember Liz,,,,,that you, are truely one of the special people on this earth......You make it a better place........
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Postby Ino » February 27th, 2010, 7:58 pm

That is truely sad, but I am glad people stepped in to help the dogs out and that you got to visit her. I can't imagine how hard it had to be for you, but atleast you get to see her at a positive turning point in her life. Your reaching out for her is part of the good things to come for her from here on out. She is now with people who are safe, caring and loving towards her and that matters a lot. I hope she finds a great permanent home filled with love as soon as possible. She is definately a beautiful girl!!
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Postby hugapitbull » February 27th, 2010, 8:00 pm

Oh, Liz, I so hope she finds a great home. I know this is really hard for you. I, too, see Inara in her
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Postby HappyChick » February 27th, 2010, 8:03 pm

I'm so sorry that it was a bittersweet meeting for you and Sophie. She looks like a beautiful, sweet mama. Good thoughts and positive vibes to you, Inara, and Sophie.
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Postby madremissy » February 27th, 2010, 8:04 pm

That just breaks my heart. I am sorry Liz, but good thoughts are coming for her to find a wonderful home.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 27th, 2010, 8:54 pm

Thanks for the kind words, all. They really mean a lot. It was so hard seeing her and leaving her there, but I just keep telling myself that she is already so much better off than she was just a couple weeks ago.

I'm about to post a link to here on FB, so if you guys could crosspost her that would be awesome.

Thank you all. :hug3:
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Postby Malli » February 28th, 2010, 3:36 am

but she looks like a resilient little dog :)

Thanks for looking out for her as best you can!
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Postby CinderDee » February 28th, 2010, 6:20 am

That has to be so difficult for you, Liz :hug3: She is a beautiful girl and you really can see her in Inara.
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I think she realizes her life is just beginning now. She looks hopeful in the videos.
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Postby iluvk9 » February 28th, 2010, 8:46 am

Liz, that must have been the most difficult thing for you to do. I can't imagine the emotions you went through.

So, LET'S GET HER A HOME! PBT has done it before... :)
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Postby blabsforbullies » February 28th, 2010, 3:54 pm

I'll send her story to my friends too.

We have a Mastiff... does that count??? :)

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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 28th, 2010, 6:25 pm

I was just told that the dogs from the raid have to be gone by March 10th. The executive director didn't say what would happen after that, but I don't want to find out. I WILL go get Sophie if it comes to that. I'll figure something out until I can get her to a home or rescue. She is NOT going to die. >(
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