When Jaya started demanding a dog, Jyoti looked around at local shelters and online. After some searching, we discovered Sophie on Craigslist. Her family couldn't keep her at their apartment anymore. Our family was very excited to get a dog.
|2006 - on the way to a hike
However, soon after Jyoti discovered she was allergic and her prior family asked to take her back. It was heartbreaking for Jaya. But in another twist, Sophie missed us and her family returned here to us a few weeks later, this time for good!
|2006 - upon Sophie's return
Sophie was full of energy and loved hikes. Her favorites were Manchester Preserve (aka Pipe Hike), San Elijo Lagoon and Cardiff. She had countless walks at those and other locations. My favorite memories are of walking with her in nature.
|2007 - hike at south side of lagoon
|2007 - muddy paws
|2008 - jogger hike
|2008 - lagoon nature center
|2008 - pipe hike
|2009 - Lake Hodges bridge
|2010 - lagoon nature center
|2012 - makeshift leash
|2013 - seeing her leash gets her excited for a walk
|2014 - coming back from a hike
|2016 - beach hike
|2017 - Carmel Valley hike
|2017 - lagoon nature center
|2017 - she loved our old Passport/Rodeo
|2018 - caught in the rain at Cardiff
|2018 - very furry at the beach
|2018 - Sophie selfie
|2018 - Sophie's view of the ocean
|2018 - pipe hike views
|2018 - windy day at Cardiff
|2018 - more beach hiking
|2018 - ready to turn around
|2019 - Anza-Borrego flowers
|2019 - at Bengt's spot in Cardiff
|2020 - one of her last car rides
|2021 - last walk at the lagoon
She was the most cheerful dog. She always was excited to greet us when we got home. And she loved hanging out on the couch with us chewing a bone.
|2008 - at my parent's old house
|2010 - chewing a bone on our old leather couch
|2011 - a bone bigger than her
|2018 - sitting on laundry
Sophie loved people food, especially meat of any kind. She often would avoid her kibble in the hopes of getting a treat of chicken or steak. Up to the very end, she would get very excited when she smelled chicken in the house.
|2017 - wagging her tail to get some chicken
Sophie was fine being a solo dog and avoided other dogs. When we took her to dog parks, she usually just sat there and watched the other dogs. She would even avoid drinking from community dog bowls; we would have to bring our own bowls or refresh the water. We tried getting another dog but Sophie not having it and had a tantrum.
|2007 - one of the few times she played with another dog
Like all dogs, she loved to sleep and she spent lots of time in sun spots on the couch or in her basket.
|2020 - lots of sleep late in her life
|2018 - fur ball
|2017 - happy sunspot
|2017 - cool concrete
|2016 - her favorite outdoor chair
|2014 - among the pillows
Sophie hated swimming, baths and anything having to do with water. At my parents old house, we put her in the pool a few times so she could swim around and find the steps before drowning.
|2016 - getting a bath
|2021 - saying our final goodbyes
Here is just a small sampling of her adventures.