An update on Sophie, the rescue pup — by Scout

Thanks everyone for all your inquiries and concern about Sophie, our rescue foster pup. She’s still with us, and Scout has written an update for you.

I’d like to give a special shout-out to all the kids in Jackie Trueblood’s  fourth-grade class at Grace Christian School in Ocala, Florida, who have been waiting so patiently for this update. Thanks guys! Sophie appreciates your interest and kind thoughts. 🙂

Over to you, Scout…



This is Sophie (short for Sofía María Inés D’Antoni), the sweet, black poodle we rescued about a month ago.

She was in really bad shape, and probably would have died soon if we hadn’t found her. We took her to the vet, who shaved her and fixed her up. The vet said that she was probably somewhere between a year and two years old, and that she’d been on her own for eight months. Later we brought her back and had her spayed, so she won’t add to the street dog population.

When we brought her home she was a scrawny, naked little thing. Sophie was obsessed with my mom (probably because mom was the one who found her that first night), and delighted that she could move, and eat and sleep whenever she wanted. She spent about 60% of everyday scratching and nibbling all of her bites and sores, and ended up coming with us to our new home in Morelia a week later.

 After a month here, she’s doing much better. She never scratches anymore, and a combination of her fur growing out and the weather growing warmer means she’s stopped needing sweaters and santa suits. Sophie’s putting on weight and, as she gets used to having a family, she’s starting to get bolder.


Sophie “protects” her family (by barking) whenever anyone walks by in the courtyard, though she quickly learned the “quiet” command. She seems to have a fear of men. The vet suspects she was abused.

We love her. With some training, she’s becoming quite the little lady. Sofía’s learned to sit when she wants something and she’s learning not to bark. We’re also teaching her to heel. She’s a bit spazzy for the first 20 minutes of a walk and likes to surge ahead, but we’ve been practicing for a month, and she’s getting much better. You should have seen her on our walk this morning! She just walked right next, to me not pulling at all. I barely needed to hold the leash!

I think Sophie’s liking our house in the city. She likes to go and hang out on the roof, but the middle flight of stairs keeps giving her trouble (they’re too big for her). She also has a little perch on my windowsill, where she keeps tabs on the courtyard. Every day we play fetch in the courtyard and take walks around the Cathedral. And every other day we walk twenty minutes to the big park and spend a couple of hours relaxing and playing ball.

Sophie’s delighted with her new life. She finally has a family who loves her (even Archie ;)), and she’ll never be a stray again.

Sophie and Scout, over and out.



{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Patti February 9, 2014 at 11:56 am

I love her full name and she looks so well, great post Scout!
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2 Linda Johnson February 9, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Thank you Scout! You are doing a wonderful job – nicely written update, too. The joy on little Sophie’s face makes me feel full of joy myself.

Keep us posted!


3 Cat February 12, 2014 at 11:36 am

I have been following your blog for over a year and decided it was about time to stop and say, “Hello,” to all of you.

Nice report Scout. You, Archie and Sophie are such a cute trio. 🙂


4 Renee February 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Thanks, Cat! I’m so glad you left a comment. And thanks for following along. 🙂


5 Jackie Trueblood February 20, 2014 at 8:34 am

Thanks for the update, which I shared with my students today. They said, “We are so glad Sophie is doing better and learning new things. It is amazing that she survived, and we hope she continues to get better.”


6 Chris February 20, 2014 at 10:31 am

I had my fingers crossed that you’d keep her. She looks fabulous, and I’m glad Archie came around. Yay!!


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