A forever home for Sophie

With all the drama about Archie’s cancer, you may be wondering what’s up with Sophie.

We have found an excellent forever-home for our sweet girl. She is now an American dog living in Texas. Here she is with her new poodle-slave dad, Mr. M., the sweetest man you could ever hope to meet.

dog rescue Sophie the poodle

Mr. M. has a lifetime of experience with dogs and is retired, which means he is home to serve Sophie all day long.  Also he’s the father of Archie’s breeder, which means we’ll stay connected, and he has some serious dog support if he needs it (which I doubt he will).

We drove Sophie all the way to Austin to deliver her. It was very hard for us to say goodbye, particularly for Scout and me. Scout had wanted to keep Sophie, but we just couldn’t, for several reasons. For starters, Archie hated her. There was no way around it. He’s always been a spoiled, mama’s-boy only dog, and that’s how he likes it. His personality slowly changed in the two months Sophie was with us, and he morphed into a very grumpy, short-tempered terrier. The change was so pronounced, we wondered if he might be having cancer pain. But as soon as he realized Sophie was gone, the old Archie was back, all relaxed and lovable.

Also, city life was not healthy for Sophie. All the people and crazy noises made her nervous. Sometimes tall men frightened her. Often during walks she’d cry until I picked her up and gave her a protective snuggle. And every morning at 7 am when the garbage man came by clanging his bell and calling “Basura!!!!!!!!!!” she would go bonkers, absolutely nuts, barking and freaking out. It was no bueno. She needed a calmer environment. And she deserves to be an adored only dog, not relegated to second-fiddle status. Rescues always need extra love.

Even before Archie was diagnosed, having two dogs was stressful. I consider myself pretty good at handling a single dog, but having two in the house was awful because they shared bad habits, like barking when someone knocked on the door or freaking out at walk-time. When Archie is alone, he doesn’t do those things, but when Sophie was here, it’s like he forgot all his earlier training. And Sophie was much quicker to respond to commands when rascally Archie wasn’t around. She wouldn’t even bark at noises if he wasn’t there to wind her up. Honestly, the pair of them!

Sophie was my first dog rescue, and though it was emotionally draining, I’m so grateful we had the privilege of offering her a helping hand when she needed it. I wish we could have kept her, and under different circumstances we would have. But fortunately Mr. M. rode in on a white horse and gave our girl what we couldn’t, especially now that Archie is sick. She is a wonderful dog who deserves the best. We will never forget her.


Many of you have asked if you could help with Sophie’s expenses…the trips to the vet, the spaying, the food, and the Texas delivery. That’s thoughtful of you and very helpful, thank you. If you feel so inclined, there’s a new PayPal Donate button on the top right of this page.

New to this blog? Read about how we found Sophie and her first week with us.

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1 Marjie March 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm

It is nice to know that Sophie is in such good hands. You truly saved her life, and she is so lucky that you not only took care of her, but also made sure she found a loving home. It is very stressful having more than one dog. There is sometimes a little power struggle with Abbey trying to get all the attention from Sparky in our house. I can’t imagine the added stress to you (and Archie) with his illness on top of him not liking Sophie. Thanks for the update on Sophie- I hope she is all settled in.


2 Renee March 13, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Thank you, Marjie. Yes, I hope she’s happy. She was very attached to me in particular, since I was the first one to hold and comfort her when we found her. I felt awful giving her away, but at the same time knew it was the right thing. Mr. M. is lovely, and life here has gone back to normal. Well, not with the cancer, but one-dog normal. I hear you about the power struggle. That was happening here too.


3 Marjie March 13, 2014 at 6:07 pm

The nice thing about Mr.M having Sophie is you’ll be able to get info about her if you want. It’s important that Archie feels comfortable too.


4 Renee March 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Exactly Marjie!


5 Jackie Trueblood March 13, 2014 at 6:21 pm

I can only imagine how hard this decision was. I am glad you found a loving home for Sophie.


6 Renee March 13, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Thank you, Jackie. It was tough but I am glad we can focus on Archie now when he really needs us.


7 Travel with Kevin and Ruth March 13, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Surprised. Your update in February gave no indication that things weren’t working out, in fact I got the impression that it was the opposite. But, glad Sophie’s got a new home. Man, you guys drive up to Texas a lot! That’s a long way!


8 Renee March 13, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Well, we took Sophie on as a rescue. She was never a permanent dog, though for a month Scout and I hoped/pretended otherwise. The fantasy blew up in February when it became clear Archie was miserable and his cancer was diagnosed.

We drive to Texas every six months for border runs and, in this case, to deliver Sophie. There was no way we were going to stick her in a crate and fly her off into the unknown. For our own peace of mind we had to deliver her personally and give Mr. M a hug.


9 Teresa Jasper May 14, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Thank you for being a wonderful, compassionate person. Thank you for rescuing sweet Sophie. Thank you for the recommendation to the new vet in Ajijic. I will be taking my dog and two cats to her. Blessings to you and your family as you spend you’re remaining time with Archie. You are wonderful. – Teresa


10 Renee May 14, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Thanks, Teresa. You’re very kind. Yes, so go see Dr. B! She’ll take great care of your pets. 🙂


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