Your Afternoon Animal Fix – RIP Sophie

by Prince Of Petworth July 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm 19 Comments

If you have any fun or interesting animal/pet photos please shoot me an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say what neighborhood you’re from or upload to the PoPville flickr pool with your pets name and neighborhood. I can’t guarantee I’ll get them all posted but I’ll do my best.

“Our dog Sophie died on Thursday after a long fight with liver cancer. To those in the neighborhood who have seen us walking slowly around Petworth between Grant Cir. and Sherman Cir., you’ll remember her: big black shepherd with golden eyes,large ears, and a salt-and-pepper muzzle. She looked out for me, my partner, and our two little dogs and will be missed incredibly. The response from others to Sophie was always interesting – some feared her for her intimidating look (we were often asked if she was a black wolf), many respected her and gave her appropriate distance, others admired her dignified, beautiful appearance, and those that got to know her came to understand what a sweet, lovely spirit she was. Sophie was an undemanding dog and was most concerned that her other pack members (including the humans) were safe and happy. But the loss of her energy in our lives makes clear the incredible role she filled. She lived in Petworth for almost exactly one year after spending most of her life in Vermont. She loved Petworth – loved her twice-daily walks, loved keeping watch of the many interesting people and dogs that passed our house, and loved the high squirrel population. She was deeply loved and will be missed.”

“Chuck and Peter of Logan Circle are taking a break from their busy schedules.
Cool fact: Peter was a PoP rescue cat from two years ago – his owner considers herself very lucky to have found him (hopefully Peter feels the same!)”

“Tank (from Eastern Market) posing for treats.”

  • anon

    I’m sorry for your loss, Sophie’s people. She sounds like a wonderful dog.

  • TaylorStreetMan

    “Tank rips a long one”

    • caballero

      I like Tank. And yes, it looks like he’s ripping a good one.

  • Kim

    I am tearing up reading about Sophie. I am sorry for you loss and I’m glad Sophie was able to bring you (and others) such joy during her time with you.

  • Anon

    Very sorry to hear about Sophie. :-( Sending kind thoughts your way.

  • Fellow Petworthian

    Sorry to hear about Sophie. We will miss her sweet big eyes and temperment! She was a great dog and we feel lucky we got to know her. Please know you have our condolences. -Sara, Beth and Henry

  • Farewell dear Sophie. I’m sure she’s having a blast in Heaven’s dog park with my Chocolate Lab , Magic who passed away at 14 1/2 years old.

  • Megan

    So sorry about Sophie. She sounds like a sweet soul and I’m sure she loved you as much (if not more!) as you loved her and was very thankful for the wonderful life you gave her. My thoughts are with you.

  • angrychicken

    So, so sorry for the loss of Sophie.

  • I am so sorry for your loss, Sophie’s peeps. When you are ready, come into the Washington Animal Rescue League on a Sunday afternoon and I’ll help you meet your match. Also, no adoption fees on America’s Dog (APBT) through Labor Day.

  • greent

    So sorry for the loss of Sophie, she sounds like she was one helluva dog.

  • Q-Street

    Sophie looks a lot like my first dog – a belgian shepherd mix. He looked just like a big black wolf too. Such great dogs. I am sorry for your loss.

  • Anon

    So sorry about Sophie. But it sounds like she had a great life.

  • hollyb

    rest is sweet peace sophie. so sorry to hear. thank you sooo much for sharing. our morning walk will be somber w thoughts of her and your family.

  • J&E on Quincy

    So sorry for the loss of Sophie. Her looks fit the personality. My dog Elliot is very similar: very sweet and caring dog once he trusts you, but he is super protective of me, my boyfriend, and my other little dog. Probably because he is part German Shepard and an abused rescue. We have been trying really hard to socialize him and he is making lots of progress. If you miss Sophie and think meeting Elliot would help, it would really help him too. Just let POP know (I assume he can get my email address).

    I hope your days get less difficult as time goes by. It sounds like she had a wonderful life and pack.

  • Laurie

    I also got teary-eyed reading about Sophie. I’m so sorry for your loss. It sounds like she was a great dog and family member.

  • BF

    Thanks to all for your kind words. We are trusting in those important words – “it gets better.”

    And thanks to PoP for posting this for me – it feels good to have a public memorial for her

  • jellyroll

    My dog Blackberry and I are keeping you and your other animals in our thoughts. We met Sophie about two years ago before she officially moved to DC.

    • BF

      I remember Blackberry! Thanks for your kind thoughts.


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