By way of introduction.... (Sophie's story)

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Postby chris » Tue Mar 06, 2007 7:20 pm

janet wrote:print the story and hang it in all the shelters. i think it might make someone think twice about not adopting a chow.




THATS an awsome idea janet. :D
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Postby bama » Tue Mar 06, 2007 7:24 pm

Sandy,

Oh my, I'm in tears..what a wonderful story!
Just look at how you have inspired people.
Thank you for being such a saving grace to your little angel. You are a blessing to each other.

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Postby ciaobella » Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:50 pm

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Sophie’s doing very well, Karin, thanks! I’ve thought many times while reading your posts that she was cut from the same cloth as your Luna... both independent little souls, challenging and full of surprises. You must miss her so much.

This is an old topic that got bumped because I posted the link in Judy’s ”Your Chow’s Journey to their Forever Home” thread, Roxana. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned that she’s a rescue in other threads, but I’m not a frequent poster, so it would be easy to miss. I would have loved to have read Karen’s day by day posts of her wild child Shiloh’s journey, but that was in the old forum and before my time, darn it. Certainly do sound similar.

Congrats on new chow additions, Karin, David, Melissa, Bama and Janet, (hopefully Roxana soon), and thanks for the kind words....
Nothing like a successful rescue, huh? I have to do my rescues one at a time, hopefully I’ll be able to rescue in bulk like Dogdad someday. :D

Chris, can you believe some nimrod threw my girl away? Just plain craziness.

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Postby chris » Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:05 pm

ciaobella wrote:Chris, can you believe some nimrod threw my girl away? Just plain craziness.


No, quite frankly I can't. But you know what? She is WAY better off with you. :D It was ment to be.
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Postby sit_by_the_beach » Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:08 pm

Luna also had a pink, flesh coloured nose as Sophie. I hope you will have her with you for many more years to come.

Reading your story, I'd imagine it's pretty close of owning a wolf. Who hasn't read Jack London's books?

One thing was sad about Luna, she didn't like to be hugged. She didn't care for belly rubs.

Mikki is a bit spoiled. Maybe she isn't, this is home #4. A spoiled chow has had one home and not get passed around.

When I take her to the creek, out comes the free spirit. Most chows have an independent streak. We love 'em.
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Postby Salandra » Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:36 pm

What a beautiful story! I cried all through it. You are truly a wonderful person and Sophie deserves you!
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Postby ciaobella » Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:18 pm

:oops: I missed your post, Sharon. Thanks! Your Cheyenne was a shy girl too, wasn't she?

Karin, there's an old post in the back pages about a feral male chow that's been spotted off and on for, I think, about 13 years... it just doesn't seem as difficult for chows to revert to their wolfy nature and be successfully feral.

Sophie wouldn't allow herself to be hugged or her tum scratched inside for the longest time... we had to do that on the patio where she could escape to the woods if she had to. Truth be told, she would still rather, but now it's just because she likes to be outside, not because she needs an avenue of escape.

Thank you, and welcome, Salandra! I'm lucky she chose me.
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Postby Sharons Chows » Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:32 pm

Sandy, What a beautiful picture of Sophie...she is just so pretty.

And thank you for remembering my Cheyenne....yes, my poor little {Big now} girl was a real throwaway. She is still standoffish with most people but rolls over a lot for Alan and I...she loves her belly and back rubbed.
Amazing isn't it...that people can throw away such lovely animals?

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Postby chowfrnd88 » Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:43 pm

I remember reading this story last year and just sobbing away. I'm glad it got bumped up. :D Sandy, I just love the new picture of Sophie, she is just so, so beautiful.
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Postby chowfrnd88 » Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:06 pm

I have to do my rescues one at a time, hopefully I’ll be able to rescue in bulk like Dogdad someday.


Sany, LOL, I love the phrase "rescue in bulk" and that's my dream too.
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Postby kingalls » Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:20 pm

Sandy,
Everytime I read Sophie's story I am happy with tears. She is so beautiful. I love the pictures you posted of her in the creek.
Working with Shiloh took alot of patience but you're working with Sophie was truly amazing. Shiloh showed up in our backyard in the month of June and it wasn't until December until she was brave enough to venture inside the house. I had taken a day off. She was on the deck watching me. I left the sliding glass door open. She approached slowly - stuck her head just inside and looked around. I could tell she would bolt if I made any sudden moves. I stayed still - she slowly came in, she sniffed and sniffed for a few minutes, then escaped back out to the deck. I was so excited to tell DH when he got home. So we kept the door open each night and she slowly felt more and more comfortable about being inside. She didn't start to stay inside until after I had her spayed. I had no idea how that was going to work out with her - I slept downstairs the first few nights. The rest is history - except for one time when she must have had an upset tummy - she has never done her business in the house. She was house trained without being house trained!
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Postby ciaobella » Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:09 pm

Sharon, I've often wondered if Sophie might have had a easier transition if she had had a JR to show her the ropes. Such a good bro.

You're such a kind girl, Kaitlin. You will always be a rescuer, I can see that in you! Someday we'll both have sprawling big houses with fenced in yards, and always, always room for just one more.

There was this one time with Sophie that always wrenches my heart, Karen... I always ruffled up Sophie's fur and pet her all over when she was standing at the door to be let out so she would associate being petted with something she liked. One night as we were going to bed, I reached down to pet her... and she didn't panic and run to the door. She had her head down, but slowly rolled her eyes up at me and just ba-aa-aarely "twinkled" her tail. That was so huge. I went into the bedroom, sunk my face into a pillow, and just bawled. I know you must have had many moments like that, too. Our wild furkids are so special, aren't they?
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Postby kingalls » Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:52 pm

Gaining the trust and love of a rescue will always melt one's heart :x
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Postby Dogdad » Thu Mar 08, 2007 3:24 am

Sandy she is gorgeous.

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Postby WildThings » Thu May 31, 2007 5:03 pm

I had never read Sophie's story until it was references on another post. What a wonderful story. You two seem to make a wonderful pair and she is absolutely beautiful. It is wonderful to think that she is able to have someone to trust at least once in her life. Every dogs deserves that.
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