Hawthorn Posted August 15, 2016 Share Posted August 15, 2016 It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write this. I can hardly believe it, but just three weeks after saying goodbye to her litter brother Sunny, we have had to say goodbye to Sophie too. Sophie was hit very hard by Sunny's departure, and I suspect that her grief hastened her end. She had been dealing with a number of chronic health conditions for a while but we hoped she would be with us for some time to come. However, she declined rapidly after Sunny's transition, and with no reasonable expectation of recovery or improvement we could not allow her to continue suffering so we did the kindest thing we knew and let her go peacefully at home surrounded by love. We believe that she had a form of cancer which had spread to her lungs. This is the first picture I ever saw of Sophie on the rehoming centre's website. There was something about this picture that spoke to me, so I looked her up on Greyhound Data and was astonished to find that she was litter sister to Sunny, who we had adopted three months earlier. I pointed this out to my husband but he said it was too early to adopt another just yet. Next morning, I got a phone call from the rehoming centre to let me know that she was Sunny's sister and to ask if we wanted her. I said we would go and see her, but my heart knew she was already mine, and so it was. Sophie and I had a very special and close bond. We had very similar personalities, both highly sensitive with a dislike of crowds and noise, so we understood each other very well. Sophie was always with me, and quite often snuggled up to me, or lying on top of me. Sophie was happiest at home and did not generally like strangers, but she was the sweetest, funniest, snuggliest girl with those she trusted, and very perceptive. On two occasions she possibly save our lives, once from an undetected gas leak, and once by alerting us to a fire in our garage. I always felt like I had hit the jackpot with Sophie. She was beautiful, sweet, clever, snuggly, she roached, chattered and purred. I actually caught her chattering on camera once when she was waiting for a treat: I have so many beautiful pictures of Sophie that it's hard to choose but here are some of my favourites. On our favourite walk in the hills, resting amongst the wild flowers: Looking very cute whilst waiting for a treat: How I will miss that face and those beautiful eyes: This is a special memory for me. Sunny was out of action, so I took Sophie to the hills on her own. As it was too warm to walk, we just sat in the shade together. Sophie was content just to lie there for a long time taking in the view and just being together: I always intended to do this with her again, but life got in the way and I never did: She didn't like me taking close ups of her head, but I sneaked this one: Rest in peace, my sweet, beautiful girl. Thank you so much for all of your love and trust. I don't know what I'm going to do without you. "And can it be that in a world so full and busy the loss of one creature makes a void so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of eternity can fill it up!"~ Charles Dickens (1812-1870) We will always love you and miss you. Quote When a relationship of love is disrupted, the relationship does not cease. The love continues; therefore, the relationship continues. The work of grief is to reconcile and redeem life to a different love relationship. ~ W Scott Lineberry Always Greyhounds Home Boarding and Greyhounds With Love House Sitting Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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