We added a new puppy to the family November 11th. We adopted a Plott x Bluetick Coonhound mix that was the result of an accidental breeding by two purebreds. The owners turned over sophie and her three brothers to the Rappahannock Harrisonburg SPCA. Fortunately we found little “Marcie” on the 3rd of November, and we were thrilled to find she was still there, even though all of her brothers had been adopted. Tim named her Sophie within 5 minutes of leaving the SPCA.
We lost Holly to cancer on August 31st. I haven’t written about it yet because it breaks my heart a little bit. We didn’t adopt Sophie to replace Holly, but she has helped us get over the pain a little bit. We thought Holly had a lot of strange traits. In reality, she had a lot of hound traits and a few strange Holly ones. She walks everywhere with her mouth on the floor and she spends a lot of time putting her teeth on things she shouldn’t. She is learning fast, though, and already sits, lays, and comes on command. She has had more than a few accidents (thank goodness for Nature’s Miracle), but she has learned to go to the door when she needs to go out.
Jack is still adjusting. He was depressed when we lost Holly, and we thought a puppy would help. I think it’s just made him feel his seven years of age. He hasn’t had much socialization, and he hasn’t been around puppies since he was one himself, so he doesn’t play with her much, but he tolerates her more than I expected.
I don’t know how big Sophie will get. I’m sure she’ll be trouble and she’ll chew up things she shouldn’t, but she has already won a place in our hearts.*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**