DogDaz Zoo: RIP Sofie -11/25/10 to 3/18/22

21 Mar


It is with great sadness that I must tell you that Sofie Bear, my little Soda Pop, left this earthly plane on Friday, March 18, she was 11 years old. The pain is almost unbearable because she was my heart. We never expected to lose Nine, the cat, on March 10 to cancer and then lose Sofie ten days later. She had significant hip issues and could no longer get up the stairs or walk easily without pain. These issues only exacerbated her aggressive behavioral issues, where she was attacking Charles and the cats, and biting Louise in the neck and mouth.

Sofie was always my troubled furchild. She suffered from behavioral problems which started when she was about 2 or 3 years old. It has been so long that I can’t remember her without them. Her anxieties were off the charts most of the time. She had night terrors. She had noise and thunder anxiety. She had separation anxiety. She ate through 3 doors and the wall-to-wall carpet. She had to nibble on a lovey all the time and then protect it (resource guarding). Yet, I guess, I thought my love, commitment, training, and medication would help her. I had trainers, behaviorists, tons of vets, tons of meds, to the point she was taking 6 different medications and herbs at the end with every meal and in-between. I had several vets tell me that anyone else would have ‘put her down’ years ago. But, to me she was worth fighting for.

I know that she is out of pain now and not scared of anything. That is what I wanted for her. I hope she is chasing sheep in the meadow beyond the rainbow bridge waiting for me along the road with Nine and all the others. The back door picture above was taken on the day she left us. It looks to me like she was prepared to be out of pain and to be in a better place. The sun shine was perfect to show the warmth inside her when she could quiet for a moment or two.

I might not be able to blog for a while. This one-two punch has knocked me for a loop.

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there.
I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there.
I did not die.

Not Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on March 21, 2022 in Animals, Dogs


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30 responses to “DogDaz Zoo: RIP Sofie -11/25/10 to 3/18/22

  1. 15andmeowing

    March 21, 2022 at 16:08

    I am so sorry. XO

    Liked by 1 person

    • dogdaz

      March 21, 2022 at 16:09

      Thanks. These are dark days.


  2. Deborah

    March 21, 2022 at 16:24

    My heart is breaking for you and the tears I am crying are love sent to you via heaven. 🙂 ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  3. franhunne4u

    March 21, 2022 at 18:18

    Oh nooo, and you do have another one of whom you expect to be gone, too, or do I recall it wrong?

    Liked by 1 person

    • dogdaz

      March 21, 2022 at 18:55

      You are correct. Louise has oral cancer but luckily it appears to be much slower than Nine’s

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  4. franhunne4u

    March 21, 2022 at 18:20

    Let’s hope, Louise can stay with you a little longer. Dark days, indeed!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. BellaDharma an BellaSita Mum

    March 21, 2022 at 18:52

    Oh nose nose nose!!!! Butt mee just gotted to meet Sofia! Shee an mee were so alike even tho’ mee iss a Cat….
    Oh wee are so furry sorry. Pleese accept our sympaffiess on losin yore Poochie Girl. Shee iss with Mistur Nine inn Purr Land aka Rainbow Bridge.
    Butt wee KNOW it iss so diffycult to say Goodbye to 2 beelovedss inn such a short span of time!
    BellaSita Mum iss cryin buckitss here….shee sayss Life will not bee THE same without yore lovelee Sofia…..mee agreess….
    Wee here if you need a shoulder to cry on…..
    gentell ***purrss*** BellaDharma an gentell {{{hugss}}} BellaSita Mum

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  6. rachelmankowitz

    March 21, 2022 at 19:11


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    • dogdaz

      March 21, 2022 at 19:22



  7. Bassa's Blog

    March 21, 2022 at 22:23

    I am so sorry to hear this very sad news 😢

    Liked by 1 person

    • dogdaz

      March 22, 2022 at 06:36

      Thank you. Much appreciated


  8. Patricia McSharry

    March 22, 2022 at 00:53

    We are very sorry for all your losses. Your in our prayers 🙏🏻 ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    • dogdaz

      March 22, 2022 at 06:37

      We need that. Thanks


  9. Little Miss Titch

    March 22, 2022 at 02:24

    Oh Man that is rough, Truly sorry. She was such a pretty girl. lots of hugs being sent to you.
    Run free Sofia xx Rachel and Titch

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  10. easyweimaraner

    March 22, 2022 at 04:09

    your sofie bear… hugs to you… sometimes the tears can wash all the words away… but they maybe say what we feel in such moments too…

    Liked by 1 person

    • dogdaz

      March 22, 2022 at 06:39

      Can’t stop crying. Thanks for your constant devotion to comments.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. cravesadventure

    March 22, 2022 at 10:23

    I am so sorry to hear about the losses at the zoo – sending love, prayers and hugs. Take Care

    Liked by 1 person

    • dogdaz

      March 22, 2022 at 14:14

      Thank you.


  12. Charlotte

    March 22, 2022 at 13:40

    I was so sorry to hear about this. I know exactly what it’s like having a pet with behavioural issues and pouring your heart and soul into trying to help them. It must have been heartbreaking having to make that choice for the safety of your other babies.

    However, I am so glad that Sofie found a kind, loving, and understanding home for her time here. That photo through the back door is beautiful, she looks like a painting. Thinking of you and praying for Sofie and Nine. Loving animals is so hard sometimes.

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    • dogdaz

      March 22, 2022 at 14:16

      Thank you, Charlotte, for your kind words. I believe they come to us to teach us and for what we teach them.


  13. A. C. Cockerill

    March 23, 2022 at 17:17

    So very sorry for your losses. Sending prayers to you.

    Liked by 1 person

    • dogdaz

      March 24, 2022 at 01:11

      Thank you. We can use all the prays we can get right now

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Genevieve Petrillo

    March 24, 2022 at 09:05

    There has never been a dog loved and cared for more than you, S. Prayers for your family and all who love you to heal from this. We will miss you like crazy. RIP, sweet girl. xoxo

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake and Mom

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    • dogdaz

      March 24, 2022 at 12:01

      Thank you, G and C. You have been our blogbuddies for a very long time. Prayers accepted. 🕯🙏💔🐾


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