Age: 3 years
Sex: Spayed female
Weight: 16 pounds
Dogs: Yes, submissive
Fenced Yard: Required
Adoption Fee: $350
uch fun to watch her run around the yard because she’s lickety-split fast as lightning. She loves chasing my boxer around outside. I just want whoever adopts her to know ahead of time that it will take some time for her to warm up—no matter who they are and how good they are with dogs; it’s going to rock her world when she leaves here. She could take weeks to settle in again. She deserves a wonderful life and I am delighted that she got her start with me and my dogs, and hopefully we have helped build up her confidence and trust in humans.”
Sophie is deaf and must be leashed or supervised outside and must not be around small children. She has anxiety and must remain on daily inexpensive anti-anxiety medication.
Sophie is allergic to storage mites and she must remain on a raw diet, Nature's Farmacy supplements, Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet supplement, and have regular medicated baths. She is allergic to cats so must never be around them. She is also allergic to human epithelia, so she must not sleep in the human bed. She should also avoid wool blankets.
Sophie had palate and nares resection. She must be monitored on walks and in warm weather. Sophie must wear a harness when going for walks, never a collar, not even for tags. She has a history of urinary tract infections that must be monitored for recurrence.
“And though she be but little, she is fierce…” Indeed, our resident spitfire, Sophie, has come in like a lion (er, a wolf?) to the Available Page! This very special girl is on the hunt for a very special home—could it be yours?
Sophie arrived at FBRN when her previous owner had to move out of the country and could not take Sophie with her. We didn’t know much about this purty little girl, other than that she wasn’t fond of long-bearded men (sorry, ZZ Top fans) and her lovely pink ears were purely decorative. Due to her deafness and the radical change in her surroundings, Sophie was understandably skittish when she first arrived in foster care. But foster mom was patient and kind, and although it took Sophie a few weeks to warm up, she eventually became a bat-eared shadow, following her people from room to room and never letting them out of her sight.
That said, Sophie continues to demonstrate skittishness and anxiety, and her new family must be prepared to take things very slowly. Since she is deaf, Sophie cannot hear people approaching, and she is easily startled by sudden movement. For that reason, children are not a good match for Sophie (truth be told, she’s not terribly fond of them to begin with), and the people in her life must be patient and careful with their movements toward her. Sophie takes Alprazolam (a.k.a Xanax) to help with her anxiety, but just as important as daily medication is a guardian who is willing to put in the time and effort to work with Sophie and make her feel comfortable and secure in her new home. It may take some time and effort, but once that bond is established, you will no doubt have a loyal companion for life.
Sophie recently had palate and nares surgery to address her noisy and labored breathing, and it’s done her a world of good! This little girl may be sweet and petite, but she has got energy to spare. She’s got those sculpted, beach-ready muscles (sun's out, guns out) and she uses them to tear around her yard at a truly astonishing speed, chasing squirrels, birds, falling leaves, and pretty much anything that moves. Car rides are another favorite pastime, along with short walks around the neighborhood. After she’s tuckered herself out, Sophie likes to cuddle with her people while watching TV and gnawing on a nice elk antler. “It’s a rough life,” says Sophie, “but someone’s gotta do it!”
The ideal landing spot for Sophie is an adult-only household where someone is home most of the day. Sophie is crate trained, but she hates being in there and is very vocal about her displeasure, so it’s best that she not be left in there for long periods of time on a regular basis. A fenced yard is also a must, since Sophie cannot hear her name being called and must be kept in an enclosed area for her safety. A mellow canine sibling would be fine by her—she likes her boxer foster brother, and by that we mean she likes climbing all over him—but she’d also be perfectly happy as an only dog. (Sophie is allergic to cats, so kitties are a no-no.) Due to her allergies to storage mites and human dander, she must stay on a raw diet with supplements, and her bedding will have to be frequently washed. But by far the most important quality in Sophie’s new home is a family who is patient and willing to put forth the effort to make Sophie feel secure, safe, and happy. Sophie didn’t receive any training in her previous life, so she’s still a work in progress—an uncut diamond, if you will—and she is still getting the hang of hand signals and going potty outside. But with a loving and dedicated guardian, we know this girl will shine.
Foster mom is thrilled with Sophie’s progress, and says: “Sophie has come a long way in the past couple months that I’ve had her. It has been very rewarding to see her blossom and not to be so afraid of my every move. She allows me to pick her up and carry her around; she’ll jump up on the couch with me now. She’s just the cutest little peanut ever. It’s such fun to watch her run around the yard because she’s lickety-split fast as lightning. She loves chasing my boxer around outside. I just want whoever adopts her to know ahead of time that it will take some time for her to warm up—no matter who they are and how good they are with dogs; it’s going to rock her world when she leaves here. She could take weeks to settle in again. She deserves a wonderful life and I am delighted that she got her start with me and my dogs, and hopefully we have helped build up her confidence and trust in humans.”
Do you think you might be the perfect match for our resident Mighty Girl? If so, fill out an application and tell us how you could provide a home where Sophie could thrive. Just be prepared to travel—this little spunky Miss is setting land speed records in northwestern Ohio, and will not be shipped.
FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo, so adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family.
FBRN dogs are in foster care in people's private homes. For the foster families' safety, we do not disclose specific locations, and we don't set up meet and greets prior to applications. For detailed information about the dogs in our care, please read the extensive bios on each dog.
Sophie, things are looking up! Annette Thornburgh
for sweet Sophie. Irina Weintraub
Sophie looks just like my deaf rescue Frenchie, Izzy. meridith williams
Sara Speaker McBee
Sending love from here in the buckeye state! Love, Jen & Tico
Hang in there Sophie! Nyota Ferguson