9/25/2013 - 11/30/2013Sophie. My longest sustaining relationship. My dearest and most loyal friend. Her love has always been complete and simple.

During bleak days in my life, Sophie was the only reason I crawled out of bed. There have been days where she was the only reason I smiled, which has always been her sole purpose in life: to make me happy. To make me laugh. She accomplished her mission literally each day of her exuberant existence. For me, Sophie softened the impact of the harshness of life. She was my soldier, pulling me from the trenches of bad moments, bad days, and thoughtless people. She literally kissed away my tears. My four-legged, furry antidepressant.

From the time Soph was a puppy, she was always my little butterfly. Fluttering around in carefree wonder, curiously watching the world, smelling the flowers, and making my day even more beautiful.
However, her bubbly, fluttering days passed and her were replaced with her fight to keep her body moving. Her fight for survival.

During Sophie's debilitating journey, I tried my best to help her fight the good fight. I encouraged her along the way, cheerily telling her how proud I was - how great she was walking, even when she was not. With each cheer she looked at me with a Sophie smile and that little stump tail wagging uncontrollably while she perked up, holding her head proud. Elated by my pride and the happiness in my voice. She felt absolutely victorious...and she was victorious. She still is.

The wagging of that stump tail deteriorated to only a quiver. Her eyes that were once bright, lively and cheerful, were filled with a longing to please me and of shame for thinking she was failing me. Her eyes were discouraged. She was hurting. She was tired.

During Sophie's last days, I rubbed her legs and hips which seemed to give her relief. I warmed
her with a heating pad when she began to chill and tremble. I did everything in my power to comfort her just as she has always comforted me. I wanted her to know that my life was more beautiful simply because of her existence. I wanted her to know it's okay and she was not alone. It is my strongest desire that she hear my voice, smell my skin, and feel the warmth of my touch as she neared her bridge. Dr. Cook and Lap of Love allowed this to happen and Sophie drifted away knowing that not only was she loved, but that she was important.

I have been told that I have given Sophie an extraordinary life. The truth is, Sophie is the one who has given ME the extraordinary life. She has saved me more times imaginable and for that, I am forever grateful. She has changed me. Her love has softened my heart and changed me from cynical to optimistic and hopeful. For that, she will continue to be a part of me. Always. Wherever I go.

Sophie was my source of happiness of insane proportions for ten years. Thank you Dr. Jennifer Cook for a peaceful journey for my beloved Sophie and for reaching out to me during my heart wrenching days without her. I am forever grateful.
Alison GrantKnoxville, TennesseeDecember 23, 2013
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What a beautiful memorial, Alison. Sophie was a wonderful girl and stole my heart immediately after I met her. Even at her darkest hour, she was full of love- so excited to greet me (a complete stranger). Sophie had a wonderful life, and I could tell immediately that she couldn't possibly have been loved more. She's moved on to a much better place- but her absence leaves a terrible hole. Rest in peace, sweet Sophie; you were such good girl.Jennifer Cook - December 23, 2013

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