Sophie is a smart, independent black/tan female Doberman. She is a very pretty girl despite the fact that someone butchered her ears.
Sophie came to us from a local shelter as a stray so we don’t know about her past. We estimate that she is around 4 years old. Lucky for Sophie that she escaped from what I am guessing wasn’t a very good life. Sophie had pressure sores so she was probably confined in a small, hard surfaced area. Our best guess is she was kept to produce puppies; not as a family pet. Not surprisingly, Sophie does not completely trust people.
Sophie is spayed now but I am sure she gave the world a lot of wonderful puppies because she is a very special girl with a charm all her own. Sophie makes me laugh every day. Watching her playful side emerge as well as her underlying strength and confidence has been special to watch. I admire her courage and determination. Sadly, Sophie’s past has left emotional scars that may never go away completely. When Sophie feels threatened her desire is to run but if she can’t run she shuts down. Her trust of me and my husband has grown but still has a long way to go. She will now let us give her a full body massage and brush her but she is quick to dart off after a short time so she doesn’t feel trapped. Having an escape route is very important to Sophie.
Sophie does enjoy having her little ears rubbed and her neck and butt scratched. Sophie is not aggressive. She is very curious about everything including people and will approach strangers to sniff them. If they try to pet her she will run away. Anyone considering adopting Sophie must be willing to accept that she may never feel comfortable enough to lower her defenses and snuggle with you. Sophie is afraid of getting in a car but once you pick her up and put her in the car she seems to enjoy riding.
Sophie enjoys a romp around the yard occasionally but she is not overly high energy. She is afraid to be on a leash (its another form of being trapped in her mind) so a decent sized fenced yard is a must. If you are looking for a dog to jog or hike with Sophie is probably not that dog. Sophie has done well with her house training although I would not trust her for long hours. When Sophie first came to us, I fed her in a very large wire crate so she would learn not to fear the crate. This went on very well for many months but recently something has spooked her and now she will not go into the crate even to get food. That is surprising because Sophie is very food motivated. Sophie must be confined in a safe space when not supervised. She gets into things and can be destructive so safe confinement for her safety is a must. She constantly looks for food and may think something is food that really isn’t and ingest it. In short, Sophie is a complicated lady that needs a special home with a devoted adopter. Any change in her routine will require patience while she adjusts so a new home will be challenging for the first few months. Her ideal home will be a quiet one where she has a routine she can learn to count on. A home where someone is home a lot of the time and where there is a safe, dog-proof area (not a crate) for her to be when not supervised.
She is hot and cold on other dogs so I am not sure how a home with another dog would go. I am never sure how she will react. She may play bow or she may snarl. I think it depends on whether she feels threatened by the other dog. She doesn’t like other dogs around her food. She doesn’t mind people around her food though. Sophie is unknown around cats but she does not appear to have a lot of prey drive so she may be ok with a cat. If you are interested in knowing more about our complicated lady, contact DAR&E today.
Here is another video of Sophie playing https://youtu.be/pbFzeSXLLyQ.
This is My Story
Sophie came to us from a local shelter as a stray so we don't know about her past. We estimate that she is around 4 years old. Lucky for Sophie that she escaped from what I am guessing wasn't a very good life. Sophie had pressure sores so she was probably confined in a small, hard surfaced area. Our best guess is she was kept to produce puppies; not as a family pet.
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