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Sophia - in Maine!

Posted June 2022

 

Sophia is a shy and very sensitive girl who has been through so much in her life. She is one of those dogs who was rescued as an older pup with no socialization with humans during that critical puppy time, so she remains wary of new people, especially men.
Her fearfullness means she needs a home that can give her extra special love, care and understanding.. She is approx. 5 1/2  years old and has beautiful and silky soft lab fur that seems to be a mixture of black and brown depending on the light.

 

Things like brooms and yardsticks scare her, and even small changes in routine make her anxiety more heightened. Her nose tells her everything and if her people are different in demeanor she will sniff their mouths to gain clues. She instinctively knows when her humans need a snuggle.

 

Every transition causes Sophia to take more time to get comfortable. Her current foster family has worked very hard to help her have a good routine but also pushing her outside of her comfort zone gently and regularly. Sophia does not use a crate in her foster home and doesn’t bother anything while alone; she has had negative past associations with the crate so this is not something she will easily acclimate to.

 
The great news is that when she knows you and trusts you, she is a sparkling gem and just the sweetest pup ever. When she’s happy to see you, she grabs one of her stuffies and adorably vocalizes while doing her cute little butt wiggle. She has spent considerable time with a trainer, who will help you to understand her needs. A quiet home with a consistent routine and another dog are musts for her. Her furry foster sibling is a wonderfully calm companion who has helped Sophia tremendously.  Sophia loves to play with her pal and the fenced yard at her foster home is perfect for her! Sophia is a fan of chasing rodents and turkeys.

Things like brooms and yardsticks scare her, and even small changes in routine make her anxiety more heightened. Her nose tells her everything and if her people are different in demeanor she will sniff their mouths to gain clues. She instinctively knows when her humans need a snuggle.

 
Young children are too much for her but Sophia has had good experiences with older respectful children who allow her time to feel safe.  The noise and fast movements of littles is too scary.   Sophia doesn’t mind traveling in a car.

 

If you have experience with shy dogs, you might be just the right match for Sophia.

We hope your family might be that special one that Sophia is longing for. Contact us today!

 

If you are interested in Sophia or any of our cuties, please fill out the adoption application

Please note: we do not have a physical facility where the dogs are housed; they are cared for in our wonderful foster network throughout New England. It is our expectation that, once approved, a potential family will meet the dog(s) in the foster setting where they are feeling safe and loved.