Rescue Stories

In Loving Memory of Sophie
1998 – 2015

sophieSophie had been with us since 1998, only two years after Crosskennan began and she was one of our oldest surviving residents. As you may know she was found as a puppy, aged about 4/5 months, in the local Tardree Forest. She had been abandoned there, by her owner, along with her two brothers. Both of Sophie’s brothers were killed on the road. She was very traumatised by what happened to her and was, understandably, very nervous of people. Gradually, she gained confidence and made friends at the sanctuary. She settled really well with us but due to her sensitive and nervous nature we chose to allow her to remain with us for the rest of her life.

Over the next eighteen years she became a permanent sight in the yard during the day and, as she grew older, she spent her nights living in sanctuary manager, Lyn’s kitchen in a cosy warm bed bought especially for her to keep her comfortable.

Sadly, over the past number of months Sophie’s health had deteriorated rapidly; increasingly sore joints, unsteadiness on her feet and completely losing her hearing where all signs that she was not they young dog she once had been. Early on Tuesday morning when she showed little interest in her food and struggled to get out of bed the decision was made to let her pass with the dignity she always had. Her passing has left an emptiness in the manager’s house and in the yard at Crosskennan.

Our local vet called to the sanctuary accompanied by a nurse to ensure minimal upset for Sophie.
She passed quietly in her cosy bed after getting some of her favourite treats.
Lyn, along with volunteers Julie & Claire stayed with her until the end.

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