Sophie... best friends are forever

Sophie... best friends are forever

by Ted Slupik


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This is the story of Sophie, a rough-coated Collie who was a certified therapy dog for over twelve years. You will learn about her remarkable life, the lives she touched, and the lessons both she and I learned. This book is also a tribute to all people and their pets that do therapy work, and it will be an inspiration to dog owners everywhere.

Sophie . . . Best Friends Are Forever is meant to honor Sophie's memory and to make people realize how important it is to give back in this world. With Sophie, every day was a new beginning and started with a clean slate. In her work, she also left the patients that she interacted with and their visitors happier and in a state of emotional healing.

You will learn of Sophie's story from the beginning on the eve of September 11, 2001. You will follow Sophie's life in an amazing occurrence of facts and circumstances aligning themselves together that became the special story of Sophie.

Learn what it takes to be a certified therapy dog, and learn how you can help senior dogs with alternative medicine. This also includes commentaries by Dr. Erin O'Connor of Vitality Animal Chiropractic Center and Dr. Vivian Grant of Autumn Green Animal Hospital. Listen in on Sophie visiting patients at the hospital and nursing homes.

If you are a dog lover, you will certainly enjoy this book as you experience the ups and downs and emotions of Sophie's story. Even if you don't have a dog, you will still enjoy and be part of the experiences of the people that Sophie met. Finally, you can learn Sophie's most important lesson- that every day is a gift.

All of the net proceeds of this book will be donated to a Not-for-Profit 501(c)(3) charity named Lizzy's Fund that benefits senior dogs

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524548308
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 10/14/2016
Pages: 102
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.26(d)

About the Author

This book is a first time literary effort for me. For my entire 30+ year career, I was buried in the financial world. Dealing with auditing and tax returns for my clientele, I counseled people on monetary and fiscal matters. The hours were long and the work was rewarding, I guess. However, but when Sophie came into my life, my focus began to change. I had been a dog lover all my life and had a dog as a child and several more dogs from the time my children were small. With Sophie though, I experienced a devotion and special emotional connection with her. We spent thousands of hours together. My previous dogs were wonderful pets; but Sophie, she was something special, a "one-of-a-kind" dog. I always taught obedience to my previous dogs so that they were good family members and courteous to people that they met. While training Sophie, I realized that she had not only the desire to please, but had a happy demeanor, sensitivity, and a special connection with the people she met that made it obvious that therapy work was perfectly suited for her. Although I still enjoyed my work, I began to look forward to my every other Friday nights at the hospital with Sophie. My anticipation matched hers, and together we made a great team. I have no doubt that we helped many people who needed either someone to talk to or just some quiet consolation on an otherwise lonely Friday night.

Writing the book was difficult work, and it took a year to complete. It was certainly much harder, both physically and emotionally, than I thought it would be but I felt rewarded after the effort. Sophie's story was an amazing one and I realize now that I had a great privilege to accompany her along her journey.

I began doing Animal Assisted Therapy work in 2002 with Sophie, and continue now with my current dogs, Pixie and Rosebud. I also have been a Tester/Observer with the Certified Therapy Dog program run through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs (formerly Therapy Dogs, Inc.) since 2012. My goal of this book was to help transmit the feelings and emotions that Sophie exuded to all those she met. If I have accomplished some of that, I consider it a success.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for all dog lovers. I couldn't put it down. A remarkable story about a remarkable dog.