June 2012, Washington, DC - My apartment
Sonoma has always captured the hearts of anyone she met. Her gentle nature, her willingness to please, and her all around happy demeanor made her the perfect pet, companion, playmate, and therapy dog. Young, old, man, woman, human, or animal - Sonoma would get along with them. It was hard not to love her.
She had this amazing discipline to sit there with a treat on the tip of her nose waiting for the signal to go get it...one second, five seconds, ten seconds would go by and onlookers would sit captivated, watching her stare cross-eyed at the prize, simply waiting. Then as fast as the command was given, the treat would disappear like magic! A quick shift of the snout to the right, a subtle drop of the treat as gravity pulled it downward, then the quickest shift back to left to catch and be rewarded...
Sonoma had done tricks for years (including her other many talents of rolling over, crawling, playing dead, turning in a 360), but this trick in particular would not only endear animal lovers, but put a smile on even the grumpiest of non-believers. And when we had a captive audience at the VA hospital where we volunteered weekly, Sonoma's repertoire of tricks would have the vets talking, gathering around, engaging - even those who would usually stay by themselves. It reinforced why I had made her a therapy dog to begin with - she had the ability to reach out to others and she needed to be shared with the world.
Sonoma passed this July, living and giving every day of her life. She went to work with me for 10 years, volunteered for over 3 years, and enjoyed every dog park she encountered. She was 14 years, 8 months, and 8 days and even her memory still touches people and makes the world a better place.
Shelter: Animal Humane Society Bound for Home
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