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Spring has sprung, the grass has riz …

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I wonder where my Sophie is…

Ah – there she is – launching herself out of my vehicle – off the top steps into the garage – down the stairs at the front porch … I swear – if she could sing – it would be that song…”I believe I can fly…” you know the one I mean? ย The spirit is certainly willing – but the leg is missing ! Landing on one front foot instead of two tends to be less stable than the two-footed landing. Score – 10 for effort – 1.5 for the overall jump – didn’t stick the landing. Definite disqualification. Definite face plant.

Sophie has a step-sister/dog – a heeler/border collie cross named Roxie – who is a tripawd due to an incident when she was a very young puppy. Roxie is about 3 now and has never really known life as a quadpawd. Nothing – and I mean nothing – gets by Roxie – particularly if it happens to have long ears, a powder puff tail, and very large back feet. Upon sighting one of THEM – her brain turns to auto pilot and her turbo engine kicks in – I would bet my second last dollar on her in any race against a quadpawd if there was a rabbit involved. But – I digress. The point I was going to make is that Roxie CAN launch herself out of cars, down stairs, out of second story windows (ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but you get my point) – and stick a landing. Sophie cannot. Hanging out with Roxie has, I think, given Sophie confidence in her potential as a tripawd and, when coupled with Sophie’s general optimistic outlook on life – she has seemingly chosen to ignore the fact that she has only been a tripawd for about a month. Her one front leg supports a substantial amount of dog, and will take a little time to build up appropriate strength for such things as flying out of the vehicle the second the hatch opens, or skidding around the corner to knock us over in her launch down the stairs the second the garage door opens (in case we’re planning to leave without her). Which is not to say that she WON’T be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, eventually.

One simple law of physics keeps thwarting her efforts to fly – what goes up must come down… the higher you go the farther you fall… the bigger they are the harder they fall… golden retrievers are not meant to fly … but don’t tell Sophie. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  She’s a rebel dog – flying contrary to the law is what gives her that twinkle in her eyes.

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.”
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5 Responses to “Spring has sprung, the grass has riz …”

  1. Take care of that leg Sophie! You no longer have a spare. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Hi Tana – I really enjoyed reading your post and giving your scores for Sophie. How many times I can count that Mackenzie would be disqualified for her overall jumps but get a high score for trying :). But that’s our goldens for you. It sounds like Roxie is a good role model and influence on Sophie. And it’s so true that goldens aren’t mean’t to fly…but so typical that they would try. You’ll have to post some pictures of Roxie and Sophie as “tripawds in crime”. I’m sure they look very cute together. Keep up the good work Sophie! Kami (Mackenzie’s Mom)
    P.S. Per Cometdog’s previous comments, I think your avatar may still be black. But maybe now that you’ve upgraded hopefully you won’t have any more issues. Congratulations!

  3. Your Avatar is working now! Great picture of Sophie!

  4. Thanks ! Yeah – I finally got out of the dark !

  5. Sorry Tana – but no you didn’t! You’re still in the dark – darn! I just noticed on this post and some others…..Cometdog where are you??

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