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06 Jun 2018 16:14
Sophie's Christmas Present 

It seems like a lifetime ago when I became a wild, desperate and lost creature roaming the wilderness and trying to stay alive. How I became this alter-ego of neglect and abandonment, I do not remember. I just remember it was December in the Colorado wilderness. Every night I had to hide from predators and try to stay warm.

There were big furry beasts with huge claws, and some with long legs and big curly horns. I learned how to run fast and hide in the rocks. I drank from a nearby stream, but solid food was scarce. Pine cones were crunchy but not very tasty. I saw a squirrel eating a pine nut, and I tried one, but it was a lot of work for very little food. Prairie grass was tasty, but where can I get dog treats, dry food, a little carrot or a piece of cheese now and then? I've got to find a house. They might have pets and a little food left over for me.

Wait, what's that sound? I think I hear a car! If I follow the car it might lead me to a house. I ran and I ran until the car stopped right in front of a house. I watched this house and checked it out for signs of other pets. Suddenly one day I saw a dog crate on the porch and, yes, indeed it had food inside. I carefully snuck up to it. I ate all the salmon and quickly ran away. Wow! What a find. I went back the next day, and I found the dog crate still there and, yes, more salmon. Was this just for me? This time I didn't hurry. I savored every last morsel until the door slammed behind me.

Oh no! What next! I don't trust people, and I am really scared. I was put in a van and taken to a place where other dogs and cats lived. Now that I look back on it, I was a mess. They gave me a bath and cut three pounds of hair from my body. They groomed and brushed me until I transformed into a cute little white Bichon Frise. They fixed my herniated belly button and frost bitten ears and toes.

After my magic makeover, the friendly animal control people told me that I was going to meet a kind lady that wanted to be my new mommy. I was nervous and scared at first, but she made me feel that she loved me and wanted to take care of me. Barb came into my life and took me home where I met my new daddy, Ron, and my best friend, Ryan, mommy's son.

It was almost Christmas and everyone said I was their very special Christmas present. Mommy said she was so lucky I came into her life at the right time. We all know that I am the lucky one.