Sophie and Ginger
February 12, 2007

Sophie is a gentle seven year old lab-Airedale mix of a mutt adopted from the pound. She, since day one, has earned her old lady name and spent most of her life lounging and enjoying cookies. She loves and greets all animals, dogs, and humans and most likely would go home with you in exchange for a Milkbone. Bearing a resemblance to the Old Navy dog, she constantly brings in the praise for her beard and stands dutifully when petted and complimented. A calm, docile, and lovable creature.

That was until she met Ginger. Her sworn mortal enemy. She has come to believe that Ginger was sent here from the dog underworld to steal her cookies. In an effort to prevent such and insure that Ginger goes back to the hole she crawled out from, Sophie does everything in her four legged power to make her life miserable. As soon as Ginger steps foot into her home, she barks and prances and makes her dissatisfaction known. Sounds which we had not heard in the six years she lived with my parents. When walked together, Sophie pushes Ginger out of the way to make sure she gets in the door first and is granted the first cookie.

Though she is crafty and has figured out that Ginger possesses some redeemable qualities. Well really only one quality, but it is enough for the big lady. She learned that Ginger is more agile, smaller, and has a better nose as she is trained to sniff out garbage and hamburgers in a 50 mile radius. And she has learned that these qualities mean that Ginger will help her find the goods that she cannot find on her own. So while meandering down the street, because Sophie does not really walk per se, she will follow Ginger's nose to a scent or scrap. Once Ginger has sniffed it out, Sophie sticks her giant head in the way, pushing Ginger's 30 pound body aside and takes over. Never once thanking the Ging for her hard work. Easily enjoying the find and not once looking back.

On Thanksgiving, Ginger helped the family by cleaning out from underneath the couch where my dad collected cereal crumbs. As a nightly habit he cradles the cereal in his hands and inevitably leaves a trail behind between the cushions and under the sofa. Given Ginger's propensity to seek out such goodies and her ability to stick her nose and paw under the couch, she began declaring her fortune. Sophie, always diligent to Ginger's actions, immediately scampered over to see what treasure Ginger found her. Pushing Ginger aside she stuck her snout under the couch but quickly learned that her nose was too big and her paw too wide to gain the booty. Disappointed but not deterred, she made sure that no dog prevailed. She plopped her 70 pound body in front of the couch and lay there until she was thoroughly satisfied that Ginger had forgotten about the cereal find.

All of this Ginger takes in stride, often walking away with her tail between her legs agreeing to Sophie's bully tactics. She lets Sophie take full advantage and gracefully takes the second feeding and the second cookie. Allowing Sophie to reap the benefits of her snout's hard work. Knowing one day, at one point, she would figure out her revenge. And her chance came recently when she saw Sophie's pride and joy open and ready for business. Her bed. That had always been Sophies' and she knows to get in it with a simple instruction. She spends the entire night blissfully asleep cradled in the corner, snuggled with her blankets. However, this time the little Ging out smarted her and jumped on a golden opportunity. She took over and made herself at home before Sophie could make it upstairs. She knew what she was doing and she did it with a stealth smile. Leaving the big mama to sleep on the cold hard floor. Revenge is sweet, even if it is dog eat dog.


Blogger JustRun said:

Awww, cute story. Sneaky little Ginger... maybe someday they'll share the bed.

6:27 AM 

Blogger e.b. said:

I don't know if that will ever happen, but they are working on co-existing together and spent six hours in peace together yesterday.

7:03 AM 

Blogger Ally said:

Totally off the post topic, but I just noticed that you listed billing machine/drone as your occupation. I've been sitting here for the last 20 minutes doing my time and calculating how many 1/10ths of an hour I'm behind thanks to two days of vacation and a week with non-billable work, so I can totally empathize.

7:21 AM 

Blogger Cute Jewess said:

Ha. They're both adorable, and what fun it will be to watch future sneakiness...

8:28 AM 

Blogger magnetbabe said:

Blended families are never easy ;)
I really enjoyed this story. Poor Ginger! I hope she gets spoiled after enduring Sophie's antics!

12:14 PM 

Blogger e.b. said:

Ally - I am perpetually behind and as you do as well, think about all time in .1

CJ - they are too funny together. It is hysterical

MB - I love the blended family - that is just great. And of course, Ginger is always spoiled!

2:58 PM 

Blogger acaligurl said:

ah so very cute!!! one day they'll share the love!

8:23 PM 

Blogger brookem said:

they are both adorable. i'll petsit anytime.

9:52 AM 

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