Sophia • What it was like...

Celebrating Sophia

As many of our followers and long time supporters know, Sophia was born with Spina Bifida and many doctors did not think she could even survive a few weeks or months, let alone have a good quality of life.

Despite all the naysayers, Sophia is celebrating her 4th birthday this month!

To celebrate this milestone we are going to be Celebrating Sophia for the whole month of June, in many special ways.

In her 4 short years, Sophia has not only had an amazing quality of life and thrived with her devoted forever mom Drea, Sophia was also the inspiration for founding our 501(c)3 non profit organization, Curly Tail Pug Rescue, whose mission is to help save homeless, sick, abandoned pugs from across the country. 

As a result of her inspirational story and courageous, spunky, feisty, larger-than-life pug personality in an adorably compact pug frame - Hundreds of pugs have been saved to date because of Sophia from across the country.

Saving Sophia has had a ripple effect, and has resulted in saving countless other lives.

Like her theme song "Upside down" says, Sophia has truly shared her love with everyone. and continues to share herself everyday.

Happy Birthday special girl!

Enjoy this special video montage we have put together to honor Sophia and all the good work she has done.

On behalf of the Curly Tail team and all the Curly Tail pugs, please join us in wishing 

Sophia a Happy Birthday and many more happy years!

If you would like to donate to Sophia, or any of our rescue pugs you may do so here:

http://curlytailpugrescue.chipin.com/sophias-regular-supplies

Or you may donate to our:
Curly Tail PUGGY Bank


To read more about Sophia's story and how she came to be our Curly Tail Mascot, click here: 



Sophia Loren • June 22, 2008

Sophia is the reason that the people of Curly Tail have come together. 
She is why our rescue ever started. 

Sophia embodies the spirit of Curly Tail...let no pug go unloved b/c the solution is not obvious.

Who is to say what is impossible & can't be found?



Donate to Sophia's Monthly Supplies




Upside Down by Jack Johnson - Lyrics

Who's to say
What's impossible
Well they forgot
This world keeps spinning
And with each new day
I can feel a change in everything
And as the surface breaks reflections fade
But in some ways they remain the same
And as my mind begins to spread its wings
There's no stoppin' curiosity

I wanna turn the whole thing upside down
I'll find the things they say just can't be found
I'll share this love I find with everyone
We'll sing and dance to Mother Nature's song
I don't want this feeling to go away

Who's to say
I can't do everything
Well I can try
And as I roll along I begin to find
Things aren't always just what they seem

I wanna turn the whole thing upside down
I'll find the things they say just can't be found
I'll share this love I find with everyone
We'll sing and dance to Mother Nature's song
This world keeps spinning and there's no time to waste
Will it all keep spinning and spinning round and round and

Upside down
Who's to say whats impossible and can't be found
I don't want this feeling to go away

Please Don't go away
is this how it's supposed to be







We started with little Sophis as a 2.5lb nugget at only 3 weeks of age.

3 years later we have a healthy, incredible fireball & a whole rescue behind her.



Happy Birthday Sophia. You have given us, and all the pugs & pug lovers out there,
more than we could have ever give you in return.

We love you and all that you stand for.


Love LOVE love,
Your mom Drea,
the Gang at Curly Tail & all of your supporters


Items for Sophia can be mailed to:
Curly Tail Pug Rescue
Attn: Sophia Loren
PO Box 324
Bearsville, NY 12409

Sophia's WishList
Human Baby Diapers - Size 3
Chlorine • Fragrance free Baby Wipes
Baby Powder
Washable Denim Doggie Diapers (Size Small) or Simple Solution Diapers



Breakdown of MONTHLY Supplies for Sophia
Wet prescription W/D Food:
$33/case x 2 cases/month = $66
Diapers:        $13/package x 4 pcks/mos = $52
Wipes:           $5/refill pack x 3 pcks/mos - $15
Baby Powder: $6 bottle x 4 bottles/mos = $24
10% shipping costs

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Total per Month: $172.70
TOTAL per YEAR: $2072.40

VERY overdue update - 4.4.10

Sophia has fully recovered from her foot amputation.  We just visited the vet yesterday and she is infection free.  Her foot is healed.  Her diaper is normally. 
She is rearing & ready to go!


Sophia's Reovered


This is a slideshow about 1 month after her surgery.  She went back to visit her favorite photographer, Ixiana of Petographs.  Ixiana also took pics of Sophia's foster siblings, Flannery & Biscuit (both have since been adopted).

Happy Holidays Everyone!!!!!
Sophia thanks everyone who helped her (and her mom) get through this trying time. 
Everyone's love, thoughts & prayers got us through this!






Update 12.15.09

sophia has to have her foot amputated at the hock joint.  she is going in for surgery tomorrow. 
as many of you know, sophia's life depends on keeping her infection free.  her raw, open foot is exposing her to multiple sources of infection.



this is a risk, after 6+ months of trying to manage, we can no longer take or try to contain. 
if it is given enough time to heal, the wound will close (as it it did on her other foot).  so we have to remove enough of her foot so that she literally cannot reach the wound site while wearing her cone.  The hock joint is the point on sophia's back leg below the knee.....like the ankle on a human.

we are going to apply some of the money raised for her in the 1st year to this surgery.  her foot is posing a threat to her life and we feel this is the best decision and preliminary use of the funds raised for her over a year ago. 

there were many reasons for us forming Curly Tail Pug Rescue....but sophia's case was definitely a critical turning point in our lives.   her future care plan and need for a truly safe haven was the impetus which propelled us to form our own rescue.  a rescue where dogs like sophia get a chance...

please keep her in your thoughts tomorrow as she is being admitted @ 10:30am.  we will post an update either tomorrow evening or thursday morning.


The Distlefink is the good luck bird of the early Pennsylvania Dutch.
The two birds gives a "double measure of good fortune.

This is especially helpful during life's trying times.


The Trinity tulips stand for faith, hope & charity.....
.....faith in yourself, faith in what you do and faith in your fellow man.
The scalloped border symbolize ocean waves for smooth sailing through life.

 

 
Update 12.07.09

it has been a while since we have been able to do a sophia update.  so many have still been so supportive and send her items she needs and thoughts of well being!  we thank everyone for keeping sophia in their thoughts!!!!!

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sophia has had a rough 6 months or so.....

as usual, we didn't expect another turn in the road for her.  but we are always ready and we always figure it out (somehow!).  she had been having severe diarrhea on and off for these past months since her birthday and we weren't sure why. 

sophia needs her diet to be VERY carefully managed.  the lightest change in anything, mainly protein, can cause her bowels to react VERY poorly. 

we ran batteries of tests b/c, as we know, infection will end up causing her the most danger.  we have kept her infection free since she came into our care WITHOUT the use of traditional antibiotics.  so we were anxious to control the loose stool b/c that is quite dangerous for a pup in diapers 24-7.

she had started chewing on her feet last spring after sustaining an injury from a foster puppy.  her foster brother, butter, was trying to play with her and nip at her feet to get her to play.  he didn't understand that she could feel his puppy antics.....and it caused a minor puncture wound.  unfortunately, sophia's supersonic sense of smell (like all of her other incredible powers) enabled her to smell the wound and the licking began.  then the licking turned to chewing and next thing we knew, we had a MAJOR problem!

since then, sophia has had a portion of her left foot removed and ALL of the digits on her right foot removed as well.  she is not fully healed but is almost there.  the challenge was keeping her from hurting herself further and in addition causing very dirty diapers.

because sophia's spine is curved, she was able to maneuver out of every preventative contraption we could think of.  we used foot splits, ace bandages, tons of gauze, HUGE cones (anything & everything)....she was always able to contort her body in order to access her foot.  she is even more inventive than she in flexible! 

but we learned, ingesting the wound area caused the loose stool....who would have guessed?!?!?!

we have put her on an Rx diet of I/D (which we hate to do but have no choice) and daily doses of tylan powder to try and control her inflamed bowels.  she is on the mend but not fully there yet.

we will post more pics and videos over the last few months but wanted a quickie update and to show off her beautiful doe eyes!



This is a slideshow about 1 month after her surgery.  She went back to visit her favorite photographer, Ixiana of Petographs.  Ixiana also took pics of Sophia's foster siblings, Flannery & Biscuit (both have since been adopted).

Click here to donate:  Sophia's Therapy Chip-In or Surgery Chip-In



Sophia's First Birthday Party - 6/20/2009!


YouTube Video


Sophia's Birthday Party - 2


Sophia's feisty bark





Springtime Sophia - May/June 2009










Sophia hasn't been feeling too well.  So she comes to work with me on tough days.  This is her cuddled in her blanket and Oliver's shirt to keep her warm and comfy!
6-3-09




 
 
 Sophia hops in a cab and come to work with me!
2-5-09

Update 2-2-09
Sophia went to see Dr. Solomon with me this past weekend.  She is  just over 7 mos old and a whopping 5.5 lbs! 
 
We are still on target to get her the surgery when she turns 1 y/o.  Dr. Solomon confirmed that we need to get her as healthy and as strong as possible to make her candidacy for surgery that much better. 
 
We are on the right track.  Sophia continues to be infection free and is the happy, fireball of a pug puppy that she always has been.
 

 Click here:  Update 11-08
 
  

 
                                                AMC Photographs    © 2008 Kerrie Merullo
 
 

  'Original' Saving Sophia Blog

Sophia Scoots

 
Sophia is a pug puppy who was born with Spinda Bifida.  There is not much documented information about Canine Spina Bifida, so we have been relying on using the human experience and research available to help give us insight. 
 
Sophia's biggest threat to survival is infection. With paralysis and her being 100% incontinent, she is prone to recurring UTIs which are more complicated in her case. I didn't think UTIs were that big of a deal when they 1st told me but......

Because of her disease and internal deformity,
UTIs can VERY easily spread to her kidneys causing kidney failure. The same type of infection can cause Sepsis which is the following:

Sepsis is a serious medical condition with all characterized by a whole-body inflammatory state. The body may develop this inflammatory response to microbes in the blood. The related layman's term is blood poisoning.

The bubble on her back is incredibly dangerous because it is prone to bacterial infections. Because that bubble is filled with spinal fluid, an infection there would go straight to her brain, causing
Meningitis and effect her Central Nervous System. This would cause soaring fevers, severe pain throughout her little body and she would not likely survive.



  Breakdown of Supplies for Sophia

Wet prescription W/D Food:
$33/case x 2 cases/month = $66

Diapers:        $13/package x 4 pcks/mos = $52
Wipes:           $5/refill pack x 3 pcks/mos - $15
Baby Powder: $6 bottle x 4 bottles/mos = $24

10% shipping costs
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Total per Month: $172.70

TOTAL per YEAR: $2072.40




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Sophia's Past Videos & Slideshows




Sophia's Spring Fever May 2009
 

Sophia in Wisconsin '09

Sophia - Spring '09 Wheels

Sophia May '09 Wheels

 




February '09 Meet Up at Animal Haven  

Really Rolling Now!!


 

Sophia's 1st 6 mos of LIFE!


 
The words to this song truly speak to me
and my experience with Sophia....and how we are learning new things every day
....Who's to say what's impossible?

Upside Down by Jack Johnson - Lyrics


Who's to say
What's impossible
Well they forgot
This world keeps spinning
And with each new day
I can feel a change in everything
And as the surface breaks reflections fade
But in some ways they remain the same
And as my mind begins to spread its wings
There's no stoppin' curiosity

I wanna turn the whole thing upside down
I'll find the things they say just can't be found
I'll share this love I find with everyone
We'll sing and dance to Mother Nature's song
I don't want this feeling to go away

Who's to say
I can't do everything
Well I can try
And as I roll along I begin to find
Things aren't always just what they seem

I wanna turn the whole thing upside down
I'll find the things they say just can't be found
I'll share this love I find with everyone
We'll sing and dance to Mother Nature's song
This world keeps spinning and there's no time to waste
Will it all keep spinning and spinning round and round and

Upside down
Who's to say whats impossible and can't be found
I don't want this feeling to go away

Please Don't go away
is this how it's supposed to be




Sophia & Oliver - Morning Play

 

Getting the Toy!