Princess Sophie Rose ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 115

Princess Sophie Rose ~ Sophie for short ~ has been my constant companion for twelve and a half years now.  Undoubtedly, she knows more about the highs, lows and everydayness of my life than anyone else. Sitting in her soft red bed under the kitchen table, she’s seen and heard all the raw emotion ~ the jigs danced having just pulled good news out of envelopes that have clattered through the letterbox; tears over tough losses; saucepans kicked across the floor in sheer fury over injustices; gasps of delight when smelling the first hyacinth of the year; late nights cradling cups of treble expresso trying to stay awake to finish a report …..

Our daily constitutional to Newtown Wood just outside Tramore is our precious ‘girls’ outing.

Sophie in Newtown Wood, Tramore, Co. Waterford.
Sophie in Newtown Wood, Tramore, Co. Waterford.

“The dog represents all that is best in man.” 
– Etienne Charlet

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

6 thoughts on “Princess Sophie Rose ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 115”

  1. “The Dog represents on occasion some of the character flaws of it’s owner, but that is due to conditioning. Left to himself, a dog wouldn’t take up such behavior. To represent the best of man is easy enough; a frog or a spider could do it. A dog could do it in his sleep. As for man, who seldom improves anything when awake, sets an example of his finest morals when not.” ~ from my journal

  2. Hello Jean, Loved your tribute to Sophie and thank you for sharing her photo, she is adorable. I share a home with two comforting little creatures, Chewy a little yorkshire terrier and Lucy a smaller sized poodle, both belong to each of the sons I share a home with. They add many gifts to my journey of life. May your day be filled with all the Irish sunshine you can hold in your heart.

  3. Ah, Princess Sophie . . . she’s lovely, lovely. Thanks so much for sharing her. My own princesses and princes are all felines, and they too absorb everything, never cease to teach me more about being human, and consistently bring joy. Thanks for the reminder.

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