Miss Sophie Grey is a Yorkshire Terrier, a breed named for the English city in which they originated. In the nineteenth century, Yorkshire Terriers were bred to catch rats in clothing mills. They belonged mostly to the working class, especially the weavers, and sometimes comments were jokingly made about how the dogs' fine, silky coats were the ultimate product of the looms.
Independent, feisty, and intelligent, the Yorkie is often called a big dog in a little body. Only 5 to 7 pounds, this popular breed requires limited exercise but does need daily interaction with people. They are adaptable to most situations and like to be included in everything. Although their coats require regular brushing if allowed to grow long, they have humanlike hair, not fur, and are considered a hypoallergenic breed
As her loving owner, Sheila, remarks, “It is true that GREAT things come in small packages. Miss Sophie Grey is a wonderful, loving, sweet, and irresistible little Yorkie, and once you meet her you will understand why I always say, ‘MISS SOPHIE LOVES EVERYBODY AND EVERYBODY LOVES MISS SOPHIE!’”
Small child + small dog =
a winning combination!
In her R.E.A.D.® duties, Miss Sophie Grey sees Pre-K through third grade students at a local elementary school. She is an attentive listener and enjoys the attention she receives from the “little ones.” Even the most timid readers do not hesitate to read to Miss Sophie. In return, the students benefit by gaining literacy and communication skills from reading to her. The individual sessions help build the child’s self-esteem and improve reading skills in a setting that is fun and nonthreatening.
As a registered therapy dog, Miss Sophie rotates weekly visits to area nursing homes, an Alzheimer facility, a veteran's home, and an assisted living facility. The patients and residents look forward to seeing her and regularly express how much they look forward to her visits.
Miss Sophie has been featured in several local newspapers for her therapy work and her time spent with children as they R.E.A.D. with her.
A very nice article about Miss Sophie Grey appeared in the Spring/Summer 2010 issue (Volume 5, Issue 1) of Therapy Dogs Incorporated Newsmagazine, Click here to have a look at the photo and article.