Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bocce with Pops!


I visited Pops at the Veteran's Hospital
last week and as luck would have it
I met a some more new friends
and 
watched Pops play bocce
with his new mates on his floor.


I always get wiggly around women,
these two really connected with me.
This fellow was full of laughter and joy.
Just look at him!


I think he knew he was on camera.
Next time I'm going to wiggle more
to get his attention.


Oh, he's a good soul.
He even read my name tag.


I short moment of Bocce Ball,
Pops 3pm entertainment.


He has a smile on his face,
that can only mean one thing!
He's winning!


The green ball is thrown precisely
with the small, bright, orange ball in his sights.


I watched the intense game 
from the sidelines,
once the ladies finished frisking me.
~~~
Daddy Jim is watching his Daddy Jim
with me in his arms.
Feels so good!

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  1. i wonder how you didn't run after those balls of all colors Sophie? are you sure, you aren't just dressed up like a doggie? like they say "in sheep's clothing". just picking - joking, you know that!! i can't imagine sitting around when everyone is playing with your favorite toy(s). so cute. looks like every one had lots of fun. i miss visiting my grandparents & great aunts ...those were days. hold onto those days & memories. so perfect. ( :

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    1. I was snuggled by Daddy Jim so I couldn't play with one of those balls if I tried, Beth. Joking is fun,I can take it!

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  2. That looks like fun. I watched my folks play that game out in the back yard. The balls were way to heavy for my taste.

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    1. I'll try and at least sniff them next time, Ryker. Hold me to it, will you!

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  3. Awww... Pops looks so happy here! This must be a weight lifted from family knowing he is being cared for so nicely. This place looks downright fun!

    Now Sophie, this must have been one of the hardest things to do... (not chasing the balls... especially that orange one). I'll bet these folks love-love-loved you!!

    HEY! Did you get our book yet? We were wondering... :-)

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    1. We enjoyed every moment on this visit...that tiny orange ball...imagine an orange ball....it needed some chewing I think.

      Still waiting for the book...being patient is so difficult...I guess they are reading it at the border...you know those border guards get bored and next a good read once in awhile. Will definitely tell you when it arrives...fingers crossed..this week?!

      Ron and Sophie Doodle

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  4. Sophie, I'll bet you bring a ray of sunshine wherever you go. What a nice visit you all must have had.

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    1. I figure my middle name should/would/could be SUNSHINE....Sophie Sunshine Doodle...I believe it just may stick...thanks Pat for this!

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  5. Uh oh....bright orange ball as a target..!!! Good thing Daddy Jim was hugging you, that's all we can say.

    xXXOOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

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    1. I know......I would have snapped up the ball in a heart beat....if they only knew...me thinks they did!

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  6. I agree with Pat. You must have brought a smile to everyone. Good girl.

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    1. SMILES all around....I can't wait to go to the Xmas party here on the 22nd of Dec...I'll put smiles on all those faces too!

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  7. I bet that Miss Sophie is a huge hit with everyone there. But the temptation of all those balls has got to be great.

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  8. I bet you made their day!! So Miss Sophie, are you a therapy dog??

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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    1. No I'm not a therapy dog, but you know I should be. Thanks for asking!

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  9. Bet you made every buddy so happy
    Benny & Lily

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    1. I sure did Benny & Lily....that's my mantra!

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    1. Betcha Bocce would go over at your abode!

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  11. You sure get some great attention there, Sophie!
    Pops is looking good!

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    1. Those two nurses wanted to take me home and Captain HighLiner was so giddy that I thought he was into the hootch! Naw, just a fun time!

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  12. Dear Sophie,
    You bring so much joy to people, your heart is full of sunshine. Did you have at least a little bite of one of those bright balls?
    Aston x
    The humans are still asleep...

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    1. No biteys...not permitted...permission non grata....imagine that! I'll work on these fellers, someone will succumb to my alluring eyes and then....success...I have a ball!

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  13. Good times for sure-- good times for all!
    love
    tweedles

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    1. We had a wonderful time Tweedles....hugs comin g your way!!!!

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  14. Hi Sophie,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I do apologise for not visiting you for a while.
    I.m amazed you didn't join in the game with the orange balls. The bocca game looks great fun. Pops and his new friends will want you to visit them again real soon I'm sure.

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    1. Hi Eileen...so good to hear from you...loved your beach post. That room is off-limits to doggies...so...that means me I guess....I'll get in there one of these days!

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  15. Sophie we can well believe you were warmly welcomed. What a nice looking place. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Warmly welcomed is an understatement....we sure enjoyed ourselves!

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  16. Sophie - we reckon you would make a great therapy dog! We love the photos - they are wonderful - bocce is a great game - we have a set of balls here and should play it more!

    We particularly like that last photo too!

    take care
    Clive & Co

    ps-meant to say, we love your header so much as well!!

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    1. Thanks Clive and Everyone....I think I should have been a therapy dog but one thing I wiggle a lot...I sure wouldn't want to knock someone down or bruise their legs. I've gotten the guys real good a few times...but they are tough. The last photo is heart warming I think too. Thanks re: the header...it was a texture added choice....having fun with this technique!


      Sophie Doodle standing in for Ron once in awhile!

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  17. Good to see that your g-dad is doing so well in his new home. :))) Hey,Sophie! So many balls, orange... Still snuggling??? *hehehe* Maybe it was for the better... or not??? *lol* Next time you could just play along with them...

    What with the name tags you get there????

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    1. I'll manage to get one of those balls on my next visit to BocceVille! The name tags are something the hospital requires for animals coming into the facility. Sophie had to have her I.D. photo taken. The plastic coated card was made and then each time she visits it is attached to her collar. Only therapy dogs and dogs that go through the system Sophie just went through are allowed in the hospital. Jim's sister's dog Maggie went through the same process. They met there one day...excitement city for sure!

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  18. We thought that was Mr Orangie and you were playing bocci too, Sophie! What a neat way to spend the afternoon!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

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    1. We had a grand time and I, for one, can't wait to go back!

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  19. That looks like a fun game, and Pops looks very happy. What a great visit that was.

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    1. Hi Martha...we did enjoy the visit meeting so many new people....I still have my eye on that mini-orange ball though!

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  20. Such heartwarming pics. That guy in the black cap and green shirt looks like an old-time Yankee sea-farer -- right out of Central Casting!

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    1. You are so right, Mitch...I was trying to figure out if he was for real or not...was he a patient or was he lost from his ship. Maybe he'll be there next time...questions by then!

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  21. I don't know why, but this made me cry. I am so glad your dad is happy. And I am so, so glad he has you. Such a beautiful family : ). Sophie, her 2 dads, and Grandad!

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    1. Oh Becky...tears of happiness...that's definitely OK...please take care of yourself and family!

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  22. This is the ultimate feel-good post, just full of Sophie love and people love too! You, dear Sophie, bring smiles wherever you go. And, it's obvious that you gain as much fun as you bring to these visits with Pops. Doesn't he look great, by the way!! Black Jack passed her test to do hospital/home visits with an impressive 10/10, but due to a mix-up, we haven't started yet. You inspire me, Sophie! (That's Carol speaking. Black Jack has been ready for months :)

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    1. CONGRATULATIONS...Black Jack! Now you can spread YOUR LOVE all around and cheer people up or just nuzzle them. This is so good to hear, Carol! Pops is doing well and always looks forward to visitors 2 leggers and 4 leggers! I can't wait to go back and snitch one of those balls..ORANGE in particular! Inspiration...just call me InspirationDoodle!

      Love Sophie Doodle!

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  23. Dear Sophie,

    Wow, look at all your new friends! You are such a Good Dog for going in there and cheering up all those people!

    Licks,
    Cobi

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    1. I just use my feminine wiles to lure an unsuspecting human into my clutches...it's so easy Cobi...really it is....guess what, it works all the time....However there are times when you run into a non-dog person(shame on me for saying that)so I test them and see if they'll succumb...if no body language suggesting I LOVE DOGS...them off I go to the next person. Such is my existence!

      Cheers Sophie Doodle

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  24. Okay, that's it. Your top banner picture is so freaking lovably adorable that I can't take it. How could Sophie NOT cheer up everyone??

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    1. Oh KaSOO...you are full of kindness today....My Dad Ron caught me in a silly mood last winter after a big snow...I needed my stick badly and once I found it buried under all that white stuff, I turned in to a raving white dogiac! Isn't that eye cool!

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  25. Hello there i'm Milo :)
    What a lovely way to meet new furiends!!

    Milo :)

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    1. Hey Milo...U is dee cutest evah! Meeting new furiends is my pass time...actually I'm OCD about it! Truly!

      Sophie Doodle here!

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  26. What a lovely time you had there, SophieDoodle. For a while, I thought you were going to go for that orangey ball. But you were a good girl and watched and learned the game instead. And it is so good to see Jim's dad doing well and being happy playing his game.

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    1. Hi IngerDoodle.....Jim's father is doing very well and Sophie loves to visit as much as possible. So many staff members and 'in house' gents love Sophie too...great fun.
      Ron

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  27. Sophie-- how wonderful that you got to visit Pops-- I'm sure that all the residents loved getting to love on you! Pet therapy is a wonderful thing for elderly people-- who would not be happy with a little Sophie kiss?

    Pops looks so good and very happy-- what a blessing!
    Xoxo
    Vicki

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    1. We just returned from another visit, this time less active, again had a great encounter and lots of treats and nuzzles!

      ron

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  28. Hey Sophie!
    I've missed you the last few days. You are so sweet, and you spread joy far afield! I'm sure that Pops loved seeing you. Congrats on you admirable self control, especially with the ORANGE balls! Tell you daddies to give you a belly rub for me!

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    1. I told them and they said "yes whatevah you want we will do"!

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