Leslie writes,  It had been years since I had a dog but after my cat of nineteen years died, I decided to adopt a dog. I went to the shelter hoping to find a small to medium size dog.  I found my darling Sophie (was called Samantha) within minutes. I was allowed to put her on a lease and take a walk with her. It was love at first sight. She was very dirty and her fur was matted but she was so affectionate and had just a pleasant disposition.  I completed the paperwork and interview process on a Friday. Sophie was scheduled to be spayed the following Monday and I was able to pick her up and take her home.  Sophie has been the most incredible loving and loyal dog. She is about 12 years old now and has lost her hearing but she is still very active and affectionate.