If you're looking for a smart, loyal, and loveable dog to add to your family, you may want to take a look at the Hancock County SPCA's "Pet of the Week" Sophie.

As shelter manager Cole explains, she's just as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside.

"Sophie is 6- years old with a gorgeous auburn and white spotted coat and the sort of adorable freckles around her muzzle you would expect from a cute country girl. Strong, smart, beautiful, all of these words would describe our 80lb boxer mix, Sophie."

Sophie, Hancock County SPCA
Sophie, Hancock County SPCA

Sophie likes to take things slow and easy, so she needs gentle introductions to people. She was shell-shocked to end up at the shelter, but eventually, she found it in her heart to accept us as her friends and even selected some favorite humans. She would love a quiet home with someone who can spend more time working on her leash training, and preferably who has a fenced-in yard just in case she sees something that catches her eye outside in the meantime while she is learning not to pull so hard, and because she can be quite vocal when she is upset, she may need to be in an owned home or near understanding neighbors."

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Cole says Sophie does come with a special comfort toy to help her adjust to changes in her surroundings.

"Sophie comes with her favorite toy and companion, the squeaky Piggy, which she carries everywhere with her. At this point in her shelter journey, we cannot say how she would do with other animals, since we have been focused on helping her adjust to her anxiety of being in a new place. Sophie has shown she is incredibly sweet and loyal to her friends, so we encourage someone looking for their soul dog to come meet her!"

If you're interested in learning more about any of the animals available for adoption at the SPCA of Hancock County by calling 207-667-8088 or by visiting their website, spcahancockcounty.org.

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