Sophie, a terrier therapy dog, is 14-year-old former street dog from Mexico City. She was brought north by a rescue group at age three and adopted by Dr. Don Conkling and his wife, Brenda. The Conklings took Sophie to obedience and agility classes, where Sophie was very friendly and easily distracted by anyone on the sidelines with treats. One of the trainers suggested that Sophie might make a good therapy dog, and within six months, Sophie and Dr. Conkling were certified as Pet Partners.  Dr. Conkling began doing assistance dog therapy with Sophie. The pair eventually advanced to hospice animal therapy for patients that were dying. Hospice animal therapy became their favorite. Sometimes just being there with someone is Sophie’s most important job.