I broke a number of personal rules with Sophie. When I worked at the shelter, I rarely insisted on a specific course of action for a dog. It wasn’t my role. I also made it a rule not to make promises to a dog I might not be able to keep. I did both with Sophie.
The first time I saw her, she was laying in deathly stillness in one of the stray kennels. A big, black dog and I was in love again.