The Modern Sound Puppies were a short-lived but popular girl group, with a devoted local fan base. The group split after a year, their break-up attributed to poor handling by their managers. Sophie, who performed under the stage name, Sophie Pauline-Diane, was quite a versatile musician, best known for her dazzling work on the congas and her brilliant back-up vocals.
She co-wrote their hit song, “Lassie’s Brother” with another member of MSP.
“Lassie’s Brother” (to the tune of “Johnny Angel”)
Lassie’s brother, how I love him
And I know that someday he’ll love me
and together we can make a canine family.
Lassie’s brother, he’s a Collie
but I’m sure someday he’ll recognize
that he could love Basset less than half his size.
I just lie here and get carried away
I dream of him and me, of where we’ll poop and pee.
When other boy dogs sniff me up for a date
I just sit down and wait, content to cogitate on
Lassie’s brother, how I love him
And I’m sure that someday he will see
how wonderful a Basset-Collie litter would be.
It was a small, 5 pound bag and I’d left it outside on a table. The old guy at the garden shop seemed confident that this fertilizer wouldn’t be harmful to our dogs. After all, it was organic.
I never figured out her maneuvers but Sophie managed to get onto the table, tear into the bag, and eat most of the fertilizer, about 4 ½ pounds of it. As this gob of organic ingredients made its way through her GI tract, her belly began to expand. Pretty soon she looked like one of those dirigibles hovering over the floats in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Following her doctor’s advice, I stayed awake all night with her, accompanying her outside so that I could be sure that her retching was “productive.” By daybreak, I was a mess but my dog was up and at ’em, ready for breakfast.
Sophie was a Basset-Beagle, with a long body, short legs, and long ears that often got in the way of her substantial paws. She was the most adorable puppy I’d ever seen, and she was my first dog. There was no way I could have known what I was getting myself into, no way I could have fully appreciated the characteristics of her breed(s) such as: “good-natured but stubborn, independent . . . . not for first time dog owners.” When we went to see this litter of puppies, the farmer picked her up, nuzzled her sweet little face and said, “These are lovin’ dogs.” I was smitten. Read more…
I am in total awe of such a liberal and compassionate new Pope.
Clothed in natural vestments to inspire all creatures, great and small, this Pope Sophie 0.1 will inspire her followers to adopt similar cost saving practices. The entire world should rejoice that at last a fitting leader of a major religion has emerged. Long live the First Holy Basset!
Pope Sophie is such a force for good in the world.
I think Pope Sophie had a wonderfully benign influence on the Conclave.
She no doubt suggested to Bergoglio that he choose Francis as his new name.
—International Pope Watcher
It is amazing how some solutions are so obvious in retrospect.
“Pope Francis has shown himself to be a free spirit and a free thinker. He loves the music of Mozart, the paintings of Chagall, the films of Fellini. He tweets. He talks to atheists. He stays out of politics. He calls for the faithful to “mess up the church.” He doesn’t moralize or sermonize, and famously said, when asked about gays, “Who am I to judge?”
—Timothy Egan, “Lapsed but Listening,” October 10, 2013, Opinionator, NYTimes
Messing up the church is clearly an idea that the free-spirited PopeSoph proposed, having found it to be an effective means of communication in her previous life.
“Neither my teachings nor my comfort are enhanced by the Pope pumps,” she remarked.
Despite concern that his position may be downsized,
the Pope’s valet is charmed by the unassuming Pope Sophie.
“Just being around Pope Sophie puts a spring in your step,” remarked one Vatican official, “She is truly a loving being, and seems to be quite patient with retraining the Vatican to think more positively.”
Photos taken before Cardinals dispersed and Pope Sophie 0.1 began to travel incognito.