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What my dog knows

When Sophie was a puppy, we were the ones doing the training. Now, as she ages, she’s teaching us how to grow old with grace.

When my wife and I ventured out to Molalla, Oregon, to visit a litter of farm pups, we were thinking a dog would be good practice raising kids — a test to see how safe we were to raise a living, vulnerable creature.

We were about to take home one with an adorable white blaze across her black chest, but when we waved a stick to play it was Sophie, all black, who sprang from the back of the crowded pen. The pick was mutual.

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