Sophie, 2-Year-Old Maltipoo, Heroically Saves Puppy From Coyote

There’s nothing quite like a faithful dog. When it comes to being heroic, sometimes it’s all about putting others first and being loyal to those you love, just like this dog!

I receive emails about animal devotion, heroics, and messages about faithful dogs from all around the world, and here’s another heartwarming story to share about Sophie, a very tenacious and brave dog friend:

Faithful Dog Saves a Puppy from a Coyote Attack

Sophie, a 2 year old maltipoo, saved a puppy from a coyote attack at her previous owner’s California home. The family, hearing a cry from the backyard, looked out to see a coyote lunging at their newly adopted puppy, 7-month-old Lulu.

Defending her new sister and being the faithful dog she is, Sophie heroically placed herself between the two and suffered injuries to her shoulder, neck, and sides.

The family took the injured dog to a veterinarian, who stitched her up and put her on antibiotics.

After the attack, the family decided the yard was too dangerous for dog, so they took them to Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC).

“This hero protected her canine friend from a coyote!” reads a post on the Facebook page of HWAC, where the family surrendered both dogs for their protection.

A few days after the incident, a local family adopted Lulu. Sophie, however, needed the supervision of veterinarians before she could find a permanent home.

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Sophie after saving Lulu, the puppy

A Faithful Dog Gets Adopted!

Shortly after she healed from a procedure, Fox News aired Sophi’s story.  Soon, staff received applications from cities as far as Billings, Mont., Columbia, S.C. and Camden, N.J.

To field the requests, the center asked applicants to write a 300-word essay.

“Sophie is worth it,” said Shannon Bush, who works at the center. “She really embodies every characteristic people hope to find in a furry family member — loyalty, heart and sincere devotion.”

According to a press release, Sophie’s new home will be unveiled during a “Mardi Paws” parade on Tuesday in Rancho Santa Fe.

“We found the perfect family,” Animal Services Manager Ed Farrelly said in the release. “We all want to celebrate and say goodbye.”

I love these stories of animal loyalty.


Doesn’t this story of a faithful dog remind you of Hachi’s life? Although they differ, we can all agree that animals – and dogs especially – have a special gift of loyalty.

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