Sophie Anderson 2003-2016, our angel on loan from heaven.

The words don’t seem to want to come together this morning, so a simple, brief story in pictures instead.













81 thoughts on “Sophie Anderson 2003-2016, our angel on loan from heaven.

  1. M Todoroki

    Dear Anderson’s, we are deeply sorry for your loss. Your sharing of your stories with Sophie and your family have always brought smiles to ours, especially during those times when a smile was needed most. We will miss Sophie too – knowing that she was the inspiration and love behind Dog eat Doug as we shared in her comic adventures. In symapathy with love & Aloha, Marc & Grace

  2. Rich Farmer

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss and want to express our sincere condolences to you and yours…

    Sophie, through your words and art, has brought so much joy to to so many. Hopefully, reflecting on how much Sophie means to us and how she lives in your art and our hearts, will help you get through this difficult time…

    I hope Sophie, and my Kasey, are off on a glorious adventure in Heaven together…

  3. Mike Borriello

    So sorry for your loss, I feel like I lost a loved one as well. Your strip has become a daily necessity over the last few years and I felt like Sophie was family…my heart goes out to your family. I wish there were words but we both know there aren’t any that cover this.

  4. Kimber

    I honestly don’t think I have words that can describe how sorry I am for your loss. I have a lump in my throat while typing this. Sophie was so special and brought such joy and happiness to so many every day. She will never be forgotten and has left her paw print on so many of our hearts.

  5. Brian S

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…

  6. Judy Kolonics

    Dear Brian and the Anderson family:
    My heart breaks for you…such a terrible loss for you all. The photos are lovely…you must be bereft. There are no words…I hope that dear Sophie will live on in “Dog eat Doug”

  7. Linda

    The hardest part of parenting a four footed angel is knowing this time comes. She was lucky to have found your family and through your work, all of us. I know that animals go to Heaven, if not how can it be wonderful?

    I hope my Emmy and all the other dogs we’ve known welcomed here with the finest of treats and the most comfortable beds. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss, we share it with you.

  8. Lindsay Mathieson

    Oh damn, my heart breaks for you and your family Brian. Dear Sophie, run free sweetie, you will always live on in our memories.

    All our love from me and the 4 legged gang in Brisbane, Oz.

  9. Crystal Anderson

    I was sorry to read this. I think I know how you feel and my thoughts are with you all.

  10. Dawn

    I am SO sorry. Sophie must have been a very special dog. It is hard to lose our fur babies, and my heart goes out to you.

  11. Alisa

    Brian my heart is breaking for you and your family. I know Sophie will all was be a part of your heart. And for all of us who are fans of Dog Eat Doug…she will live on. Hang on to your wonderful memories to get you through this tough time.

  12. Tom & Jan

    We feel your pain. Lost our 17 year old girls not long ago. They truly leave paw prints on your heart. Sincere sympathy!

  13. Jennifer

    I read your cartoon every morning and being a dog lover and owner I’d like to express my sympathy to you and your family in the passing of your beloved pet and family member.

  14. Marti Pechnyo

    I’m so sorry to hear of Sophie’s passing, Brian! I look forward to Dog eat Doug every morning as my Belgian Malinois (2 or 3 at a time) beg me to read aloud. My prayers are with you and your family to find your next fur-ever best friend when the time comes.

  15. Kevin

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is. Sophie has been part of my morning everyday since I discovered you two. I hope you find comfort in all the wonderful memories.

  16. Jan Schneider

    Just read your Dog Eat Doug comic strip this morning (as I always do) and learned of the loss of your dear Sophie. She provided many a smile for me. What a gift our pets bring to our families. May your memories of her bring comfort and even a laugh. And if you believe as I do, you will meet again.

  17. pixie

    I start my mornings with a chuckle at GoComics, but today my smile turned into tears. I know I don’t know Doug and Sophie, but I love them anyway. Their relationship is so goofy and sweet; it always warms my heart. My thirteen year old chow, Sandy, and I extend our deepest regards and sympathy for your loss.

  18. Daphne Cavanagh

    So sorry for the loss of your Sophie. The pictures of her life brought tears to my eyes. Dog eat Doug is my favourite comic strip and reading it always brightens my day.

  19. Patrick

    I know you emptiness as I have had the privilege of watching three Labradors and a Golden live out their lives as my best friend. I enjoy your comic strip very much and share it with my family and friends as it portrays my world. Bless you and your family for celebrating life with this special friends.

  20. Hall Rhyne

    I know your loss. One of the worst days of my life was putting down my 14 year old best dog I ever had. Your strip today made me cry, and yes I am a man.

  21. Lesley Boatright

    Your comic made me cry this morning, and I can’t seem to keep together right now. I’m so sorry for the loss of your Sophie. It looks like she was one special girl. I think she will make a great friend to our pup, Tank, who we lost in November.

  22. Cory

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos. I’m not surprised that Sophie was a lab. We lost our Morgan July 31. I cry fresh for both of us. I’m glad Sophie had a protege to carry on.

  23. Sandra

    I don’t normally follow your blog, but today’s cartoon of the loss of the REAL Sophie broke my heart.

    Our family have lost several dogs over the years ourselves. We extend our condolences to your family, and to all who knew “Sophie” <3

  24. Mary

    We are very sorry to hear about your loss. We love your comic strip! My mother espicially. So tough to lose such a precious member of the family. May she run in endless fields, with countless dog bones and tennis balls to chase!!

  25. Carol Vigneault

    Anyone who has ever lost a beloved pet knows what you are going through. I am so sorry your Sophie is gone. Your comic has brightened my day for many years.

  26. Patricia K Arndt

    My heart is breaking for the Anderson family and fellow followers of Dog Eat Doug. Rest in peace, sweet Sophie, you will be missed, oh so much.

  27. Holly Flom

    I cried when I saw the cartoon in today’s paper. I know how heart-breaking it is when a beloved member of your family passes. Thank you for sharing Sophie’s adventures with us. Dog eat Doug has quickly become as necessary for me to start my day as it is for coffee for other people.

  28. Shannon

    Dear Brian and family, having lost our beloved dog Burnaby a few years ago I am sitting here writing to you with tears in my eyes for your loss of the beautiful Sophie. I feel like I got to know her through her weekly antics. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this time. She will live on in all of our memories.

  29. Mark

    With tears in my eyes I want to say I still feel the pain of losing our Shelby 11 weeks ago. It’s like it was yesterday still. Those little critters just get into our hearts and lives. I couldn’t finish reading the comics section today after seeing your strip. How tough to lose and muse and a best friend. Thoughts are with you and your family!

  30. Sally Johnson

    I am so sorry. I feel like I’ve lost a member of my family. And there is no doubt that you somehow know my dog, Molly, personally. What will happen to the story now?

  31. Jean Aldrich

    Sophie looked so much like my Peaches that I am in tears. I am sure the walk over the Rainbow Bridge went well for her .I will miss her humor and that cute face of hers(she always looked so clever and like she was half smiling).
    Thank you for sharing her with us.

  32. Sharon, Marty, Jacob and Milly McGladdery

    Dear Brian and Family, We’re so sorry beautiful Sophie passed away. The photos show how special she was to everybody. Today’s comic was so touching. You have our deepest sympathy. Sharon, Marty, Jacob and our dog Milly.

  33. B Bradford

    No matter how long our dogs are with us, it is never long enough. It is apparent that Sophie was absolutely loved and cherished every day. No dog could want for more. That love has gone with her and, in its stead, left huge holes in your hearts. That is why her departure hurts so much. She waits for you, once again in possession of all her puppy ways, until you meet again.

  34. Reiko

    Deep condolences from my dad! He reads your comics every day and was very sad to see that Sophie has passed.

  35. SharonSnodgress

    So sorry for your loss. I so enjoy the adventures of comic strip Sophie as I live with kids, cats, and dogs, and I know they are all smarter than they let on. I know how deeply painful the loss of a 4 legged child is. Again, my condolences.

  36. Russ and Connie

    We both got tears in our eyes today when we read the comic strip — we turn to your every morning to start our day with a smile.. from someone who has lost pets we have an understanding of you love and loss.

  37. Lillian Ferguson & Billy

    Dear Anderson family,
    I am sad & so very sorry to hear of Sophie’s passing. Your delightful strip has always been the start of my day with my Billy.
    I know all dog owners will agree, dogs make our lives whole.
    May your memories of her help you in your grief.

  38. Carrie

    My family and I are so sorry for your loss. Your comic has helped us relive many moments of out Kelsey’s life. I hope she finally gets in that cheese drawer that’s on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

  39. Sherrie Bailey

    Mr. Anderson and family, I feel like I have lost one of my own. We have laughed so much at the experiences you have had and have related to a lot of them. The beautiful Sophie will stay forever young and for you just like me, I am sure when the time comes our fur babies will be waiting. My heart breaks for your loss and we all share your pain.

  40. Mark Gallagher

    I’m am so sorry for your loss of your beloved Sophie. As a life long doggie daddy I know how hard it is. Many of your strips grace our refrigerator.. please accept our condolences.
    Mark Gallagher
    Buffalo NY

  41. Cindy & Mike

    Brian and family. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. LOVE to read you daily and we’ve often commented how Sophie’s antics reminded us of our chocolate lab Sherman who we lost last year at 11 yrs. They are only with us for a short time but thankfully the memories last forever. Huge hugs!!

  42. Amy

    Your comic today brought tears to my eyes. So sorry about your sweet Sophie. Thank you for sharing her with us.

  43. Margareta Britz

    Very sad to read today’s Dog Eat Doug. Sophie and Doug’s bond was beautiful; their antics, hilarious. She has left paw prints in my heart. I am grieving your loss and mine. Thank you for sharing your lovely and loving Sophie. ❤❤

  44. Peggy Northrup

    So sorry for the loss of your beloved companion. Your simple tribute was so touching. We’ve been through this many times. Each beautiful soul brought its own special blessings. We love your comic strip and hope you continue to be inspired when you think of your sweet Sophie.

  45. Benet Press

    Brian, I just learned of Sophie’s passing yesterday. Please accept my deepest condolences, and let me thank you for sharing her with us.

  46. Patricia Blomme

    So sorry for your loss. One of the great heartbreaks of life is losing a good, good dog. Many strips wound up on our fridge with our dog’s name superimposed. On to the next great adventure, Sophie.

  47. John

    Condolences. It’s amazing to non dog owners just how much a part of the family a dog is, and they never seem to understand just how deep that love can run. So sorry for your loss.

  48. Becky Hill

    Brian, The strip in the paper with Sophie’s tribute nearly knocked me out of breath with grief. I so enjoy the comic. I am down to days with my very sick 14 yr. Sheltie. I am trying to be strong and your tribute let me know I am not alone with this grief. You will continue the comic with Sofie memories I hope and new adventures. I will read and smile and eventually feel better. Thinking of you….

  49. José

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Sophie will be remembered with a smile always and thank you to share with all your readers that enjoy all their adventures.

    A big hug from Guadalajara, Mexico

  50. Barbara joyce

    So very sorry for Sophie’s passing. Tears falling. Just discovered your comic upon moving to the southeast. Especially love the evil cats. I am sure my cats are one n the same. Spend their waking hours (not many) plotting how to annoy our mutt and the humans. Looking forward to further reading. Doug must be devastated!!!

  51. Larry

    Mr. Anderson, your comic strip is my all time favorite and it broke my heart to read about Sophie’s passing. Losing a beloved family pet is never easy and we all feel your sorrow.

    Thoughts and prayers to you and yours …

  52. Mark Husereau

    Dogs never die. Ernest Montague

    Dogs never die. They don’t know how to. They get tired, and very old, and their bones hurt. Of course they don’t die. If they did they would not want to always go for a walk, even long after their old bones say: ‘No, no, not a good idea. Let’s not go for a walk.’ Nope, dogs always want to go for a walk. They might get one step before their aging tendons collapse them into a heap on the floor, but that’s what dogs are. They walk.

    It’s not that they dislike your company. On the contrary, a walk with you is all there is. Their boss, and the cacaphonic symphony of odour that the world is. Cat poop, another dog’s mark, a rotting chicken bone (exultation), and you. That’s what makes their world perfect, and in a perfect world death has no place.

    However, dogs get very very sleepy. That’s the thing, you see. They don’t teach you that at the fancy university where they explain about quarks, gluons, and Keynesian economics. They know so much they forget that dogs never die. It’s a shame, really. Dogs have so much to offer and people just talk a lot.

    When you think your dog has died, it has just fallen asleep in your heart. And by the way, it is wagging its tail madly, you see, and that’s why your chest hurts so much and you cry all the time. Who would not cry with a happy dog wagging its tail in their chest. Ouch! Wap wap wap wap wap, that hurts. But they only wag when they wake up. That’s when they say: ‘Thanks Boss! Thanks for a warm place to sleep and always next to your heart, the best place.’

    When they first fall asleep, they wake up all the time, and that’s why, of course, you cry all the time. Wap, wap, wap. After a while they sleep more. (remember, a dog while is not a human while. You take your dog for walk, it’s a day full of adventure in an hour. Then you come home and it’s a week, well one of your days, but a week, really, before the dog gets another walk. No WONDER they love walks.)

    Anyway, like I was saying, they fall asleep in your heart, and when they wake up, they wag their tail. After a few dog years, they sleep for longer naps, and you would too. They were a GOOD DOG all their life, and you both know it. It gets tiring being a good dog all the time, particularly when you get old and your bones hurt and you fall on your face and don’t want to go outside to pee when it is raining but do anyway, because you are a good dog. So understand, after they have been sleeping in your heart, they will sleep longer and longer.

    But don’t get fooled. They are not ‘dead.’ There’s no such thing, really. They are sleeping in your heart, and they will wake up, usually when you’re not expecting it. It’s just who they are.

  53. Sue Fishalow

    My two- and four-legged family sends hugs and blessings. What a beautiful girl she was, and will continue to be on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. Sue and Brad Fishalow, along with Zeke and Zoë

  54. Mary Battle

    So sad, and so sorry. Why do we love our dogs so much? Because they first (and always) loved us. Thank you for sharing Sophie. You have my deepest and most sincere condolences.

  55. James

    Wow, this is a big loss. Losing a four legged friend is never easy. And it doesn’t get easier. Time heals, but you always miss them. And while the rainbow bridge gives them all the running, food and cool water they want, they still miss you, and often look down longingly. So if you feel you’re being watched, that’s their way of remembering you, too. Especially if you feel your pen is being guided.

  56. Tony Mercia

    Dear Anderson Family. So many others have already expressed how I also feel, however, thank you for allowing each of us to send you our condolences. Saturdays strip was touching. I couldn’t stop the tears….and my own two sweet pups, Maggie and Bailey, came over to console me. Sophie’s antics with the squirrels reminds my wife and I of many goofy encounters our Maggie has in our yard with a squirrel we named Sergio. The wit and charm of Dog eat Doug captures exactly the special bond between people and their own special dog. We can all see how special Sophie is to you. Thank you also for the photos, Sophie is truly beautiful. Again, my deepest sympathy.

  57. Andrea

    I know this pain, and my heart is with your family. Thank you for sharing your Sophie with us.

  58. Jessica P

    I typically read my comics a few days late via email, and when I saw this one I cried. Every time I come back to it, I cry. I’m so sorry for your loss, and thank you for the insight into Sophie and Doug via your strip.

  59. christine e niebrugge

    So very sorry for you loss…we lost 2 of our fur babies last October within 3 weeks of each other and we know it is really hard to go on without your best friends…thanks for sharing your Sophie with us we have enjoyed every single panel.

  60. Daryl and Shane Kurschenska

    Dear Anderson Family: So sorry to hear about Sophie. My husband and I read your column everyday. Please keep your memories alive.
    December 29/16 was the day to had to say good-bye to our beloved 13 1/2 year old Maltese. Signet was a calm happy guy, but after a recent back surgery to remove a disc, which he was recovering from, another disc in his neck caused problems and he was in extreme pain. Signet had gone thru surgery in February 2015 for the first disc in his neck.
    Surgery was not an option this time as his back was giving out. Boy, time for more tears. Maybe, Sophie and Signet have met at the Rainbow Bridge. All the best to your family.

  61. David

    My deepest sympathy on your loss, they truly do become family. I always enjoy your wonderful strip and I hope you will continue for many years.

  62. Julia Raiford

    Everytime I look at Dog Eat Doug from January 7, I cry. Please know how very sorry I am that you have lost your wonderful Sophie. Losing a dog is always hard. I truly believe the reason they don’t live longer is because there are so many that need families, people like us, who love dogs so much are meant to share that love with many dogs during our lives. I look forward to sharing your wonderful memories of Sophie.

  63. Sophie Picquot

    Dear Anderson family, please accept my condolence on the loss of Sophie. I am a big fan of Brian’s comic Dog eat Doug, which always puts a smile on my face.
    Being a dog owner myself and having had dogs all my life I know how difficult it is saying goodbye to a beloved family member. Sophie has now crossed over the Rainbow Bridge and making new friends until the days you will all be reunited again. She will be remembered fondly .

  64. Susan Luck

    I also wanted to express my condolences; losing a non-human child is always a very special loss. We have many clippings of your strip posted in the house–so much reminds us of our dogs! She will always be there for you, even if you can’t see her.

  65. Donna

    Rest in peace beloved Sophie. Isn’t it amazing how an animal represented in a comic can touch so many lives. Sophie brought so much joy in my life and I can only imagine how wonderful she was in your lives. She is a very special being!
    Sending heartfelt condolences to the Anderson ohana.

  66. Sheila Wills

    Have been loving Sweet Sophie and Doug for quite some time now, but am just now seeing this. I am so very sorry to hear of her passing. You’ve brought back so many wonderful memories of my Doxie, Whiskey and my oldest daughter, Aviva. They were just like Sophie and Doug. Whiskey knew exactly what a high chair was and would position himself under it at mealtime. Even after it had been put away for 3 years, when it came time for my youngest daughter to sit in it, he sat in his old spot, waiting patiently for Orly to “share” with him. Thank you for making us smile and letting us be a part of your lives. Sheila, Scott, Maggie & Tobie

  67. Justin Wren

    Hey bro,
    I’m so sorry to see this. I know it’s nearly two months late, but I’m sorry. From experience, I know the loss of even a fur-baby can be like losing a close friend or family member, because thats what they were… Family. Thoughts, prayers, and blessings Brian. One of the comments before mine nailed it, Sophie will live on in your and our hearts, and definitely through your comic strip. That my friend is something most people don’t get. So that is something pretty great, reliving the great memories, and even creating others through your imagination.

  68. Michelle Glover

    Dear Brian & Family,
    Having never before contacted VIP’s on any platform, this is difficult but I thought about it (hence the delay) & felt compelled to offer my sincere condolences on Sophie’s death. Ironically, I’d just suffered the loss of both my beloved Mom & then my adored little dog Callie back-to-back…then when I’d read your strip on Sophie, I’d literally felt a jolt of shock then burst out crying. Our beautiful dogs were “family”, & they will always be remembered. Again Brian, my sincere condolences.

  69. Nadine Robertson

    Emotions not in check when I learned of Sophie’s passing. Your dear words in her honor was tenderly heartfelt. Yup, I teared, a reminder of my sweet “babies” who also were on loan from heaven. We love Sophie! She lives in all of us. Thank you for sharing. Much aloha.

  70. BB/VA

    So sorry Sophie had to leave you. But she has left paw prints on a lot of hearts! Thanks for sharing her with all of us.

  71. Sandy Thompson

    Brian, I’ve been reading your “Dog eat Doug” comic strip for quite sometime now and I remembered the one where you lost Sophie. Being a lover of animals and having lost dogs and cats that were with me for many years I truly felt your loss. We lost our Siamese cat, Tootie, a few years back after 17 years of unconditional love. We lost our grand puppy, Kasey last December, the day after Christmas at the age of 13. Our daughter and her husband got Kasey from a rescue SPCA and he was a joy. We are retired and we would go over to our daughters house just about everyday to give Kasey a walk. Just wanted you to know that despite your loss I am so happy that you are continuing to tell Sophie’s story!

  72. Michael Marcovitch

    Dear Mr. Anderson:

    When I first learned that Sophie passed, I was suffering from severe depression and was unable to express my condolences for your loss, it reminded me of the loss of my father and my other species friends.

    Sophie took a piece of my heart with her.

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