At the helm is 12-year-old Sophie, an elegant Great Pyrenees, and alpha of the group. The Bouleys adopted Sophie 10 years ago after she was found running around the neighborhood, lost and afraid.
It seemed like kismet for the family, who had been talking about adopting another dog just days before. So they rushed to the vet where Sophie was being examined.
“When we first met her we were in a room, and my wife and son were sitting on the floor petting her,” Larry Bouley told The Dodo. “Sophie stood over my wife whenever someone came in the room. Her protective nature came out even though we just met her. We were hooked.”
Sophie’s fluffy white coat was severely matted, hiding her underweight frame, and she tested heartworm-positive.