Months ago, when Sophie was still a skittish stray, I asked a local artist to paint Sadie and Sally. The painting was to be based on numerous photographs of them, and my description of their personalities. After she had begun the piece, Sophie, at long last, came in from the cold and became a permanent member of the family. The artist modified the painting accordingly. Last night, after months of anticipation, I received a photograph of the completed masterpiece.