A New Life for Ellie
I asked my friend, Monica, to tell me about her experience with adopting Ellie, one of the funniest, sweetest dogs you'll ever meet. Here's what she had to say, in her own words:
"My husband and I adopted Ellie about three years ago, from a no-kill shelter that specifically rescues 'bully breeds', since they’re so frequently put down. She’s half Rottweiler and half Staffordshire Terrier (aka pit bull), and was about four or five years old when we got her. The last three years have been quite a ride.
Ellie was found in a backyard in Los Angeles, chained to a tree at a vacant house. The owners had moved out, and instead of doing anything remotely responsible or compassionate, they chained her to a tree and left her to her certain death. As a result, she has no front teeth (from trying to chew through the chain to free herself) and she is mildly crippled in her hips from being so severely malnourished. Thankfully, she was discovered and restored to decent health. She had a second chance at the life that all animals deserve! I’m not sure what it was that made us choose this particular dog. She wasn’t overly happy to meet us at the shelter like the other dogs were, but she had a gentle spirit and sweetness to her that inexplicably captivated us.
When we brought her home from the shelter, she wouldn’t look at us; instead, she promptly sat in the corner and ignored us for hours. The next few weeks were a slow process of warming up – she gradually began to acknowledge us, let us pet her, and even play with her. It’s amazing what a stable, loving home can do for an animal. If you saw her today, you wouldn’t believe it was the same dog. She follows us everywhere, simply desiring to be in the same room as us. She is playful, ridiculously entertaining, and hilariously unique. When we get home from work each day, we are met by sixty pounds of joy as she skitters across the floor to say hello. She’s incredibly mellow, and has settled into our way of life perfectly.
Most of all, we love watching the ridiculous ways she decides to sit."
Just because dogs are certain breeds does not mean they are bad dogs and deserve death. More often, they have had bad owners. Consider adopting a special dog, like Ellie, and giving these precious creatures a chance at happiness!