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Three short years ago during a major snowy blowy cold and freezing night, I picked Elli up from a home that no longer wanted the 6 year old wild child.  I brought her home and learned how little training Elli had received from her former owners.  She had been in several homes, no one knows for sure how many because the last owners did not know her history.  They kept her for 2 1/2 years...then gave her up.  My heart ached for Elli .  I wish I could tell everyone what a fairy tale life we have had since she came to live with us, but...she has given me a run for my money over the past few years.  Between getting skunked, quilled, tearing siding off the pole barn, and escaping several times, Elli has taught me more than I could have ever learned in any doggie text book!  

My wild child has settled down over the years...and has always always been completely full of love.  I worried at first that she would be missing her past owners, but my trainer told me "Unlike humans, dogs get on with their lives"...and so our story may not be a fairy tale, but I consider our "tail" a story of love that has helped overcome the challenge of taking in an older dog.  Elli is 9 years old (we think per the Vet) and Skadi who has been in our family since a puppy, are delightful together.  I have lots of fun taking their pictures and trying to figure out what they would be saying and thinking...if only the could tell us.

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Happy Birthday Elli! I am glad you found such a loving forever home.

Thank you Anne & Mr. Haley...they sure do bring unconditional love to anyone who will give them a chance.

Elli, we just love you for who you are.  Happy Birthday to you!  I get such a giggle seeing the photos your mom captions.  Give your mom and extra kiss for taking you on for the long haul.  You finally got very lucky.

Thank-you thank-you Nancy Ned Clancy and Charlie!  You probably have your hands full too with all your "love bugs"  Thank goodness they are so cute and make us laugh!

Besides rescuing dogs I do believe you have another calling.   LOVE your photos and comments you are speaking for Elli and Skadi.  I think you should publish them now that your aren't so busy chasing down Elli. 

Awww....thank-you for that huge compliment!  That's the nicest thing someone has said about my captioning.  I have done this with several dozen photos and I always think they are funny, mostly because I live with these two characters and just imagine what goes through their minds...I know they have a sense of humor, I just know it LOL!  Thank-you again, you made my day.

Ellie ~ you are such a beautiful girl and I can tell you found the perfect forever home.  Happy birthday!

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