You got a dog?
Yes, yes we did.
We thought you were cat people, remaining petless while mourning the loss of your precious Ella in 2008.
We weren't actually cat people when we got that cat in 1995, and though there were a few good years in there with Ella, aka Bane of My Existence, it would be generous to say we've spent the last four+ years mourning her passing. It would be far more truthful to say it took four+ years to recover from the effects of her craziness and proclaim oursleves ready for a pet.
OK, so what's the puppy's name?
The six year old dog's name is... ahem... Ellie. And no, we did not pick Ellie because we already had an Ella, she just came with that name. Though we're not sure it is her real name, because she keeps looking at us like we're slow when we call her with it.
Why no puppy?
Because one person in this family (me) had not lost her ever-loving mind, and knew a puppy was not a good idea. We are an older dog family, even if the other four didn't realize it until this dog took her business outside from the get-go. And older dogs need families just as much (if not more).
So what kind of dog is she?
She is an Australian Kelpie mix, light on the mix.
What the heck is a Kelpie?Not completely unlike a dingo in appearance, except smaller, cuter, and suitable for living with humans. A high-energy herding dog bred to do neat tricks like walk across the backs of sheep to keep them in line. They are also described as "very smart and EXTREMELY agile," which I pointed out to the person who pointed that out to me that that just sounds like another Dillow girl, pebble on the mountain.
Good dog qualities?
She is not a barker, not a jumper, she asks but doesn't beg, is totally chill with children, is very smart and extremely agile, knows what a dog bed is and how to stay there all night, could care less about antelope, seems to have a small sense of humor. She also seems to be a relatively fast learner; she is figuring out our dog whispering re: leash training very quickly.
Poorly behaved dog qualities?
Extreme difficulty co-existing with yard bunnies. Unfortunately, that's something we have a-plenty. Wants to run a 3 minute mile vs. my usual 12.30 minute mile pace. (That is probably more of a poorly behaved runner quality vs. a poorly behaved dog quality)
How do the girls like her?
ETA: I forgot one of the most important things! A little Bridget dog art/correspondence from the weekend... lucky Jody, who will be receiving the original letter in a package shortly : )
This is the artist's rendition of a walk we took Ellie on Sunday morning. If it looks like Ellie is way out in front and in charge, you would be correct. What's really magnificent is that a.) I ditched those time-consuming cupcake toppers for the Ho Chi Minh cupcakes back in May before I started cutting them all out and b.) Ellie is learning that walks are more fun when she doesn't pull on the leash.