Saturday, March 17, 2007

One Month

Miss Ellie Belli has been here for one month!! What a wonderful month it has been. We couldnt be more in love with her if we tried.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Whats up in Ellie's World

Sorry there hasnt been an update in a while. I have some cute pics I took this weekend but alas I have been a bit lazy with the uploading. Give me till this weekend

So Ellie's heat is coming along. At first we made her wear her little diaper anytime she wasnt going outside or in her kennel but now we have started to let her run around more and more without it. She isnt making a mess and she is much happier without it on so as long as it continues this way she will remain diaperless for now.

This past weekend we went on an adventure to Hoboken to see my friend Dennis' new apartment. Ellie slept for most of the car ride but the few times she popped her head up I saw people in the other cars looking and talking about her. When we were walking the streets of Hoboken she made quite a site in her Puppia and diaper. I think she was a bit overwhelmed by the big city as she zoomed all over the place sniffing and looking at things. When she was in Dennis' apartment she was a lot calmer. She was well behaved and at one point fell asleep on my lap as the humans chatted. Since she is in heat this will probably be one of her few trips out for now since I dont want to risk anything with her condition as of now

Yesterday we went to our second puppy class. This time there was a Mastiff puppy in our class. You should have seen the size of that pup and it was only 4 months old!! It was the size of a full grown Golden Retreiver and it wasnt even done growing! My husband loves Mastiffs but I am almost 100% sure we will never ever get one if thats how big they are as pups!! Ellie did much better this time in class. The lil Beagle in the class named Gigi seemed fasinated by her and kept coming up to her. Ellie let her come up to her and sniff her and she didnt even care when Gigi was busy sniffing her and Ellie was busy looking for food. When the instructor let them have free play meaning off the leash she ran around a little and didnt mind the other doggies coming around her so I was happy. She even went nose to nose with the Mastiff a few times. The 2 Shih Tzu's in the class were the most scared this time having to be held most of the time which makes me feel Ellie is definetly making progress. Ellie is so treat oriented that she kept trying to follow the instructor around because she knew she was the one with the treats. Several times during free play Ellie ran over to her desk sniffing around for more treats. When it was time to practice sit which Ellie already knows she was right at the front of the class showing off so she could get more treats. Such a lil pig you would think we dont give her any at home but we do! When we got home I was outside with her when a neighbor with a huge bouncy Bermese Mountain Dog came by. Ellie barked a little and ran behind me but then after a few seconds she ran right up to the Bermese and they touched noses. I was so proud of her. I think this class is doing wonders for her fear issues and Im sure at the end of this class she will definetly be less fearful. Yay!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Ellie's first class

When we first got there we had to wait outside because the other class hadnt let out yet. We saw the other Cavalier right away. She was a small Blen Ellie was afraid despite the other Cavalier's eagerness to play. Paul picked her up for a bit and then we held her as we kneeled on the ground. Would you know it she came into heat right there in the aisle at PetSmart. I went to buy her a pad thing while Paul talked to the instructor. We put her in the pad and the instructor said this class would mostly be talking if we wanted to come in anyway. So we took her and held her on our lap. Besides the 2 Cavaliers there were 2 Bishons, a Beagle, 1 Shih Tzu, and 1 Shih Tzu/Bishon mix. While the other pups ran around on their leashes as the instructor talked our lil Ellie sat in our lap and watched above. After a while we lowered her onto the ground and she had few encounters with the other dogs and she would run behind our chairs to escape them. Everytime she allowed a dog to approach her we pet her and praised her. Then they did the command for watch me with treats. Ellie is all about the treats and because Paul trains with her at home not only does she perform watch me perfectly twice she sat for them as well. While the other dogs were working she started to get bolder and even ran to the Shih/Bichon mix owner and jumped up with her paws on his lap to try to get at some of his treats. When class ended we talked to the instructor and she said she thinks Ellie should be able to still come to class with her pads on. The ring is enclosed and the only male in the class is the Shih/Bishon mix. We figure we will just carry her from the car to the store and back because her fear issues are great right now and she did make some huge break through tonight that we would like to work from this success and move on. I was just so proud that she let other dogs come up to her and sniff her and she didnt growl or bark and even touched noses with the beagle. I think this was a good idea and I hope at the end of this 8 week course we will finally have a non-fearful pup! The funny thing is where Ellie lacks in fear she makes up for in actual training Between her breeder and my husband she has a lot down already so that part should be good for her.

Im proud of her and I hope it can only get better from this class on. Maybe I can take pics after a few more classes to share



8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!

9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!

9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!

10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!

12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!

1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!

3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!

5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!

7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!

8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!

11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!


Day 983 of my captivity.

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.

They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means,and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now...

Ellie and I think that cat diary was written by big brother Griffin

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Baking with Ellie

Well I baked my first batch of doggie biscuits. Paul mentioned how ironic it is the first time I ever cook anything its for the dog and not him. What can I say the things we do for our children heehee Speaking of children, if Ellie was my child I would be so embarrassed by how the biscuits turned out. They are so ugly and misshapen. The problem I think was the dough. It was so clingy I couldn't separate it from itself so I kinda had to just do what I could to get it onto the pan. Anyways the end result is that she scarfed the first one down like that and then when I gave her a half of another just to make sure she liked it she scarfed that down too. Yay for my first attempt Afterall I just wanted her to like eating it and she seems to like them just fine


Rhymes with fooooooooooood. I think she looks like the grandma that gets captured in Little Red Riding Hood heehee

We are coming along

I think in a little while these two will be inseparable. Ellie just needs to tone it down a bit and Dexter will see her more as a friend then an overly pushy sister

Le Sigh