Our Ellie will be five years old tomorrow. She was born at Dichi Goldens , one of two females in a litter of nine. (Click on "Dichi Goldens" to visit their Web site. If you love Goldens, or dogs in general, you won't regret it.) You may wonder about her name. Dichi is from the breeder and all dogs bred by them have "Dichi" as the first name to recognize the kennel. The name Sirius comes from the Dog Star, the brightest star in southern sky. Ellie's mother was named Star, so Sirius is a tribute to her. Eleanor Rose is a tribute to a woman I admire greatly, Eleanor Roosevelt.
Ellie has a scar near her left eye. When she was only a few weeks old, she somehow managed to crawl under a freezer and get stuck. At some point during the ordeal she sustained a cut near her eye resulting in the scar you see. We were told about the injury and offered the pick of the next litter. We said we wanted this dog, so we were given a discount. (We have never told Ellie she was marked down.)
Ellie has brought us joy every single day of her life. She is intelligent, loving, and eager to please. We've never had a dog with a better temperament. Tomorrow's birthday will pass largely unnoticed. No special meal, no cake and ice cream. Ellie thrives on routine, and a celebration would not be for her...it would be for us. She wouldn't understand special treatment one day and back to normal the next. So we will simply give her the same love and affection we give her every day. At dinner tomorrow night, please raise your wine glass to Ellie and wish her a happy birthday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIE!!!