Ellie's ninth birthday was yesterday. No, we didn't celebrate. But we did feel extra love and gratitude that this amazing dog is part of our family.
Ellie has an exceptionally sweet personality, even exceeding the typical Golden Retriever. She is totally committed to pleasing people.
Ellie is from Dichi Goldens (here), a breeder known for high quality, intelligent, and healthy dogs. Some people criticize us for buying from a breeder rather than taking in a shelter dog. Ellie was the first Golden Retriever we had, having had English Springer Spaniels before. We were nearing retirement and knew we wanted a puppy. While good health is never a guarantee, Ellie came from five generations in which there was no evidence of any of the abnormalities common to Goldens. In truth neither I nor anyone else owes an explanation as to why they chose a certain pet. So there!
She loves to sit on the big rocks.
Dichi Sirius Eleanor Rose on her first day with us.
The little yellow duck was in her crate to welcome her home.
She carried it everywhere.
She loved the snows in WI. She would run and run and roll around in the white stuff.
She looks so grown up at only six months of age.
I don't think I will ever love a dog more than I love Ellie. She knows my every mood. Of course, I thought the same thing about my first heart dog. I never expected to find another dog that would become my soul mate. And then came Ellie. How lucky can one woman be? (And yes, my husband loves her every bit as much as I do but she feels more like MY dog and Lucy is more like HIS dog.)
Today's quote comes from author Dean Koontz:
...we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish-consciously or unconsciously- that we were as innocent as they are and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness and betrayals of this world are unknown...
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE!