Tomorrow is the first day of summer. It is also the anniversary of our dear Ellie's birthday. We never celebrated dog birthdays except with a little extra attention. Tomorrow we will mark the day with extra sweet memories of our wonderful dog.
Ellie was a joy from the first day we brought her home. Playful and loving, she was also very eager to please. Training her was very easy and she consistently followed commands.
From early on, she loved her stuffed animals. Her favorite was a little yellow duck that she carried with her everywhere. And then the most dreadful thing happened. Ellie discovered a weak spot on a Christmas stuffie and found total delight in disemboweling the toy. She systematically destroyed every single stuffie she owned. Total disaster, but she had one heck of a time.
Six-month-old Ellie with her little yellow duck
She loved the snow, so living her first years in Wisconsin was special to her.
Seven-month-old loving the snow. She's looking at my husband, waiting for a release from her down/stay
When we moved to the mountains of NC, Ellie forgot about the suburbs of WI and happily took to the mountain trails of Transylvania County.
Trail around Lake Ticoa here in our community
Obviously, we have tons of photographs of our Ellie. But the following one is my very favorite. This side of the house that has the library, one of the guest bedrooms and baths, and my study is a dog-free area. When Ellie decided I had been in my study too long, she would come and stand wordlessly at the hallway door. Those gentle brown eyes would plead with me to come play with her. And she almost always carried two tennis balls, much the way she carried the little yellow duck when she was a puppy.
I took this picture while I was sitting at my desk.
It was a scene that repeated itself almost every evening.
So while we still miss Ellie, and still grieve for her, we are so glad she was part of our lives for ten years. She was the perfect dog...my heart dog and I smile as I remember all the good times with this magnificent dog, gone too soon.
Author Agnes Sligh Turnbull summed it up:
"Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really."
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE.
ENJOY THE LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR TOMORROW