Updates & uplifting tales
Muttley Crew: Slow Ellen seeking fast friend – Adopted!
If you’re a runner, a jogger or just someone who likes to get from point A to point B quickly, stop reading now. Because Ellen—the sweet, 8-year-old Chinese shar-pei mix looking for a home—is the s-l-o-w-e-s-t walker ever. S-e-r-i-o-u-s-l-y.
Ellen pretty much strolls at a snail’s pace, according to the many volunteers who have dawdled with her on walks at our shelter as she sniffs everything in sight. These volunteers adore Ellen, describing her as “a sweet old gal,” “easy to leash and walk” and “a gentle dog who needs TLC and patience.”
You see, Ellen came to us all the way from Texas, where she had been living in an overcrowded shelter in less-than-ideal circumstances—and where she would likely never have been adopted. Once Ellen got to the Dumb Friends League, we discovered that she had dental disease, hip dysplasia (an abnormal formation of the hip socket) and arthritis. So we cleaned Ellen’s teeth and started her on an anti-inflammatory arthritis medication that she will likely need for the rest of her life. Her kind and caring new owner (that would be you) can help manage Ellen’s hip issues by keeping her at a healthy weight and ensuring she has regular exercise—of the very leisurely variety for our lovely Ellen.
Ellen may also need some help with house training, but our amazing behavior specialists will be happy to talk with you about that if you come to meet her. And as with any pet adoption from our shelters, you’ll receive a free, one-hour phone consultation with a specialist on our Behavior Helpline if you need it. But we’re not worried, and you shouldn’t be either, because we think Ellen is an old dog who can definitely learn new tricks.
Ellen is waiting at our Quebec Street Shelter for a loving new home with a spot in the sunshine where she can nap. That and a special someone who isn’t in any kind of a hurry.
Ellen’s adoption fees are waived for the month of November as part of our Adopt a Senior Pet month special.