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About Me

January 10th 2008 9:29 am
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This was what was posted on my Petfinder.com page:

<insert cute pictures of me>

Hope (Sheridan)
Breed: Pit Bull Terrier [Mix]
Sex: Female
Age: Young
Size: Medium

About Me
Hi! My name is Hope, and that's just what you'll see when you look in my eyes... hope and excitement because life is really looking up for me! Now I just need to find the perfect loving and snuggly family to call my own. Could it be you?! My foster mom was at a feed store when a man who works there started telling her about a stray dog that he needed to find a home for. Little did my foster mom know that I was stuffed in a tiny cat carrier in the back of this man's truck. I was desperate for help! That mean man was just going to leave me behind in the parking lot if he couldn't "get rid of me" that same day! I'm so grateful that my foster mom scooped me up, and took me out of that horrible cage and away from that bad place. Thank goodness she could see how cute and friendly I was, EVEN while covered in poop and crawling with fleas. I cleaned up pretty nicely, don't you think? (See, I even have a nice collar with flowers on it now!) I'm a very happy and alert girl with a birthday sometime in January 2007. I'm doing a very good job with crate training, and am learning how to walk on a leash and to sit. I love to ride in the car, take walks, give kisses, smile, and wag my tail. I'm a quick learner, and would be thrilled if someone would take me to doggie school so I can learn all kinds of neat tricks. Then I can really impress you! I'm a jumper who can clear a 4 foot fence, but that's okay... I don't want to be left outside - I definitely like being indoors with my people! I'm not too interested in cats, and have gotten along fine with other dogs I've met. I haven't been around any children, but I think they'd be okay as long as they didn't play too rough. If you are looking for a snuggly girl to give you lots of love, that's me! Making you happy makes me happy! Remember, I'm still a puppy and so I'll need you to be patient with me while we learn all kinds of fun things so that I can be just the best dog ever!

 

'ello There!

January 11th 2008 9:36 am
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My name's Ella! I am a one year-old brindle pitbull mutt. Nice lady Lora from the Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation (AARF) rescued me from a mean ol' man who had me stuffed in a kitty carrier. He was going to leave me behind if no one took me home. Luckily Lora scooped me up and has been fostering me for five months. On January 11, 2008, I started a trial run with my temporary-peeps.

Lemme tell ya... they ain't nevah seen the likes of me before. The last doggie they had totally ruined them for other doggies: minimal training, smart as a whip, pee'd and poo'd on command, dainty and polite.

Me? My first night with them, I pee'd in the sunroom. I counter-surf. I'm ALL muscle (all 36.6 lbs of me - even my tail, when whipped into a frenzy, can give you fifty lashes). As Rajah Q. has so aptly noted... I've got some pretty big pawprints to fill.

BUT, I am *so* affectionate (I love to snuggle). And I am *so* smart (I can sit like it's nobody's business)... but no one's ever taken the time to work with me before. So to put it nicely: I am a challenge. Not some outta the box doggie. Nope. No plug and play. Nuh-uh. Oh, and definitely some assembly required. Also required... a great deal of patience and consistency. :o) These peeps are in for a bumpy ride.

 

Why "Ella"?

January 11th 2008 1:40 pm
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Did you know my daddy is a freak? A Tolkien freak. He likes to name his dogs after Hobbits. Me? I have suffered the same fate. My name? Elanor - based off of Elanor Gamgee Gardner (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia):

Elanor Gardner, also known as Elanor the Fair, is a character in J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional Middle-earth legendarium. She is the first child of Master Samwise Gamgee and his wife Rose Cotton.

She was born March 25th, S.R. 1421 (which would be T.A. 3021), which was at the same time the first day of the Fourth Age in Gondor. Elanor was the only one of Samwise's children known to the Ringbearer, Frodo Baggins, and her name was a suggestion by him, a reference to the sun-star, a little golden flower blooming in the land of Lothlórien—this perfectly satisfied Sam's desire for a name that was both elvish and yet at the same time a simple flower-name as many hobbit-lasses had. The name was quite suitable, as Elanor had a notably elvish appearance including golden hair- an extremely rare trait among hobbits. Her great beauty was renowned and earned her the title 'the Fair.'

In 1436 Elanor became a maid of honor to Queen Arwen Evenstar, and in 1451 she married Fastred of Greenholm. Four years later Fastred was named Warden of Westmarch by the Thain at the request of Samwise. Elanor and her husband then moved to the Undertowers on the Tower Hills where their family (becoming known as the Fairbairns of the Towers) would live for many generations.

After her father's passing to the Undying Lands in 1482, Elanor and her line became the keepers of the Red Book of Westmarch. Her two children were Elfstan, born in 1454, and Fíriel.

Besides her presence as an infant in the last chapter of the published Lord of the Rings, and the details noted in the appendices of that book, Elanor's most significant role was in the two versions of the written but unpublished epilogue of Lord of the Rings, later published in The History of Middle-earth volumes. In that epilogue we see Elanor talk with her father about the importance of the events that transpired in the story and also about the coming of King Elessar and Queen Arwen for a visit. Elanor's affectionate name for her father is Sam-dad, while Sam calls her Elanorellë.

In Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, a three-year old Elanor was played by Alexandra Astin, real-life daughter of Sean Astin, the actor who played Samwise.

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Since my peeps' Hobbit names are Pearl and Olo Hamwich of Buckleberry Fern, my official Hobbit name is: Elanor Gamgee Gardner Hamwich. But you can call me Ella. :o)

Find your own Hobbit name here: http://www.chriswetherell.com/hobbit/

 

Cheeky Monkey

January 12th 2008 1:41 pm
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A schedule of my ruff life so far:

6:00 AM - Pee
8:30 AM - Walk & Poo
9:00 AM - Water & Breakfast (1 cup Nature's Variety - Raw Instinct)
9:15 AM - Nap
10:00 AM - Wake Up & Pee
10:15 AM - Nap
11:00 AM - Wake Up & Pee
11:30 AM - Park - Run, Pee, Poo, Water, and LOTS of treats
2:00 PM - Home & Pee
2:30 PM - Nap
4:00 PM - Wake Up, Walk & Pee
4:15 PM - Gnaw Rope Toy & Nylabone
4:30 PM - Nap
5:30 PM - Wake Up & Dinner (1 1/2 cup Nature's Variety - Raw Instinct)
6:00 PM - Walk & Pee
6:15 PM - Nap
7:45 PM - Wake Up & Pee
8:30 PM - Poo (this is when I squeezed off two nuggets)
8:45 PM - Play
9:00 PM - Nap
9:30 PM - Wake Up & Pee
9:45 PM - Play
10:00 PM - Nap
11:15 PM - Wake Up & Pee
11:30 PM - Nap
1:00 AM - Wake Up & Pee
1:10 AM - Dead Sleep

 

Accident Report

January 12th 2008 8:42 pm
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1/11/08
What: Pee'd
Where: Sunroom

1/12/08
What: Poo'd (dropped two nuggets before I was unceremoniously dragged outside)
Where: Sunroom

Do we detect a pattern here?

 

Top Five Toys

January 13th 2008 1:43 am
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My top five favorite toys & chews (as of 1/12/08):

5. Squeakie (eh... not so much)
4. Deer Antler
3. Nylabone
2. Rope Tug
1. Quacking Duck

 

Dropped An F-Bomb

January 13th 2008 2:34 am
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Yup.

I did.

It was a big ol' F-A-R-T

Cleared the room, I did!

Yay me!

 

Just Call Me Ivana

January 13th 2008 9:45 pm
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Austin: Who are you, baby?
Ivana: My name is Ivana, Ivana Humpalot.
Austin: Excuse me?
Ivana: Ivana Humpalot.
Austin: Well I vana toilet made out of solid gold, but it's just not in the cards, now is it?

- From Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

So... I'm a humper. I tried to hump momma's back while she was sitting on the couch last night. She was all: WTF?! She thought I was trying to go potty on the couch. Tonight, it was the grandpeeps' dog Pal to whom I gave a thorough ass-whoppin', humped, and then made my bitch.

Yeah. Momma isn't too thrilled with this behavior. Especially in a *girl* dog!

Daddy says it's either a dominance or anxiety issue.

Foster lady, Lora, never mentioned this type of "behavior" - only that I like to play "rambunctiously" with other dogs. Hmmm... will have to get her definition of "rambunctious".

 

Accident Report

January 14th 2008 7:45 am
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1/13/08
What: No Accidents
Where: N/A

1/14/08
What: Pee
Where: Foyer

 

New Rule

January 14th 2008 8:16 am
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When the alarm goes off, hitting snooze just makes me pee on your floor.

I need out.

NOW!

Thank you for your time.

 
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