ELLIE

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ELLIE| FEMALE| Approx. date of birth 20/04/22
    • *Currently residing in the shelter in Saint Lucia*
  • Sweet Ellie and her sister Molly were found by a volunteer and friend of the shelter. Their mother had lived a miserable life, tied up on a chain and susceptible to the constant pregnancy that life of a dog not spayed ensures. Ellie and Molly’s fate would have been a sure one- to either live a life like their mother had done, or abandoned on a beach to fend for themselves. Luckily, their fate took a turn for the better when they were brought to the shelter and given a fair chance at life. At first, the two sisters were petrified. They were petrified of the new surroundings, every person who came close, the sound of other dogs, the visual sight of other dogs, seeing the wandering cats, eating their food when a human was nearby…everything to them was foreign and seen as a threat. The only thing that seemed to give either of them any comfort, was the knowledge that the other was right by their side. Ellie started to open up a lot sooner than her sister Molly (even though she's not fully there yet.) It quickly became clear that we could use food to try and get to her heart. Every day, we would enter their pen and try to give them additional treats to their meals, which after a few days started to work. She would start to take treats from our hands! It was a massive achievement. Then, she started to bark when it was meal time. This was followed by a dance she would perform to demonstrate her excitement. When we then started to enter the pen, she would attempt to smile at us (something only dogs who read human behaviour will do), and wiggle around doing her dance. Over time, she started to allow us to pet her (in small doses.) She's still not fully there yet, but she's much better than the scared and anxious pup she was when she first arrived. The biggest thing though, her attachment to her sister. We think whoever is to take on Ellie as their pup, needs to be prepared and mentally ready to deal with her anxiety over her past. Loud children and cats are a no go for Ellie. What she could really benefit from is reliability- in terms of people and other dogs. Where she can open up her heart in a safe environment to those who will be stable in her life. She is clearly a very smart dog, and is why she isn't quick to trust. We know only a part of her story, but whatever happened to Ellie and her sister Molly has had a traumatizing effect. Nonetheless, she is a very special dog and once found a home, we have no doubt she will be extremely loyal. Ellie and Molly's mother was a smaller dog, so they will be smaller when fully grown.
      • Spayed
      • Vaccinated
      • Dewormed
      • Treated for fleas and ticks
      • Estimated Adult Weight: 15-25lbs
 
  • You can find more videos and pictures of Ellie on our Instagram and Facebook pages! Follow us @helpaws or www.facebook.com/helpaws