My AARCS name is Hooper but I go by Ellie now!
Come say hi to this beautiful, bright girl! She is waiting for her forever home – but she’s having lots of fun in the meantime! Ellie is with a foster in Carstairs, Alberta and we would encourage prospective families to visit her in her home to see the true Ellie shine through!
Ellie around the house:
Ellie has exceptional house manners, she is crate trained and house trained. When first arriving at your home, expect a few mishaps, but when she gets into the groove (which took her about 2-3 weeks with us) she will sit at the back door and wait patiently. If you haven’t noticed she needs to go out, she will come find you and “yip” to let you know it’s time for the bathroom!
She enjoys going in her crate and will go in frequently during the day to chill out. She sleeps all the way through the night in her crate (from around 9/10pm) and only “yips” when it’s wake up time and she needs the bathroom (usually around 6:30am).
She likes to use her mouth sometimes to play, which we discourage. She’s a quick learner as she used to like getting up on the couch, we asked her to get down each time and now she doesn’t even bother to go up – she has her crate and her comfy bed and two large mats by the front and back doors – plus the cool tile when it’s warm!
She doesn’t like to use the stairs (either up or down) and we haven’t encouraged her to do that. She is happy using a few stairs to go into a house and down from a deck and will happily jump off the deck to see her best friend next door!
We think Ellie would be best in a home where she is the only animal – she loves other dogs and cats, but she also likes her downtime and with other animals she is on the go all the time. If you at home for some of the time too, I think Ellie would love your company. She settles down beautifully when you’re not home (and she’s in the crate), but Ellie is a naturally social creature and she likes to have her people around her – she often comes to check I’m still in the office when I work from home!
Ellie in the yard:
Ellie loves sticks, digging and running around your yard – it’s playtime all of the time! She has really good recall with clicks and whistles. She has only escaped our yard once and that was when she was playing with another dog who likes to escape! She hasn’t escaped before that or since and doesn’t even try!
Ellie with other animals:
Ellie is all about fun, we haven’t seen a single bit of aggression. She just wants to play. We have lots of cats around and she just wants to have fun and play – but takes the signals from the cat when it’s time. We’ve had other dogs stay with us and visit us while we’ve had Ellie and she has been friendly and non-aggressive with them all. She is a submissive dog towards other dogs big and small!
Ellie with kids:
We think Ellie would do best with older kids, she is a little rambunctious to be around smaller kids and would likely knock them over until she has learned a little more obedience. Ellie only has play on the mind and she has never shown any aggression to my 8, 10 and 11 year old. She loves to play fetch and run around chasing the kids!
Ellie on walks:
Ellie is full of energy on walks and would benefit from some obedience classes and continued leash training. We have used the stop/stand still method until the leash relaxes and then continue with the walk – but this needs to be done more so she gets the message! She is a quick learner, so obedience classes and this will help her to learn the right behaviours! She has the benefit of being non-aggressive, she is just so excited when she’s on walks and wants to say hi to everything and everybody – she wants to go, go, go! She is very friendly with dogs of all sizes and has never shown any aggression.
I’m interested, what next?
If you’re interested to meet Ellie, fill in the application form, complete the telephone interview and then take a trip to see us in Carstairs for a coffee and to meet the girl herself!…she would love to see you and show you her bright, fun-loving personality and her super-cute face and ears!
Good with Cats?
Yes, Good with Cats
Good with Dogs?
Yes, Good with Dogs
Good with Kids?
Yes, Good with Kids
Does this Animal have Special Needs?
Yes, Medical Special Needs
Mobility issues, neurological issues suspected with the potential for pain control management as needed.