Pertinent Informtion - Adopted 9/4/09
10/1/09 - Her is a link to Ella's web site put up by her new adoptive
9/4/09 - Ella has been adopted
8/31/09 - Ella is pending adoption.
8/21/09 - Video of Ella http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTahsO6Qaf8
8/17/09 - Ella here - foster mom is out in the garden again. I
don't know why because she complains that all she is growing this year
are weeds - whatever those are. I hope they're good to eat. Mom says
I've been a really good girl this last month and she'd really really
like to adopt me except then she couldn't help foster any other boxers.
I'd like to stay here but I want mom to help those other dogs like she
has helped me. She thinks I was a
puppy mill dog,
used for breeding - I've had at least one litter of puppies - and I
never knew a normal happy home life. I never learned how to react to
people and strange noises. Now I'm not so afraid of the noises and new
people. I like people best if they let me approach them.
Little people, however, I'm not too sure about - they scare me
sometimes because they move too fast. Mom's 2 1/2 year old
granddaughter surprised me a couple days ago, when she came up behind me
and touched my back and I snapped at her. It was just a warning snap
but mom thinks it would be better if I were not in a home with young
kids - especially without close supervision. I'm doing really good
when left out of the crate - I don't like the crate. So far, mom has
left me alone - with foster sister Star - for about 4 hours and I've
only gotten into a few things but that is because mom forgets to gate
off certain rooms. I really like cat crunchies - those tasty things the
kitties leave in their
litter boxes. I'm almost housetrained and only go in the
house when mom forgets to take me outside. I'm almost not afraid of
getting into the car - mom says we still need to work on that. And
the big news is that I'm not afraid to go in the water anymore and I'm
starting to play more with foster sister Star - see the new pictures mom
sent. So if you are looking for a gentle, sweet, low energy puppy
- I'm very very sweet, gentle and low energy - consider making me part
of your family.
7/17/09 - Ella - the crate eating boxer. This week I went out a couple days for about 2 hours and Ella decided she didn't want to be in her crate - so she gradually took it apart. First, just bending the wires and then removing them. (See picture). Now - I'm not 100% sure it was all Ella's doing - Star may have helped from the outside - but for now I'm going to try leaving Ella uncrated while I'm out. Breaking wires can't be good for her teeth! Ella's chewing and not being completely housetrained are the only reasons I was crating her and she has gotten much better about both. If she needs crating - I still don't trust her being alone a long time (6 to 8 hours) - her forever family may have to use a plastic Vari-Kennel. I will see how she does. Ella had another trip to our cottage last weekend where we hosted a trip to the beach and I've included a few new pictures. She found a plastic tube on the beach and just had to play with it. Ella is still waiting for her forever family. She has been a great addition to my family - she is soooo sweet and gentle compared to my "bull" of a boxer Star. I will be very sad to lose her but she deserves a family of her own.on Saturday. Ella handled meeting the many new people quite well - only a little hesitation when first meeting them. Sunday she got another
7/7/09 - Ella does stairs!!!!! When Ella first arrived here she was afraid of going up or down stairs. She had to be gently pushed or pulled up or down. Gradually, she was able to do the stairs into and out of the house on her own but I hadn't attempted to take her upstairs to the bedroom. Last week I decided to try and Ella followed Star up and down - No problem. So now she gets to sleep in the bedroom upstairs at night. Ella would still rather follow Star on these stairs than do them on her own but it's progress. She is also getting less afraid of getting into the car. She still freezes a few feet from the car but if I gently push her up to the car she will sometimes attempt to get in on her own. And, once in the car she is fine. Fourth of July weekend, was spent at our cottage on Lake Ontario. It was a busy weekend and Ella got to meet lots of new people and dogs. Next door there were 2 visiting dogs and Ella became instant friends with them. I've included pictures - Princess is the brindle boxer and Blazer is the Husky. I don't think Ella has met a dog that she doesn't like. She seems to relate to dogs better than people and does not hesitate approaching a new dog. At the beach, Ella wanted to play with every dog there - and there were lots of people and dogs at the beach this weekend. She even went into the water without panicking. Ella is a lot more cautious about approaching new people - she needs to do it on her terms. She also warms up to women faster than men. Ella is curious about children but very skittish around them. She is still easily spooked by loud noises and quick movements. She is afraid of thunder but the 4th of July fireworks did not bother her.Ella has come a long way in the 2 months she has been here but she still has a ways to go to be a typical boxer. I could describe her as - part 6 month old puppy and part scared little old lady. She is very sweet and gentle and playful but still frightened by many things. Housetraining is coming but she will still go in the house unless I'm on her schedule - and this week I haven't been on her schedule so she'd had a few accidents. She needs a forever family with a fairly calm, quiet home and who will be patient with her. Bonding to people and trusting them is going to take time - she is just beginning to bond with me. Ella really needs another calm dog around because she will follow that dog's actions. She probably would be fine in a home with older children but she is afraid of the noise and quick movements of young children. At a home with a fenced yard, she would be able to have more freedom to run and play, off leash. Here, she has gotten lost a couple times when off leash. However, lately she has gotten better about staying around.Ella is looking for a forever family who is willing to work with her on her issues. If you are that family, Ella will reward you with lots of boxer wiggles and kisses. What more could you want - just fill out the application - and request - Ella.
6/9/09 - Hi I'm Ella - foster mom is busy in the garden - so I
decided to write my own update. I'm feeling much braver now - even
brave enough to try writing. Foster mom says I've been a really great
girl this week - only one peeing accident in the house - Yeah!!!! I've
kind of gotten on a schedule so I only need to go outside 3 or 4 times a
day. I like being outside. Sometimes my mom leashes me to my foster
sister Star and lets us wander around the yard. She says that this
slows Star down and keeps me from wandering off and getting lost. I
like playing with Star except when she gets too excited and plays
rough. Foster cousin Candy is more fun to play with - she is more my
size and plays nicer. I'm getting used to all the sounds outside that
used to scare me - I don't hardly notice the cars as they travel the
road. And mom says I'm getting better at coming when called. She says
I'm even getting better at sitting. She holds a piece of cheese over my
nose -"yum"- and now only has to put her hand on my back end and I will
sit. However she says I still give her the "look" - "I'm only doing
this because you are making me." Guess I'm still a little afraid.I had
a new experience this weekend. Foster dad put me into the car - I don't
like getting into the car - and we drove to that other house. Then they
put me into something called a boat. That wasn't too bad because it was
a lot more open than the car. There sure was a lot of wind. When the
boat stopped, everyone got out at the beach. They put Star out into the
water and she didn't know what to do - she just stood there. Finally
someone went and helped her out of the water. I'm sure glad they let me
off on land. There were lots on new smells and places to explore but
mom was not to happy when I kept wandering off. I also wasn't too sure
of the water and the noise it was making. After a long run up and down
the beach, it was nice to just lie down and sleep in the nice warm
sand. I was happy to let Candy and Star play in the water. Mom says I'm
ready for my forever home - whatever that is. I'm very happy right
here. But I think I could get used to a new home now. Especially if my
new family is as patient with me as my foster family - I'm still a
puppy and still learning. I really never had a chance to be a puppy,
before now! A family with another calm dog would be wonderful since I
have learned a lot from Star. She make me feel braver. I'm still a
little unsure around kids but if they are nice and gentle with me I will
give them lots of wiggles and kisses. Mom says I also need a home with a
fenced yard since I'm still not fully trained on "come" and other
commands. With a fenced yard I would be able to run and still be safe.
So "I'm ready - well mom says I'm ready." Where are you forever
5/28/09 - Check out the video slide show of Ella on You-tube.http://www.youtube.
5/11/09 - Ella is making slow steady progress. She has gotten used to most of the sounds around the house and outside - vacuum cleaner, washing machine, chain saw, tractor, birds, etc. She still shies away a little at first but does not panic. After a few minutes she will approach us and visiting people with typical boxer wiggles and a kidney bean dance. However she is somewhat more cautious around men and it takes her longer to warm up to them. Ella is becoming more playful. She plays with some of her toys and will play with my boxer, Star, for a short time. However Star is a lot bigger than Ella and can quickly become too much. Most of the time the two girls are great together and Ella has learned to follow Star's lead. Ella is a very sweet girl who loves attention but she does have a few small problems I am working on. It is hard to teach her commands and get her housetrained because she still does not completely trust people. So far, she doesn't want to do things to please her people and has she does not yet associate her actions with getting treats. I think she may almost be ready to train but I am taking it slowly - with a lot of patience. Ella usually only has one accident - and sometimes no accidents - in the house each day, but that's because I'm trained. As long as I get her outside at the right times, Ella will go to the bathroom there but she has not yet made the connection on her own. Ella is still very much a puppy. I think her age may be closer to 1 years old rather than two. She loves to chew anything and everything. This week it was the corner of my stairs. I have to pay attention to what she is doing. Most of the time she will chew a rawhide bone or her hard plastic ball but if I'm not checking, it could be a shoe or a glove or some underwear or the toy box. For some reason Ella loves to chew plastic. She is crated when I 'm not around to watch her. However, she has become a "crate escape artist" if the crate is not securely fastened. So now every time I leave her in the crate, I have to secure the door with nylon computer cable ties and then cut them to open it. Ella is ready and waiting for her forever family. She's not perfect yet but she is a puppy and still learning. She will give you many years of boxer wiggles and kisses and will be a loyal and loving friend. Don't miss out on this wonderful girl. What are you waiting for????
4/21/09 - Ella went for her wellness vet visit on Friday and did
very well. Everyone there loved her and she let them pet her without
running away. The only problem I had was getting her through the door
at the vets and getting her into the car. Ella freezes when she
approaches the car so I have to carry her into it. She also refuses to
enter new buildings without a gentle tug or push. Once inside she is
fine. Ella weighed in at 51 lbs. and has no health problems except some
crusting on the edges of her ears. Her fecal exam was negative and the
vet said she was not more than 2 years old - maybe younger. She is
still a puppy and really likes to chew anything that looks interesting.
I'm guessing that most of the dog toys are not very interesting. So far
the only casualties have been a couple cat toys, a bottle of cleaner for
my Spotlifter and the power cord for my treadmill. She will also try
and chew my shoes and slippers if she get the chance. Therefore I do
not trust her out of the crate when I am out of the house. After the
vet visit I took Ella to the pet store and again she did very well -
showed very little fear or hesitation around all the people who
approached her. We picked out a new collar and new toys - which Star
is playing with more than Ella. House training and command training are
going slowly. Ella still has accidents in the house almost daily -
although on some days she does better than others. We are still working
on the trust issue. Any time I try to make her do something - such as
gently push her bottom to encourage her to sit - or speak sternly to her
she will shut down or run away. A lot of patience and treats are
required.Ella is getting braver about loud and strange sounds. She
tolerates the vacuum cleaner and the garden tractor now. Outside, she
does not stay around as well off leash because she wants to go
exploring. She would probably do best in a home with a fenced yard. I
have to keep her close to me when she is off leash. On leash, she walks
very well. I have taken Star and her for several walks down my road.
Ella is a little unsure when a car passes but she will stay next to me.
Ella has come a long way in the last three weeks. She started here with
very limited positive experience with people and has become a happy,
wiggly boxer girl. She still needs a lot of training and socialization
but that will come with time and patience. The perfect forever home for
Ella would be a calm, low energy household with possibly another calm
dog who Ella could learn from. She would also do well with children who
would treat he gently. A home with a fenced yard would be ideal. Ella
is almost ready for her forever home. She is going to require a lot of
time, training and patience but she is a sweet, loving girl who is
definitely worth it. Are you her Forever family?
4/13/09 - Ella has made some moderate progress over the last week. She now willingly goes into her crate when I say "crate time" and throw in a piece of cheese. No more having to push her in. Cheese has become her favorite treat. She will take dog biscuit treats from my hand but often waits for Star to take one first. Ella is starting to become less fearfull of going down stairs - sometimes she goes down without hesitating but other times needs a push to take the first step. We are trying to work on the commands "come" and "sit". Ella stays around well when off leash until she hears a loud or strange sound - then she will panic and run. Sometimes all it takes is a woodpecker hammering on a tree or a loud bird call. Since we live a very rural area and do not have a fenced yard, Ella needs to be supervised at all times when off leash. Ella goes for her wellness vet visit on Friday so I will she how she behaves in the car and at a new place. Ella is a very sweet boxer girl and still in the puppy stage of her life. It's a huge world and she is just starting to experience it.
4/7/09 - Ella is slowing starting to settle in and her personality is emerging. This morning when I let her out of the crate she wiggled her little nubby. She has also found the toy box and pulled out some toys. However her favorites are my slippers and my husband's work gloves - she steals those every chance she gets. Today she took a dog biscuit treat out of my hand so I'm starting to get something I can train her with. She is still extremely timid and easily frightened - she still backs away from me when I approach her. So far, I am getting just glimmers of typical boxer behavior but I think she's on her way to becoming a mischievous, loving puppy.
4/4/09 - My newest foster, ELLA, (previously known as Kentucky girl # 3) arrived here yesterday after a long car ride. My thanks to Barbara for picking Ella up from the trainers and keeping her overnight until I could pick her up. Ella is a very sweet fawn girl with a white chest and feet. She is very timid and new things and sounds easily frighten her. It took a several minutes to coax her into my house. She does not understand stairs or getting into a car. She has learned to follow my boxer, Star, up the stairs but down the stairs is still difficult. My husband started our garden tractor yesterday and Ella panicked right out of her collar. Fortunately she did not run away. She is going to need time to learn to trust us so training her will be slow. She is not housetrained - not a problem for my Bissel Spotlifter - but she is crate trained. Ella settles right down in the crate and has not gone to the bathroom in it but she does not like to go into it. I have to gently push her in since I haven't yet found a treat that will entice her in. The one thing she does like are rawhide chews - she found those almost as soon as she arrived here. Introductions to Star and my cats went quickly and well. Ella doesn't play with Star yet and has chased the cats when they run but mostly ignores them. No boxer wiggles and kisses from Ella but I'm sure they will come with time. Keep watch for updates as Ella learns to trust and become a happy loving boxer girl.