Ellie has been with us for almost 2 weeks now (it feels more like 3 days!) and I can't imagine life without her!  She brings so much joy to our lives, both human and canine alike.  She greets me every morning with her bunny nub wiggling a million miles per minute.  She gets Yuki to play at least 3-4 times per day (which is beyond fantastic since he usually refuses to play!)  And I love the funny sleeping poses, the cuddles and the puppy kisses.


She has started showing us some signals already, which I'm so happy about.  She doesn't indicate when she needs to go out to potty, but she does sit near her food dish when she's hungry.  She also sits near Yuki's water dish when she wants a drink.  She dumps her water often, so I have to refill her dish throughout the day.  I haven't quite figured out why she sits near his dish rather than hers, but it doesn't matter too much.  Hopefully she'll start showing some potty signals within the next few weeks!


It's a blast watching Ellie and Yuki playing.  Growing up, we only ever had one dog at a time, so this is my first (full-time) multiple-dog experience.  Yuki is very careful not to nip or bite, but they're both really vocal!  Ellie sounds like an angry Tasmanian Devil and Yuki sounds like a grumpy old man groaning and grumbling.  And Ellie, the little sneak, has developed quite the strategy with him.  She'll get him riled up, snapping and nipping at his fur, and the moment he starts to win their play-battle she'll yelp or whine.  He instantly stops and moves back, thinking he's hurt her, and then she vaults herself off the floor and either continues her attack or goes tearing off to start a merry chase.  It's taken awhile, but I've finally stopped reacting to every yelp like she's actually hurt.


I've tried, several times, to get their play-battles on video but they have a tendency to stop and stare at me the moment they see the camera.  I'm still hopeful I'll be able to catch them off guard soon!

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Comment by Stephanie on July 21, 2011 at 9:32pm
I used to have two water bowls also - both would drink out of Bear's bowl - so I discarded the two smalls and got one big - they refuse to share food, but water - they'd have it no other way!  funny little creatures!
Comment by Ellen Andersen on July 21, 2011 at 8:54pm
LOL!  I'm looking forward to videos!  Smart little Ellie pulling a fast one on the old man...too funny!

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