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Name: Ellie
Age: 6 years (as of 3/26/19)
Gender: Female
Breed: Formosan Mountain dog mix
Weight: 42lbs
Dogs: No dogs
Cats: No cats
Kids: Best with 13+
Housebroken: Yes
Crate trained: Ok in kennel
Leash: Ok on leash
Brief Bio:

Meet Ellie! Ellie is in need of a home that is savvy and able to continue working with her. She needs a home where we will be the only dog and best in a home with older kids or no kids. Ellie has a lot of potential but really needs a patient and understanding family.

Ellie has free access to a small backyard during the day but typically stays inside during the day. She does fine in homes without a yard as long as she’s let out to potty within 8 hours. Ellie would be happiest with an individual or family without other pets or kids, with daily exercise and access to space she can run, and with copious human affection.

Behavioral Difficulties:
Can be reactive in overwhelming situations, such as with new people/dogs.
Can be protective of her home but with proper introductions is eventually tolerant and in some cases, warm.
Ellie attends daycare once a week and plays at the dog park monthly and never has incidents with other dogs. But she is protective when with her “pack” and is more likely to start a fight if other dogs approach us on walks or in the park.

Behavioral Awesomes:
Ellie is extremely affectionate and cuddly with her people. When she feels safe and has her guard down she is the warmest, sweetest lovebug.
She is extremely smart and trainable. She learns tricks in a day or two.
She has good household manners: doesn’t beg for food, doesn’t counter surf (won’t even sneak food if left in reach), doesn’t jump on the bed.
She warms up to people after 2 or 3 thoughtful interactions and greets family/friends with joy.
She is happiest when she is running at full speed in the park or curled up next to you on a blanket.

Known commands:
Go to place – she goes to her bed in the corner and waits to be released. She also puts herself in place during dinner and will stay until you get up with the bowls (she gets a treat if she stays for the whole meal).
Heel – obeys if not overly distracted
No teeth – useful during rough-housing if you don’t want her mouthing you, or if she is playing with other dogs if you don’t want her biting
Thank You – stops her barking at the door
Leave it – works in many situations from not touching a piece of food or toy, to not interacting with another dog on a walk
OK! – released from whatever other command, such as Leave It or Stay
Gentle – she will take food/toy slowly and precisely or decrease her rough-housing level
Backseat – goes to and stays in the backseat or trunk of the car
Being approached too quickly by anyone, especially children or other dogs – slow, thoughtful introductions are effective
People entering the home or any other space she has deemed her “territory” (such as a cafe table or blanket in the park)
Large, looming individuals who infringe on her personal space
Being approached by other dogs while on a leash (is generally ok when off leash but caution is good)
Unexpected rapid movements can startle her
Loud noises don’t generally bother her but the vacuum does.

How to help?

If you have extra time on your hand and would like to help please consider volunteering! Rescue groups need dedicated volunteers to help with events, fundraisers, home checks, transports, etc. All of these things help enable the rescue to expand their network and help more dogs in need.

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