Ella flies through the honeymoon period

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 29 August 2013 | 4 Comments


Just thought I’d update you on how Ella (aka Flipper) the Kelpie is getting along. Ella has been with us 6 months now and is settling in very well.

At first Ella was scared of a lot of sounds especially the vacuum cleaner and kitchen appliances, but she has overcome all of these fears now, except for the vacuum cleaner which she still treats with suspicion.

According to the Excellent information book that you receive when adopting your new canine companion, there can be a honeymoon period.  Clearly, Ella had not read the book!  In the first 2 weeks she was full-on even for a Kelpie.  I think she decided to roadtest us and had the attitude that if you can handle me at my most chaotic, you’ll do OK as my new pack leaders. I just kept telling myself that it was teenage exuberance after being confined to a kennel.

At the end of 2 weeks, just as I was beginning to think she was running on nuclear power, she suddenly settled down into a different and much calmer dog. Since then we have been having a fabulous time together, especially at the beach.  As far as Ella is concerned every dog & human she meets is her friend.

We’ve done 2 courses of adolescent dog training with Amicus Dog Training since March, as Ella loved socialising with the other dogs and we learned a lot.  When she first came home she had a habit of nipping your lower legs when she became very excited (not unexpected in a working breed) and the trainer Simone, suggested a pair of wellies for protection while we got her out of the habit.  These did the trick very nicely and nipping is no longer an issue.

We put in the time and effort on Ella’s training and it has really paid off.  Ella is a happy dog when she knows exactly what is expected of her and we now understand ‘kelpie’dog language much better.

Ella is a delight to have around, she has a very inquisitive nature and is a great companion for me while I work at home; I wouldn’t be without her.

Thank you to all the volunteers who so generously give their love and time to the refuge dogs. And thank you to all those who worked to keep Ella safe and well until we could adopt her.

Best wishes

Joanne and David J


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  • Thanks for putting the time and love into Ella and not giving up! So happy to know she has you.

    Posted by Iris, 01/09/2013 12:52pm (5 years ago)

  • It is uplifting to see the dedication to training. So many don't bother.

    Posted by Linda Mort, 31/08/2013 12:15am (5 years ago)

  • It is so wonderful to hear of people taking on a working breed and allowing for issues through the settling stage. Kudos for you for giving Ella a wonderful life.

    Posted by Ali, 30/08/2013 10:50pm (5 years ago)

  • What a great story,and wonderful people for having so much patience waiting for her to settle into the way you wanted her to be,wish there were more people like you for giving her a second chance.

    Posted by Dot , 29/08/2013 4:02pm (5 years ago)

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