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Marie and Ella
PRIORITY Paws Team, Dog Safety/Humane Ed Team   

Dog's Approx. Birth Year: 2007

Registrations: CGC, TDI

Dog's Most Favorite Thing: Dogs, dogs, dogs

Dog's Least Favorite Thing: Mean people

Ella Ella


Miss Ella was just another “down on her luck” pit bull hoping for a miracle. She once had a home and family of her own, but they dropped her off at animal control. The note on her kennel said “family moved - couldn’t take with.” The future wasn’t looking good for Miss Ella, but little did she know her luck was about to change. On a cold spring day the ARLP ladies decided to take a trip to animal control. They were walking down the aisle and upon turning the corner they spotted a giant pair of ears attached to a sad, sweet little face starting up at them. They knew that they would do whatever they could to find her a forever home.

That’s where I came into the picture; Miss Ella initially came to my house as a foster dog. My role was to get her healthy and ready for the perfect family. Miss Ella and I got to work; we started with the two-week shut down, attended obedience classes like Rott n' Pit Ed, and went to all sorts of fun ARLP events. She learned cool tricks like sit, stay, down and high-five, as well as manners like waiting for her food. She learned about toys and how to play fetch, and socialized with other dogs. All the while we were slowly but surely becoming a family.

When our six-month anniversary rolled around I gave in to the inevitable and adopted Miss Ella and officially made her part of the pack and a permanent resident of the Black Dog Lodge. But the story doesn’t end there. ARLP is not only an advocate for pit bulls, they are also huge advocates of continuing your dog’s education, so in addition to having a wonderful companion, each and every dog can serve as an ambassador for the breed – breaking down prejudice one dog at a time. So Miss Ella went on to get her Canine Good Citizen certificate and followed that by passing the Therapy Dogs International test to become a registered therapy dog. Miss Ella has been happily volunteering with PRIORITY Paws ever since.

Describe your dog in one paragraph:

Let me introduce myself…my name is Miss Ella and I just happened to be in the wrong place at the right time. I credit my good fortune on my on my lucky ears. My ears tend to be the first thing people notice about me and they are how I ended up where I am today. So you want to know a little bit about me? Well to start, people tell me I'm super smart and that I am really good at learning. I can also be a bit silly; life can’t be all “serious” and tell me, really, who doesn’t love a good case of the zoomies? Some of my favorite things include sunshine, running through fields with the wind blowing in my fur, naps during the afternoon, and dining out with friends (Minneapolis has some of the best dog-friendly patios to hang out at during the summer). My mom tells me that I need physical and mental stimulation and that I am a work in progress. Not sure exactly what that all means but we do all sorts of fun activities like agility, tracking, and nose-work so I am thinking it must be good thing. We also do this thing called volunteering where I get to hang out with a room full of kids who want to pet and hug me – what’s not to love?

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