Fridays With Ellie: The Happiest Puppy Around

This has been a week, I’ll tell ya.

Everything is fine and dandy and jazz hand-y, it’s just been a bit busy and a lot stressful. (Telltale signs of stress, no matter how much I try to deny it and claim I’m just so totes excitingly busy: My sexy scalp psoriasis is flaring in a major way, I’m growing a chin-strap made of pimples, and my stomach is letting me know what’s up.) But somehow I feel energized from it?

I’m off to the D.C. area today for my cousin’s bachelorette party. We’ll be winery hopping and then my cousin requested “a 10 pm bedtime,” and I know maybe she was joking, but that is exactly my type of party. I’m excited to see her and her puppy and my aunt, but it will also be my first night and weekend away from Ellie. So emotionally, I am feeling slightly unstable.

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I don’t wanna leave this little face! (Brian, can you give her a bath this weekend while I’m gone? THX.)

She’ll be with Brian, so it’s not like she’s staying home alone and throwing parties. But I haven’t been away from her overnight since we brought her home in December, so cue my tears. (Still not convinced I can handle children ever. Sorry, Mom. I will adopt more puppies, though, so you can have lots of grandpuppies to spoil! How do parents do all this stuff?)

So today we celebrate another edition of Fridays with Ellie.

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THE BEST DAY OF THE WEEK!

Since we moved to West New York, NJ (still so amused by that — forever a New Yorker!), Ellie is the happiest seven-month-old in all the land. She has always been a life-loving dog, but she’s just so happy here. She loves peeing on all the grass and freaking out at all the geese and trying to eat all the goose poop. (Why do they do that? Is it sweet? Is anyone out there willing to test taste it and report back for inquiring minds?) Every night, I walk her to the ferry, which is just a few minutes away, and we greet Brian when he gets off the boat. Then we get some quality family time walking home, and usually we’ll stop at the dog park on the way to play for a while. It’s nice for all of us, and something we definitely didn’t do before.

Also, the whole potty training thing really clicked once we got here. We no longer have to take an elevator 28 flights down every time she might kind of sort of need to pee. Now she just walks over to the door, sits down, and stares at me, and then I take her out, and everyone is happy.

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Lickin’ your lips, you don’t get too far… (but different)

Now, enjoy these 6,000 photos of Ellie, who at seven months is clocking in at around 45 lbs.

Here are some pictures of Ellie with her best friend, me. (Actually, she completely prefers Brian, which kind of bums me out sometimes, but I just tell myself it’s because she’s with me all the time, and seeing him is like a special treat.)

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Moving day photo shoot!
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Brian takes Ellie out for her first pee of the day, which is great for me. I like to entertain Ellie while he is brushing his teeth and putting on pants and stuff. Sometimes I tell her jokes. She always laughs and laughs!
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SOMEONE HAS GROWN.
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Ellie Golden, massage therapist. She’s really good!
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Best friends kiss on the lips.

Here are some times when Ellie was very sleepy. She plays hard and naps hard. Respect.

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Needs more toys probably.
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This is Ellie in her fancy car hammock. She likes to rest her head on it.
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This is my favorite thing.
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BRIAN, DON’T BE MAD THAT I TOOK THIS. AND THEN POSTED IT ON THE INTERNET.
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She got so sleepy on moving day and decided to just rest her head on a little Ellie-sized pillow!
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Harder, better, faster, stronger.

Here is Ellie proving that she will never outgrow her vicious, precious underbite. 

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Sweet Fang.
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How’s it fangin’?
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Wild fang. You make my heart sang.
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Fang fang, into the room! Fang fang, all over youuuu!
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Livin’ in the fangsta’s paradise.
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Fangin’ with Ellie Golden.
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I’m out of fang puns.

Here are some photos that show how freaking pumped Ellie is to be a West New Yorker. 

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Chillin’ in the grass = living the puppy dream.
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CHEESE!!!
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She is SO happy to have eye-level windows! She just stares outside all day. I call her Neighborhood Watch. And sometimes I call her Ellen DeGeneres.
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The prettiest time of night!
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The mini judgmental head tilt. Queen of sass.
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We went for a little family hike last weekend, and she was very proud of herself for carrying this big stick. And then dropping it every two second. And stopping to pick it up again. Repeat for 10 minutes.
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A grassy dog park! So much better than the dirt one!
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So desperately wanting to pounce on the hissing geese…
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ADOPT DON’T SHOP. Preachy post on that, coming soon!

And finally, here are some photos looking back at Ellie’s spay recovery. She was a total champ during the two-week recovery period. We got an inflatable doughnut for her so she didn’t have to wear the clunky plastic cone, and she was good about not licking her scar or trying to pick at it. But oh my goodness, picking her up from her spay appointment was so insane. She was so drugged and so out of it, and she just stood there staring at me. She wouldn’t (couldn’t?) walk, so I ended up having to carry her the block home to our apartment — which would’ve been fine if she wasn’t 45 lbs. and I hadn’t had the flu at the time. It was a rough commute. She did look really cute in her inflata-cone, though.

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This is right outside the vet. She was frozen.
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Martini puppy! Definitely shaken. Maybe also stirred.
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Somehow made it home…
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…and promptly fell asleep…in Brian’s hand.
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I didn’t want her to feel self-conscious, so I wore a matching dough-cone! (Cone-nut?)
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We put blankets all over the apartment so she could comfortably fall asleep on a soft spot whenever and wherever she wanted.
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Such a model!
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NO MORE PICTURES, PLZ.
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Look how smushy! Such a shar-pei! Total chow-chow.

Have a great weekend! Post lots of puppy pictures on Instagram and tag me in them so I can double-tap and then probably cry because I miss my dog.

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13 Responses

  1. Dogs and geese poop : ( it’s prob my least favorite part of walking my baby outside…trying to avoid them so she won’t eat them. Although her dad says it’s not bad for dogs to eat. Anyways, welcome to the area. We usually take our dog to the dog park by the Estuary (love the astro turf) while I run up and down the waterfront : )

  2. Just found your blog, will pop it on my feedly. I’ve never seen those donut soft neck things before. I’m sure we’ve only got those horrid plastic elizabethan collar things. My poor Molly, now gone, the amount of ops she had that she would wear one, and having a thick neck she had to have the biggest, poor darling. She’d just bang into everything. Wish I’d seen those soft donut ones, I would have ordered it online if necessary.

  3. Hope you’re managing okay without Ellie this weekend. I totally get it, though. Just got back from vacation with my husband and I missed my dogs terribly. I kept saying to my husband how much the dogs would love to be doing this or that – they would totally love to be with us here at the top of the space needle! Haha.

    Anyway, you are a great dog mom and your reunion will be here before you know it! I also love the pic of “drugged Ellie” falling asleep in Brian’s hand. SO sweet!

  4. This dog has so much personality!! I love reading Fridays with Ellie. Isn’t the dog park fun. We love taking Cocoa and seeing her have so much fun playing with her puppy friends. On my goodness, the picture of er asleep in Brian’s hand. So.freaking.cute!!

  5. It is always hard for me to leave my dogs! We had a guest puppy for a weekend, I took tons of pictures and sent them to the puppy parents, I wish my puppy sitter would do the same…

    Have fun on your trip and ask Brian for lots of Ellie pics it helps!

  6. I’m a wreck when I have to leave my dog too. I’m already anxious about a trip I’m taking in 3 months !!! I feel ya 🙂 My dog also loves to collect sticks and bring them home. I have the cutest picture of her standing proudly next to her stick collection … I’ve learned only some people like the picture, the rest just think I’m crazy!

  7. Omg you are just as much of a crazy dog lady as I am and I love it. Those pics of Brian and Ellie sleeping- I HAVE THE SAME ONES (only it’s my bed, my dog, and my bf). I totally share your feeling of how the hell do people have kids. My Jax is having some problems with his paws that the vets have had a hard time figuring out (he’s in a cone too!) and being a parent of a sick child (even though this is just a stupid paw and could be so much worse!) is TERRIBLE.
    I’m glad Ellie is so happy in her new home! <3

  8. Duncan is currently in the cone-nut! He had to get a growth removed from his cheek and has stitches. I’ll share and tag u on IG.
    Don’t worry. It’s actually good for them to be apart for a nite or two. Just start rehearsing singing “reunited and it feels so good…” for your return 🙂

  9. You Ellie posts seriously make me want to go out today and get a dog <3 She is getting so big- looking forward to your rescue post. Enjoy your wine this weekend- I'm actually headed to the city for my 2nd anniversary- two years, whoop!

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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