City Dog, Vol. V

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Hi humans, it’s everybody’s favorite pint-sized pound puppy, stopping by to catch you up on my (mis)deeds. I’m sure you’ve all been wondering where I’ve been, but Mom claims she’s had more pressing stories to tell. Psst. I say she’s just jealous of my widespread appeal and Internet popularity. Luckily, she and Dad are currently bedridden with strep throat so I’m stepping up to the plate to take care of things around here.

Since we last chatted, I’ve been to Mars and back. Well, it seemed that way at least, as Mom stuffed me in a squishy, ventilated bag that I liken to a spacecraft and shoved me under an airplane seat to transport me all the way across country to Tennessee for the holidays. It was a long 10-hour trip in such tight quarters—and even worse coming back. I was an angel, though, and she didn’t even have to give me a sleeping pill to knock me out! Only once did I crawl out of the bag and start prancing down the aisle when she made the mistake of opening the bag so I had some room to breathe… That’ll teach her.

I got to go back to my birthplace, which was fun, but I’m hardly top dog there…I have to share the spotlight with five other Malteses (my birth mom, my birth dad, my two half-brothers and a crotchety, old uncle). This is my birth mom, Katey…don’t we bear a striking resemblance? She’s only a year and three days older than me, after all…hussy.

Though I’m clearly top dog where my granddad is concerned; he skipped work for three whole days to stay home with me while Mom and her mom and Aunt Kari went to drink something called butterbeer down in someplace called Orlando!

OK, maybe we share the spotlight…

Ahh, who am I kidding? That was the best part about my holidays: constant playmates! Mom Katey, was super rough with me—she must have thought she was re-enacting Marky Mark’s starring role in The Fighter with as much grit as packed with each punch; she plays dirty and pulls the other dogs around the house by their tails!—but I eventually learned the ropes, and pretty soon was throwing her off the couch for each time she head-butted me. It was cool!

And naturally I got more presents than anyone else, including this super bad a$$ Harley Davidson get-up from Aunt Kari’s boyfriend Richard. How intimidating do I look? All I need now is the leather chaps to complete the ensemble.

I went and stayed with my grandparents just outside of Sacramento for a weekend while Mom and Dad abandoned me for some conference called Snowcial, but that’s OK, because my Grammie and Grandpa are the best! Besides, two weeks later, I got to go along. It was my second trip to Tahoe, and Mom said there’s another one around the corner in February.

Good, because I love the snow!

This time, we stayed in the Deerfield Lodge on the South Shore for Mom’s work. It was awesome because they looooove dogs there, and there were even two other pup hosts named Baylor and Bentley. I guess now would be a good time to tell you I’m finally a woman—at just seven months old!—so I wasn’t allowed to play with boys. Sigh. Next time. Mom said something about a cow and giving away the milk, but I had no clue what she was talking about…as usual. But the owner, Miss Robin, was so sweet, and I hope to go back and visit her soon—if Mom will take me. (I may be a woman, but I don’t got my driver’s license…yet.)

The bed there was the softest I’ve ever slept on in my whole seven-and-a-half months. They practically had to drag me out of there!

Then, we went to a place called Truckee for two nights where we stayed at a LEED-certified place called the Cedar House Sport Hotel. I don’t know what LEED-certified means, but they did have another comfy (dog) bed, a cool water and food bowl, and organic treats waiting just for me! Of course, I know my place is not on a dog bed—it’s where my people are. (Shhhh, don’t tell. I’m squeaky clean. And besides, I’m hypo-allergenic with hair not fur—just like you homo sapiens. Imagine someone telling you that you couldn’t sleep in the bed.) I could get used to all this five-star luxury, let me tell you.

I start my newest round of obedience training with my favorite lady, Dianne, week after next. Mom and Dad and I are enrolled in a seven-week class called Teen Spirit. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. (Spoiler alert: I’ll be top dog again, no doubt.)

xo,
Ella

COMMENTS
  • January 31, 2011

    Cutie! Yeah, our dogs are convinced that the human bed is their bed. We’ve just given in (and, well, maybe we kind of like sleeping with them).

    • January 31, 2011
      Kristin

      Yeah, we kind of love her sleeping with us! Only, she’s just six pounds and she still has each of us on our respective edge of the bed, as she stretches out length-wise across the bed and kicks each of us with her paws. It’s hilarious! And yet, neither of us dares to move her… =)

  • January 31, 2011

    I LOVE Ella’s blogs! She is so freaking adorable, and that combined with your photo skillz makes for some awesome posts 🙂

  • January 31, 2011
    SVV

    Flying Monkey Activate!

  • January 31, 2011

    Ella is a fabulous blogger. And I’m still laughing that your dad took time off work to be with her. I thought my in-laws were crazy!

  • January 31, 2011

    Tooooooo cute!!! Can’t wait to have a dog again. 🙂

    • January 31, 2011
      Kristin

      Are you and Lucas planning on getting one? You can do it the traditional way like SVV and I did…first comes love, then comes marriage, then PUPPY! If you time it right, the puppy can even be there waiting for you after your honeymoon =)

  • January 31, 2011

    Hahaha, what an adorable dog!!!! I love the pics of her running. Looks like she has such a fun life! I should really start taking mine around with me. She’s only 11 pounds and is so cute, but she gets very whiny and neurotic sometimes, so I’m very nervous about taking her on a plane with me.

  • January 31, 2011

    Too cute!!! I have a dog who sleeps on bed with me. 😉 The pics are def adorable!!

  • January 31, 2011

    Our dog somehow scoots us only one half of the bed over the night – taking the other half to stretch and be in luxury.

  • January 31, 2011

    So cute. I love Ella. When I see her photos, I want to hug her.

  • February 1, 2011

    What a fabulous life that gorgeous little fur baby has!

  • February 1, 2011

    I love the running photo!

  • February 2, 2011

    Eeeeee! Ella in the Harley Davidson outfit just made my day! She looks so cute! Keep on blogging Ella and say get well soon to your parents!

    • February 2, 2011
      Kristin

      I’ll be sure she’s wearing it next time we meet for brunch! =)

  • February 2, 2011

    Oh Ella pup! I wish she could partake in our brunch on Sunday!

    • February 2, 2011
      Kristin

      Haha, I know! I was trying to think of a way to smuggle her in, but i thought a) that might be a tad bit rude and b) she’s not a very good car rider when I’m driving solo. So yeah. Guess you’ll just have to alert me the next time you’re in SF and we’ll get together 😉

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