Elly Rocks the Balance Equipment

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I updated this blog.  A busy summer working the Shakespeare Festival, some family health issues and my arm in a cast…blogging somehow didn’t rise to the top priority!

I missed blogging about Elly’s one year ampuversary although I did manage a forum post.  She has been home for more than 10 months now and is really comfortable here.  She is still wary of strangers and dogs and pretty much anything that she hasn’t seen before.  On one of our morning walks we came across a donation bag sitting on the sidewalk- it took her 5 minutes to get the nerve to sniff it and finally walk past.  Since plastic bags seem to be one of her triggers we’ve been working extra hard on getting comfortable with them.  If we walk early enough in the morning there are usually several newspapers in driveways in plastic bags.  Elly will now ‘tag’ them (touch with her nose) on command!

We have also completed two more classes. One was called Canine Confidence which gave us some insight on shy and traumatized dogs. And tonight we completed our third Strength, Balance and Body Awareness class.  We’ve had the same trainer for all three of these and she is really impressed with Elly’s progress, especially with her confidence.  Vicki was nice enough to video our second run through the equipment course tonight.  I hang onto to Elly’s harness to keep her safe on the taller equipment and because I take her leash off, she freaks out when her leash drags across her back (so many issues!).

Here she is, although tired she still Rocked the Course!



Author: krun15

Maggie was a little black pug born in 1999. On September 7, 2006 she lost her left rear leg to a mast cell tumor. Because of lymph node involvement Maggie went through a 6 month chemo regimen. She was given 6 to 9 months after her amp, but she beat mast cell cancer! In the winter of 2010 things started to slide; in the course of about 2 months she had 2 MCTs removed, was diagnosed with incontinence and kidney failure, and then the big blow- oral melanoma. She lived her carefree tri-pug life until she crossed over on June 2, 2010.

6 thoughts on “Elly Rocks the Balance Equipment”


    What an amazing little bundle of spunk! That was a hard course for a tripawd, especially getting up in those big balls and balancing!!

    You’re giving Ollie a run for his money!

    Now we have to see a video of “touch” on command!

    You rock in everything you do little Elly! It just warms my heart knowing how lucky you were to find the best furever home on the planet!

    Lots of love to all!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    PS. Glad things have settled down for you and your Dad.

  2. Wow! That’s fantastic. Isn’t she incredible and your patience and dedication are so heart warming and inspiring. People sometimes talk about courage as though it means not being afraid but true courage means doing things in spite of the fact that you ARE afraid and in the end of course that’s how you overcome your fears too. Elly is one super-courageous pug and you are a GREAT mum. Here’s to the both of you!
    Meg and Clare xx

  3. Great job Elly & Karen. Amazing job. She has come a long way in her short time with you. She will keep improving.

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  4. Elly you are impressive! That has got to seem like climbing the Andes to a dog your size. Pretty soon you WILL be! Glad to see you’re strong and fit my dear. This is what canine fitness for Tripawds is all about. You set a great example.

  5. This is so amazing!!! How great is she? Elly looks great and I love that course. So impressive. She is doing so great with you. She is so lucky you rescued her.

    Sorry about your arm. Ouchy!!!!

    It’s great to see them gain confidence with great pawrenting from the humans!

    Alison with Spirit Shelby in her heart and little Jasper too

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