Ampuversary and Adoptaversary

Elly has been a Tripawd for more than three years, August 5th, and as of October 17 part of our little pack for 3 years.

Elly flies up and down the stairs and has since she first came here.  It was a concern when I was considering adopting her since Tri-Pug Maggie, also a small rear amp, had trouble going up stairs and I now live in a house with lots of stairs. Elly has learned to wait at the top or bottom of the stairs for me to cue her to follow me, it saves some wear and tear when I am coming right back. Sometimes when she isn’t sure what we are doing she stops in the middle and waits : )


Our first fall together was rough for a skittish dog…the leaves falling off trees and blowing down the road scared her.  We often had to stop and let those little evil doers pass.  Three years later we still  have to stop for leaves but now it’s because she thinks they might be turkey feathers!


I live with my father and Elly didn’t get off to a good start with him, in fact it seemed like she might not be able to stay.  She barked at him EVERY MORNING for three weeks!  She even nipped him once- I think because he tried to pick her up.  She finally got used to him being here, although was leery of him for quite awhile.  One of Dad’s jobs is to feed the dogs and she wouldn’t go downstairs (without me) for breakfast for a year.  Now they are best buds!

Elly and Obie with Dad, and TriPug Maggie in a sweatshirt cameo!


In addition to being skittish Elly was quick to bolt when scared, you couldn’t blame her after being hit by a car and re-homed several times.  I couldn’t imagine ever letting her off leash unless in a fully enclosed park.  Now (after tons of classes and hours of training) she has earned a little off leash time. I only let her off at certain parks and only when there are no other dogs around.


Elly isn’t the same dog that first hopped into my life, we have grown together in so many ways.  I had hoped to do therapy work with her when I got her but her fear issues makes that impossible (for now anyway).  I discovered Nose Work as an alternative and it has done wonders for her confidence.  She is braver and more comfortable in her world,  we have become quite a team.


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.

5 thoughts on “Ampuversary and Adoptaversary”

  1. Happy Ampuversary and Adoptaversary Elly!! Karen, you have worked wonders with her. It has been a real joy getting to follow your story and watch her bloom into such a happy pup. Watching her find her confidence with all the work you have done together always brings a smile to my face 🙂

    Big hugs,
    Jackie and Huck

  2. Hoppy Ampuversary Elly and Gotcha day. I know you have come a long long ways. Keep up the good work.

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  3. Pure magic at work here!! What you have accomplished with the ADORABLE Elly is nothing short of a miracle!! And I mean that!!

    Got a lot of warm fizzles going on over here as I was reading some or the huge obstacles you jave overcome. I’m just sooop grateful little Elly finally found you. NO ONE coild have helped her like you have! NO ONE!!!

    And your Dad is certainly part of this victory team too! I love that photo of him with Obie (So cute) and Elly and Stubborn Pug Maggie….sweeeet.

    What a great technique you created for Elly so she won’t have to keep going up and down the stairs a hundred times a day!

    You’ve really had to be quite creative with all the strategies you’ve developed to help Elly become the dog she was born to be!! And the amount of patience required…OMD!! The patience…the repetition…cannot imagine!!!!

    Karen, these pictures are BEAUTIFUL!! You jave so many you could jave used for the calendar. Can’t wait to see your choice. The one with those scary Fall leaves…beautiful. The turkey feather and the joy in her eyes…so darn cute!

    So Miss Elly, CONGRATULATIONS ON EVERYTHING!!! HAPPY GOTCHA’ DAY!! HAPPY AMPUVERSARY!!! HAPPY ENJOY YOUR ICE CREAM AND CAKE DAY!! You did get ice cream and turkey feather cake, right???

    Lots of luv ❤💚💜💛💙

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

  4. Happy Ampuversary and Adoptaversary Elly!
    Your hard work and patience have paid off big time. What a joy to see how far she has come! Magic and hard work!! You were meant to be together!

    Elly we have flocks of Turkeys that come every year we feed the turkeys they leave us all kinds of feathers. I will save them next year;) They do no stay in the winter,(don’t blame them) they will be back in the spring.
    Holly & Purrkins❤️

  5. YAY ELLY! Oh my dog you have made a million strides to get to where you are. BOTH of you deserve many, many accolades and applawse. CONGRATS and hoppy adoptaversary/ampuversary!!!

    P.S. LOVE the sweatshirt on Pops!

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