Elly was adopted in August 2013. As I did not want to support one of those breeding mills I had heard so many sad stories about, I made the decision to adopt a dog from a shelter. I had never had a pet before but I wanted to take a leap of faith for my family and I who had just moved here from Germany.
When we visited the SPCA, we decided on Delia, a local-mixed-breed dog of about three-years-old, who grew up in the shelter. The staff at the SPCA were very helpful and sensitive with our search for our perfect companion so when we chose Delia, they were also very honest about her. They assured us that she is a real sweetheart, once you have earned her trust. When we finally took Delia home, we renamed her Elly to signify a new chapter in her life. The first four days were very hard, she hid under the bed and would not come out at all, not for food and not even for a pee. So one step at a time, with a lot of patience, we managed to give her courage. It took us four weeks to just get beyond the condo barrier and after four months, we went to dog training for resocialising. Today, Elly is like family, the best friend you possibly can have. She still is not an outgoing dog, but it seems she does appreciate every single bit of attention that we give to her.