The Ellie Mae Memorial Crown

IMG_1282The crown appears to be fiberglass. It must have once been part of a parade float or something like that. It is suspended on a metal milk can, and marks the spot where our Newfoundland dog Ellie Mae’s ashes are buried.

Book box update

I’m happy to report that we’re seeing continued turnover in the 27th Street Book Box. There have been a number of kids books appear and disappear lately, and I’ve noticed some parents taking their kids to the book box lately. There are a few excellent books in there that haven’t moved since they appeared, to my surprise. In particular, I’m thinking about Iron and Silk and Anatomy of a Murder. Others seem to come and go very quickly. I love that it’s taken on a life of its own.

Books Rock
Books Rock

The “Books Rock” sign has a Newfoundland dog image on the right of the sign. That’s Ellie Mae – regular readers know we lost Ellie less than a week ago. I’m happy that we have her image right up at the front of the house.

Ellie Mae RIP

We lost our fantastic Newfoundland dog Ellie Mae this morning. She was a fabulous dog – gentle, strong-willed, fantastically lazy, a great actress, and a delight to have around.

DSC01946In this photo, she’s just scarfed down the last of one of the cat’s dinner, and needed a little lie down after.

And in the video below, watch Ellie and her pal Memphis go for a swim


Another Ellie Mae update

Ellie Mae, our older Newf, is continuing to have a problem with her leg. She can’t really put any weight on it at all right now, even with her pain meds.  The underlying problem has not been diagnosed. If she doesn’t show improvement, we’ll take her back to the emerg clinic for another look. We’ll keep you posted on how she’s doing.

Ellie Mae

I wrote a few days ago about the problem Ellie Mae has been having with her rear right leg. She’s been taking an anti-inflammatory and pain meds, and we’ve reduced her exercise .  Ellie has shown great improvement and today she’s been going for walks again. She’s still on the pain meds but soon I’ll cut those back if she continues to do well. She is putting weight on the leg again and most of the time now she isn’t limping.

The problem remains undiagnosed, even though she’s had X-rays and has been examined by an orthopedic specialist. Hopefully, it was something as simple as bruising or a pulled muscle or something like that.

Cool drink of water….

Ellie Mae LOVES drinking from hoses, sprinklers, faucets, any kind of running water.

Ellie Mae quenches her thirst
Ellie Mae quenches her thirst