Inhuman Swill : Ella

Self-portrait (with human)

Ella doesn't quite understand the concept of looking at the camera. Not that I'm complaining!

It took Laura and me a little longer than we had planned this year, but our 2007 12-month Ella calendar is finally available for purchase at the terribly reasonable price of $15.95, with shipping options as low as $1.91! Get yours today and have [info]ellapup hanging on your wall all year long!

Ella-tion 2007 12-Month Calendar

We know this is what you've been looking forward to all winter.

And how about a little action sequence?








Granted, it's a peculiar sort of action....

It was co-o-o-old this morning at a quarter-of-six as I made my way to the office, first truly frigid morning of the season. Which means it's as good a time as any for some Ella pix!









Three is a magic number

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I cannot forget to wish a happy birthday to [info]ellapup, who is three today.

That's 21 in dog years, so let's have a drink, Ella!

In this brief wintry clip, Ella demonstrates her rebounding technique:

Sign seen this morning above a residential trash receptacle on a Queens sidewalk:


Ella spars around a Japanese maple with her arch-nemesis Nyla for four and a half tranquil minutes, accompanied only by the soft, soothing sounds of news radio. Pure bliss-out:

(Updated to include the actual video, via the new <lj-template> tag.)

All vets are off

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What I didn't say in the previous post is that today's visit is the last visit Ella will make to that vet. We've been with this vet for over two years, and while we haven't always been happy with the service, we've felt some loyalty. But today was absolutely the last straw.

I was waiting in the exam room while Ella, sedated a bit, was getting her X rays. When the orderly, a Neanderthal bruiser I'll call Frank, brought her back into the exam room, he set her down on the floor. She sort of slumped there in a boneless, trembling puddle, then started bashing her head against the floor.

I immediately got down on the floor and lifted her up to keep her from hurting herself. "I can put her in a crate, like usual," said Frank, "or you can hold her in your lap to keep her from hitting her head."

Now, Frank doesn't seem like he's cruel, just like he's not all there. "I'll hold her," I said.

"Are you sure?"

Yes, I was fucking sure. I sat on the floor of the exam room with her until she had settled down enough that she wasn't going to hurt herself. This was before the vet explained to me about the hallucinogenic properties of the sedative, though I had guessed it myself from the way Ella was acting.

Frank came back with the vet to take Ella to a crate to finish "waking up." When Frank picked her up from my lap, she peed all over me. The vet apologized to me for the mess, but she's my dog. I wasn't upset about the mess. I was upset about the treatment.

I don't even want to mention the incident from last year that has made Ella forever fearful of this vet's office. You'll just tell me that we never should have taken her back again after that, and you would be absolutely right, which seems obvious in hindsight.

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