Well, we knew someone would be lucky enough to adopt this beautiful three-legged girl, but we were thrilled beyond belief when two very special people turned out to be the ones!
Remember Paul and Jennifer, who adopted blind and deaf Gabe from us back in May?
Yes, they're adopting Ella, too! They had fallen in love with Ella when they met her at the ranch after they flew out from California to get Gabe. So Alayne and I were delighted when they asked if they could adopt our Bella Ella! Their original plan was to fly to New Hampshire this fall and pick her up, but scheduling the time off together to make the trip was proving difficult, so we offered to send Ella out to them to make it easier all the way around. Just picture them with their arms around Gabe and Ella!
We arranged with Gale Lang of TLC Pet Transport, whose company drove the crew out to New Hampshire for us, to take Ella to California for us. Gale's team picked up Ella yesterday afternoon. I will admit, I was an emotional wreck saying goodbye to this sweet girl. The driver was a little shook-up to see me crying as I handed Ella over to them. She hadn't been with us long -- only since February -- but she had really made an impact on us.
She had come so far since first arriving as a frightened, please-don't-come-anywhere-near-me kind of dog. In my original blog post on her arrival, I had said that her real disability was in her head -- her fear of people. But her fears soon began to fade as she watched the other dogs interact with us, and before we knew it, Ella actually became jealous! It was impossible for us to make over another dog without having her shoehorn her way in on the action -- a development we loved to see!
Ella has such a soft, gentle personality -- she's as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. I know Gabe will enjoy having her company, that's for sure! Paul and Jennifer have told us how much they adore Gabe, and we know they will adore Ella just as much, too.
A couple of weeks ago Ella finished the final round of her heartworm treatment, and she came through it just fine. That meant she was ready to travel.
So yesterday we hugged her and kissed her and sent her on her way to California. Paul and Jennifer have promised to send photos of Ella with them after she arrives, and I will get those on the blog.
Thank you so much, Paul and Jennifer!
Wow -- up to 2nd place as of Friday morning!
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It was thanks to all of your amazing votes that we won the $20,000 Grand Prize in the final Shelter Challenge of 2009, and we came in fourth nationwide in the first Shelter Challenge earlier this year, winning $3,000. So this is serious money and can really make a difference for our disabled animals! Please help us win this round of the contest by voting every day, and by encouraging your family, friends and colleagues to vote every day, too. Thank you!