Ellie was picked up as a starving stray in SoCal after having a litter of puppies. She was in a shelter for a month, DPS NoCal foster care for 2 weeks, and then found us. She was very shy and quiet but now she talks and sings and befriends every single human she meets (and most dogs). We named her Ellie after the little girl who became a woman in the movie "UP," who said "Adventure is out there!" And it is! She has gone with us to Yosemite and Lake Tahoe and shopping and to restaurants in Berkeley. She loves to eat, leap, and twirl in snow and is fascinated by mule deer. She loves to sleep on my son's bed--unless he's in there too. We can't imagine life without her.