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Ella-gy 2019 Calendar
Ella the Wonder Dog
2003 - 2018
In Memoriam

Ella's calendars have been an annual tradition for many, many years. Even though she's gone now, and sorely missed, the tradition continues with a collection of photos drawn from throughout her life.

In honor of Ella's memory, the new calendar is sold at cost, with no markup.

Goodnight, Little Bear.

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Get your 2018 Ella calendars now!

          

Ella-tivity 2018 13-Month Calendar
The new Ella calendar for 2018 is available now from Lulu.com. It features thirteen months of all your favorite Ella photos from from the past year, and for a limited time you can get it for the discounted price of only $11.99 plus shipping and handling.

Ella-tivity 2018 13-Month Calendar

But that's not all! If you just can't get enough of Ella, she's created an alternative calendar for the new year—the Ella Good! 2018 13-Month Calendar! Same great low price! Thirteen more super-cute photos of your favorite soft-coated wheaten terrier!

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Ella un-a-cyst-ed

          

Ella in her Surgi Snuggli after cyst surgery
I've been so focused on my book for the past year or more that I can't even remember the last time I posted an Ella update here to the blog. I find that unconscionable, so I'm here to remedy that.

First off, Ella is doing just fine, despite the fact that she had surgery last month, the second time this year. Like many wheaten terriers, Ella is prone to developing big sebaceous cysts, which for the most part we have left alone. They're mostly only a problem if they start to grow. In that case they can cause intense discomfort, or they can even burst and get infected.

Normally we've handled Ella's cysts by having them drained with a needle when they get too big, but in February we finally had to send her under the knife for the first time to have four of them removed. One had burst, another was getting bigger, and we figured we would just take as many off as possible as long as she was under anesthesia anyway.

This is considered minor surgery, but it's still nerve-wracking, especially because of the anesthesia. But Ella came through the first surgery fine, which made us a little less wary about doing it again last month.

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Just resting

          

Dead squirrel lies prone,
Chin resting on its two paws.
Looks like it's sleeping.

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Memory Lane

          

Their former stoop
She strains at the leash,
Trying to turn the corner.
"Not that way," I say.

But Ella insists,
So I give in and follow.
Not that big a deal.

This short, narrow lane,
It's a valid path back home,
Not such a detour.

Along the sidewalk
We rush, my arm stretched out straight,
Not pausing to sniff.

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Almost fall

          

Squirrels chasing each
Other up and around trees
Like on Benny Hill

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Haiku

          

sleeping puppy feet
pressed against my human toes
twitch in doggish dreams

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Ella the Wonder Dog saves the day again, this time warning the Invisible Hounds of Hell away from Astoria before they can instantiate a doorway into our dimension.

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Oh, what fun it is to play around with the slideshow-making capacities of QuickTime Pro and the music-compressing capacities of Adobe Audition! Not to mention what fun it is to play with the dog.

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Ella and the sphere of ultimate evil

          

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

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About Ella Beast

Ella Beast (a/k/a Ella the Wonder Dog) was a beloved soft-coated wheaten terrier who lived from 2003 to 2018. She spent most of her life in New York City and Chicago. Ella enjoyed stalking squirrels, getting ear skritches, and pushing a basketball around with her face. She starred in her own line of calendars and YouTube videos.