Seeing her help him

This past weekend, my family had the pleasure of finally meeting Ellie and her person! We have been in contact, but have not had the time to set a visit date.

Paul, his wife Priscilla, and Ellie live just a short drive from us. On the ride to see them, we were talking about when Ellie was a puppy. All the funny antics she had and how she matured over time with us.
Ellie's first car ride as a puppy. Ellie has her head resting on my knee.

Ellie's first trip to the library! Sitting in her tiny working coat with children's books behind her.
We pulled up, reminded everyone to "ask Paul if you can pet HIS dog" when we see them. Well, let just say I got about halfway through the asking protocol and Ellie went nuts!

Ellie dashing around the house.
Ellie loving on dad
Ellie laying on the floor as I give her a huge hug

Ellie playing tug with her "Little miss helpful" toy
Ellie giving dad more love :)
My family listening to Paul share his story and Ellie laying in the middle of us smiling at the camera.
Ellie holding her stuffed bone laying on her back... in my lap!
Ellie came up to mom and rested her head against mom's leg. Elie stood like this for quite a while while mom scratched Ellie's sides.

Ellie just loved all the attention! Ellie laying on her back between Kaitlyn and I.
Ellie and her buddy Collin

Ellie giving me some kisses :)
Ellie was jumping out of her skin she was so excited! We brought her a special gift. Ellie's LLBean tote bag that her sponsors sent us. In the bag was a nylabone, rope toy, stuffed bone, her pink blanket from when she was a puppy, and a toy called a "little miss helpful".

After Ellie calmed down and we had talked with Paul and his wife Priscilla for a while, Paul put Ellie's work coat on and showed us all they do together. After every command Paul would instruct Ellie to do, Ellie would do her job then turn and look at us with a huge smile and her tail wagging.

Ellie doing her "Block" command... standing in front of Paul.
Ellie in her down. She still lays with her back legs and front legs sticking out to the side!

Ellie giving Paul a big hug.
Paul, Priscilla and Ellie. Such a great family!

Ellie leaning on Paul... with a huge smile of course!

A few days after we saw Ellie, Priscilla emailed me a picture of Ellie with her toy. Apparently, anytime they tell Ellie to "go get your toy", she goes and gets her "little miss helpful".
Ellie sleeping? on her side with her "little miss helpful" toy between her two front paws.
Paul, we are so happy you and Ellie were matched. I couldn't have asked for anyone better!
Ellie, keep up the good work. Do your job, stay focused. Love your people.. although, that's not very hard for you to do! :) See you at the Walk-A-Thon!


My sweet girl

Sorry for the delay in sharing such exciting news...


Ellie is matched with a veteran who just needs a sweet, cuddly companion :) And seeing that Ellie is sweet and cuddly, she makes the perfect dog for the job!

Many people have asked if there was a puppy raiser day for Ellie, and I'm sad to say, no. Maybe sometime in the future there will be a puppy raiser day for the paws for patriot program. We shall see!

The same "wait 3 months until contact" is still a rule between my family and Ellie and her person. Those three months allow for bonding time between Ellie and her person, to make sure they wok well together and also so Ellie won't be distracted by us Boyles :)

I cannot wait to see my girl again! July is actually the 4th month with no contact... so meeting day will be soon!

    Have a blessed and happy 4th of July!



Ellie May

Look how good she looks in the harness!

Ellie has been career changed due to hips. SEGDI has decided to evaluate Ellie to be a Paws for Patriots candidate. We are excited about this possibility for Ellie as we know she would be a wonderful help to someone who has risked their lives for us.

This is our first dog who is being evaluated for this program so we can't wait to hear more!

   Love you Ellie girl!



Boyle's Everyday Adventures...

I might be at college, but that doesn't mean you can't keep updated with the Boyle Bunch!

Meagan has set up a blog for her family that they will try to update often.

Please check out :   http://boylefamx5.blogspot.com/
Or, just click the picture of the family on the right.

    Ellie May