Ella was formerly called Bella, but we dropped the "B" to name her after Ella Fitzgerald, one of my favorite jazz singers.
Ella is a 10-year-old beagle who was surrendered by her owners to our county shelter around six weeks ago, along with her 3-day-old puppies. That's right, Ella was a late-in-life mama. Because the puppies were so young, Ella and her litter were put into foster care with a loving and generous shelter volunteer until the pups were weaned. This week, mama and her four little ones all became available for adoption.
We learned about Ella when we were at the shelter looking at another dog, an adorable 10-month-old chihuahua/terrier mix. However, since we have two older dogs -- Henry, who's around 6, and Phoebe, who is almost 14 -- we knew a senior dog would be a better fit than a 10-month-old puppy. Phoebe and Henry agreed. The volunteer who was fostering Ella told us about her, and a couple of weeks later we visited her house with Phoebe and Henry in tow. They got along just fine, and we knew Ella would be a great fit.
It seems our house is becoming the retirement home for dogs. And that's okay with me. There's something really sweet about older dogs. They tend to be calm, housebroken (a plus) and very loving. Older dogs don't get adopted as quickly as puppies or younger adult dogs, so I feel it's our calling to adopt older dogs.
Ella came home with me Thursday evening. She is incredibly sweet-natured and affectionate, and both Henry and Phoebe accepted her with open arms. I took yesterday off from work to spend time with her and to make sure everyone got along well. No worries there. On her first night home, all three were content in their beds!