~ Ellys and Jess ~
A few years ago, Ellys met Jess, a German Shepherd x Ridgeback. At first, Jess was distrustful and was unsure of the world around her. However, thanks to the love and care from Ellys, Jess has flourished into a well-mannered and all around very good dog.
In 2019, Jess had been rehomed by her previous owners and stayed in a shelter for a few months. Ellys and her husband, Chern, had been wanting to get a dog for a while. When they were able to, they decided to register to be fosters for their local shelter. They were called in to meet five dogs. One of them was Jess, who was the oldest, at 5-years-old, and was very timid.
Ellys and Chern fostered Jess for about two months. During that time, there were five people interested in adopting her. However, they all fell through. As Ellys had grown to love Jess and didn’t want to see her go back to the shelter, she and Chern decided to adopt her. While Jess was nervous for some time, she was always happy to snuggle with her humans. At first, she slept in the living room, however, she soon moved, and has since stayed, in Ellys’ bedroom.
Since adopting Jess, Ellys has learnt and gained so much. As Jess had shown reactive behaviours, Ellys felt it was best to train with her to better manage this. With the help of a professional trainer, she learnt a lot, both how best to support Jess and about canine physical and mental health in general. Ellys is also encouraged to be more active through daily walks and lots of play.
Not only has Ellys enjoyed watching Jess grow and become more confident around other dogs, but she has also found a passion for dog training. When Ellys first adopted her, she only knew ‘sit’, but now knows many tricks, such as ‘down’, ‘shake’, ‘stay’, and many more. This is also time they get to simply enjoy each other’s company and strengthen their bond.
Jess has helped Ellys so much. She has brought happiness and love into her life and has certainly changed her life for the better. Each day, when Ellys returns home from work, she is greeted by Jess’ wagging tail and a big smile. Every day is made a little bit brighter for Ellys because Jess is in it.