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How We Met?
Eli has a story that brings tears to my eyes when I tell it. 7 years ago to this day we saw him, curled up in a cage at the local shelter. We had just parted with a very loving Golden Retriever named Kacey. Kacey was our very first dog and we thought all dogs were as well behaved as him. We were in for a HUGE surprise! When we saw Eli our hearts nearly melted. His eyes were still closed and he had no teeth. He'd suck on our pinky finger when we put it through the bars of his kennel. He was just a 2 week old little labby mix boy. The shelter thought he was going to be blind because his eyes hadn't been opened yet. But sure enough when we came back a week later he was just starting to squint. What a precious site it was. We adopted him that day, at 3 weeks of age. The shelter said that Eli had been found on the side of the highway at 1 week old. This is hard because he hadn't had a chance to grow up with other dogs and have a dog mother. So now, when we leave the house he suffers strongly from separation anxiety. He was abandoned. ♥ Until Eli was able to walk without falling, he was the cutest and most precious thing you could imagine. But at about 6 weeks old the puppy/toddler personality kicked in. He was still cute, he was still sweet, but ever lasting energy. In the snow season when we wore hats and gloves, he'd knock me over to get at them. He may have only been a 40 pund boy, but his strength was amazing. He was also the vacuum of the house. He'd eat anything. We lived near a lake then. One day we were taking a hike around the lake and Eli jumped on a table and ate a mans potato chips. BOL!!! Eli had no manners what so ever. And we had thought all dogs were as well behaved as Kacey. But we loved Eli non the less. And sure enough, at 3 years old he started to calm down. Now he lives in a family of two others dogs. Eli is a lazy old man who has given us eternal love. He is a little lab, with a huge heart. We couldn't have asked for a better boy. With time, lots of patience, and love, Eli has become just as wonderful a dog as that 3 week old puppy who stole our hearts 7 years ago.