While the people who sold Ellie to us are far from professionals, they are a nice young Peruvian couple who love their dogs. They have two Mastiffs from a previous litter (full siblings to Ellie) and two Pekineses, so we got to see first hand that tiny and giant breeds can live together happily. They have recently started a Mastiff play club with their friends and were sad to hear we’ll be leaving so soon.
It’s amazing to see how different Taza and Ellie are. We got Taza at 6 weeks (she’s now 4 months), and I can barely imagine how small she must have been at 4. Ellie is already probably 2/3 the size of her. Taza loves to prance and run around. Ellie is a miniature beast with a tough bite and a solid body. Plus there is the age difference. It’s fascinating how much Taza has learned in the past 2.5 months, not just responding to commands but also familiarity with us and the way our lives work. I feel like I have a relationship with her, but so far all I see when I look at Ellie is Gollum with fur. Tim is thrilled with her. I’m a little weirded out (but nonetheless excited).