A heartfelt story of how our Elliot found his forever home.
'We adopted Elliot in early 2015 when he was just 2 months old. It was just 2 months after our beloved Jack Russell passed away at an age of 16 years old. We decided that we were ready for a new dog as we felt empty without one. Having a dog had always brought great joy to our lives. Over the years, I have been educated on how pet shops operate, and I felt that since we are proud dog lovers, it is only right that we adopt, and give a well deserved home to the lovely strays.
We searched online for all the shelters in Singapore, and profiled the dogs online to analyse which dog would suit us best. This resulted in a few visits to several shelters, and our searched stopped at Animal Lovers League. In the corner of the inner compound, we noticed a small timid puppy and asked the volunteer if we could have a look at him. He seemed so approachable, lovely, and mild. It was almost like love at first sight, and we confirmed that we wanted him, right away.
A week later, Cathy and a volunteer brought him to our home. He was inquisitive, and vigilantly explored his new surroundings. We were so amazed by his obedience. It took home only a week or two to be toilet trained, and he would sleep at his bed at10pm every night. A few weeks passed, and we realised that Elliot was actually very fearful of many items. Such items included keys, long rods, loud noises, vehicles, and strangers. He would never let anyone touch him, and would run away at the sight of those items. We have been trying hard, and slowly but surely, he is starting to be less fearful. He is extremely cute when he runs away, and he needs to be consoled whenever he is afraid. Knowing that he was first captured by AVA before being saved by ALL, it is not difficult to think of why his fears exist.
My family is in love with Elliot. We get overly worried when we think that he might not be well, and we shower plenty of love with him. We take turns to let him sleep in our respective rooms. He has grown to become part of the family in a really quick period. He is not very needy, but his sad face he puts on when we leave home has made me late for some appointments! Being greeted by him every time we come home is lovely. He simply cannot contain his happiness from seeing us! His sad beginnings always remain rooted in our hearts, and it is just a beautiful sight to see how happy and close he is with us now.
When my parents are watching television, he is with them on the couch. He constantly follows my helper daily when she does her chores, and we never fail to spend a good amount of time playing together when I reach home everyday. Such a lovable dog like Elliot not only brings joy to our lives, but he also fosters a closer bond within the family. If we do have the opportunity, we would definitely love to adopt another dog. But we would only do so if we know that we can provide the same amount of unconditional love for the dog, and that we can cater to it in terms of space and amenities.
Thank you ALL!