Ellie, a black lab/beagle mix, was abandoned at the age of three months on Hole in the Rock Road in the Utah desert. She was scared, starving, and covered in fleas. A family from nearby Escalante found her laying next to the road, too weak to even stand. They picked her up and took her to their home where they carefully nursed her back to health. It took three days before she was able to walk around. Ellie quickly settled in to her life with the family but after developing a taste for chicken, the family had no other option but to surrender her to CCAW. As a sick, unvaccinated puppy, she could not enter the shelter. Usually in cases like this, one of our amazing fosters takes them in until we can get them to the veterinarian for a checkup and shots. On the day she was brought in, all of our fosters were either out of town or had other dogs. One of our employees decided to take her home for the evening to care for her and to let her spend time with her other dogs. Ellie quickly bonded with Squirrel, a husky/great pyrenees puppy who was around the same age. They played and snuggled constantly. After seeing the bond these two animals had, our employee could not let Ellie leave. She decided to adopt Ellie and welcomed her into her family with open arms. Ellie and Squirrel continue to develop their friendship and are rarely more than five feet apart. They love to chase each other around the yard and have been known to get into mischief on a regular basis, but they are so happy and I believe their lives are so much better having each other to grow old with.