Ellie Merrill

February 23, 2009

By Contributor

Kathleen and Ellie MerrillKathleen and Ellie Merrill

Ellie Merrill, a most beloved German shepherd, died at noon Aug. 20, 2008. She was 14. She would’ve turned 15 in December.

Ellie spent much of her life in poor, unkind conditions, but was rescued and deeply loved and spoiled throughout her golden years. Her life was a lesson to others that no matter our past, we can learn to love and trust again.

Ellie was puppylike and playful with her mother, her cat, her friends, the children of her mother’s friends and small dogs. She found much joy in squeaky tennis balls.

Ellie was a mother and daughter, sister and girlfriend, loyal and devoted best friend, caring and patient listener, fierce protector, guardian of secrets and a true diva.

She is survived by her mother Kathleen, whose heart will never be the same. She will never be forgotten by the people who knew and loved her, especially her groomer, Lucia, and her vet, Dr. Mortimer.

At a walk in her memory in October, more than $1,100 was raised to help animals at the Seattle Humane Society. She would have whole-heartedly approved.

Further donations can be made in her name to the Washington German Shepherd Rescue at www.washingtongsd.org.

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