Those who walked into Pet Rescue By Judy’s Oviedo Marketplace storefront last week-end were greeted at the door by a big-headed dog with a stuffed toy hanging out of his mouth. Elijah was the most gracious greeter, ensuring that no visitor was denied his happy butt-wiggling welcome. If you were charmed by this lovely boy (and who wouldn’t be!) and bent down, you would get the “toy kiss.” That is, Eli would put his mouth up to your face as if he were going to lick you, but the toy would stay in his mouth. So instead he would gently rub your face with his stuffed toy as he tried to get his tongue around it. Eli did a very good job of making PRBJ’s visitors laugh out loud this week-end!
Eli is an exceptional dog in other ways also. According to his former owner, he will stand by the phone just before it rings and the door just before somebody comes. Anybody need a psychic dog?
And he wasn’t the only charmer there. Millie also made it her job to greet and love up on as many people as she could manage. With a happy smile on her face, she would gently lay her big head in the arms of anybody who would allow it, cuddle in with a sigh, and revel in whatever petting and cooing she could get.
Elijah and Millie are definitely Basset hound mixes, as is obvious by their short legs and their big, comical turned-out feet. The other predominant breed appears to be either boxer or one of the bully breeds with big heads and powerful bodies. Eli’s joy in carrying toys around would indicate perhaps there’s some retriever in there somewhere. They are about two years old, which means they are still young dogs but past the challenging and ever-changing puppy and adolescent stages. What that means for potential adopters is that, for the most part, what you see is what you get. And in the case of Eli and Millie, what you see is a world of unconditional love.
Eli and Millie are litter-mates and best friends, and were surrendered by their owner to a high-kill shelter before being rescued by Judy and her staff. Because they have been together all their lives and are so bonded, they can only be adopted out together. Each on his or her own would be swept up in a heartbeat due to those friendly, sweet and loving personalities. To take them together would require a special home. Do you have a big enough heart for two?
Since Elijah and Millie don’t have a foster home, during the week-days they can be seen at the Pet Rescue By Judy Sanford shelter at 2620 Iroquois Ave. For more information, visit the PRBJ website or call 407-302-4497.