Attacked, abused, and covered in wounds.

  • Breed: English Bulldog
  • Name: Ellie sick with infection and covered in wounds
  • Size: Medium
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Young

**Emergency Intake this evening!!  We got a call from one of the shelters we work with regarding this lady who needed immediate release due to medical reasons.  We were told she is 1-2 years old and very sick.  Our volunteers rushed to get her and rushed her to the vet.  She has a very deep hematoma on her ear that is split open, bite wounds on all four of her legs and she is a very, very sick little girl.

Her rescuers have named her Ellie....

Ellie is spending the night on antibiotic fluids and the surgeon has been called in. The vets are worried about sepsis. The pinna (part of the ear) is torn very deep and they said from the ooze she may be resistant to alot of antibiotics. They may have to do a pinnectomy. Dual ear infections and finding out the severity of that will tell canal issues. Her left front leg is swollen also, either due to healing from an old wound or abscess. Tonight, they will sedate Ellie, clean out her ear, do xrays of her leg, trim her ear, start the antibiotics, culture the wound, and evaluate again tomorrow.

Ellie is very sick. She is very tired. Please pray and send her lots of love. Her care is going to be very expensive. The deposit alone from tonight is $1500. Can you help with her care? No amount is too small. Ellie deserves this fighting chance.


  • Ellie's ear looks completely healed. IEBR decided to send out the biopsy just to be certain there was nothing underlying. We got great news back! No signs of cancer! Just inflammation from the infection! So we'll continue to monitor it for a just a bit longer - make sure that infection is completely healed up-  and then this doll will be ready for adoption!! We're so happy for Miss Ellie!

    September 23, 2017

  • Ellie is getting along with the new fosters. It takes her about a week to warm up to new dogs. But we've caught her snuggling with Lucy Ann at night lately :)  

    September 19, 2017

  • What? That 6lbs I gained since you've fostered me is just happy weight. I don't need a diet. -Ellie

    September 15, 2017

  • Ellie got most of the sutures out of her nose today! The rest can dissolve on her own. Her ear is looking great too! 

    September 11, 2017

  • Ellie's ear culture showed 3 different kinds of bacteria!!! 

    We've started her on 2 topical antibiotics (there is not an oral version for what she has) that will need to be squeezed into the tiny hole in her ear. 

    September 01, 2017

  • Look at this tough cookie! Ellie is headed home for some much needed rest with her foster family! She had a good night in the hospital and was able to be taken out of the oxygen chamber. Now, it's time to catch some Zzzzzzzzzz's. 

    August 26, 2017

  • Friends, 

    Ellie is having trouble breathing post-op from her soft palate correction, spay, and ear canal cleaning surgery.  She'll need to stay overnight in the ER on oxygen to be monitored.  This girl has come so far and deserves so much.  Please sending healing thoughts, prayers, and love to her.  She needs us now.  We'll update as we can.  


    August 25, 2017

  • Ellie had to be transported to a different clinic where they have overnight staff to watch her. She is having a really hard time right now, so please keep her in your thoughts right now. 

    August 25, 2017

  • Hi friends. 

    I haven't updated for a bit. I've just been waiting for my surgery which is TOMORROW!! I'm a little scared, so please send some good thoughts my way. And maybe a donation if you can... I'm being spayed, having a soft palate correction surgery, and getting my ear wound cleaned out really good (and maybe even a biopsy on it because it's STILL not healing right)! I'll have a lot of healing to do afterwards, but my foster family says they'll take goooood care of me. I'll ask my foster family to post an update after my surgery to let you know how I'm doing! Thanks for thinking of me! 

    xoxox - Ellie 

    August 24, 2017

  • Ellie went to a birthday party today! Her foster sister turned 12, so they celebrated with an ice cream party! Complete with puppy friendly toppings - bananas, strawberries, pumpkin, coconut, and pineapple (and a little whipped cream of course!!!) Ellie was not sure of all the festivities - she was particularly nervous of the whipped cream can - so she was given a quiet spot on the outskirts to eat her sundae, which she LOVED! Ellie says she can get used to this "Party" thing! 

    July 30, 2017

  • Ellie helped out with a home visit for Illinois English Bulldog Rescue tonight. She scoped out the yard to find the best potty spot. She tested out every dog bed to make sure they met bulldog standards. And she let the resident dog sniff her out. She gave the home four paws up. But boy was that a lot of work! She napped the whole way home! :) 

    July 27, 2017

  • Ellie needed support. Her foster brother Bronx said he could spare an hour as long as it was spent napping in his chair. #bulldoglife 

    July 26, 2017

  • Ellie Fashion Tip: It's important to match your babushka with your panties.

    We're making the best of the situation! 

    July 25, 2017

  • We received a product to try out called a No Flap Ear Wrap. It's keeping Miss Ellie's ear protected from the elements while it (hopefully!) heals! She looks like Little Red Riding Hood :) 

    July 23, 2017

  • Look how pretty I am!!! Thank you thank you to my fairy godmothers for the new pretty panties! I'll try the denim ones on next!  - Ellie 

    July 23, 2017

  • Ellie has discovered Himalayan chews!

    Her review: they are AMAZING 

    nom nom nom

    It's so exciting to see her enjoying the simple things in life  :) 

    July 22, 2017

  • I wouldn't say this is bad news - but it's not "good" news either. Being a girl just isn't easy sometimes- Miss Ellie just started her heat cycle! 

    Unfortunately this means her spay, soft palate surgery, and ear biopsy surgery is postponed until end of August.

    Ellie says if you need her this month, she'll be on the couch, crying over Lifetime Movies and eating dog biscuits. Someone send Kleenex and Midol.

    July 21, 2017

  • Vet report!

    Ellie had a vet appointment yesterday to discuss the results of the ear culture.

    Let's start with the good news - the infection in the ear canals are cleared up. But Ellie's vet is concerned because the antibiotics she was on should have cleared up the ear wound based on the culture results. Her left ear is more swollen and still has a lot of puss in the wound. Dr. P would like to put her under, clean up the wound/ear in order to find out what is going on. The best scenario is that it's persistent inflammation...if cleaning it up doesn't help it heal than amputation would probably be the best course. But it also depends on what is going on with the ear canal. Doing a biopsy while she is under is a very good possibility. She feels there is a good chance of a secondary issue going on. We just have to figure out what that is. 

    More good news - as of now nothing seems bacterial.... so while Ellie is under they can spay, correct her soft palet, and possibly widen her nares a bit. That being said - her surgery is scheduled for 2 weeks from now. 

    Thank you to everyone who has donated to help this angel!!! 

    July 15, 2017

  • Rescue volunteer Karen is taking Miss Ellie to the vet today. Her appointment isn't until this afternoon, so in the meantime Ellie gets to spend the day fighting crime at the Indianapolis Metro Police Dept. So far, there's been a lot less excitement (and donuts) than expected. 

    July 14, 2017

  • Miss Ellie has a vet appointment tomorrow to discuss the results of hear ear culture. We have some follow up questions for the ER vet that performed the culture. Hopefully we have some answers from them tomorrow because her ear is still not healing. The vet said they may need a biopsy at this point to get a better idea of what's going on. 

    July 13, 2017

  • Ellie continues to do really well emotionally. She's learning to share toys and play more with the other dogs. She's still fearful when you approach her too quickly or reach out to grab her collar. We're working on building up enough trust for her to come when called. 

    July 12, 2017

  • Ellie & Nathan had a playdate and met IEBR's president Teresa! Both Ellie & Nathan are rescues located in Indiana. IEBR networks with other rescuers in many states to help dogs who would otherwise not receive proper care. 

    Nathan is a special needs kid. He has no idea he's different though... despite having a non-functioning back leg, possible pelvic/spinal issue, and being incontinent, he LOVES life ! We could all learn a thing or to from "Nate the Great". This kid will need a superhero cape attached to his cart! 

    Ellie was a little unsure of the playdate at first. She definitely prefers to be INSIDE. While Nathan was plowing through the grass, doing summersaults she was by the back door waiting to go back inside LOL She adored all the attention though and readily accepted kisses from everyone who came to see her! :) She got along well with Nathan and a new little frenchie girl. 

    July 08, 2017

  • A note from Ellie's foster mom: We're still waiting to hear back the results from the culture done at the ER vet! I don't know why it's taking so long.  We've called and the lab is still processing it. I do know that most bacteria can be seen in the culture in just a few days, but some types can take 10 days or longer to show up. It's been 2 weeks. What I do know is that her ear is not healing. It's still an open wound. Regardless of the results, more treatment of some sort is needed. And that means more vet bills..... We're just hoping her ear doesn't need amputated, but both the ER vet and the general practice vet both mentioned it is a possibility. The waiting game is hard, but we're trying to stay positive. We will post an update as soon as we get the results from the culture.  Thank you for all the donations and for the "pawsitive" thoughts!

    July 07, 2017

  • We do have some bad news for any cats who were wanting to put in an adoption application. Ellie has expressed that she is not really a "cat kinda dog". She's made it pretty clear to resident cats Frankie and Luigi that she does not enjoy their company. We're thinking she may do better in a home with relatively bigger dogs (ie, no Chihuahuas, cats, ferrets, etc). But it's still early in the rehab game and who knows where her progress will take her. For now Frankie & Luigi are staying clear of her tho .

    The good news is she's getting along with the other resident dogs. She plays a little more each day with them.

    July 05, 2017

  • Ellie's getting along a lot better with her foster siblings. She's started playing with the puppy more after watching the others play together. 

    July 02, 2017

  • So part of me wants to wait and give an update after we get the culture back. There's a lot of unknowns right now. But I know people are anxious to hear what's happening with this darling girl. And I believe she needs all the positive thoughts, reiki, & prayer she can get right now... So here's the scoop...

    So we are still waiting for the first culture to come back from her ER visit last week. It should be back by Wednesday. Dr P swabbed the ear both on the inner ear and the outer wounded part. The left ear looks much better, so we will continue to administer drops at home. The right ear is difficult to get meds in, so they administered a treatment in clinic that will last 2 weeks and I don't have to traumatize her at home trying to get the meds in it. Although inflamed, the wounded part of the ear did not show any bacteria. Which is very odd. The next step is likely a biopsy. We decided to hold off on that until we have the culture back....we will need to put her fully under to remove a larger section to biopsy. One possible scenario, is that it's actually squamous cell carcinoma. Either way, there's a large possibility that the ear will need to be amputated. 

    So, long story short, we are waiting to see what the ear culture shows and then we will go from there. Please send lots of good thoughts her way! We will update as soon as we hear the results of the culture.

    Oh and we also got a script for Lidocaine to numb that ear up! Hopefully that will bring her some relief so she won't shake it or scratch it so much and further damage it!

    Although still really dopey from being sedated, we stopped for a Puppucino on the way home. Starbucks makes everything better, right? :) 

    June 27, 2017

  • Ellie had a follow up appointment with Dr Pearson today.

    Dr P even brought her a gift! It was so thoughtful. And Ellie actually seemed interested in the toy! That was the first time she's done that! 

    Thank goodness we took the Grandma Lucy treats with us to the vet- that is the ONLY treat she'll eat at this point. She loves them! So thank you to everyone who has sent them to her! We'll definitely be going through them fast making every experience as positive as possible! 

    June 26, 2017

  • WOW! Thank you so much everyone who has donated for Ellie and sent her supplies from our Amazon wishlist! Your outpouring of love is incredible! This beautiful little girl has probably never felt so much love before! Thank you Thank you Thank you! 

    June 25, 2017

  • Ellie is still a little fearful, especially when asking her to come out from her crate or come to you... she's probably still afraid of what she's going to be made to do. But she's making major strides.... She's becoming more trusting every day! Baby Steps, lots of praise, and lots of her favorite Grandma Lucy treats!

    June 24, 2017

  • Who doesn't like peanut butter?!?! Apparently Ellie that's who! We could use donations of Pill Pockets for this sweet girl. She'll be on antibiotics and pain medicine for quite some time.

    June 23, 2017

  • Ellie has many wounds all over her delicate body. Scrapes, claw marks, and bite wounds. She's not as fearful as she was when she first arrived at the ER. ER staff said that with any noise, she darted back into her kennel for safety. Now she's a bit more willing to explore her environment and had no trouble hopping up on the couch! She was pleased with that discovery.

    June 22, 2017

  • **Attention! Ellie has a message!!** 

    Hello, Friends! I get to go home later today! Look, they got rid of the icky part of my ear. I got some good morning kisses from the nice ladies at IEBR and as soon as doc says its ok, I get to go. Because I'm so stressed, the Dog-tors will not do a full exam just yet. They want me home to decompress. I'll be on antibiotics and pain meds for 4-5 days and then my Dog-tors will reevaluate. They said I've got a long road to recovery. If you would like to donate to my care, no amount is too small.

    June 21, 2017

  • 9pm

    Rescue volunteers Karen & Angel pick up Ellie from the vet: 

    "OMG!!! She is a whole new Ellie! Comes trotting out. Gives 5 say'in we got this lets go!!! Goes out and potties then jumps in the car and on the seat before we could stop her! Checked out the back of the car them settled in her bed! I love this girl! She has a long road of medical ahead of her but she has the spunk to make it through!!!"

    June 21, 2017

  • Welcome Ellie

    Will share more pics and info tomorrow. It's been a looong day for everyone, and I think it's bedtime for all of us here at The Diva Dog House- Indianapolis. 

    Thank you Illinois English Bulldog Rescue for saving this beautiful girl. 

    And thank you Angel and Karen for all you've done for her 

    She has a long way to go emotionally and physically, but she WILL make it!

    June 21, 2017