Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted August 18, 2014
Dillon was a purebred Norwegian Elkhound pup of about 10 months, missing an eye, abused and and extremely underfed when I found him at a shelter in Cincinnati years ago. Like most shelter dogs, he was frightened and sick when I brought him home. For nearly 2 weeks, he hid under a chair when he wasn't ruining the carpet with diarrhea from whipworms. But very soon he was not only well but my understanding and patience with him was rewarded -- he realized I wasn't going to harm him, and he blossomed into the most courageous, outgoing, lion-hearted adoring dog you could ever dream of having. Despite having been abused for the first 10 months of his life, he rebounded.... boy did he.
It's a testament to dogs in general -- this resilience -- but I have to say, the Norwegian Elkhound is such a gentle breed. Mine was ever affectionate, always tuned in -- and very much a little comedian in a dog suit! I fell in love with him so quickly and my life was never the same. I had him for over 12 years and enjoyed every minute of it.
He did love to dig holes in the yard, and his beautiful thick hair wasn't the easiest to brush, but I can't say one bad thing about this breed. For a stout, medium-sized dog, they have the great lap-dog qualities of smaller breeds, but the comforts and presence of larger breeds. Their loyalty and friendliness make them a great pal, for the apartment dweller or the family with a large fenced yard. I couldn't recommend them more highly. I miss my boy every day.