Day 4 of the B&W Challenge brings you a close-up of Ellie, our adopted pit bull. We were so happy when she joined our family this past spring. Her previous family had adopted her at the age of 8-ish weeks and raised her until she was 9 months old. They returned her to her foster mom citing financial reasons. We happened to be visiting another pit bull that day and met Ellie about two hours after she was dropped off. Fortuitous timing, to say the least.

I’ve been even more thankful for Ellie since my breast cancer diagnosis. She keeps me moving and active, and she reminds me to keep being silly and playful even on days when life seems so heavy and dark.