Meet Real Life Ellie Ever wonder where the inspiration for the sassy purple Ellie the Wienerdog character came from? Well, meet the real life Ellie . . . This is the "trash compactor" incident that inspired the book "It's Hard to be Good" Ellie is working hard to pawtograph all these books just for you. Of course , her reward is lots of treats. Enjoying a little fun reading in style by the pool. Yes, I really am amazing, don't you think? ~ Ellie the Wienerdog Ellie the Wienerdog visiting Santa Rosa Academy Kindergarten Class in Menifee California Ellie celebrating her birthday in style Ellie loves all her babies almost as much as she loves treats. Ellie is always willing to lend a helping paw, or in this case seat for her sissy, Ruby, at work. Sometimes it's fun to change things up and think outside the bun! Ellie looks pretty good as a hamburger.