My name is Thea and I am part of the 9/11 Memorial Dog themed transport. I am named after Thea who served as a Search and Rescue dog at the World Trade Center during the 9/11 Tragedy. Isn't that AWESOME! I carry her name proudly! I am a shepherd mix and estimated to be about 4-5 years young and I am a larger breed, currently weighing about 65lbs. I am very strong and need a pet parent that can handle a dog my size. My coat is very soft and healthy. My foster mom praises me and tells me that I am a good girl and that I am pretty. I hold my head up high with pride.
I am crate trained and sleep well at night. I am good at signaling my foster mom when I need to go potty while out of the crate in the home.
I can do basic commands like sit, stay, come, lay down and give paw. I enjoy car rides, too. I have a predatory side to me when I see a deer or fox, and I want to chase it. Saying "NO" sternly and pulling me back with a consistent force will distract me and then to come with you. I walk well on the leash. I do get distracted by scents while on walks, as most dogs do. I may stride at times, too, so you will have to walk fast to keep up with my pace. I am strong, but gentle girl and very friendly. With a girl being my size, I have more of me to love and appreciate.
I am very affectionate and enjoy lots of attention. I have a playful side to me, too. I can walk for awhile, but I am not a marathon runner.
I would prefer a home with a fenced-in yard or even a large outdoor kennel to be free off leash to lay in the sun outside or just to walk around when the weather is decent.
Also, I would not mind being the only dog since I would prefer full attention from my pet parent. I like other dogs and can be around to play, but I lose interest and want to be alone in my private space. I do get jealous when my foster mom is petting her personal dogs, but it is all in fun. I crave attention and enjoy being petted and brushed. I prefer a quiet home if possible.
I believe that I would be most compatible with a pet parent who has experience with larger breed dogs (shepherd, labrador retrievers, huskies, etc.) and I would be content living with a single person or family that enjoys going for walks and spending time with me. A pet parent who is home a reasonable part of the day would be ideal, too. However, I will adjust to your life routine with time and patience. I had separation anxiety in the beginning when my foster mom would leave for a few hours during the day, but I am much better in behaving myself since I now realize that my foster mom does return home to me and takes me outside upon returning home.
I am patiently awaiting my forever home with that perfect person or family to share my life with lots of love.
This dog's bio is based off the experiences of the foster and/or volunteers of OPH as well as any information that we received from the shelter or previous owner. This is very important because it means that while they may act one way in the foster’s home, you may experience something different in your home.