Likes: frisbee, tug, hiking off leash, sqeaky toys
Pet-Peeves: chases after one of my cats, scared of really big male dogs
Favorite Toy: squeaky ball (and chew toys)
Favorite Food: Darwin's Raw
Favorite Walk: Campgaw Reservation
Best Tricks: "crawling", "spin", "woof", "high five"
Arrival Story: I adopted Tia from a Long Island rescue agency. She was abandoned in the woods in NC at about 4 mos of age, put in a high kill shelter, and then saved and sent up north by the wonderful actions of Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society.
Tia is the second pooch we have owned. Our first dog, Rosey (a border collie/terrier mix) succumbed to lymphoma at the ripe old age of 14 in Nov 2012. My husband wanted to wait on a new dog, but I didn't. So, of course, I won and I found Tia through Petfinder. After some investigating on my part I found out she was found abandoned in the NC woods and taken to Ruin Creek Shelter in Henderson, NC. She was saved by the Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society which gets dogs out of the high-kill shelter and transports them up the I-95 corridor (a rescue trip almost weekly). Tia was then taken in by another rescue group, Long Road Home out of Long Island, NY. She was in a foster home with 4 other dogs from Aug 2012 until I adopted her in late December. I was told she was fine with cats as there was one in her foster home (we have 2 cats who are 7 years old and were well-acclimated to Rosey, who basically ignored them). Well. . . Tia is fine with our tabby cat who is very mellow and sleeps a lot and doesn't meow much. But, Maggie (the alpha cat) is part Siamese and she prowls around a lot and meows a lot and that makes Tia a little nutty. She doesn't really act aggressive (sometimes gets in play stance) but Maggie doesn't appreciate it and hisses a lot. So now when Maggie is on the prowl I tether Tia and that helps a lot.
Everyone asks me what breed she is and I usually say 'I have no clue' because I really don't. She has a very cute partial 'ridge' at the base of her neck which goes for about 5 inches. She is only 20" at the shoulder and weighs 44 lbs so I can't imagine she has Rhodesian Ridgeback in her, but maybe Thai Ridgeback? And her striking feature is her ears. The other day someon asked me if she was a Pharaoh Hound. I knew nothing about Pharaoh Hounds, but in reading about them, they perfectly describe her personality and other traits. She is very scent-driven and very interested in small prey - she caught a chipmunk in our yard! She is great with people in general but she really adores children (mine are grown). She barks (I used a citronella bark collar when I first got her which really helped) which is apparently unusual for hounds. She is very high energy and needs to run and play for at least 30-60 minutes daily. She is very intelligent and has taken to obedience training quite well (I take her to 2 classes weekly). Though after 15-20 minutes of training she needs to take a mental break to play or she starts going a little nutty. She is very playful in general and enjoys playing with other dogs (unless they are big males - like a Rottie or big German Shepherd and then she gets intimidated).
I would love to know what you dogster people think about her looks/breed, etc.