Thistle is a blue merle Great Dane x
What is she crossed with? No-one knows! Something not too big at least, she only weights 31kg
Thistle was picked up by the rescue from the PTS list. She was on it twice
Thistle is really sweet and loves a game of chase. But she's pretty slow to warm up. She barked at me for 30 minutes the first time I met her! She doesn't like strangers and gets very scared, her reaction is to freeze and get very low to the ground OR bolt and try to get out of her harness. NOT GOOD when we are mid-crossing the road but so far cars have been very obliging to the obviously cowering dog who saw something alarming.
She also scares herself.
Like, she was chilling on the floor earlier, wagging her tail then saw her tail and startled. Then sniffed and relaxed because it was just her tail.
She's not a mad barker - just when something startles her. Like a surprise stranger on the street or a really weird noise outside ( rural dog who just moved to the outer suburbs of a city, under a flight path and near a highway. Many noises!)
She really doesn't like men and can jump standard farm fences. Good thing for her my house is man free and the lowest fence is 6 foot 6. I'm bumping it up to 7foot5 tomorrow. She hasn't shown interest in getting out of the yard, apparently she doesn't really stray once she's out but I do worry something will scare her and she'll end up on the highway. She's a bit anxious about being alone and will cry.
She bit through her lead in one bite so now she has a chain for walks.
She's responding to clicker training pretty well. She's a reliable sit, sits when waiting for commands and she comes when called from a moderate distance with slight distractions.
Alright dog considering, just need a bit of work.
She's the biggest sooky smooch though.