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Name: Opal - I Need a Foster!
Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
Species: Dog
Breed: Labrador Retriever / American Staffordshire Terrier / Mixed (short coat)
Sex: Female
General Potential Size: Medium
Current Age: 1 Year 10 Months (best estimate)
Activity Level: Moderately Active
Indoor or Outdoor: Indoor Only
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: No
Good with Kids: Yes
Declawed: No
Housetrained: Yes
Special Needs: deaf
Description:

Name - Opal

Age - Young Adult

Weight - approx. 60lbs

Special Needs - Yes. Opal is deaf. She also has a "wonky" front right leg. This is a growth deformity. At this time, amputation is not recommended as it does not prohibit her from running or playing normally

Other dogs - Enjoys going on pack walks. Recommended as the only dog in the home. Supervised play dates OK

Cats - No cats - will chase

Kids - Loves children. However older children in the home is recommended due to her size and strength - her tail is like a whip and she's such a happy girl, the tail is almost always wagging. We do not want a young child being hurt accidentally 

Background - abandoned on the side of the road. She was adopted briefly but it was not the right dynamic with the resident dog and so she was returned to ITP after about a month

Crate trained - She is great in her crate. Just make sure she has plenty of bones to chew and she will hardly make a peep. She will even put herself in the crate when she's ready to rest

Leash trained - Opal is trained on the slip leash, martingale collar and e-collar. We use the vibration setting ONLY for recall when in the backyard. She occasionally gets overly excited and will grab the leash while walking - her fosters are working on correcting this behavior

Housebroken - Yes. She has not had any accidents and will go to the door when needing to go out

Eating Habits - Not picky at all. Does use a slow feeder bowl to keep her from wolfing her food down. Must be given a metal bowl, as she will chew a plastic one. Very treat motivated

Commands known - Opal is trained with hand signals (sit, stay, come) and with the vibration collar for recall

Car rides - Rides pretty well in the car

Bath time - Opal loves water! She will try to bite the hose if possible. She enjoys being pampered

Affectionate - Very affectionate. She's affection motivated almost as much as being treat motivated. She just loves cuddling and snuggling up next to you

Activity level - Opal is on the higher energy level in the sense that she has bursts of energy. She'll play play play for 30 minutes or so then crash for a few hours. Then get up and run laps around the yard. A house with a yard is preferred 

Play style - Opal will entertain herself with toys in the yard. She'll run laps and throw toys up in the air. She just loves tug and could do that for hours. She's incredibly strong though so we have developed a way to play with her appropriately with the help of a behavorist 

Bad habits - Opal doesn't really have bad habits in the normal sense. But because of her disability, she can be a bit more challenging than a "normal" dog. She can be stubborn and is very strong so she'll need a strong handler, especially while out on walks. She is reactive to cars - we're not sure exactly why, maybe because she can't hear them and they "sneak up" on her. She will bark at them and in her over-excitement bite at the leash. We are working on desensitizing her and correcting this behavior

Redeeming qualities - Opal is just a happy-go-lucky dog for the most part. She's just genuinely so sweet and lovable

Best feature - Her pretty green eyes and her cute little pout

What Foster Mom/Dad wants you to know - 
"Opal is a special dog. Not only because she is special needs but because she is just so loving. She just adores people and you can see her face light up when she looks at you. She still has puppy energy and will entertain you with her playful antics. Watching her do zoomies around the yard is hilarious. Just a warning - she does snore but it's so funny to walk in the room and the other dogs are barking or the kids are yelling and she's just curled up snoring away. She doesn't really have a care in the world - she's just happy and ready to play. She loves to snuggle and just loves when you love on her. She is very strong and we've had to adapt to how we handler her in light of her deafness. She is incredibly smart though and really is eager to please so she picks up on new training pretty quickly. I would love to see her be adopted into a home that could provide the ongoing structure and exercise she needs. And of course, a home to give her unconditional love because she really does deserve it


Please consider sponsoring Opal with either a one-time or monthly tax-deductible donation. Your donation will help It's The Pits with day-to-day care, including food, vaccinations, flea treatment, treats and toys. Click on the Sponsor This Pet link above to make your donation today. Thank you!


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