*Thelma* IN A NUTSHELL: Thelma is the leader of her very small pack. She is said to be about 2 years old, spayed, up-to-date on shots and microchipped.
Thelma and Louise showed up on our radar in early December. They had come in to a high kill California shelter together, but no owner appeared for them. Unfortunately, there was no room at the inn, so we prayed for adoptions in order to make room for them.

Over the holidays we were fortunate to be able to place Teddy (Zeus II) and Sienna into new adoptive homes, which freed up 2 spots for the girls. We quickly notified the shelter and prayed that the 2 girls were still there. Luckily, they were!!

With our good friends at Husky Camp on vacation, we were kind of stuck for a pull and transport, until our new friend from Seven Paws Rescue, Lorraine, who had helped us with Patty, stepped up. The girls will be pulled from the shelter this week and are due to be transported to Phoenix this coming Saturday.

UPDATE 1/4: The girls have been safely pulled from the shelter (thank you Lorraine and hubby, Joe) and are resting comfortably in temporary boarding. They will be transported to Phoenix on Saturday. Please check back for photos and updates.


UPDATE 1/7: The girls have arrived safe and sound in Phoenix!

Transfer in Quartzsite (Thelma left / Louise right)

Arrival in Phoenix (Thelma)

The girls are settled in to their temporary foster home for the night. They will be given a chance to decompress over the next couple of days so that we can begin to learn more about them.

UPDATE 1/17: The girls have settled in beautifully to their temporary foster home. Thelma is definitely the leader and is very watchful over her new home in typical German shepherd style. Louise, on the other hand, is very laid back and sweet and wants nothing more than your love -- she practically melts when you touch her. The girls will be seeing our groomer once the weather clears (and the ground dries) and we will begin the process of seeing how well they do on their own or paired with a friendly male dog.

UPDATE 1/30: The girls continue to do well and settle in. Louise is still the more easy-going one of the two and has already made a new friend (Maverick) in her temporary foster home. The girls still see each other all the time, but are broadening their horizons by meeting other members of the resident pack.

UPDATE 2/17: Louise (at left) went off to a new foster home today with prior adopters, the Mitchells, who adopted Bo (formerly "Albert") in 2018.

UPDATE 2/27: Thelma saw our vet today for an exam, suture removal and wound check (everything A-OK) and her rabies vaccination. She was friendly and easy to handle by the vet and vet techs and weighed in at 68.9 pounds -- she has put on a few pounds since leaving the shelter and still has a few more to gain before reaching her optimum weight (75 pounds). The vet did not feel that she was the 3 years listed by the shelter but more like 2 years of age. We'll have to share the good news with her sister, Louise!

UPDATE 3/12: Our thanks go out to volunteer, Lucas, who took Thelma on a training session this afternoon to work on some basic obedience. According to Lucas, Thelma picks up on things very quickly, but she's very interested in (and distracted by) the environment around her. She definitely wanted to go and play with another dog that was in the immediate area, but when they moved to another area and their was a family playing ball close by, Thelma was fine ignoring them and paying attention to training. Things will definitely improve the more she gets out and about. She rode beautifully in Lucas' vehicle and definitely enjoyed getting out for some training and exercise.


UPDATE 3/19: Lucas picked up Thelma for another training session this afternoon. She was very happy to see him and thoroughly enjoyed her outing to the park. According to Lucas, she's willingly offering sit (for treats), is good on a leash and is starting to understand the "down" command, although it's not her favorite. She met several people at the park today and was friendly and sweet to all.

UPDATE 5/25: Now that the heat has returned to the valley, we have temporarily discontinued Thelma's weekly training sessions with Lucas. They will resume as soon as the weather allows. In the meantime, we'll look into getting her to Home Depot and PetsMart to see how she does.

UPDATE 5/31: We brought Thelma out for kitty testing this afternoon, but she was more interested in leaving with Lucas than she was in paying attention to the cat. No matter what we did to entice her, Thelma wasn't willing to give the cat more than an initial sniff -- the cat didn't care one way or the other! We'll try again with someone else on the leash. Obviously she and Lucas have been having far too much fun on their training outings!


Houston and Thelma are best friends

UPDATE 7/6: We repeated Thelma's kitty test with pretty much the same result. At first she didn't even see the kitty and, even when she did, a sniff was enough and she lost interest. (Photos appear in the order they were taken.) The cat was smart enough (on both occasions) to know if she stood her ground and didn't run, the shepherd would lose interest and not consider her "prey," and she was right!

A kitty? I don't see a kitty.

Oh, there she is!

Hello, friend kitty!

Thelma has lost interest already

We note that Thelma's kitty test was done with a very dog saavy cat and we would never leave a German shepherd alone and/or unsupervised with a cat in the household until you are 100% sure that they are reliable with each other. The cat will let you know!

Adoption fee $375.00.

If you are interested in Thelma or Louise, please fill out our PROSPECTIVE ADOPTER'S QUESTIONNAIRE. You will be contacted by return email. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please Email Nancy at This questionnaire link is only for Thelma and/or Louise or other white German Shepherds on our site. WE WILL NOT CONTACT YOU until a questionnaire has been completed.

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