Ms. Josie

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Home:Greenbelt, MD  
Age: 14 Years   Sex: Female

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Josephine Daisy McLeod, Josie Bean, Ratzie

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-dog rescue

February 12th 2002

undivided attention

What isn't?

Favorite Toy:
her humans

Favorite Food:
Caddie's roast beef

Favorite Walk:
at the lake

Best Tricks:
stomping her feet

Arrival Story:
We adopted Ms. Josie from Collie Rescue of Central Pennsylvania after we had lost our beloved mixed Collie named Daisy to cancer, hence Josie's middle name. Josie was given up because she "barks too much," and indeed she does. When we came to Pennsylvania to meet her, she immediately plopped down in front of us and demanded attention. The first impression we had was: "Whoa, her nose is bigger than her!" and "From the side, she looks like a giant rat." So, her nickname Ratzie was conceived.

Ms. Josie is a character. She is very sweet; she loves men. She always takes place on the couch in the living room next to her (human) dad and carefully poses her big nose on the arm rest. Her oversized nose causes her a few problems: it is so heavy that she needs to prop it up. She cannot hold it up unpropped for more than a minute or so. Also, her overbite is so severe that her upper jaw overhangs her lower jaw by about an inch, so half of her upper teeth have no lower teeth to rest on, so we have a bit of a drooling problem, especially at night. The main problem with the overbite, however, is the inability to eat, sigh. So, Ms. Josie gets spoon fed morning and night. The other dogs in the house (as well as human visitors) think it's a riot! Josie's main attribute, however, is her foot stomping. She doesn't only bark too much; she also stomps her feet when she barks. And she barks at everything! At the can opener and the coffee grinder. At the jiggling silverware and the ringing cell phone. At people talking to each other and not to her. At people laughing. At people petting dogs other than Ms. Josie. And every time she barks in displeasure, she also stomps her feet. Ms. Josie is also very independent and stubborn. She is very intelligent, but people pleasing is not her thing. She can perform all kinds of commands if she wants to, but she has to first decide whether the reward justifies the effort. When we say "sit," Josie looks to see what treat we have in our hand, smells the air, and weighs in her mind whether the treat is worth lowering her butt to the floor. You can almost see her thoughts turning in her head, as her dotty eye brows move and nose twitches. We are really glad we have Ms. Josie. We realize that not everyone would appreciate her peculiar personality. We enjoy her company thoroughly, every day of our lives together. She is a unique, foot-stomping dog with an oversized ratzie nose.

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