Josie Darkshep


A rough start in life for this young sweetie.

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Nov. 20, 2020
  • Breed: German Shepherd
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birthdate: June 2020
  • Weight: 27.2 lbs.  Oct 29
    .              33.8 lbs. Nov 24
    .              34.0 lbs. Dec 8
  • Spayed: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Affectionate, unruly.
  • SAFER Test performed: No
  • Claimed by: Animal Rescue Network of New England
  • Departure date: December 18, 2020


Picked up as a stray, riddled with mange and coated in motor oil, this sweet girl has much better days ahead than she’s had behind.

Josie’s Progress Summary:

Detailed notes on this foster dog’s progress are posted below the summary.

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes but too rowdy for small dogs.
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Some food guarding if others stick their nose into her crate while she’s eating. Okay with sharing toys and chewies.
  • Preferred style of play: ROWDY, but not aggressive.  She uses her forepaws a lot and likes to wrestle.
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Probably.  Too active for toddlers.
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: Yes..  She likes to hug.  Working on that.
  • Mouths: Yes: nippy.  Working on that.
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters her crate: Yes
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Yes
  • Understands going outside to potty: Yes when crated
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Yes
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: Not in her crate
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: Undetermined
  • Stays off people furniture: Undetermined

Terms of Adoption:

  • Contact ARNNE for an adoption application.


  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Working on it
  • Down / Off: Yes
  • Shake / Paw: No
  • Kennels on command: Yes


  • DA2PPv: Oct 29 by NAC
    . Booster: Nov 16 by NAC
    . Booster: Dec 8, by PMFC
  • Bordatella: Oct 29 by NAC
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . Nov 26-28, Fenbendazole, 7 ml, PMFC
  • Rabies:  Dec. 8th, by Claws and Paws 4 A Cause
  • Microchipped: DATAMARS Not registered
    To register:
  • Spay/Neuter: Dec. 8th, by Claws and Paws 4 A Cause
  • Heartworm Test: Dec. 8th, by Claws and Paws 4 A Cause
    . Result: NEGATIVE
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . Dec 10, Ivermectin, 0.4 ml
  • NOTES:
    . Credelio for fleas and ticks.
    . Amoxicillin started Oct 29 for mange
    . Cephalexin 500 mg started 11/12 for 14 days.


Victor Classic – Professional Dry Dog Food
1½ cup kibble + 2 oz. home-made stew AM
1 cup kibble + 2 oz. home-made stew PM
PMFC Peanut butter cookies
Retriever Beef Basted Sticks
Jones Beef Hooves
Grillerz Pork Femur


Feeling bad after surgery

Enjoying some free-play time

Other Videos: Josie: A First LookJosie and Buddy Beagle |


Progress Updates

Progress notes are listed below, in chronological order, newest at the bottom.

Nov 22

Josie has been here a couple of days.  She is intensely affectionate, quite bright but easily distracted (she’s a puppy), she is eager to please, so should train easily.

My first order of business with Josie was to trim those NAILS!  Slender and very sharp, as bad a s cats claws!

Second was a bath.  Not only did she have the usual shelter stink, but she’d been coated in motor oil as a home remedy for her mange.  Animal Control bathed her and got most of it off, but but she was still greasy and it added to the funk smell.

Josie did well with both the nail trim and the bath.  She has already learned “come”, so I have dispensed with the lead line.  Working on “down” and “no bite”: she likes to nip affectionately.  That has to be stopped early.

She is difficult to get good photos: I’ll add them as I manage it.

Nov 26

I added a new Featured Video (up in the Gallery).  This one tests Josie with Buddy Beagle.  I would not have dared do this a few days ago because Josie was still too insistent and energetic in her affections.  But she has calmed considerably.  She now knows “come”, “in your room”, “down”, and is working on “sit”.  I have also tested her with little Josephine, that went well too.

Nov 29

Josie moved into her new space this evening.  See video above: Josie’s Inner Sanctum.  There is still much work to do, but she has a place to get away from the cold snap and snow due to arrive tomorrow.

Dec 8

Josie is being spayed today.

Yesterday afternoon I brought her inside to get her accustomed to a crate. As we came up to the porch, she acted like she’d never seen steps before and it took a few minutes to convince her she *could* come up them.  Once inside, she’s done really well. She gets excited when Marie comes into the room, but otherwise she’s calm in her crate. I can even leave the room for extended periods (like to go eat my dinner) and she remains calm. She even slept through the night!  What a good girl!

She returned home from the spaying and rested in her crate, mooing at me because she was in pain.  I was not able to secure pain relief for her.  But she’s taking it well.  I gave her the 3rd DA2PP shot while she was still calm from the sedative.

I gave her dinner, but she passed on that until 3:45 AM.  Otherwise she slept through the night and waited until around 5:30 to go outside to pee.  She and Buddy Beagle went together.  She went right back to her crate drank some water and is mooing at me again.

Dec 16

Josie has fully recovered from her surgery and did excellently: she didn’t even need to be coned to prevent licking at the incision because she just didn’t do that.  She has been a house dog since her surgery.  She is crated most of the time because she wants to play too rough with the other house dogs.

While in recovery she did play with Josephine, Buddy Beagle, and Blondie Bear.  Once she was feeling good again she’s too enthusiastic in her play and none of these will play with her any more.  I tried her with Rebel, and Rebel backed out of the play session by going back to his room.  She’d probably be good with Blade, but I’d need help supervising that play session.

Josie is good about resting in her crate.  I can leave the house for extended periods and she does not get anxious – unless she needs to potty.  She likes to be where I am, so I move her crate if I’ll be spending time in the kitchen.  She gets an indoor free play session in the morning after she goes outside to potty, while the other house dogs are still asleep.

She is doing better at showing affection by licking instead of nibbling.  She likes to cuddle.  Sometimes she gets talkative using a moaning-growly sound.  We have conversations.  I often get head-tilts from her after I “speak” to her in the same kind of sounds, “What did you just say?”.  She’s still a big puppy.  She’s bright and wants to please.   With continued structure and consistent guidance she will make an excellent companion for an active family.  Just don’t expect this exuberant girl to be a couch potato.

Dec 19

Josie transported out yesterday.  No, not like in Star Trek – though I wish that were possible.  She rode well: I had her in a transport crate instead of the extended cab because I worried that she’s insist on sitting in my lap while I drove.  Not a good idea if we want to arrive at the transport site alive.  Once again she rode well in her private compartment.  I put a warm blanket in on the floor of the box for her and the only time she got active or vocal was when I stopped at the bank drive-through for a moment.  Other wise she was still and quiet.  She may have done okay inside the cab, but with no one riding shotgun with me to help control her — at least for the first leg of the trip: I picked up Marie from work after stopping at the bank —  it was not a risk I was willing to take.  By our mid-day rendezvous time it was sunny and warm enough that it was comfortable inside the topper-covered bed of our truck.

The hand-off went exceptionally well.  I was three minutes early and they were already there and set up to receive passengers.  Josie was calm and compliant.  Now I am awaiting word that she arrived safely at the quarantine center in New Hampshire (state regulation).

I’m told she has an adopter awaiting her arrival, so after the two day quarantine, she will be going immediately “home”.  I love it when that happens!

Happy Tails, sweet Josie!

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3 comments on “Josie Darkshep

  1. Alex Izakson

    Hi Doug, I’m not sure if you received my email, but do you have a home for Josie? If not, we are interested in adopting her, please me know, thanks

    • DougB

      Hi Alex,
      I did not get your e-mail about Josie. But, as her page lists: “Claimed by: Animal Rescue Network of New England”.

      We are fostering Josie for ARNNE. You may contact them for adoption information. There is a link under: “Terms of Adoption:
      Contact ARNNE for an adoption application.”

    • Christine Plouffe

      Thank you for your interest in Josie. I’m sorry, she already has an adopter waiting for her for when she arrives in NH.

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