Josie Darkshep: Notes on a foster dog


A rough start in life for this young sweetie.

Last Updated: Nov 29, 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
  • Spayed: Not Yet
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Affectionate, unruly.
  • SAFER Test performed: No
  • Claimed by: Animal Rescue Network of New England
  • Departure date: Undetermined


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
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes No
  • Preferred style of play: Undetermined
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Probably
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: Yes
  • Mouths: Yes
  • Walks well on a leash: Not yet

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters her crate: No Yes
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: No Yes
  • Understands going outside to potty: No
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: No
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: Yes
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: No Yes
  • Stays off people furniture: No Yes

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
  • Bordatella: Oct 29 by NAC
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . Nov 26-28, Fenbendazole, 7 ml, PMFC
  • Rabies:  NEEDED
  • Microchipped: Unknown, BRAND Not registered
    To register:
  • Spay/Neuter: NEEDED
  • Heartworm Test: NEEDED
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . date, Ivermectin, dose (NOT UNTIL TESTED)
  • 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
¾ cup kibble + 3oz. home-made stew AM
½ cup kibble + 3oz. home-made stew PM
PMFC Peanut butter cookies
Retriever Beef Basted Sticks
Jones Beef Hooves
Grillerz Pork Femur


In chronological order, newest at the bottom. Some pictures are linked to a more detailed Doggy Tale about that update, click those to open the related story.


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.

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3 comments on “Josie Darkshep: Notes on a foster dog

  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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