Blue Mountain’s the one ’n’ only ”Josie”

Australian Shepherd Züchter aus Krefeld (NRW)

BLUE MOUNTAIN’S THE ONE ’N’ ONLY DNA-VPJOSIE

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So­me­ti­mes, it seems as though the­re is a small ali­en in Josie’s head who is se­cret­ly stu­dy­ing us. She is high­ly in­tel­li­gent and is con­stant­ly watching us, even when it ap­pears that she is snoo­zing in a cor­ner.

She wants to be part of ever­ything and stick her nose in it for a se­cond. If we hold so­me­thing in our hand that she de­ems to be of in­te­rest to her, a dog snout will come up in slow mo­ti­on to sniff the ob­ject from a re­spect­ful di­stance. Jo­sie will stand per­fect­ly ba­lan­ced on her two hind legs – re­a­son en­ough to let this be­ha­vi­or ”pass.”

Character

Jo­sie is very em­pa­the­tic. Whenever one of her peop­le friends is sad, you can be sure that she will come run­ning to see what is the mat­ter. She licks your face to cheer you up or se­cret­ly clim­bs onto the sofa to be with us – so­me­thing that is, of cour­se, not re­al­ly al­lo­wed. She then puts her ears back and tri­es to make herself as small as pos­si­ble. This be­ha­vi­or of hers ne­ver fails to make us laugh.

Our blue mer­le dar­ling loves to cudd­le, and plea­se be­wa­re: your lap will de­fi­ni­te­ly not be safe if you de­ci­de to sit on the floor! Cudd­le ses­si­ons on the li­ving room floor are li­ke­wi­se ne­ver tur­ned down. Even if one of us sleeps on the sofa, a rare oc­cur­rence, she will curl up in your arm and spend the night with you un­der the co­vers.

Test Results

HDA1 frei
ED0 frei
OCD0 frei
MDR1(N/M) Trä­ger
HSF4(N/N) frei
CEA(N/N) frei
prcd-PRA(N/N) frei
NCL(N/N) frei
DM(N/N) frei
Di­lu­te(D/D) frei
Brachy­urie(N/N) frei
Schild­drü­seO.B.
Au­genfrei (jähr­lich)
Ge­bisskorr. vollst. Sche­re
COI16,70%

Jo­sie loves to sit down at our feet, look at us with tho­se big, sweet eyes of hers, and ask to be pet­ted. It his hard to re­sist her look. Du­ring the­se ma­neu­vers, she so­me­ti­mes li­kes to lean into our legs, and, should we dare to move, will end up topp­ling over onto the floor. Her next move then is to roll over on her back so that we can at least rub her bel­ly. If we so­mehow ma­na­ge to re­sist rub­bing her bel­ly, she rai­ses her head af­ter a few se­conds to give us a few, ques­tio­ning glan­ces. Jo­sie will hold this po­si­ti­on for a litt­le while lon­ger in or­der to con­vin­ce us to pet her.

In the evenings, Jo­sie li­kes to sit near us in front of, or lea­ning into the sofa, snoo­ze in one of her bas­kets, or re­ti­re to her cra­te.

Jo­sie loves to per­form tricks and to learn new ones. She clear­ly wants to exe­cu­te ever­ything cor­rect­ly, and (so­me­ti­mes, un­for­tu­n­a­te­ly) re­al­ly fast. Jo­sie ex­hi­bits a strong eager­ness to plea­se, which is what one ex­pects in an Aus­tra­li­an She­pherd.

Ri­ding in the car is one of her pas­si­ons. Go­ing shop­ping wi­thout her pre­sence in the trunk is not what she had in mind! She gi­ves us long loo­ks from head to toe with her big, sweet eyes and pu­shes us ever clo­ser to the front door. No­ne­theless, it is not a pro­blem to lea­ve her at home while we take off for a shop­ping spree to Lon­don …

Play­ing in the yard and run­ning off leash du­ring walks are some of Josie’s fa­vo­ri­te hob­bies. She acts like a litt­le child in the snow, and ex­pert­ly cat­ches snow­balls and fal­ling snow­flakes. In deep, fluffy, new snow, she hops like a bun­ny to keep her head abo­ve the snow line.

Ano­t­her one of Josie’s pas­si­ons is re­trie­ving her fa­vo­ri­te toy. She is up for any game or ac­ti­vi­ty. At home, she en­joys lay­ing in front of the door to the yard to watch squir­rels jump from tree to tree. She also wat­ches birds, phe­a­s­ants, and anything else that mo­ves in the yard. This ent­ails run­ning from win­dow to win­dow in a sta­te of high alert to keep an eye on wha­te­ver has pea­ked her in­te­rest.

Jo­sie is open to the com­pa­ny of other 4‑legged ani­mals, whe­ther dogs or cats, and en­joys play­ing with them. In a group en­vi­ron­ment, Jo­sie is ge­ne­ral­ly a cal­ming in­flu­ence on ac­count of her even tem­pe­ra­ment. When ne­cessa­ry, she can im­po­se her will, but this ne­ver oc­curs in a mean way, or (from a hu­man per­spec­ti­ve) un­fair­ly. Our pack of dogs is led by Jo­sie in a very quiet man­ner, and ani­mals that come to vi­sit also ad­apt quick­ly to her di­rec­tion.

Our house cat, Mi­ckey, re­cei­ves a friend­ly gree­ting from Jose every morning, and other cats that we come across along the way are trea­ted the same way. Jo­sie of­ten dis­co­vers cats un­der­ne­ath par­ked cars: with her rear end up in the air, tail wag­ging vi­go­rous­ly, she di­ves un­der­ne­ath the car to say hel­lo. This is al­ways a very amu­sing sce­ne to watch. Bun­nies and rab­bits are also of in­te­rest to Jo­sie, par­ti­cu­lar­ly the rab­bit cage lo­ca­ted in the neighbor’s yard. She can cir­cle the cage for hours watching the rab­bits. She is so in­tent on the litt­le crea­tures, that she so­me­ti­mes for­gets to put down one of her paws,and then tri­es to so­mehow re­gain her ba­lan­ce. Jo­sie is friend­ly towards other ani­mals and does not ex­hi­bit a gre­at hun­ting in­stinct. Should it ever be ne­cessa­ry for her to rely on her hun­ting skills to sur­vi­ve, it is our guess that she would pro­bab­ly star­ve.

Jo­sie does not bark much, and if she does, it is out of pure ex­ci­te­ment – ne­ver frus­tra­ti­on. She is a very even-tem­pe­red dog that can lay down quiet­ly so­me­whe­re in the house wi­thout ha­ving to be kept ac­ti­ve. Of cour­se, all of that chan­ges when vi­si­tors ar­ri­ve! Vi­si­tors are al­ways gree­ted with a gre­at deal of en­thu­si­asm, and are tho­rough­ly in­spec­ted with her nose. Every now and then, she can get a bit out of hand. Jo­sie finds child­ren par­ti­cu­lar­ly in­te­res­ting and clear­ly wants to play with them.

Jo­sie does not care for stairs, par­ti­cu­lar­ly ex­po­sed stairs that al­low one to see through to the floor. We are working with her to over­co­me her dis­com­fort. Jo­sie en­joys being com­bed, brushed, and ba­thed – pro­bab­ly be­cau­se she has fi­gu­red out that she will be re­war­ded with a tre­at af­ter­wards.

Jo­sie has many fa­cial ex­pres­si­ons that amu­se us. When we talk to her, she seems to an­s­wer in her own lan­guage. On ex­tre­me­ly rare oc­ca­si­on, she can be a bit spi­te­ful. She then plops down so­me­whe­re on the floor in a huff and pre­ten­ds we do not exist for about 10 se­conds. But then – as soon as we move just the sligh­test bit clo­ser – her tail re­su­mes its hap­py wag­ging. It is ac­tual­ly much more than just a tail wag – the­re is a re­a­son why she is nick­na­med ”rug bea­ter.”

When Mai­sy joi­ned the fa­mi­ly, Jo­sie did not make a fuss when Mai­sy ate from her food bowl and over­loo­ked other mis­deeds com­mit­ted by the new­co­mer, so­me­thing other dogs su­rely would not have to­le­ra­ted. We are con­vin­ced that Jo­sie al­rea­dy knew that the­re would be an ad­di­ti­on to the pack. Every time we came back from the bree­der, we un­der­went a tho­rough snif­fing ex­ami­na­ti­on by her. Jo­sie would then run down the hall­way, loo­king to see as to whe­re the other dog might be. Mai­sy and Jo­sie quick­ly be­ca­me best friends and even curl up tog­e­ther in the same bas­ket. In any event, whenever the­re is food on the ho­ri­zon, they are both sit­ting pret­ty in front of us. Na­tu­ral­ly, they rough­house and play tog­e­ther on a dai­ly ba­sis.

To us, Jo­sie is more than a mem­ber of the fa­mi­ly. She is the type of friend who is the­re for us un­con­di­tio­nal­ly and ne­ver lea­ves our side. In Jo­sie, we have found a very spe­cial com­pa­n­ion. We are so hap­py that we de­ci­ded to get her and that she has be­co­me such a won­der­ful dog.

Offspring

Pedigree

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