Hi all, Amanda here. I have been putting off writing about the last member of this fur-family, Josephine. Not because she is a trouble maker or boring (no way on both counts!) but mostly because she is new to me. Josephine is the baby of the pack (although at somewhere around the age of 8 she is no baby!) and I just haven’t had as much time to get to know her as the others.
Here is what I do know about the beautiful Josephine. Baby Cakes is her nickname, and she likes to eat (so I would have to say that is appropriate!). When we come in from outside, she is the first one to get in her “spot” for a treat. She is pretty laid back like the other girls, but she has a fierce streak in her when anyone gets “in her face.” Turns out this family of dogs is built around mutual respect and understanding–everyone respects each other’s boundries and understands that ultimately Mom and Dad are in charge. Not that there is never any plays for power 🙂
Josephine is happy to sit by the window and bark at the world. And what a bark! It is loud and deep…very effective! She is a great Pyrenees and so her job in life is to protect and guard. She takes that job very seriously; she makes sure her Mom and Dad know when the mail comes, when a car goes by, when the other dogs are outside, even when there is a squirrel running around the yard! Unfortunately for Josephine, Huxley also feels that his job is to protect the family and therefore they don’t always see eye to eye on who should take the first watch 🙂
I have spent a few evenings at this house and Josephine was so amazing at keeping me abreast of noises and potential threats. When everyone else was sleeping, she was on point to make sure everyone was safe and sound. I found that if she could see me, she could relax a little and get some rest herself; so we spent a good portion of time in the living room sleeping. When she heard something, she could look up and see that I was okay before going back to her slumbers 🙂 The perfect guardian.
That is it for this family, although they are foster parents so I usually am introduced to temporary family members. Josephine is no longer a foster, Mom and Dad just knew their family was not complete without this Grande Chien des Montagnes (“the big dog of the mountains”). I am so glad!