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Monday, July 29, 2013


PhotoYet another example of how special our rescue dog Josie is:  One of my quiet joys is how Josie will sleep at my feet in our family room as I blog late into the night.  Last night, I noticed that Josie was not in her usual spot.  I investigated and found her asleep in the adjoining living room, which is next to the guest room and the front door.  Yesterday afternoon, a friend of a friend from church moved into our guest room for a few weeks as she recovers from surgery and looks for a new apartment.  One of the attributes of Josie's breed (Black Mouth Cur) is that she is "fiercely loyal to, and protective of, her pack."  So Josie expanded her zone of protection, choosing to sleep between me and our new pack member, ready to protect us from intruders. (Of course, any intruders would have faced only an exuberant volley of excited licking, but you get the idea.)

In my previous post written on Christmas Day 2009 when we adopted Josie for our then-high school senior daughter, I wrote that "our empty nest years will be more complicated, and fuller, now." I can state unequivocally that Josie indeed has made the past three years since our daughter left for college "more complicated, and fuller" (although I fear for the long-range health implications).

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The neat thing about this Post is not the story of the dog. Well, that is kinda neat but the really admirable thing is this.

"Yesterday afternoon, a friend of a friend from church moved into our guest room for a few weeks as she recovers from surgery and looks for a new apartment."

That is truly impressive.

Posted by: David R. | Jul 29, 2013 6:58:59 PM

But that is an adorable dog too.

Posted by: No, breh | Jul 29, 2013 10:28:21 PM

The risk of sleeping with a dog is well worth the unconditional love. She has a sweet face - good girl!

Posted by: MJ | Jul 30, 2013 7:50:23 AM

Adorable dog! My Great Pyrenees does the same with regard to guarding guests in our house, and gets quite sad when they leave...

Posted by: LM | Jul 30, 2013 12:38:05 PM

I apologize for accusing your cur-dog of being a pit-bull mix. Cur dogs are true-blue loyalists if there ever were. "Old Yeller" (of the book, not the movie) was a black mouth cur. I think you got it wrong, though. A cur dog will attend to the sick because....well, on general principles, that's why. Just like you.

Having a BMC makes you an ex-officio redneck, you know. Anyway, I'm pretty sure Josie is the only black mouth cur in Malibu.

Posted by: jim harper | Jul 30, 2013 4:44:21 PM