Turbo Smoke'n Wildfire CDX JH CCA CGC (Josie)
Josie was out of our Buffy and Bouncer Litter. She stood out early on because of her intuitiveness, alertness, assertiveness, and intelligence. When she was a small pup if someone was around she would watch them as if she was studying them to see what they were doing. Her dark eyes would follow them around the room and she would cock her head from side to side as if to be trying to figure out what was going on. It was clear to us that she was an intelligent dog. She sealed the deal when she repeatedly learned to escape from the pen, emerging into the living room, when the other pups watched in awe.
As Josie grew her personality stayed that way and we started referring to her as the “problem solver”. No problem was too small for Josie. She was very dominant and head strong. If she wanted something she wouldn’t give up until she got it; whether it was learning how to open the gate to let her and the other dogs into the pond to swim or chasing squirrels in the yard until she won. She was always the leader and the other dogs would just stand back and let her lead. She was also bigger than our average Turbo girls and the other girls and Diesel were her followers while we always let her mom, Buffy, think she was the Queen.
Josie really enjoyed the hunt process so much that she would try to convince us to let her out in the middle of the night so she could hunt. She would sit at the window mostly all night watching looking outside for something to move. She was most persistent when it came to her wanting a treat or to be petted. She almost seemed human-like with her ability to communicate what she wanted.
Josie had a junior hunter title and was working on our first senior title ever, but she ended up getting injured in a hunt test getting a thorn in her leg embedded in her leg and needed surgery to remove it. Josie fell behind on the training while recovering and her girl, HayLee, started leading us further into our hunt testing abilities. Josie then became a momma’s girl.
As our crew grew in numbers, Josie was the mentor and inventor of behaviors and traditions that she established that are still followed by our entire current crew whether they knew Josie or not. At this point, Sharlie, who mentored with her grandma, Josie, carries on these traditions with our younger dogs. So often we see Josie in all our dogs.
Josie was a beautiful dog and loyal companion. She was protective of her loved ones, whether it was her puppy, Haylee, or her human family. She passed away on New Year’s Eve 2010. We have always said she was one of a kind and there will never be another one like her.