Happy Tail: Jojo (Formerly Josie)

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What a wonderful start to 2018, with an incredible Happy Tail.

"We got Jojo aka Josie in September 2017 - she was approximately ten months old. I know we have only had her almost four months but we cannot imagine our life without her.

Boy - did I forget how much a puppy can change your life! She still forgets that she cannot jump on everyone that walks in the door and her mouthiness is reducing. She is no longer jumping on counters, she had a few accidents in the house during the first two weeks, she quickly learned potty goes outside. She loves her squeaky toys and when she is excited we get squeak serenades. I realized quickly that if she is not exercised then she finds things like pulling tissues out of wastebaskets and collecting our socks from our hamper and carrying them in her mouth is her way of telling us that she needs physical exercise. Although Jojo gets a little mischievous, she is a wonderful dog over all.

She is a chaser! She chases anything that moves and flies such as birds, butterflies, flies, bees, lizards, and rabbits. She loves our yard and thankfully she is not destructive. She likes to carry and moves things around and that is okay. Thankfully she does not have destructive behavior, we do have not had to worry about excessive chewing or digging. We had experienced some rat visits and she successfully has shown us where to focus our attention and because of her help, two rats were captured. We also have a ground squirrel problem so I am sure some day she will be extremely effective in protecting our garden! I just don't know what I will do when she actually catches a bird, squirrel or even a bee? She has trapped a quail but my mom was able to help the quail escape, for the most part I believe the birds just know to stay away when they see her! We have twenty two fruit trees and two garden beds - so I am sure the spring will bring lots of fun for her.

We no longer kennel her at night. She has a bed on my side of the bed. Currently she does not have full reign of the house during the day as we have a grumpy old lady , Gracie, our 15 year old Daschund Terrior mix. Jojo insists that Gracie play with her and Gracie insists that she will not! Because she loves to roll around in dirt (most of our back yard is dirt) so she is not allowed on our couches but she is allowed on two ottomans and an old black recliner. She loves her bear, well it's actually a monkey, but it took me several weeks to realize that it was a monkey and not a bear. She is gentle with her bear monkey and carries it everywhere she goes in the house. She is gentle and is intrigued by babies, gentle with the elderly and knows she can be playful with the kids.

I look forward to my retirement in approximately 10 months to spend more time with my fur baby and future gardening friend. We are in love with her and her puppy antics just make her fun! Thank you to the Las Vegas Labrador Rescue for your hard work!

Sylvia and Mark"

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