Allie, aka "Brown Boss" Nine years old now, Allie was five weeks when she was dropped at Everett Animal Shelter, all alone, with no siblings and no mother. Julie took Allie home to foster her, as Allie's prospects were grim at that age without a mama. The intent was to raise her to an age at which she could be adopted, but Allie developed Parvo after a month, and needed special care. Allie survived, and after going through that together, Julie decided they were meant for each other. Allie stayed. But she was "the puppy from hell", who had learned no socialization skills from interactions with siblings and mama. She bit hard and scratched fiercely, was headstrong and independent, but gradually became the sweet girl she is now. She is the first to greet someone and first out the door, and it is understood that she rules amongst the dogs, but she never shows aggression. She does handle herself with assertiveness in her body language, which is enough. She likes to tease and has a sense of humor- she knows what pushes buttons on the other dogs and will do it just for a joke, actually standing over them, laughing. She loves children, stuffed animals, and car rides. She hates fireworks.
From Julie, Allie's person: "You captured her so totally! If I saw this painting anywhere and didn't know anything about it, I would know that it is Allie- her body language, her expression, her "in your face" pose- all Allie. I love it!"