It’s a Kekionga truism that Josef is the Main Character. Every story that has Josef in it is automatically a story About Josef. My (now) very old corgi, Toby, was a puppy when Kekionga’s rules and cast were first being established, and if Josef’s behavior bears some resemblance to that of a wild young corgi, well, I suppose it isn’t accidental.
But, while he fills the role in the stories usually taken by the dog, Josef is not a dog. He is a weird and highly intelligent creature from another dimension, and all bets are off. Pretty much exactly like a dog, really.
Chibi stick figure Josef doesn’t really look all that different from regular Josef, except for his more angular head and ears and simplified body, neck and legs. He also has the new spiral spot pattern on his hindquarters.