He owned a small auto-repair shop in Castle Rock, Maine. Joe gets mauled to death by his own St. Bernard dog, named Cujo in Joe's neighbor's house. Joe has a wife named Charity and a son named Brett. Joe and Charity have a tumultous relationship due to Joe's controlling attitude towards her. However, Charity admits that at times, Joe can be a tender man. Before Joe dies, he bids farewell to Charity and Brett who are going on a trip to visit Charity's sister. In a rare act of kindness, Joe gives his son some trip money.
Joe's best friend is Gary Pervier, a lecherous drunk down the street. Gary, too, falls victim to Cujo.