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MAC 3/7/09 - Returned to BAR 4/3/11
 

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Age & Sex: 12 yr old Male
UTD: Yes
Weight:  83 lbs.
Other Dogs: Yes
Color:  White
Cats: Yes
Ears: Natural
Children: Under 5: Yes     Over 5: Yes
Tail: Docked
Professional Training Required: No
Neutered: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Shelter Surrender
Location: Budd Lake, NJ

Adoption Donation $150

11/13/11 - Sorry for the delay in updates....Mac plays with his little squeaky ball all by himself and I even catch him joining the others in a quick game of wrestle. We go on a daily walk and Mac is always lingering behind. I find myself almost dragging him along by the end of a 1/2 hour walk. He has lost all of his excess fat and looks like a healthy fit dog again.
He still has an occasional accident in the house. I find that he gets excited when people come over and that seems to be a trigger for his bladder...I also limit his daily water intake, because I find that he has more frequent accidents in the house when he drinks more. He will drink and drink and drink forever unless you tell him to stop, he is like a bottomless pit when it comes to water. He sleeps on his own bed and not mine, and not on the couch, it is too hard for him to get up that high. He also needs assistance getting into the car. He can get half way up and I have to lift his bottom half up, and he is at least 70lbs...
Mac is great and awaits a forever home.

10/28/11 - Sorry for the delay in updates.  Mac plays with his little squeaky ball all by himself and I even catch him joining the others in a quick game of wrestle. We go on a daily walk and Mac is always lingering behind. I find myself almost dragging him along by the end of a 1/2 hour walk. He has lost all of his excess fat and looks like a healthy fit dog again.
He still has an occasional accident in the house. I find that he gets excited when people come over and that seems to be a trigger for his bladder...I also limit his daily water intake, because I find that he has more frequent accidents in the house when he drinks more. He will drink and drink and drink forever unless you tell him to stop, he is like a bottomless pit when it comes to water. He sleeps on his own bed and not mine, and not on the couch, it is too hard for him to get up that high. He also needs assistance getting into the car. He can get half way up and I have to lift his bottom half up, and he is at least 70lbs...
Mac is great and awaits a forever home.

7/10/11 - Mac has moved back to his original BAR foster home who just loved him and welcomed him back with open arms!  Mac has been with us for about a week now. He has been a superb boy. He is just like I remember him, following me around the house, watching everything everybody does. I think he is better off in a quiet household, although he does show you some lively activity once in a while, however it does not last for very long. He is very good about staying in the yard, he will wander around the yard for a bit then find a nice place to relax and sleep until I get home. He is due for a thyroid check this week, fingers crossed that he is all good. more to come...

6/17/11 -Hi my name is Mac, I am having a great time at my foster home, however I want to find my forever home. I am a lovable old guy that still has some puppy in me. I frequently play with my foster brother Ziggy and when we get tired, we lay down and continue to play. My foster parents have filmed my buddy and I playing, hopefully they will post it on line real soon so that you can see how much fun and lovable I am. They posted it, here is the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C5k0ouRU8A,

5/31/11 - Mac is doing so awesome! He is getting more full of life every week. Its amazing! I was told that he wasn't a great watch dog, but now form the help of my pack, he is! When some one knocks at the door or the bell rings, he will give a few barks. I have changed his profile of good with children under 5 to unknown. He does live and do well with my 6 year old, but she is very used to foster dogs. Mac is not unfriendly, just big! Sometimes when he plays, he leans and he loves to mouth, not bite but play mouth. He is pretty strong and I wonder how a more inexperienced child would fare with such a tough guy. I say tough, but not in that way. He is a mush! He lays by my side, sits on my lap, gives paw all the time and likes you to hold his toy while he chews on it. Today was bath day and he was the only one to stand ther when the water went on! I have hot water connected to my outdoor hose so it is nice to bathe them. I don't even have to hold on to him for the process as he just stands there.He is so easy.,I have noticed in the last week that his drinking has calmed down and I don't need to restrict him as usual.When he has his blood test for his thyroid, it was still a little low. It was recommended to me to try to give his pill not with his meals and it seemed to make a difference. We give him a pill an hour before breakfast and one two hours after dinner.  Mac is so sweet and is desperate to find a forever home to call his own. You won't be dissapointed!,

5/18/11 - Mac is still doing great. I took him to the vet yesterday. He is down  to 83lbs. He looks great! He is more playful now too! At night he  loves to snuggle in his bed. He sleeps through the night and then in  the morning he rolls over on his back and wiggles around for about a  minute or two. He is so sweet. He still likes to drink a lot and I  feel he would be best where you can control his drinking which  controls the need to go out. He is very good about letting me know  when he has to go. When he wants attention, he puts his head on your  lap and looks up at you with those big eyes. He just melts your heart!  Mac will make anybody very happy.
Video of Mac:  http://www.youtube.com/user/blsba?feature=mhsn#p/a/u/0/naW7Xhge7K4

5/9/11 - Mac has adjusted very well in our home. It still amazes me how little time it takes for these guys to get comfortable. He is such a sweet boy. And let me tell you, for his age, he is amazing! When he wants to run (not very often ), boy can he! His water issues seem to be getting better. I am not a cautious as I was about how much water I keep down because he doesn't seem to look for it as much. This weekend I even put out my big water water fountain outside. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to, thinking he would drink every last drop. So far he doesn't bother it at all. My other dogs think it is their personal fountain! At night, when he has had enough for the day, he will go upstairs all by himself and go to bed. Before that he would walk around and moan until I went up and then he would follow. Mac is such a kind sole, I hope he finds a home he could call his own as so deserves it. 

4/12/11 - I can't believe Mac has been here over a week. He seamlessly fits in with all the dogs and people like he has been here forever! He really is so sweet. Likes it best when I am around but is starting to follow the dogs more and more. We had a huge breakthrough yesterday. I cleaned his ears all by myself and he could care less! A lot different from the first time. He got tons of belly rubs for that one and was so proud of himself. I was told to try it without squirting the cleaner in his ear, so that's what I did. The family is going on vacation for a week so there won't be any updates, but I promise to report in as soon as I get back. Grandma comes to stay with the other dogs and I was going to find an alternate home since he is still new here and grandma already has 4 dogs to look after. I have decided to can that idea since he is so well behaved. I'm sure grandma will have very good reports for me when I return. Whoever decides on Mac is going to be very lucky. He really melts your heart. All he wants is love.

4/6/11 - Well, Mac has been with with us for 4 days! He seems like he has been here forever the way he fits in. I have noticed he drinks a lot which might be nerves, but we will get it all checked out by my vet. So far he tolerates bathing, teeth cleaning and eye washes. Doesn't care to have his nails done and did not tolerate having his ears cleaned at all. I will have the vet do that. Maybe we'll try again when he is more comfortable here. I usually do not let my fosters up stairs for sleeping for a while. The first night my husband slept on the couch and the second night we left him down stairs and he cried most of the night! On night 3 we brought his bed up in our room and he slept quietly like a baby, so that is our new routine. I think because he is hard of hearing, he likes the visual. When I am home he mostly just follows me around and when I settle he finds a comfy spot on the ground. Mac does not get on any furniture nor does he try. When it is play time he is a big leaner! We got him weighed, he is 90lbs!! He has the biggest chest and neck I have ever seen. This is a really fun boy and would make anyone really happy!

4/3/11 - Unfortunately family circumstances have changed and Mac must be returned to BAR through no fault of his own.
Well his mom dropped off Mac last night. We had a nice visit. Mac was introduced one by on to all my fur babies with no no problems what so ever. Mac seems to be fun loving with no worries. He does not like to be separated from everyone and really there is no need for it. I really can't believe that he is supposedly 12 years old. He doesn't look it or act it! He is not full of puppy energy but does give you wiggles and calmly plays. He is not aggressive and gets along with people and pets. He does seem to prefer my 9 year old son. He is good an a leash and figured out where the door to go potty is quickly. He does seem to have to go potty a lot but goes right to the door when needed. This boy will make someone very happy.

9/13/09 - Well today was Mac's lucky day. He found his forever home. We were very sad to see Mac go but the look on his face when he say he had a little boy, who loves sports, all to his own he was sold. He jumped right into their car and off they went. Have fun Mac and enjoy your new family!!

9/11/09 - Mac is pending adoption

8/28/09 - Well we just came back from one of the best camping trips ever, for the first time all four dogs could come together and Mac was just part of the crowd. He behaved himself so well, he slept in his crate in the tent but only in case he "forgot" to let us know he had to go. He was just perfect, unleashed the whole time and he stayed right there in our site. We were right on the river so he thought it was a present for him...water all day long and an endless bathroom, and did we mention constant cooking, he was in heaven. They were all so sad to come back home, they had a great time with plenty of exercise, we couldn't have asked for a better group of dogs.

8/9/09 - Mac has been doing great. He has been getting much better at swimming and learning fetch. Sometimes he just wants to rip the ball to shreds instead of retrieving it. oh well, so long as he has fun. We have learned that Mac has seasonal allergies, he looks awful, running eyes sneezing all the time, but we have been giving him benedryl twice daily and it seems to do the trick for the most part. More updates to come

7/14/09 - We went to the park the other day and had a swim and I swear that Mac does more drinking of the water than swimming. He has been great and doing well. A few weeks ago we went camping and he was sooo well behaved. He enjoyed sitting by the fire and watching us eat our s'mores hoping that he would get one too,no such luck for him. We have now built a fire pit in the backyard and have been sitting by it daily. Mac loves to get as close the it as he can and snuggle up against whoever is closest to him. I'm sure he would fall asleep there and probably stay all night. More updates soon and some pictures to follow.

6/24/09 - So Sorry for the delay in updating Mac. As some of you may know we have had quite the spell of rain which leaves playtime at a minimum. Mac still manages to occupy himself, by himself with a variety of toys.  For the few days that it was nice here in CT we took the dogs to the park to see if Mac could swim. No such luck, but that will all change, I will tell you by the end of the summer he will be swimming like a fish. He tries really hard to please us so I know he will pick this up quickly. He loves the water down by the pond, most likely because there are tons of frogs he can chase and pounce, free toys who could argue with that? He loves to drink out of the hose while you are trying to use it but is not so fond of the sprinkler. Just recently we have been taking Mac the the ball parks to observe the baseball games, he loves it!! He watches the ball go from player to player and only wishes he could participate too!! He loves being at the park and everyone there is always amazed at how good and young he looks for an "old man". Mac has been doing great with his thyroid medication and has only had a few accidents in the house since being on the meds, the accidents are usually us not paying attention to him at that very moment. Ever since being on the meds his attitude has picked up and he has become a new dog.
 

3/31/09 - Mac went to the vet yesterday, everything went well. When they asked us how old he was and we said 10 yrs they were shocked because he was jumping all over the place, being so young and lively. Mac's T4 count is low (thyroid) so they are prescribing him some medication and retesting him in 3-4 weeks, which hopefully explains the excessive drinking and urinating.  They also said to watch the mass on his shoulder to make sure it doesn't get any larger. Other than that he is doing great. He has learned the ways of the house and seems to be loving it. We have been having such nice weather here that we have been going on walks lasting a couple of hours. Mac hasn't really learned that walks actually mean walking, he seems to think that every little spot has to be smelled and observed by himself. It is very funny to watch but does make the walk that much longer. After walks Mac comes home and passes out on the couch, sometimes the floor if he can't get himself up there. Mac is starting to look more and more like a normal dog, his hair is growing back in nicely, his hair is starting to become unstained, he is beginning to develop muscle instead of fat, and putting on weight where needed. 

3/19/08 - Mac is adjusting to his new home very well.  Within days, he met our other dogs, with much success. Just a couple sniffs, and he wanted to be on the other side of the gate. He seems to be very friendly with other dogs and does not show any signs of aggression whatsoever (with food, toys, or strangers).  He is definitely more submissive than dominant. He is very interested in our cats,  He would love to follow them all around the house if we would let him.  He has met them, and seems to want to play with them more than anything.  

Mac is crate trained and is house trained and has had some accidents since being with us, we are working on this, it seems to be getting a bit better day by day. He knows basic commands. Just the other day he gave us paw, he sees all the other dogs give paw and get rewarded with a cookie, he seems to be a very smart boy who picks things up pretty quickly.

Mac has been accompanying us on our daily, hourly walks and seems to keep up with the pace. Once we get home he inhales a bowl of water, takes a 10 min nap, and is back up playing with the others or demolishing a baseball. Because Mac is older we need to lift him into the car and onto the couch, if we want him there, everyone else is allowed up there and he just looks at the couch and then back at you with those sad eyes and you can't help but lift him up there.

We are happy that Mac seems to be fitting into the family very well.

3/8/09 - Mac is a very handsome, affectionate boxer boy. For an older gentleman he has a lot of energy.   At first look you wouldn't think he was ten. He loves chasing the ball around. The best part of Mac's day is sleeping on his comfy bed after a walk. He listens very well, you just need to speak a little louder than usual, he knows sit, stay, come, and when he's naughty goes in the crate. He gets along great with other dogs and cats. He is very friendly with anyone that he comes across.
He has a few cuts and scratches but with a little help the hair should grow back nicely.
 


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