General Foster Comments: Meet Big Mack! He’s a beautiful, young setter who was found as a malnourished stray in Kentucky. A good-hearted soul took him to the humane society and they got him into A&B to make sure he got a great forever home. Mack is pure love; he is a sweet, sweet dog who wants to be near his people.
Socialization/training: It appears he has had zero training. We’re starting from scratch with “sit.” This is an area where Mack’s new family will need to be prepared to work with him.
Good with Children: Yes. He’s a big fellow and wants to climb in laps, so might not be the best dog with toddlers. He has occasionally jumped up on foster family kids in a playful way, but since most small kids don’t thinking getting knocked on their can is fun, he’s being taught to stay down.
Good with Dogs: Yes. He’s very friendly with other dogs in the house and neighborhood dogs as well. We’ve observed one unusual situation: during the evening bedtime routine with kids, Mack twice started a tussle with a resident dog when the other dog was on a kid’s bed. He seemed to be guarding the bed (or the kid?) even when he was on the floor. This has been an anomaly with his personality; he’s been playful and submissive with the other dogs at all other times.
Good with Cats: Yes, depending on who you ask—and I wouldn’t recommend asking the cat. At first introduction to foster cats, Mack rightly jumped back about two feet. Two weeks later, his fear has turned to intrigue. Of the two in-house cats, one could care less about him and vice versa. But the scaredy cat runs away and Mack likes that game and follows along. He doesn’t appear to be preying, but at six times the size of the cat, it’s a confusing time for kitty.
House-trained: Yes! Surprisingly, Mack has not had any accidents since coming to his foster home despite appearing unfamiliar with house-life and having stools that would be categorized as “water hose.” He goes to a person and does a funny sound (like he’s trying to talk) and/or goes to the door when he has to go out.
Crate-trained: Yes. The longer he’s been with his foster family, the less he likes the crate. It takes some effort and inertia to get him in there! He sleeps on the floor in the master bedroom at night and is fine. For time alone, he’s been confined to a mud room and seems to do well, though he whines when he’s in there.
Leash-trained: Yes. He pulls a bit and he’s a strong guy, but not unmanageably so. He’s a pretty good walker overall.
Activity Level: Moderate. He’s young and playful and will need to be exercised, but he’s not a hyper dog. For his age and breed, Mack is actually quite calm.
Fence REQUIRED: Mack will need to be trained on an electric fence or have a secure 6’ privacy fence with the expectation that he will not be left alone outside. This is a big deal; part of his separation anxiety seems to be wanting to get to his people no matter what. During a five-minute errand on a beautiful fall day, Mack was put on a second story deck instead of being crated or confined. When foster mom got home, Mack had gotten out and the gate was still shut! When his people were working in the yard and had him on the deck with the other dogs, he was trying to jump over the side—a long drop!
Behavior: Everything seems new to Mack! He looked at us like we were crazy when standing at the top of the stairs for the first time. He’s volunteered for pre-washer on dishwasher duty and seemed pleasantly shocked that there was food on the counter. Poor guy wolfs down his food; he has clearly experienced hunger as a stray. This is a very, very sweet dog. Loves people and the affection they give him. Wants to be close all the time.
He is very skittish at any loud noise, so seeing him as a hunting dog is a longshot. We have also ruled out a career as a rocket scientist. But, if you want a loving companion dog for individual or family, he’s a great candidate.
Medical History: Mack has been fully vetted and recently neutered. Heartworm negative. He came to his foster family with a terrible case of diarrhea, but was parasite free. A round of antibiotics and some bland food has improved it immensely. He may be a dog with a sensitive stress stomach; those pups often have a change of stools with a change of venue, so be prepared for that. Mack had a terrible case of fleas when he was taken in as a stray. The hair on his lower half was almost completely gone. He’s flea-free so his pretty coat and feathering is coming back in nicely.
Foster Location: Madison, WI
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