Mack came to us 2 years ago from Ireland. We don’t know what kind of life he had but we are sure it was bad! In general black long-haired dogs are not liked in Ireland and are often mistreated. When Mack arrived he was scared of everything, Mack’s way of doing scared is to bite. Mack didn’t back down, he didn’t run away he stared the object of fear in the face, barked then bit! For some reason Mack liked me when we first met? men are not his favourite thing but I appeared to be? When he came home we had Luca and Indy and he adored them straight away, Luca would play “tumble monkies” with Mack and happily shared toys with him. Indy loved Mack but didn’t do playing he was just there. Indy has a special way with foster dogs where he lets them learn through trying stuff but if they go too far wrong he will give a special smile which involves showing teeth and they know to stop. Indy is never violent or rough he just smiles and it is always enough.
Last August, Luca died. He had bone cancer and survived 10 months when the vet said he had only weeks? He played with Mack until the last few days.
From the day Luca died Indy changed, he took on the fun role to go with his serious role and Mack has flourished. 🙂
Mack has become a very loving, relaxed and loyal dog but I can still see that he would be happier in a different environment! we live in a built up area of town and Mack still doesn’t like too much noise outside the house so the rescue are holding out for a home in the country. I have always known that Mack is a foster dog and would be re-homed but sometimes I dread the thought of him going as I really love him.
Physically he is a beautiful dog and now he is beautiful on the inside as well. (you have to watch the bugger though as he can be cheeky :-))
Mack is about 5 years old. A big dog with a Retriever sized body but with long slender legs. He has the best ears that I have ever seen on a dog, they are a cross between a Retriever and a Springer spaniel all long and flowing and he likes nothing more than having them massaged. At home he is a doddle but has to be managed when men arrive but once in they are safe as he will just give them a sniff before laying at their feet for the duration of the visit. 😀
Out and about he is great although we are not allowed to let him off leash so we use a 50ft long line, attention still has to be paid to the sudden appearance of people or bikes so we carry a soft muzzle which takes the pressure off him.
If I have done a bad job of promoting Mack it is not intentional 😉 I would kind of be happy for him to find the “perfect home” but until then I am happy to call him my friend.


About Mick C Gorman

Slightly damaged old bloke who is plodding on with more than a little help from a great wife. I have been married for 36 years and have 2 grown up children. I did the usual thing and replaced children with dogs when the nest became empty, best thing I ever did (apart from getting married of course). Life has taken a few interesting turns so far but this Epilepsy thing beats the lot! I love lots of things but in the past have never really stuck with them long enough to be good at them, I am trying harder to be better at a few things rather than okay at loads of things. There is still plenty of time. :-D
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