Big Boy Mac

by Lee Juslin
Mac was an owner turn-in to Lone Star Westie Rescue.
Mac’s owner said she was turning him in to rescue because of a “change in the season of life,” so perhaps a divorce. Whatever the situation, she had gotten Mac as a puppy, apparently kept him outside much of the time, and now, at eight-years-old, Mac is looking for his forever home.

When they first saw Mac, the rescue volunteers practically had to hold their noses. He had a serious yeast infection that had caused most of his hair to fall out, a nasty ear infection, dry eye, and he stunk to high heaven. He was also quite thin and, though he weighed seventeen pounds, he was a large, tall Westie. In short, Mac was in rough shape.

Immediately, his foster moms, Linda and then Elizabeth, put him on a regimen of daily medicated baths and an antibiotic prescribed by the vet. It has taken a lot of dedicated work, but Mac’s hair has grown back, and his ear and skin infections are nearly gone. Plus, now he needs a medicated bath only every other day. He has also put on weight and currently weighs in at twenty-six pounds.
Mac and his siblings

Elizabeth says he is just a great little dog who loves laps and often sits next to her with his head on her lap. He is very good about having a bath and waits patiently while the medicated shampoo sits on his skin, and, then, he remains calm while she dries him with the hair dryer and sometimes he actually nods off.

Mac is good on a leash and loves walks. He also loves toys—especially playing fetch—and is good with other dogs though it is not known how he would be with cats. He is house-trained and becomes quite vocal at meal times. Elizabeth says he’d be good at keeping burglars away.

Mac is a gentle, playful, friendly boy that would enjoy a home with a single person, couple, or family who would play with him and give him the cuddling and love he enjoys. Older children who know how to treat a dog would be a good match. He would also enjoy a fenced in yard where he could run and play with his people or a dog sibling.

Most of all, Mac needs an experienced person who would be proactive in maintaining care for his sensitive skin and the dry eye for which he needs daily drops. He also needs to stay on his diet of Signature Duck limited ingredient food. Mac’s hair has grown back to some extent, but he may not get back his full coat, and he needs the combination of medicated baths and special food to prevent his skin problems from returning. Elizabeth says that’s a small price to pay for a dog as great as Mac.

If you would like to learn more about Lone Star Westie Rescue, volunteer, or apply to adopt Mac or one of his friends currently with Lone Star Westie Rescue, visit them on FB: Lone Star Westie Rescue or visit their web site: Lone Star Westie Rescue.

If you would like to volunteer to be a foster parent for SSWR or to make a much needed donation to SSWR for their sanctuary dogs, you may do so through Paypal: Sanctuary Dogs or by mailing a check to: SSWR, PO Box 19415, Sarasota, FL 34276.

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Lee Juslin is a free lance copywriter living in North Carolina with her husband, Scott, and her band of misfits: Tarquin, a Wheaten Scottish Terrier, and three handicapped cats. They can be seen on their website: Hampshire Hooligans. She owns I B Dog Gone, a small embroidery business and is the author of the Nurse Frosty books for children and Frosty’s Story: Tales of a Therapy Dog. She supports a number of national and regional terrier rescue organizations.