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 Mac, formerly Polka

Hi Shirley-

Happy Belated Holidays! Wanted to send an update on Mac along with a image that I love of him done by one of the teenage girls in our riding and driving club. He is a happy guy! He started agility 2 weeks ago along with clicker training because we thought it would be helpful for his confidence with new situations. We've noticed that although he has been exposed to alot of things he has the border collie approach to life and can be aloof with new people or new experiences. I have been doing lots of research and we had a private consultation with our trainer to make sure we are on the right track and we are. The first week he was horrified that he had to go anywhere near the agility equipment. The second week, after working on clicker training each day and adding games i.e.walking over broom sticks in the kitchen, he did 3 beginner jumps ( 3 inches off the ground) to a table!!! Wow, were we proud of him! He is a fast learner and he reads our body language and our minds as border collies do! Next week we start our post graduate obedience class as well. He loves to do stuff but I would say his most favorite thing to do is get together with his dog friends! The smile in the picture is because he had been romping with his 5 dog friends and 6 human friends at one of his favorite walking spots in West Newbury.

our best to you,

Karen, Doc and Mac


Hi Shirley-

Wanted to give you an update on Mac (formerly Polka) who we adopted in March. He is doing so well and has lots of dog friends. He is playing with one of them as I write this. We are amazed at how well he has adjusted and how SMART he is! Everyone that meets him just LOVES him so he could be the poster boy for Saveadog (although from the dogs we met through your organization Mac would have some stiff competition). Mac has completed his adult citizenship training and we plan to complete the post graduate course during the summer. I plan to do agility with him this winter. He really loves going to the horse farm with me and romps with the resident poodle. Has been on his first "trail ride" with my husband walking him while I ride and he did very well. I'm going to continue with my husband accompanying us on the trail ride for this season until I'm sure Mac is solid with horse/trail etiquette and 100% on recall. He seems more mature than his young age but I know those "teenage years" are just around the corner!

Looking forward to Paws in the Park in June. Hope all is well with you and your family.

Thank you again for such a wonderful dog!!!

Sincerely,
Karen Mackey

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