|Meet Sweetgrass Mac
Trish missed the Jack Russell Terrier she’d had four years earlier. “These mighty minis have a way of adding humor to activities other breeds would find ordinary,” she explains. So she and her family went “puppy viewing.”
“The puppies were adorable,” says Trish, “but it was hard to visualize what they would eventually look or act like. So we went out to see the parents. That’s when we met and bonded with Mac. My son and husband knew right away that he would fit into our family. I was looking for a female, but Mac’s personality won me over.”
“He has been with us for over a year and still amazes me with his ability to learn new commands in a couple of minutes,” Trish says. But not everything Mac does is Trish’s idea. “One of Mac’s quirks is that he is distracted by reflective lights and his own shadow,” she says. “He can entertain himself for hours. He must capture the light!”
"The first time he started watching TV really surprised me. So, I turned on Dogs and Cats for him and he watched the whole movie."
“When he is outside,” she continues, “he covers a lot of territory. When he is inside, he is very calm and likes to watch TV and YouTube videos of animals. Some he watches, some he tries to follow after they have left the frame and some he talks to — usually the bad or angry ones. The first time he started watching TV really surprised me. So, I turned on Dogs and Cats for him and he watched the whole movie.”
Mac likes animals in real life, too. “Our Lab, Calli, is the babysitter, peacekeeper and workout buddy,” says Trish. “Our 14-year old German Shorthair, Roxy, is the teacher with the short fuse, but Mac can bring out the kid in her.” When Trish’s husband takes his hunting dogs for a run, Mac gets excited. “They let him run along through the raspberry fields,” says Trish.
Make ‘Em Laugh
Whatever the adventure, Mac is always up for it. “As soon as he sees me get the keys,” Trish says, “he’s by the door ready for his ride. It doesn’t matter where we end up, as long as he gets to go. People look forward to his visits. Mac has the gift of bringing giggles out of the young and elderly.”
"A few of the non-speaking residents will actually talk to Mac, to the surprise of the nursing staff."
Can We Talk?
Sometimes Mac goes to the assisted living home where, Trish says, “a few of the non-speaking residents will actually talk to Mac, to the surprise of the nursing staff. He must be a good listener.
Mac hasn’t met a two-legged or four-legged being that he doesn’t like,” she concludes.
There is one creature that doesn’t interest Mac, which Trish and her family discovered on a camping trip.
"Mac is not all that interested in the fish, unless they have been dead for days."
“We took Mac camping and fishing,” Trish reports. “Mac is not all that interested in the fish, unless they have been dead for days. Then he likes to wear their scent, until I apply shampoo.”
Mac and BLUE
The pet store recommended BLUE, Trish says, “so I started him on the puppy formula. He has graduated to the small breed formula and is thriving on it.”
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