“MAC” MACALLAN (fka Sandy)

“MAC” MACALLAN (FKA SANDY) ABIN#19-119 – M, 2 1/2 Years

Gender: male

Age: 2 1/2 years

Size/Weight: 45 1/2 lbs and needs to gain at least 5 more lbs. Tall boy

Color: Orange & White

Breed: English Setter

Good with Children: Foster home does not have children in her home. Disposition -wise, he would be good with kids. However he still is a very energetic boy with puppy-exuberance and is working on jumping up on people. It is highly possible he would knock over smaller children in his jumping up and in his running about.

Good with Dogs: Yes, he gets along with all of my dogs and defers to them when they bark to tell him to get out of their space. He would Love to have another dog to pal around with and play with. He is very energetic, so another dog with a similar energy would be good

Good with Cats: yes, but only with dog savvy cats and with slower introductions

House trained: He is getting the hang of potty training. Initially he was having accidents in the house and was contending with diarrhea. He is now being consistent in going when he is outside. He will bark to go out, but also should go out first thing in the morning, after eating breakfast, mid-day, after his foster mom gets home from work, post dinner time and before bedtime. 

Crate trained: He flew to the US in a crate, so most likely. His foster mom baby gates him in the laundry room vs a crate so that he has more room to stretch out his tall body

Leash trained: Mac LOVES walks! he walks quite well with a harness and at times is loose leash. He is birdy, so will pull a bit when he sees squirrels, chipmunks, birds, etc. He would thrive in an active household.

Behavior: Mac is a wonderful boy. He was a street dog in Turkey so he is learning about being a house dog. He is also learning English signals.  He can clear a 3 foot baby gate no problem. He is smart, affectionate and is a genuine diamond in the rough who will become a great dog with ongoing training, appropriate boundary setting, caring and kindness. He does ok for car rides, but does drool a lot when in the car. No car sickness at this time, however.  He does seem to have some separation anxiety and storm anxiety.

Activity Level: Mac LOVES his dog walks. When he gets home from a walk, he still has energy. He is learning to love zooming around the yard. His energy level is moderately high, typical of a younger setter. He is very busy in the yard and is becoming more independent in hunting in the yard

Fence Required: Yes. Because of his energy level he needs a yard to run and play in. He currently is in a yard with a 6 foot privacy fence. He will investigate potential escape routes, so he should be monitored as he gets used to a new yard. He can jump right over a lower fence height. An invisible fence would probably work well for him too.

Medical History: Up to date on all shots, neutered, HW- and healthy. Needs to gain some weight. He is 45 lbs and could stand to gain at least 5 lbs.

Mac is from Turkey where Leishmaniasis is endemic. He has tested negative, but the parasite can remain dormant in the system. Potential adopters must be willing to commit to annual testing for the next 7 years. Your vet can draw the blood and send it to the lab. The test typically costs $120-150 but varies from vet to vet.

Foster Comments: Mac is a very sweet, non aggressive, boy. He is super happy and loves his people and would a love a fur sibling to play with. He needs to continue to work on learning about being a house dog.  He has completely jumped up on kitchen counters and a kitchen table! 🙂  He can clear a baby gate with ease and his foster mom has the laundry room double baby gated to keep him from hopping over the lower gate. He also counter surfs and jumps up on people, but he is learning to not do so.  He loves furniture privileges (couch, bed, etc), so beware that he wants to be with you wherever you are! He is an intelligent boy and will benefit from ongoing obedience training and in learning commands in English.

If left to his own devices, and with not enough to occupy his active brain, he will pull down towels, blankets, etc from the shelves in the laundry room. He doesn't tear them up, just pulls stuff down. However, He will become destructive with some items if he becomes too bored. He would love to have another dog to rough house with, or a human who is home more than not.

Mac has a HUGE bark, too. He has done some alert barking to strange noises as well as "I need to go out",  "I want to go out", "I want attention", and "Hey, where's my food"  barking 🙂

He is an active young setter and that needs to be understood. He needs physical and mental stimulation to be the best boy that he can be. His foster mom is intending to enroll him in a basic obedience class.

Mac would do best in a home with ongoing training and guidance, a dog playmate, active people (hikers, runners, walkers, etc). People who understand that he came from a street life situation, that he is a happy soul that cringes if harshly treated, a securely fenced yard and potentially a job for him to do.  He is a lovely boy with some rough edges to be refined. 

Adoption Fee: $300.00

Foster location: Marietta, GA

video of Mac (copy and paste link into browser address box):  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jYLIFPlzMMpUYbRvhcO0jBbJBfsBJ94t/view?usp=sharing

Volunteer transport can be arranged in the Continental US within a 1,000 mile distance between adopters & foster home. Typically, we are able to transport your adopted dog to within 2 hours of your home. *Dogs can be adopted outside the 1000 mile transport distance; however, adopters must be willing to either fly their adopted dog, drive to a location within the 1000 mile transport range, or make independent transport arrangements for their adopted dog. Transports to far West states, from Eastern states, may have additional restriction