Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Posted April 2, 2014
My father brought our dog Mac home many years ago when he was a puppy, approximately 5 weeks old. My three sisters and I were surprised and excited by Mac's arrival. I remember Mac crying the first few nights, missing his mother and brothers and sisters. We put an alarm clock under a blanket in his box and that seemed to settle him. He wasn't toilet trained but we put paper down in a box and let him into the garden to do his business and I don't remember having much problems with his training.
He was a cross between a King Charles and a Cocker Spaniel, a gorgeous looking dog, but not very bright. When we took him for walks, we had to be careful to keep him on the lead all the time as he had no fear of the dangers of cars.
My parents both worked, and us kids were at school so Mac ended up spending the days in my grandparents' backyard, largely left alone. We felt it wasn't right for such a friendly dog to be cooped up all day, so we decided to give him to a family in the country. I went with my parents to drop him off at the country house.
Mac was a great dog: fun, vibrant, minimal grooming required, but not the brightest.