McKenzie is a 1 year old Sable/Copper male Collie.
He is on the smaller size with a current weight of
47 lbs. and will trim out between 50-55 lbs.
McKenzie is making
slow progress and is still fearful of humans.
Especially female humans.
He continues to try to come close but then will
speed back into his crate at the slightest noise or
quick movement. At times he is very
affectionate. He will wag his tail and give
you kisses for the longest time, but later it is
difficult to get close to him because he will scurry
away from you and retreat to his crate. He
still will only eat in his crate. At least he
is eating and has a good appetite.
loves the other 2 Collies & 2 cats and plays
with them more and more. Because McKenzie is
so fearful of humans, it will probably be best that
he be adopted to a family that already has a well
adjusted dog as a companion. Still no accidents or
chewing incidents in our home.
fear-barking and is still afraid of the lead and
going to new places. He is getting better on
see progress and hope. He wants so badly to accept
us and we are still taking small baby steps with
McKenzie is currently not
available for adoption so
please check back for more information. We
will keep updating McKenzie's bio as we get to
know him better.
Latest updates from McKenzie's Foster Mom;
McKenzie continues to make progress each day in
overcoming his fear of people. He is still
especially apprehensive when he is near female
humans but he is improving.
Because of his tremendous fear issues, we must
consider McKenzie to be a Special Needs Collie.
He will need to go to a family that is experienced
in training and understands the exceptional amount
of patience and kindness that is required for him to
overcome his fear of people. He will need a
quiet home with no small children.
Hi is spending less time in his crate and
ventures out to explore the house more often.
Usually he comes looking for his foster mom or dad.
Of course, his crate continues to be his "safe
Now that Spring is coming to the North country,
McKenzie doesn't want to go outside very much during
the day. He is hearing all kinds of new sounds
and they have frightened him. Eagles and
Herons when they screech and squawk, and the singing
of migrating birds who frequent our feeders.
McKenzie is now 15 months old and is in the
adolescent stage of development. He has blown
his coat and that is unusual for this time of year.
Several other MWCR members report their Collies too,
are blowing their coats due to the unseasonable
McKenzie was neutered on 2/10/03
and healing nicely. In the last week, he has
had the courage to eat his meals outside his safety
haven (crate) but with his hind legs still remaining
inside his crate.
Hooray! Mackie ate his
dinner tonight entirely outside of his crate!
We have seen some major progress
within the last 2 weeks with Mackie. He has
ear movement recognizing words and commands.
Mackie is a smoocher. We are still unable to
pet him outside of his crate. He now does not
turn his head away when looking at him or speaking
to him. His fear barking and nipping have
Mack will smooch, enjoys a good
"lovin'" and grooming while he is "safe" being in
his crate or another haven that has been created for
him in our home computer room.
Mack is interacting more with our
own 2 female Collies; learning to play, run, carries
stuffed toys around and enjoys tug-o-war with them.
It is becoming very apparent that McKenzie will need
to be placed in a home that already has a well
adjusted dog for a companion. He needs these
social times with our Collies so he can enjoy his
little life. He still is apprehensive of humans
want to play with him. He is not fearful of
his foster parents when we approach him in his
safety havens. Mack wants to be in the same
room with his foster humans. He is a little
On McKenzie's surgery day, we
drove over to the Vet's office. Trying to get
him out of his crate and into our vehicle was quite
a feat. We carried him directly into an exam
room entirely covered in a blanket so he could not
see that his environment changing so drastically.
Our Vet elected to mildly sedate him prior to his
pre-surgical exam and lab work as he was very
Mackie is absolutely adorable.
He is very soft-mouthed and gentle. With the
significant progress that he has made in the last 2
weeks, hopefully soon he will be searching for his
"Forever Home and Family".
We live "a cornfield away" from
our Vet's office. On his recheck for his
"snip-snip" surgery, with some coaxing, he walked
over to the office and right in the front door!!
He has a wonderful gait and prance when he forgets
about his fears. His head is up and his tail
is high, enjoying all the things a Collie enjoys.
Mackie's new weight is 47 lbs and
should trim out between 50-55 lbs as an adult.
He will not be a very large Collie boy.
Day One, April 12,
My Foster Parents took
me for a long car ride today. I was good! I didnít get
sick or anything! Mom and Dad took me to a new place.
They told me I was being adopted by new people who love
me very much. I hope thatís true, Ďcuz that will mean I
have four parents that love me.
When we got there, I met
my new people again. I think they are nice. They took
us to the back yard. Itís big, and itís got a big
fence. Iíll be able to have a lot of fun running around
back here with my two new dog pals, Molli and Rowdi.
Then we went in the house. Itís big, too! We looked in
all the rooms downstairs and I found some good hiding
Then we went up to the
next floor, where my people spend most of their time.
Itís where the food is. They have a doggie house just
like mine. And they say this one is mine. My Foster
Mom brought some of my blankets and toys and put them in
my new doggie house. Now itís really feeling like home.
We all talked for a
while, and my Foster Mom and Dad said good-bye. I love
them very much, and I hope they will come and visit me.
Then my new Mom and Dad showed me the rest of my new
home. I found lots more good hiding places. This will
be a fun game. They made me a nice padded area where
they sleep. Itís nice, and I can be by them at night.
After I rested for a
while, we went out to the yard again, to explore. I met
my neighbor, Amy. Sheís a nice lady who says I am very
pretty. Mom and Dad took me and Molli and Rowdi for a
walk down to the end of my new street. I got to look
around, and I got to meet more people. There was a
little girl that was very nice. She petted me and
hugged me. One of the people came along with a really
small dog. I think they called in a Miniature
Pinscher. I decided to be real good and show all of
them how friendly I can be.
In the evening I ate
just a little bit (I made Mom feed me by hand). We
watched television in the room with the big TV. I found
a spot to lie down right next to Dad. When it was time
for bed I told them I would feel safest in my doggie
house. But then I cried until Mom came and slept where
I could see her. That felt safer. All in all, not a
Two, April 13, 2003
We got up early to have
the whole day to get to know one another. Mom made me
and Dad some popcorn so that we could watch some of the
races on TV. Mom went shopping (I hope she got me lots
of treats. Dad says treats are really good things).
Dad tried to teach me about some of the different kinds
of cars and tell me who some of the drivers are.
I talked Dad into taking
me out in the yard. I got to spend about an hour just
learning some of the new smells and noises around here.
While we were out there, a whole bunch of really noisy
things went by on the street down the hill. Dad said
they were motorcycles and he said he counted more than
two hundred of them. Then the man who lives behind us
got on his big motorcycle and rode away. I wasnít
scared at all.
In the evening, we went
for a big walk, all the way around the whole
neighborhood. Itís a little scary, but I stay REAL
close to Dad (he calls it crowding), and I felt safe.
This place sure has a lot of neat smells and things to
Mom and Dad have started
calling me Kenzi. They say my name will always be
Father McKenzie. Actually, they are calling me Kenzi,
Mac, and even Freckles. I decided that my new name is
OK, and it sounds different from the names of my new
When it was bedtime, we
went upstairs and I went to my new bed in the corner.
But then, I thought it would be better if I just climbed
up on the people bed with everyone else. Itís very
comfortable, but itís awfully small for all five of us.
After a while, I went down to my doggie house for the
night, and took Mom with me.
Three, April 14
This was a scary day.
Mom and Dad both had to leave so they could go to work.
It wasnít so bad though. Mom came home at lunchtime,
just to give me some loves and make sure I was okay. Oh
yeah Ė she checked up on my other two pals, too. Iím
not sure where I fit yet. I think Iím supposed to be
most important, but Dad says, no, he is. And then he
says something about Mom and then Molli and then Rowdi.
After Mom left to go back to work, Dad came home almost
right away. We all went out in the yard for a while and
played and then Mom came home too and we all played
Iím getting more and
more used to my new home and Iím getting more and more
comfortable. Iím getting along better with Rowdi and
Molli. We havenít had any fights. Some of the other
things that scare me are getting better too. Mom and
Dad have been leaving the door open on my doggie house,
except when they are gone and at bedtime. I can come
and go when I want, so Iím not spending much time in
there. I just follow Dad and Mom around the house and
lie down near them when they sit. But they also spend a
lot of time on the floor with me.
At bedtime, we went up
and I jumped right up on the people bed. It sure is
comfy. But then I went down to my doggie house. Mom
says she might even get another doggie house for me to
keep upstairs with them. That way I can watch them and
keep them safe all night.
Day Four, April 15
Dad stayed home with me
today. Weíre just hanginí out together. We spent some
time working on my Journal and Dad spent some time doing
his work job on the computer. He says he can do just
about everything at home that he does at his office.
Then we spent some time out in the yard with my two
pals, still just getting acquainted. Iím learning how
to relax more and trust Dad and Mom. It sure seems like
they love me a lot. They are always talking to me and
teaching me new things. It makes me feel safer.
Mom and Dad went out to
dinner today, to celebrate their first anniversary in
this house. And on the way home, they bought me a new
doggie house to put upstairs. Itís just like my other
one, so now I have a place to spend the night close to
them, so I can watch and protect them at night. They
donít know, yet, but I really plan to sleep on the bed
with them and Molli and Rowdi.
After Mom and Dad got
home it started raining outside. And then there were
real loud boom noises. Mom says that its something
called thunder, and she says it wonít hurt me. I wasnít
scared at all (except maybe once, when it boomed real
loud). It wasnít so bad though.
Day Five, April 16
Didnít have a real busy
day today. It started raining yesterday and it didnít
stop all day today. Because itís raining, we havenít
been able to go for our neighborhood walks, so I havenít
been able to meet any more new people. But Dad says
weíll walk tomorrow.
Since I moved here, I
havenít felt very much like eating or drinking. Momís
been making me my food the way I like it, but Iíve only
picked at it. Today, I finally decided I should eat.
So I surprised Dad. I tried a couple bits of Molliís
food. It was good, and it was fun to crunch it. Dad
gave me a bowl of my food and let me crunch it. When it
was gone Mom gave me seconds, and I cleaned my plate.
Then Mom gave me a real big helping, and I cleaned my
plate again. Mom gave me some yummy Cottage Cheese for
dessert, and then I drank and drank and drank. To
celebrate, Dad gave me one of my special biscuit
treats. Molli and Rowdi get little pieces of liver once
in a while. I tried one and it is really good. I hope
I get more. Dad says liver treats are for very special
6, April 17
Dad took me for a long
walk today, to make up for the rainy days. He promised
that we would go for walks every day. Thatís good,
because I can start teaching Dad about Obedience Ė how
he is supposed to walk with me and stuff.
Mom and Dad took me and
Rowdi for a car ride after supper. It was really fun.
I showed off by jumping right in, and then I sat up and
watched out the windows. We went to a place that had a
lot of other dogs and people. Mom told me that this is
Rowdiís dog school. I got to watch Rowdi and the other
dogs teach their moms and dads how to do stuff. I was a
little nervous at first, but the other dogs were all
friendly and nice to me, so I sat right out there and
Mom says tomorrow I get
to go for another car ride. I wonder where we are
Today I got to go for my
second car ride. I jumped right in. Mom and Dad took
one of the seats out in the middle of the van and made
me my own place to sit. I get to lie down if I want, or
I can sit up and look out the windows. Itís fun to see
stuff. Mom took me to my first visit to Dr. Dan. She
says Dr. Dan has been their doggie doctor for 18 years
and that heís really nice. Iím not sure though. I
liked everyone there except Dr. Dan. Iím not so sure
about him, but Iím willing to give him another chance.
When I got there, I stepped right up on his scale. Mom
says I weigh 49.1 pounds. I wonder what a pound is. It
must be something good though, Ďcuz Mom was really
It was a rainy day, so
we all stayed at home. Iíve lived here a whole week
now. Itís not so bad. Mom and Dad spend a lot of time
with me, and I really am getting used to Rowdi and
Mom says this is
something called Easter. I donít know what that is, but
itís okay because Mom and Dad played with me a lot. Dad
and I watched another race on television. Iím trying to
learn the names of all the drivers, but itís hard
because they are from all over the world. Dad says the
race we watched is called Formula One. After that we
went for a walk. Iím still learning about my new
neighborhood. Dad says that whenever I am outside and
not in our backyard, I have to wear one of these leash
things. Itís okayÖ I donít think I need to run away. I
think I like it here.
Dad went to Texas
today. He told me I would have to keep track of my days
so when he comes home we can put more stuff in my
Journal. Maybe Dad will teach me how to use the
computer. Then I wonít have to wait for him to come
Mom went to work all
day. It was my first real long day alone. It was okay,
though. After Mom got home we went for a walk. These
walks are fun.
Mom went to work all day
again. I miss Dad, but itís okay with just Mom. Iím
trying to be real good. I am eating all my food twice a
day. Sometimes I take a while to get started, but the
food is good and Mom usually sits with me while I eat.
Usually Rowdi watches me too. I clean my bowl Ďcuz I
know if I donít, Rowdi would probably help me.
After supper, I got to
meet my cousin Kris. I like Kris. Her hair is the same
color as mine so we match. We played and then we went
for a walk. Mom says Kris is a new Doctor. She is just
finishing school and going off to her first doctor job.
I hope she comes to visit again, real soon.
Iím getting used to
Momís schedule, but I sure wish Dad would come home. I
surprised Mom by eating both my breakfast and dinner
with no problems. I just ate right up. I even walked
across the tile to get to the water bowl. I guess itís
not so scary after all. Maybe I wonít make Mom bring
the water to me any more. After supper we went for
Hurray! Dad came home.
Now I can show him how good Iíve been and how much Iíve
learned. I am sure glad to see him.
Same old stuff happened
today. Dad came home from work early so we could spend
some extra time together
Mom and Dad took me to a
real neat place thatís just for me. Itís a place called
PetSmart. I got to walk around with them and meet some
people and some other dogs. I got two new
collars of my very own. They are just like the ones
that Rowdi has. A lady tried to give me a treat, but
her hands smelled funny, so I wouldnít take it. Later,
when we left the store, there was a little kid crying.
I didnít like that at all. It made me real nervous.
But when we got in the van, it was okay.
I watched racing with
Dad today. By the way, I walked to the water bowl on my
own, for the first time. Now I can drink whenever I
After supper we went for
our daily walk. At the end of our street I met a nice
couple. They have two gray furball dogs who like to
bark at me. I like the man and the lady. They have
done dog rescue with furball dogs (Keeshunds). I hope I
get to see them again.
It rained. I stayed
It rained more. I donít
like the rain.
After I ate my supper, I
got to go with Rowdi to his puppy school. Tonight was
his graduation test after his eight week long class. He
did pretty good! He finished third and there were
thirteen dogs in his class. He got a ribbon and an
award and a big treat. Iím proud of my big brother! I
got to help him with the treat. Rowdi says heís going
on to the next class. Itís eight weeks, too. Dad says
heís going let me go to the beginnerís obedience class
too. I wonder if I can teach Dad about obedience in
only eight weeks. Itíll probably be fun trying, and
maybe we can get a ribbon too. I also got to see my new
friend, Augie. Augie is an Australian Shepherd who
lives real close to us. His Mom has horses. Whatís a
horse? I want to go see them. Mom and Dad know Augieís
Mom because she is the office manager at the HRB tax
place. Augie graduated too, but he didnít get a
ribbon. Only four of the dogs did.
When we got home, Rowdi
and I went for a walk with Mom and Dad. I got to see my
new friends, the furballs again. They still like to
bark at me
Mom and Dad left early
today, but when they came home, they had a surprise for
me. They brought me my pink pillow. Itís my favorite.
I like to lie with my head on it. Mom said that they
went to the Scottish County fair and got to see my
Foster Mom and Dad and some other Collie Rescue people
and some other Collies. They also brought me some boxes
that when you shake them, they rattle in a special way
that tells you thereís something good inside! Yum.
Itís my favorite treats. I sure hope I get to see my
Foster parents again. They were really nice to me.
Because it was another
nice day, we all went for another walk. Dadís getting
better about heeling, but he still needs a lot of work.
It was a sunny day
today, so I got to go for a nice walk with Dad. When we
got back Mom was walking all around the back yard with
some noisy thing that made my grass shorter. I have to
be very careful around Molli for a while. She is
wearing this big white plastic thing around her neck.
Mom says that Molli went to see the eye doctor to have
an operation that will help her see me. Mom says Molli
has been almost blind with something called cataracts.
Boy will she be surprised when she sees how big and
handsome I am!
Mom and Dad took me
and Rowdi to the Hoofer/Woofer at the Minnesota Zoo. I
saw lots of other dogs and lots of people. I got to
meet a lady named Joanna Yund, who showed us how her two
dogs can herd a flock of ducks around. It was funny.
One of the ducks almost got away, but when she saw that
she was surrounded by a lot of other dogs, she decided
to go back and play with Joannaís dogs.
Wish me a
I have been with my
forever parents for a whole month, today. I am teaching
them a lot of good stuff. Dad didnít come home at his
usual time today. Mom says he had to go to Washington,
DC, to do something important. I hope that means he
will bring me presents.
Dad came home from his
trip today. He was gone for two days. Boy, was I glad
to see him! My tail was going so fast that my whole
body was shaking, even before he let me out of my
kennel. Then I ran over to him, and gave him lots of
kisses and loves. I jumped up and sat on the couch with
Mom for the first time ever. It was so comfortable that
I had to keep trying it, again and again.
Oh, yeah. Molli went to
the eye doctor today and came home without the white
neck thing. If sheís good and doesnít scratch her eyes,
she doesnít have to wear it any more. She can see now.
Iíve seen her watching me.
Iím eating real good.
Iím eating two cups of food in the morning and in the
afternoon. Most of the time, I just gobble it down. I
get to go to see Doctor Dan again soon, to get another
shot and get weighed. Dad and Mom are helping me get up
to the weight that I should be, for my age. They keep
asking me what Iím going to look like when my coat grows
back. I just say Iím going to be very handsome, and all
the girls are really going to like me!
Iím not doing so well
keeping my journal up to date every day, but I promised
Dad that I will keep putting my highlights into it, so
everybody can see how well I am doing.
I had a big day today.
Mom and Dad took me back to see Doctor Dan today. He
still looks scary with his white coat, but I guess heís
okay. Doctor Dan had one of those things with the big
needle, but if he stuck it in me, I never knew it. He
must be pretty smart. They had me stand on that big
black thing they call a scale, and guess what! I weigh
52.2 pounds. Dad says I really look fit, and Iím
getting close to my target weight, 55 pounds.
After we got home, Molli
and Rowdi and I took Mom and Dad for a long walk. Molli
slowed us down. She got out of shape after her eye
operation, but sheís getting better, and her eyes look
pretty good. Now that she can really see me, she
doesnít bother me so much. I think the three of us are
getting to be real friends.
Today, my cousin, Dr.
Kris, came to visit me again. I really like her, but I
was kind of shy. But that was okay. She got right down
on the floor and played with me. I hope I get to go
visit her some day. But Mom says she lives in a
far-away place called Milwaukee. Thatís where the
hospital is that she practices being a Doctor at (you
like my grammar?).
Today was a special
day for me. Dad and I went to my first day of dog
training today. Because Iím so good, and so mature, the
teacher let us start Ė even though tonight was actually
the third night of a new class. The teacherís name is
Lois, and she was pretty scary at first. She tried to
bribe me with a treat, but I fixed herÖ I wouldnít take
it from her.
Dad is going to start
teaching this class, so he and I listened very carefully
to everything Lois said. I got to show off at first,
Ďcuz my heeling is already pretty good and I try to
remember to sit every time we stop. Tonight we learned
how to do ďabout turns.Ē That just means we turn around
and go the other way. Then we learned how to do stays Ė
both sits and downs. The last thing we tried tonight is
called a recall. Thatís where Dad leaves me at one end
of the room, walks to the other end, and then calls me.
We did it twice, and I went to Dad both times. He said
he was really happy and Lois said I did a real good
job. She gave me another treat, and this time I took it
from her and ate it. Ainít I fickle?
Today is my second
anniversary. I have been with my forever parents for
two whole months. I still have my good days and my bad
days, but Iím pretty much a happy guy. Tonight Dad and
I went to our third obedience class. I like it there.
I try to show Dad and Mom how much by really wagging my
tail, and holding it way up high.
Molliís eyes are
getting better all the time. I can look into them and
see way inside. She has really deep brown eyes. She
doesnít run into things any more, and she has lots of
fun when she goes for walks with the rest of us.
Boy, was today a big
day for me! Mom and Dad took me on my longest car ride
since my Foster Mom and Dad brought me to my forever
home. I still like car rides. I can sit up and look
out all the windows on my trips. Itís fun to watch the
world go by.
We were riding for a
long time, and we got to a place where Dad stopped in
the shade. I looked out the window, and who did I see?
My Foster Mom and Dad, Vickie and Tom, with my old
friends Jess-E and Penny Lane!!! Boy was I excited!
I couldnít wait to get out of the van and run to
them to say hi. Then we went in to a place that was all
fenced in, so I could run free. I investigated for a
while, but I felt more comfortable staying close to Dad
and Mom. There were animals on the other side of the
fences. Dad explained to me that they are called
wolves. He says wolves are really closely related to us
Collies. I especially liked the one with only three
legs. I watched him for a long time. I didnít know
there were dog animals with only three legs. Iím glad
Iíve got four. There were lots of other Collies there
with us. Dad said he saw at least thirty of us. I met
lots of them, like Sergeant Pepper, Cassidy, Sonny,
Everest, Persy, Daisy, Roman, Ernie, and lots more.
There was even a very short black one and one with real
curly brown hair. I didnít know we Collies are so
varied (Heh Heh). All in all, it was a really fun day,
and boy did I sleep good that night.