I remember the first day I met MacKenzie. One of the other AARF volunteers
had just returned from the pound, where she was supposed to pickup two dogs
but somehow ended up with three. The third, was MacKenzie, who’s story had
hit that soft spot that all rescue volunteers have for dogs like this.
MacKenzie had been through a few homes before coming to us, her last owner had
to take her to the pound because his wife couldn’t handle the barking. None
of the other rescue groups in the area would take her because of her age and
possible health problems. This was true, she was supposed to be around 5
years old, we later tracked down her vet records and realized she was actually
10 years old. When we took her to get a check up, she was put on pain meds
and a special diet for arthritis, thyroid problems, and kidney disease.
Earlier this year she was diagnosed with leukemia and a few months back it was
discovered that her leukemia had spread to her bone marrow. About a month
ago, MacKenzie was attacked by another dog, she made a better recovery than
what was expected though. When you have more than one dog, they say you
shouldn’t play favorites, MacKenzie was different. She was queen of the
house, got whatever she wanted, and even though she made a huge mess, she
still had the best bed in the house! MacKenzie was truly a once in a lifetime
type of dog. Even though she had her rough days and cranky moments, she was
still the best dog ever! She hated other dogs, bit people when she didn’t
want to be touched, and had no control over her bowel movements, but she was
always happy no matter what situation she was in. Technically, MacKenzie was
just my foster dog but to me she meant the world. She was actually treated
better than my other dogs, she was a constant companion when I needed her, and
even when I was upset with her, she was still right by my side insisting that
I pet her. She was doing so well that I never imagined she would be taken
away from me so soon. I am happy with the fact that I no longer have to worry
about her-whether she was in pain, suffering, or unhappy in the least. I know
that MacKenzie is in a better place now and hope one day that I see her
again. I hope she is able to forgive me for all the things that I did to
upset her. MacKenzie was my constant companion, shadow, and friend and even
though she stayed for only a short time, her spirit will stay with me forever.
In loving memory of MacKenzie, the best AARF foster dog ever!