MAC (aka "Chalo")

MAC IN A NUTSHELL: Excellent temperament; some formal training. Gets along with other dogs. Active gentleman that needs a buddy and a job.
Mac first came into our rescue as Chalo back in October of last year and was very quickly accepted into the Soldier's Best Friend program (12/10) based on his temperament. His name was immediately changed to Mackenzie by his new training partner, but he will always be Chalo to us.

Chalo's size and excellent temperament made him the perfect service dog to assist with lifting and steadying a veteran; however, after xrays were taken he was found not to have the perfect hips that SBF requires for such a physically demanding job -- his hips were "borderline."

Click to see Chalo's journey to our rescue

Chalo's evaluation at Soldier's Best Friend


Chalo and his training partner, Anubis (formerly Max Dax of our rescue)

According to the training staff at Soldier's Best Friend, "Chalo has been a joy; he's currently being fostered with another shepherd and a 4 m/o husky mix and has done well with them. On initial greeting he can be very forward and excitable, but with a slow introduction, he settled down quickly. He's lived with children ages 7 & 9 years old. Foster said he can be submissive towards men at times. ...

Training: Sit, down, back away from door, go to kennel, leave it, loose leash walking."

Chalo has returned to our rescue and we are looking for an immediate foster or adoptive home for him.

UPDATE 2/12: We did Chalo's kitty test today and it was comical to watch. He was tested with our 2 resident cats -- Kevin, who hisses and swats first and asks questions later; and Hermione, who genuinely likes dogs and is not at all bothered by them.

When Chalo first entered the room, he encountered Kevin, who swatted and hissed
and Chalo headed for the hills (hence the blurry photo!)

Kevin then took the high road, while we attempted to coax Hermione to come down from the window sill to meet Chalo -- neither was cooperative!
Volunteer Wendy tried to coax Hermione out with a toy, but Chalo was more interested in the toy than he was in meeting the cat

Kevin decided he'd had enough and came down to chase Chalo out of the office!
Chalo was wary and this is as close as we could get him to Hermione after his encounter with Kevin (who had to be removed from the room)

We think Chalo would do just fine with a dog savy cat. At no time did he offer to chase or be aggressive with either of our resident cats and, in fact, when Kevin stood up to him, hissed and swatted, Chalo couldn't get away fast enough.

Chalo went to Tonopah this afternoon to spend some time with foster mom Betty

Betty is a long-haul trucker, and Chalo enjoyed hopping up into the truck and tagging along. He was not too happy about being left alone in the truck with Betty's 2 small dogs when Betty made her stops, but he was adjusting slowly to life on the road.


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