A 9 year old boxer named Mac was surrendered at a Georgia shelter last year but when you here the reason why you will be shaking your head.
The owner stated the reason for surrender was because he was “too big”. WHAT?
They didn’t mean he was too big they meant he had gotten too fat! Now Mac was a little overweight, not obese. Christina Wilson, a board member of Out of the Box Boxer Rescue suspects the owner just didn’t want to take care of an aging dog.
“You hear stories like this all the time. A lot of people surrender senior dogs just because they don’t want to take care of them when they get older. It’s a sad situation, but it happens more often than people realize.”
Mac arrived at the shelter overweight but quickly lost weight, probably due to the stress of being at the shelter.
He had lost 20 pounds in the three weeks he had been there.
“A lot of dogs, especially seniors, don’t do well in shelters … it can be really noisy and stressful, so I think he just didn’t eat much while he was there.”
Wilson had just lost her fur baby, Levi who just happened to be a boxer. So when she spotted Mac’s photo she was immediately connected with him.
“He was like, ‘Oh my gosh, he reminds me of Levi. We have to get him,’” Wilson said.
She decided that her and her husband would foster Mac until he found a forever home. When he arrived he was an affectionate dog that only wanted to cuddle and relax.
As with most boxers Wilson says that Mac’s facial expressions look as if he is in a grumpy mood all the time. His expression doesn’t change whether he’s happy, excited or tired he just has that grumpy look. We happen to think is the cutest face ever.
Mac continued to lose weight. But after numerous blood test, urine tests, and ultrasounds Mac was healthy.
There was one problem though. When Mac was meeting a potential adoption family he didn’t get along with the family’s other dog. Unfortunately, that adoption didn’t pan out.
Mac was starting to become aggressive with Christina’s other two dogs. That’s when they realized that the best thing for Mac was to be the only dog.
Mac found another foster home with a man who had no other dogs. Mac is fattening up a little and thriving in his new home. He looks perfect…don’t you think?
There may be a forever home waiting for Mac in Florida. Someone there applied for adoption. We are keeping our fingers crossed that this will work for Mac because he’s an absolute sweetheart.