This is my business partner, Maci - she puts the LICK in clicks!
When it was time to find a dog to embark on the launch of my dog training business, I knew I wanted to rescue a puppy. I started looking for my pup on petfinder.com. Petfinder is an online, searchable database of animals who need homes. It is also a directory of nearly 11,000 animal shelters and adoption organizations across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Through the site’s search capability, I found Maci, based on my specific criteria of location, age, and breed (Labrador-mix). Since the local rescues and shelters maintain their own home pages and available-pet databases, the site linked me to Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue, Inc. who was fostering her. Louie’s Legacy is a non-profit animal rescue based in Cincinnati and NYC. I cannot say enough amazing things about this organization, their fosters, and the process of adopting Maci.
Maci is one smart dog who has a zest for learning! At six-month’s old she obtained her American Kennel Club (AKC) Puppy Star Certification. Within the next few months, after she turns one, we plan to take the test for her AKC Canine Good Citizen certification. We are also proceeding through the Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner program together with an anticipated graduation in July. My intention is one day Maci will accompany me as I work with my client’s dogs. She is undergoing daily training to ensure that she will have all the best traits and abilities to support our client’s pets.
A fun side note on Maci, although I searched for a Lab-Mix what I ended up with was entirely different. Thanks to the Wisdom Panel dog DNA kit, I was able to uncover that Maci is, 12.5% Australian Shepherd, 12.5% Great Pyrenees, 12.5% Siberian Husky and 62.5% Breed Groups (Hound, Guard, Sighthound, Herding and Sporting). Quite a splendid mix!
If you are interested in exploring your dog's genetic makeup, I recommend checking out the comprehensive guide on the best DNA tests posted on Your Dog Advisor. It is completely free and you can find it here: https://yourdogadvisor.com/best-dog-dna-test/
Next blog post, I will introduce you to another special member of the Clicks family – until then – “stay” safe everyone!