Kielerstar McClintock, TDI
(Delta Therapy Dog)
Today, Mac is a
Certified Delta Therapy Dog. He works with helping comfort sick people in
hospitals and he visits old folks' homes to brighten their day.
Mac is not
a stud. Mac is NOT a show
dog, although I got Mac as a 'show potential'.
I posted Mac on
this website to help non-breeders understand some of the tough decisions a good
breeder must make. Removing Mac from the gene pool was a tough decision I had to
make. His temperament is incredible and physically, he's a very sound dog with
good breed type.
Today, Mac is
neutered and spends his time as a loving companion who lives with a wonderful
family in Montana. Mac's temperament is perfect to service as a Delta Therapy dog.
As Mac matured,
it became obvious that Mac is not show quality. Mac has certified clear elbows
but he has one subluxated hip. After study, I am convinced this hip problem is
genetic and so I promptly removed him from the gene pool.
Mac has made a
wonderful companion and therapy dog and he is neutered. Mac visits hospitals and
various treatment institutions to help people. He's incredibly intuitive and
brings love and healing with him wherever he goes.
Neutering a dog
like Mac is one of
the difficult decisions that a responsible breeder must do: neuter a beloved dog
when it is in the best interest of the breed that he should not be part of a
I'm extremely thankful to breeder Judy Arneson-Johnson
for my Mac. He's got a superb temperament (true to his sire) and is one of the 'prettiest' Berners I've ever seen.
He's a very sound Berner. His temperament is the absolute BEST that I have ever
lived with in a dog.
Sire: Intl CH Kielerstar Eli V. Muir
Dam: Hidden Valley Cracklin Rosie
Above, Mac going through his puppy evaluations at 8 weeks old.
As you can see, lots of experienced breeders' hands go all over a puppy to
determine structural correctness during a litter evaluation. Many experienced
breeders say that whatever you see in a puppy at 8 weeks is what you will see at
that pup's maturity (nutrition and lifestyle being proper).
Above, Littermate 'Zena' (the wild child) and Mac
Below, Mac is learning the 'stand-stay' and
'sit-stay' routines. What a good boy!
Below, Mac and Megan sitting pretty in the
snow outside my home, October 2002. Remember, Megan is 2+ months older than Mac.
If there's SNOW, then Mac must be out playing in it!!