Gratitude #2 - Who's a Good Boy?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors



Who's a good boy, who's a good boy? In our world, there's no better boy than our white Golden Retriever, McKinley. "Mac," has given us nearly eleven years of companionship and joy. 

He has a sweet and sensitive disposition, but can be very peristant when he wants something. Like a favored visitor's attention( Alexandra), or his evening treat, sweet potato bites. 


Big goofy grins and enthusiasm are hallmark traits of Golden Retrievers. Mac certainly exhibits both of these. However, like most well-loved pets, his total devotion to us is evident in all he does. 


Golden Retrievers, regardless of their color, have a life expectancy between 10 to 12 years. We try to not think about Mac as a senior, but in reality he is getting older. We notice the small reminders. 


We have managed his hip dysplasia through the years with diet and exercise, but lately, he's beginning to struggle getting up from a prone position. Gentle massages, and per his vet, a loss of a few pounds will help. 


Mac's gained weight in the past few months.  Dogs with any kind of joint issues should be kept on the lean side. We are cutting back the volume of his food by about 20% and giving him fewer sweet potato bites. Like most of us, he's not thrilled with the idea of dieting. 


Our pets have a way of taking up huge spaces in our hearts. Mac is no exception. Many of you met him via our videos. He certainly has star power. Good genetics and his white fur, which hides that tell-tale white muzzle on older dogs, keep him looking far younger than his years. 

We can't imagine our world without Mac. He is simply an extraordinary creature and we are so lucky to have found him. Each day, we are grateful for every moment we get to spend with amazing McKinley. 

This is an entry into The November 2019 Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge. Thanks Debe Maxwell, CRS and Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland



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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Michael Jacobs he is really quite the dog. 

Hi Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 - we do too. Thank you.  D

Nov 12, 2019 10:20 AM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

McKinley is a very lucky pooch to have you as his owner.

Thanks for sharing.


Nov 12, 2019 10:21 AM #4
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thank you Roy. Mac is well-loved and well-cared for...

Nov 12, 2019 10:47 AM #5
Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE
KLSM CPA Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX
I help clients resolve IRS tax matters

Thank you for sharing these great photos of Mac, and wish you guys many more wonderful years together! 

Nov 12, 2019 11:04 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Debb. Mac is gorgeous and very, very lucky to have you and Bernie. Losing my Billy the Kid recently I do understand the emptiness that their ultimate loss brings about. I know you are cherishing Mac and doing all you can to give him many many more good moments, days and hopefully years.

Nov 12, 2019 11:06 AM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thank you so much Krystin. I'm expecting many happy moments ahead with him.


Hi Sheila, I know your recent loss was difficult. We are enjoying our time with Mac and expecting to manage his health issues well. Here's to many more happy moments in the future.  D

Nov 12, 2019 12:25 PM #8
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Our pets take up such a huge place in our lives. Mac is gorgeous and I am glad he has brought such joy to your lives. Keep enjoying him for as long as you can.

Nov 12, 2019 12:33 PM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Debb... my heart melts every time I see pictures of Mac... he reminds me so much of our Max, who passed on some years ago... except Max was all black. His hip dysplasia had to be treated with surgery when he was still less than two years old... but then lived for quite a long while after with a minimum of discomfort. Having lost two pets in the past three years to old age... I know that feeling of dread of loss as they get older. But I learned to take it day by day and enjoy each and every day I had with them instead of worrying about what was to come. Mac may be aging, but I have a feeling you'll be enjoying many happy days with him for some time to come.

Nov 12, 2019 01:21 PM #10
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

That look says why if am I such a good boy I'm  getting less food and treats.  If we could only make them understand it is better for them and they will enjoy life more and probably live longer. Mac is very much a star and I have been blessed to meet him twice and I can tell you he is a precious even when he is barking because he wants his potato snacks.  Love his puppy photo as well as his recent one. 

Nov 12, 2019 02:07 PM #11
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Mac is a beauty as well as a good boy! Thanks for sharing your white golden with us! Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Nov 12, 2019 02:53 PM #12
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

What a precious puppy photo. Mac has been a staple in your life stories and it's sad to think they're growing older just like us. Thanks for this loving tale

Nov 12, 2019 02:59 PM #13
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Debb,
Mac's puppy picture is priceless. He almost looks like a toy. I hope to meet all the video stars in your family someday. 

Nov 12, 2019 03:50 PM #14
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD,

We are so lucky to get to know Mac through your videos and pics. He is a big part of your life. I hope you have many great years ahead with him.

Nov 12, 2019 06:30 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Debb and Bernie- Mac has been in my ActiveRain life forever as well since I joined in 2008 and I remember seeing him in one of the first posts of yours that I read. He brings a huge smile to my face. 

Nov 12, 2019 07:55 PM #16
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Pets DO take up special and large parts of our well they should for all they bring to our lives.  Mac is lucky to have such great forever parents,.

Nov 13, 2019 03:49 AM #17
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, Mac has been in your posts since I have known you, and such a good boy.  You are holding back treats?   For his good......

Nov 13, 2019 07:02 AM #18
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Mac definitely is a good boy and I hope that he starts to enjoy his new diet when he sees how beneficial it is for his body, that is what allows me to enjoy my diet, haha.

Nov 13, 2019 10:09 AM #19
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb & Bernie - Mac is magnificent and I feel fortunate to have gotten to see and read your posts when he is featured. He has give you and your family so much joy and unconditional love. The aging process is tough on all creatures on earth and caregivers too. Helping him through his hip dysplasia over the years was very unselfish and kind. You're good people, loving, and caring. I know you will continue to do all that you can to keep him comfortable. Mac is family and you are lovable to him always. 

Nov 14, 2019 08:18 AM #20
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Debb and Bernie:

What a wonderful tribute to Mac, who is such a very special part of your family! I always enjoy seeing him in your videos and his personality always shines through!!

Love that first photo!!


Nov 16, 2019 10:04 AM #21
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Mac is lucky to have found you guys, and likewise you're lucky to have found him! 

Nov 17, 2019 06:53 PM #22
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