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Meet Your Match

The ‘Meet Your Match’ canine-ality adoption program is designed to match an adopter’s person-ality, lifestyle, and energy level to a dog’s canine-ality. Making that match is the foundation for the human/canine bond to develop, increasing the potential for a successful, permanent placement.

Each dog is tested to determine his general canine-ality, such traits as friendliness, playfulness, energy level and motivation or drive. The Adopter Survey takes a potential adopters experience level and adds to how they envision their new dog fitting into their home and family. Using these tools together, Mackenzie’s continues to find the best fit between our adopters and our dogs.

Color Coding and Descriptions:
After the testing is completed the dogs’ score is added up, they are given one of the three colors; Green, Orange or Purple. We then review our notes to see how the dog responded to each test. All of this helps us to determine the canine-ality description that best fits the dog under their color.

Purple = Easy Maintenance Dogs
The canine-ality description for these dogs could be:

Couch Potato: Like the easy life? Then I’m the perfect match for you. I’m relaxed, laid back kind of dog who enjoys long naps, watching movies, curling up on laps, and walking very short distances from the couch to the food bowl and back.

Constant Companion: Looking for an emotionally secure, mutually satisfying, low maintenance relationship? I am all you need. Let me sit at your feet, walk by your side, and I’ll be your devoted companion forever.

Teacher’s Pet: I’ve got the whole package – smart, fuzzy, four legs, love to learn and live to please. Go ahead, teach me anything. Sit, stay, balance your checkbook, I can do it all. Keep me entertained and I’ll be yours forever.

Orange = Average Maintenance Dogs
The canine-ality description for these dogs could be:

Wallflower: Shy yet charming canine searching for patient owner with relaxed lifestyle. Looking for gentle guidance to help me come out of my shell. Treat me sweet and kind and I’ll blossom.

Busy Bee: I’m a naturally playful, curious, and trusting canine. Take me for a big walk every day; give me something to do. After my job’s done, I’ll curl up in front of the fire with you in the evenings. I’m a dog on a mission to please you and myself.

Goofball: I’m a fun-loving, happy-all-the-time, glass-is-half-full kind of dog looking for someone who loves to laugh and play around. Must have a great sense of humor and a bunch of tennis balls.

Green = High Maintenance Dogs
The canine-ality description for these dogs could be:

Life of the Party: I think everything is fun, interesting and meant for play, especially you. Anything you do, I’ll want to do too. With my own brand of surprises, life with me will keep you constantly on your toes, and the fun is guaranteed.

Go-Getter: Want to get more exercise? Action is my middle name. My “Let’s GO!” lifestyle will keep you motivated to get outside and move. I’ve got tons of energy; and just like the sun, I’m burning and working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I’ll run for miles, chase a ball for hours, and still want to play at the end of the day.

Free Spirit: Intelligent, independent, confident and clever, I prefer making my own decisions but will listen to you if you make a good case. We’re partners in this adventure. Treat me like one and we’ll both live happily ever after.

Please fill out our Adoption Survey today! Your perfect match could be one click away.