MacKenzie ♥

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Sex: Female   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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Thanks Alice for my Angel wings

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"Thanks Alice for my Angel wings"

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Kenzie makes the Swim Team at Good Dog Aquatic Fitness

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"Kenzie makes the Swim Team at Good Dog Aquatic Fitness"

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Today is my Rainbow Bridge Day.

   Leave a bone for MacKenzie ♥

Special Gift Box:

Kenzie - Kenz - Keikei - MacDawg - KenzieMac - Cowgirl - Gateway - Keikster - Kenzter - Carmela (her Sato name) - Kickin' Kenzie (by my pal Muffin)

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Sun Sign:
Dog News and InformationRainbow BridgeWorlds Coolest Dog and Cat Show
Quick Bio:
-mutt-deaf -dog rescue

Gotcha Date:
February 3rd 2005

Sitting in your lap! - Swimming - Playing ball

Flashing lights, blowing leaves, birds

Favorite Toy:
Tennis balls, Ikea rubber balls, tennis balls and more tennis balls.

Favorite Food:
Baxter's Barkery treats, ZiwiPeak, Chicken Jerky, Ice Cream

Favorite Walk:
Charles River Walk

Best Tricks:
Kenzie has learned more than two dozen American Sign Language signs!

Arrival Story:
After being rescued from the streets by dedicated Save a Sato volunteers in Puerto Rico, Kenzie made the journey to Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, MA. After more than a year of searching for a playmate for Baxter, I brought him to the shelter to meet her, and when I realized she was the first dog to even come close to catching him in a game of chase, we decided to foster her in our home to see if the two would get along. After only a few days, we knew that Kenzie had found her forever home here with us. We have learned so much from owning a Deaf dog, she has taught us that we can communicate in so many ways other than with our voices. She and Baxter together have mastered dozens of hand signals, both obedience commands and ASL. For information on Deaf dogs, we recommend visiting . Kenzie shares her home with her Sato brother Baxter, and three crazy ferrets!

MacKenzie has a very unique appearance - one blue eye, one brown eye and some "irregular" shaped black spots on her white fur. All are the result of a genetic defect - lack a pigmentation - which is also the cause of her bilateral deafness. Many think she is a Dalmatian, but MacKenzie is actually a whippet mix, although she is affectionately known as a Sato - Sato is a slang term for "Street Dog" in Puerto Rico - visit for information on the plight of these animals.

Forums Motto:
Deaf Dogs hear with their hearts.

The Groups I'm In:
"DOGSTERHOLICS", "The Bassadors", 2 Dogs 2, Blankets for Babies, Welcome Waggin' for Dogsters and Catsters, Bay State Barkers, Boricua Dogs & Cats Unite!!!, Boston Dogs, Bouncing Ball Hogs!, Deaf But Not Dumb, Doggie Do Gooders, Dogs with SPOTS and DOTS!, Fashion Club, Firehouse Dogsters, Holistixperience!, Massachusetts All Dogs Club, Massachusetts Mutts and Mixes Against Breed Discrimination (purebreeds welcome too!), Meatball POTP Group, One Blue Eye, Pets With Disabilities, President Isabel's Animal Abuse Commission, Round up Rowdy's Helpers, Rusty's Terrible Group, Samuel Jacob's Pals, Sato Crew, Soul Kitchen- Yum!, Spanish Speakers Pups and Kitties, The Catster and Dogster Railroad, The Pups From Boston, ^*BASH*^

My Occupation:
Official Taste Tester of Baxter's Barkery (

I've Been On Dogster Since:
October 23rd 2005 More than 11 years!

I Was In The:
Dogster's 2006 Holiday Picture Party!

2006 Valentine's Day Party!
See me in Dogster's 2005 Holiday Picture Party!
Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Dogster Id:

for 4230 days

Meet my family
Baxter FenwayIsabelIndigo

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Special Days in the life of MacKenzie

Thank you Dogster

January 16th 2014 5:09 pm
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My family had a wonderful time here on Dogster, starting in 2005 with Baxter and MacKenzie. They met so many wonderful pups and people, many of whom are still very much a part of our lives today. Some we have met in person and others we speak to almost daily. We went through happiness and heartache, laughter and tears together with our pals. Through it all the community supported one another with love and kindness. We never would have known them if it weren't for Dogster.

A few pals stick out in our minds as we reflect on what Dogster has meant to us - Muffin, who brings such love and kindness to everyone, she was our biggest cheerleader as we went through difficult times. She gave each of my dogs a powerful nickname (except Isabel, if you are reading Muffin and CJ, Isabel is waiting for her name :). A rosette from Muffin would brighten your day for sure, but knowing she and her Mom where thinking of you provided more comfort than they could ever know. We love you both more than you could know are better for knowing you both. Little Bit, Lyle and the bosses - This pack, including Maebe and Spring who joined more recently were among our first friends here. Lyle and Baxter were like minded in the food department and shared many fun times together. most notably when they appeared on Lyle TV. Little Bit courageously battled cancer and shared her experiences with us all, never feeling sorry for herself and living life to the fullest. She was an inspiration to us in our only struggle with illness. The Fun Loving Five (Family) - If you needed a smile you didn't have to look further than Beatrix and Suzy who were always there with a hysterical diary entry, or spreading their fashion throughout the forums. This pack continues today to be supportive and kind, always there when you need them. The human family behind FLF is a talented, caring group of people that we are honored to know. Willie and Joni - Willie was also one of the first to welcome us here, and introduce is to so many other wonderful pups. He was a tiny force in the forums, always lending a paw and an ear. He created the Chant for Rio post in the Plus forums to show support for Rio and his Mom in 2006 - this chant lasted almost 7 years and brought peace and comfort to many.

Keep Them Well, No More To The Bridge!

Cysts be gone! Die, cancer, die! Wellness for all our struggling pals!
Cysts be gone! Die, cancer, die! Wellness for all our struggling pals!
Cysts be gone! Die, cancer, die! Wellness for all our struggling pals!
Cysts be gone! Die, cancer, die! Wellness for all our struggling pals!

Just like Rio, never give up & never give in

We still say this chant Willie, for all the pals that are struggling. We know you, Baxter and Kenzie are together at the bridge, the Massachusetts pups gotta stick together. The Goobersmooches - Another pack that has the ability to provide love and support from afar. Baxter and Boudreaux were Dogster twins, looking so much alike with similar personalities. When he went to the bridge I felt as though I had lost one of my own, but take comfort in knowing that Bou and Bax finally got to meet each other at the bridge. The Grubbiedogs - Miles and Baxter loved baseball and the Red Sox, that was enough for them to be friends. While I never got to meet the pups in this pack (I am waiting for you to come to Boston, George!) I did have the pleasure of going to a Red Sox game with the people of this pack! We have formed an East coast/West coast relationship that could have never been possible without Dogster. Otto SD - I learned so much from Otto and his Mom about service dogs, issues and laws, not to mention that carrots rule the world. It is on my bucket list to go meet this terrific team in person one day. Samuel Jacob and the Roo Crew - Oh, Sammy J, how I miss seeing your smiling face. Without you and your Mom, Baxter never would have gotten his wheelchair at the right moment. It is your words that enabled me to begin Baxter's 3 year journey in a cart. Your bravery and strength and willingness to help a family clear across the country is something I will never, ever forget.

There are many other families that have meant the world to us - Rudy Patudy, Helga and Ellie, Jay-Jay, The Air Up There Abbey, Sassy, Vincent and Rosie, Ernie George, Braxton and Mario, Flicka, Lucas and Cleo, Rusty the Terrible, Ares and Apollo and the Dads, the beautiful Skye, Bowie, Frances, Tinkerbelle, Comu, Kitai, (Poke)Smoke and Tess, Scooter and Trudy, Miss Dixie Monroe, Buddy Rae and Betsy Rae, Gorgeous George Underwood, Rosie Chi.....there are many, many more that we laughed and cried with for eight years. We are happy that we can keep in touch with most of them outside of Dogster but always loved visiting here and seeing their pages.

While Isabel and Fenway are "new pups" here, the Dogster community has embraced us and befriended us and treated them like one of the pack. I had looked forward to them "growing up Dogster" too and am profoundly sad to see Dogster go.

We are thankful for our time here and for Ted, John, Lori and all at HQ for providing a wonderful community for all us dog owners for 10 years, we are eternally grateful.


The End of Our Journey

January 14th 2014 10:47 pm
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MacKenzie has left this world for another in her typical, quiet way. Baxter chose her, a tiny blue and brown eyed deaf dog more than eight years ago and I have had the joy of living with and learning from both of them. My original pack is now together again.

She taught us all how to communicate with our bodies and not our voices, how to watch instead of just listen. The world outside our front door was a very scary place for her, but she learned to live in it in her own way and we rejoiced in the small things that she discovered along the way. For almost two years she battled auto immune disease, the disease and its medications took a toll on her body but not her spirit. She had to have frequent vet visits, overnight treatments and even enjoyed hydro therapy and laser treatments and her world became a little larger and less scary.

She most enjoyed a soft blanket and a warm lap, where she could lay all day and be quite content. She didn't enjoy toys or trips in the car or playing with other dogs, but if you wanted to witness pure canine bliss then give Kenzie a tennis ball, which would result in hours of play. She was Baxter's shadow, and he protected her until his last day. She was in many ways lost without him. She accepted only three other dogs in her life – her Shiba pals Yoshi and Tiger and Fenway. The last weeks of her life she once again had a brother to snuggle with, to fetch her ball for her and to keep her entertained.

My littlest Keika, I will miss you beyond words. I will think of you every day when the geese fly overhead and will listen carefully for your barking.

MacKenzie Goodwin
February 3, 2005 - June 20, 2013


Facebook Photo Contest!

February 8th 2010 4:19 pm
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We are hosting a photo contest on Facebook - a $5 donation to Save a Sato (the rescue Baxter and I are from) will get you one entry. The prizes include gift packs from Planet Dog, Kong, Polka Dog Bakery, Bark Magazine, Modern Dog Magazine and some kitty prizes too!

Join us in the contest or to vote for your favorites! 0374#!/p ages/Save-a-Sato-Show-Some-Puppy-Love/257459915752

All of the proceeds will go directly to caring for the more than 100 dogs currently in our shelter.

Thank you!

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