11/15/1999 - 3/15/2014We said goodbye to our sweet, beautiful Mac, yesterday. Our hearts are so heavy with grief. He was a beautiful gift from God. We will always cherish the memories of his time with our family.

Jennifer Cook, the gentle veterinarian with Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice who helped us, wrote this beautiful tribute.

"In loving memory of a most gorgeously handsome Border Collie named Mac. He was not only beautiful on the outside, but also on the inside with a sweet, relaxed nature and gentle spirit. Mac was generally calm but was known to go crazy for a frisbee and had a habit of popping soccer balls! He was quite an athlete in his younger days. As true to his breed, he was a natural herder and kept his home in line at all times; always 'on the job' and he kept his feline family members in line. When his human sister (Ivy) was born, he would peek into her crib and stare curiously at her......later, as she got older, he realized that she would be the wonderful source of all sorts of tasty treats.

Mac's greatest goal in life was to please his family and he gave all of himself to them. Even as age and illness made him weak and tired, he fought bravely and without complaint, looking to his beloved family for approval. There was no doubt how much he loved them.

It was with such very heavy hearts that Mac's family said goodbye to him today while he lay in a favorite place outside in the warm Tennessee sun with the sounds of the birds all around. He has truly earned his angel wings.

Rest in peace Mac, you sweet furry angel. You are such a good boy and have no idea how much you will be missed."
Ollie HoigKnoxville, TennesseeMarch 16, 2014
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I miss you Doo-Doo. I am so glad I got to see you "old" and "young". I love that dog and his owners. Thinking of you Hoigs and the hole in your heart. Love you. LynnLynn Schaper - March 24, 2014
Dogs are miracles with paws. - In loving memory of MAC.Andee Hoig - March 23, 2014
ivy hoig - March 21, 2014
So sorry for the family's loss. Beautiful dog, and he was lucky to have such a sweet family.Lorna Keeton - March 20, 2014
O, how our hearts go out to you. It has been only 3 months since we had to say goodbye to Coco. One happy memory is Mac, Sedona and Coco in the "big yard" in Lincoln. They all were just "kids" then and having fun running around. Know you will find yourself looking over your shoulder expecting to see Mac. And then your mind will be filled with all the cute, smart, crazy and fun things Mac will know what a blessing he was in your life.Cindy and Ken Nisley - March 20, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. So many memories of Mac!

Love you all!
Gene Peterson - March 19, 2014
The Days will miss you Mac! We loved watching your awesome tricks. You were a great dog!Amanda Day - March 19, 2014
I can't even get over that sweet face...What a precious angel. Rest in Peace sweet boy, until you and your loving family meet again.Cheryl Wyatt - March 18, 2014
I sure do miss you, big dog!Ollie Hoig - March 18, 2014
Rest in peace, sweet Mac. You are such a good boy- you stole my heart even though I only knew you for a brief moment.Jennifer Cook - March 18, 2014

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