What is your dream life? A big house? A fancy car? How about all your bills paid? And a swimming pool of course! Oh – and you can’t forget the dogs! Mackenzie Makatche lives with nine of them. And they are all huge fluffy Newfoundlands.
“The most common questions I get asked are ‘Is that a bear?’ (nope) ‘How big is your house?’ (I wouldn’t call it big but we have plenty of space) and ‘Are you crazy?’ (obviously),” Makatche said.
“I grew up with our family’s first Newfoundland. He was about a year older than me and died when he was 13. My parents were initially attracted to the breed because they wanted a dog that was good with kids and similar to a Lab.”
But what surprises most people is that she doesn’t breed them. The family bought them all, and Makatche has known three of the Newfoundlands since they were puppies.
“We never have and still don’t intend to breed often, only when we have time to properly raise a litter,” Makatche says. “The crew has expanded gradually over the past nine years as my mom fell more and more in love with the breed.”
But, she decided to start an Instagram, especially for her nine canine children. And it proved exceptionally popular.
“I really didn’t have any intentions other than sharing pictures of my dog for anyone who cared to see. I was in college and knew most of the people who knew me personally didn’t care to see daily dog pictures on my personal account.”
The account now has over 40,000 followers who lap up every “newf” update. However, Makatche has bigger plans for her dogs. Out of Guinness, Duncan, Storm, Murphy, Coeli, Skyy, Aisling, Oliver and Belle, three have already completed their therapy dog training. Two more are in training at the moment.
She wants all nine to be trained therapy dogs, so they can help others, especially children.
What do you think of her doggy posse? Let us know in the comments and share with your family and friends. You can check out similar stories on Happiest, like this one about an owl who adopted a duckling.