Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Meet Matty!

Matty has quite a story but most of it we will never know. He was found nearly dead in a field near our main road. People had asked in at my friend Deb's shop if she knew who the owner was. Nobody was sure if he had been hit. People just drove on by. Deb and several others went to get him and called the sheriff for transport to an emergency vet. Then he was moved to the Humane Society. There he had to be held for five days before anything could be decided about him. They decided he was unadoptable & would put him down. Deb was outraged.

I received THE CALL. Could I, would I take in this poor dog? I met Deb at the Humane Society to meet the dog. DH said he would support whatever I chose to do. What a gentle soul this dog turned out to be. I was hooked. He was matted so badly that even his sex was undetermined for a time. I chose the name Matt!

The next morning an emergency visit to a groomer. He was so terrified the job was only mostly completed. We suspected Matty was blind and deaf. But what a change in this dog's look! He's gorgeous! Such a puppy face for an old dog. And he fairly pranced around once we got him home. Our girls, Kelly and Jessie have been very accepting of Matt which is making the transaction much easier. Also, Moses (the cat) and Matty get along very well.

The next day we visited the vet. Cataracts, yes! Hearing impaired, yes! Teeth in terrible shape (the reason he wasn't eating too well). Most of his lumps are just fatty tissue, common with age. One lump on his foot seems to be cancerous. This needs to be taken care of in the near future.

The vet gave us a quote that floored me! So very generous! He's cut the cost to the bare bones. He'll remove the tumor and clean up the teeth. We'll wait a few weeks to let Matty acclimate to his new family. Meanwhile, I'm cooking special meals for our dear boy. Easy on his teeth & fatten him up.

Another call from Deb. She's a force to be reckoned with. She's told Matty's story to everyone that enters her shop. She's put it on Facebook. People are soooo generous. There have been offers of homes for Matty. Best of all, people are donating for the cost of Matty's surgery and care. What a relief and joy!

So without further ado, here's' Matty


  1. What a totally darling, dog! Matty not only had an adorable face but his story...both told and untold...brought tears to my eyes. You have a beautiful and caring heart Barb. And this story deserves to be told and retold and I know it will!

  2. What a wonderful person you are - woe to those who left Matty out in the cold. I love dogs and was so filled with awe at your story. Bless you. I found your blog through Vicki's blog (giveaway) and am so glad I do. But I'm new to blogging and don't know how to add you to follow. my blog is:

  3. How sweet. So glad your friend was so determined to save him. Glad you are giving him a home for the remainder of his days.

  4. Barb, Bless you for taking Matty in. The last few years of his life will be filled with love and care. Such a cutie. We took in an abused dog from the Basset rescue. Love, care and Vet care, what a difference that makes. . Please keep adding Matty into your blog.


  5. There must be a special pair of wings waiting for you. What a wonderful person you are! What a sweet dog Matty is! :D

  6. He is adorable! Poor baby.
    Glad he was saved.

  7. God Bless you Barb!!! Matty is adorable. You are an angel for saving his life!!!!


  8. Oh, he's PRECIOUS!! I'm so glad you'll be getting the chart so you can stitch him. :-)

  9. God bless you and God bless Matty! And yes, what a young face for an older doggie. So very cute and a wonderful story with a happy ending!!


  10. Aww... look at that face!! :)

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