Mattie was a stray female Golden
Retriever who was found wandering in a rural community and taken to the
local shelter. No one knew who owned her, and all she had was a piece of
clothesline around her neck. She was a sorry sight, very thin with a coat
which was dull and balding around her ears and eyes, but the most shocking
aspect of her appearance was a huge tumor flopping from a toe on one of
her hind legs. The tumor was about 7 inches in diameter and weighed over
two pounds. Mattie was in such sad condition that the shelter was prepared
to prosecute her owners for animal abuse, but the owners were nowhere to
Even though Mattie did not feel
well, she had figured out the easiest way to walk was to swing her leg way
out to the side as she went along. When she wanted to run, she would lift
that leg up (holding all that weight up) and run on three legs.
Through the efforts and support of the shelter and many people, Love a
Golden Rescue was able to take Mattie and treat her. Our rescue's vet was
able to remove the tumor successfully. Mattie was so happy she
rolled with joy the first time she was outside..
Fortunately the tumor was benign.
Mattie also tested heartworm positive. The heartworms made her cough and
made it hard to breathe. Mattie was treated for heartworms and
successfully completed heartworm treatment and regained strength.
Mattie enjoyed playing in the yard and so loved doing things outside. She
began attending obedience class and was doing very well.
We had hoped that she would have
many happy years in an adoptive home, but that wasn't to be. On January
22, 2002, Mattie started failing and passed away during the drive to the
animal emergency clinic. We miss her and thank her for sharing part of her
life with us and for reminding us about the importance of fighting the
In memory of Mattie,
we have started The Mattie Fund to cover extraordinary vet expenses for
veterinary care for Love A Golden rescue foster dogs who need heartworm
treatment, surgery to remove tumors or for orthopedic problems, cancer
treatment, and other veterinary treatments which go beyond the usual
shots, neuter or spay, and heartworm testing.
Click below to
through PayPal to
The Mattie Fund