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The Mattie Fund

Mattie’s Story


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 be found.


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 good fight.

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.

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The Mattie Fund has been used to help pay for diagnostic tests and treatment at a veterinary specialist clinic for Kristy for her urinary incontinence.

The Mattie Fund has also assisted
with the medical expenses of:

Angel Bear


"We would like to thank the following for their generous contributions to The Mattie Fund"

Frank & Kathy Bahus

O'Neil Family

Russell Crowder

Judi & Kevin Bayer

Shawn Rupp

Catherine Cleveland

Nancy Cusanelli

Gene & Kathy Buxton

Laura Mitchell

Dave, Sarah, Parker, Paige and Frisco along with our LAGR foster dog currently Frazier

 Patricia Rushing - Hospice program

Julie & Phillip Acker

Val & Florence Mertens plus Brandy
We have had Jasper about 4 years, he is doing great. We nicknamed him "Super Do" he sure is, can almost talk

Darlene Horton

Sue & Dan Schnepp plus Krissy

Jan & Steve Musick

Karen Schenwerk & Charlie
Canine superstar Charlie is an amazing dog, who loves kids is Brilliant and fun, gentle & loyal

Andy Rice

Wayne Deutsch

Christina Charpentier
We got Carmen from you 2 years ago and love her, She has been a wonderful dog!

Joe & Ruby Blair

Lucille Paluszek

Dan & Cindy Lock

Roger & Jane Siebe
We are so thankful for your organization, we are so blessed with Sugar (Aberdeen)

David Milner

Barb & Jon Meline

Mary & Bob Rasp

Bobbi Buckley

Jennifer Barton

Dawn Runge & Steve Eckstein
For our Valentine adopted from LAGR

Gregory Kolacinski

Debbie Davis

John & Diane Zogg

Marcia Berry

Craig Johnson

Jamie & Sandy Billings

Kathie Crede

Pam Bogle

Catherine Cleveland

Dennis & Susan Doerge

Cindy McCarty

Mike & Marge Gutsch

Tammy Chastain

Lynnae Partridge

Kathy Dunlap

Laura Smith

Mari Graham
In Memory of Donna Walter's golden boy Toby

Jim and Cindy Monahan





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