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Mattie was my world. She was the very first dog that I bought on my own. My life revolved around her and now I am completely lost. Her cat sister, Lucy, and I are struggling to come to terms with Mattie's unexpected passing. She was the most wonderful Lab a girl could ask for. Mattie loved everybody and believed that everyone wanted to be her friend. She didn't know a stranger and had no enemies, except a few dogs, who for some reason or another, didn't like her. I don't know how anyone could not like her, much less love her. My little baby girl loved to visit PetsMart (aka Mattie's store). The whining and crying would start about a block from the store. She couldn't wait to see the birds. Guess that would be the retriever in her. Mattie Jane also loved to go for rides in the car. It didn't matter if she couldn't get out, she just loved to ride - especially if I rolled the window down so she could stick her face out. Another thing she loved was visiting the family. Mattie loved her grandpa, aunts and cousins (my nephews). The minute I picked up the leash and her travel bag, she knew she was going to visit her family. She always had to make sure everyone knew she was there, and that she got an ear scratch and/or belly rub.
Mattie also had this crazy quirk with chewies. She would never eat them, but would get super excited when given one, and then walk around with it in her mouth. If any visitors were over, she would pace back and forth in front of them until they acknowledged that she had a chewie. You actually had to say, "Oh, Mattie has a chewie! I see your chewie, Mattie. Yes, you have a chewie." Once you acknowledged her and the bone, then she would go lay down. I don't know what started it, but she did this her entire life. She also loved fruit and vegetables of any kind - strawberries, bananas and carrots, in particular.
There was a floor pillow my mom bought her when she was a puppy, and she loved that pillow so much. She had outgrown it, but that didn't matter. Mattie would lay half on it and half on the carpet. When she wasn't sleeping on the pillow, she could be found on the couch or sleeping on the bed like a person. She could also saw logs like there was no tomorrow. Holy cow, there were many nights I didn't think I'd be able to get to sleep b/c she was snoring in my ear. What I would give now to hear that one more time..... Mattie had lots of dog friends, but prefered humans. Her best dog friend passed away 2 years ago, and it gives me some peace knowing that Mattie and Scooby are now reunited and playing together once again. She has also been reunited with her dog sister, Raven and her Grandma.
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12/12/08

"Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday Dear Mattie, Happy Birthday to You!"

Happy 1st Birthday in Heaven, Mattie Girl! I can only imagine the party Grandma (my mom) has planned for you today. Did she make you cupcakes like I always did? Hopefully, she will put a dog biscuit on top of one of the cakes. Oh, Mattie Jane, Mommy misses you so much! Everyone tells me that I need to get another dog, and that it will help me feel better, but my heart just won't let me. I talked with the vet and she told me not to get one until my head and heart were on the same page. That has yet to happen. My heart is locked up tight and there are walls around it so no dog can get in. Anyway, Miss Mattie, Lucy and I miss you very much. Everyone misses you. Our Christmas picture wasn't the same this year. I almost didn't take one, but then decided to take it b/c I knew you would want me to. Christmas won't be the same either. In fact, I didn't put up the tree b/c I am not ready to look at all of your Hallmark ornaments. Maybe next year...

Have a great time at your party with Raven, Mercedes, Maggie, Scooby and Sam. Give mom a big kiss for me!

Happy Birthday, Mattie!
Love and kisses,
Mommy
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5/29/09

Mattie Jane,
You left me a year ago today. The first thing I thought of this morning when I looked at the clock was "my baby was already gone by now." You left me at 5:15 AM, but woke me up long enough to say good bye, and for that I will be forever thankful. Unfortunately, at the time I didn't know you were leaving, so I wasn't able to say good bye. I thought you were having a bad dream, so I kept telling you everything would be okay. It wasn't until I got up to check and make sure you were okay that I realized what had happened. I think in some respects you knew, Mattie. You always slept in bed with me, yet you didn't sleep in the bed for the 3 previous nights. You always laid on the couch with me at night, but you stopped doing that. I think you knew what was coming. I still thank my lucky stars you didn't sleep in bed with me that night. I honestly don't know what I would have done had you passed away in the bed next to me. Anyway, Lucy and I are doing great, but we miss you very much and always will. Your my Mattie Girl. As I have probably said in my earlier posts, there is a in my heart that will never be filled. You were my world Miss Mattie and I miss you dearly. Please give my love to everyone and make sure you watch for Dottie and Baby. They just joined Rainbow Bridge.
Love and miss you,
Mommy

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