How The Blog Began
Matilda is a very special dog who helps everyone in the neighborhood. Her nickname is “Gandhi” and I think of her as my unicorn. Terrified rescue dogs calm down when she touches them with her nose. She is also a certified therapy dog and has helped many humans. It’s possible she’s saved lives.
Matilda came to Brooklyn, and to me, at age eight, in 2008. She had been rescued twice, once from the track, and then from a disrupted family. Her affectionate, peaceful nature allows her to make friends wherever she goes.
Now she has fallen on hard times, health-wise. Greyhounds have a relatively long life expectancy – many live to 17 or 18. Last month, Matilda was diagnosed with Lymphoma. Her Oncologist has encouraged us to proceed with chemotherapy, and told us that her prognosis — and the prognosis generally for this sort of Lymphoma — is good. At first I thought, really? Chemo? Won’t that be miserable? Chemo is so hard for humans.
But Dr. Britton explained that chemo for this cancer, and for dogs generally, is very different than it is for humans – that is, quality of life is the main goal. I took tremendous comfort in this.
So, Matilda has begun treatment and already she is doing very well. This beautiful being, who has helped so many people, deserves a few more chances to sniff the flowers, romp around with her sister and brother, and offer her soft snout to neighborhood kids and adults alike for petting. Many people have offered their cancer struggles and triumphs when they learn of Tillie’s. Please let us hear yours, and share knowledge and support each other. Thanks for reading.
June 18, 2013: Matilda has just completed the six month protocol of chemotherapy, and is in remission! She still needs all the good wishes and prayers, but she is well now, and she has gotten an extra six months! Remission is not cure, so each day is special and precious. Now her blog will be a celebration of her life, and the other things that it has become–a place for rescue dogs to ask for homes, and a place for Matilda’s siblings to express their feelings about compassion and dog life in general, a place for therapy animals to be have the lime-light, and who knows what else!
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If you want to help with the enormous expenses,
feel free to check out Matilda’s Go Fund Me site
© Gill Terry Cramer, 2013
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