Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue Adoption Event 6/1/2013

Please go as quickly as you can to BadassBrooklyn Animal Rescue’s AdoptioLeilaniand Puka2010n Event!

It will be on Sat June 1, 2013 from   1pm to 3pm.  The location is:  NYC Pet, 5 Driggs Ave, Bklyn, NY 11211 

You will meet the most wonderful, lovable, adorable and funny dogs there. You will want to bring them home. But FIRST, you must fill out an application, if you want to be all ready.  (There will be a few more steps, but having the application filled out and submitted is a good thing). So,go to for the application. Bring up your google map or hopstop and travel on over on Sunday.

Leilani and Puka, the Colorado Maltese girrls, have it on good authority that this group of pups will be the most charming and in need of love and ready to love that you have seen in a long long time!   Yikes!




Kes Conjures Compassion

This category was a request from Matilda’s brother, Kes. He feels a bit frightened when he is outside. He barks ferociously and tries to scare other dogs. This is his space to explore peace, compassion, and standing firm in his own being.


Kes is reading Jack Kornfield (Bringing Home the DharmaImage, 2011), and wants to  believe that if he could become very spiritually mature, it would allow him to move like bamboo in the wind, and to respond to the world with his heart and to take in the changing circumstances around him. Kes  has interpreted this in his own way. You can see Kes changing in this way, but resisting it as well. People are like this as well, and Kes wants everyone to get along. 

Matilda Post Chemo Tonight

Matilda Post Chemo Tonight

Matilda had her chemo (for Lymphoma) today. (Vincristine). It is her second to last treatment. She is in remission. She ate her dinner tonight, and had treats. She got a good report from her doctor. Her blood work is fine, and there is no sign of the Lymphoma. She has been panting a lot, but has now settled down.

I hear that she spends her day at the hospital with her Golden Retriever friend Coby, curled up on a large dog bed with him. (Before and after their treatment).

In this picture she is actually chewing on her chew treat.

It is very hard to go through this with your dog. You question if it is the right thing, but you feel that it is. You have this talk with yourself. How to know if she is suffering…..? Right now she is begging for more treats, so I have a feeling she is feeling OK!

There is no way to know for sure, but she has had a nice life all these months, sniffing her favorite grasses and now flowers, dreaming of flying in the clouds and eating hamburgers. Cuddling with her siblings and her chemo buddy and me.

Zooey and Canine Cancer Awareness

Wednesday will be Cancer Awareness Day and Matilda Progress Day on Matilda's

Zoey and her mom Kelly go all over the place to teach people how to identify canine cancer early, and many other informational pieces.

Wednesday will be Cancer Awareness Day and Matilda Progress Day on Matilda's

Zoey and her mom Kelly go all over the place to teach people how to identify canine cancer early, and many other informational pieces.

Zooey and her mother Kelly go all over the place helping people become aware of Canine Cancer issues, for instance, how to detect it early. Zooey is a dog I met at the famous BlogPaws conference. Her gentle, whimsical nature, dressed up by her tutus, go a long way toward showing people what great and gentle dogs pit bulls are.

Wednesdays on Matilda’s Journey will be focusing on Canine Cancer issues and Matilda’s progress in her struggle with Lymphoma. Anyone who would also like to have their dog’s story on this blog on a Wednesday, please let me know. We would also like to provide be emotional support (via discussion) for those humans experiencing this with their dog or cat or any other animal. This is hard on humans, and we go through hell at times.

Therapy Dog Day

Hi folks. Matilda here. We had a family meeting, and decided that since mom is a human psychotherapist, and the three of us are therapy dogs, that we should   have one day of the week to introduce and honor therapy dogs. We will honor both active, retired and rainbow bridge dogs. Actually, we will honor therapy cats and rabbits and birds too, if we find them. We are going to start with our original therapy dog, Mouschi.

We hardly know how to introduce her. She was a little rescued poodle, who came to live with mom and her family many years ago. She was one of those pups, mom tells us, that in spite of  terrible mistreatment at the hands of humans, she adored all humans. Actually, I , Matilda am the same way, I might mention. I don’t think I was treated as badly as Mouschi was though. Mom drove a long way to retrieve her. She drove all the way to a place called Ohio (from New York City), and it was snowing very badly. This was way before I knew mom.

There was this adorable beige poodle girl with sad eyes, but with tremendous love to give. She immediately began sleeping on mom’s pillow next to her face. Mom says the story is kind of long, so we will skip forward a bit. Mouschi had an amazing joie de vivre (yes, I do know that phrase. Mom says it a lot). She loved to start the day by rolling over on her back and wiggling her legs in the air…very….very…fast. Mom would say “Mouschi Bouschi!” and Mouschi would increase her speed. This would continue for several minutes. I was fortunate that I did get to witness this, because when I came home to mom, Mouschi was still around. She was a bit older, but she lived to be maybe 17 or 18 years old!  Mouschi could also spin when mom asked, and do things like very long “down-stays.”  She could also “creep” and lick her lips when mom said “Do you want food? Lick your lips”. She was extremely talented. I don’t do any of that! I probably could, but basically don’t care too.

So, Mouschi went to mom’s work with her, and helped a lot of people who mom says were “mentally challenged”.  Technically, they had mental retardation and psychiatric disability, but mom says that they are so discriminated against that we should just say mentally challenged. She wants me to remind you that to call someone “retarded” is really uncool. Lots of people do that now, and they really don’t mean anything by it, but if you happen to be retarded, or have a relative or friend who is, it makes you feel very sad and hurt.

So Mouschi would go in to mom’s work once a week, and sit with different clients of hers and help them with their goals. For example, one nice woman was working on speaking a little more quietly. Mouschi would sit on the couch with her and if the woman spoke in a very loud voice, she would move away from her. When she used a quiet voice, and asked her to come, Mouschi would come back and cuddle with her. Mouschi also worked with a man who was autistic. When he spoke, he mostly just repeated back what you said to him. He never looked directly at you. When Mouschi came in, he would walk right up to her, pet her, look her in the eyes, and say, “Mouschi! I love you! Mouschi, my dad and I went to Atlantic City! Mouschi, I love you.”  He would have a conversation with her. Mom said that the staff would be peeking in at the doorway, and some of them had tears in their eyes. And guess what! For a few days after Mouschi had been there, this same man would greet mom in the hallway by looking at her directly and saying “Hi Terry! How’s Mouschi? When is she coming back”?

I think nothing more has to be said!!!


Please contact mom if you would like to post your dog’s(or cat or bird or rabbit) Therapy Animalmouschi story here on one of the coming Tuesdays. Thanks!!

Respectfully submitted,

Matilda Amanda Melinda Monique Cramer  (my full name, another long story)


How To Help Animals In Oklahoma


Kessie (Matilda’s little brother), would like to let people know about some of the groups and individuals helping animals in trouble as a result of the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. He thought that they could probably all use some donations. For instance, Kessie thought that:

Annie’s Ruff House

sounded like a good place to help. Their address and phone number are:

1043 N. university Blvd, Norman, OK. Phone: 405-310-3084.

He reported that

McClain County Animal Response Team

is posting info on lost animals and found animals on its Facebook page. Contact:

Donnell Weatherall at 405-301-7904

for animal rescuing and  sheltering (and to donate $)

Kessie was impressed that there was a resource for displaced horses:

Yvette Fees can take some horses in, and even  has a trailer and can assist in transporting horses to her property. Her contact info is:

405-589-0883 or

Any of these places can probably use direct donations of money.


These were taken from the web page of CBS 6  Richmond * Central Virginia,    DONATE: How to help animals affected by the Oklahoma tornado.