Matty (Nodak Matty)
10/24/94 - 04/19/06

We knew we didn’t have much time left with you, Matty, but what I’d give for just a little more, and for you not to have spent your last hours in pain. You taught us the rewards of earning the trust of a spook, and we admired your courage as you overcame your fear of each new thing or person. You’d have died if not for us, yet you ended up giving us far more than we gave you, and we thank God for bringing you to us twice. It was hard to watch you grieve for so long when Zeke died, and it helps to think that you and he might be together again now. Even moreso than ‘normal’ dogs, you were pure love, and coming home will never be the same without your greetings. You were so incredibly special, a big dog with a big heart, and your loss leaves big empty spaces everywhere. I hope you always knew how very much you were loved. Godspeed, sweet Matty. You will be forever missed. Matty 551

Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die...

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