Monday, June 28, 2010

Meet Mattie Briar

A couple weeks ago we were at the family farm in southeast Colorado, when this little dog showed up at the door. She was soaking wet from the rain and couldn't even see well for the hair hanging in her face. We checked with all the neighbors (the closest one is 1/2 mile away) and no one recognized her. I was actually glad, as she had been neglected. I think she had been feed, but she had terrible mats of hair all over which were full of grass seeds and stickers.

So we couldn't just abandon her there since no one actually lives at the farm now. So I brought her home, took her to the vet - she is health, no heartworms etc. About 1 1/2 years old and not spayed. So right away had to get her spayed before she came into heat with our large male lab Cap handing around.

In the meantime I clipped the mats off - took 6 hours, but you can see how patiently she laid there while I worked.

She loves to sleep sitting up in my lap. What looks like a 5th leg here is a large mat of hair I couldn't trim as she had a sore under that arm. Turns out the vet flushed THREE foxtail seeds out of that spot!

She is not fond of goat chores, but doesn't like to let me out of her sight.
Amazingly, Wendy doesn't mind her - guess she doesn't consider Mattie a threat to her position as head chore dog.....
So not the size of dog I would have picked out, but she picked me and my best dogs have been foundlings (Wendy included). I guess I have a house dog now too.


  1. Cute dog! She seems to like you a lot!

  2. She'd like to be permanently attached to my side. I've ordered a doggie packpack so I can carry her around during goat chores.