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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Where's Our Baby?

Our hearts are breaking.  Our baby "Mattie" is missing.
I'm going through the 'what-if's' now. 
  • 'What if '.... I wouldn't have taken Mattie with us?  It was just supposed to be a short visit to see my cousin since he wasn't feeling well.
  • 'What if '... I wouldn't have gotten so involved in our greeting that I didn't lose track of her?  I sat her on the driveway and told her to stay but then I got out of the car and walked to the house.  She never followed.
  • 'What if '...I would have realized that she didn't come in the house with us sooner? We walked through the house talking and looking and it wasn't until I sat down that I realized she wasn't there.  She's usually under our feet and I never even realized she wasn't there until then.  I just assumed she walked in with us.
If only we have realized sooner.  It had been more than 20 minutes.  It was going on 9:30pm.  She was nowhere to be found.  We spent the next 2-1/2 hours looking for her.  Wandering the neighborhood in 3 directions.  Going to Walmart to buy a flashlight only to get it home and realize it didn't work and having to go back again.  More time missing.
It killed us to leave that side of town knowing there was nothing else we could do until daylight.  Feeling like we left our child who's  lost, missing all night.  Rescue mission on hold.

We got home and I went to the animal shelter websites to post missing notices.  Neil worked on making a flyer.  It was 6am before he could bandage my aching feet.  I had just had the stitches removed on Tues.  and now one cut was coming apart again and the they're swollen and hurting.  What bad timing.  I couldn't not look for her.  When she went missing all the foot pain went away - I was running on nervous adrenaline and didn't feel it. I was feeling it now.

Saturday it went up to 92 degrees and all I could think about is I hope someone is keeping her safe.  I hope she's cool, full and not scared.   Is she thinking "how could they abandon me like that"?   
The poor little thing is losing her eyesight and hearing.  She has allergies and itch's all the time if she doesn't have her medicine.  Will the people who picked her up just toss her back out when they tire of her scratching?

  She's over 12 years old, with heart worms.  We've had her since she was 8 weeks old.  I don't want her to not be with us in the end.  I miss my baby.

My cousin Greg, who we went to see because he wasn't feeling well spent the whole time Friday night helping us search despite how he was feeling.  Saturday he printed the flyers Neil designed, went to buy supplies with us and stayed out in the heat again all day posting them. 

Greg and I grew up more like brother and sister than cousins.  Only 2 months apart in birth and the children of 2 sisters, we spent a LOT of time together growing up.  Thank you Greg, for being there and  helping us, like you always do.
It's sad to think that out of these 3, Mattie's the only one who hasn't passed away.  Bugger our cat died about a year ago.  We had him for about 10 years.  Tess the black dog was the sweetest rescue dog that we had gotten when she was 6 months old.  We had her for about 17 years before she passed away.  She was blind by then and Mattie was her guide dog.  We miss them all. 

We still haven't heard from anyone saying they have our baby.  All that's left to do is PRAY.....


  1. Oh Tracy how my heart aches for you. Praying you find her or someone else does and call you. Sending big hugs and praying to St Anthony of Lost Things for you.

  2. You know how you get a blots email newsletter and unless you tap the show details tab, you only read the description and it doesn't show the pictures? When I saw this post, I read it all, then tapped the show all tab to see the picture, and my sorrow went out to all of you. There has been times when month's later out of the blue lost pets just show up, so there's hope. But one comfort you can take thought. In knowing is the God takes care of his own so I believe your lost loved pet is in his hands no matter what. Still praying for you though.

  3. She's adorable. I pray that she comes back to you soon.

  4. Oh no!! My heart is breaking for you!!! I will definitely be praying that she is returned safely SOON! xoxoxo

  5. Oh, my heart is breaking for you. I use to work at a humane society...you're probably already doing this - but I'd call them at least once a day (if not more) especially if she wasn't wearing tags/a license/microchip...to remind them. Depending on how large of a shelter it it - there may be a lot of different people working there, a lot of dogs in and out...so you don't want her to get overlooked in the shelter.
    Depending on your state/community, there may be a humane society and a city pound...plus rescues. Try to get a list from the humane society of all the local animal groups.
    You might also try vet offices - sometimes people take dogs there when they find them.
    You might consider mentioning on your fliers that she requires medication so maybe it would prevent someone from keeping her?
    I once lost my scottie dog - she was only gone a short while and the police had picked her up and had her chained up at the water treatment plant (there wasn't a pound/shelter in town).
    I don't know if any of this will help, but maybe there's something you didn't think of since you have so much going on.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you - hopefully, you find her very, very soon.
    Take care.
    I hope

  6. Oh Tracy! so sorry she's missing! But the LORD knows right where she is & I am praying she's back in your arms this very day!!! <3

  7. Tracy I am so sick over this for you. I couldn't even imagine how you have to be feeling and I am PRAYING you will get your baby back. I know it has got to be the hardest thing. I have two furbabies and I couldn't handle it if I lost one. I lost (she died) a bassett I had for almost 12 years from a tumor and I thought I would never stop crying. I still after 4 years cry about her. I hope someone will find her and call you. I hope she has tags on.
    Deb C

  8. Dear Sweet Tracy~ I am praying right now for the safe return of your little Mattie. I would be so upset if our Sophie was lost, and we haven't had her for quite two years yet. Mattie is part of your family & I do pray that you will get news soon as to her whereabouts. Take care...

  9. Oh, my goodness...what sad news. I hope someone finds your dog!
    I am a new follower from Savannah Granny. Growing Old With Grace http://growing-old-with-grace.blogspot.com/
    Hugs, GraceinAZ

  10. Sending prayers from Texas!! I know your heart is breaking. Hang in there.

    Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  11. Oh Tracy, your comments on The Well were wonderful! I didn't write that blog, but Aly's sentiments were mine exactly!
    God knew exactly what you needed and is expanding our circle! ;)
    Thank you for your constant graciousness!
    Love, hugs & blessings!!!!

  12. I hope you find her safe and sound and SOON!!!!!

  13. Tracey,
    Any word on your baby? I am still praying you find her it is weighing heavy on my mind and heart and i have been thinking about you and wondered if any progress. I sure hope so.