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Thank you for keeping Mattie's memory alive!

Dear Mattie Blog Readers,

It means a great deal to us that you take the time to write to us and to share your thoughts, feelings, and reflections on Mattie's battle and death. Your messages are very meaningful to us and help support us through very challenging times. To you we are forever grateful. As my readers know, I promised to write the blog for a year after Mattie's death, which would mean that I could technically stop writing on September 9, 2010. However, at the moment, I feel like our journey with grief still needs to be processed and fortunately I have a willing support network still committed to reading. Therefore, the blog continues on. If I should find the need to stop writing, I assure you I will give you advanced notice. In the mean time, thank you for reading, thank you for having the courage to share this journey with us, and most importantly thank you for keeping Mattie's memory alive.

As Mattie would say, Ooga Booga (meaning, I LOVE YOU)! Vicki and Peter

The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation celebrates its 7th anniversary!

The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation was created in the honor of Mattie.

We are a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. We are dedicated to increasing childhood cancer awareness, education, advocacy, research and psychosocial support services to children, their families and medical personnel. Children and their families will be supported throughout the cancer treatment journey, to ensure access to quality psychosocial and mental health care, and to enable children to cope with cancer so they can lead happy and productive lives. Please visit the website at: and take some time to explore the site.

We have only gotten this far because of people like yourself, who have supported us through thick and thin. So thank you for your continued support and caring, and remember:

.... Let's Make the Miracle Happen and Stomp Out Childhood Cancer!

A Remembrance Video of Mattie

Random Shots of Mattie, Family and Friends

March 9, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in April of 2008. Mattie was six years old and doing what he loved to do on our deck.... which was either play with water or sand. Not many plants got watered, but the deck always got a great bath, not to mention Mattie would be soaked. 

Quote of the day: If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~ Phil Pastoret

Today was a beautiful weather day in Washington, DC and as a result many people were out walking their dogs. For me, watching dogs approach other dogs is a riot! For the most part, they usually want to meet and greet each other. They are truly social beasts and for the most part, unlike humans, have no hang ups with one another. I met many dogs and their owners today. But one man stands out to me because he had a four month old King Charles Spaniel by his side. Rosie the dog was absolutely adorable and Sunny was intrigued to meet her. Sunny is a peach because no matter how a dog reacts to him, he is always calm and cool. He never becomes aggressive, but he can hold his own if he has to. 

Anyway the owner of Rosie commented to me about Sunny's, "Queen spot." I honestly had NO IDEA what he was talking about. So he showed me the Queen spot on Rosie, and just like Rosie..... Sunny has a tan round spot on the crown of his head. Apparently this is a tell tale marking on King Charles Spaniels. But Sunny has one too. The story is that this is the spot that the Queen would kiss on a dog. Whether a tall tale or truth, it is an adorable story. 

So I looked it up, and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has four recognized colors, the Blenheim (rich chestnut on pearly white background)
being the most popular color. This spot has been affectionately called "the kiss of Buddha," "Blenheim Spot," and "the Kissing Spot."

I took a photo of Sunny's head.... see the spot?!
Sunny sticks close to me at all times. If I am working at my desk, he is right behind me. 
I took a break from working to pet Sunny, and I got this.... HI HOW ARE YOU look that I love so much!
Sunny's adventure today through the ivy! Sunny doesn't get a chance to be off leash often. But in our commons area, I am beginning the off leash process. This area is completely enclosed but because this space leads into multiple buildings if the doors are left open, Sunny is never there without supervision. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki, Mattie's love of water and your willingness to let him experience this freedom is fabulous! I love the picture!

After spending a week with Rounder & Biscuit, I completely understand how Sunny follows you around the house. We have literally had a dog by our side every minute of every day. Right this very minute, Rounder is burrowed right next to my leg. We will miss them.
I am glad you share adventures with Sunny