I am sorry to say that Mattie passed away on March 31, 2013. I was terribly broken hearted to lose him. After our bumpy start he became a very dear soul to me and I will miss him terribly.
If not for him I wouldn’t be training today. What a special boy he was and oh so handsome!
Mattie and my story was almost over before it began. When I adopted him I wasn’t a dog trainer but an owner who had trained a dog. He was really a handful and I seriously considered returning him to the rescue I had adopted him from.
A few months later my dog Sydney got very sick and died, I was left with one dog and no excuses. I was determined to make it work. That was back in 2003 and my life has changed drastically since then.