|Matilda (aka Matty) is a 12 year old Australian Cattle Dog. We
her the summer I had broken my ankle from a fall off my horse. She and her
littermates were 3 weeks old when we first saw them and they had to be
brought out from under a stock trailer so we could see them. We had called
the breeder the year before asking for a female but all the females had been
sold to others in different parts of the country. We were surprised when he
called us the next year and said he had two females if we were still
interested. We went to his property up on Table Mountain near where we live
and thought we would "just look" at the pups. You know how that goes! We
picked out Matty (she had a bit of gray and white on her tail as they are
born white except for any gray or black markings they will have--the pups
were just beginning to show blush of their red color). A couple of weeks
later we got the call that she was ready to be picked up. The rest is
history as they say.
Matty was diagnosed with diabetes in January, 2000. When she began
Matty weighs in at 60 pounds and is on a diet. We hope to get
How has having a diabetic dog changed our lives?
We are much more aware of the problems overweight animals can develop.
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