11/1/2002 - 12/21/2016Our dear Matouk died peacefully at home on December 21st, 2016. He was a special dog who brought so much joy and comfort to our family. My husband and I are feeling his loss deeply, and we will always remember him as our animal soul-mate.

We adopted Matouk from a shelter when he was about five, and we weren’t sure what to expect at first--he was very big and I was a little nervous. A few days after we adopted him, I accidentally knocked a glass of water off of my night-stand and right onto his head! I thought he might jump up or growl or something, but he barely lifted his head to see what was happening and sat still while I got a towel and wiped him up. This was how patient and gentle he was.

Our oldest daughter, Amelia, loved to toss a ball for him, even as a toddler. She counted on him, too, to clean up the floor after her meals. It was Matouk’s favorite job! Our youngest daughter, Grace (who is now almost four), was born with a rare disorder and is severely physically disabled and visually impaired. She cannot sit up on her own or use her hands effectively to play with toys, but I could lay her down next to Matouk and she could pet him like any able-bodied kid! She loved to touch his fur and feel his soft head, and she would laugh hysterically when he licked her.

He enjoyed long walks, special ice cream treats, and, in his younger years, fetching a tennis ball. But more than anything else he just liked our company. He never wanted us to leave the house and would try to play with us and detain us whenever we reached for our coats. When we returned home, he was always waiting for us at the window.

He was so big and soft and strong and majestic. I was so proud to walk down the street with him. I loved to throw my arms around him and give him big hugs, and when I hugged him, I felt like he was part of me. Wherever I was in the house, he was there. For nine years, he cooked with me, slept next to me, and waited outside the bathroom door for me.

My husband and I are incredibly grateful to Dr. Erin Gorney (from Lap of Love) for coming to our home at the end of his life so that we didn’t have to take him to the vet’s office. We were able to lay next to him and hug him while he died. Dr. Erin was a calm and steady presence, and she was so supportive to us during and after our pup’s death. This was a beautiful gift to Matouk and to us.

Thank you, Matouk, for being the gentlest, warmest, most dignified member of our family. You made our lives special, and we will love you forever.
Lindsay BennettPittsburgh, PennsylvaniaJanuary 11, 2017
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What a beautiful memorial and testimonial. I'm so honored I was able to be there for Matouk and your family. He was clearly a very special boy and my heart goes out to you.Erin Gorney - January 13, 2017

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