For those of you who don’t know, we have a very special 9th member of our family and her name is Mattie Holt. She is a beautiful black lab with the sweetest eyes and personality. Today Mattie went to doggy heaven and we are all heart broken.
For me, Mattie was more than a dog. My Auntie Kiss and Uncle Jeff don’t have children so for my whole life, dogs were the closet things I had to cousins on this side of the family. Mattie was given as a gift to my Aunt and Uncle when I was still younger. She was trained to be the best hunting dog and y’all she was so good at it. She was not only a gift to them, but she was a gift to our whole family. She was lucky to have such amazing parents, but at the same time they were so lucky to have her. Mattie was their child and their child she will forever be. They will not stop loving her and she will never stop loving them. Thank you Kiss and UJ for teaching me what it is like to love something with your whole heart. God gave you a special gift and we as your family are thankful that we got to experience that each and everyday.
Mattie was my cousin and she was the best cousin ever. She was the best golf cart riding partner, she wins the awards for most hair shed and most talented turkey eater, she loved the snow and water more than anything, and she was always there to listen when you needed her. I am really going to miss hearing her collar jingle when she makes her grand entrance, watching her run in her sleep, and seeing the light and love she brought in with my Aunt and Uncle. Everyone was happy around Mattie because there was really no way you couldn’t be. Mattie’s light and love was given to my Aunt and Uncle today whether they realize it or not. She has changed our family in a way that we will forever be thankful for. Mattie was a daughter, a granddaughter, a niece, and a cousin that will be missed always. Mattie, we are thankful for you and we always will be. We will play again in the snow one day… I cannot wait sweet girl.
Losing a dog is one thing, but losing part of your family is another. Please say a prayer for my family and my Aunt and Uncle. Words cannot really describe how much we will miss Mattie.
Southern and Thankful