Matilda the rescue


    This week’s Newshound, Matilda, had a bumpy start on her journey to the hearts of the Carvalho family in Glocester, coming from the heart of Texas.

    The Carvalho’s two dogs had died a few years previous, and the time had come to bring another pet into the family. Karen, George, and Phoebe Carvalho knew they wanted to adopt because they knew there are many dogs in need of rescue, and wanted to do their part.

    The Carvalhos found their last two dogs on the Pet Finder website, so they started the search there. Matilda was recommended to them by “Toby’s Rescue” out of Connecticut, an organization that had received her from Texas, where she had been abandoned on the side of the road without her litter. 

    Matilda was brought up to Connecticut, where she nursed an abandoned litter in her foster home.  

    She became a member of the Glocester family on February 11 of this year. Initially, the family says Matilda was very scared of Karen & George, and would only sit with – or sleep with – their daughter Phoebe. 

    Matilda is now about two years old and is a “mutt” who has spots like a Dalmatian, and brown spotted ears that Karen says make her look like a little bat.

    “Now she runs around our yard like a greyhound and loves to snuggle with any one of us,” Karen said.  

    “For being almost 65 pounds, she thinks she is a lap dog,” said George.

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