When Matilda the pit bull puppy arrived at Douglas County Animal Shelter, the staff noticed something special about her right away: the puppy was always happy.
This surprised the staff because Matilda’s first couple months of life hadn’t been easy. Matilda was about two months old, and she had spent those two months living as a stray in Georgia. When Douglas County Animal Shelter picked her up, she had worms in her stomach, and her skin was very irritated. But even though she wasn’t feeling 100%, Matilda’s tail never stopped wagging.
Santina Sanders, a volunteer at Douglas County Animal Shelter, shared a video of Matilda on her Facebook page that showed the pup’s little tail in action.
“She gave the most sweetest kisses,” Santina Sanders told The Dodo. “She was the cutest thing ever.”
Rescued by Pibbles & More Animal Rescue-PMAR GA ❤️🤗🤣🤣😍😁😘🎉😎🙂😅😀😀😝😋😜😎😚I just absolutely LOVE this girl!!! Matilda is about 2 months old, stinking cute, and is a happy, happy girl. She almost has a smiling face. Just adorable! Stop in and see this doll! Please ONLY adopt her if you are patient, willing to teach her the right from wrong. She will be ready to play, nip until taught not to, chew up some personal belongings, and crap 💩 everywhere…. play time is a must for pups. Douglas County Animal Shelter, Douglasville GA, 770-942-5961
Posted by Santina Sanders on Friday, August 18, 2017
Sanders wasn’t the only who noticed how cute Matilda was—the rescue group Pibbles & More Animal Rescue also fell in love her. One of the group’s coordinators, Teresa Bowles-Chiofalo, decided to take the sweet puppy from the shelter and put her in a foster home.
Bowles-Chiofalo went to the shelter to pick Matilda up. The puppy was so excited to leave—her tail didn’t stop wagging for one second during the hour and a half car ride!
“The dictionary definition of ‘joy’ is: ‘noun: a feeling of great pleasure and happiness’ This is the picture next to that definition in the dictionary. Matilda. She is pure, pure joy,” Pibbles & More Animal Rescue wrote on Facebook.
Bowles-Chiofalo dropped Matilda off at her foster home. Matilda’s foster mom, Kerrie Rich, fell in love with the puppy immediately.
“She wags her tail so hard that she walks crooked,” Rich says.
There was only one thing Matilda didn’t like: collars. Rich tried to put one on Matilda, but the second it was on, Matilda’s tail stopped wagging for the first time ever. Rich guessed that Matilda’s skin was still irritated, and she quickly took the collar off.
Besides collars, Matilda loves everything about her foster home. She loves napping with her foster siblings, and she also enjoys playing with her toys. She also loves hanging out with her foster mom’s neighbors!
I get to live across the street from these 2 beauties <3 So…when foster mom heads outta town, guess who gets to babysit!Matilda and Belle @ www.pmarinc.org
Posted by Pibbles & More Animal Rescue-PMAR GA on Thursday, October 5, 2017
Matilda also sometimes helps her human foster brother with his homework. She may not understand the math problems on the page, but she’s great at providing moral support.
Rich tries to take video of Matilda’s hilarious antics, but the pup gets too excited when she sees the camera come out.
“She’s hilarious and I wish I could video everything,” Rich says. “But as soon as I pick up my phone, she runs right at me!”
Matilda is a truly joyful dog who brings light into the life of everyone she meets. This adorable pup has a great life ahead of her!
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