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  • Member Spotlight: Matildasmommy

    Tamara and George

    Hi!! My name is Tamara and I am 34. I am happily married to my best friend and the love of my life George. We have been married 11 years. I have 2 wonderful kids, Britany 11 years and A.J. 2 1/2 years. I am a stay at home mom and my husband is recently unemployed. I have always loved animals. In 2001 when my daughter was 2 we decided it was time get a family pet. There was no question about it we were gonna get an English Bulldog. My husband has been in love with these dogs for a very long time. His nickname is even "Bulldog". He even has a bulldog tattoo on his left arm. So, I started looking around. I posted to a community website stating that I was a mother of a 2 year old and that I was looking for an EB for a fairly decent price. I got a response from this lady in Locus Grove, OK. She told me that she had this little male puppy that was the runt and the breeder only wanted $800 for him. I didn't know any better at the time so my husband and I drove there and took a look at him and fell in love with him immediately. He was only 7 weeks when we got him. The lady said she had been bottle feeding him from day one. His momma had sat on him so they took him away from her. I named him Sir Winston Alexander.

    I tried several vets to get his first puppy check up and many refused to see him. He weighed only 1.5 lbs, was malnourished and dehydrated. They were also saying that he had water on the brain and would not make it to 6 months old. They also said to take him back and get your money back. How could they talk to someone that way?? Of course me being Irish and very stubborn, I took him to one more vet. I had finally stumbled across a friend of mine that I went to high school with and took Winston to see her. She told me that I needed to fatten him up and bring him back when he was 6 months so he could get his shots going. So, at the time all I could find and afford was the frozen Bil-Jac. I fed that to Winston 3 times a day. At night I would have to wrap him up in a baby blanket and hold him til he fell asleep. I had to do this for 2 months until he could keep himself warm. But with me not giving up on very tiny baby he survived!! He was on the smaller side but I didn't care. Winston had a very full and happy life. In November of 2010 "Lumpy" went outside with my daughters dog Spike and never came back in. I went out in the backyard and found him laying on the ground next to the steps like he was on his way back to come inside.

    Baby Winston was extremely malnourished. This was his first day home.

    I did not give up on Winston and he survived!


    Winston ended up living a full and happy life!

    Then March of this year we decided we wanted another EB. All our bills were paid and we had some extra cash from income taxes. Hubby said he wanted a female this time so I started looking again. Man, there sure are a lot of scammers out there. They didn't get lucky enough to get me to send them any money though. Around mid march I found her. Wow!! She sure was a cutie. The breeder was calling her Candi. So, I contacted the breeder, got the directions to where Matilda was, loaded the kids in the truck and headed out for our 2 1/2 hour trip. We got there and my husband immediately fell in love with her. He could not stop smiling. So, on the was home we put her in the floor board of my truck, turned the A/C on floor and there she slept all the way home. So, the fun begins with Momma's Madame Matilda.

    ~Momma's Madame Matilda~

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    Comments 12 Comments
    1. TessaAndSamson's Avatar
      TessaAndSamson -
      What an amazing story of your experience with Winston, what a wonderful bully mom you must have been that he lived that long with such a rough start! Thank you for sharing!
    1. Fontanafox's Avatar
      Fontanafox -
      Wow! Winston was one tough little dude but then so were you. So glad he had someone to love and believe in him. Madam Matilda is adorable and hope you have many happy days ahead.
    1. Lucy-licious's Avatar
      Lucy-licious -
      That you didn't take Winston back after so many vets told you to shows true determination....with love like that on your side no wonder he had a long happy life.
    1. Libra926's Avatar
      Libra926 -
      It's amazing what a loving home can do to rehabilitate a puppy! You should think about fostering! With your passion and your determination...I can see a bulldog recovering amazingly in your family's care! What a wonderful story! You are an inspiration!
    1. mamamia's Avatar
      mamamia -
      Sometimes we get ourselves in to situations that are so crazy that, if we would have used our brain, we would not have gotten into it. Most likely.... some things are just to be happening to a specific dog and a specific person, I believe that this happened to you and Winston. The two of you just needed to find each other.

      I ended up with my cat named Chopper this way... he is 24lbs, has had a horrible life before the two of us met and he chose for me to take him home. I had no litter box, cat food or anything. I could have dropped him off at friends who have cats etc. but we just seemed to need each other at that point in life.
      Animals are a great gift
    1. Mack-N-MatildasMommy's Avatar
      Mack-N-MatildasMommy -
      Thanks everyone. I am glad I was finally able to share Winstons story.
    1. JAKEISGREAT's Avatar
      Great story..I know something about the stubbornness of the Irish..and it was a great thing for you and Winston!
    1. BabyDuke's Avatar
      BabyDuke -
      WOW have to admit I am sitting at my computer crying.. What a great story. I am glad that you got to share Winston's story also.. SAYS an awful lot about you..Matilda has herself one great mommy!
    1. LariP's Avatar
      LariP -
      your story! Looking forward to lots more Matilda pics and stories to come
    1. acarabias's Avatar
      acarabias -
      What a great story! thank you for sharing, what an amazing job you did with Winston!! Matilda is gorgeous!
    1. Mack-N-MatildasMommy's Avatar
      Mack-N-MatildasMommy -
      Quote Originally Posted by acarabias View Post
      What a great story! thank you for sharing, what an amazing job you did with Winston!! Matilda is gorgeous!

      Thank you!!
    1. Biogirl71's Avatar
      Biogirl71 -
      I read this when it was posted but I was so shy about posting comments. But coming across this again, I just have to tell you how amazing your story about Winston is! So many people would have given up but you pushed through and gave a little sick guy a full and healthy life in a loving home! And I just love Matilda...her coloring and pattern is so close to Frank's. She is an absolute doll! Thanks for sharing your story Tamara!