How Much Is That Doggy In The Window?

As we wrap up all the loose ends before we depart (which could be the middle of December, but we will save that for another post) there is one that is near and dear to our hearts. 

Four years ago we thought we were done having kids and decided to get a puppy. Three kids and a puppy seemed like a good idea. We did some research and really wanted an English Mastiff. After a few phone calls, some emails, and the generosity of one breeder we got a little puppy given to us! She was the runt of the pack and the mom had accidentally bit the end of her tail off but, she was perfect. We named her Matilda in honor of Amber and I meeting in Australia where the song Waltzing Matilda is strangely popular. The interesting part of the story is that we found out we were pregnant with Flynn a few short days after getting her. 

Griffin and Matilda

Griffin and Matilda

Which brings us to today. We unfortunately cannot take Matilda with us to Croatia. It's sad. She is a part of the family. But we know that it wouldn't be the best idea to bring her along for her sake and ours.

Here is where you come in. We are looking for someone to adopt Matilda into their family. She was given to us for free and we will give her away for free. There are many amazing things about Matilda but she also has a few things that aren't so good. So here are the pros and cons of Matilda: 


  1. Amazing with kids.
  2. Gentle.
  3. Sleeps 80% of the day. 
  4. Doesn't require physical activity. 
  5. Loves to cuddle and loves to be loved. 
  6. She's big. 
  7. She is protective. Not in a violet way but she makes her deep voice heard to anyone who comes to the door. Once you're through the door she is your best friend. My wife has liked it whenever I am away. 


  1. She is partially blind. She has a hereditary issue where her eyes have begun to cloud over. She can still see it's just cloudy. 
  2. She's big. I know I said that as a positive but for some people it can be a negative. 
  3. She eats a decent amount. Although it's probably not as much as you would assume.
  4. She is terribly afraid of other dogs. Like seriously afraid. She jumps behind me when she sees a puppy. This wouldn't work out for anyone who has another dog. 
  5. She has big floppy ears and gets an ear infection from time to time. 
  6. She snores. 

The ideal candidate would be a family that is looking for a new member to love and doesn't already have a dog. Someone who looks at the pros and cons and says, "Yes please!" If you would like to adopt Matilda or know someone who would be interested please email me at