(Editor's note: this letter was written to George Ott, Supervisor of the Town Of Wayland. He read it to the Board and upon permission from Margaret Matteson, it is reprinted here.)



Dear Mr. Ott,



This is a note just to let you know what a phenomenal person you have working as your Dog Control Officer [Debra Matthews]. Such compassion and ability to do a difficult job I really have never seen.

 

(Editor's note: this letter was written to George Ott, Supervisor of the Town Of Wayland. He read it to the Board and upon permission from Margaret Matteson, it is reprinted here.)

Dear Mr. Ott,

This is a note just to let you know what a phenomenal person you have working as your Dog Control Officer [Debra Matthews]. Such compassion and ability to do a difficult job I really have never seen.
On March 10, 2010, Trudy, my Norwegian elkhound went missing and I called Deb Matthews to let her know what had happened and to ask her what I should do to help find her. She was very understanding and compassionate as I told her my situation. She gave me many good ideas of places to call and write and things to do to find my dog. She told me she would be watching for her as well... and that she would let me know if anything came up.
About six weeks later, one of my neighbors was looking for beaver dams and found my dog. Yes, there was closure but also great sadness and horror to discover she was in a swale/swamp. Trudy was a big dog. She weighed at least 60 pounds dry weight. I knew I would be unable to lift her. So I called Deb again and told her what had happened. I was very sad and shaken. She was so steady and kind as she listened to my plight. I asked her what she thought I should do.
She said she would come out on Saturday morning with her son and lift Trudy from the swamp. So at 9:30 on Saturday morning they arrived and just as professionally as can be they had Trudy out of the swamp and wrapped and driven to her resting place.
Deb and I talked for a little while after all that. We talked a lot about what a Dog Control Officer does and then about farming and goats. She is truly an amazing person. If there is any type of honor ceremony at yearly gatherings for your department or town, or anything she should receive commendation for outstanding care and sensitivity with her animals and people.

Margaret Matteson
Wayland