Domino Effects
Updated
9/09/03
 

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We've heard from you that many good things have started with something you saw on Rumble's site.  This page is an attempt to capture some of those good things.  They are in no particular order.  We're writing them down as we remember them, so if we've missed any, please email us at rumblehome@netscape.net and remind us.  (Excerpts have been edited to remove all personal references to fully preserve anonymity.)

It is so deeply meaningful to us to know that because of Rumble, the world is a better place.  And we're wise enough to know that we are only one domino in a row of goodness.  Together we keep the goodness flowing.


 

Some Good Things that Rumble has helped to make happen....

 
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88 "Just in Case" Dogs Adopted or Rescued - Rumble's "Just in Case" page has helped 88 dogs to be adopted into forever homes.  (Click here to visit Rumble's "Just in Case" page.  Click here to see the "Just in Case" dogs who have found forever homes.)


"Toby" (formerly "Trooper") a "Just in Case" Shepherd
 happy with his new forever family in SC

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Redd School Students Unite with Rumble - The wonderful students at Redd School have had their artwork featured on Rumble's site, which has been a positive factor for them and for Rumble.  (See Redd School Students for Rumble)


First Grade Teacher Mrs. Schmidt with Rumble art done by her class
 

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Two Dogs Adopted in Nebraska - "I've been following your website for many months now and I simply had to write to you. I, like many others check in every day to see what news you have of Rumble, laugh with joy when another "just in case" dog is adopted, and cry when one is lost. I've gone to just about every website and rescue shelter you've had a link for and they've taken me to others. Both of our dogs died last year and the pain was horrible.  But because of our loss we have since adopted 2 rescues and although I miss my babies terribly, these 2 goofballs have brought an amazing amount of joy to our lives. They've also brought some wonderful people into our lives through their work with rescued dogs.  You may not even realize how many lives your family and Rumble have touched or how many dogs you have saved. I pray for Rumble every day and I know that there is a reason for everything.  I know you'll never stop looking for Rumble and I want you to know there are many people praying for you and your family and Rumble."
 

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Donation Made to Humane Society in Rumble's Name - A Friend of Rumble's wrote to us telling us she had made a donation to the Humane Society in Rumble's name.  (Click here to read her words.)
 

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Dogs from Memphis Shelter Rescued with Assistance of Canadian Friends - "I too have been following your efforts in trying to locate Rumble. I am just waiting for the day when you have finally found him. Your posting of today mentioned the domino effect that your web site is having. I just wanted to share another arm of this effect. A few months back, your site linked into the page maintained by Sylvia Cox for the dogs at the Memphis shelter. I couldn't believe the amount of beautiful dogs that were being put to sleep on a daily basis. My sister and I began checking the site several times a day and sending out pleas to rescues to save some to the dogs. And we have been very successful as quite a few rescues have taken action and pulled some of the dogs. Since we are in Canada and do not have a clear picture of the distances in Tennessee, we have contacted rescues that maybe were a little farther afield, but most of them have come through and were not aware of these dogs until we contacted them."
 

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"Kimba" Found in Tennessee - A Friend of Rumble's lost her beloved German Shepherd, "Kimba" and turned to us for assistance in publicizing his loss.  We pitched in and posted information on Kimba.  Several days later, Kimba was found!  (Click here to read Kimba's story.)


Kimba wearing a green ribbon for Rumble after she was found
 

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Lost White Lab in Virginia Recovered and Returned to Owner - A Friend of Rumble's in Virginia wrote to us and told us the heartwarming story of a white Lab running across the roadways who was almost hit, but she was able to coax him to her using techniques she had read about on Rumble's site.  Fortunately the Lab was wearing tags, so she was able to happily reunite him with his owner.  (Click here to read the full story.)
 

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Dog's Aggression Subsides - "I realized I hadn't updated you on my German Shepherd who was aggressive towards my baby in a long time.  He is doing GREAT.   I have a friend who is helping me train him.  I met her through volunteering to assist a local group that helps homeless dogs.  It was Rumble who inspired me to start volunteering to help homeless dogs in my area."
 

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Pug in Chattanooga, TN Rescued with Assistance of Canadian PugMom - "My sister is quite involved with pugs and the proud pugmom of three. One to the small dog rescues that we had contacted, emailed my sister back looking for a pug rescue in Chattanooga as there was a very sick little pug in a high-kill shelter with only a day left. Since my sister belongs to a North American pug list serv, she was able to direct them to the correct rescue and the little pug was saved. This is only a few instances of the spin-offs that the Rumble website has created. There are probably hundreds or even thousands of dogs whose lives have been saved or bettered because of it. Rumble will be returned to you when God decides enough other dogs have been saved and Rumble's deed is done." [Our note: Click here for list of Pug rescue groups in Canada, Australia, and the U.S.]
 

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New Volunteer Helping Homeless Dogs - A Friend of Rumble's in Virginia wrote to us and told us that she has been inspired by Rumble's site to volunteer to assist in a local shelter.
 

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"Heart" Reunited with Family in Richmond, VA - "Heart," a young Retriever/Lab mix was found by a Friend of Rumble's in Richmond.  She turned to us to help publicize him in an effort to reunite him with his owner.  Several days later, his owner was located and Heart has now been happily reunited with his family!  (Click here to read Heart's story.)


"Heart" reunited with his family in Richmond, VA

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Golden Adopted in Virginia - A Friend of Rumble's in Northern Virginia was talking with a co-worker who wanted to get a Golden Retriever for his family.  Because of what our friend has read on Rumble's site about various rescue groups, he suggested that his co-worker adopt a rescued Golden.  The co-worker did just that and now has a wonderful new family companion! 
 

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Two Lost Dogs Recovered in Idaho - "I had to write to you about my day yesterday as I had Rumble's website and what it says about catching a lost dog in my mind. I had just finished a bunch of errands. It was raining, and I was at the stop light of a busy intersection when two yellow dogs ran across the street, luckily making it through both lanes of traffic. I will never know how they made it.

I turned around in a gas station and went around the block trying to catch up with these two. Finally, I saw the dogs. I rolled down the windows so they could see and hear my dogs. I hopped out of the truck and, with treats in hand, I managed to get hold of them by their collars. One of the dogs pulled away from me, leaving me holding on to the other while trying to get back to my truck to get my phone and call the owners listed on the tag. The girl I had by the collar was very scared and tried to pull away from me to follow the other guy. Her collar came off in my hand!

I grabbed my phone and called the number on her tag. Her human mom answered and said, "Oh my gosh, you have her? We've been frantic!" I was like well…I have her collar. I told her what had happened and where I was and then continued after the dogs. I finally saw them and cut them off in a driveway. Holding the collar and a leash, I tossed a few treats toward them. I tried not to make eye contact. Crouching down, I was able to get close to the golden again. The other guy took off.

When the golden turned to follow I did something I probably would never had tried on any breed other than a golden. I grabbed her tail and soothingly assured her that she was okay. I got the leash around her neck, then her collar. I called the dog's mom on her cell phone to tell her where I was. By then, she and her husband were just around the corner and got to me quickly. The other dog, a male, was nowhere in sight. After helping them look for the other dog, I finally had to go home, because I was drenched. I'm not sure if they found him. I hope so!!!  [Our note:  We have since learned he was found too.]

But the moral of this story is: I have always been a little afraid to try to catch a lost dog because they always seem to bolt...and I couldn't stand it if I caused them to get hit. But the information on your website gave me the confidence to try this time, and I'm so glad I did. Who knows what might have happened to these two dogs. I had to write to tell you that Rumble was in my head the whole time."
 

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Mom & Daughter Volunteer at Shelter and Join Mid-America Rottweiler Rescue - "Just so you know how important Rumble is....since becoming a Rumble fan, my 11 year old daughter and I have begun volunteering at the local "no kill" shelter and I have become an official member of the MidAmerica Rottweiler Rescue here in my city. Both our "new" dogs came to us through them. Although I had been helping them with fundraising, I wanted to do so much more after seeing just how desperate the situation was. I tend to hide my head in the sand because I can't stand to think of an animal in distress. It's always been easier not to think about it unless it's something right in front of me. But after following Rumble's site, I finally realized that people who do rescue work have their hearts broken everyday when they can't save a dog...but at least they're trying. Why should I be any different and shield myself from pain when I can make a small difference too? So again, I thank you for what has become something of a cult following...a very good and happy thing in this sometimes frightening world. You have to wonder why things happen at all and especially when they do. I think in Rumble's case, there was some eye opening needing to be done and he became the messenger."
 

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Serves as a Link - Cheryl, a Friend of Rumble's wrote to tell us of a very special meaning Rumble has given to her life.  Cheryl's fiance, David, introduced her to Rumble's plight last summer.  David loved animals and was always on the look-out for lost and stray animals.  He was a wonderful man.  He cared for Cheryl, who has health challenges, and he cared for animals.  Tragically, David died suddenly of heart failure in October.  In Cheryl's words, "I pray for Rumble because he is like a last link to David.  I will continue to have Rumble in my prayers as he gives me that one special memory of how special my Dave was to always look out for the lost or stray...."  Both David and Cheryl are heroes.  Despite challenges and hardships, they gave to each other and to animals.  Cheryl still continues to focus her generosity of spirit outward.  We wish the world had more people like David and Cheryl.  Cheryl told us that she believes David will continue to watch over Rumble like he did every lost dog or stray.  We do too.  Photos of Cheryl with some of her beloved dogs are below and in Rumble's Scrapbook.  We feel honored that one of Rumble's Domino Effects is to provide a link to David for Cheryl.

Cheryl with two of her beloved dogs
Cheryl with furry companions
 

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"Bear" Found His Forever Home (click-through from Rumble's site) - Friends of ours recently lost their beloved Shepherd to a tragic accident.  While grieving deeply, their hearts were open to the misfortune of other dogs.  A few days later they visited Rumble's site, hoping to hear good news about Rumble.  That particular day, they decided to click on the logo for Virginia German Shepherd Rescue (VGSR) and visit the VGSR site.  Amazingly, the featured VGSR Shepherd that day was a spitting image of the beloved Shepherd they had just lost.  They know each dog has its own personality and never want or expect otherwise, but they felt this particular Shepherd was just meant to be with them.  So they gave "Bear" the forever home he's been waiting for his whole life.  We pay tribute to our friends for their loving generosity.


"Bear"

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Volunteers for Local Humane Society - "Rumble inspired me to start volunteering for my local Humane Society. Rumble has done so much good for so many.  He has brought me together with many people I would never have known if it wasn't for him (including one who is going to work with me to organize our own animal shelter in the future).  His website brought me to the Memphis Animal Shelter.  Although I couldn't help any of them, it inspired me to help the ones I can....in my local area.  I am now a dog walker for my local Humane Society.  I also take dogs to adoption events.  Thanks for inspiring me!  I pray for Rumble every night!"
 

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Two Dogs in North Carolina Return Home - Thanks to Rumble's site and Debbie Hall's "LostDogSearch Manual," two young dogs who had managed to escape from their new home were safely recovered the same evening.  (See full story.)
 

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Supports Memphis Animal Shelter - "I first saw the Memphis site because of your comments on Rumble's website. Since then I have joined the RAOT list  (although I'm in NC and at least 8 hrs. from Memphis) and have sponsored several dogs (incl. a beautiful terrier just yesterday) and sent a nice donation to Memphis Collie Rescue since they do such a great job in an awful city.  This is all because of you.  Thank you for this."
 

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Adopted a German Shepherd Rescue - "I was inspired by looking at your site everyday for a long time.  My wife and I will be getting a German Shepherd from a German Shepherd rescue. I am still believing that one day you will get Rumble back. God Bless!"


"Kudos"

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"Lexie" Found Her Forever Home - In your search you have no idea of what you contribute to others, and I feel compelled to let you know what your efforts have done for our life personally.  Through you we have been educated, inspired and blessed with Lexie, our beautiful German Shepherd. Many years ago we had a beautiful long-haired German Shepherd mix, "Sarge."  His dad, we believe, was a Shiloh (all 125 lbs). Sarge shared our home for 10 years and truly was our 4-legged child. He was a massive, super-intelligent, loving boy and was always welcome everywhere we went. Through the years the kids have grown and the grandchildren have come, but still there was a void in our lives.  When I found your site, something happened to me inside.  My husband and I discussed Rumble nightly and always we would go back to the times with our beloved Sarge. Through talking, we both discovered that the void was not having a dog. Last August we heard of a Shepherd at a shelter about an hours ride from home and decided to go. There was this 80-lb beauty in a cage barking and snarling (yes snarling). We both looked and saw the same thing - - a defensive body that said, get away, I'm afraid you'll hurt me like my other human, but eyes that said. please don't let me stay here. We both said at the same time, "She is the one for us!" We wanted to take her home right then, but there were 2 other couples who made out an application, so we went home on pins and needles. The next morning a call came from the shelter: "You can come and get your dog if you want." Needless to say, I was out the door. When I arrived, she still barked defensively but I did not care. They handed me her leash and this ferocious dog licked my hand! We learned Lexie was abused and had a right to be defensive, but that was just her exterior. Her warm eyes told another story. She is now a 90-lb 2-year-old and the most loving girl. The terrible void we felt for all those years is gone and it is all because of finding Rumble's site. I am so sad he is not home yet (I know it won't be much longer), but forever grateful to you and your never-ending love for him. Your efforts have affected so many. Thank you for being "You."


"Lexie" & her human grandmother