2/02/03 (Sun) - No new sightings. With the relatively recent possible sighting of Rumble (see
daily update report of 1/29/03), we'd like to
ask you to particularly be on the look-out for Rumble, especially if
you are in or near western Buckingham County. If we had to
guess, we'd say Rumble is either: 1) being held by a family who
doesn't go on the internet much and doesn't know who Rumble is, or 2)
traveling up and down the east side of the James River looking for a
place to cross. To help identify his whereabouts, the human mom
of Ranger (Rumble's brother in Northern Virginia) recently got a photo
of Ranger's footprint in the snow, which we've posted below and in
Rumble's Scrapbook. Rumble
and Ranger were littermates and grew up to be almost the same size.
Also, if you're able to post another flyer at a place like a
convenience store, that would be wonderful! Many of our best
tips have come from folks who saw flyers posted at convenience stores.
Or if you have a little spare time and could put flyers under mailbox
flags, that would be great!! (That may be the best way to reach
people who don't have computers and don't get the paper.)
Click here for Rumble's "Lost Dog" flyer
and click here for the "Watch for Rumble"
flyer. Thank you!
2/03/03 (Mon) - No new sightings. Today we pause to reflect on
the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy. We extend our deepest
sympathy to the families and friends of those who died.
2/04/03 (Tue) - No new sightings. Good news - - Little
"Tiramisu," the adorable
Shepherd/Chow puppy has been adopted! Please visit Rumble's
"Just in Case" page - - it's got some
wonderful dogs who just need a chance. Speaking of the "Just in
Case" page, we've decided to return to its original focus. Dear,
sweet Buttercup taught us that even when Friends of Rumble are willing
to rescue and transport, we may not be able to help needy dogs in
shelters in time because so many of us are at a great distance.
Because of the position we're in, we believe we can ultimately be of
the best service by helping the rescue and humane organizations.
After all, if we can help them adopt their dogs, that frees up a space
in the home of a foster parent for another shelter dog! In honor
of Buttercup, we will establish the
"For Buttercup" link on
the "Just in Case" page to help other Memphis dogs at risk. That
will be a much more meaningful tribute to her than a "Gone But Not
Forgotten" page. It is a way for Friends of Rumble to donate to
Responsible Animal Owners of Tennessee to help them defray costs
of pulling dogs from the Memphis Animal Shelter and holding them until
someone can foster, rescue, or adopt them. In the future, most
new dogs that we add to Rumble's "Just in Case" page will be from
rescue organizations, particularly those who so generously
feature links to Rumble's page from their page. (Click
here to see who these wonderful groups are!) And of course,
we'll always feature any dog you truly think might be Rumble and alert
us to, "just in case...."
2/05/03 (Wed) - No new sightings. Today's update is purely
joyous - - a puppy report with pictures! Chili and her little ones are
doing just great!! The puppies
are just starting to open their eyes. One little guy has found his
howling voice. He throws back his little head and just lets loose
(like his big uncle Rumble). It is absolutely adorable to see!
By the way, tomorrow we hope to have another heartwarming treat for
you - - a very happy update on the "Just
in Case" Shepherd we called "Trooper" (now called "Toby").
We received a delightful e-mail from his human mom today - - what a
2/06/03 (Thu) - No new sightings. We've got another happy update
today. This is the first-hand account of the adoption of
"Trooper" (now known as "Toby") by a wonderful couple from South
Carolina. As you may recall, Trooper was the possible Shiloh
Shepherd or mix in the
County Animal Shelter in Fort Lauderdale, FL. An absolute
angel who works in that shelter took it upon herself to email all over
the country trying to find a forever home for this great fellow.
Thanks to the good folks at
Shepherd Rescue (VGSR),
we were alerted to his plight and posted him as "Trooper" on Rumble's
"Just in Case" page. Trooper was in luck! The wonderful couple from South
Carolina saw him on Rumble's page and adopted him! Here is the
email we received from the angel at the shelter describing the
"I just wanted to
tell you that Trooper's new mom and dad picked him up bright and early
Saturday morning. She was so happy and overwhelmed. They kept on
thanking ME..but it was THEM whom I am thankful to. For giving Trooper
the home he so deserved. They drove 12 long hours, took time off of
work to save this guy! How awesome. They even took pictures of
us all together with Troop.
Thank you again guys for all your help and going that extra mile!
We even had someone else from the Virginia area call us on Trooper to
see if he was still available!"
And then we received the following wonderful email from Toby's new
"Greetings from South Carolina! Thanks to your website we have
been able to adopt Trooper, who was picked up as a stray in Fort
Lauderdale. We drove down Friday and brought him home Saturday. He
is a huge, gentle, curious puppy. He is learning quickly and warmed
up to us immediately. He is going to be an excellent addition to
our family. We call him Toby. Thank you for helping make this
happen and we pray for Rumble's safe recovery."
Toby's "trooping" days are over now that he's found his forever home.
See photos in Rumble's
Scrapbook of Toby enjoying his new life. Toby is finally
2/07/03 (Fri) - No new sightings. Great news! Both
"Travis" have been adopted from
Memphis Animal Shelter! In keeping with our renewed focus to
support rescues and humane groups, particularly those who link to
Rumble's page from their front page, we've added a cute little guy
to Rumble's "Just in Case" page that no one would ever confuse with Rumble! He's as
opposite in color and size to Rumble as just about any dog we can
imagine. "Rocky" is a
Bichon Frise/Jack Russell Terrier mix who is being fostered in
Cincinnati, OH by
Rescue, a wonderful nationwide rescue group. They
have provided tremendous assistance to us, especially in the area of
reaching out to the media, and we can't thank them enough. We
invite you to visit their site. On another note, with all the
snow we've just had here in Virginia, Rumble may be more visible.
Please keep an eye out for him and for large footprints. See
Rumble's Scrapbook to get an idea
of what his footprints might look like in the snow.
2/08/03 (Sat) - No new sightings. More good news!
"Rocky" has been adopted!
We are so grateful to the rescuers who have taken Rumble to heart and
helped us in our efforts to find our boy. Several have ventured
a guess as to why rescue groups feel particularly drawn to Rumble.
They have said that it isn't so much Rumble himself, but rather what
he symbolizes. They say he represents a dog who is truly loved
by his humans and whose humans are deeply committed to his well-being.
Rescuers are faced every day with the reality of sweet, trusting pets
who have, through some human's twisted logic, become disposable.
Our rescue friends say Rumble represents the exact opposite of that.
The true root of the homeless pet problem goes even deeper than
spaying/neutering and puppy mills. At the core is the concept of
commitment to the innocent life of a pet whose life is entrusted to
you. In return there is often a deeply loyal animal who would
risk everything for you - - even if it means walking across a state
trying to find his way home....
2/09/03 (Sun) - No new sightings. Over the past several weeks, many
people have expressed the thought that someone may have Rumble. Most
recently we received this message:
"I don't know what your ultimate goal is. Is it to get Rumble back
home for you to keep, or to know where his "forever" home is? It's
possible that someone may have him, and not want to let you know for
fear of having to give him up. I know if he showed up at our house,
it would be hard to let him go. Perhaps if you spell out your goal
on the website, you might get a response."
Here is our answer: More than anything we want to know that our boy is
safe. If, in Rumble's journey across Virginia, he has found a family
that loves him and cares about him and with whom he is happy, then we
will be happy. The most important thing for us is to know that Rumble
is OK and happy. The folks who take in, care for and love stray,
abandoned and/or lost dogs are special angels. Our hope, first, is
that Rumble is with just such a family and, second, that one day they
will find out that Rumble has a family that is searching for him and
wants, more than anything else, to know that he is OK.
2/10/03 (Mon) - No new sightings. One of our friends recently wrote
asking about the possibility that the two critters we periodically
have been seeing might be coyotes. While we are not ruling it out, we
think the likelihood is low for several reasons. The first sighting of
these critters was in October by Debbie Hall, the lost dog expert who
is helping us look for Rumble. Debbie has considerable experience with
coyotes. She said that the two animals she saw were much too large to
be coyotes. Coyotes, in size and shape, look like small German
Shepherds, weighing between 20 and 40 pounds and ranging in height
from 15 to 20 inches. The two animals she saw and the ones we,
subsequently, have seen are much larger than this. Additionally,
coyotes are generally lighter in color than the animals we have been
seeing, although black coyotes are known to exist (click
HERE for photos). It is possible that what we have been seeing are
coyote hybrids, the offspring of a breeding between a coyote and a
dog, which might account for the larger size of the animals we've
We're still trying to get a good, close look at these two animals.
They avoid anything having to do with human scent so we haven't had
any luck yet with the game camera that we used in Yogaville in
October. Debbie has given us some suggestions as to how to get around
the human scent problem. Despite the cold weather dampening any scent
of bait, it seems that human scent is pretty strong!
2/11/03 (Tue) - No new sightings. We've received a lot of snow over
the last two weeks in our area of Virginia. Some folks have written
that they are worried about Rumble if he is out in the snow. Today we
received this email from the human mom of one of Rumble's cousins,
"When I watch my Logan play in the snow, all I can do is wonder
about Rumble. I bet he loves the snow. Logan would rather be in the
snow than in the house, anyday. I have to make him come in. Here is
a pic of Rumble's cousin, Logan, in the snow. I put on a green
ribbon for Rumble, but, by the time we got this shot, he had taken
it off and trashed it in the yard. I'll try again later. I think
Logan looks very much like Rumble."
We agree with Logan' s mom. Logan looks a lot like Rumble. In fact, if
we were to see Logan at a distance while we were looking for Rumble,
we would think Logan was Rumble. Logan's photo may be seen in
2/12/03 (Wed) - No new sightings. Rumble's nieces and nephews are
growing so fast. Their little eyes opened a week ago and, although
wobbly, they're walking. A few photos taken recently are in
Rumble's Scrapbook. We
particularly enjoyed the upside down puppydoodle!
Chili is doing great. She's a super mom. We always knew she would be a
wonderful mom as she was such an attentive baby sitter with other
puppies. On warm days, we like for the puppies to get fresh air and
sunshine in their play yard. To keep predators, e. g., hawks, from
bothering the little doodleloos and to give the mom a needed break,
Chili supervised outdoor activities. Now she has her own puppies and
is thoroughly enjoying it. Her upside down puppy is showing the same
goofy sense of humor as his Uncle Rumble.
2/13/03 (Thu) - No new sightings. We received a heartwarming email
from someone who lives near Chester, VA, the area where Rumble first
started his journey. The individual wanted us to know that she has
been following Rumble's story since the beginning. Her email ended
a day for celebrating when I check your website to find you have
Rumble home safe and sound."
She also told us that she has a Cocker Spaniel, Rudy, who was 15 years
old yesterday, and that she feels so blessed to have Rudy.
We've written much about lost and abandoned dogs and about the angels
who work so hard and risk shattered hearts on a daily basis to save
them. But the email from Rudy's mom was so filled with love that we
want to recognize
all of the responsible dog owners who deeply
love their dogs and would do anything for them, because their dogs
truly are family members. Hearing someone tell us about their dog's
15th birthday made us want to give thanks to all of those who cherish
their dogs and celebrate every wonderful day of their dogs' lives. So,
Happy Birthday, Rudy, may you have many, many more!
2/14/03 (Fri) - No new sightings. Since June 28, when Rumble began
his long walk home, we have received an outpouring of compassion and
caring from around the world. When we set out on this unplanned
journey, we decided that three principles would guide us in our
efforts to keep our boy safe and get him home: we would do whatever it
took to find Rumble, all energy surrounding our search must be
positive, and something good had to come from our efforts. We will
never stop searching for Rumble, but along the way and while we wait,
we hope to help other lost and abandoned dogs and to celebrate the joy
of dogs where ever we find it. Today, we want to thank all of you who
care about our boy and all of the other lost dogs out there looking
for their forever homes. Your kindness, your encouragement and your
support are humbling. With Rumble in our hearts and prayers, these
Valentine's Day roses in Rumble's
Scrapbook are for you who journey with us.
P. S.: Please remember that chocolate is toxic to dogs, so please
don't be tempted to share your chocolate Valentine's Day treats with
your furry best friend.
2/15/03 (Sat) - No new sightings. Our newest
"Just in Case" dog is
Thor. Thor looks so much like
some of Rumble's relatives that we had to take a second and then yet a
third look at his photo. We were notified about Thor by Richmond (VA)
Animal Shelter volunteer. The very caring volunteer who let us know
about Thor describes him as follows:
"Thor is a long haired, male German Shepherd/Shiloh Shepherd that
has swept me away. His personality is of a gentle young man. After a
few minutes of bringing him out of his kennel, Thor (as he has been
named by the shelter volunteers) calmed down quite well and
thoroughly enjoyed the attention I was giving him. He loves to give
kisses and to be brushed. He's about 2 years old, if even, and
weighs nearly 80 pounds. Please spread the word about this wonderful
dog. We can only hope that this "Prince" can find the castle that he
To inquire about Thor, contact the Richmond Animal Shelter at 3540 N.
Hopkins Rd. Richmond , VA 23224, Phone: (804) 646-8648.
2/16/03 (Sun) - No new sightings. We've been told an exciting story
of a dog rescue by a friend of ours who has been following Rumble's
journey. She has two dogs, The Boyz, and yesterday managed to bring a
lost dog to safety, her first rescue! She did it in a cold and driving
Idaho rainstorm. Here's what she told us:
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!!!
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.
We want to say "Great Job" for helping the Golden get to safety. We
hope the Golden's buddy was found soon after.
2/17/03 (Mon) - No new sightings. Last night we received a telephone
call from a family in Conyers, Georgia (east of Atlanta). On Wednesday
(2/12/03), a male dog showed up on their property. The dog does not
belong to anyone in the family's neighborhood and, in fact, has never
been seen in the area before. The family thought the dog (whom we're
calling "Conyers") might
be Rumble and so they called us. Fortunately, the family has a digital
camera and was able to email photographs to us, which are on Rumble's
"Found Friends" page. Conyers is not
Rumble but certainly looks like he could be a Shiloh. Conyers is
described as well socialized, housebroken and fun loving. The family
has fallen in love with Conyers in the five short days he has been
with them. But the family recognizes that he is someone's beloved pet.
Conyers is in good shape and appears to be healthy. When he was found
he was wearing a worn leather collar and dragging a red plastic tether
with hooks on both ends. His height at the shoulder is between 28 and
30 inches. If you know anything about Conyers, please contact the
Waters family in Conyers, Georgia. Their telephone number is
770-760-9176. The Waters love him, but want him to be reunited with
his family. We would like to thank the Waters family for being alert
to the possibility that Conyers may have been Rumble. We hope Rumble
has been fortunate enough to find a family just like the Waters who
will look out for him and keep him safe, while looking for his family.
2/18/03 (Tue) - No new sightings. On Saturday we received Valentine's
Day cards from the Redd Elementary School students, Rumble's very best
friends. The cards were a better-than-chocolate Valentine's Day
surprise! We hope the students at Redd had a super Valentine's Day.
Their cards certainly made our weekend a great one! We love hearing
from our friends at Redd. Their Valentine's Day greetings may be seen
Redd Elementary School
2/19/03 (Wed) - No new sightings. We have a friend who, for the last
two to three months, has been working quietly and patiently to bring
to safety a dog that has been running loose for over a year. She has
been regularly providing food at a bait site and finally the dog has
allowed her to be near him, but not close enough to touch. She has
been able to observe the dog and has learned that in cold and wet
weather, the dog beds down in deep leaves to keep warm. Even with the
harsh weekend from which the East Coast is still digging out, she
faithfully continued to put out food for the dog she has named Ace.
Our friend was worried that the terrible weather of this past weekend
would be dangerous for Ace. And, of course, we worry so much about
Rumble during extreme inclement weather and freezing temperatures. She
wrote us today with the latest update on her efforts. What she wrote
eased our minds about Rumble and about Ace and about the all the other
dogs that are lost and looking for home. Below is what she said:
Sunday I went down when it was freezing rain - I was hoping sort of
not to see Ace because I would like to think he had better shelter
when the weather is bad instead of being under trees on top of
leaves. But he was there in his pile of leaves as he was Monday and
this morning. Part of my agonizing is that I think he must be cold
as I think how I would feel sitting in wet clothes outside. However
- yesterday (we had off from work) my husband took one of our dogs,
a nine year old lab/shep mix out for a walk/swim. Yes - a swim. Our
guy gets to swim quite often but this past month has been so cold we
have just taken him on walks only. Well my husband took our boy for
a walk and he wanted to go in the lake. My husband said he had a
blast swimming. They walked home which was about a 2 mile walk and
our guy's coat was covered in frost but it did not bother him in the
least - he wanted to continue to play fetch in the yard. Dog's coats
are truly repellent to the rough weather conditions. Our guy is a
dog that sleeps underneath the covers at night so if the cold swim
did not bother him, I know Rumble and Ace can endure much more as
they have the shepherd coat. It did give me a peace of mind for a
bit. I pray for Rumble's safe return as well as Ace surrendering to
We want to thank our friend for her comforting words and information.
We know that Rumble's family members here love the cold and snow, but
they've never been outside for extended periods of time in extreme
weather. Hearing about our friend's dog and learning about Ace's
methods for retaining body heat were heartening indeed. We also want
to thank our friend for her devotion to helping Ace.
2/20/03 (Thu) - No new sightings. A friend who works at an animal
shelter has requested that we urge folks to carry a leash or two in
their car. She has been able to help get several dogs returned to
their owners, but only because she carries leashes in her vehicle as a
matter of practice. We also suggest carrying a little bit of kibble
"just in case." So many folks have written saying that because of
something they read on Rumble's site they have been able to catch a
lost dog. As a result, we have decided to post the LostDogSearch
Manual written by Debbie Hall, the expert upon whom we rely. The
manual is a step-by-step guide that details what should be done when a
dog is lost. Topics include First Response, Flyer Basics, Sightings
and Sighting Calls, Search Coordination, Humane Traps and
Tranquilizers, Approaching and Catching the Scared Dog, After-Rescue
Care, and Prevention. We hope that this information will help
everybody who is searching for a lost dog.
We will post on the Sightings page whenever a section is added to the
2/21/03 (Fri) - No new sightings. We've got new photos of Rumble's
nieces and nephews. (See Rumble's
Scrapbook.) The little guys are so friendly. Every time we go into
their Puppy Palace they all come running for hugs, kisses and cuddles.
There is one little escape artist, true to her Uncle Rumble and
Grandmother Gypsy. Mom Chili gets so upset with her. She climbs the
gate and then starts to wander into other rooms. Chili whines loudly
and guards her, keeping her out of trouble and safe, until we come and
return her to her brothers and sisters. We woke up the puppies for the
photos, hence the yawning. The last photo is of Green Boy. He looks
exactly like Rumble at the same age, white toes on all four feet and
white heart on his chest. So, he wears a Green Ribbon for our lost
2/22/03 (Sat) - No new sightings. Today we have a warning for
everybody who believes that their dog would never run away. Thursday
evening, Noah, Rumble's brother was outside with his human mom and dad
and his canine Grandfather, London. Noah's human parents were putting
out apples for the deer because in Pennsylvania, where they live, the
snowstorm of last weekend covered most of the deer population's food
Suddenly, Noah bolted from his family into the woods. The deer were
hungry enough that the apples drew them closer to the feeding source
than normal. Noah, seeing the deer, bolted away from his family to
pursue the deer. In no time, Noah was out of sight. His human mom and
dad started calling for him and struggling through knee deep snow
trying to find him. Finally, after about 30 minutes Noah's human dad
found Noah and was holding him when Noah broke loose and took off
again. But this time Noah headed straight for his human mom who had
grabbed Noah's collar and started jingling it. When Noah heard the
sound of his collar he ran toward it. His human mom, frantic with fear
at this point, was able to hold Noah and get his collar back on him.
There are lessons in what happened Thursday night: First, no matter
how much you trust your dog's training and attachment to you, the
sight or smell of nearby wildlife can trigger ancient instincts that
trump training and love. No amount of calling may be able to override
the excitement of the chase. The lesson: unless in a fenced area, keep
dogs leashed. Whether it be a squirrel, rabbit, cat, chipmunk or deer,
a dog's instinct to approach or chase strange animals will trigger a
flight response in the strange animal. This response, in turn,
triggers the dog's prey drive, a potent instinct.
Second, if, despite all efforts to keep your dog secure, he or she
still manages to get away from you, call him/her but also try to find
something that will make a noise familiar to your dog and that is
associated with something positive. Noah's human mom was smart. She
knew that Noah associated his collar with car rides and "let's go."
When we've had a dog get outside our fenced area, we've found that
clanging two metal food bowls together gets instant results. Other
tactics include using a phrase and tone of voice that evoke early
memories of positive reinforcement and that are non-threatening.
For example, from birth we condition our puppies to come or follow us
with the words "puppy, puppy, puppy" voiced in a low, sing-song tone.
Recently, we received a cell phone call from someone who was looking
at a German Shepherd running lose near a busy, major highway. The
individual had tried just about everything with no luck. We suggested
sitting on the ground and calling "puppy, puppy, puppy." As soon as
the person did this, the dog ran straight into the person's open arms.
Another tactic, recommended by Debbie Hall, is to start playing with
another dog. Whether it's because the loose dog becomes jealous of the
other dog or because dogs can't resist a play session, this approach
to catching a dog is often successful.
Thankfully, the ending to Noah's adventure had a happy outcome for
all, except maybe Noah. Once Noah was collared, London approached his
grandson and, arching his neck, placed his head on Noah's neck and
forced Noah to the ground, then London stood over Noah, making Noah
stay on the ground. It seems that London was telling Noah his behavior
was unacceptable! Photos of Noah and London may be seen in
Note: Some wonderful friends of Rumble who were driving
in Suitland, MD (Prince George's County) came across two lost dogs
yesterday (2/21/03) at 7:30am which they asked us to publicize in case
you know of their owners. According to them, "one dog
was a gorgeous tri-color hound dog (about the size of a lab/small
shepherd with hound/beagle coloring) and the other was a black lab."
Unfortunately, they weren't able to catch them, but can provide
information about what they saw. If you know these dogs and
would like additional details on this sighting, please call 410-693-1303.
2/23/03 (Sun) - No new sightings. The other day a dear Friend of
Rumble's from the
Rescue Society (SCRS) in Alberta, Canada sent us the link to a
wonderfully encouraging "Lost Dog" story which we'd like to share with
you. The story was published in the Placerville, California
Mountain Democrat newspaper. It is so uplifting! It's
the true story of "Taz," a senior, deaf Queensland Heeler who was
found after a year of wandering. Now that she's back home, the
owner has been able to piece together where she was during the past
year and how she survived. Well worth reading! And while
you're at it, we'd like to encourage you to visit two senior dog
rescue groups that have been so supportive of Rumble. You're
cordially invited to visit both the
SCRS Foster Dogs page and the
Senior Dog House
and Rescue page in Bigfork, Montana. Senior dogs are true
treasures and can be wonderful additions to your family. Taz's
owner will vouch for that!
2/24/03 (Mon) - No new sightings. The other day we received a
wonderful story from a Friend of Rumble's in Virginia who also found
that calling out "Puppy, Puppy, Puppy" worked when she lost her her
dog many years ago. She had owned her 4-month-old puppy "Nikki"
only an hour when Nikki darted away into a snowy woods, so Nikki
hadn't even been named yet. In addition to calling those magic
words, she also crouched down and didn't rush. The amazing thing
is that this occurred when she was still a girl living at home with
her parents. Somehow, even at that young age, she sensed the
right thing to do. To read all the details of this heartwarming
(and instructive) story, please visit Rumble's
page. It would be wonderful if Rumble's path could take him to
some equally wise young person today!
2/25/03 (Tue) - No new sightings. We've received several more
stories about dogs who had gotten lost (or loose) and were
successfully recovered. Ironically, two were about Siberian
Huskies - - "Style" in Australia
and "Kodi" in Virginia.
The third story was about a
black German Shepherd in Maine. We love these stories!
They are so encouraging and uplifting. They also generously
share knowledge about what has worked in recapturing a dog so we all
might benefit. We certainly see some patterns repeated.
All three used the technique of invoking some pastime the dog enjoyed:
for Style it was a car ride, for Kodi it was a walk, and for the black
GSD it was playing with a stick. This is the same approach
Noah's mom used successfully last weekend when she jingled Noah's
collar after he had slipped it (see update of
2/22/03). [Noah lives in Pennsylvania and is Rumble's
brother and littermate.] Style's human mom also used another
technique we've seen to be successful time and time again - -
crouching down low and using patience. How wonderful to share
this valuable information with each other! These are the kinds
of things we learn, hoping to never need, but are so grateful to know
if we do need them.
2/26/03 (Wed) - No new sightings. In the spirit of sharing
important and valuable information, we'd like to take a moment to talk
about a serious medical condition in dogs about which we feel all dog
owners, particularly owners of large and deep-chested dogs, should be
aware. The condition is commonly called "bloat." The technical name for bloat is "Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus"
("GDV"). We have read that bloat is the #2 killer of dogs, after
cancer. Fortunately there are things you can do to minimize the
chances of bloat. We believe every dog owner should be familiar
with the symptoms since it can become lethal very quickly if the
symptoms go unnoticed. One of the most typical symptoms seems to
be frequent (every 5-20 minutes) unproductive attempts to vomit.
However symptoms and circumstances can vary. Things such as
rapid eating, stress, elevated food bowls, and inadequate protein have
all been found to contribute to bloat.
To read a nutshell summary of what bloat is, which dogs are prone to
it, symptoms, and what you can do to minimize the chance that your
beloved friend will ever bloat, click here.
This site also contains a printable document you can leave with
pet-sitters when you're away so they'll be better prepared too.
Forearmed with this knowledge, you just might save your furry friend's
life some day!
2/27/03 (Thu) - No new sightings. Today we received an email
from a wonderful Friend of Rumble's in Virginia. Their family's
beloved Sheltie recently crossed the
Bridge. All of us who have ever lost a pet can surely
understand the pain, and we extend our deepest sympathy. Despite
the sadness, our friend's heart is full of love and caring. In
"I can't imagine not having a dog. Since I've been reading about
rescuing dogs (thanks to your website), I'd like to adopt a young
adult Sheltie. If you hear about any for adoption maybe by May or
June, please keep me in mind." What a wonderfully generous
family! There could be no better tribute to their departed
friend than to save another dog's life and give it a home filled with
love. If you remember our Valentine's Day
thoughts, one of our three guiding principles is that
something good must come from our efforts. It means so much to
us when we learn of good things that occur because of our Rumble.
2/28/03 (Fri) - No new sightings. For obvious reasons, we spend
a lot of time talking about dogs on Rumble's site - - after all,
Rumble is a dog himself! But we know that people become very
attached to all types of pets. Today we'd like to refer you to
an excellent and unique website of a Friend of Rumble's,
Exotic Pet Vet.Net. This site has valuable information on
exotic pets such as birds and reptiles. All pets deserve the
best of care, and this site includes some excellent information on
LATEST SIGHTING: October 16th
(report of 10/19/02)