6/02/03 (Mon) - No new sightings. We want to share with you a photo we
think is so cute! It's of one of Chili's pups (Rumble's nephew),
"Maka" in California. These guys get so big, so fast that they
sometimes are surprised when they don't fit somewhere they used to
fit. The look of mystification on their faces is priceless!
Little Maka is growing up fast and just can't understand why he can't
get through a doggie door that worked just fine not long ago!
Hope you enjoy this photo as much as we do. A special thanks to
Maka's human mom for sharing it with us. (Photo is in
6/03/03 (Tue) - No new sightings. We have such wonderful news
today! "Ace," the abandoned
German Shepherd from the Woodlake area of Richmond, VA who was so
often confused with Rumble, has been adopted! He was the sweet
fellow who traveled the footpaths of Woodlake for three years, but
always stepped aside to make room for children and their pets.
He was also the fellow who sat for hours at the local school bus stop,
as if waiting to greet a child he once knew. His human mom has
formed in incredibly strong bond with Ace. She has been visiting
him daily for many weeks and has come to know and love him deeply.
No one knew much about Ace's background, but it turns out he's
completely housebroken, gets along great with the cats in his new
home, walks well on a leash, and just wants to be a member of the
family. We just love stories like this with a happy ending!
When we get photos, we'll share them. Meantime, the photo
collage of Ace we've been using on Rumble's
"Just in Case" page is below and will
be posted on Rumble's "'Just in Case'
Success Stories" page.
6/04/03 (Wed) - No new sightings. Great news!
"Brigitta," who is in the
D.C. Animal Shelter has an adoption pending. Yay! We'll
update you (and Rumble's "Just in Case"
page) when the adoption is final. We'd like to make another plea
for the Little Rock, Arkansas pets we featured on
Sunday, 6/01/03. We're repeating their
photos below. Not even one of them has been adopted yet.
Little "Hopeful" guy and the kittens are now on "page 1" of the
available pets photos page - - not good. (Page 1 is their last
hope.) If anyone can help any of these deserving pets, that
would be wonderful. To view their web pages,
then click on the link at the very top of the page that says "Last
Chance Arkansas." Remember, one of the dogs is "Ike," the Search
and Rescue GSD that sounds wonderful and so very deserving!
6/05/03 (Thu) - No new sightings. A very special thanks to one
of Rumble's best friends, who happens to be in Idaho. She sent
us an email exchange she had with the Little Rock Shelter indicating
there has been a fair amount of interest in "Ike" and "Brie" (see GSD
pair above). We checked, and they still haven't been adopted as
of today, but we're glad that Rumble's site may be encouraging
interest. (We debated mentioning this, because we don't
want each potential rescuer to think another will be rescuing.
If you can rescue these two, that would be wonderful!)
To view their web pages,
then click on the link at the very top of the page that says "Last
Chance Arkansas." We'd also like to draw your attention to a
female, purebred German Shepherd who is reported as "50 lbs, good
with kids and other dogs." She is in the
Shelter in Winder, GA (outskirts of Atlanta). (No photo
available as of this posting.) Unfortunately, she's got six
one-week old purebred puppies too. All have a "due out" date of Wednesday, June
Anything anyone can do to help this mom
and her tiny pups would be just wonderful. A Friend of Rumble's
just alerted us to them, and even though there's so little time left,
we're hoping that together, this circle of wonderful animal lovers can
help to save them. (Details are on the
Shelter web site.) Thank you so much.
6/06/03 (Fri) - No new sightings. Please note the
correction to our posting of yesterday. Thankfully we were wrong
and the mom and pups in Georgia have until the 11th, not the 6th!
(Also, there may be 7 pups instead of 6, but we're not sure about
that.) Photos of them are below. Usually we regret any
errors we make but in this case we're very glad we were wrong about
the date! Thankfully, there's still time for them. We also
learned that "Ike" and "Brie" are father and daughter, and both have
some training in Search and Rescue. Both have been raised around
children in an in-door environment. The description from a
rescue volunteer who is familiar with them is that
"they are great with children, housebroken/crate trained, some SAR
training, BEAUTIFUL GSDs."
one has stepped forward to adopt them yet, but it looks like they'll
probably be rescued. However, they very much need a forever
home, either together or separately. If you know anyone who can
help these purebred GSDs, that would be wonderful. (Contact
information is on yesterday's update.) Thank you.
6/07/03 (Sat) - No new sightings. Great news! "Ike" and
"Brie" in Arkansas (see photos above) have been rescued!
However, both still need their forever homes. Although they are
father and daughter, it turns out they're not particularly close, so
it's not important that they be adopted together. If you know
anyone who could give either one of these purebred German Shepherds
their forever home, please email
A wonderful Friend of Rumble's referred "Zeke" to us. His story
is so touching! After his owner recently died, he was banished
outdoors because none of the owner's relatives were willing to take
him. He is described as a
"wonderful, easy going, well natured boy who would love nothing
more than to spend the evenings laying at your feet." If you
know anyone who could give Zeke a loving home, that would be
wonderful! Zeke's information is posted on Rumble's
"Just in Case" page.
In order to maintain a manageable number of "Just in Case" dogs, we
normally must limit the dogs we list to the ones folks refer to us
"just in case" they might be our Rumble. We sincerely wish we
could post every dog people refer to us, but we've received as many as
25 referrals in a day. All are certainly worthy of saving, but
we're just a working family, not a rescue group, so unfortunately we
frequently receive more requests than we can manage. (A
surprising number of people write to us asking us to post a dog
without ever even mentioning Rumble.) However, as a "thank you"
to the Friends of Rumble who have gone the extra mile in supporting
him and helping us in our search, we post dogs they request help with,
whether or not they look like Rumble. Sometimes the "help" is
that they have actually searched for Rumble or posted Rumble's flyers.
Sometimes it's that they have a link on their website, have
cross-posted Rumble's information on a web group list, or they have a
footer on their email signature block that links to Rumble's site.
Also if anyone tells us that they have either adopted a homeless dog
due primarily to the influence of Rumble's site or that they are
volunteering to help homeless dogs primarily due to the influence of
Rumble's site, we will honor their requests too. It doesn't
matter - - help is help in any form and we deeply appreciate it.
6/08/03 (Sun) - No new sightings. We'd like to take a moment
today to commend two Friends of Rumble. One is in New Jersey and
the other is in North Carolina. In different ways, these two
have made a real difference for the better for homeless animals, and
they have let us know that it's primarily because of Rumble's web
site. We pay tribute to them and we are so grateful that Rumble
is able to help other animals in need. One friend shows Collies
that have national standing but, because of Rumble, has become very
active in supporting and sponsoring dogs from the
Shelter (not just Collies) and has also provided support to
Memphis Collie Rescue. The other
friend is making a wonderful life-changing difference for a dog in
need. He's giving a homeless German Shepherd, "Kudos," his
forever home. In different ways, both friends are giving of
themselves to help dogs in need. We greatly respect and admire
them both! Both have been added to Rumble's
"Domino Effects" page. We thank
them, and we thank those of you who are helping in your own way too.
6/09/03 (Mon) - No new sightings. Today we'd like to share with
you a wonderful photo of Rumble's Grandpa "London," Rumble's Litter
Brother "Noah," and a sweet little Chocolate Lab who was visiting
them, "Hershey." All are wearing VERY BIG green ribbons for
Rumble! The photo is below and on the
"Green Ribbons for Rumble" page.
All three live in Pennsylvania. You can really see how big
London is in this photo, because the man is a very tall man. At
140 lbs, London is one of the largest Shiloh Shepherds ever. We
just love this photo! There's nothing understated about those
green ribbons!! :-)
6/10/03 (Tue) - No new sightings. Wonderful news! The
German Shepherd mom and all 7 of her tiny pups
who were in the high-risk shelter in Winder, GA were saved.
Yay! More wonderful news - -
Brigitta's adoption is now
final. Yay again! In another piece of unrelated, but
heartwarming news, a Friend of Rumble's wrote to us yesterday and
recently went to The Cat Hospital in Norfolk, VA. There is a Rumble
flyer posted, plus smaller individual slips with contact & Rumble
information for people to take with them. I pray for you & Rumble." We are very grateful to The Cat Hospital and we are very grateful
to our friend for letting us know. As a final note today, we'd
like to share with you some photos we think are so sweet of Rumble's
litter brother "Noah" with his little friend, "Hershey." Shiloh
Shepherds are often referred to a "gentle giants," and this picture
shows why. The photos are below and in Rumble's Scrapbook.
6/11/03 (Wed) - No new sightings. First we'd like to take a
moment to commend a wonderful person whom we don't know and who
probably hasn't ever heard of us. Her name is Allyson and she's
a volunteer at the
Animal Control Shelter in Athens, GA. Out of the goodness of
her heart, she has taken on the task of creating a very effective web
page in an effort to find homes for the dogs from the shelter.
She is one person making a difference. Thanks to her, we're sure
that countless innocent lives have been saved! We pay tribute to
Allyson. Actually, the best tribute any of us can probably give
her is to visit her website and open our hearts to the dogs she has
Rumble's human family has taken on a very special project, and we'll
be sharing the details with you over the next few days. We're
excited about it and we're excited to share it with you! But
we'll give you a little hint now.... It has to do with making
available for adoption a very special dog that might.... just
might.... be at least distantly related to Rumble! As you've
probably guessed, many human members of Rumble's extended family try
to help dogs in need. Well, on this one we all worked together!
The "Mystery Girl" is in Ohio, and gosh, is she a beauty! So if
you happen to live in or near the Dayton area, and you're considering
a very special addition to your family, you'll want to check back
tomorrow for more details! Today's hint is a peek at this
6/12/03 (Thu) - No new sightings. Yesterday we introduced you to
our beautiful "Mystery Girl." Today we'd like to tell you
a little more about her. We were told by the family surrendering
her (too many other dogs already and she was the newest), that she is
a Shiloh Shepherd. We don't have any paperwork so we really
don't know for sure, but she certainly looks like she is! "Mystery Girl"
is 3-1/2 years old, 80 lbs, spayed, microchipped, heartworm negative,
flea/tick treated, and on Interceptor. Her foster is the human
mom of one of Rumble's sister Chili's pups, and also owns several
rescues. "Mystery Girl" gets on wonderfully with all of them!
"Mystery Girl" is also extremely affectionate. She sleeps next
to her foster mom's bed and covers her foster mom with kisses every
morning upon waking. In her prior home there were several
children, and she got along great with all of them. So now you
know more about our "Mystery Girl," and tomorrow we'll tell
you even more! If you simply can't wait and you are personally
interested in adopting her, you may contact
- - serious
inquiries only please.
We're looking for a loving home, where she can receive needed
training and lots of affection, and where she won't be an
"outside" dog. Ideally we'd like a home within 75 miles of
Dayton, OH. We can't tell you her name yet because we don't
know. Members of Rumble's extended human family have nominated
names, and we're currently conducting a "family" poll to see what her
name will be (at least until she's adopted). The theme for the
names we've nominated relate to rescuing a maiden in distress.
We'll know her name Friday, and then we'll let you know too!
6/13/03 (Fri) - No new sightings. Many places in Europe consider
today a lucky day - - maybe we'll get a hint about our boy Rumble
today! Our friends Nancy and Tester, who contributed the
"Inspirational Links" to us, sent us
another wonderful one today. It's a link to a
WasingtonPost.com column by Lloyd Groves. We're not sure if
you need a password or subscription to read
the on-line story (it didn't require anything from us), but just
in case, we'll summarize the story here. Groves' column tells
the story of an Australian Shepherd whom had been taken from his back
yard in Washington DC 3-1/2 years ago, and he has just been recovered!
The story is worthy of the movies. There was apparently an
$8,000 ransom demand from the alleged dog-napper and a police stakeout
at a local Safeway parking lot. The story has a happy ending
though. No ransom was paid, and "Jackson" was located in a dog
park where he had been deposited by the alleged dog-nappers a short
while before. It sounds like a very happy reunion. The
owners report that Jackson is "fine physically, but scarred
emotionally" by "abandonment issues." We believe that when
Jackson feels all the love surrounding him, he will make a fine
recovery. Stories like this are so inspiring to us! We'd
like to take this moment to say that if anyone has our Rumble, we
sincerely request that you at least let us know that he is OK.
If you are aware of someone whom you believe has Rumble, if you could
find a way to let us know that Rumble is OK, we would be eternally
grateful. Thank you.
6/14/03 (Sat) - No new sightings. Big announcement!
"Mystery Girl's" name has been decided. We created a poll for
all the human members of Rumble's extended family, and the votes are
now in. Her name will be "Cozette" (or "Cozie"), from Les
On another subject, we are quickly coming to the day when Rumble will
have been missing for one year. (He went missing on June 28,
2002.) Anything anyone can do to help publicize awareness of
Rumble's plight, including sharing the link to his site (www.globalspan.net/lost.htm)
so that people may see his photos, would be deeply appreciated.
We will never give up hope of finding our boy. An idea we
recently got is writing "letters to the editor." We've been
paying attention to the types of letters that get published as letters
to the editors of various magazines. As long as there is some
connection to the topic of the magazine, it seems most letters usually
gets published. Sometimes the connection might be somewhat
"creative," but that's fine! For example, for a health magazine,
one could say:
"We've often read
in your magazine about the indirect health benefits of volunteering
and of being part of a community. We'd like to tell you about a
unique internet community that is doing just that. They are
united in their love of animals, particularly dogs. They have
come together because of "Rumble," a lost Shiloh Shepherd in Virginia.
The vehicle is Rumble's website at
Rumble's website has evolved into an internet community who does their
best to help lost and homeless dogs all over North America. It
began as a search for Rumble, and that continues, but it has become
much more. For example, through the joint efforts of "Friends of
Rumble," 79 at-risk dogs have been adopted or rescued after having
been posted on Rumble's "Just in Case" page and two lost dogs have
been found after having been posted on Rumble's "Lost Friends" page.
In addition, ...."
Again, this is just
one idea. Anything anyone can do to help spread the word on
Rumble would be wonderful. Thank you!
6/15/03 (Sun) - No new sightings. On this Father's Day, we would
like to share with you a photo we love of Rumble's dad, "Raider."
As you can see, Raider is relaxing in the sun and enjoying himself (as
every loving father should do on Father's Day!). Rumble was
always very close to his dad and they enjoyed each other's company
tremendously. Rumble would lick Raider's face as a doggie sign
of respect for his dad. Raider's photo is below and in
"Raider" - Rumble's dad
(Please click image to enlarge)
6/16/03 (Mon) - No new sightings. Wonderful news!
"Arwen" has been adopted.
Yay! She was originally rescued last November from an abusive
situation in Pennsylvania, along with three other German Shepherds.
All but one have been adopted. We invite you to visit the
"Just in Case" write-up on the last
Shepherd of the group, "Rusty." We
also would like to take this opportunity to invite you to visit the
new write-up on the very special Shiloh Shepherd Rumble's entire
extended family has taken under our wing - -
"Cozette." You'll see
what a treasure she is! We picked her name using a "family"
poll. (All the nominated names represented stories about a
maiden in distress who was rescued, and "Cozette" comes from Les
Miserables.) The family who surrendered "Cozie" to us in
Dayton, OH told us she was a Shiloh Shepherd, and she certainly looks
like one, but we don't have papers so we can't be positive. She
is being fostered by the human mom of one of Chili's pups. In
the spirit of true Shiloh Shepherds, Cozie's foster will require a
contract that specifies that if she is ever given up for any reason,
she must be returned to her. Our whole extended "family"
believes to the core in taking responsibility for the lives of the
dogs whom we have taken as ours - - and even some we haven't. A
collage of lovely Cozie is on Rumble's "Just in Case"
page. We dearly
hope to find her a very special, very loving home. Thank you.
6/17/03 (Tue) - No new sightings. A wonderful Friend of Rumble's
sent us a link to a very interesting news story about a new,
very small Global-Positioning Systems (GPS) device that can help to
track dogs that are lost if they were wearing it. The device
weighs 1.7 ounces and can be worn on a pouch around the dog's neck or
on its back using a full-body harness. The company who makes
this device claims it's the smallest and lightest GPS device made.
It allows owners to locate their missing pets within 164 feet by
calling the company's phone center or by logging into a
password-protected website. This is an extension of a similar
service offered for over two years for tracking young children, the
elderly, and missing automobiles. Fascinating! To read the
full story and see a photo of a dog wearing this device,
click here. Now, if they could only make it the size of a
microchip and allow it to track 164 miles instead of 164 feet!
But this is excellent progress.
6/18/03 (Wed) - No new sightings. A Friend of Rumble's who knows
much more about the GPS-tracking device we described yesterday than we
do was kind enough to write and clarify a misunderstanding we had.
She explained that the dog can be tracked to within 164 feet of where
it is. This is much better than we had understood it to be.
Thanks! Another wonderful Friend of Rumble's sent us a link to
yet another new GPS dog-tracking system. It sounds very
promising too! To read more about it and to see a notional
picture of a dog wearing this device,
click here. It's called the "Global Pet Finder" collar and
it's made by GPS Tracks. A description from their website says,
its proven patented, cutting-edge technology, The Global Pet Finder
will accurately pinpoint the exact location of your lost pet with the
touch of a button.... Upon registration, the collar will
programmed with name, and personal information of both wearer and
owner. This information will be easily displayed on a readout upon
pressing a single button. Should the pet wander away from the
pre-determined boundary, the owner's receiver of choice is
automatically alerted." If anyone has had first-hand
experience with this collar, we'd love to hear about it!
6/19/03 (Thu) - No new sightings. Great news!
"Jonah" has been reclaimed!
A Friend of Rumble's from Mississippi was good enough to alert us to
the wonderful news and provide additional updated information on
"Zeke." A very
special thanks to her! She also relayed information from a
German Shepherd Web Bulletin Board on Jonah's situation.
Apparently he belongs to a deployed military member who left Jonah in
the care of a relative. The information from the Web Bulletin
Board apparently indicates that the relative somehow lost Jonah and
then subsequently moved. But the story has a happy ending -
-Jonah was returned to the relative and hopefully will stay put until
his real owner returns. Our guess is that the saving feature for
Jonah was his microchip. Even though the real owner was deployed
and the relative who was watching Jonah moved, we suspect that Jonah's
microchip is what ultimately got him back to where he belonged.
We strongly recommend every dog be microchipped. When Rumble's
niece's human mom in Ohio took in
"Cozette" as a foster, one of the first things she did was to get
Cozie microchipped. Nobody expects to lose their dog. We
certainly didn't! Having your dog microchipped isn't a guarantee
that if your dog is lost, your dog will be returned to you, but it
certainly increases the odds in your favor!
6/20/03 (Fri) - No new sightings. A
Friend of Rumble's referred
"Found Guy" in St. Helens, OR to us because she thought his
situation was so much like Rumble's that he touched her heart.
He touched our hearts too. This fellow seems to have been
walking a long distance because the pads of his feet were very sore.
Perhaps he's trying to find his way back to his family, just like
Rumble. His personality seems so nice! We're concerned
because he's in an animal control facility, so the space and time
they'll give this boy is no doubt limited. Can anyone please
help him? They say he has a very nice nature and walks well on a
leash. It's our guess that he has a deep streak of loyalty in
him too. If anyone can give him a little more time since
his family may be looking for him, that would be wonderful! And
if it turns out he was abandoned like "Ace," some lucky person may
have the opportunity to share a forever home with this seemingly great
fellow. Thank you on behalf of his family who may be worried
sick right now, and thank you most of all on behalf of Found Guy.
"Found Guy" in St. Helens, OR - Another lost boy like Rumble?
(Please click image to enlarge)
6/21/03 (Sat) - No new sightings. Yesterday one of Rumble's human
aunts observed that "Found Guy"
(above) looks a lot like a
"Littlest Hobo" German Shepherd. This is especially
interesting since the home of the "Littlest Hobo" Shepherds is in
Oregon - - which is where "Found Guy" is. If "Found Guy" is
related to the "Littlest Hobo" Shepherds, he is likely an incredibly
On another note, we'd like to share with you a very touching poem sent
to us by a wonderful Friend of Rumble's in California. She
explained that someone had shared the poem with her and she wished to
pass on the kindness. She created the entire image below.
We so appreciate the gift of her caring. A copy of the poem is
in "Rumble's Scrapbook."
6/22/03 (Sun) - No new sightings. Absolutely tremendous news!
"Cozette" ("Cozie") has been
adopted! Yay!! And the best part is that the family who
adopted her is just wonderful - - everything one could hope for in an
adoptive family. :-)
On a somewhat related subject, we'd like to share with you the message
we received from the wonderful Friend of Rumble's who alerted us to
"Found Guy." To us, her
message is pure inspiration! It shows how homeless dogs others
have classified as "problems" or "unadoptables" can thrive and be
superb family members in a loving, supportive environment. For
anyone interested in adopting a dog, but hesitating because you've
heard that he or she has "issues," please consider the experience of
this wonderful Friend of Rumble's. You just might save a life
and be repaid by more joy and love than you ever could have imagined!
"As you know we have 4 dogs all of whom have been rescued. Our Lucky
had been severely abused when we got her at 6 months. Her mouth and
paws had no fur and were raw because her mouth had been duct-taped to
prevent her from barking and her paws taped to prevent her from
removing the tape on her mouth. She is now over 10 years old and is
the gentlest dog. Our Tippy had been kept inside for over a year, sent
to a shelter, adopted out and was being returned because he wasn't
housebroken. He's a tiny thing and the "boss" of all our other dogs.
Monet was thrown out of a car when she was a baby, adopted, readopted,
and kept in a small cage except for 2 short bathroom breaks because
she tore things up. She has never torn anything up here. Rocky was
chained in a yard for over a year with no attention at all and is now
the most loving dog we have. We love them all. We remember our 2 that
have passed on. Red was a half-starved puppy in a box in front of a
store, he loved us for over 10 years and we miss him terribly. Cindy
was brought into a shelter one night and someone at the shelter asked
us to adopt her because she said as soon as the people who ran the
shelter got to work in the morning, she would be euthanized because
she was so old.
Her elderly owner had died and no one in the family wanted her.
Miraculously she gave us 2 wonderful years of silliness. My family
cried and cried when our little companion died.
I have always been interested in reuniting dogs with their
owners because when I was 12 years old I found a dog. Luckily it had a
collar on and I contacted the owner. She was elderly and living alone
with the dog as her only companion. She lived on the opposite end of
town and had no idea how her dog ended up near us. I still remember
her face when we brought him to her. She cried and the dog was so
happy. It made a lasting impression on me. The lady invited me and my
mother to a lunch at her house. She presented me with a doll that she
had when she was a young girl. I still have that doll. I remember
everything about her home and what we ate there.
My gosh, sorry this is so long. I really traveled down memory
lane here! Bless you for everything you have done to help other dogs
and God Bless Rumble too."
And God bless this
truly wonderful Friend of Rumble's!
6/23/03 (Mon) - No new sightings. We're still celebrating that "Cozette"
("Cozie") was adopted into an absolutely superb family in Ohio.
Yay! Today we'd like to mention a fellow in Minnesota well
worthy of consideration for adoption into a loving home. "River"
is an 18-month-old, black-and-tan, purebred, long-haired German
Shepherd dog. This guy's story
is amazing! He was named for the Mississippi River, which almost
claimed his life.
He had wandered out on the ice and became stranded there when the ice
started to break from underneath him. He can thank the Anoka,
Minnesota police officers for saving his life. He actually became a
favorite with them when he was waiting for his owners to reclaim him.
Sadly, that never happened and his time at the shelter was almost up,
so the good folks at
took him into their program. They say he's a bit shy at first,
but once he gets acquainted with you, his personality really shines
through. They also say he's in excellent health. After all
River has endured, it would be so wonderful if someone could give him
his forever home! Thank you.
6/24/03 (Tue) - No new sightings. As we approach the one-year
anniversary of Rumble's disappearance, we take heart in all
inspirational stories of lost-dogs-found - - especially those who have
been lost for a long time. Yesterday our wonderful friend and
lost dog expert,
emailed us in connection with a lost Boxer in New York. (Debbie's
providing guidance to a Friend of Rumble's who contacted us about her
lost dog.) Debbie shared with us a tremendously
heartwarming story about a German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) and asked
us to read this remarkable story because we would be amazed at what
this dog has survived. She's right - - we're amazed and take
great encouragement from it! Like "Sarah," Rumble could be
living in the woods somewhere. Here's the story that was posted
Atlantic Rescue Yahoo Group.
"I am coordinating this Urgent Last Minute transport for
GSP Rescue of
Wisconsin. Sarah needs to get to Philadelphia PA this Saturday to
catch a ride back to Wisconsin. 3 Years ago GSP rescue of WI adopted a
dog out to a family in New Hampshire. It was the last dog they ever
adopted out of state. The dog bolted and was lost on its way home from
the airport. Several members of this rescue group flew out to help
look for the missing dog. There were sightings for 6 months and then
no one saw her again. They set out traps in the location she was lost
and in the locations of her sightings. No one was able to catch her.
Just this week, Animal Control in Groton MA picked up a tick infested,
wild dog, who had obviously been living on her own for quite some
time. They were surprised that when she was scanned she did indeed
have a microchip. When GSP rescue was contacted they were OVERJOYED!
They immediately began seeking help to get her back to Wisconsin. She
has tested positive for Lyme and Heartworms. She will be treated for
everything once she is returned to Wisconsin. They feel like flying
would be too much stress for her to go through. They have a ride with
a single person from Philadelphia, PA to Wisconsin. All they need is
several trusted drivers to get her from Groton MA to Philadelphia PA
so she can hook up with her ride all they way home to Wisconsin. They
would like as few drivers as possible so there is a smaller risk of
her escaping again. She is quite skittish but has shown no signs of
aggression to anyone while she has been in animal control's care. If
you can help get this Miracle Dog to Philadelphia this weekend your
kindness will always be remembered. This is a truly remarkable story
and think of how awesome it would be to be able to be a part of her
safe return. A lot more rewarding than staying home and doing laundry,
lol. (Grin) :o)"
6/25/03 (Wed) - No new sightings. When Rumble's nieces and
nephews were born in February, we promised you that we'd share photos
of them as they grew up. Today we'd like to share some wonderful
photos of several of Rumble's pretty little nieces. They're
alike in many ways, but different in many ways too. But they're
all wonderful! From top to bottom they are "Sequoia," "Diva,"
and "Mystic." Sequoia's coloring favors her dad, "Taylor,"
whereas the coloring of both Diva and Mystic favors their mom,
"Chili." Their photos are below and in
Three of Rumble's nieces - From top to bottom: Sequoia, Diva,
(Please click image to enlarge)
6/26/03 (Thu) - No new sightings. We recently have learned of
several heartwarming stories and are pleased we can share them with
you. Today we have two to tell, and both have the theme of
seeing past superficial barriers and believing your dog can realize a
great potential, despite initial appearances. One was sent to us
by a dear Friend of Rumble's whom we've never met, but we're proud to
count as our friend. (She is the one whose story we posted on
6/24/03.) She sent us the link for the
story of an incredible little dog in Oklahoma City named "Faith."
Faith's owners made her believe she could manage just fine, despite
significant physical limitations. You know what? Faith is
doing just fine! To read Faith's inspiring story and see her
picture on the Oklahoma City NBC Channel 4 website, please
The heartwarming second story is about a handsome Chow named "Bear,"
owned by an actual friend of Rumble's extended family. When our
friends found "Bear," he was three years old and not very friendly.
He had been abused, and as we've seen over-and-over, that can often
lead to an initial appearance of unfriendliness. Abused dogs
must feel so defenseless, and they cope the best way they can.
Well, our friends saw past the surface and believed in Bear's
potential. Three-and-one-half years later, he's as loved (and
spoiled!) as any of our beloved pets! He has become a wonderful
addition to their family. In Bear's photo below, he's wearing a
green ribbon for Rumble. We'll maintain his photo on Rumble's
"Green Ribbon Photos" page.
"Bear" - A rescued Chow owned by friends of Rumble's extended
(Please click image to enlarge)
6/27/03 (Fri) - No new sightings.
Tomorrow it will be one year that Rumble has been missing. As
you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for us. Yesterday
we received the most wonderful email from a new Friend of Rumble's
that was like a message from an angel. Her timing is uncanny.
Her story brought tears of happiness to our eyes and a surge of hope
to our hearts. We thank her for a gift that is priceless - -
I just saw Rumble's site for the first time tonight. I am in
California and would like to tell you "Baron's" story so that you know
there is always hope for Rumble's safe return home.
I rescued Baron at six weeks old in October, 1989 from being put to
sleep by his breeder. He is a long-haired GSD and weighs 125 lbs.
He was completely obedience trained and graduated top of his class in
the fall of 1990. He was my constant companion until September 1998
when he was stolen from my yard. I physically searched for him, put
up flyers, ads in newspapers, had many wonderful folks helping me, and
after two-and-a- half years had given up ever seeing Baron's sweet and
loyal face again.
Then in March, 2002 (three-and-one-half years after the date he was
stolen) my daughter stopped at a minute mart along a heavily traveled
highway to get gas (miles from where Baron was taken). A very
scraggly, starved, filthy male GSD was walking around the parking lot.
She looked at him and something about his face made her think of
Baron. She gassed up her truck and drove away but couldn't stop
thinking about the look in the poor dog's eyes so she turned around
and went back. The dog was much too afraid to let my 16-year-old
grandson get close to him and he ran down a side street. My daughter
followed him until safely away from the highway and then stopped.
She got out of her truck, squatted down and called "Baron come." He
stopped and listened. She called again, and he came over to her
and sat in front of her.
Needless to say, she loaded him up and brought him "home" to me.
After many tears of joy by all three of us, Baron was cleaned up, fed
and has been happily back home for 15 months. He suffers daily from
separation anxiety but I never leave him for longer than three hours
and during that time he is safely crated inside of my home.
So never give up on Rumble coming home, he still can and will, if it
is possible! I enjoy my best friend daily because he will be 14
in September. Best of luck getting Rumble home again!
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