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6/01/03 (Sun) - No new sightings. Today we'd like to draw your attention to the many wonderful pets available on the "Last Chance Arkansas" website featuring the way-too-many abandoned and stray pets at the Little Rock Animal Shelter.  A Friend of Rumble's alerted us to one in particular.  "Ike" (#125836 Avail. 06/04) is a three-year-old Search and Rescue GSD who was surrendered by his owner.  Imagine!  He has worked to save the lives of others and now his own life is in jeopardy.  The report says he is "housebroken, good with kids, good with other dogs, walks well on a leash, crate-trained, playful, energetic, and friendly."   We must work together to save him!  Also surrendered with Ike is a female GSD whom we're calling "Brie," but the information on her has not yet been posted to the site (only her photo, which is currently on page 8 of the photos).  When two dogs are surrendered together, our guess is that there is a family change-of-life circumstance involved, such as divorce, moving, etc.  We've included a second collage of other sweet faces on the Last Chance Arkansas web site.  Since June is ASPCA's "Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month," we're also including two adorable kittens from the Little Rock Shelter in the collage.  To view these pets, please click here.  If anyone could help to save any of these lovable dogs, kittens, and puppies, that would so wonderful!  Thank you. 


Rumble - May 2002

 
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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 Rumble's Scrapbook.) 
 

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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.
 

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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, click here, 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!  Thank you. 
 

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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, click here, 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 Barrow Animal 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 11th, 9am.    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 Barrow Animal Shelter web site.) Thank you so much.
 

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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."  No 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.
 

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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 beaglemom73@sbcglobal.net.  
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. 
 

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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 Memphis Animal 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.
 

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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!! :-)
 

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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 said, "I 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.
 

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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 Athens-Clarke 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 posted.  Just click here...  Thank you.
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 beauty!
 

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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 my4k9@aol.com - - 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! 
 

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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.
 

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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 Miserables
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 www.globalspan.net/lost.htm.  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!

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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 "Rumble's Scrapbook."

"Raider" - Rumble's own dad - Father's Day Wishes
"Raider" - Rumble's dad
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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.
 

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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.   
 

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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, "With 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 be 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!
 

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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!
 

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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
"Found Guy" in St. Helens, OR - Another lost boy like Rumble?
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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 special fellow!
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."

 

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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! 

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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 St. Francis Animal Rescue 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.
 

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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, Debbie Hall, 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 on the 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)"

 
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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 Rumble's Scrapbook.

Sequoia, Diva, and Mystic - Three of Rumble's nieces
Three of Rumble's nieces - From top to bottom:  Sequoia, Diva, and Mystic
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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 click here.
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 family
 "Bear" - A rescued Chow owned by friends of Rumble's extended family
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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 - - hope. 

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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