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3/01/03 (Sat) - No new sightings.  This seems to be our week for promoting awareness of certain pet-related issues.  Today we'd like talk about the importance of break-away collars.  Sadly, we've known a few dogs who have been strangled by their collars (including leather buckle collars).  It can happen so quickly, there's hardly time to react.  Rumble was wearing a KeepSafe (formerly known as Chinook) break-away collar when he was lost.  We're relieved to know it can't get caught on something and strangle him.  On the other hand, we know it could come off and would no longer serve as a means of identification.  Each person must weigh their own individual situation.  One possible solution is to use a break-away collar with identification tags, but also microchip your dog.  A microchipped dog has a much better chance of being returned home if it should be lost.  Rumble's "Inspirational Links" page is filled with stories of lost dogs whose owners were located through microchips, some even many states away or many years later.  We strongly support microchipping your dog.  Two well-known microchips are Avid and HomeAgain.
 


Rumble - May 2002

 
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3/02/03 (Sun) - No new sightings.  A dear Friend of Rumble's has reported that her beloved German Shepherd has just crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  Our hearts ache for her.  Her "Rusty" was a joy and inspiration to her, and their bond of love was very, very strong.  Our friend has spent many hours physically looking for Rumble and we treasure our friendship with her.  When our beloved pets cross the Rainbow Bridge, many of us would like some lasting tribute in their honor.  There are many ways to honor our beloved pets, including just holding the love we shared in our hearts and cherishing their memories.  In our update of 2/27/03, we talked about about another good Friend of Rumble's who will be adopting a homeless dog - - a wonderfully meaningful tribute.  Other friends have purchased bricks engraved with their pet's name which help fund the cost of new no-kill shelters.  Many rescues and shelters invite you to make a donation in honor of your pet.  One excellent example is "Angels Rest Memorial" sponsored by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah.  Best Friends is one of the largest groups in the country working toward making all shelters no-kill shelters.  Another way is an on-line memorial site which donates a portion of the proceeds to animal rescues and shelters.  There is no best way.  Grief and love are such individual feelings.  If you've lost a beloved pet, our hearts go out to you too.  Know that your beloved friend will live forever in your heart.  "'Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all."
 

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3/03/03 (Mon) - No new sightings.  Today we'd like to tell you about two special dogs, each special for a different reason.  One is a lost dog that was found the morning of 2/28/03 in Richmond, Virginia.  He seems young, weighs 50-60 lbs, and might be a Retriever/Lab mix.  He's very friendly.  If you know this boy, please call (804) 928-6554.  For a complete description with photo, please visit Rumble's "Found Friends" page.  The other dog is a Rumble look-alike that a wonderful Friend of Rumble's alerted us to today.  "Solo" isn't Rumble, but there certainly is a strong similarity. Solo is in the Franklin County Animal Shelter in Columbus, OH.  If you know of anyone who could give this fellow a home, that would be so wonderful!  To see all the information on Solo, please visit Rumble's "Just in Case" page.  And while you're there, please take a look a "Thor" in Richmond, VA.  We understand he's a true treasure.  Maybe you know someone who would love to have such a loving dog and could give him his forever home.  Thank you. 
 

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3/04/03 (Tue) - No new sightings.  Today we have a request.  One of our own best friends is extremely concerned because her beloved older dog has just been diagnosed with Degenerative Neuropathy.  He can still walk but must take little breaks. Thankfully he's not in pain.  If any of you have experienced this condition in your dog and can offer insights on what has worked well for you, we would be deeply grateful.  Does anyone know a way to stop or slow this condition?  We'll gladly share whatever we learn.  If you have helpful information you can share, please email it to us at rumblehome@netscape.net.  Thank you.
 

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3/05/03 (Wed) - No new sightings.  Good news!  Remember the young, friendly lost dog that a Friend of Rumble's found in Richmond, VA (our report of 3/03/03)?  His owners have been located have been happily reunited with their dog.  Turns out his name is "Heart."  The Friend of Rumble's who found and cared lovingly for Heart, became quite attached to him in the few short days she had him but was determined to try to find his rightful owners since she knew that's where he belonged.  We sincerely hope someone like her finds Rumble!  This generous-spirited woman concluded her email to us by saying, "Thanks for your help.  I wish you the best of luck in your search for Rumble.  Just remember my story if you ever run out of hope.  There just might be someone out there who will take Rumble into their home as I took Heart into mine.  I'm sure that person would stop at nothing to find out where Rumble truly belongs, with his family."  That would be so wonderful....
 

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3/06/03 (Thu) - No new sightings.  Today we would like to introduce "Hans," a new German Shepherd from Vermont on Rumble's "Just in Case" page.  He was referred to us by a long-time Friend of Rumble's and seems to be a true treasure.  His case is somewhat urgent because he must be adopted by March 18th.   His situation is that unfortunately his family broke up, necessitating his placement.  The referral information provided to us says, "He was evaluated and found to be a wonderful and loving dog, alert, and loving to be petted, taking treats from him was no problem, he is not at all food aggressive."  If you know of anyone who might give this boy his forever home, please contact GSD-Rescue.com.  Thank you.
 

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3/07/03 (Fri) - No new sightings.  The other day we received a truly heartwarming email from a Friend of Rumble's in Nebraska.  Her words humbled us and touched our hearts deeply.  She said:

"I've been following your website for many months now and I simply had to write to you. I, like many others check in every day to see what news you have of Rumble, laugh with joy when another "just in case" dog is adopted, and cry when one is lost. I've gone to just about every website and rescue shelter you've had a link for and they've taken me to others. You may not even realize how many lives your family and Rumble have touched or how many dogs you have saved. I pray for Rumble every day and I know that there is a reason for everything.  I know you'll never stop looking for Rumble and I want you to know there are many people praying for you and your family and Rumble."

We are so honored by her words.  They have caused us to think a lot about the "domino effect" of goodness that can happen. 

Then yesterday a Friend of Rumble's in Virginia told us about an event that reinforced the wisdom of what our Nebraska friend had written.  Our Virginia friend was talking with a co-worker who wants to get a Golden Retriever for his family.  Because of what our friend has read on Rumble's site about various rescue groups, he suggested that his co-worker adopt a rescued Golden.  The co-worker has decided to do that and will go to the adoption day sponsored by Grreat this weekend to find a new family companion.  How wonderful!  We are wise enough to know that our role is no more than being one "domino" in a row of goodness that is happening.  Together, we keep the goodness flowing!  Thank you.
 

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3/08/03 (Sat) - No new sightings.  We received several wonderful and inspirational responses to our "domino effect" posting of yesterday telling us of good things others are doing that started with something they saw on Rumble's site.  There's one particularly heartwarming story from a Friend of Rumble's in Canada that we'd like to share with you:

"I too have been following your efforts in trying to locate Rumble. I am just waiting for the day when you have finally found him. Your posting of today mentioned the domino effect that your web site is having. I just wanted to share another arm of this effect. A few months back, your site linked into the page maintained by Sylvia Cox for the dogs at the Memphis shelter. I couldn't believe the amount of beautiful dogs that were being put to sleep on a daily basis. My sister and I began checking the site several times a day and sending out pleas to rescues to save some to the dogs. And we have been very successful as quite a few rescues have taken action and pulled some of the dogs. Since we are in Canada and do not have a clear picture of the distances in Tennessee, we have contacted rescues that maybe were a little farther afield, but most of them have come through and were not aware of these dogs until we contacted them.
Also my sister is quite involved with pugs and the proud pugmom of three. One to the small dog rescues that we had contacted, emailed my sister back looking for a pug rescue in Chattanooga as there was a very sick little pug in a high-kill shelter with only a day left. Since my sister belongs to a North American pug list serv, she was able to direct them to the correct rescue and the little pug was saved. This is only a few instances of the spin-offs that the Rumble website has created. There are probably hundreds or even thousands of dogs whose lives have been saved or bettered because of it. Rumble will be returned to you when God decides enough other dogs have been saved and Rumble's deed is done." [Our note: Click here for list of Pug rescue groups in Canada, Australia, and the U.S.]

Thank you, friends, on behalf of all the dogs you have helped to save.  And thank you for your encouraging words about our Rumble and for letting us know that he is making a difference.
 

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3/09/03 (Sun) - No new sightings.  We've decided that before we forget the many good things Friends of Rumble have done that started with something they saw on Rumble's site, we should create a page where they can be listed.  Not surprisingly, we've decided to call that page "Domino Effects."  The good things it lists are in no particular order.  We're writing them down as we remember them, so if we've missed any, we'd be most appreciative if you could send us a quick email at rumblehome@netscape.net and remind us.  (Click here to visit Rumble's new page.)  It is so deeply meaningful to us to know that because of Rumble, the world is a better place!  Our hearts break daily with missing our boy, but knowing he has inspired some goodness in this world is some consolation.  And as we said before, we're wise enough to know that we are only one domino in a row of goodness.
 

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3/10/03 (Mon) - No new sightings.  Great news!  "Hans," a "Just in Case" Shepherd who had to be adopted by March 18th has been adopted.  Yay!  He is the 44th "Just in Case" dog to find a forever home.  On another happy note, yesterday we had a delightful visit from some wonderful Friends of Rumble whom we had not previously met.  We were especially glad to meet these great friends since they've voluntarily spent many hours trying to help locate Rumble.  Photos are in Rumble's Scrapbook.  Starting at the top and going clockwise, the photos are of (1) Tim, Sam, Liz, Cutter (Rumble's cousin), and Gypsy (Rumble's maternal grandmother, i.e. Bita's mom); (2) Sam, Liz, Chili (Rumble's sister), Bita (facing camera, Rumble's mom), and Gypsy; (3) Tim, Sam, Liz, Cutter, and Gypsy; (4) Sam, Liz, Chili, Bita, Sharona (facing camera, Rumble's great aunt), Ever (Rumble's aunt), and Cutter's back.
 

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3/11/03 (Tue) - No new sightings.  More great news!  We received a very nice email from Franklin County Ohio Animal Shelter telling us that "Solo" has been adopted by a wonderful family.  Yay!  [We had to smile. :-)  We post adopted dogs' names in order of adoption, so Rumble's "Just in Case" page shows: "Hans" "Solo"   Sounds like something straight from Star Wars!]   On another topic, today we'd like to ask your assistance in identifying a found dog.  Do you know the sweet girl below?  The report on her follows, and is also posted on Rumble's "Found Friends" page:

"She was found in the Three Chopt/Parham area [of Richmond, VA] on 2/21 wearing a purple mesh collar.  She obviously belonged to someone not too long ago.  She's between 12 and 18 months.  She can climb a 4 ft. privacy fence and does not come when she is called.  She has a spotted tongue and is totally intrigued by other dogs.  She is either Belgian Tervuren Shepherd mixed with Chow, or German Shepherd mixed with Chow.  She is crate trained, house broken, LOVES other dogs and is affectionate.  She is not aggressive with dogs, people or food.  We have given her all of her shots, had a fecal analysis done for parasites/negative, and she has been spayed.  She is a reddish color, tipped in brown with a black muzzle.  She is about a year old and has nice house manners.  The SPCA has approved her for a "surrender" dog, but they don't have a space yet.  If I am unable to locate her owners, I would love to find her a home with another dog(s) and with folks who like active and happy dogs.   I won't get my hopes up, but it's hard not to. This will be the third week end with her...."

If you recognize this sweet girl with the purple mesh collar and the spotted tongue, please call Kathi at 804-662-7133 (work) or 804-346-8315 (home), or email her at neblett@attbi.com.  Thank you!  Maybe together we can reunite this girl with her family, just like we helped with "Heart" before.
 

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3/12/03 (Wed) - No new sightings.  Today we'd like to tell you about a new German Shepherd, "Granger," posted on Rumble's "Just in Case" page.  At 120 lbs, this huge fellow is just about as big as Rumble and is quite handsome.  A Friend of Rumble's referred him to us, "just in case."  Even though this isn't our boy, we are so grateful that this wonderful person took the time to ask.  (And we certainly can see a resemblance!)  Thank you so much to those of you who are keeping a watch out for our boy.  We also received word of a missing black sable German Shepherd in Dallas, GA.  "Kira" is a Wilderness Area Search Dog with the Georgia Rescue Dog Association (GARDA).  She has been missing since Friday, March 7th.  A reward is being offered for her return.  She is 18 months old.  Please contact GARDA at 770-843-9841 or garda@sectionIV.com with any information.  Please click here for the announcement about Kira on GARDA's website.  [P.S. Please also note the correction to yesterday's post.  The Shepherd/Chow Mix girl with the purple collar was found in the Three Chopt/Parham area of Richmond, VA, not Buckingham County.  Do you recognize her?  To see her photo, please click here.  Thank you.]
 

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3/13/03 (Thu) - No new sightings.  Today we have great news.  "Thor" has been adopted!  Since we've posted Thor, we've had several Friends of Rumble email us about him offering to help.  (One is the human Mom of a cousin of Rumble's who lives in Richmond.)  The warm response Thor has generated has been truly inspiring.  We'd like to share with you what a wonderful shelter volunteer emailed us yesterday:

"Great news!  Thor has left the building!  He was sent for his neuter today and one of the volunteers spotted him on a walk with his new owner on their way home from work this afternoon.  She said he was all over his new owner and just thrilled be out and about!

Thanks so much for your help in getting this great guy's info out there!  Your site has been such an inspiration for so many!  Keep up the great work!"

We are overjoyed for Thor and his new forever family! 

Now we need to ask your help with an urgent, heart-wrenching situation.  "Mom & Little Girl" are in the Memphis Shelter with a "due out" date of March 14th (tomorrow).  They seem so loving and sweet.  The pup sleeps on the Mom, which is so touching.  Sylvia Cox says the Mom won't face the camera.  We think she senses that a terrible thing may happen to her baby.  Can anyone please help?  If any rescue group can save these two and give them a chance, we'll gladly feature them on Rumble's site until they can find their forever homes.  Full details are on Rumble's "Just in Case" page.  Thank you. 

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3/14/03 (Fri) - No new sightings.  Today we'd like to share some joyous photos with you.  Chili's pups received a box of toys from one of Chili's brothers (who had been saving his allowance).  He sent a colorful assortment of 11 stuffed toys for the pups, and 11 more green ones on behalf of his missing brother Rumble.  (Photos are below and in Rumble's Scrapbook.)  However, even in the midst of our own joy, we can't forget the dogs in need.  We want to add one last plea on behalf of the Mom and Little Girl in the Memphis Shelter (click here for photo and details).  Rumble's family has pledged to pay their adoption fee if anyone will adopt them.  They must be pulled today.  Thank you.
 

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3/15/03 (Sat) - No new sightings.  We've got wonderful news!  The Mom and Little Girl in the Memphis Shelter were adopted yesterday.  How fantastic!  We were touched by the level of the response.  We heard from wonderful Friends of Rumble from all over the country volunteering to foster or adopt them if someone would pull them.  Rumble's Friends are a truly caring group.  Unfortunately, the Memphis Shelter won't put "holds" on dogs, it requires that all adoptions be done in person, and it won't accept credit cards.  In addition, we don't have any personal contacts in the Memphis area.  The only way to save a Memphis Shelter dog is to drive there in person or have someone in the area pull the dog for you.  Many of the rescuers in the area belong to an open Yahoo discussion group called "Responsible Animal Owners of Tennessee," (RAOT) so posting there can sometimes help.  Sylvia Cox's site recommends calling RAOT at 901-353-1805 for assistance with local adoptions.  If you know of rescue groups in the area, some of them may be able to pull a dog, although they might not necessarily be able to foster it if they're already over-extended.  Temporary boarding in a vet's office or kennel is another possible option.  Saving a dog from the Memphis Shelter when you're at a distance can be very difficult, which is why we're especially overjoyed that the Mom and Little Girl were adopted.  Double yay!
 

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3/16/03 (Sun) - No new sightings.  More great news!  We contacted the fine rescuers at All Creatures Great And Small in Hendersonville, NC regarding "Granger," the large, handsome fellow on Rumble's "Just in Case" page.  They told us he's been adopted into a wonderful family.  Yay!  After visiting Rumble's "Just in Case" page, the folks at All Creatures Great And Small then proceeded to try to rescue Mom and Little Girl.  What absolute angels!  They were of course told the good news that Mom and Little Girl had already been adopted, but how wonderful of them for offering!  Today we'd like to ask anyone looking for a family companion to consider "Kobe" if you're in Northern Virginia.  He's described as "a marvelous bi-color German Shepherd from champion lines."  He's living outdoors right now and needs a forever home and someone to love. Thank you. 
 

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3/17/03 (Mon) - No new sightings.  We recently read such a touching and heartwarming story about a little, blind, homeless dog that finds love and a forever family, that we would like to share it with you.  The best part is that it's true.  We don't know the people who adopted "Nancy," but their hearts must be pure gold!  The story isn't long and is well worth reading.  To read it, click here.  To see lovely photos of the little dog, "Nancy," happily exploring the garden of her new home, click here
Note: Late-breaking update.
  A Friend of Rumble's in Shallotte, NC has just lost her 3-year-old red rough-coated female Chow.  "Chow-Chow" is 22" tall and around 45-55 lbs.  She was lost from Shellpoint Rd in Shallotte, NC, and may be headed toward HWY 17 East in Supply, toward her old home on Supply St.  For additional details and contact information, please visit Rumble's "Lost Friends" page.  (We hope to have a photo tomorrow.)
 

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3/18/03 (Tue) - No new sightings.  A friend of ours shared a very interesting article on the amazing ability dogs have to communicate with humans, and how that ability has existed for about 15,000 years.  The article states that in sharing food, shelter, survival, and play, modern dogs have somehow genetically acquired an insight about humans that has earned them the title of man's best friend. (We could have told them that!)  "It looks like dogs really do understand what we are trying to tell them, they are thinking about what we want, and they understand that we are trying to communicate," said Brian Hare of Harvard University, who authored one of the studies.  According to the article, not only did the dogs Hare tested pick up on what human researchers were trying to convey, they surprised scientists by doing it much better than other species, even wolves and chimpanzees.  To read the full article (which isn't long), click here.  To read more about Brian Hare's study in the Harvard Magazine, click here.
 

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3/19/03 (Wed) - No new sightings.  Today we'd like to ask your help in trying to save a very special fellow.  We don't know his name, so we're calling him "Adam."  Adam is a 2-year-old German Shepherd or GSD mix and is in New Iberia, LA.  The volunteer who sent us the information on Adam sees hundreds of dogs weekly and thinks this fellow is truly special.  He's described as, "calm, well-mannered, sweet, and friendly and would make a wonderful family pet."  He's quite large and beautiful too.  (We're told the photo doesn't do him justice.)  Despite his wonderful characteristics, this boy was scheduled to be PTS yesterday.  It's only because our friend begged the shelter to give him a few more days that we even have a hope of saving him.  This Friend of Rumble's is a true angel!  Can anyone possibly help get this boy to safety?  He sounds like such a treasure!  To read more about Adam, please visit Rumble's "Just in Case" page.  Thank you.
 

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3/20/03 (Thu) - No new sightings.  Some dear friends of ours who live in Powhatan County sent us a newspaper article entitled, "Buckingham Pet Dogs are Missing."  (Copy below and in "Rumble's Scrapbook.")  As you may recall, the last sighting of Rumble was in Buckingham County.  Since concern for missing dogs is something we all share, we wanted to let you see a copy of the article too.  To steal someone's beloved family companion is a terrible and heartless crime.  If we could plead with thieves who steal pets, we'd say that if they must steal, please take some material possession and not a creature that we love as part of our family.  Whether or not Buckingham dogs are actually being stolen, it always pays to take precautions, regardless of where you live.  Yesterday we heard from a Friend of Rumble's in Louisiana who is heartbroken because her dog was stolen from her front yard.  It can happen anywhere.  (P.S.  One more reason to microchip [see update of 3/01/03].  That can serve as proof of your ownership when your dog is located.)
 

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3/21/03 (Fri) - No new sightings.  The human mom of "Kelsey" the Border Collie (see Kelsey's photo on "Green Ribbon Photos for Rumble") has sent us some wonderful information she read about.  We'd like to share it with you because it's so valuable.  It's a listing of various pet registration and recovery services.  Click on the names to visit their websites.  (Note:  This isn't an endorsement of any particular company since we're not familiar with some of these.) 

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Registration and Animal Recovery Services

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Companion Animal Recovery

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Identichip

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National Dog Registry

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PetNet (Canada)

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Tatoo-A-Pet
 

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Microchip Manufacturers:

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AVID

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HomeAgain

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Anitech (Canadian)
 

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3/22/03 (Sat) - No new sightings. Sometimes we get asked what type of information is best to put on a "Lost Dog" flyer.  When your dog is first lost, time is of the essence.  A dog normally won't travel more than a few miles a day at most, so the sooner you alert the area by covering it with flyers, the smaller the radius you need to cover.  (Don't forget to check with local vets and to go in person to visit local shelters on a daily basis too!) 

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Photos.  The #1 item to include on your flyer is a photo.  Text-only descriptions have a very poor chance of resulting in recovery of your dog.  (If you don't have an electronic version of a photo, office supply stores and office centers such as Kinko's usually will scan your photo for a small fee.)  Even with photos, it's amazing how many look-alikes there can be.  (We've learned that!)  The photos should be one standing view and one close-up face view.  (One great photo of the whole dog is also fine.)  Also, ideally they should not be when the dog was beautifully groomed.  Your goal is to have people recognize your dog, and he or she will likely be a little dirty and unkempt.  (Hint:  If you haven't lost your dog, make sure you have these photos now in case your dog ever does get lost.)

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Information to Include.  There are certain elements of information that should be included as a minimum:  Breed or predominant breeds, color or predominant colors, sex, whether neutered or spayed, age, size (especially approximate weight), name, whether shy or friendly, any major distinctive features (e.g. "was wearing a red collar").  Include phone numbers where you can be reached (normally home and work).  If you have a web page for your dog, include that.  E-mail addresses are optional.  No need to include your name or your home address.  If you plan to offer a reward, mention that.  (You don't need to say the amount.  If you're offering a lot, it's best to mention the amount though.)  We recommend against phrases such as "Family is heartbroken," since that might attract unscrupulous people who try to play on your emotions.  Everyone already will know you care about your dog or you wouldn't be making an effort to find him or her.   Be sure to include a phrase cautioning not to chase your dog since that may confuse them and cause them to run into traffic.

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Cautionary Note.  Don't include every distinguishing feature.  Unfortunately there are unscrupulous people who may call you with a story such as "I'm a truck driver several states away from you, and I have found your dog.  Send me $300 to cover costs and I'll ship your dog back to you."  Ask the person to identify some distinguishing characteristic about your dog that you haven't publicized but that they could tell you if they really have him or her.  (Don't make this a yes/no question, since that gives them a 50/50 chance of getting it right.) 

Unfortunately, we've learned some of these lessons the hard way, but we want to share them with you so you'll benefit if you should loose your beloved pet too.  The sooner you act, the better your chance of getting him or her back unharmed! 

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3/23/03 (Sun) - No new sightings. Today we would like to ask your help with a special situation.  There is a stunning Shepherd in need of help.  We don't know his name so we're calling him "Mountain" because of his size and apparent inner strength.  We've been told he's a sweet boy and has not shown any signs of dog or cat aggression in the shelter. Becky, the volunteer who's trying to find him a home, says he might be a GSD or a Shiloh Shepherd.  He's in a shelter in Parkersburg, WV because his former owner is now homeless and living in her car.  Perhaps someone might even be interested in fostering him until his owner gets back on her feet again.  The important thing is that he be saved, one way or another!  If you can help Mountain or know someone who can, please contact Becky at k9gsd@casinternet.net For more information on Mountain, please visit Rumble's "Just in Case" page.  Thank you.  
 

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3/24/03 (Mon) - No new sightings.  Debbie Hall, the lost dog expert who has been helping us, is writing a very detailed guide on what to do if your dog is lost.  Because the information that's already on-line is so valuable, we want to share it with you.  There isn't anyone we know who knows more about what to do if your dog is lost than Debbie!  Please understand that the guide is still "under construction," but we think it's too valuable to delay sharing it.  The information that's already posted just may make the difference for someone.  Click to view Debbie Hall's LostDogSearch Manual
 

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3/25/03 (Tue) - No new sightings.  Great news!  "Adam," on Rumble's "Just in Case" page has been adopted into his forever home!  A wonderful Friend of Rumble's in Virginia offered to foster him until he could find a forever home.  We were so touched by her generosity! Fortunately Adam found his forever home right there in Louisiana and didn't need to be fostered.  "Adam" marks a milestone of sorts for all of us.  He is the 50th "Just in Case" dog to be adopted into a forever home!  To review who the first 49 were, please visit Rumble's "Just in Case Success Stories" and scroll through the photos.  Eight additional "Just in Case" dogs have been rescued out of life-threatening situations, but still need to find their own forever homes.  (To see their photos and stories, please click here.)  Every one of the "Just in Case" dogs was helped by all of us working together.  Thank you!  The dogs and their new families especially thank you.
 

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3/26/03 (Wed) - No new sightings.  Several Friends of Rumble forwarded us an inspirational story about "Taffy," a Labrador mix in Le Mars, Iowa who returned home on March 19th after being gone for seven months!  Taffy had been adopted from the Siouxland Humane Society five years ago. (Click here for story.)  How very encouraging for us to hear stories like this!  This story reminds us of our favorite quotes on Rumble's "Your Inspirational Stories" page:

"One should never stop searching for a lost pet, because it will never stop searching for you."  Pam of Richmond, Virginia

"The biggest obstacle to recovering a lost pet is that the owners give up too soon."
Debbie Hall of Boston, Massachusetts

We will never give up looking for Rumble.
 

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3/27/03 (Thu) - No new sightings.  A Friend of Rumble's wrote and said, "Just so you know how important Rumble is....since becoming a Rumble fan, my 11 year old  daughter and I have begun volunteering at the local "no kill" shelter and I have become an official member of the MidAmerica Rottweiler Rescue here in my city. Both our "new" dogs came to us through them. After following Rumble's site, I finally realized that people who do rescue work have their hearts broken everyday when they can't save a dog...but at least they're trying."  What wise words!  Our friend's full message has been added to Rumble's "Domino Effects" page because she is a heartwarming example to us of how Rumble is making a difference.  Her comments remind us of one of our favorite stories:

One morning a beach was covered with thousands of starfish.  A young woman was throwing them back into the ocean as quickly as she could.  A man came along and said, "You're wasting your time.  The sun will be up soon and the starfish will die.  There are so many that you can't possibly make a difference."  The young woman, who was in the midst of tossing a starfish back into the ocean, replied, "It made a difference for that one." 

We pay tribute to our friend and her daughter, and to all rescue workers who make a very real difference in the lives of innocent animals every single day.

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3/28/03 (Fri) - No new sightings.  A Friend of Rumble's has contacted us about an urgent situation.  She is aware of a lost/abandoned dog that has been fending for itself for quite some time.  He was recently captured by animal control and classified as "feral."  For this reason, he may be euthanized within the next few days.  If anyone is aware of organizations or trainers that have had success in the past working with feral dogs, we ask you to let us know who they are and how they can be reached.  Please email us as soon as possible at rumblehome@netscape.net if you have information that may help.  Thank you.
 

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3/29/03 (Sat) - No new sightings.  Today we're featuring a "Green Ribbon" photo of a wonderful Friend of Rumble's in Virginia, "BJ."  The photo is below and on the "Green Ribbon Photos for Rumble" page.  On a more serious note, we'd also like to renew our plea for the "Just in Case" dog, "Mountain," in Parkersburg, WV.  He is urgently in need of a home.  It is our sincere hope that someone can open up their heart and take him in.  He's a gorgeous Shepherd, and he sounds like he would make a wonderful addition to any family.  Please click here to see Mountain's photo and for contact information on him.  Thank you. 
 

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3/30/03 (Sun) - No new sightings.  We are asking for your help today regarding two other missing Friends of Rumble: 

Kira is a Wilderness Area Search Dog with the Georgia Rescue Dog Association (GARDA) and has has been missing since March 7th.  She disappeared from a fenced yard, so it is possible she was stolen.  A $1,000 reward is being offered for her return.  She is 18 months old.  Please contact GARDA at 770-843-9841 or
garda@sectionIV.com with any information. Kira's photos are on Rumble's "Lost Friends" page. 

"Bailey" is a white, 24-lb, 3-1/2 year old unneutered West Highland Terrier.  A $500 reward is being offered for Bailey or any information leading to finding him.  He was stolen from a car in Pennsylvania on March 21st, so he could be anywhere by now.  Please call (203) 232-2353 or email
JanaKantor@aol.com with any information.  Bailey's photos are on Rumble's "Lost Friends" page. 

We have created flyers for both dogs which are linked to their "Lost Dog" announcements on Rumble's "Lost Friends" page.  Their families and we would very much appreciate if you could print and post their flyers, particularly if you're in Georgia (Kira's flyer) or Pennsylvania (Bailey's flyer).  Thank you.  It is simply beyond our comprehension how anyone could be so heartless as to steal a beloved family member! 
 

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3/31/03 (Mon) - No new sightings.  Great news!  "Tasha" and "Samantha," the 9-year-old "Just in Case" girls from Indiana, have been been adopted by a wonderful family!  These two girls have been together since they were pups, but when their owner moved at the end of last year, he abandoned them.  (Tasha is a Shepherd mix and Samantha is a Golden Retriever.)  They will finally have the forever home they deserve! 

We would now like to ask for your help with "Scout," a "Just in Case" German Shepherd in Portland, OR who sounds like every adopter's dream!  He's extremely handsome, and according to the Humane Society folks in Portland, he's "very smart, knows lots of commands, appears to be housebroken, and is affectionate."  What more could one want?   Scout is eight years old and weighs 69 lbs.  If you know anyone who could give this wonderful fellow the forever home he so richly deserves, that would be so good.  Scout's picture is on Rumble's "Just in Case" page.  Contact information to adopt him is also on Rumble's "Just in Case" page.  Thank you very much.
 

 

 

LATEST  SIGHTING:  October 16th (report of 10/19/02)