5/03/03 (Sat) - No new sightings. Wonderful news!
"Hunter" in North Carolina has
been adopted into his forever home. He was referred to us by a
Friend of Rumble who thought he looked like our boy, so
"just in case...." We so
appreciate that many of you are keeping an eye out for dogs that you
think could be Rumble. Hunter is the 65th dog to have been
adopted or rescued after having been posted on Rumble's "Just in Case"
page. (To be exact, 61 dogs have been adopted and 4 additional
dogs have been rescued, but still await adoption into their forever
homes.) If you'd like to review the happy dogs who have
found their forever homes, you can visit Rumble's
"Just in Case Success Stories" pages.
Today we'd like to mention "Arwen,"
a wonderful "Just in Case" dog in Pennsylvania who deserves a loving
home. Here's the report we received: "Arwen is an approximately 3-4 year-old female, spayed, house trained,
long-hair GSD. She is up-to-date with routine shots. Physically,
she is a stunning specimen. Her long coat has beautiful coloring, she
has an extremely feminine and intelligent face, huge paws, and a certain
regal prance to her walk when she is enjoying herself." If you
know of anyone who could give Arwen the forever home she so richly
deserves, please contact
German Shepherd Rescue of
Southeastern Pennsylvania (GSR-SP)
5/04/03 (Sun) - No new sightings. We received a heartwarming
email from a long-time Friend of Rumble's that we'd like to share with
you. She described to us the positive impact Rumble's site has
had for her. She let us know that because of Rumble's site, she
has started volunteering with her local Humane Society. She is a
"dog walker" for them and also volunteers to take dogs to local
adoption events. How truly wonderful! We pay tribute to
our friend. She is a model for us all. She has acted on
her convictions and her actions are making a difference. Because
of her, homeless dogs in her community are happier and have a better
chance of finding a forever home. None of us can solve the
world's problems alone, but if we each do something, together we can
make the world a better place. We have reflected the
achievements of this very special Friend of Rumble's on Rumble's
"Domino Effects" page.
May she be an inspiration to us all!
5/05/03 (Mon) - No new sightings. Today we have another
"Domino Effect" to report, but this
"Inspirational Story," although it
ends happily, is a bit scarier than some of the others. Here is
A family in North Carolina recently got two young adult dogs.
After they had them only a few days, one dog managed to nose open the
door as the man was entering the house. As he tried to catch one dog's
collar, the other dog slipped by him. In the confusion, they
both got away. Instantly they disappeared into the woods behind
their home. The family gathered up some friends, and began trying to find the dogs in
the woods. As darkness fell, they knew their search efforts were
going to fail. The friends left. They continued searching in the
dark. Finally, they returned to the house. At this point, they
called a friend who happened to be familiar with Rumble's site.
Fortunately, she knew about
to the "First Response, Immediate Duties of Searcher(s)" section, she
recommended they lay a kibble and raw meat trail from the place where
the dogs entered the
woods back into the fenced yard. They also decided to put the dog
crates in the back yard and put full food bowls in the crates along
with the blankets the dogs slept on in the crates. They opened the
fence gates all the way so as be flush with the fence. They also
opened the garage door and door leading from the house to garage and
put food in the garage.
They then turned off all of the lights in the house and turned on the
outdoor light on the deck, which is attached to the house and within
the fenced yard. They waited. In about 15 minutes the dogs appeared
from the woods following the food trail, but veered off course to the
side of the yard opposite the gate opening. Then the dogs again
disappeared into the dark. Since their windows were open, the friend,
with Debbie Hall's manual in hand, recommended they go into
the kitchen and noisily pour kibble into a metal pan, a sound which
the dogs would associate with feeding time. Suddenly the dogs appeared in
the front yard. They continued around the house and entered the fenced
backyard, having picked up again on the food trail. They went to their
crates and began eating. The man slipped out the open door leading to
the garage, out the already opened garage door and around the corner
to the fence gates, which he quickly closed. The dogs were safe!
We wanted to share
the details of this story with you, because perhaps it might help you
or someone you know.
Debbie Hall's "LostDogSearch
Manual" is a site we strongly recommend you bookmark. If you
ever need the information, you won't want to waste even a second
looking for it. We know a family in North Carolina who
is very grateful for it!
5/06/03 (Tue) - No new sightings. With the Memorial Day Holiday
coming in a few weeks, and summer holidays not long after that, you
may be thinking of taking your furry family friend with you on your
travels. We've come across several links for "pet friendly"
accommodations, and are happy to share them with you. To
commemorate the wonderful journeys of life that we share with our
beloved pets, we're featuring "Trooper," a gentle, loving Newf/Lab and
a true Friend of Rumble's. Trooper's photo is below and in
5/07/03 (Wed) - No new sightings. Today we have truly great news
- - "Missy" has been adopted!
Missy will always have a special place in our hearts. We were
first alerted to her plight by our friends at the
Rescue Society of Calgary, Canada when Missy was virtually out of
time at the Delaware SPCA - Sussex Chapter. Fortunately, the
true angels at
North Star German Shepherd Rescue in
Massachusetts came to her rescue! People all over North America
were working to save this girl! We cannot say enough about the
German Shepherd Rescue does. They
placed Missy with a wonderful foster until she found her forever home.
This has been an honest-to-goodness happily-ever-after story, thanks
to many people, all trying to do something to help. And at the
center of it all is Missy, a lovely girl who is finally getting the
forever home she deserves. We are overjoyed for her. If
you have a few extra moments, we encourage you to visit
the other wonderful dogs being sponsored by
North Star German Shepherd Rescue and
Rescue Society. Thank you.
5/08/03 (Thu) - No new sightings. A personal friend of ours who
volunteers at Benvenue Sanctuary in White Post, VA asked if we could
help find a wonderful Shepherd mix girl a home. Our friend is an
outstanding dog trainer, so when she praises a dog, we take notice.
We are pleased to introduce you to beautiful
"Kila." She is shown below
and on Rumble's "Just in Case"
page. Kila sounds like an absolute treasure! She's
gorgeous and quite big too. She's about 4 years old, is very
sweet and friendly, and is good around cats. She walks well on a
leash, enjoys being groomed and knows sit, down, wait, come and let's
go. Kila also does very well on off-lead walks in the woods (see photo
for proof!); she stays very close and checks back frequently. Mostly
she thrives on attention. She just wants to be talked to,
petted, and snuggle with someone. She is spayed and up-to-date on all
of her shots. Our friend will even include
free training lessons for any adopting party. In fact, if the
new owners live in the surrounding area, she will also include free
personalized, in-home instruction. If you know anyone who can
give Kila her forever home, please email Audrey at
5/09/03 (Fri) - No new sightings. It's been quite some time
since we've mentioned those two "large somethings" that we've seen
from a distance from our home. (See our daily update of
Debbie Hall was here last October-November during the time we were
"camping for Rumble" in Yogaville, she at first thought they were two
of our Shilohs that had somehow gotten out. We still believe
those large critters are out there because our dogs continue to react
to them. We hope to cut back some underbrush and position our
motion-sensitive camera so that we can finally get some photos.
The interesting thing is even though we've seen them three different
times, none of our neighbors have ever seen them. We're
determined to find out eventually what they are! (They're too
big to be coyotes.) We'll let you know just as soon as we know.
We don't think it's likely that one is Rumble, but there's always that
5/10/03 (Sat) - No new sightings. Today we ask for your help
some wonderful dogs in a dire situation. A friend of Rumble's
alerted us to a "very large German Shepherd" in the
Memphis Shelter. He's not Rumble, but the RAOT volunteers
describe him as
"a HUGE guy and he is very sweet!" We're calling him
"Hoss" because of his size and
are featuring him on Rumble's "Just
in Case" page. Hoss is in an extremely urgent situation
because his "Due Out" date is Monday, May 12th. If you know
anyone who could help him, that would be just wonderful. While
we were at RAOT's site showing the dogs in the
Memphis Shelter, we stumbled across the most adorable puppy.
"Buddy" looks nothing like
Rumble, but he won our hearts. If someone can give this little
fellow a chance at life, that person would be a true angel.
Buddy's "Due Out" date is Tuesday, May 13th. He's also on Rumble's
"Just in Case" page. Thank
We were so disturbed to see the number of dogs currently at the
Memphis Shelter. We've never seen that many at one time.
They have all breeds:
Black Labs (and
Light Cocker Spaniels (and
Dark Cocker Spaniels,
German Shepherds (and
Border Collie puppies (and
adult Border Collies, and of course many, many mixed breeds such
Yellow Lab mixes,
Black Lab mixes,
Akita mix puppies,
White Shepherd mixes, and even
Mixed mixes. And of course, they have
cats too. If anyone can help any of these animals,
that would be a true gesture of the meaning of Mother's Day - - to
save a mother's gift to the world. Thank you.
(Sun) - No new sightings. On this Mother's Day we wish to extend
a bouquet of good wishes to all mothers, including "human moms" of
furbabies. :-) We also pause to remember Rumble as a tiny puppy
and pay tribute to his own wonderful mom, Bita. A collage of
Bita and Rumble with several of his littermates at 3-1/2 weeks that
brings back happy memories for us of that time is in
Rumble's Scrapbook. To repeat
our sentiment expressed yesterday, if there's anything you can do
(even just spreading the word) to help any of the dogs in the Memphis
Shelter listed on yesterday's update above, we believe that would be a
true gesture of the meaning of Mother's Day - - to save a mother's
gift to the world. Thank you.
5/12/03 (Mon) - No new sightings. Today we'd like to share with
you a photo of a very handsome fellow - - Rumble's litter brother
Noah. The photo was taken during a recent walk in a county park.
As you can see, Noah's coloring is more like Chili's than Rumble's.
Noah lives in Pennsylvania with his human mom and dad and his Grandpa
London. Noah's photo is in
Rumble's Scrapbook. On
another note, we'd like to mention that today is the the day that
"Hoss" must be saved.
If anyone can do anything for this fellow, whom the RAOT volunteers
describe as "huge" and "very sweet," that would be so wonderful.
Hoss' picture is posted above under the update for
5/10/03 and also is on Rumble's
"Just in Case" page. Thank you.
5/13/03 (Tue) - No new sightings. We have received an update on
Val and Onyx, the
lost Dalmatian and Black Lab who were stolen while being moved from
Massachusetts to Florida. They were reported recently spotted at
Fair Lakes Shopping Center in Fairfax, VA on 4/29/03 and then seen
again on 5/04/03 in Centreville, VA. (Val, the Dalmatian, was
apparently no longer wearing his green collar.) Both dogs were
originally rescues, and their family loves them dearly and misses them
very much. There is a $1,000 reward for their safe recovery.
The family's new on-line website for the dogs is at
http://adamalter.com/lost/lost.htm and additional photos are at
http://adamalter.com/lost/photos.htm. Their printable flyer
http://www.adamalter.com/lost/lostposter.pdf If you
live anywhere in the Washington DC metro area, particularly Northern
Virginia, if you would print and post their flyer, the family would be
most grateful. If you believe you may have any information
at all on these two, please call
800-248-4470 (a toll-free business line of one of their friends) or
another note, if anyone can help little
"Buddy," his "due out" day is
today so he must be adopted today. If you have questions,
the Responsible Animal Owners of Tennessee (RAOT) may be able to help.
They can be reached at 901-353-1805 or on their Yahoo group at
Responsible Animal Owners of Tennessee (RAOT).
5/14/03 (Wed) - No new sightings. We received an email from a
Friend of Rumble's who let us know about a desperate rescue emergency
situation that has developed in Victorville, California.
Great Pyrenees Association of Southern California Rescue, Inc. (GPASC)
has stepped in to try to help, but the situation is much too
overwhelming for a single group. We will repeat the announcement
from the GPASC website below. If you know anyone who can help
any of these dogs, please click on the photo of the
Russian Ovcharka dog below. Thank you. (Caution:
Photos show deplorable conditions and the dogs that reportedly have
had to live in them, sometimes with poor outcomes.) If you
would prefer not to view the photos but would still like to help, just
click on the GPASC name above or email GPASC at
currently a desperate emergency rescue situation in the City of
Victorville. Over 200 dogs in deplorable conditions, purebreds and
mixed breeds all ages. Flat Coat Retrievers, purebred Chows and
purebred German Shepherds are among the many beautiful dogs being
kept in these difficult conditions. The owner has operated a
licensed kennel for years but has grossly exceeded her limits and
the dogs are suffering from lack of Vet care and individual
attention. Animal Control has ordered the owner to remove 150 dogs
or they will be seized and many destroyed. GPASC is sponsoring and
helping place as many dogs as we can. We cannot bring all these dogs
to our Devore facility but we are working with applicants and the
owner to move the dogs out strictly as a rescue effort. We do
not endorse the conditions pictured but they do explain why we
have stepped in.
Click here to
see some of these deserving dogs in desperate need of your immediate
5/15/03 (Thu) - No new sightings. Today we are pleased to share
with you a wonderful photo collage we received of three Shiloh
Shepherds wearing green bandanas for Rumble. The collage photo
on the "Green Ribbon Photos
for Rumble" page is of some very majestic Shilohs in Odessa,
TX who belong to a good friend of ours. From left to right they
are "McKenna," "Merlot," and "Molly." With the good wishes of
these three, we know Rumble will have added luck in finding his way
5/16/03 (Fri) - No new sightings. Today we'd like to share more
super photos of Rumble's litter brother "Noah" in Pennsylvania.
These were taken while he was on a walk in a county park with his
grandpa "London." Noah got thirsty, so did the logical
thing...as you can see by Noah's photos in
Rumble's Scrapbook! Noah
lives in Pennsylvania with London and their human mom and dad.
Their human mom has spent literally hundreds of hours helping with our
search for Rumble. She is a true heroine in our eyes, and we
will never be able to thank her enough.
5/17/03 (Sat) - No new sightings. We received an email yesterday
from a wonderful Friend of Rumble's in Oregon. She has been
talking with the folks in California about the
Victorville Dog problem (see update of 5/14/03). She had
good news and bad news to report. The good news:
"I wanted to let you know that since you mentioned the Victorville
situation on your site there have been a lot more responses."
We're always so happy when Rumble can help other dogs in need!
The bad news is that the effort is truly overwhelming for the
wonderful folks at
Great Pyrenees Association of Southern California Rescue, Inc. (GPASC).
Since the Victorville dogs aren't even Great Pyrenees, that tells
you just what angels the GPASC folks are! Any help of any kind
that anyone can provide them would be deeply appreciated. One
thing in particular that's needed is volunteers who would be willing
to transport adopted dogs any distance toward their new homes.
For instance, the wonderful Friend of Rumble's in Oregon has
volunteered to adopt three (yes three!) of the Victorville dogs;
however, dogs such as this need transport to their new adoptive homes.
If you live anywhere out West and would be willing to drive a leg to
assist a dog in getting to its new home, please let the wonderful
Great Pyrenees Association of Southern California Rescue, Inc. (GPASC)
know. If you know anyone who has a pilot's license, perhaps they
would be willing to assist too. Unfortunately Animal Control has
started taking the dogs, so time is truly of the essence. Thank
you in advance for any assistance you can send the way of GPASC.
5/18/03 (Sun) - No new sightings. A good personal friend of ours
is active in rescue in the Richmond, VA area. She is the human
mom of one of Rumble's cousins and has helped us look for our boy.
Our friend has become aware of a very special dog in South Carolina
that she asked us to feature. "Lola" is a hard-of-hearing
American Bulldog, and sounds like she would be a wonderful companion!
Our friend wrote to us saying, "Lola is
well-behaved and she stole my heart in the hour that I was with her."
She is described as "very sweet" and "good with sign language."
This is the report we received: "Lola is
housebroken, current on her shots, heartworm negative, great with
children, cats, other dogs and she is not a hyper dog at all. Lola is
around 1 to 1-1/2 years old. She likes to stay close to your side when
outside playing in the yard and she loves to ride in the car. If you are interested in possibly adopting Lola, please contact her
foster parents atů
Lola is featured on Rumble's "Just in Case" page, and we hope Rumble
can help her find her forever home.
5/19/03 (Mon) - No new sightings. We received wonderful news
today. "Tyler" has been
adopted into his forever home! We received the news from a
wonderful friend of Rumble's who is active in rescue. Her
message touched us deeply, and we'd like to share it with you.
Her words are very wise.
Just the greatest news -- little
Tyler, the "honorary" GSD-boxer mix from Spalding, GA, went to
his forever home in Massachusetts today. Here is an excerpt from the
message: "He was adopted fast because he was such a great dog, so cute
and sweet." He now has a family, kids to play with, a yard, lots of
love, and best of all -- a future. The
of the Plymouth Pound
are true heroes -- they have rehomed over 300 dogs from the
Spalding County Georgia Animal Shelter.
I am overwhelmed with emotion right now -- this is just the best
feeling in the world. As you know, Tyler was an emotional knee-jerk
rescue. He wasn't "pure," he had nowhere to go, but he was entitled to
life. Indeed, on that particular day, he was most worthy of help
because he needed it the most. To me, that is an extremely humbling
thought. The shelters are full of Tylers.
I urge all of Rumble's many, many friends to reach out to just one
shelter animal. It's not that much trouble, it's not that much money,
it will make all the difference in the world. And it is just the most
wonderful, beautiful feeling.
And, Tyler is yet another dog saved by Rumble's domino effect. I first
became aware of the crisis in southern shelters by meeting Kristina of
Christine's Rescue Kennel of North Griffin
thru Rumble's site. Kristina is the rescue worker in GA who brought
Justice the GSD from Coweta, GA to
your attention; I do believe he was the first dog saved because of
You have done a wonderful job of raising awareness of all of the
beautiful dogs in the Memphis shelter. The Little Rock, Arkansas
shelter is another desperate place: a huge animal control center
with an appallingly low adoption rate. Volunteers have a website for
these poor animals (much like Sylvia Cox's in Memphis) at
www.lastchancearkansas.org. There are three GSDs facing
imminent death there now.
Thank you again for your generosity in helping so many animals in
Rumble's name. We are all so grateful to you, and continue to offer
you our support and friendship in your search for Rumble; we will
never stop looking for him.
As a thank you gesture for all that our friend does for the animals,
let's each do at least one thing (even if it's a small thing) to help
a homeless animal. We also invite you to visit the Little Rock
Shelter in case you know of anyone who might be able to assist these
dogs who have a great and urgent need. Thank you. And
thank you on behalf of our friend.
is an adorable Lab X pup who was found in 2 ft of water down a 30-ft
He was lucky to survive his first ordeal - - can we help him survive
the Little Rock pound?
His "available date" was 5/16/03, so he's on borrowed time....
To visit Lucky's page at the pound, please
then go to Page 3 of the album.
5/20/03 (Tue) - No new sightings. A wonderful Friend of
Rumble's, who is active in
Cocker Spaniel Rescue, alerted us to a dog reported to be a female
Shiloh Shepherd in the Washington
Animal Shelter (operated by the Humane Society). "Brigitta"
is reportedly a Shiloh Shepherd. Since Shiloh Shepherds almost
never end up in shelters, both we, and our friend at
Cocker Spaniel Rescue, are wondering if this girl may be lost.
(Shilohs rarely end up in shelters due to very strict breed club
rules/contracts which normally require that any Shiloh that is no
longer wanted for any reason must be returned to the breeder, who then
must keep the Shiloh until it can be rehomed. Shiloh breeders
are basically responsible for life for the puppies they breed.)
The report on Brigitta:
"Brigitta is a 3 year old, Shiloh Shepherd. She was taken away from
some kids who were trying to make her attack cats. This gorgeous dog
should be loved and doted on, not trained to attack! Brigitta is sweet
and lovable and has a lovely, long, thick coat with a extra-long,
plumey tail. She hopes to meet you soon!" Brigitta's ID# is
"24 RED." Her photo is below and will also be posted on Rumble's
"Just in Case" page tomorrow. If
you know anyone who could give Brigitta her forever home, please
click here for Brigitta's page and DC Shelter information.
5/21/03 (Wed) - No new sightings. Today we have some great news!
The lost dog posted on Rumble's "Lost
Friends" page that we called
"Foxhound" has been
found! Yay!! She was gone well over a month and came back
covered with ticks and 15 pounds lighter, but otherwise fine.
Her human mom wrote us a very nice note and let us know that, "She
is back to her old self, very playful with our other dog." We
love stories of lost-dogs-found! And speaking of inspirational
stories, several Friends of Rumble sent us links to a wonderfully
inspirational story of a beagle lost in Kansas that somehow ended up
800 miles away in Alabama - - with its tags on. As you can
imagine, the owners were simply overjoyed but have no idea how their
dog ended up in Alabama. The story appears in several on-line
publications, so we're providing a link to one of them which also
includes a photo of "Norman." (Click
here for CNN story.) Special thanks to Friends of Rumble for
sharing the link. It's stories like this that lift our spirits
and keep our hopes up. Isn't the old saying that good things
happen in threes? First "Foxhound" returned home, then "Norman"
- - maybe our boy's next!
5/22/03 (Thu) - No new sightings. A wonderful Friend of Rumble's
notified us of a Shepherd in the Lansing, Michigan area who looks very
much like Rumble, "just in case..." He isn't Rumble, but he
certainly sounds like a treasure! His name is "Jonah." You
can read all about him on Rumble's
"Just in Case" page. Although this big boy isn't our big
boy, we are so grateful to anyone who alerts us to dogs that may be
Rumble. Coincidentally we heard from a Friend of Rumble's in
Ontario, Canada yesterday who let us know she's keeping an eye out for
Rumble too. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who
keep an eye out for our boy! We cannot thank you enough.
He could be anywhere. Just look at that little Beagle "Norman"
that we wrote about yesterday who ended up 800 miles away from home.
Any dog that you think might be Rumble but turns out not to be, we
will of course feature on Rumble's "Just
in Case" page. Again, thank you.
5/23/03 (Fri) - No new sightings. Wonderful news! Little
"Lucky," the sweet pup we posted
above on 5/19/03 was adopted. Yay! He was the one in
Little Rock Animal Shelter
who had been found down a 30 ft hole in 2 ft of water. He
certainly deserves a loving home after all he's been through! We
also want to take a moment to again thank all of you who are keeping
an eye out for Rumble, regardless of where you are - - because he
could be anywhere! Several of you wrote to tell us you're doing
just that, even though you're a great distance from Virginia in places
like Alberta, Canada and New York State. Thank you! Since
Lucky had luck when we posted his photo, today we're posting a sweet
little Husky girl from the
Little Rock Animal Shelter.
She is #1 in risk at the shelter because she's been available for
adoption the longest (since 4/15/03), so if anyone can rescue her,
that would be wonderful! We're calling her "Tundra." To
see more photos of Tundra and how to rescue her, please
5/24/03 (Sat) - No new sightings.
Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, a large and reputable rescue
organization that's working very hard to achieve a goal of
"No More Homeless Pets," has an update on the Victorville dog
situation (see our daily report of 5/14/03).
The Best Friends web site features
several Victorville dogs they have rescued and tells the happy
stories of their great progress. They also talk about the psychiatric
"animal hoarding" in which an individual, who believes they are
"helping" animals, actually has a mental problem that often leads to
overcrowding and serious neglect of the animals. The Best
Friends web site includes links to several articles on the Victorville
situation and the problems associated with "animal hoarding." If
you would like to help the Victorville dogs, you can contact
And while you're on the Best Friends web site, you may want to visit
the link they have to the San Francisco SPCA Academy of Dog Trainers
animal behavior specialist's
top 10 tips on training dogs.
5/25/03 (Sun) - No new sightings. Today we'd like to recognize
Rumble's very good friends, the students at
Redd Elementary School in Richmond,
VA. These wonderful students have been Friends of Rumble for
such a long time now, and they have remembered Rumble's family with
wonderful cards and wishes on several occasions
(click here to see their creations).
We recently received word that these amazing students are doing even
more good things! They now are very active in clicking on the
"Feed An Animal in Need" button on this page (see below). That's
wonderful! Thanks to their initiative, more animals in need
won't go hungry. Once again, we say thanks to the great students
of Redd Elementary!
5/26/03 (Mon) Memorial Day - No new sightings. Today we pause to
remember the those men and
women who have so bravely served our nation. We pay tribute to
those who serve in our military, and we mourn those who died for
generations of Americans they will never know. We also give
thanks to families of military for the unique sacrifices they must
make. To the men and women in uniform who have served our
country in the past, and to those who still serve, we salute you.
5/27/03 (Tue) - No new sightings. Today's subject is extremely
serious and greatly disturbing for us to even discuss. We are
avid supporters of no-kill shelters and no-homeless-pets campaigns.
We strongly support spaying and neutering. (Rumble was
neutered.) We also support responsible and ethical breeding and
are strongly against puppy mills. Sadly, many unwanted pets are
euthanized daily because of irresponsible breeding or irresponsible
ownership. Although we wish we could end this situation today,
we know society is not there yet, although together we are making
great progress. If euthanasia of unwanted pets must happen (and
we so dearly wish it wouldn't!), then we believe it must be done
humanely. The use of gas is not humane, yet some shelters,
particularly in several southern states, still use this barbaric
method. On January 10, 2003, The
Observer ran an article about the use of gas in North
Carolina. They brought this horrifying practice into the
people rallied to the cause. Petitions are now circulating.
We strongly urge you to support the initiative to end the use of gas
in North Carolina and elsewhere. If you would be willing to
sign an on-line petition to end this awful practice, please
click here. Thank you.
5/28/03 (Wed) - No new sightings. Some of Rumble's family
members had great fun swimming in the Tye River on Sunday. Over
the next few days, we'd like to share some of the happy photos with
you. We'll start with a trilogy of photos of Rumble's very
photogenic mom, Bita, who loves to pose for the camera. The Bita
trilogy is in Rumble's
5/29/03 (Thu) - No new sightings. We read something on the
website of the
Kootenai Humane Society in Hayden, Idaho that we'd like to share
with you. We're not familiar with the product they describe, but
we felt it would be good to share the information. Here's what
"There is a product out on the market called COCOA MULCH, sold at
most garden centers, which is very dangerous to your pets! There is
a lethal ingredient in it called THEOBROMINE which could kill your
pet (if ingested) in less than 24 hours. Your pet may be drawn to it
because it smells and tastes like chocolate. Please be careful to
read all labels before using any product in your yard that your pets
may be exposed to."
We did a web search on the words "cocoa mulch" and "poisonous" and a
number of sites came up, including several university sites. One
of the better articles is on the
Animal Aid site.
5/30/03 (Fri) - No new sightings. Great news!
"Malikai" has been adopted!
We're also glad to report that we heard from you that the information
on the dangers of cocoa mulch we posted yesterday was helpful.
Finally, more fun family photos of the swim from last Sunday!
This time the photos show Rumble's mom Bita (again) with her mom,
Gypsy. (Gypsy has the light-colored face.) We actually
think Rumble has a lot of Gypsy in him. Gypsy is our "Houdini"
and can get into or out of anything, it seems! We're hoping that
skill has served Rumble well. Gypsy also has great hips. (Her
PennHIP numbers are super: Left - .11, Right - .19), so we
hope his Grandma's tendency toward good, strong hips will help carry
Rumble over many miles. Photos of Gypsy and Bita are
in Rumble's Scrapbook.
5/31/03 (Sat) - No new sightings. Today we'd like to tell you about
"Josie," a very special girl in Maryland in need of a loving, forever
home. Josie sounds like a wonderful
girl! A great Friend of Rumble's, who has helped us a lot in our
efforts to locate Rumble, began volunteering at the
Humane Society as a direct result of Rumble's website. She
met Josie there and believes Josie would make a superb choice for
anyone looking for a great dog. (In fact, she can't believe
Josie hasn't been snatched up already.) Josie is a very pretty
8-9 month old Shepherd-Hound mix. She has been spayed, is
up-to-date on all her shots, and is heartworm-negative.
According to the Calvert County Humane Society, Josie is
"extraordinarily good-natured and can romp and play all day."
By the way, we commend the Calvert County Humane Society for being
a no-kill shelter. That's just super! If you know anyone
who could give this very deserving girl her forever home, please
contact Bob at
(301) 862-3808. Please also see the detailed description of
Josie on Rumble's "Just in Case"
page. As an added bonus, when Josie is adopted, there will be
one more space in this no-kill shelter to save another deserving dog!
LATEST SIGHTING: October 16th
(report of 10/19/02)