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5/01/03 (Thu) - No new sightings. Today we'd like to share a small bit of news with you that says volumes to us.  Last week we were driving through Richmond, VA on the Interstate and a pickup truck passed us.  Prominently displayed in its back window was a Rumble flyer.  How wonderful!  We're also getting calls from vets, restaurants, and other businesses checking up on whether or not we've found Rumble. They all promise to keep Rumble's poster up until he's home.  We cannot begin to tell you how deeply grateful we are to each of you for the things you do in your own way to support our search for our boy.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  
 

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5/02/03 (Fri) - No new sightings. Today is a very special day - - Lily's third birthday.  Happy Birthday Lily!  Lily is a beautiful Shiloh in Washington State who is owned by good friends of ours.  Below is a picture of Lily wearing a green bandanna for Rumble.  It looks like she's showering good-luck shamrocks on Rumble too.  Maybe she'll give us just that extra bit of luck we need to bring Rumble home.  Lily's lovely photo is on the "Green Ribbon Photos for Rumble" page. 
 


Rumble - May 2002

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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) at 215-969-4115 or LM19115@aol.com. Thank you. 
 

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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!
 

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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 the story:

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 Debbie Hall's "LostDogSearch Manual."  Referring 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!   

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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 "Rumble's Scrapbook."

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DogFriendly.com

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petswelcome.com

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Pets Allowed

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Pet Friendly Travel

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Pets on the Go!

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InterPet Explorer

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Pet Travel by Bullwrinkle.com

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Dog Friendly (Canada)

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Pet Friendly K9 Directory (UK)

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Pet Friendly (Europe)
 

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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 Senior Canine 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 good that North Star 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 Senior Canine Rescue Society.  Thank you.
 

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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 spinners@citlink.net  Thank you!  
 

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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 12/14/02.)  When 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 outside chance....  
 

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5/10/03 (Sat) - No new sightings.  Today we ask for your help with 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 you.

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: Shelties, Dalmatians, Black Labs (and yet another), Chocolate Labs, Light Cocker Spaniels (and yet another), Dark Cocker Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, Basset Hounds, Huskies, German Shepherds (and yet another), Boxers, Border Collie puppies (and yet another), adult Border Collies, and of course many, many mixed breeds such as Corgi mixes, Basenji mixes, Yellow Lab mixes, Black Lab mixes, Shepherd mixes, Spaniel mixes, Akita mix puppies, Hound mixes, Chow mixes, Terrier mixes, Beagle mixes, Rottie mixes, Collie mixes, White Shepherd mixes, and even Mixed mixes.  And of course, they have lots of 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.

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5/11/03 (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. 
 

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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. 
 

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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 is at 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 email laura@pctorque.net.  On 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).  Thank you. 
 

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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.  Fortunately, 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 info@greatpyrrescue.org
 

Victorville Horror -- These Dogs Need Your Help Now!

There is 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 help.

 

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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 home!
 

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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.
 

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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 volunteers at 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.
 

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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  sc_double_t@yahoo.com"  Lola is featured on Rumble's "Just in Case" page, and we hope Rumble can help her find her forever home. 
 

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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 Friends 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 Rumble.

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 facin
g 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.
"Lucky" (# 123716) is an adorable Lab X pup who was found in 2 ft of water down a 30-ft hole.  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 click here, then go to Page 3 of the album

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5/20/03 (Tue) - No new sightings.  A wonderful Friend of Rumble's, who is active in OBG Cocker Spaniel Rescue, alerted us to a dog reported to be a female Shiloh Shepherd in the Washington DC 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 OBG 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.  Thank you!  
 

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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! 
 

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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. 
 

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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 the 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 click here.  Thank you! 
 

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5/24/03 (Sat) - No new sightings.  Best Friends 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 syndrome called "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 info@greatpyrrescue.org.  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.  
 

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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! 
 

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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. 
 

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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 News & Observer ran an article about the use of gas in North Carolina.  They brought this horrifying practice into the limelight and 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. 
 

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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 Scrapbook
 

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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 they say:

"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.
 

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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.
 

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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 Calvert County 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)