11/02/02 (Sat) - (This is the report called in by cell phone from
Yogaville at 8 pm yesterday.) No new sightings, but we're
still encouraged. We've now been "camping for Rumble" for two
full weeks. Yesterday we again saw huge paw-prints near the
slurry line, and the tracks keep getting closer to our campsite!
(Explanation of "slurry" is at
10/29/02.) The day before yesterday, the paw-prints got to
within about 500 feet of our campsite. Yesterday, they were
within less than 300 feet. Each day when we put out the slurry
line, we begin it where the last paw-prints ended. The
paw-prints we saw were huge (like Rumble's). Rumble's paw-prints
are so large that in the past they've been mistaken for bear
paw-prints! (See example tracing from Rumble's brother Ranger in
Rumble's Scrapbook.) The only
photos our camera got yesterday were of two cats. But remember,
Rumble's descended from Gypsy (aka "Houdini")! (See photo of
Gypsy in Rumble's Scrapbook.)
11/03/02 (Sun) - (This is the report called in by cell phone from
Yogaville at 8 pm yesterday.) No new sightings. We've
continued to find huge paw-prints along the slurry line.
(Explanation of "slurry" is at
10/29/02.) We measured the paw-prints and then
measured the paw-prints of Rumble's dad Raider (see photos of Raider
in Rumble's Scrapbook)
They're the same size! The slurry is really helping to draw the
dog (hopefully Rumble!) toward our campsite. We've also rigged
up a "reward" bucket along the slurry line with real chunks of meat in
it. We have it hanging in such a way that only a big dog would
be able to get at it. The "reward" was gone too. In
addition, we've rubbed slurry high up on telephone poles and we're
finding the same large paw-prints around the base of the telephone
poles. So far our camera has caught only cats and foxes, but
obviously they don't own those huge canine paw-prints! Whoever
owns those paw-prints comes out only when there's no activity
whatsoever. We hope soon he'll be close enough to the campsite
that we'll be able to see him ourselves!
11/04/02 (Mon) - (This is the report called in by cell phone from
Yogaville at 8 pm yesterday.) No new sightings. No new
paw-prints or any other signs. However, the entire area was in a
such a commotion due to the hunters running their hound dogs that it's
not surprising to us that we saw no signs of Rumble. It was very
noisy and lights were going on and off all night. In Virginia,
it isn't legal to hunt on Sundays, so the hunting dogs must have been
using Sunday to practice in the area. The camera only got one
photo, and it was of a very acrobatic cat!
11/05/02 (Tue) - (This is the report called in by cell phone from
Yogaville at 8 pm yesterday.) We've had sightings! We
had two separate reports of sightings from two different people who
believe they saw Rumble in Yogaville yesterday. Both reported
seeing Rumble at the same location and at the same time. Both
saw Rumble at around 8am yesterday morning near the dumpster that's by
the community center. One person knew of Rumble and, to her
credit, immediately came to get us at the campsite.
Unfortunately Rumble was gone by the time we returned. The other
person hadn't been aware of Rumble, but when we showed
Rumble's flyer, they said, "That's the dog
we just saw." There have been other sightings previously at this
very same location, so that adds to the likelihood that this is
Rumble. Interestingly, this time Rumble was seen with a large
Mastiff-type dog. We're wondering if it's the dog our camera
caught on film in October. (See October 11th photo in
Rumble's Scrapbook.) When we
arrived at the sighting location, the Mastiff was still there.
We followed him and he went to a home in the area, so he apparently is
not a stray. There was another report of a sighting from the
Nelson County-side of the James River, where the Tye empties into the
James River. Although we can't be positive, we feel it's likely
that the dog seen in Yogaville this morning was Rumble. Maybe,
just maybe, we're finally getting close to finding him!
11/06/02 (Wed) - (This is the report called in by cell phone from
Yogaville at 8 pm yesterday.) We had one sighting
reported yesterday by someone on the other side of Yogaville. We
weren't able to get enough information to confirm if we should count
it as a reportable sighting. We spent much of the day trying to
track down the owners of the Mastiff (report of
11/05/02). We finally succeeded. We learned they have
three dogs, including a dark-colored, long-haired German Shepherd Dog
(GSD). Their GSD is more brown than black, but depending on the
light, someone might think it was Rumble. This suddenly calls
into question the validity of the sightings reported yesterday.
Even if the dog seen with the Mastiff on Monday
(report of 11/05/02) was not Rumble, it's hard for us to believe
that everyone reporting sightings in Yogaville has confused a brown
GSD for Rumble. We are taking photos of Shepherds in Yogaville
(including the brown GSD) and will show them to people who have
reported sightings to see which dog they think they saw.
On another note, yesterday Rumble turned 26 months old. Seems
like only yesterday he was a puppy. (See puppy photo of Rumble
in Rumble's Scrapbook.)
11/07/02 (Thu) - We had one sighting reported yesterday by
someone who believes they may possibly have seen Rumble between
Glenmore (Rt 655) and Rt 20 (south of Scottsville). This area is
several miles northeast of Yogaville. We weren't able to get
enough information to confirm if we should count this as a reportable
sighting, so maps will not be updated. Rumble may have left
Yogaville and could be anywhere, so please watch for him. We
want to extend special thanks to the young men of
Buckingham County High School whom we understand will keep an eye
out for Rumble when they go hunting. (Thanks to their teacher
who shared the Rumble information!)
11/08/02 (Fri) - No new sightings or other signs of Rumble.
Yesterday we were able to finally meet with the people mentioned in
our possible sighting report of 11/06/02.
We showed them photos, and they determined that it was not Rumble they
had seen. Today marks three full weeks we've been camping, and
we haven't seen Rumble once. It's possible that the large tracks
we saw on several occasions were Rumble's, but we haven't seen any
tracks for days. We think Rumble may have left the Yogaville
area. We will maintain our search for Rumble until we find him,
but we believe it's not productive for us to continue to camp in the
Yogaville area. The rest of Rumble's family needs us too, so
we'll resume our search from our home in Nelson County. Please
call us collect with any sightings - - any time day or night! We
will check out every sighting. Thank you.
11/09/02 (Sat) - No new sightings. Yesterday we camped in
Yogaville again and spent the day looking for Rumble, but there were
no signs of him. Several factors have changed in the past few
weeks that seem to have influenced stray and lost dogs in the area.
The hunters are out with their hounds, which may drive stray and lost
dogs to other areas. Leaves are falling from the trees which
means former hiding spots may now be visible causing stray and lost
dogs to seek new hiding places. Also, food is becoming more
scarce, so stray and lost dogs may need to seek out new sources of
food. We're confident that Rumble is somewhere in the general
area - - we just need some good, fresh sightings to tell us where to
re-direct our focus!
11/10/02 (Sun) - No new sightings. Yesterday we turned in
the camper. Even though we never saw Rumble during the three
weeks we camped in Yogaville, we're glad we did it. Since we had
gotten several sighting reports from Yogaville, we needed to satisfy
ourselves that we'd made every effort to locate Rumble if he was
indeed there. We had originally contracted to rent the camper
for one week; however, we extended our rental contract twice just so
we could be positive we had left no stone unturned. Once we
arrived in Yogaville, there weren't as many sighting reports.
Some of the reports that we did receive turned out not to be Rumble.
We did find large tracks on several occasions that could easily have
been Rumble's, but we recognize that they could also have been from
the Mastiff (see Rumble Scrapbook
entry of 10/11/02). Rumble has shown himself to be a
survivor. Because of Sandy and Slady's positive confirmation, we
know for a fact he was in Yogaville on July 16th (See
sighting report of
7/20/02). We believe strongly that Rumble's in Nelson
County, Buckingham County, or one of the neighboring counties.
Please watch for Rumble and call us collect at 540-377-9865
time day or night if you see him! Thank you.
11/11/02 (Mon) - No new sightings. The other day someone
called us from near Charlottesville who believed they had caught
Rumble. We determined it wasn't Rumble, but we were so grateful
to them for watching out for our boy and taking the initiative!
There's also a wonderful person who lives in the Richmond area who
took part of her vacation to search for Rumble. Thank you!
We are so appreciative of all the support, warm wishes, and prayers
we've received. We know by our counter how many of you
care enough to visit Rumble's site regularly, even if we haven't heard
from you personally. We also know how many of you are helping us
spread the word on our boy, which is ultimately what keeps awareness
up. We truly believe that you will be the key to our finding
him. You, or someone you've mentioned Rumble's site to, will
eventually see Rumble and let us know, and we'll be able to bring him
home. We're so looking forward to that day!
11/12/02 (Tue) - No new sightings. We are excited to share
with you that Rumble's website has been the topic of a television
interview! We understand it has been airing several times a day
Channel 36 in Richmond, although we haven't seen it ourselves.
The interview is about how Rumble's website has been used at the
Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary School in Richmond to help students
(Click here to see special page on our visit to Redd Elementary.)
Rumble's website was used by Redd Elementary to demonstrate certain
practical skills as well as personal values. We understand that
many of the students at Redd Elementary are still keeping up with the
news of Rumble. Thank you! It always makes us so happy
when Rumble's situation can help others too, since you're doing so
much to help us. (If we get more details on the show, including
when exactly it's airing, we'll let you know.) Rumble will be
signing autographs (make that pawprints!) just as soon as he returns!
11/13/02 (Wed) - No new sightings. We will have to see
where we get our next sighting to determine where Rumble is now. He
may still be in the Yogaville vicinity, or he may be trying to find
his way west across the James River. In the summer, there were a few
places he could have walked across the James due the drought, but now
that's not possible. He'll have to use a bridge. Rumble is so smart,
that we believe it's fear that's made him avoid the Wingina Bridge up
until now. It doesn't really have a good walking place and he would
feel very vulnerable out in the open and suspended in air. He may try
to follow the James River north or south, looking for a better
crossing place. If you live near the James River or near one of its
bridges, please keep an especially close watch out for our boy. Thank
11/14/02 (Thu) - No new sightings. Someone contacted us
and said they thought they might possibly have seen Rumble some days
ago on Rt 29 just south of the Tye River Bridge. It was dark, so
they weren't at all sure if it was actually Rumble they saw, but felt
it might have been. Please call us collect at 540-377-9865 any
time day or night if you see Rumble, or if you believe you've seen him
in the past few weeks. Old sightings are welcome since they help
us chart his path. On another note, yesterday we received a very
nice banner created by friend of Rumble's (see below and in
Rumble's Scrapbook). We're
also displaying this great banner on Rumble's
"With Gratitude" page. Thanks!
11/15/02 (Fri) - No new sightings. A friend of Rumble's
has contacted us about another "Just in case..." Shepherd. He's
beautiful and looks a lot like Rumble! Max is in the San Diego
Shelter. Please visit Rumble's "Just
in Case" page and see just how handsome "Max" is! He sounds
like he has a great personality too. There is also a link to
another page with even more photos of Max. A wonderful "angel"
is doing all she can to help find him a home and has created a
page just for him. We'll try to help by sharing the information
about Max on Rumble's "Just in Case"
page too. Maybe you know someone who would love to give this boy
11/16/02 (Sat) - No new sightings. We have been searching
for months for a humane trap in case we get the opportunity to use one
to try to catch Rumble. Our problem has been finding one that's
large enough and that we can move from place to place as Rumble moves.
We've been told that you probably will only have one chance to use a
trap, so it had better be the right one! If it's too small, the
dog will probably back out before the trap has had a chance to work.
With the help of several friends of Rumble who have kindly emailed us
with suggestions, we've finally found one that we believe will be just
right for us. If you'd like to see the trap we've selected,
click here. One friend of Rumble's who is active in
rescue work said she's used it very successfully several different
times to trap large, stray dogs that were subsequently placed in new,
loving homes :-). Thanks so much to those of you who have shared
your knowledge and experience on humane traps! All the
information helped us sift through the choices to make what we believe
is the best selection for our own circumstances. Now, all we
need is a good sighting so we'll have the chance to use it!
11/17/02 (Sun) - No new sightings. As you know, we camped
for three full weeks in Yogaville (from 10/19/02 until 11/09/02).
What you don't know, and what we would like to share, is how wonderful
the company is that rented us the camper!
Freedom RV Rentals
in Ashland, VA was great about finding exactly the right camper that
would meet our unique needs. When we called in questions from
the field about operating procedures, etc., they were totally
responsive. As their contribution toward helping Rumble,
Freedom RV Rentals gave us a deeply discounted rate,
which we truly appreciate. We can't thank them enough! So
many of you have been so generous and wonderful in so many ways and we
thank you all. For example in just the past couple days we heard
from a wonderful person who works for a cable company expressing his
concern and saying he would watch for Rumble. Someone emailed us
that she was printing and posting Rumble's poster. Another lady
is putting a pretty green ribbon on her dog's collar. And we
received a very touching message from a lady who has offered to drive
many miles to come help. One wonderful lady even used part of
her vacation to search for Rumble! If you haven't had a chance to read the
touching sentiments on Rumble's Warm Wishes
page (which we update regularly), they are truly heartwarming.
We thank each of you for what you have given in your own way. We
believe that every prayer and every good wish you send to Rumble
11/18/02 (Mon) - No new sightings. Sometimes Life offers
gentle surprises that touch our hearts. A few weeks ago a friend
of Rumble's sent us a photo of her beautiful puppy "Coffee" wearing a
green ribbon in honor of Rumble. We so appreciated the sentiment
and posted Coffee's handsome picture on Rumble's
Green Ribbons for
Rumble Photo Page. Yesterday we were doing yet another of
our internet searches of lost and abandoned dogs in the hopes that
we'd find Rumble's face among them, when we came across Coffee's
picture! Coffee's family never mentioned Coffee's story to us -
- but now we know it and would like to share it with you:
A darling 3-month-old
German Shepherd puppy was found abandoned in a field near a school
yard. He ended up in a high-kill county animal shelter, where his
days were numbered. Across the country in Florida, a beloved puppy
named Lili had succumbed to a dreaded disease. In her honor, her sad
family sponsored the rescue of this 3-month-old puppy. The family
gave one hundred dollars toward his care and chose his name --
Coffee. To the family, it was their puppy's legacy that another puppy
should live. The story doesn't end there. After seeing pictures of
this enchanting puppy, the sponsors knew this little fellow was meant
to be theirs. Coffee now lives the life of a prince, thanks to the
love and generosity of these animal lovers.
For more information about becoming a sponsor or
making a donation to help save a life, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org, call (310)
838-6694, or visit
http://www.gsrescue.org/biosother/dblonghaired.htm. You can
also see Coffee on that page wearing his green ribbon for Rumble.
11/19/02 (Tue) - No new sightings. Great news - - two more
wonderful dogs on Rumble's "Just in Case"
page have been adopted!
Winston (in Virginia) and
Leopold (in Wyoming) have found homes!! Now we need to
concentrate on getting Max out of
the San Diego County Shelter and into a foster home or a forever home!
To visit a very special page dedicated to finding a home for Max,
here. If you know of anyone who can help Max, please contact
wish we could find Rumble and bring him home, but while we're waiting,
maybe Rumble can help other dogs find loving homes too.
11/20/02 (Wed) - No new sightings. Someone asked us the
other day when we would give up looking for Rumble. We will
never give up. As long as there's any hope he's alive, we will
keep looking. Debbie Hall, the wonderful lost dog expert who has
been assisting us, says the biggest obstacle to finding lost dogs is
that owners give up too soon. Another bit of knowledge she
shared with us, which we often repeat among ourselves as a form of
encouragement, is that lost dogs that have survived at least two weeks
on their own usually have learned how to find food and how to
successfully deal with traffic. We know there are no guarantees,
but we find hope in her words. A picture of Rumble when he was
about a year old is in
11/20/02 (Wed) - UPDATE. We have just gotten word of four
shepherds in Pittsburgh, PA that are desperately in need of a miracle!
They only have until Friday, November 22nd to be rescued. Becky
reports that they seem as if they are typical, well-rounded dogs but
are very unhappy in their cramped shelter cages. Please see
their photos on Rumble's "Just in Case"
page. If you know anyone who can adopt or foster them, please
contact Becky right away at
Thank you so much!
11/21/02 (Thu) - No new sightings. We're hoping that it
may be easier to glimpse Rumble these days since the leaves are mostly
off the trees. We've been getting more potential sightings
reported to us recently, but so far none have been our boy. It's
also getting colder. Fortunately, unless the cold becomes
extreme, Rumble should be fine. He loves the cold and comes
equipped with a great coat for it! A picture of Rumble taken
almost exactly two years ago is in
Rumble's Scrapbook. The leaves were off the trees then
11/22/02 (Fri) - No new sightings. Great news! The
four long-haired German
Shepherds in Pittsburgh, PA that are featured on Rumble's
"Just in Case" page have been rescued
Rescue of Southeastern Pennsylvania (GSR-SP)!
Becky contacted us yesterday evening with the good news and asked if
we could please update Rumble's site as soon as possible because she's
being contacted by so many friends of Rumble. What a wonderful
problem! Becky is deeply grateful for the interest and support
Rumble's friends have given. Although Rumble's
"Just in Case" page has helped to
publicize them, the real credit goes to several wonderful people:
Desiree and her husband, Becky, Lisa, Gail, and Lorraine (and probably
several other people we don't know about). To read all the
details of what these wonderful people have done to rescue these four
dogs, please see Rumble's "Just in Case"
11/23/02 (Sat) - No new sightings. We've asked that if
anyone believes they've seen Rumble, to please call us collect at 540-377-9865 any time day or night. Old
sightings are welcome since they help us track his route.
Something else we'd like to ask you to be aware of is howling, since
Rumble has been known to "sing." (See the very first photo in
In fact, one of the earliest sightings was preceded by someone hearing
howling in neighboring woods in the Triple Crown subdivision of
Midlothian. (See report
7/6/02.) The human mom and dad of Rumble's litter brother,
Ranger, have noticed that although Ranger isn't much of a howler, one
thing will trigger howling for sure - - an emergency vehicle siren.
(Ranger's photo is on Green Ribbons
for Rumble photo page.) Ranger's human dad was telling this
to a friend yesterday, and the friend commented that he had a Malamute
dog who did exactly the same thing. (Rumble and Ranger's
heritage also includes a Malamute!)
11/24/02 (Sun) - No new sightings. A friend of Rumble's
wrote to ask if we were getting discouraged. Not at all!
We are taking the long view. We've been searching for our boy
for five months now, and we're not about to give up until we find him!
When you've been looking as long as we have, you know that your search
efforts are more active some days (and some weeks) than others.
When we have any probable sightings, our activity level goes into high
gear. When we're waiting for a sighting, we focus on trying to
spread the word and sharing Rumble's link
(www.globalspan.net/lost.htm). We also try to make other
good things happen in the process. So many have given so much to
our effort, and we want to give back. We will find Rumble - -
it's just a matter of faith, hope, and persistence! Thanks for
sticking with us through it all.
11/24/02 (Sun) - UPDATE. Rumble's made the newspapers
again! The Richmond Times-Dispatch has published a
wonderful article by Kathryn Orth entitled, "Rumble's
still out there, but no one knows where."
here to read it.) A friend of Rumble's has just e-mailed us
to let us know that the Charlottesville Daily Progress is
carrying Rumble's story today too! (Not available on-line.)
We always are so grateful for media coverage since we usually get the
most sighting reports following media publicity.
11/25/02 (Mon) - No new sightings that we've been able to
confirm. We are thrilled with the newspaper coverage from
yesterday! We hope Kathryn Orth's great articles will raise
awareness enough so that someone who sees Rumble will suspect who he
is and will call us. Yesterday was a special day for another
reason. Some true friends of Rumble's came to visit us and meet
Rumble's family. We were honored to welcome Barbie and Shirley
into our home. As you can see by the photos in
Rumble's Scrapbook, our guys loved
them! Barbie will always hold a special place in our hearts
because she used part of her vacation to look for Rumble. In our
search for Rumble, we have encountered quite a few angels right here
on earth, and Barbie is one of them!
11/26/02 (Tue) - No new sightings. We have mentioned
Yogaville so many times that we thought you might like to see a
picture of the temple at Yogaville. A photo of the temple (also
known as the LOTUS shrine) is in
Rumble's Scrapbook. The first
Rumble sighting in Yogaville was in the vicinity of the temple
(see report of 8/15/02).
That's where Slady got her strongest "hit," and it was from the shrine
that Sandy and Slady tracked Rumble up the hill and then stopped
because Rumble thought that they were chasing him (see report of
To see more photos of the temple at Yogaville,
click here to visit Yogaville's web site.
11/27/02 (Wed) - No new sightings.
We've decided to increase the reward for finding Rumble to $2,500.
We know he's out there somewhere, and we hope this will result
in more people looking for him. Please, please spread the word
to anyone you know in Virginia! Rumble is not valuable except to
his family. He has been neutered so cannot be shown or bred.
If you could find him, we would dearly love to pay you or someone you
know the $2,500 just to have our boy back. (If you prefer, we'll
make the payment to your favorite charity.) Thank you!
11/28/02 (Thu) - No new sightings. We've just learned
County has established a $100 bounty on coyotes. Please alert
anyone you know who might be hunting coyotes to not confuse Rumble
with a coyote! Also, please ask them to be on the look-out for
Rumble since they may be traveling in areas where he could be.
On this Thanksgiving Day, we extend our best wishes to each of you
for a wonderful, peaceful, and safe Thanksgiving. We give thanks
for so much and pray that Rumble will be found soon. We give
thanks for you, because without your visits to Rumble's site, the
information we have posted would not be known or shared. Hold
those you love close and treasure every moment with them.
11/29/02 (Fri) - No new sightings. With yesterday being
Thanksgiving, a day of feasting for many, we want to share a special
website with you that a friend of Rumble's shared with us.
Click here to visit the Animal Rescue Site every day to give a
bowl of food to a needy animal - - at no cost to you - - and
participate in the fight to save animals. Funding to purchase a
bowl of food, paid for by site sponsors, is generated when you click
on the "Feed an Animal in Need" button. You may want to visit
other worthy sites indicated on the tabs at the top of their page too.
(We've added a permanent button for "Feed an Animal in Need" at the
bottom of Rumble's "Just in Case"
11/30/02 (Sat) - No new sightings. We received a very
helpful suggestion from a friend of Rumble's in Canada after we posted
our concerns regarding the coyote bounty (see report of
11/28/02). She suggested that Rumble
flyers be posted any place that hunters might frequent (e.g., stores
that sell ammunition and hunting gear, coffee shops, convenience
stores, etc.). We've tried to do this, but we know we've missed
places (especially since we're trying to cover several counties).
Also, some of the posters we did put up may have come down by now.
If you're in Buckingham, Nelson, Albemarle, Amherst, or Appomattox
county and could post just one
flyer, that would help tremendously. Thank you! The
truth is that we try to post everywhere. For example, Rumble is
posted on every lost-and-found internet bulletin board we know of (the
list is on Rumble's "With Gratitude"
page.) For added visibility, we even have Rumble posted on the
"My Dog's Cuter Than Your Dog" contest! (To see Rumble's "cute"
LATEST SIGHTING: October 16th
(report of 10/19/02)