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11/01/02 (Fri) -  (This is the report called in by cell phone from Yogaville at 8 pm yesterday.)  No new sightings, but we're encouraged!  One wise friend of Rumble's who wrote to us said that the days of rain probably haven't helped us in our search.  She was so right!  Yesterday the weather was much better.  We were excited to find Rumble-sized tracks along the "slurry" line!  (Explanation of "slurry" is at 10/29/02.)  They even got quite close to the campsite!!  One of the people who has reported seeing Rumble previously mentioned that several times he was seen with a Beagle.  The tracks that we saw along the slurry line included both large and small paw-prints!  We've set up the camera along the slurry line, and we're hoping for more good news tomorrow. 
 

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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.)  
 

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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!    
 

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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!
 

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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! 
 

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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.)
 

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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!) 
 

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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. 
 

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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! 
 

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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 any time day or night if you see him!  Thank you. 
 

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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! 
 

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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 on 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 learn.  (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!
 

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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 you. 
 

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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! 
 

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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 web 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 a home? 
 

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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!
 

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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 helps.
 

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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 robin@gsrescue.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.

bullet 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, click here.  If you know of anyone who can help Max, please contact Peggy at sddogrescue@cox.net.  We wish we could find Rumble and bring him home, but while we're waiting, maybe Rumble can help other dogs find loving homes too.
 
bullet 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 Rumble's Scrapbook
 
bullet 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  k9gsd@casinternet.net.  Thank you so much!
 
bullet 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 too.
 
bullet 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 by German Shepherd 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" page. 
 
bullet 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 Rumble's Scrapbook.)  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!)
 
bullet 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. 
 
bullet 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."   (Click 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.
 
bullet 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! 
 
bullet 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 8/20/02).  To see more photos of the temple at Yogaville, click here to visit Yogaville's web site. 
 
bullet 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!  
 
bullet 11/28/02 (Thu) -  No new sightings.  We've just learned that Appomattox 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. 
 
bullet 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" page.)
 
bullet 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" photos, click here.) 

 

 

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