Monday, March 23, 2009



Heya Hounders,
It's the newest Bumpass Hound, Sophie (a.k.a. Sofa-dof) here with an important announcement and award. Our BBBs (best blog buddies) Mogley and Bella are very involved with Golden Retriever rescue; that's them in the picture over to the right (we hope). As a rescued Golden Retriever myself, I realize how important that their efforts are in helping dogs that would otherwise be homeless and/or in a shelter. We are all looking for the same thing people want, to be a loved family member in a forever home. We have met many wonderful cats and dogs through Dogs With Blogs. We were introduced to DWB by our friend Spencer who is at The Rainbow Bridge. He helped rescue Golden Retrievers in Southern California. We do what we can here in Virginia and Mogley and Bella are helping out in the Rocky Mountain states. We encourage y'all to read Mogley's 2 blog posts from last Saturday, March 21st. If you have some time, read back through his older posts. You'll notice that most of his postings involve dogs other than himself and Bella. These two are always trying to find a home for some poor homeless Golden like me. And ya know what; they are successful. They seem to take on the difficult cases. Their last placement happened last Saturday. They placed two older Golden Retrievers, Abby and Sandy, in a new furever home. The two girls had always been together and it had been determined that they should stay together in their quest for a new home. Finding a new home for one homeless dog is difficult enough, but the older the dog the more difficult it seems to be. And finding a home for two older dogs is a definite challenge. But Mogley and Bella and their peeps were up to the challenge. It took a while; sometimes it looked as though Abby and Sandy would be moving in with Mogley and Bella permanently; we believe that's what would have happened before they would be sent to a shelter. That's Abby and Sandy in the photo over to the left. They are now together in a new forever home thanks to Mogley and Bella. I what to thank them for what they did and I would like to ask all of you to stop by their blog page and thank them too. Their actions speak louder than our words. We are proud to know Mogley and Bella. Us Bumpasses (Bumpi) have been inspired (it happens, occasionally) by Mogley and Bella to create our own special award to recognize the above and beyond efforts of blogs like Mogley's (and Bella too). Our old man is an old salt; that means he was in the Navy (like the Village People's song). In the Navy, when someone did something good that was out of the ordinary, something above and beyond the norm, they would often be recognized with a "BZ" message or flag hoist or letter of commendation. In the nautical phonetic alphabet, the letter "B" is pronounced "BRAVO" and the letter "Z" is pronounced "ZULU." Hence the "BZ" message is commonly referred to as a "BRAVO-ZULU" and it means "WELL DONE." There is a signal flag for each letter in the alphabet; the BRAVO flag is solid red with a triangular bite missing from the fly side; the ZULU flag is square with the base of four different colored triangles on each side (yellow, blue, red and black). On behalf of all the dogs that Mogley and Bella have helped find homes, and those that Mogley and Bella will help to find homes, we, The Bumpass Hounds of Bumpass, Virginia, do hereby present the very first, and highly coveted, Bumpass Hound BRAVO-ZULU Award to Mogley and Bella. This award is not one to be passed on or transferred. It is for Mogley and Bella. There are no rules or requirements that go with it. Mogley and Bella have already met the requirements. It's nothing fancy and no money comes with it, but they have already received their reward, and it is NOT a stuffy that squeals. If they'd like, they're welcome to copy the award and put it on their blog page. Let's have a big round of applause for Mogley and Bella. Let's hear it for them. Mogley and Bella; stand up and take a bow - WELL DONE.
- Sophie and The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties

We're trying to get at least one guest book entry from each of the 50 United States and D.C. and one from as many different countries as we can. We'd appreciate you helping us out; leave a photo and your blog address if possible. It's been a very productive weekend. Thanks to Alicia Andrus we now have Alaska. Thanks to Zippy, Sadie & Speedy , we now have Wisconsin. Thanks to Wally and Ethel n' Oscar we now have Deleware. Thanks to Joe Stains and Tan Torkelson we now have Arizona. Thanks to Butchy & Snickers we now have Iowa. Thanks to Kaci we now have New Hampshire, and thanks to The Whippet Waggle we also have Kentucky. So as of 22 March 09 we still need the following 21 states: AR, HI, ID, IN, LA, ME, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, RI, SD, UT, WV. If you're from one of these states, please sign our guest book. If you have a friend in one of these states could you please get them to visit us and sign our book.

We remembered our friend Spencer everyday and we smile.

Via con Dios Spencer.


Honey said...

Hi Sophie and all the Bumpass Hounds!! You all are so amazing!
We will keep our ears open for the golden rescues. And, really super about the Bravo-Zulu Award!!!!
Honey (

tnbullterrors said...

WOW! There's almost as many of you as there are of us! There's 16 of us that live here with DawgMom & DawgDaddy, not countin the birds that is. What an awesome award! Ya'll are good souls for helpin out the doggies that need forever homes. We do the same thing for Bull Terriers here. Great to meet you, we're

Feather, Darla & Pappy, the TN Bull Terrors

Mogley G. Retriever said...

Thank you so much for the award. It is special since it comes from fellow rescue workers. Our human says that Navy people play around in the water, just like Golden Retrievers! He said he had to play on the ground with the Army.

He eplained the flag thing to us, we thought "well done" meant he had overcooked the brats again and we might get one.

The good news is that Sandy and Abby have wonderful homes, thanks to everyone that helped. They were an older pair and they took over 3 weeks to place, the longest we have ever had a foster. The bad news is we are about to go pick up a new rescue to foster and rehome.

Rescuing is like reading a book with endless chapters. Each chapter (rescue operation) can be completed, but there is always another chapter to a never ending book.

We will be proud to "flay the flag" on our blog.

Thanks Guys!

Mogley and Bella Retriever

Domi said...

Hello bumpass hounds! You now have Indiana represented.

Tail wags,


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If you can, please consider opening your home to a homeless animal, preferably a dog or cat or other domesticated animal; livestock does better on farms and wild animals do better in zoos and parks. Your local Humane Society or SPCA or Animal Shelter has a wide selection of could be, should be, pets looking for new homes. If you can't adopt, perhaps you can at least become a sponsor. We'll show you how to help out Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary (AHGRRS) on our blog page, but you can help out any organization of your choice, but please help; contribute or volunteer.
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So many Senior and Special Needs Goldens do not find "forever homes". Many of these dogs have above average medical needs and costs, are maintained on "special" diets, or have other extraordinary needs. Your donations can be targeted towards a particular Senior or Special needs Golden Retriever. As a sponsor, you will receive updates about your "special" Golden, and will be mentioned in our quarterly newsletter as the dog's sponsor. We also accept Paypal donations. Please keep in mind that we are a non-profit organization and that your donation is fully tax-deductible. Please just write the Golden's name in the memo line of your check or Paypal submission when sponsoring a Golden Retriever.


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