Monday, October 12, 2009



Hey Hounders,
Radar here with an important announcement and award. I'm the newest "rescue" here at The Bumpass Hounds, so I have been given the honor of posting today and making a very special announcement. As you probably know, our BBBs (best blog buddies) Mogley and Bella are very involved with Golden Retriever rescue out in once again snowy Colorado. As a rescued Golden Retriever myself, I realize how important that rescue and fostering 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 Bumpass Hounds 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. Well Spencer's mom (HM) "M" and dad (HD) "S" recently adopted another "rescue" whom they happened to be fostering, a Golden Retriever named Kona. Yep, another failed foster just like me.They have kept Spencer's blog site open as a tribute to him but they now have opened Dog By Nature and they are still rescuing and fostering Golden Retrievers, and doing whatever else they can to assist in the rescue effort for Goldens. Us Bumpasses were inspired by the efforts of Mogley and Bella, and Spencer and HM and HD. We created our own special award to recognize the above and beyond efforts of blogs like Mogley's (and Bella too) and Spencer's and now Dog By Nature. We have dedicated this award to the memory of our friend, Spencer (he could carry THREE, count'em - THREE - tennis balls in his mouth at once). Our dad 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). We have only given this award out twice to date; first to Mogley and Bella, and then a second presentation to Spencer (posthumously) and Dog By Nature (HM & HD). This award is not for having a GReat blog; it is for participating in animal rescue and going "above and beyond" the norm to make a difference. It is not an award to be passed on to others or transferred to another friend. It is for retention and display by the award recipients only. There are no rules or requirements that go with it. Mogley and Bella have already met the requirements, and so have Spencer and HM and HD. It's nothing fancy and no money comes with it, but the recipients have already received their reward, and that reward is NOT a stuffy that squeals or a treat.
Well, we feel that it's now time to make what is only our third presentation of the BRAVO-ZULU AWARD IN MEMORY OF SPENCER. We know of a dog and mom team who have provided transportation both near and far from their home for homeless animals that have been given a second chance at life, if only they can make it to their new forever homes. That is what our latest recipient does; they get up at early hours before the sun is up, in good weather and bad, often on precious weekend days, to help get these fortunate animals closer to their new furever homes. If you follow their blog, and just about everyone seems to, you know how much these guys do to help out. So The Bumpass Hounds now award
the BRAVO-ZULU AWARD IN MEMORY OF SPENCER to Khyra and her Mom. They're welcome to copy the award and put it on their blog page if they'd like. We're sorry that there's no endowment or mileage subsidy to go along with it. Let's have a big round of applause for Khyra and her Mom and lets all remember our best friend forever Spencer and smile; he'd like that as he watches down over us. Let's hear it for them all. Kyhra and Mom, stand up and take a bow - WELL DONE. Why not stop over at Khyra's Khorner Blog and leave a congratulatory comment of encouragement for all that they are doing for the homeless animals seeking new homes..
- Radar and The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties

These are the clues we gave y'all and the connection to this week's Monday Mystery Guest:
1.- The MG is from the Professor Marvel's old stomping ground.
Professor Marvel was a character in The Wizard of Oz movie during the parts that took place in Kansas. The MG lives in Kansas.
2.- Something about the MG makes you think the MG is in the Army, but the MG is not.
The MG's name has a connotation of the Army.
3.- The MG doesn't run on tracks, although you would think otherwise.
The MG's name is tied to an Army tracked vehicle.
The site has a picture of an Overland Stage. The MG lives in Overland Park
5.- The MG must be an accomplished horticulturist, claiming to own an arboretum and botanical gardens.
The MG loves to go to the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and claims to own them in his blog profile.
6.- The MG is having labor problems with his staff.
The MG foolishly recently fired his administrative assistant.
7.- We don't believe that the MG is a squirrel aficionado.
The MG has frequently expressed contempt for the bushy tailed beasts.

The Monday Mystery Guest from last week is none other than our little buddy TANK of Tank's Two Cents fame.
This week's mystery guest is, like all others, one of our followers listed at the top of our blog. This is the first clue to our MG's identity:
1. The MG is a "rescue" that was within minutes of "termination."


Life Lessons from Boru:

To err is human; to moo is bovine. Isn't that udderly ridiculous?


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...


Woo are making my mom leak - and making my paws not know what to paw -

We are both shaking our heads in shokhh and woo!

We've visited Kona - we enjoyed meeting Bailey - we even told our Auntie Di about woo and The Almost Heaven Reskhue -

(Mom wonders why she is feeling like Sally Field right now)

But seriously folks, this did khome at khwite a touching time -

We will proudly show this award fur it means so much khoming from woo!

Play Bowing in your direkhtion with hugz&khysses,

Khyra and Her Mom
PeeEssWoo: Just WAIT until woo see the khuties Mom had on Sunday!

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...


Way to go TANK!

Ben said...

Your dad isn't just an old salt, he is an old softy too.

PS - I mean old in the nicest possible way. Especially since

Jans Funny Farm said...

We think Khyra and her mom are an excellent choice for this award! Bravo!

Teddy Westlife said...

Khyra and her mum do wonderful work. I am proud to call them my friends.

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

We are all doing big happy dances here after reading your post. We could not think of more worthy recipients of your esteemed and beautiful award. Khyra and her Mom do so much good for animals everywhere. They are true believers in the Paw It Forward attitude. Like Huffle, we are so happy to be able to say we have Khyra and her Mom as our friends - thanks for recognizing all that they do.

Congrats, Khyra and Phyll - you have truly earned this award. Display it proudly.

Woos, the OP Pack

Angel Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

Great choice for the Bravo-Zulu award, beautiful Miss Khyra. Our mom thinks the Golden Retriever pumpkins are great, but her creative talents lie in other directions.

Tucker and Daisy

P.S. Ooh, ooh, we know who the mystery guest is, but we will hold our guess until next week.

Anonymous said...

The MG was ME??? Oh my gosh! I had NO idea!! I feel honored to be part of this most excellent game! Your clues were right on (well, except for that part about me being foolish... ) Thanks BH&K!

Lovely tribute to Khyra & Mom for their transport work. They definitely go above & beyond to help less fortunate doggies. Great pick for your special award!

The Army of Four said...

Foster Failures rock. Trust me... I know.
Ha woo.
PS: Stop by and see what me and Zimmie discovered!

Dog By Nature said...

We think honoring Khyra and her mom with the Bravo Zulu award is outstanding! GReat choice hounds! We know Spencer would be proud and celebrate with his 3 tennis balls and a few belly rubs.

much love,
M, S & Kona

Golden Samantha said...

What a wonderful award and I can't think of more deserving blog person and dog to recieve it! Congrats to Khyra and Mom! You and Mogley and Spencer (now Kona's) mom and dad are wonderful examples of people who do such great work with rescues. Sammie came from Norcal GRR, and the folks here are super too. congrats!
And Tank... congrats for being this week's MG!
Hugs xo
PS - thanks for telling us about the fog thing out here and the codes!

Sierra Rose said...

First off...HI my pal RADAR!!! Wish we could rub noses in person my friend!
Second, YES!!! Wonderful and well deserved awards to our great friends that do amazing rescue and transport work. Thank you for sending them the special awards!!! Love to all of you!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

JacksDad said...

I like your mystery guest game - even though I never can guess who it is! :)

Sheila and Bob said...

We are so happy that you give out the Zulu-Bravo award. I know I would never have met my sister Sophie if we had not rescued her.
The folks that work in Rescue in any way are truly a blessing & our heroes.

Hamish & Rescue Sophie

Yas said...

Hello there! Very nice blog you've got! We just came from Khyra's and wanted to paw a hi!


Cocorue said...

hiya, we too came from Khyra's blog and we are so proud of Khyra and her couldn't have picked more deserving recipients

you have an interesting blog and we will be following you

The WriggleButts said...

We thank all helpers of the helpless from the bottoms of our furry hearts. Khyra and her mom are deserving winners of your award.

Bajas & Virus

D.K. Wall said...

What a superb choice for their tireless efforts. As a family of rescues, we admire all of those people who selflessly focus on saving us furries. Khyra and Mom exemplify all of those people we salute so much.

Anonymous said...

Hi Y'All...We came offur from Khyra's Korner. What an absolutely PAWESOME award!!! They are totally deserving!!! Hope you can stop by our blog sometime. BTW...Mom LOVES the name Bumpass Hounds!!! One of her all time favorite movies!!!

Sniffs & Scratches~
The Kool~Kittie~Krew
aka...Skeeter, King, and Pandora

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

That award is a great idea! And we can't think of a more deserving pup and human!


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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.
- The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties


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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