Thursday, February 25, 2010


We first published a blog post on March 22, 2008. We wanted to discuss something that was very important to us and dad. It was about our brother Chance. We put a lot of time and effort into it, but we only got one comment so we weren't too encouraged. We kept at it though and realized that it was more of a release and interaction for us than a contest to be popular. We are sorry that y'all missed that first post; it's one of dad's favorites if not THE favorite.
Check it out and please leave a comment at:




We are pleased to announce only the 5th presentation of
The Prestigious Bumpass Hounds

Hey Hounders,
Homer J., the senior patriarch of The Bumpass Hounds, here today with a very special and important announcement, one that we've only done four previous times so it's not our usual run of the mill dribble. This is our 500th blog post today, so we wanted to make it a special one.  Y'all know that normally we try not to take ourselves too seriously around here, but this is a serious effort on our part. As you may be aware, our BBBs (best blog buddies) Mogley and Bella are very involved with Golden Retriever rescue out in snowy Colorado. You know that as a "rescued" Golden Retriever myself and a former "shelter dog," I realize how important that rescue and fostering efforts are in helping dogs which would otherwise be homeless and/or in a shelter or journeying to The Rainbow Bridge prematurely. We canines are all looking for the same thing people want, to be a loved family member in a forever home. Us Bumpasses 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 and foster many 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" have kept Spencer's blog site open as a tribute to him but they now have opened Dog By Nature ; they continue rescuing and fostering Golden Retrievers, and doing whatever else they can to assist in the rescue effort for Goldens. We remember their heart breaking story of the twin Golden pups Ben and Gerry and all that HM and HD did to try to save them; that episode was a low in our lives. They have now become failed foster parents (like our mom and dad) having adopted Kona, one of their many foster dogs. Us Bumpasses (or is that Bumpi) were inspired by the efforts of Mogley and Bella, and Spencer and HM and HD. In fact, we were so inspired that 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. Our dad is an old sailor; he was in the Navy. In the Navy, when someone did something good that was out of the ordinary, something "above and beyond" the norm, those individuals 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 presented this award to four recipients blogs/bloggers that post to encourage rescue and fostering efforts while practicing what they preach.
Our four recipient blog awardees to date have been: 1. Mogley (and Bella), 2. Spencer (posthumously) and HM and HD, 3.The world famous Siberian cat lover Khyra and her mom  and their Doggy Nana, and 4. our latest recipient, back in December, that awesome tripawed canine blogger Ben and his team of Lance, Tiger, Coop, dad and mom at " Life is Better on 3 Legs Than 4."
Of course we realize that each of these blogs is a team effort and this award is meant to be shared by the entire team; be they quadra-ped, triped, and/or bi-ped.

We asked a few month ago if anyone knew of a worthy blog or blogger that should be considered to be a recipient of the B-Z Award; nominations if you will.  Well we have been made aware of yet another blog with a very hard working team devoted to helping dogs facing grim situations. It's a blog that we also just happen to be "followers" of.  The residents pets are "rescues" like me and the mom dedicates a lot of her time at a Golden Retriever Rescue program shelter similar to Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary where I was saved.  As followers, we have read through their past blog post and are aware of the efforts and the good works that this latest award recipient team has accomplished. We often had to dig down between the lines to realize the effort involved. They are most definitely of the same caliber as the previous winners. Unfortunately, we suspect that they think that their efforts are unrecognized or perhaps unappreciated, but that is most definitely not the case.  Many lost souls have undoubtedly benefited from this team's efforts to help out Golden Retriever Rescue Houston. So, on behalf of all the dogs that this team has helped to care for and help to find a foster and/or permanent homes, we, The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties (TBH&K) of Bumpass, Virginia, do hereby present The Prestigious Bumpass Hounds BRAVO-ZULU Award to that canine wonder "Lucky Luke" and his brother "The Bleu" and their "Mom" over at their blog "Golden Boy." We only wish that they would dedicate more post time about their efforts for other dogs and not be so modest and keep it to themselves.  But, fortunately we have spies and found out about how much they actually do for lost soul Goldens.  We're mighty particular about whom we give the Bravo-Zulu Award For Excellence to, and you have to earn it.  This award is not one to be passed on or transferred. It is for retention and display by the awarded recipients only. There are no rules or requirements that go with it. Luke and his team, The Bleu and their Mom have already met the requirements, and so have Mogley, Bella, the Chauffeur and House Keeper; Spencer and HM and HD; and Khyra and her Mom and Doggy Nana, and also Ben, Lance, Tiger, Coop, and their Mom and Dad The award is nothing fancy and no money or fame comes along with it, but the recipients have already received their reward, and it is NOT a stuffy that squeaks or a treat. It is often just something as simple as a muddy paw print on a white shirt or blouse or a big sloppy tongue kiss to one's cheek or a hug, a pat on the head or a strong stroke along the back of a neck.  It's something that is instantaneously recognized when it happens. If Luke, The Blue and their Mom would like, they're welcome to copy the award and put it on their blog page and we'd be honored if they would do that. All we suggest is that they please stop being so modest about their dedication to the cause and share some of their stories and feeling with the rest of the DWB community.  But even if they don't, we know about what they do and now the rest of the DWB world does also.  So everyone out their in DWB land, let's have a big round of applause for Lucky Luke and his team. And, please. let's all remember Spencer, our inspiration for this BZ Award, and smile; he'd like that as he watches down over us; probably with three GReat big tennis balls grasped in his jowls.
Luke (LuLu), The Bleu and Mom, please stand up and take a bow - WELL DONE

Why not stop over at Golden Boy and leave a congratulatory comment of encouragement for all that they are doing, seen and unseen, for those dogs less fortunate than most of us that have the luxury of blogging as a past time.

Max Dog in South Africa had another comfortable and painless day yesterday and we wish him another today.  Please keep him and his family in you thoughts and prayers as they go through this most difficult period.
- Homer J. and The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties

Please consider doing us the favor of posting the below announcement within your daily blog posts.  It would help a lot and perhaps save a life or two or more.  Pass it along to your friends.
MURPHY, our new spokesdog at Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary, needs your help! 
We here at Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary are participating in The Animal Rescue Site's Shelter Challenge event in hopes of winning a cash grant that will help with feeding and veterinary bills at our shelter.  It's a very simple 3 step process and it's FREE.  Step 1: To get started, all you need to do is click on the "Vote Every Day" button below.  That takes you to The Animal Rescue Sites "  Step 2: Click to Give Free Food and Care" page.  Click on the block to donate free food.  Then a "Thank You" screen appears.  Step 3:  At the top of the Thank You page is a "Vote Today" button.  Simply "click" on that to open the Shelter Challenge voting page.  Select "WV" in the State box and enter "capon" in the City box then click on "Search"  The  Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary data will appear at the bottom of the vote box, then simply click on "Vote" to cast your vote.  A new screen then opens that shows you a picture of an animal.  Simply type in the lower case single word name of the animal to confirm your vote; this is to try to prevent mechanized voting.   Thanks for helping to save a live.

The Animal Rescue Site

Can someone please make room in their heart and home for Murphy?  Murphy is less than a year old.  He is a very good boy and he loves other pets, both dogs and cats.  He is already housebroken so that shouldn't be an impediment to adoption.  Murphy would like nothing better than to have his own family again and to live in his new furever home sometime soon. If you would like to make Murphy a part of your family, please submit and application which can be downloaded from the AHGRR website  ( You can email it to them at:  Murphy is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed /neutered. Wrangler is a prime candidate for long term foster home/care. If you are interested, please contact AHGRR. This boy is a sweetheart. He's a handsome handsome boy and he's waiting now to go home with some lucky person as an adoption or as a long term foster. You can check him out, and other adoptable dogs looking for 4ever homes, at the Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary Petfinder website:  Just click here.


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

Khongrats to woo on #500!!!

That is pawesome pawesome pawesome pawesome pawesome!


The Luke!
The Bleu!!

GReat choice! They are going to be knokhked ovFUR!

Here's to another 500!


Life With Dogs said...

What a crowd - it's fun to hear about your blogging life to date - imagine all that will happen by post 1000!

Maxmom said...

Heartiest congratulation on #5oo! Can you hear the 'Vuvuzela's' blowing your truimph here in South Africa!!?! (Woowooowoooo...Clap! Clap! Masses of Claps!) It is so wonderful to see a blogger with such tenacity and passion! You deserve all the accolades imaginable. Here's hoping that there will be another 500!!! We will be your cheerleaders!
Thank you again for all your support and love. (Today is day 19 of grace!)I appreciate it very much!

Teddy Westlife said...

Congratulations on 500! I am not sure if I knew you way back then, so I am going to read your very first post now.

Well done to Luke, Bleu and Mum. A wonderful award for some wonderful friends.

Angel Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

Congrats on 500, Hounds and Kitties. We can't imagine getting that high, but with all of you to help, you can share the load.

What a great choice for the Bravo-Zulu award. The Luke and the Bleu and the Mom are great friends of ours, and we are glad to see their good works recognized.

Tucker, Daisy and Leo

Fred said...

Happy 500! Thanks for sharing the link to the first post. I'll head on over now!

The Army of Four said...

"Bumpi". Hee hee hee!
Congrats on your 500th post!

Sheila and Bob said...

Congratulations on # 500, hope you have thousands more.
Thank you for all you do for Rescue and for your wonderful friendship to so many.
Just read the first post about Chance.
Not only does it show what a special dog Chance was, but what special folks you are.
As Khyra said you are most definitely pawesome !!!!!!!!

Hamish & Rescue Sophie

Jans Funny Farm said...

Wow. We have finally made it through this post. First we cried over Chance.then we had to go congratulate Luke without telling him what for, in case he hasn't read your post yet. And then we went by to check up on MaxDog. It was a happy visit. So glad he's having extra time with his family.

We voted for the rescue earlier. Now we need to go nap. This was a lot of work. :-)

The Luke said...

Dear Homer J, and the rest of TBH&K (and the good folks who love and care for them!)...

I am so very honored, speechless really (and that's rare)... to be mentioned in such fine company. We certainly hold you all in incredibly high esteem. Foughtfulness like yours is a treasure.

Your kind words and all the depth and meaning that you described in the efforts of rescue... made ME smile, the Mom's eye's leak and the Bleu... he went round and round if circles!

Fank you so very much. I am touched... truly touched. I will display this award proudly, always strive to live up to its meaning, and yes... refocus my blog more on the Mission!

wif much much MUCH love to you all from the Luke

The Luke said...

P.S. Very hearty congratulations on your 500f post! Fat's quite a feat, and I can't wait to read many many MANY more!

wif even more love from the Luke, the Bleu... and the Mom

Sierra Rose said...

Congratulations on the super special 500th post!!! Fantastic!
And, what wonderful recipients of your most amazing award!!


Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Mogley G. Retriever said...

Congratulations on 500 blogs. Congratulations on a great blog with a eye-catching lay out as well, it is very well done. The Bravo Zulu award is great, we hope they appreciate it at Golden Boy. Thanks for a lot of good messages and great reading.

500 more!

500 more!

Too bad you don't enjoy the snow as much as we do out here in Colorado.

Mogley G. Retriever, and Bella too!

Quill and Greyson said...

Concats and Condogs on 500!! Today is my 400, funny huh?


National Canine Cancer Foundation


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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