Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ruby's Gotcha Day Comment-a-thon

Woo Hoo!!  I've been living at my forever home for 2 years today!!  I never knew life could be so good.  Imagine me, the little back yard dog, getting to sleep on the bed, eating cookies, having foodables delivered to my doorstep by Mr. Chewy and going to the vet for every little thing.  

me - helping change the sheets

When I was first Gotcha'd I wouldn't go into the back yard, I was afraid of all the dogs we met on our hikes, I didn't know the first thing about leash walking, I refused to pee outside of our yard, much less poop.

If I can't see you, you can't see me

I was SO shy.  I didn't think anyone liked me.  And I acted either like I didn't care about anyone or I would bark and act all tough.

gentle, confident Bart

I took turns walking with my brothers.  Gizmo taught me to be confident and friendly and that everyone will like you if you just act like you like them.  Bart taught me to be gentle and kind and that I could still be shy, but I didn't need to be afraid.  They were both right.

me and Bart

You know at the end of the movie Pretty Woman when Richard Gere climbs up the ladder to "rescue" Julia Roberts and he asks her what happens to the princess after she gets rescued by the prince and she says, "she rescues him right back"? 

Mr. Serious

Well, I've taught Bart to PLAY!  Until fairly recently he was a very serious fellow.  Now, we chase each other through the house squeaking toys and jumping on the bed.  On hikes we run and chase in the soft sand and Bart has begun to act playful with our other dog friends -- bouncing, wiggling, pouncing...which he NEVER did before.  He was always VERY serious.  I gave that to him!




dork patrol


My family has given me a home and I've given them devotion, play, silliness, fun and SO much gratitude. 



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This is a comment-a-thon.  For every comment left today through Friday at midnight, we'll donate a dollar to homeless rotties through the man who rescued my almost-brother, Chubs - who has been adopted, by the way!

Thanks for being part of my extended pack!!

Love,

-Ruby


97 comments:

Bouncing Bertie said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ruby, that is a lovely post. I feel I know you and your pack so much better now, and Gail and I delighted to be part of your extended family. We can all learn from each other can't we? Although I am not sure that Gail finds my lessons in ankle nibbling that useful...
Toodle pip!
Bertie.

Jess and Glacier said...

Oh, what a great post. Congratulations! Enjoy your second "got ya" day. hugs :)

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ruby. Isn't it marvellous how us dogs can give each other confidence and increase our learning curve?
Long may it continue in your household.

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

Macintosh Mitch said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Ruby! You've got the most perfect home and family in this whole wide world!

Love ya lots,
Mitch

Magic said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ruby - your sweet post made my Mum cry - she said she was so happy you've found such a wonderful furever home. Don't know why she cries when she's happy? Anyway we loved those pictures of you and Bart and we're so glad you've helped him be less serious :-) Have a great day! woofs and licks from Magic xx

Declan said...

Many congratulations Ruby. You are a gorgeous girl and deserve all the happiness you and your family have with you. Deccy

Finn said...

Happy happy gotcha day!!

Peruby said...

I love a good rescue story! Helping them overcome the trauma that may have happened to them makes it all worthwhile.

Beth said...

Ahhh I am cryig...Happy Gotcha Day!

I miss my rottie...it has been a year since she died... she was the sweetest thing ever...

We are going to rescue another this summer.. can't wait!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Not to mention the human servants!!!

Happy Ruby Ruby Day!!!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra
PeeEssWoo: Mom says some of her happiest transport memories inkhlude the big bears in the Zen-terra!

3 doxies said...

Woooohoooo, I be heres so lets get dis pawty started, we is havin' a pawty ain't we?
Okays, I has to gets serious furs a brief moment...dat postie brought some tears to my eyeballs. I thank your peeps fur bringin' you home to a life every doggie should haves...to show you da love and respect you deserve. And thank you Miss Ruby fur showin' Bart hows to be playful...okays I done nows so wheres da cheetos?

Puddles

Priscilla said...

What a beautiful post, Ruby!! So glad that you've found your sweetest and best family in the whole wide world. You've taught them a lot and brought lots of fun to them too! We are also happy that you're not scared and worried about the outside world anymore as you know that you're loved all the time.

Happy Gotcha Day, Ruby!

We just want to tell you that you're a princess, a beautiful beautiful princess!!!

Love from Eva, Mika, Priscilla and Rosie

Roo said...

Happy #2 Gotcha Day Ruby! :D Wow! what a great collection of photos your Mom put up! :D You and Bart have really given each other some very special gifts :) Paws up to yaz! :D

Enjoy your special day sweet gal :)

Waggin at ya,
Roo

Amber DaWeenie said...

Hap-Pee Gotcha Day, Ruby! Yes, you were rescued and you rescued right back! Dat is da way it should be! Dat is da way it was! Now like Puddles said......where is da Cheetoes??

HoundDogMom said...

Happy Happy Gotcha Day, Ruby! We are so glad you found your fur-ever family and have made such great strides in your 2 years. Have a great day! Sniffs, The HoundDogs

georgia little pea said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Ruby! Aren't you lucky to have found such a nice family! Good girl for helping other rotties find good homes too. Have a great day! :) x

GOOSE said...

HAPPY Gottcha- Day!!!!!Warms my heart that you have what you need and more importantly what you deserve.
Blessings,
Goose

Sam and Pippen said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Miss Ruby!

Sam and Pippen

Tank said...

Have a great gotcha day Ruby! Luv ya, Tank

harrispen said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ruby! You sure have come a long way since your first day at home. I love the way you help your mom make the bed. Isn't sleeping in bed with the humans just great?

Cindy & Nina

Remington said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Ruby! I hope you have a fun filled day! Love this post...."she rescues him right back"....very cool....

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

♫ Happy Gotcha Day to You ♫
♫ Happy Gotcha Day to You ♫
♫ Happy Gotcha Day dear Ruby ♫
♫ Happy Gotcha Day to YOU ♫
♪ AROOOOOOOOOO ♪

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Aw, Ruby, you are not the only fortunate one in your home. They're fortunate to have you too. Happy Gotcha Day!

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Ruby! (And since Puddles is here, the party has totally started!)

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Awesome post, Ruby! And a great big Happy Gotcha Day to you!!! We think you have made your whole family very happy.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

The Heartbeats said...

Wow! What a day! So happy that you are happy on your Gotcha Day!

Big dogs rock!

Calhoun

Nola said...

Happy gotcha day beautiful girl! You sure picked a great home, I'm so happy for you!
Love
Dachshund Nola

Christine said...

What a cool story! We think you are doing a really nice thing! We are new to your blog and are going to follow along! Bark on by! We have the who dunnit going on!

Ruby and Penny said...

Happy Happy Gotcha Day girlfriend.
Love Ruby & Penny

Bassetmomma said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ruby! Your living the dream!!

Mileys Daily Scoop said...

Happy Gotcha Day!!!

animal lover, quilt lover said...

I love that your brothers taught you not to be afraid!! That you have taught Brat not to be so serious all the time. We all need to learn all the time!! Get better and better!!!

H Ski said...

Happy Gotcha Day!! You found such a wonderful home! And you are doing such a kind thing with the comment-a-thon.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

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♥«´¨`•°..Happy GOTCHA DAY!!°•´¨`»♥
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What a wonderful, wonderful life you lead now that is a tribute to your resilience and your great family!!

brooke said...

Happy 2nd Gotcha day!!!!

JackDaddy said...

Well that is a wonderful story, wonderfully told!!

K9 Katastrophie said...

A very Happy Gotcha Day to you!!!

Licks,
Ruthie

scotsmad said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Ruby!

Sounds like you and your family are the PERFECT match. You have a great celebration. You've become so brave.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Sarge said...

Hey Ruby!
Wow, happy gotcha day to you! What a great story and you surely are in a wonderful pack now. This is a great event and I'll get it added to the BCCalendar.
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Corbin said...

Hope you have a very special day to celebrate being GOT!
-Corbin

Jake of Florida said...

What a beautiful post, Ruby. You and Bart have given each other so so much and we suspect the humans have huge smiles on their faces at the sight of the two of you!!!

Happy Gotcha Day!

Wirey woofs,

Jake and Just Harry

Sweet William The Scot said...

Ruby you have love in your heart and it shines bright. They might have rescued you, but you have rescued all that you share your love with.
Have a great Gotcha Day!
Sweet William The Scot

Kari in Vegas said...

Happy Gotcha Day!!!

Stop on by for a visit
Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ruby, your family found you to love and your loved them right back. What a grreat two years you have had. Thanks for sharing your story. We love ya Ruby. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

houndstooth said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Ruby! I made sure to share the link of Twitter and Facebook. Hopefully you get lots of comments today!

I had no idea Bart was so serious. I guess it's a good thing that he's always been interesting!

Bunny

Chester said...

Happy Gotchya day, Ruby and a very nice to meetchya!!! You sound like one happy pack and you're a very lucky dawg 'cuz you sound like you are spoiled - as it should be.

I came over 'cuz of Bunny Hound sayin' you'd donate a whole $1 to homeless rotties for every comment. Glad I could help to empty your pockets and fill some hungry dawg's bowls!

Woofs and pocketfuls of slobbers,
Chester ;0=)

Honey the Great Dane said...

Hi Ruby - I made my human write a note in her diary so that we wouldn't forget to pop over today to leave a comment! :-)

And gosh - your story is even better than the movie! My human, Hsin-Yi, got a lump in her throat reading about wonderful your 2 brothers helped you - and then how you "rescued them right back" - it is just such a wonderful story. Love you, Ruby!

Oh - and Happy Gotcha Day!

Slobbers,
Honey the Great Dane

Jo's World said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Ruby. A girl like me can understand exactly where you have come from. I was in the slammer for three months before my Mom got me out. Now I am just as happy as you are, and the money your folks are raising will help another pup find a way out! Makes me feel good all over!

Kisses,
Stella

hisqueen said...

happy Gotcha Day Miss Ruby..What an awesome family you have.
Aria, Mikey and Hu-Mom

karenharrisonbinette said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Ruby! I'm so happy you found the perfect home and family for you.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

RUBY GIRRRRRL...... HAPPY HAPPY GOTCH DAY #2. You did such a wonderful job with this post. I feel like I have been right there at your side for each and every one of the thingys that you described.
I hope that you get TONS of Toys and Snacks and Hugs and Love on THIS.. your mostest special of days.

What a generous thingy you are doing with the comments. You are the BEST EVER!!

Berts Blog said...

Well beautiful girl,k this is the perfect gotcha Day. And a perfect thoughtful way to celebrate it.

I am so glad you ended up wtih Bart and Gizmo. What great teachers the three of you were and are for each other.

Love ya
bert

Kris10 said...

Happy Gotcha day. Dogs are beautiful creatures. Your family is fortunate to receive your unconditional love.

Barbara said...

Happy Gotcha Day!! We KNOW you brought lots of love into that house even if you were shy!!

Angela J. said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ruby! You are such a sweet and beautiful girl and it is so nice of you to remember all the rotties out there just waiting for someone to love them and show them what it's like to be part of a real family.

Boondocks Love Shack Pack said...

Happy gotcha day!! You got it good, dog!!

AROOOOOF!
Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

Dawn said...

My chocolate lab friend referred me to this blog. My dear rotty passed almost 17 months ago. Love love love the butt in the header! what's really funny is that Pretty Woman is my favorite movie - love that reference and the quote under the header - they do take your heart.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

What a beautiful post! Happy Gotcha Day Rubie.
All the things you said- gave us warm fuzzies, and we thank you for that!
love
tweedles

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

First, we are so glad that Chubs has found a home. We pray it is half as perfect as your forever life is.

Happy Gotcha Day, Ruby! We love celebrations where the perfect pup and the perfect forever family find each other--enriching, sharing, growing and loving together. You are all amazing and blessed...and we wish you lots of Gotcha Days, and reasons to be joyful.

Ina in Alaska said...

We are new readers but your blog is very good! Congratulations to Ruby on her 2nd Gotcha Day!! Looks like a fun life and a great home! We are thankful you have nothing to worry about for the rest of your life. Hooray Pretty Girl!!!

Sally Ann and Andy said...

Hi Ruby,
Happy 2nd gotcha day! Have fun!
Sally Ann and Andy

chicamom85 said...

Hi Ruby, I am Sasha, I came to wish you a Happy Gotcha Day. I hope we can be friends. I love your story. I am also a rescue and was very afraid when I first came to my forever home, I haven't had a bad day since. Isn't it great to be loved and feel safe?? Have a great day filled with love and treats.

Loveys Sasha

2browndawgs said...

What a great story! Happy (belated) Gotcha Day Ruby!

The Boston Lady said...

Ruby what a beautiful post, I'm glad I didn't miss the chance to comment. You have learned a very important thing in your life, when you are given a gift, it is your turn to return the favor. I love that you taught "Mr Serious" to have some fun. A lovely Rottie household. Ann

sophie...^5 said...

Happy Gotcha Day...!!! Nothing but the best!

Marjie said...

This is one of the most heartwarming stories ever! You and your forever family have been so good for each other. Happy Gotcha Day!

Madi and Mom said...

Happy 2nd Gotcha Day to my beautiful Rottie Friend Ruby.
What a wonderful post.
Hugs Madi

Maggie Mae said...

Sweet Ruby,

Happy Gotcha Day to you!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae and Max

Bailey Be Good! said...

Happy Happy Gotcha Day!! :)

Woofs & hugs, <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Ruby Roo... Our walkies and our extended pack wouldn't be the same without YOU! We love you soooo much!

(Don't look now but I think Bart is sitting closer to your mom.... tee heee!)

Auntie H and "the Lou" (And Farticus too!)

Alfie said...

aw that's great what you're doing with the comments! I'm so glad I jumped on today.

Congrats on your gotcha day! you and i kinda seem like twins (except we look waaaaay different!). I guess I should take your brothers' advise and not be so afraid either. I hope you have a great day and I am glad to have met you through the blogoverse!

Chris said...

Ruby, Happy Belated Gotcha Day!

Scout and Freyja said...

A furever home is the best kind of home to have in all of the whole, wide world!

Jazzi said...

That was a great post and yes we learn from other, peeps and dogs and we do love ot give back. I think it is a dog thing bol
Happy gotcha day!!!

wags
Jazzi

Bigdogzola said...

Congratulations Ruby - sounds like you have come a long way. Good for you girl. Nice touch softening up Mr Serious - heehee much more fun to have him as a playtime buddy.Good work Ruby! Lucky you xx

Sierra Rose said...

Oh Ruby! Happy Gotcha Day sweet gal! LOVE this post, made our hearts smile real big :)

Hugs from us!
Sierra Rose

bettyj said...

This post brought tears to my eyes. A back yard rottie, oh my. We all know they need to be in the house and loved! I am so happy I found this blog. don't know how I did,but am thankful. Bart and Ruby are now 2 of my 3 favorite rotts.
betty and Dasko

The Thuglets said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ruby! we are so so sorry we are late with this post.ggrrr
What a brilliant post. You are one much loved gorgeous lady!

Have a great weekend
Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Wyatt said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ruby. What a wonderful story, we love the ones with the happy endings!

Wyatt and Stanzie

animal lover, quilt lover said...

It really was a great post Ruby!!!

Sue said...

Sorry we missed the deadline, but we had to say Happy Gotcha Day. You did a very nice thing teaching Bart to play. We had a big brother Monty, who never learned to play. He was terribly beaten when he was just a little pup and he was always a very serious dog after that. Mom felt so bad that she'd cry because poor Monty could never relax enough to play.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

Two Doodles and a Dane said...

Happy Belated Gotcha day Rubie, you and Bart are such lucky doggies! You sure look like you have great lives together.

Slobbers

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Happy Belated Gotcha Day, Ruby! We're sorry we missed your actual day; it was entirely mama's fault.

Your story is a lot like our Cousin Pretty Girl's story before she got rescued. You are both lucky girls, but we're lucky, too, to have both of you in our lives.

Jed & Abby

Mango said...

Miss Ruby,
Sorry I am late for your big day. What a wonderful post. You know, real friends bring out the best in each other just like you and Bart.

Slobbers,
Mango

Bailey Be Good! said...

Dropping off some woofs & hugs!! <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Asta said...

Wubie,
What a most wondewful Gotcha day
Youw stowy made Mommi's eyes leak..you have leawned so much wif the help of youw family and all that you have done in wetuwn makes me smile and smile wif joy.
You'we wondewful and bootiful and so vewy loved..you have adopted the bestest family

Thank you fow shawing youw joy wif Wotties who awe still waiting fow that pawfect fuwwevew family
So pwoud to be youw fwiend
Smoochie kisses
Asta

Beth said...

Happy Gotcha Day! I hope it was a fun day! Thank you so much for stopping by my new blog! I appreciate it! I know I won’t be doing this daily but will be fun to share some of the things going on in my life!

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ruby!!! You have the prettiest eyes !!!!! I love you and Brat!!

KB said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ruby!!!!! I love your story, especially the part about how you repaid Bart by teaching him to be silly and play. You really made me smile.

You are so very lucky that you and your family found each other.

scottiechronicles.com said...

Happy Gotcha Day Miss Ruby!!! And many more to you and yours!

Aroo, Stuart

Asta said...

Wooby
I just came to give you mowe smoochies and tell you how much I love you and all youw wondewful family
Mommi and Daddi and I got to spend the WHOLE day togethew celebwating theiw aminevewsawawy..that has nevew happened befowe..HEWE, they let me in so many places that I got to be pawt of theiw whole day

it was vewy special
thank you fow youw good wishes
smoochie kisses
ASTA

sagechronicles said...

What a wonderful life you now live, Ruby. You know, they say that what comes around, goes around. Or is that the other way around? Either way, your brothers have benefited with you in their lives.

FiveSibesMom said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Ruby! You are a beautiful girl and we wish you many, many more wonderful Gotcha Days with your wonderful family!

Mr. Pip said...

Well, I am a week late, but HAPPY GOTCHA DAY, Ruby! My peeps abandoned me for the week so I wasn't able to get online for a whole week!

Your pal, Pip

P.S.: I was VERY shy and scared of everything for years!

haopee said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Ruby.

I think your one lucky Rottie to have found your forever home. And not only that, you even get to have new brothers too.

Well, we're all glad for you!

Huggies and Cheese,

Haopee

Rama's Mama said...

What a wonderful post. :-) Happy belated Gotcha Day!

Wild Dingo said...

I know i'm late, but OMD, that was the nicest story. I love how you rescued Bart, Ruby!