Friday, November 11, 2011

It's been an emotional week...

First I want to thank the readers of our blog for your many kind words of condolence when we lost Gizmo last month and your many insightful and empathic stories as we've been working through this process of grieving his loss to our family.  Gizmo had a huge personality and was a big part of life at chez RottRover and the pain is overwhelming at times.  All of you with a pack of dogs know that the pack dynamics shift after such a loss.  Bart and Ruby have become closer friends and are spending more time in close proximity to one another.  Bart was very sad and lost initially, but he seems to have moved on and bonded more closely with his sister.  He is somewhat more clingy with me - he needs to be close to me pretty much whenever I'm home, but he is such a sweet boy it's easy to accommodate to this.  We've been walking more frequently and socializing often with our extended pack at the creek.   

Enter Myzie's Rescue Me Week...

Each day many of you have posted about a wonderful animal in need of a forever home - some from high kill shelters, some from rescues.  Many mornings I've had "leaky" eyes reading about a dog or a kitty or a bunny or a GOAT in need of rescue.  I looked on Petfinder for rottweilers:

Here is Kobe, the young guy I met a couple of weeks ago when I went to deliver treats to the shelter. 

HELP!  I'm being pixelated!!

Here's Boomer who's in foster care not far from Chez RottRover.  

I started wondering about the woman who had rescued Ruby who said she was getting out of rescue soon because she was getting burnt-out. Maybe I could post one of their dogs and maybe their rescue could receive a donation... Then on Tuesday she sent me this e-mail:  

Hi Lisa,

Hope your all well!  Thought I would send you this, in case you know anyone that can take him? One day I will hike with you, but I never seem to have a free day.......

Fw: Big teddy bear of a Rottie - at Camarillo, CA


This big guy has quickly made himself one of the shelter's favorites. Chubs is a friendly 4-5 yr. old male Rottie who appears to get along with everybody, including other dogs.
He hops a little when he runs - as if from an old rear leg injury, but does not appear to be in any discomfort, and is otherwise healthy. He does not show signs of this injury while walking. But at over 100 lbs, Chubs is not looking to be anybody's jogging partner anyway, and is hoping for a soft spot in your living room or den.
Please help this big handsome guy get adopted or rescued before he runs out of time at this crowded shelter. If you can't take him home with you, please consider pledging money to help a rescue save Chubs.
If you have specific questions, please call the shelter: 805-388-4341, then 0 and ask about A537049 (since Chubs might not ring a bell).
Rob & Chubs
Teddy-bear???  Chubs???  OMD!! His picture has been taken down because the rescue has pulled him, but suffice to say he had a great big smile and LIPSTICK!! (He got tutored yesterday...)
Bart and Ruby and I are on our way up to Camarillo in a few minutes to go and meet Chubs.  
Mayzie, this may have been Rescue ME Week!!  We'll see.  Regardless, I'll post pictures of the Chubmeister and send you the name of this Rob guy's rescue.

Rottie Kisses!


Anonymous said...

I hope the visit goes amazing! We have been thing and praying for a sense of normalcy for your pack. Keep us updated and safe travels.

Anonymous said...

Oh, now my mom's eyes are leaking again (they've been doing that a lot this week). Wouldn't that be Most Wonderful if Chubs rescued YOU? My paws are crossed for all of you and I'm sending you my Most Pawsitive brindle vibes for a safe trip, a happy meeting and for things to work out just how they're s'posed to.

Wiggles & wags,

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to pictures... hope all goes well!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

The heart grows bigger and stronger with each one:-)

Berts Blog said...

Boy oh boy, this is just wonderful. I so hope it works out for all of you.

We can't wait to see how this turns out.

Much Love
Bert adn MY Vickie

Pippen said...

Our paws are crossed for your pack as well as Chubs!

Sam and Pippen

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

I am feelin all leaky in the eyes. Please let us know how this MEETING turns out. I'm thinkin that you will make a well thought out decision.

Ruby and Penny said...

We are all so excited for you. Hope the greeting is great and Chubs goes home with you.
Love Ruby & Penny

Maggie Mae and Max said...

Mom and me is looking forward to hearing bouts da meeting too! :)

Maggie Mae and Mom

bbes tribe said...

Exciting times! Keeping our paws crossed for you and your pack that the meeting goes well. Good luck in whatever. If it works out Chubs comes home with you, he will be one lucky dude. We know you will do what is best for all.
Slobbery kisses,

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

I can't count the number of times I've been rescued by a dog i was supposed to be rescueing. I hope Bart and Ruby love Chubs and you can bring the big guy home!

It's probably a good thing that my landlord won't let me get another dog. I can see two rotties 2 berners, an airdale, a briard and a shepherd mix all lounging in my living room and Stumpy holding court!

Happy, Waggin' Tails, FUREVER!
Stumpy and me

Boondocks Love Shack Pack said...

Hope it works out for you guys!! Can't wait for the "update"!

Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

Dachshund Nola said...

Aw I hope Chubs rescues you! My momma lost her dog at only 8mos old and I came along 2 months later. Sometimes it's what you need, and you should't ever feel guilty. Gizmo would want you to be happy. Hope all goes well. Thanks for stopping by
Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Dexter said...

That is super exciting. All paws crossed here that Mr. Chubs is just what you were looking for.


Declan said...

Bet you can't resist him! Deccy x

Backcountry Brodie said...

If'n Chubs knows wot be good fur him, he be picking YOU! Paws crossed. Can't wate to hear!

Suka said...

What a bittersweet post. I am glad Rudy and Bert are finding comfort in each other, and staying more close to you. When my last dog passed my grief lasted for ages, so I understand your feelings about sweet Gizmo. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you move through your grief.

It is very exciting to read about Chubs! Paws and fingers crossed that it all works out. :->


Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Paws crossed that Chubs can find his home...and you're the one!

Can't wait to hear about the big meetings.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

We are holding our breath and crossing our fingers and paws!!

Jo's World said...

Hoping Chubs will fill the bill for Rottrover! He sounds like he would fit right in at our house(yawn!)


Amber DaWeenie said...

Mee's been on a bloggin' break cause da Momma is so busy wit holly-day stuffs but mee's still tryin' to visit my furends when mee can. Paws crossed dat we hear about anudder rescue in our community real soon!


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

We haven't been able to follow too much of blog happenings this week, but we are so glad we caught this post - all the very best sibe vibes for a good visit - Chubs couldn't find a better home.

Woos~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom

Unknown said...

We crossed our paws too! Have safe journeys and we can't wait to see the pictures!

Hope everything goes well to Chub and to you too.


Wyatt said...

Okay, now you are making us cry...what a happy story and a happy ending to 'Rescue Me' week.
Can't wait to hear more!

Wyatt's Mom

2browndawgs said...

How wonderful! Can't wait to hear more about your trip.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

You just know when it's time, and you'll know if Chubs is the right one!! I hope so!!! :-))

Two French Bulldogs said...

can't wait to hear all about it
Benny & Lily

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

We are smiling here!

Just like Buster did the entire way from Hagerstown to Harrisburg!

Paws khrossed!


The Daily Pip said...

Hurray for Chubbs and for you and your family! Can't wait to hear all about it.

Your pal, Pip

houndstooth said...

Oh, how very exciting! I'm so happy for you! Who knows, maybe Chubs will be the second most exciting dog in the world! ;)


Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

We have our paws crossed that this all works out. Mama always says you get the dogs God needs you to have and you get them when He needs to home them. You have an open heart and a willing spirit, and that's enough as long as Ruby, Bart & Chubbs get along. And then Chubbs will tell you whether he wants a new name :)

Jed & Abby

JacksDad said...

What a cool person you are!

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Hi Everybuddy, Yaaahooooo. This sounds so exciting. Is Chubs going to live with you forever? We can't wait to hear more. Sounds like he was meant to find his forever home with a family who sure know how to love their Rotties. We are thrilled. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Bouncing Bertie said...

Can't wait to see a picture of a Rottweiler Teddy Bear! (People are always saying I look like a teddy bear, which I can't quite see).
Toodle pip!

The Thuglets said...

We have all our paws crossed here! we can't wait to hear what happens.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Anonymous said...

Now you have Mom and I leaking. Paws up to Chubs! We will be sitting on pins and needles and several boxes of tissues until we hear about your visit :) Hugs!!!

Waggin at ya,

Molly the Airedale said...

OMG, we can hardly see through our tears to type. We are just thrilled for all of you! We can't wait for pictures!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Finn said...

Oh my goodness, we are so exciting for you and can't wait to see this guy!!

Pepsi the Lazy Bum said...

OMD!! You're going to go see Chubs!! A's leaking tears just reading about it, since her Chubbs was also overweight and wasn't anyone's favorite at his previous home.

Can't wait to see pictures of the big guy, and more news of what's gonna happen! Hehe.


Ms. ~K said...

Sending you lots of hugs, and good energy! :)

Lauren L said...

So, what happened??

fromsophiesview said...

Even my suspenders are in could you do that to us all...still waiting....still!

Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

OMD, I hope everything goes well!!

The Oceanside Animals said...

"Big teddy bear" sounds like a good recommendation to me. :-)

Marjie said...

I'm still sad about your loss of Gizmo - which was a loss to all of your friends. Kobe is a cute guy, and I hope you enjoy meeting Chubs!

KB said...

We all know how very long it takes to feel normal again after losing a dog who you love so much. And, it's not only your loss but your dogs' loss as well. We continue to send you our thoughts.

I hope that you have a wonderful visit with Chubs!!!!

Elaine Pritchard said...

Isn't it strange how these things happen. Reading your post made me go all tingly.

Can't wait to hear what happens next......

Love and licks, Winnie

Marion said...

Hope the visit went well and I'm so interested to hear what happened on your visit. Thinking of you all...xx

TwoSpecialWires said...

Well. It's been, like, furever, since we've managed to get OurMoma to help us blog. And once we finally get her to sneak in for a few minutes ... this is one of the first posts we come to. Nothing like stirring up the emotions around here.

Anyhow ... we want to thank you for helping us spread the word about the Worldwide Moment. AND we want you to know we've added you to our bloglist ... so we HOPE we can get OurMoma to be a little more ... shall we say ... involved?

Take care, special ones,
Jake and Fergi

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Always remember that while your heart is healing - we keep you close to our heart.
We know how loss can be,,,and sometimes knowing others care helps a tiny bit. We do.