Today is Rumpy’s 9th Gotcha Day.
It was 9 years ago today I was driving down the street in Winchester, Tennessee, and found a pup hanging dangerously close to the road. He had no cares, no tags, and no microchip. The vet estimated he was between 6 and 9 months old.
I looked for his home, but no one claimed him. So he stayed with me, Sage, and Luckydog.
Many days I regretted that decision, like when I twisted my ankle after having stepped in one of the hundreds of holes he dug in the yard. Or after coming home to find another pair of shoes chewed to oblivion. Or while burying yet another bird… or mouse… or feral cat…. he’d killed.
Much has changed in these 9 years. Rumpy has gone from one of the dogs to being an only dog. I can tell he misses having other dogs around. But I’m not in a position to bring another dog into the home.
He doesn’t run near as much, but he will still give a squirrel a run for its’ money. And sometimes he walks with a slight limp. He’s more content lying in the yard, especially now with the crisp, fall air carrying smells from around the neighborhood.
Nine years is old for a big dog. And yes, I know many of you have had large dogs that lived up into their mid-teens. I’m hoping the same for Rumpy. But the average life span for an Alaskan Malamute is 10-12 years.
But enough of that. Today is a day of joy and celebration! My old guy got his favorite wet food for breakfast. I’ll stop at the local dog bakery on my way home for a celebratory birthday cookie, and a squeaky toy.
Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy! I love you!
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Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy!
Woo woo wooooooo!!!!!! Thank you!
Happy Gotcha Day Rumpy! I hope you have a great day!
Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy!! You struck oil when you moved in with Jen!!! Xox
And cookies!!!! Thanks Austin!
Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy! I hope you get lots of cookies!
Thanks Clowie! woo woo woo!
Oh what a beauty Rumpy is! Happy Gotcha day to you both. 🙂
He is adorable! Thanks for the good wishes!
happy gotcha day Rumpy!!!
Happy Gotcha Day!!! Sweet Rumpy!! Hugs and nose kisses
Happy happy Gotcha Day Rumpy!!!! If I hadn’t have met you, I wouldn’t have been on social media for this long time. I’m so happy to have met you! The picture of you, Sage, Dear DeDe, June Buggie and Bubba is wonderful!!!
I wish you a lovely great day on your birthday! Lots of hugs loves and kisses, from AngelKevin, mom and kitties
Thanks Kevin! You were one of my first blog folkowers and are my biggest fan!
Happy Gotcha Day Rumpy! I hope you get lots of presents. 😉
I do too! Thank you!
Happy Gotcha Day Rumpy. Wishing you many more and lots of cookies
Happy Gotcha Day to you Rumpy……..we love you too – hope you keep your Mom company for a long time to come……
You go Rumpy. Just so you know, you’re a rock star. The whole world is wishing you the happiest of possible Gotcha days.
I’m getting warm wishes and virtual cookies from all over the world! YAY!
Awww! My old cat Jake is a lot like that. Picked him up off the streets. Couldn’t find a home for him so he stayed. Killed birds and chipmunks. Peed on carpets. Now old at 16 I can’t imagine life without that old curmudgeon. Yay for Rumpy and many more gotcha days (and of course the cookies that go along with that).
Thanks Kate! And best wished to Jake for many years to come!
Happy Gotcha Day!
Happy Happt Gotcha day buddy Rumpy! The most famous Mal in the world! xoxoxoxoxoxox ❤ here's to many more and hope you get all the treats you want today! Wooooooooowooooooooooo!
Cookies all day long! Thanks Ku!
Happy Gotcha Day Rumpy!
Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy!
Happy gotcha day, Rumpy. Hope you have many many more. ❤
Thank you! I do too!
Happy Gotcha Day Rumpy,xx Speedy
Have a beautiful Gotcha Day, Rumpy! You are a very clever pup because you have found and tamed Jen! 🙂
Hey, my dear friend, Happy Gotcha Day! Mr. Bowie says “Meow!”
Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy, you gorgeous doggie! xoxoxox
Happy Birthday gorgeous!
Happy Gotcha Day, R. You’re as handsome as ever. I hope you are having a wonderful, special day, and that you have 9 million more! Each more special than the last. xoxo
Love and licks,
Yaaaaa Rumpkin!! We’re so thankful Jen found you that day and that she shares you and your antics with your world of friends and anipals! All of us send love & loud purring…not just today, but every day! >^..^<
I’m glad you got him, too!
It was both our destinies!
Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy!!
Thank you!!!! woo woo woo!
Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy!
HAPPY GOTCHA DAY. Keep on smiling.
Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy!!! We hope you had a great day and we wish you many more good years to come.
Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning
Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy! Lots of love and happiness to the bestest dog in the world!
Happy happy happy Gotcha Day!!
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!
you are one lucky DOG!!! happy gotcha day, Rumpy.
Happy gotcha day, dear Rumpy! We love you lots, and hope you had a most wonderful day!
Happy Gotcha Day Rumpy and lots of cookies
Happy Gotcha Day Rumpy – you’re looking mighty fine for a mature fellow!
Happy Gotcha Day!!
Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy. And for all your complaining about not enough cookies, Jen bought you a BIG cookie.
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what a good dog….i love my dog too..Mans best friend….God given right to a name!!!!!!
Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy, and you sure are a handsome fellow!
Happy Gotcha Day Rumpy!! What a great cookie!! xo Chloe and LadyBug
The last photo is my very favorite picture of Rumpy.
Bless him, and bless you for rescuing him. There is a woman locally who rescues huskies. She has one husky malamute cross who is enormous, but still sees himself as a small dog and just wants to cuddle. So give Rumpy a cuddle from me.
Kyia our Malamute would pull kids on skateboards and sleds, and my “snowplow/shovel” as we cleared sidewalks of snow (on the run!). Sadly, that’s a long time ago. My son is pictured with Kyia on Twitter.
Rumpy, my friend! Happy belated Gotcha Day to y’all from Tuck and Momma. *doggie hugs*
Happy gotcha day lovely Rumpy, hope you get spoiled rotten!
Happy [belated] Gotchya Day, Rumpty. Penny Layne hopes that you enjoyed your cookie and that you’re having fun with your new squeaky toy.
The cookie was good! Can I have another?