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Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy!

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.


It’s the birthday boy! Or as close to a birthday as we can get for him.

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.

3 Amigos

From the days when Rumpy shared me with Sage and DeDe. There’s June Buggie and Bubba in the photo too.

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.


On patrol for those pesky squirrels!

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.

Old? Who you calling old, woman?

Old? Who you calling old, woman?

Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy! I love you!

About Jen and the Furries

Hello and welcome. I’m a 50 something woman who’s probably awake when she should be sleeping. Oh, and there are animals, because who doesn’t have pets?


69 thoughts on “Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy!

  1. Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy!

    Posted by stanze | October 20, 2014, 6:00 AM
  2. Happy Gotcha Day Rumpy! I hope you have a great day!

    Posted by Barbara Meriam | October 20, 2014, 6:05 AM
  3. Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy!! You struck oil when you moved in with Jen!!! Xox

    Posted by Austin Towers | October 20, 2014, 6:10 AM
  4. Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy! I hope you get lots of cookies!

    Posted by Clowie | October 20, 2014, 6:12 AM
  5. Oh what a beauty Rumpy is! Happy Gotcha day to you both. 🙂

    Posted by DailyMusings | October 20, 2014, 6:16 AM
  6. happy gotcha day Rumpy!!!

    Posted by delia1979 | October 20, 2014, 6:20 AM
  7. Happy Gotcha Day!!! Sweet Rumpy!! Hugs and nose kisses

    Posted by Mumsy's Little Chancy Man | October 20, 2014, 6:54 AM
  8. 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

    Posted by eripanwkevin | October 20, 2014, 7:05 AM
  9. Happy Gotcha Day Rumpy! I hope you get lots of presents. 😉

    Posted by Charles Huss | October 20, 2014, 7:09 AM
  10. Happy Gotcha Day Rumpy. Wishing you many more and lots of cookies

    Posted by Linda Andrews | October 20, 2014, 7:42 AM
  11. Happy Gotcha Day to you Rumpy……..we love you too – hope you keep your Mom company for a long time to come……

    Love, Sammy

    Posted by onespoiledcat | October 20, 2014, 7:45 AM
  12. You go Rumpy. Just so you know, you’re a rock star. The whole world is wishing you the happiest of possible Gotcha days.

    Posted by bitcodavid | October 20, 2014, 8:19 AM
  13. 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).

    Posted by katecrimmins | October 20, 2014, 8:40 AM
  14. Happy Gotcha Day!

    Posted by Mother Hen | October 20, 2014, 9:38 AM
  15. 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!

    Posted by Kuruk | October 20, 2014, 9:46 AM
  16. Happy Gotcha Day Rumpy!

    Posted by Brian | October 20, 2014, 10:21 AM
  17. Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy!

    Posted by Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom | October 20, 2014, 10:36 AM
  18. Happy gotcha day, Rumpy. Hope you have many many more. ❤

    Posted by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | October 20, 2014, 11:22 AM
  19. Happy Gotcha Day Rumpy,xx Speedy

    Posted by speedyrabbit | October 20, 2014, 11:55 AM
  20. Have a beautiful Gotcha Day, Rumpy! You are a very clever pup because you have found and tamed Jen! 🙂

    Posted by kolytyi | October 20, 2014, 12:24 PM
  21. Hey, my dear friend, Happy Gotcha Day! Mr. Bowie says “Meow!”

    Posted by Herman | October 20, 2014, 12:38 PM
  22. Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy, you gorgeous doggie! xoxoxox

    Posted by teddyandtottie | October 20, 2014, 3:12 PM
  23. Happy Birthday gorgeous!

    Posted by journeyintopoetry | October 20, 2014, 3:33 PM
  24. 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,

    Posted by Genevieve Petrillo | October 20, 2014, 3:39 PM
  25. 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! >^..^<

    Posted by Annabelle Essert (@RainbowCatsx8) | October 20, 2014, 4:26 PM
  26. I’m glad you got him, too!

    Posted by Alejandro De La Garza | October 20, 2014, 4:27 PM
  27. Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy!!

    Posted by jowensauthor | October 20, 2014, 5:24 PM
  28. Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy!

    Posted by The Island Cats | October 20, 2014, 6:38 PM
  29. HAPPY GOTCHA DAY. Keep on smiling.

    Posted by corkscot | October 20, 2014, 7:22 PM
  30. 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

    Posted by The OP Pack | October 20, 2014, 7:44 PM
  31. Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy! Lots of love and happiness to the bestest dog in the world!

    Posted by Oui Oui | October 20, 2014, 8:06 PM
  32. Happy happy happy Gotcha Day!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    Posted by Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady | October 20, 2014, 8:29 PM
  33. you are one lucky DOG!!! happy gotcha day, Rumpy.

    Posted by Cinnamon Chaisson | October 20, 2014, 9:27 PM
  34. Happy gotcha day, dear Rumpy! We love you lots, and hope you had a most wonderful day!

    Posted by meowmeowmans | October 20, 2014, 10:03 PM
  35. Happy Gotcha Day Rumpy and lots of cookies

    Posted by tylersat99 | October 21, 2014, 1:09 AM
  36. Happy Gotcha Day Rumpy – you’re looking mighty fine for a mature fellow!

    Posted by Animalcouriers | October 21, 2014, 3:20 AM
  37. Happy Gotcha Day!!


    Posted by hutchagoodlife | October 21, 2014, 10:38 AM
  38. Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy. And for all your complaining about not enough cookies, Jen bought you a BIG cookie.

    Posted by Hi folks. It's BJ Pup | October 21, 2014, 11:25 AM
  39. Reblogged this on stillhere2008 and commented:
    what a good dog….i love my dog too..Mans best friend….God given right to a name!!!!!!

    Posted by amylevering | October 21, 2014, 12:44 PM
  40. Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy, and you sure are a handsome fellow!

    Posted by lscotthoughts | October 21, 2014, 7:09 PM
  41. Happy Gotcha Day Rumpy!! What a great cookie!! xo Chloe and LadyBug

    Posted by bichonpawz | October 22, 2014, 4:36 AM
  42. The last photo is my very favorite picture of Rumpy.

    Posted by Hi folks. It's BJ Pup | October 22, 2014, 8:56 AM
  43. 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.

    Posted by Isobel | October 22, 2014, 4:19 PM
  44. 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.

    Posted by Odell Nelson (@nelson6o) | October 23, 2014, 12:04 PM
  45. Rumpy, my friend! Happy belated Gotcha Day to y’all from Tuck and Momma. *doggie hugs*

    Posted by Tuck The Law Dog | October 23, 2014, 2:26 PM
  46. Happy gotcha day lovely Rumpy, hope you get spoiled rotten!

    Posted by Misaki | October 26, 2014, 3:00 PM
  47. Happy [belated] Gotchya Day, Rumpty. Penny Layne hopes that you enjoyed your cookie and that you’re having fun with your new squeaky toy.

    Posted by juan-star | October 28, 2014, 6:09 PM


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