We kept what
you are about to read quiet for a while …… but now the time has come to tell
Rumble's story. As least as much as we feel we can today.
Rumble was part of a loving home from the age of 8 weeks. He was owned by a
couple and from what we know from a heartbreaking long letter written by his
daddy he was the centre of attention. The lady was at home all day with him, the
husband working some 90 minutes journey from home. One autumn evening in 2004
his owner arrived home to find Rumble in the garden sat with the body of his
wife who had tragically died suddenly.
Life was never to be the same for Rumble. His owner tried to keep Rumble… but
being absent from home 12 hrs a day leaving Rumble by himself he knew was not
fair. In late 2005 he had to make his heartbreaking decision to let Rumble move
on to a new life he realised that Rumble “had a lot of loving and a lot of
running left in him”.....being 8 years of age ….the condition for rehoming from
his daddy was ….
“That his daddy be given an absolute promise that he would be taken good care
of, for ever, will never be smacked” He described Rumble as a loving and much
loved home boy.. ..but he now needs a new home.
from what we understand went to the kennels where he had boarded during holidays
since being a puppy and the intention being to rehome him from there. The first
rehoming lasted less than 24 hrs…..he wiped his wet beard on the sofa. Back to
the kennels he went. The next home we are unsure how long he was there but at
some point he growled at a child when being cuddled and was immediately returned
to the kennels. In January this year, he was, as a number of Planet Airedale
Members know, rehomed and then in less than a week he was again returned to the
kennels having bitten the new owner whilst being cuddled.
We felt compelled to find out what had become of Rumble. We were to learn that
he was still in the kennels. He had always had a special diet for a food allergy
and if his diet was changed and if given the wrong food his skin erupted in
sores…… wet eczema. On the last two rehomings he had returned to he kennels on
the wrong food and with sores. He had been seen by the vet and with medication
“his skin was healing nicely”? He was being accessed by staff and a different
person handed him every day with no problems. He just loved a big fuss and
giving wet kisses.
We asked if they could consider letting him come to a home with other Dales.
After talking at length with the kennels on the Sunday, arrangements were made
for us to make the long journey to bring him home on the following Friday. Later
that day we learned he was to have a check-up at vets Friday morning…we arranged
to be there in time to go to the vets so we could fully understand about
Rumble’s problem. The following day we heard, quote…. “his back is still very
sore and I don't think it's fair to leave him until Friday
(although that is when the vet has told us to take him back). Also, if he needs
medication (which I think he will,) we might as well get him started again
rather than wait and he can have a follow-up appointment on Friday.” ….. We were
not to be too upset when we saw his back. He was going to the vets now Tuesday
We suggested it may not be in Rumble’s best interests at this time to subject
him to a long journey (290 miles) and a new home with four Dales. Tuesday
morning Rumble was seen by a vet and his “wet eczema” was given new tablets and
to be bathed with special shampoo that day and every fourth day. The vet felt it
would be beneficial for Rumble to go to his new home as his problems may now
also be stress related from being in a kennel. He was to be seen again on the
Friday before coming home with us.
Nothing had prepared us for the boy we met………….he was in a dreadful state his
poor body a mass of sores he was so thin…and he stunk!
We went to the vets with him …however this was a large practice and the vet had
never seen him before. He read from the notes that Rumble had “wet eczema” and
was on tablets. A very “brief” look at him yielded yet more tablets. We asked
for a copy of Rumble’s veterinary notes to give to our vet, as we had already
spoken to our vet and for continuity of treatment Rumble would see her a week
after settling in with us.
We were handed a full copy of his records for our vet from him being eight weeks
old to date.
It’s important to say whilst at the vets word spread that Rumble and his new
owners were there….and staff from all over came out to hug Rumble and wish him
well in his new home….they had known him since he was a puppy and he is now
almost nine years of age. Our point…remember this is a dale that this has
We know Rumble went into the kennels with all his own “kit” as it was referred
to by his daddy…..collars, leads, pads, duvets, bowls and toys….he left with us
and his water bowl?
Before arriving home with Rumble,
we had made our minds up he was going to see our vet first thing Monday
morning……………Rumble should not be in this appalling state. His introduction to
our dales was extremely important and had to be handled correctly…………… whilst
the new boy was important, our four Dales meant the world to us. To cut a long
story short within an hour of being in the house things were going well and they
spent the night in the kitchen asleep on their beds. We however spent the next
three nights down stairs in the den…on hand should the need arise.
Our first task on Saturday was to bath Rumble……he allowed us to bath him &
massage special shampoo into his poor body. He never made so much as a
murmur…………..he just let us get on with it. Boy did he smell better. He had an
insatiable appetite and was sleeping a lot. Monday we took him with his notes to
see our vet. Within minutes of reading his notes and as she started examine him
we knew by her body language something was wrong……………..her diagnosis…. in her
opinion he had a form of cancer and needed a skin biopsy as a matter of urgency.
He was malnourished and neglected (over a period of time he had gone from 30
kilos to now weighing just over 19). His dosage of tablets was also too high.
What about his food allergy? What food allergy....his special diet had been
given to him as a puppy for bad guts….all the treats and other food he had been
getting (information from the letter from his daddy) throughout his life had
negated the special dietary food he was on.
We have known our vet twenty years ………….for once let her be wrong. We were
shattered. Rumble went in for his biopsy the following Thursday....during which
time he and the Dales were settling into life together…you may have seen our
postings in the Forum. When we went to collect him from the vets in the
afternoon following his biopsy he was so pleased to see us….what a greeting we
got....lots of wet kisses!
Well sadly our news is tragic………….Rumble’s biopsy results confirm …. he has
Epitheliotropic Lymphoma (cancer) his prognosis is not good at best we may only
have him eight weeks. This is the worst form of cancer…all his sores are
malignant tumours and his internal organs are affected. He is now in the
advanced and final stages of his illness. There is nothing we can do for
him….except love him and make him comfortable.
We continue to tend to his sores……he is having four meals a day to try and build
him up. He is having the food he has always been used to…but he is also enjoying
treats in life he has not had…………lets face it he deserves them!
Rumble continues to settle into life here with the Thuglets (our four
Dales)…..he has claimed his place in the kitchen by the Aga. His tail never
stops wagging and he has taught himself to go through “the Dale door flap” so he
pops in and out all day long as he wishes along with the others! We are not
asking anything of Rumble other than to be happy.
This is now all about what is best for Rumble and his quality of life. We will
not allow him to suffer.
We make no apologies for the photographs….this was how he looked when we brought
him home and bathed him.
Rumble’s daddy trusted the kennels and the vets………………both he and Rumble have
been so badly let down?
Ask yourself the question WHY WHY WHY ….??
We want to scream shout rant and rave at the world! But we won’t achieve
anything. But something needs to be done … lessons need to be learnt.
weeks after this story was written Rumble was put to sleep. His final
eight weeks were full of fun and love from Karen, Alan and The Thuglets.