was my second rescue and he was a “mill” Clumber. He was
born on the wrong side of the tracks as he was born in an Amish
puppy mill and then sold at a puppy auction.
He came to me scared to death and not knowing what he was in for.
Edward, Dudley and I drove to Missouri to pick him up and talk
about a sad sight. Here was this beautiful Clumber slumped down
in a corner of a kennel out in a barn all alone. He acted as if
he had never met a kind human being and was so nervous he
urinated all over himself. I coaxed him out of the corner which
took some doing but once we got him out to the car where Dudley
was, he came alive. Once he met Dudley and realized he was going
with him, his whole demeanor changed. He and Dudley became
instant friends and although we took a crate to bring him home
in, once we were comfortable with our surroundings, we pulled
over and let him out of the crate and right away he snuggled up
with Dudley for the ride home.
was very timid and it took time for him to learn that there were
some people worth trusting. He would sleep in the bed but he
would sit straight up as to keep an eye on everything and every
body. He was so nervous he didn't eat well at all and I had to
sit with him to make sure he did. While out walking, he had that
slump to him that so many rescues have.
These days I am happy to say that he walks with the confidence
all Clumbers are known for, he
"smiles" all the time and he bounces and wiggles like
he is the luckiest fellow in the whole world.
enjoys hiking in the woods and he loves sleeping in the bed. He
is a bundle of joy, a Clumber jumping bean!
am thankful that I got him out of that miserable barn and gave
him a chance for when he looks at me, I can see the gratitude he
is probably one of the most improved rescues as he had a huge
sadness about him and he had no idea what love was. Now he
“asks” for his loving and can’t get enough of it.
is another wonderful example of what time, patience and love can
Clumbers in Need had a “most improved award”,
Roofus would surely get it as when he came to live at
McLendon Land, he was afraid of his own shadow. Now almost two
years later, he is a changed fellow.
is a favorite of Edward’s and rightly so because Edward had to
work extremely hard to gain Roofus’s trust but all the hard
work paid off as Edward and Roofus love each other. Roofus
lights up at the sight of Edward and vice versa. For a little
Clumber who didn’t know what “petting” was, Roofus is the
first one to line up to get his. I am very proud of him and his
of my favorite things about Roofus is that his feet barely hit
the ground when he walks or runs along as he is so proud and
happy. I can watch him run and play for hours as he is so
confident and care free.
The vision of
Roofus hunched in the corner of the kennel in that dark barn has
never left my mind but slowly is it beginning to fade away as I
hope all his bad memories have or will. He didn’t have the
best start in life and his future was looking mighty bleak but
all that changed once he came here to share our home with us.
was told that Roofus would never come around that he was too old
to learn to trust and/or love but I had to at least try. I hoped
with all of my heart that once he was given a chance, he would
come alive and he has. He will never love meeting strangers or
going new places but he doesn’t have too. He has found his
place and it is here, living among people who love and adore