Timber was lost, but now he’s found!

Yesterday I wrote about a sad call from Rusty, the mountain man.

Rusty told me that Timber was lost somewhere around Loa, Utah, in early July.  Many of my blog readers love dogs, and the news of Rusty losing his best pal touches them.  Sympathetic comments pour in.  Some readers put the internet to work looking for Timber.  

Reader “cinandjules” writes in the comments section that there’s a dog matching Timber’s description at www.findfido.com.  I call the number at the site.  A woman named Daisy tells me her father found a husky mix while in Loa.  Daisy says that the dog accompanied her father to California, and even Canada, before returning to their home.  They named the dog Willy.

I’m almost afraid to ask.

“Where is the dog now?”

“Boulder, Colorado.”

I tell Daisy about my blog and ask her to look at the photo of Timber.  “It does look a lot like him,” she reports.  “He has that little white line on his forehead.  I’ll email you some photos of this dog so you can see if it’s Timber.”

I receive these photos with Daisy’s email.


I call Rusty with the news he’s been praying to hear.

He seems a bit stunned, and because the cell signal is so poor, all I can get through to him is “Timber’s okay!  He’s in Boulder, Colorado.  Call this number.”

I let Bridget and Spike out of their pen.  We climb the hill at the back of the campground to pick up a cellphone signal.  I call Rusty again, and he answers by bursting out with his happy news. 

“It’s Timber!  I just talked with the people!”  

I listen as he relays the conversation he just had with Jay, the man who found Timber and has been caring for him.  Rusty’s talking fast with excitement.  “Timber’s got double shots now.  I gave him shots right before I lost him, and Jay gave him shots, too.  I told him I’d come and get Timber, but my truck won’t make that trip.”  Rusty says that Jay may be able to bring Timber to Flagstaff but it wouldn’t be until sometime in the fall when he might be in the area.  He has to check on that.

At one point Rusty interrupts our conversation.

 He’s hootin’ and hollerin’ and  sending up “Thank you, Lord!”  He isn’t aware of all the people who hoped and prayed on his behalf that Timber would be found.

“Well, Rusty. Time for me to go.  It’s so good to hear you happy again.  Let me know any arrangements you make with Jay.”  I don’t think Rusty’s fully listening to me. 

He’s giggling with delight.

“I’ve still got all of Timber’s stuff.  I even washed his ball for him!”


A note of thanks to Daisy in Boulder for caring enough about a stranger to post a notice online, and to Jay for taking Timber on a little vacation trip!   Also thanks to her entire family for taking good care of Timber.   Here is an excerpt from an email she sent me:

“My dad just spoke to Rusty and they decided it is the same dog.  I am so happy that we were able to be a part of this happy story. Reading your blog, I cried, and now have tears as well.  Rusty is near Williams, near the Grand Canyon.  So, we need to find transportation for Timber/Willy from Boulder Colorado to there.”


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90 Responses to Timber was lost, but now he’s found!

  1. What wonderful news!!! I wish I could drive out and deliver Timber to Rusty And my apologies to Rusty…I called him Ricky in my comments on yesterdays post.

  2. Sally says:

    What a cool story! So glad Rusty and Timber will be reunited! What a wonderful use of the Internet and networking! 🙂

  3. What a wonderful story with such a great happy ending!! Loved it!

  4. Shirley says:

    Awesome joyous end to a very sad event. So glad all the prayers were answered so quickly.

  5. Glenda Cornwill says:

    Such wonderful news……….well done Sue for tracking him down!!!

  6. Chris, Clete and Diego says:

    That is so cool! You made my day! Everybody loves happy endings!

  7. Micky says:

    omg. I’m balling my eyes out here. That is SO wonderful!

  8. Pat says:

    All I have to say is “Great job everyone”. Sue you sure are a special person and I hope I meet you one day.

  9. rvsueandcrew says:

    Rusty called me a few minutes ago again. He’s so happy he has to talk to somebody! There may be a way for Timber to get home in a week or so. We’ll have to wait and see. I’ll keep you posted. I’m enjoying the happy comments a lot more than the tearful ones!

  10. What a great story. who would have thought after all this time Thank theLord for keeping watch on his animals and people

  11. Dedra says:

    You are awesome!
    Thank God,

  12. Gayle Cooper says:

    All these nice people doing loving things sure balance out the terrible stuff some people do. Helps me keep the faith that people are intrinsically good!

  13. Angie2B says:

    That is so cool. I wish I lived close enough to help. Yipee!

  14. So are we going to make a train for for Timber? Im in New York theres no way 😦

  15. GingerDa says:

    I am so happy to read this!!! Wow, this is amazing. I want to say thank you too, to all the people who cared enough to help and to the wonderful people who took care of Timber these last few weeks and are willing to return him to his owner. Thank you most of all to you, Sue, for putting this on your blog.

  16. EmilyO says:

    And a legend is born, with a cast of beautiful, wonderful and caring folks, that will be told around many a RV rally campfire. Love happy endings I agree Gayle with your comment above.

  17. Elizabeth says:

    SO thankful that TImber is being well taken care of and will soon be back home again!!

  18. When I read your story about Rusty and Timber being lost I felt so sad for both of them.
    But today, My eyes filled with tears to hear the good news. I am so happy to know they will be reunited. Everyone did such a great job. Its wonderful to know that there are kind, nice people out there.

  19. Darlene says:

    We can all go to bed tonight with a better feeling than last night. A man and his dog will be reunited.What a wonderful story and Rusty will always have RV Sue to thank for putting it on the internet.Wonderful job to all involved.

  20. Sally Jacob says:

    Talk about tears! This is the best news ever… I am crying tears of joy for folks I will never meet – and wishing them all the best. By nature I am a glass half full kind of person- but this tops it all for good news and renewing ones faith that good people do still out number the rude and uncaring of the world. Thanks RVSue for your Blog and by default all the joy it brings in so many ways.

  21. Lisa says:

    Very happy for Rusty! I wish I could go get Timber for him myself! I can’t imagine losing my Trotters!

  22. earthdancerimages says:

    Never give up hope! NEVER! I am so thankful to all of you for making this happen! cinandjules, for your detective work and Sue’s tenacity and everybody from everywhere bringing forth the positive energy and prayers made this happen! I think a lot of us will be having sweet dreams tonight of a gentle man and his faithful dog being reunited!

  23. Laura Roorda says:

    What a wonderful story. Being a dog owner and lover, I can almost feel the sadness of loosing a dog and then finding him again. I am so happy for Rusty, and so thankful to all your readers for caring so much about someone who is suffering such a loss. It has to make everyone of your readers feel happy. Rusty seems like such a beautiful person to get to know. Can’t wait to hear about the reunion.

  24. harrietann12 says:

    This is the best news ever was!

    When I read your post yeaterday I was so sad, remembering my special, little boy Fabio (another Itailian Greyhound) who went missing from my daughter’s house while I was in the process of moving to Jackon, MS. This was 3 years ago and I still miss him every day.
    He was chipped. I’m sure he was found but no one turned him in to a vet.

    I couldn’t be happier for Rusty and Timber. What an adventure he has had.

    I can’t wait to see how he gets home. This is so exciting.

    All things bright and beautiful,
    All creatures great and small,
    All things wise and wonderful:
    The Lord God made them all.

    Thank you Lord!!

  25. TexCyn says:

    I have a lot of connections in the dog show world. Please let me know if I need to contact any handlers in Boulder that may be heading to Utah for any reasons.
    Yay for Rusty & Timber!!!

  26. cathieok says:

    I have worked a little with dog rescue and they are always arranging transport for dogs being adopted across the US. People will drive a segment, meet up with the next people, so on and so on. I bet we could get this worked out if we need to.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I volunteered to transport dogs for an organization. It was fun meeting the dogs and seeing the reunions. After transporting five dogs at different times, I had to give it up because of the gas expense.

  27. Lacy says:

    OMG Sue, this is WONDERFUL. Talk about being in the fabric of someone’s life for a REASON! I’m so happy for you and Rusty and TIMBER. God Bless the family that found him and has kept him safe. It’s good to see there are GOOD PEOPLE all around us – and you’re one of them!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Makes one wonder . . . What if I had been too afraid of camo man to say hello? What about the people I did pass by without making an effort to meet?

      • cozygirl says:

        You sure can’t judge a book by its cover…I’ll sure be reminded of that forever!

      • Mark says:

        It’s funny you say that. I was thinking the same thing Sue. I remember reading your first post of camo man, thinking you should be careful. Now you have become a instrumental part of his life. What a great story and lesson you have taught us all.

        Salina ks.

  28. Lisa says:

    I think this is absolutely fantastic!!!!

  29. Cari says:

    This story has brought tears to my eyes – first of sadness that Timber was lost, then of joy that he has been found! The Internet is amazing, how total strangers read each other’s postings, then work together to solve problems and bring people and pets back together. This is awesome!!!

  30. tinycamper says:

    I’m crying, too. What a wonderful answer to prayer!!!! So thrilled for Rusty and Timber!
    And God bless you and your readers for making it all come together!!!!

  31. rvsueandcrew says:

    I have this picture in my head of Rusty falling asleep with a smile on his face.

  32. libertatemamo says:

    Amazing, fabulous story. A tribute to the power of caring people!

  33. OMG!! That is just amazing !!! Goes to show how the internet and all the networking it provides can help out. Also, all the nice people along the way. I am so glad for Rusty !!!

  34. hobopals says:

    I couldn’t be happier that Timber is okay. I felt terrible after reading that he was missing, and thought how horrible it would be to know my Jack was out in the middle of a hostile environment all by himself. Incredible good fortune that he was found by wonderful people who took care of him. It’s a great ending to a story that might never had had an ending or a terrible ending. I’m sure Rusty will never let Timber out by himself in the middle of the night, again. Made me shudder to think of him–I couldn’t even respond. I just can’t imagine having to leave my dog behind.

    • hobopals says:

      I see you have several leads on transport, but my grand niece works to rescue animals all over the country so she may have some advice should other plans fall through.

      Thank goodness for your blog, Sue.

  35. Hotel California says:

    This is the best post you have ever made!!!!!! (yep, 6 of them)

  36. julieinoregon says:

    I’m so happy Timber is safe. The internet is a wonderful place for new friends to meet! Now we just need a Sue follower in Boulder to bring Timber to his home! I’m sure Rusty will be very happy when he gets Timber back. Sue, when are you coming south to Klamath Falls? 😉 Crater Lake, ? On your way south I hope? Julie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Julie! I’m going to camp around Sisters a bit, then go see the Pacific Coast, then come back over the mountains and head south to Klamath Falls on my way out of Oregon. I’m going to try to find your email address in my list of readers. As you know, I’m not the type for setting up social situations, but in your case, after all your invitations, I have to meet you! I am really looking forward to it! Shocking!

  37. geogypsy2u says:

    That is So cool! The internet is an amazing way to get word out about almost anything. So glad to hear that Timber/Willy is OK and that Rusty will get him back, eventually.

  38. mockturtle says:

    Good work!! 🙂

  39. Connie & Mugsy says:

    I’m so glad that I didn’t have time to read your blog yesterday… about Rusty losing Timber. That way I had seen the title of today’s post and knew that there was a happy ending. What serendipity. That Rusty called, that you posted it, and one of your readers took on the search. And found him!! I do love the internets!! 🙂

  40. What an amazing and wonderful story! So glad your blog was able to facilitate such a happy ending!

  41. sandy says:

    What a wonderful ending to the story….It would make a great book…..with your wonderful writing ability you would be a natural writing it!….many of the rescue organizations do weekly runs across the United States with dogs…please keep us updated…..I am so happy!

  42. Edie Nichols says:

    Ok………It’s pouring rain here in IN this Monday morning……..(first time in a LONG time)…….and know I’m pouring more “water” in my office……….Lovin’ your Blog rvsueandcrew! You all have such huge hearts for other people………Love you all!

  43. Bearwise says:

    I am so happy for Rusty and Timber.. Sue an amazing woman thank you – you sharing these stories and your blog has been an inspiration to us all.. There are amazing people out there and even reading the comments from others its like wow…… To Rusty and Timber so glad they will be back together, I am sure there are people out there that can make this reunion a go… Thanks again Sue for being Sue.

  44. travlynshoes says:

    Oh, what great news!!! I’ve stewed over this since I read that post. Live in Iowa, so too far to just ‘run Timber back’ to Rusty. But oh how I wish I could to see the looks on both their faces. By chance, does anyone know if Timber is microchipped? Can’t recall; too excited. And what a thought to ponder rvsue, about how many people we’ve passed by.

  45. cozygirl says:

    WOW!!!!!!!! I opened my blogs this morning and I had to shed a tear! I’m still in shock and what happiness for so many! THIS IS SO WONDERFUL!!! The power of the internet and such kind people who take the extra mile and have a heart of gold, namely DAISY! Timber is going to be one happy pup…what a homecoming. PS I have a similar story Sue…not as good as this but struck a cord as somewhat similar and I’ll post about it tomorrow for Artsy Tuesday! Blessings to you and especially Rusty! I bet Spike and Bridget are so besides their selves…hope they get to meet up with Timber someday! XXOO

  46. Bev says:

    Good example of how one person CAN make a difference. Way to go Sue.

  47. Susie says:

    Sue. You’re just the best, most caring person. Thank you for telling us the story from the sad beginning to the end with such happy news. It shows us to never, never, never give up. God bless you, Sue, cinandjules, Timber/Willy’s temporary caretakers and Rusty.

  48. Karen says:

    I had a feeling that your faithful blog friends would find a way to reconnect Timber and Three Feathers. Isn’t the internet great? How wonderful that the people who found him are taking good care of him until he’s returned home. Bless them, Daisy, and you, Sue, for relating the story.

  49. , Marsha says:

    Nothing more left for me to say, it has ALL been said. A truly wonderful story, one that simply proves to me even more so that there are no such things as coincidence. For everything there is a time, a place. Every thing under the heavens… ALL in GOd’s plan for each and every one of us… All of His creatures. Amen… God Bless us all.

  50. Roxanne says:

    This may be the best column in the BEST blog ever!

  51. Well, I can’t tell if I am crying or not as my eyes were already watering all the time, for a month now, eye infection or allergies???? I don’t know but hope to see a doctor this morning. I’d love to drop everything and go get the doggy and take him home but not sure yet when my job will end and guess I should not have a furry critter in my van either, but I’d sure do it if I could. More tears.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Charlene! What an inspiration you are! And your blog is a delight. I looked at it a while back and then lost track of it in the shadows of my mind… ahem . . . Always a pleasure to see someone living life to the fullest Hope your eyes clear up soon.

  52. Kim says:

    Stunning news! I was thinking about Rusty and his terrible loss this AM while having coffee. What a wonderful ending to the story.

    Good people all around!!!

  53. Renee (from Datil) says:

    Sue — If you never do another good turn in your life (which I doubt), your spot in heaven is guaranteed by the efforts you put forth in helping Rusty. Ditto for the people who took him in, and are willing to give him back. What a wonderful story!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hello Renee! I’ve got a reserved sign on my campsite in heaven, but not from anything I ever did! Nice to hear from you… and thanks again for your thoughtfulness in offering me a ride back to the PTV on the day of our infamous rafting of the Madison River.

  54. cinandjules says:

    Okay…now the task of trying to get Timber home.

    Let’s see……Delta Air Cargo? Nope probably too hot in Flagstaff and I would hate for anything to happen to Timber in transit.

    Shipping Wars? The lady Jennifer(in TX) deals with live animals…perhaps she would be interested?

    Fly to Denver….rent a car…pick up Timber in Boulder..drive 700 miles to see the reunion first hand…then fly home? That’s an option since we’re both retired.

    We are both retired cops who love animals….and the ability to track clues down is second nature. Don’t give up until there are absolutely no more options…when that time comes…think harder! If there is a will….there is a way!

    Keep us posted Sue, I know you will…..

  55. Candace says:

    Go to http://www.rescuerides.com

    They post rides needed from point A to B and
    Volunteers could transport.

    I have asked a FB friend to also contact you
    If she can help. Carolyn is very involved in these types of assistance.

    Keep us posted ….. What a great story!

  56. Louise says:

    Wonderful! Oh, joy!

  57. Grace says:

    Wow! Isn’t that something! Hooray for all involved!

  58. Bev Deem says:

    OMG…you take the time to meet camo person; camo person takes the time to contact you out of needing to talk to someone and somehow you play a role in finding his dog! What a lesson about not being judgmental. This is a lovely, lovely story!

  59. Joy A. says:

    Boy, it’s sure wonderful that Timber was found and will now be reunited with his Daddy.

    It breaks my heart everytime I hear an animal is missing. I worry because you never know where they are going and what’s out there that could harm them. My little girl Lily is a runner and I have to be very careful with her. She’s never off leash unless at our home or in her mobile fenced yard beside the trailer.

  60. rvsueandcrew says:

    Thank you for your comments regarding Rusty and Timber. It’s heartwarming to read your happy reactions to the news that Timber is found. Your offers of help are appreciated. At this time it is still not clear how Timber will be transported, as some things need to be worked out. I will let you know if your help is needed. Thanks again also for your kind words about me and my blog.

    My laptop needs charging which will take a while so I probably won’t be back online until tomorrow.

  61. Julie says:

    glad to hear all is well, we too would be sick if something happened to our “baby”

  62. I never thought this could happen……what a happy ending to a sad story. I’m a dog lover/owner, and would be so sad if I lost one of them. I am going to remember how helpful and kind people can be, when trouble comes. This is the best news, ever. I can hardly wait to hear about the reunion.

  63. Sharpei Mom says:

    WOO HOO…the best news I’ve heard in a while!! Thanks for posting this news Sue.

  64. Sherry says:

    Like the many others, all I can say is amazing! How lucky for Rusty to have met you and for Timber to have had two men care so totally for him. I feel sorry for the man who has to give him up but so happy for Rusty. I know first hand the joy he felt when he knew Timber was fine and that he would be reunited with him. Your blog definitely gets yet another GOLD STAR!

    I haven’t watched TV or listened to the radio or read the newspaper in quite some time now mostly because it is all bad news. I spend that time reading blogs which are in the main, happy and joyful and fun and interesting. But none more so than yours and few happier than this reunion you and your followers have made possible. GOLD STARS ALL AROUND!!

  65. Marcia says:

    This is just the most amazing story! I’m so happy to hear that Rusty and Timber are going to be reunited and how wonderful that you played a vital role in getting them back together. We need so much more good news like this in the world.

  66. I just close my eyes and think of the joyous reunion when they do get together….. all thanks to you!

  67. Connie & Mugsy says:

    Not to change the topic, but I wonder if you have heard of this fellow: wagonteamster.com

    He RVs with horses. He has quite the tale… starting in 2009… got to Mississippi and got tail ended by an 18 wheeler that killed half of his team of 4 and put him in the hospital for a long time. He healed, bought a couple more horses, built a new “RV” and hits the road again. He is currently in Oregon. (Click on trip 4 to see where he is) So keep your eye out for him. He too is a bit of a loner that also likes to meet people on the road. 🙂

    • mockturtle says:

      Gee, Connie, I’d forgotten about him! I remember sending him a donation after his tragic accident but never followed up on him. Gad to hear he is back on the road! 🙂

  68. Ed says:

    If you have not already found it Google Uship. It is a web site that lets you solicit bids to ship Timber.

  69. Angie2B says:

    This would make a great human interest story on the news.

  70. Sharpei Mom says:

    Waiting to hear about the reunion is almost as bad as when we heard Timber was missing. Can’t wait for Rusty to have Timber back…I would be sick to death if my 4 legged babies were missing! Praying that it’s soon for Rusty!

  71. Terrie (Happee Kamper) says:

    I found Sue’s blog from an atricle in my local paper; http://www.azcentral.com//news/articles/20120831lone-wolf-his-lost-dog-internet-miracle.html

    It’s the story about Rusty & Timber and all the wonderful folks who brought the happy ending to their saga. What a true inspriation this story is and how it does restore one’s faith in the kindness of our fellow man/woman. I look forward to reading more about Sue’s travels and chance encounters with others.

  72. Dan Sory says:

    RVsue, I am just catching up on all your adventures so I am a little late with this comment. Also, I normally just “lurk” as they say as I have a hard time coming up with things to say the dont sound, well, mundane. But I just had to say “bravo” to you and everyone who help reunite time and Rusty. It is doubly poinyant as my familes late Huskey/Shepherd mix was also named Timber.
    Plus, a big thank you to you Rvsue for writing about your adventures you are a real inspiration to me an I hope to retire and hit the road too some day. Hope we meet up sometime.

    Best wishes
    Powder and Benge (the Greyhounds)
    Kippie (the cat)

    • TXBX says:

      Hi Dan,
      I rescue greyhounds, and it’s nice to meet other people who love them!! I read Sue’s blog from the beginning, too. She’s an amazing woman, and quite an inspiration!! Bless you, the greyhounds, and Sue!!!
      Becky in Texas

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