UPDATE: Ballard has a new watchdog, and his name is Rumple

Update: Last week’s photo of Ballard’s new watchdog was one of our most-shared stories, and we’re happy to report we now know the backstory:

The pup on the roof is a 75 lb., six-month old Newfoundland mix named Rumple. His owner, Robi Holmes, tells My Ballard that she adopted Rumple from a family in Spokane just six weeks ago.

“He is very well cared for, loves being around people (especially kids), playing with other dogs, swimming, being out and about to all of the dog friendly places this city has to offer, visiting his friends at the Ballard Animal Hospital, treats, and clearly loves being on my roof!” Robi says.

Rumple uses a deck in the backyard to access the roof, which Robi says she’s tried repeatedly to barricade.

“He has decided that my roof is his favorite place, so I am assuming there must be a pretty good view from up there,” Robi says. “He loves to walk the perimeters anywhere we are and make sure everything is safe, so I must agree the top of the roof has to give a pretty good vantage point.”

Rumple’s days on the roof may be numbered: Robi has hired a contractor to build a gate to block the deck access. “I have his safety in mind and am doing everything I know to keep him safe and loved.”

Original: It’s not every day you see a dog perched on top of a roof.

Jim spotted this pup atop a Frelard roof today, seemingly watching the clouds go by. He snapped the below photo and shared it on Instagram.

“I’ve walked by the house hundreds of times and had never seen a dog there, much less a dog on a roof!” Jim tells My Ballard.

We have no information about the owner, or the method by which the dog arrived on the roof; but if you know, please email us at tips@myballard.com.


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Toad (of Toad Hall)
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Toad (of Toad Hall)

I wonder who has to go out on the roof and clean up after this vigilant mutt ? 🤓😃💩

VeganBiker
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VeganBiker

I am assuming that it just rolls down the roof into the gutters and down the spout to the drain.🏯 🚽🌊

Amphidextrous
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Amphidextrous

Socially conscious dog, zero carbon footprint.

Paintking
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Paintking

Now THAT”S a real load right there.

Toad (of Toad Hall)
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Toad (of Toad Hall)

Fecal matter load on Puget Sound, you mean.
Those poor orcas, oy vey 🙀

VeganBiker
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VeganBiker

Uh! Paw print I believe.

Cap Anson
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Cap Anson

Reminds me of the one I saw sitting on top of a table at Populuxe!

broham
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broham

This needs to be reported to the proper authorities. What’s the address here? This dog is going to fall off the roof and get badly injured or killed and then people are going to have a Fitbit.

VeganBiker
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VeganBiker

Haha – very funny, broham, if that dog got up there and is comfortable sitting there then it is one happy dog! I had a cat that used to do this on my roof and my current dog would do the same if I let her. Animals like dogs and cats are capable of climbing up to great heights safely, don’t worry that dog got down and is probably up there again.

Freja
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Freja

I just love this. Dogs are so interesting, complex and fun.
You go, Rumple! Good dog!

Censorship Hag
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Censorship Hag

They’re people!
And feelings are real!

Freja
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Freja

You just can’t take no for an answer can you? When you get 86’d from a bar do you put on a fake mustache and force your way back in?

2Crows
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2Crows

I don’t think shut-ins go to bars.