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Monday, December 10, 2012

Farewell Rusty

I was writing a "normal" post when I read the news of our friend Rusty from the Thundering Herd. He crossed the Rainbow Bridge today. It broke my heart to read the news, and I can imagine grief that the rest of the Herd is feeling right now.

If any dog was full of life and humor and smiles, it was Rusty. He made me smile every time I read about his exploits. He lived life on his own terms, even on a simple walk. I borrowed this photo from the Thundering Herd's Website. Of course, it's Rusty up on the stone wall during a routine walk.
Wall Walking
We send the Herd our sympathy and strength.

We should all hug our dogs today, for you never know what the future holds. From the pups...

 To our more "wise and mature" dogs...
Rusty's veterinary story from the past few months hits close to home for us. Our R has had problems in his bloodwork for months now. We searched for tumors back in September but found none. Yet, that's the most common cause of the type of problem that our R has in red blood cells.

Like the Herd has done for the past few months, we just watch and hope that, somehow, R's blood cells will return to normal... and he'll live for a long time with the happiness and humor of a Rusty.

Rest in peace, Rusty the Rooster. In your honor, we will try to live life with a zany sense of humor, just as you always did.


  1. You are so right that we need to love our dogs every single day. How many times have I forced myself on a walk for just that reason? I will always remember that the night before Mango got sick, I was out in the yard, playing with the boys even though after a long day at work I just wanted to crash.

    Mango Momma

  2. We had just put Khyra's post for Tuesday in place when I saw the news -

    SO once Rusty's tribute post went up, we made sure to add it to our post for a tribute -

    Of course, we chose the khrossed paws picture!

    He so made us laugh!

    Thanks for a wonderful post for a special friend -

    Please give R and Shyla some hugs for us!

  3. Rusty sure was a unique boy. I hope R's blood cells continue to improve and he is free from problems.


  4. Run free, Rusty.
    I hope R continues to do better.

  5. We were so sorry to hear about Rusty. Let's hope R just keeps getting better!

  6. Your words are so special for you friend Rusty.
    We will keep the family in our hearts and send thoughts of love.
    I know Rusty will be remembered forever.

  7. I am so sorry to hear about Rusty. Run fast and free Rusty. Our prayer s go out to his family.

  8. Thanks for letting us know about Rusty. We didn't know him well, but will keep his family in our thoughts.

  9. We have to thank you for letting us know about poor Rusty. We knew he had had a bad weekend, but we never expected this. You are so right, live for today, you never know what is around the corner. Rusty always made us smile, guess that's what we loved most about him. Soft woos and gentle hugs to D.K. and The Herd from all of us here.

  10. We too are saddened to hear about your furend Rusty. We will hop over and leave them our condolences.

    We are two lucky little doxie's! Mommy and Daddy love us every day like there is no tomorrow. But thanks for reminding all of us how important that is.

    We are baffled that there is still no 'cause' for R's blood cells. So we'll just keep praying and praying and praying for him.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  11. We just lost Sandy at work today, a wonderful and wise 13 yr old yellow lab. And then a new customer came in with her brand new rescue pup, Rusty! Life is a mysterious and wonderful thing sometimes.

  12. Ann...from..Outer Banks of sorry KB...I know your heart is breaking too.such love and compassion is coming your way and for your sure does take a long time for hearts to heal..we all know the feeling "Tears are prayers too-They can travel to God when we can't speak".....Just hoping and praying for R's full recovery...Bless that sweet boy and Shyla sweet face....Hugs to all of you

  13. Another blog friend told me the news today before I got to the computer to check and my heart just sank. I looked forward to hearing about Rusty's antics every day and it's hard to believe that we won't hear stories about his shenanigans anymore. He was one heck of a dog!

  14. So sorry to hear about your friend
    Benny & Lily

  15. Our blog family has lost our constant reminder to live life with gusto in everything we do. Your tribute is beautiful.

  16. KB - Thank you so much for your tribute to Rusty. All dogs show a zest for life, but Rusty was just extreme is his desire to live life with exuberance. Maybe he knew his time was going to be shorter, who knows?

    We continue to think of R - and all of you - daily.

    D.K. and a somewhat quieter Herd

  17. We are so sorry to hear about Rusty. Godspeed. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love ya lots
    Mitch and Molly

  18. We were so very sorry to hear about Rusty and we are sending loving thoughts to his family too. Rest in peace Rusty. xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

  19. We just went over to visit Rusty. He will be sadly missed.

  20. Each and every time it's so hard...:(

  21. Its always sad to hear when our loved dogs leave us.
    One of my bloggfriend, had to put down his dog this week. She was badly hurt in a leg while hunting. After 2,5 hours operation the vets said, amputation or let her go. The let her go...she was 1 1/2 year and her first hunting season.
    Tyra is doing well , now we dont hunt/train because of lots of snow so shes resting well.
    Hugs from us!

  22. We were saddened to read about Rusty, and we are crossing every paw and hoof that R never develops similar problems.


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