Rusty the Refined

We realize that some of you believe that Rusty is a clown 24/7, always marching to his own drummer.  We would like to be clear that that is not true.  He is a clown 23.9 / 6.999 .  The rest of the time, he is very refined, suave and sophisticated.  Don’t believe us, we offer proof:

Rusty in deep thought
Rusty in deep thought
Rusty The Refined
Rusty The Refined

And why was Rusty being so refined?  Because at heart he is a Siberian – and I was trying to get a video of him clowning around.  I was playing videos of other Siberians howling with the goal of filming a video of The Herd howling.  This was the boisterous response I got.  Nada.  Zilch.  Nothing.

I went inside and started doing something else.  The Sibernacle Choir immediately went into full chorus only to stop when I got back to the door with my camera, all looking at me with the “What???” look. Sigh.

P.S. – I would like to wish my little sister a Very Happy Birthday today.  I promised FORTY different times to not mention your age, so I absolutely will not do that.

25 Comments

  1. HokiePack on September 22, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Rusty I donโ€™t believe a word ! Tell HU dad to watch out for lightning from above for telling stories about you!! And you never tell a ladies age – shame on you!

  2. Debbie & Miss Ruby on September 22, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Rusty was a great one!!

  3. Juno's mom on September 22, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Rusty will always be popular with the long timers here. Happy birthday to Hu-Aunt!

  4. Jean Burkhardt on September 22, 2021 at 9:10 am

    I think it’s so sweet that you called Rusty refined AND suave(now who does that remind you of?)

    I too agree your promise to your Aunt is VERY special-So Happy Birthday no matter how old she may become!!

  5. Mochi on September 27, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Happy belated birthday to your sister!

    Love the pics of Rusty! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mochi

  6. Holly and Khady on September 24, 2009 at 12:31 am

    You silly humans. When will you ever learn that we perform when WE want to, not when YOU want us to. We do that on purpose. Just to make you crazy.

    Khady Lynn

  7. Steve & Kat on September 23, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Good job, Rusty. The paws being crossed is an extra special touch.

    Kat

  8. Norwood on September 23, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Rusty.. you go me going aroooo rooooo! Oh.. I don’t howl. PS. That pose is worth the wait.
    norwood

  9. Wild Dingo on September 23, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Ha! Now we KNOW you’re like WAAAAAY Older than her! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    of course it all stops when the camera rolls. sibes are so sneakey that way!

  10. Jackal's Owner on September 22, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Tell your sister we said happy birthday!

    Oh and Rusty looks very, very handsome in those pictures.

    I can’t film Storm howling if she knows I’m there either. I have to hide around the corner. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Life With Dogs on September 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Happy b-day to your sis, no matter what age! I like Rusty’s style – if they always did what we wanted things might get a bit boring. Then again, if our dogs did just one thing that I asked I’d have to pinch myself.

    Great pics, really…

  12. princess eva on September 22, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Happy Birthday to your aunt!!!!!!

    Princess Eva

  13. NCMountainwoman on September 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Oh, he looks so regal. Ain’t it always the case? Just tell someone your dogs do not jump on people and what do they do? Yep, you were right to shield Heath Shuler from them.

  14. Huffle Mawson on September 22, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    I send FORTY happy birthdays to your sister, hudad!

    Rusty is most sartorially splendid on his cold hard bench, deprived of a couch, probably getting cold elbows, pose.

    Huffle Mawson

  15. Clive on September 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Rusty – we think you look fabulous!

    take care
    Clive

  16. Biloxi and Siber-sibs on September 22, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Harooooo Rusty. Furry refined. Such a handsome picture.

    Husky kisses,
    Biloxi

  17. The OP Pack on September 22, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Rusty is one very smart Siberian – seems to run in the family.

    40 shouts of happy birthday to the sister whose age we don’t know:)

    Tail wags, the OP Pack

  18. Stella on September 22, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    An old saying in Siberia is Pretty is as Pretty Does
    and you are certainly a qualifier there.

    Its good to see you behaving nicely, looking bwootiful, and enjoying it!

    Kisses,
    Stella

  19. the Army of Four on September 22, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Way to rock it, Rusty!
    Play bows,
    Zim

  20. Denns the Vizsla on September 22, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Sounds like it’s a little bit like trying to catch Michigan J. Frog singing “Hello my baby hello my honey hello my ragtime gal”!

  21. Khyra on September 22, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I know Rusty is proud of woo fur not mentioning something about a birthday fur his auntie!

    I am FURRY PROUD of Rusty fur those wonderful paw placements! Khwite the regal look!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra
    PeeEssWoo: Do all of woo get khake too?

  22. Scout and Freyja on September 22, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Uhm, a Sibe – refined? Hmm, we are gonna have to think on that one a LOT! We would like to wish your sister HAPPY BIRTHDAY many and many and many (40) timesโ˜บ

  23. KB on September 22, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Ah Rusty. Don’t be so tough on your human – putting on airs like that!

  24. brownie on September 22, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Happy Birthday to your Mom’s little sister! BOL!

    Rusty, you are looking so regal on your throne! Love the pawsitioning!

  25. Kira on September 22, 2009 at 8:16 am

    WOoos Rusty! You are going to break my little heart looking at you so poised and serene. You are one handsome Sibe!
    Happy Birthday to Moms Little Sister!
    -Kira The BeaWootiful

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