Mango Minster Entry – Rusty the Rooster – Good Old Boy

Every year, we have followed the wonderful Mango Minster, but have finally decided to step out and enter.  The Herd conferred and debated all of the options.  Queen Natasha the Evil as a Bad Sport seemed incredibly obvious, but we decided to go with our most unique member – Rusty the Rooster.

Me? Little old me?

And then we struggled with whether to go with Cracker Dog or Good Old Boy category?  Yes, Rusty can be quite cracker at times, but, frankly, he is just a good spirit.  See if you agree.

The first test by Mango Minster is whether your nickname is Bubba.  When we first met the Rooster, his name was Rojo (Spanish for Red), but we changed it to Boris (Boris and Natasha – get it?).  Somehow, the name just never stuck.

Do I look like a Boris?

So we struggled for a few weeks for the perfect name and just kept referring to him as that rusty colored dog.  Soon enough, Rusty just stuck.  And isn’t Bubba just one of those names that comes from common reference and finally just sticks.  Besides, to totally complete the Bubba feel, no good old boy can have a single name, so he became Rusty the Rooster because of his early morning singing sessions.

The next two tests cited by Mango Minster are whether your favorite activity is lounging and whether you have strategically placed beds.  Hmmmm, let’s see . . .

Rusty's motto - Never Sleep on the Ground

Did we mention - Never Sleep on the Ground

Rusty Zen

Ok, so we have that comfort thing out of the way.  Let’s just finally focus on that huge test – is Rusty easy going?

Always secure the best vantage points.

Any Good Old Boy knows how to work tractors.

Walking down the beach - in our own unique style.

Nothing like a little digging on the beach.

Always find your own path.

And no good old boy is afraid of getting a little dirty.

Rusty thinks his boxing opponent is a real light-weight.

So there you have our case for Rusty as a Good Old Boy.


  1. Deborah on February 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Rusty, you go!!!
    Good luck!

  2. Sagira on January 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Good luck Rusty!

  3. Artemisia, Fenris, Socks & Scylla on January 21, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Oh we just love the name Rusty the Rooster and your blue eyes are gorgeous. We love blue eyed boys around here.

    Artemisia (Mouse) & Scylla (Cow)

    Hi, very nice to meet you. I totally agree about not sleeping on the ground. ~Socks

    Hi Rusty, I am a good ole boy too. ~Fenris

  4. jack & moo on January 18, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Lets face it —ya can’t get any more ‘good old boy” than being a “Bubba” who’s into “tractors”, now does it? He should win this category, paws down!

  5. Elyse and Riley on January 18, 2011 at 10:14 am

    We think Rusty’s got a real shot at this! I love the picture of him securing the best vantage point!

    Elyse and Riley

  6. Jed & Abby in MerryLand on January 18, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Extra points for the name. More extra points for waiting patiently while the peeps figured out the right name. Good job finding a friendly shoulder to lean on. And a good tractor. Excellent choice of category. Good luck!

    Jed & Abby

  7. Jed & Abby in MerryLand on January 18, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Extra points for the name for sure! More extra points for refusing to go along with any old name and waiting patiently until the peeps discovered the right name. More extra points for taking advantage of a friendly shoulder to lean on. Good fit for this category. Good luck!

    Jed & Abby

  8. Peggy on January 18, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Sounds perfect! I love that he gets the best vantage point, and always makes his own path. Smart boy!

  9. Lorenza on January 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I love your entry!
    Good luck at MM!
    Kisses and hugs

  10. siku marie on January 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    VERY convincing presentation! You are a little outside of stereotype in the looks department, but that is not a bad thing! Go for it Bubba! Best of luck!

  11. NCMountainwoman on January 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Great choice. He is definitely the Haywood County good old boy.

  12. Clive on January 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Great entry Rusty! The very best of luck!

  13. achieve1dream on January 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Alright!! Go Rusty! You chose the perfect category for him. 😀

  14. gus, louie and callie on January 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    yepper Rusty we agree you are a good old boy…

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  15. KB on January 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    We were thinking of entering our R as a good ole boy – but after seeing Rusty’s case – forget it! Rusty has it in the bag!

    I love Rusty’s unique dog-onality. I also love the picture of him boxing with the balloons.

  16. Stella on January 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Rusty the Rooster it is! While you are a shoe-in as far as we are concerned, we have one suggestion for you. We once had a dog and we walked on a horse trail during winter walks.If she was lucky she would find a treasure! Cappie would mouth a frozen horse apple and bring it home to let it slowly thaw in front of the stove.

    So, Rusty, snowball or horse apple, you have our votes.

    Stella, Mom and Zkhat

  17. brooke & Darwin on January 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    we LOVE rusty the rooster!!

  18. The OP Pack on January 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Rusty – you are a shoo-in. Every pup and peep loves Rusty the Rooster – great entry, good ole boy!!!

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  19. rottrover on January 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Rusty, you are a character! Good luck to you!!

    -Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

  20. Martha and Bailey on January 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    We agree with the category. Good luck Rusty with your great entry.
    Martha and Bailey xxx

  21. GRUMPY BOBBY on January 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm


  22. Piappies World on January 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Great choice! Rusty the Rooster is a winner for us too! He is a model pup for us, Piappies!

    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & Forgie

  23. The Road Dogs on January 17, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Rusty – Glad you finally settled on the perfect name and we think you can definitely hold your own in the Good Old Boy category! Good luck.

    PeeS – We’ll keep our sniffers to the ground for ya next time we’re in Asheville 🙂

    The Road Dogs

  24. Houndstooth on January 17, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Oh geez! I’d thought of letting Lilac enter this category, but I don’t think anybody can hold a candle to Rusty! *grin* I’m going to be laughing to myself about that shot of having the best vantage point all day!

  25. Kristine on January 17, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Rusty for the win! It’s a tough call, but I think he has a good chance, that boxing photo is awesome.

  26. no on January 17, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Hmm I agree good ole boy but with some crackah crumbs on his lips.

  27. HUSKYS RULE on January 17, 2011 at 10:39 am

    8 paws up for Rusty!!!! Good Ol Boy….that is you!!!
    Licks & Nibbles,
    Kody & Nia

  28. Bella and Daisy on January 17, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I love Rusty! His style is truly unique.

  29. Stumpy and cyndi on January 17, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Rusty, is indeed, a shoe in for the “good ol boy” category! Any dog named “Rooster”…

  30. Khyra on January 17, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Of khourse, the fakht that he khan drive on the NASCAR cirkhuit is another bonus –

    PeeEssWoo: Go Rusty Go!

  31. priscilla on January 17, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Rusty is a good boy! I hope he will win as he deserves the good boy title!

  32. Rachel on January 17, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I think you have a really good case. Good luck, Rusty!

  33. tula on January 17, 2011 at 6:37 am

    huh. this brings a whole new perspective to Rusty the Roostah! the name alone does the trick:)

    woo got this one!


  34. Ice 'n Ayla on January 17, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Rusty has it, hands down — oops, I mean “paws down”!

  35. Wild Dingo on January 17, 2011 at 3:17 am

    What about the snow ball? a good ole boy is a thoughtful enough to take a keepsake home for his herd pals.

    i’m not sure any other dogs have a chance in this category… good Dog! I mean that first photo alone stops me.

  36. Huffle Mawson on January 17, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Rusty has this event sewn up, I think!

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