Rusty’s Serious Pictures

One of the great things about dog blogging is thinking that you have taken pictures to tell a story – only to discover that the pictures did not come out as planned at all. With Rusty as the photography subject, you can only imagine how that is almost always the case.

Rusty decided a week ago that this was coat blowing time. Today, he is walking around with fur falling off of his body as he prepares for his summer coat. Our goal was to get a few pictures of his falling fur. Instead, we got this:

Rusty 1

Hey, Qannik, the humans want serious pictures of me.

Rusty 2

Like I am going to allow that to happen.

Rusty 3

For "Young Frankenstein" fans - "Walk this way."

Rusty 4

Qannik, why does the photographer keep groaning?

Rusty 5

I am so proud of my modeling skills.

P.S. – Yes, that is a bear bell you see hanging from Rusty’s collar. The black bears are awake. One of those fun things about our trails.


  1. Sam on March 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Is his leash coated in fur? He looks like such a loveable clown!


  2. houndstooth on March 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Rusty, I would be disappointed if you pulled off a serious face. And besides, how serious can you look when you’re molting like a spring pullet?

  3. Tracy F. on March 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Love that Rusty! He’s obviously a character. Have to say I’ve never heard of dogs waring bear bells—but it makes sense!

  4. Linda on March 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I miss my Huskies so much. The first one I adopted was a female and then added a male about 5 years later. I remember the first time she started to blow her coat, I had no idea what it would be like or what it even meant! I started to comb her and the hair came out by the handfuls and I was afraid she was going to end up with no hair!

    We don’t have bears to deal with, mainly coyotes, but mountain lions are stating to move back in. It changes things when wildlife you haven’t been used to dealing with do start to come back. Living in bear country certainly has its own unique challenges to pet owners.

    Love the pictures!

  5. Khyra on March 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Of khourse…

    And it is Frahnken-steeeeeeeen πŸ˜‰

    Happy Hiking –

    It is akhtually just about time to head out and spread some of my furs throughout the land!


  6. Christina on March 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Rusty is such a ham! You should know by now he ain’t gonna hold still for no stinkin’ serious pictures! LOL

    Us Chihuahuas on The Rat Patrol, we sometimes love to pose. Sometimes, we are wanting hu-mom’s attention too much to hold still.

    ~ Mojo and Daisy

  7. FiveSibesMom on March 11, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Love that Rusty! There is a comedian in every pack, isn’t there? I bet walks are so much fun with Rusty! And love the fancy footwork too! πŸ˜‰

  8. hisqueen on March 11, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Love Rusty. What a goofball.
    Do all the dogs wear bear bells or just one in each group

    • D.K. Wall on March 11, 2012 at 7:57 am

      Great question. Usually just one dog per group, but later in the year when the cubs are really mobile, we will go to a bell on each dog. That is the time of year you want to really make sure they hear you coming.

  9. Stella on March 11, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Rusty just keeps life interesting, for himself and others (the hu-dad) and no, I don’t think he even has to work at it, not even a little.


    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

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