Rusty’s Latest Update

If you remember, Rusty’s last blood test showed that his white blood cell count had come down, but was still high, and his red blood cell count had improved, but was still low. But, with the improvements he had made over the last few tests, we made the decision to take him off his antibiotics and see if his body would continue to fight off any infection. After a couple of weeks passed, we tested his blood again.

The results were essentially the same. Now, we would have preferred everything to have returned to normal, but that fact that his bloodwork is remaining stable without any medication is a very good sign.

More importantly, he is no longer having problems with balance and his back legs are to 80-90% strength. He is enjoying our walks, loves hanging out in the yard, and generally seems to be feeling good.

We will run blood tests again in 4 weeks, but all signs point to us being back to normal.


Well, as normal as Rusty ever is.


  1. Kimberly Parker on November 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Wonderful that Rusty is doing better. I can’t wait to see more Rusty pics–he’s sort of my favorite (but don’t tell the rest of the Herd. I don’t want anyone to get jealous!)

  2. Charlotte Anderson on November 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    As LW would say, “Wonderful, wonderful!”

  3. Susan & Krystal on November 12, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Krystal the Schneagle and I are so glad you’re better, Rusty!

  4. HuskyHavenInMD on November 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    We love you Rusty! But normal can be boring…

  5. Dennis the Vizsla on November 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    hello rusty its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am glad to heer yoo ar dooing better!!! it is no fun beeing sick!!! and i am not shoor wot evrywun is tawking abowt yoo hav always seemd perfektly normal to me!!! ok bye

  6. Stella on November 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    There seems to be so little about Rusty that can be considered NORMAL, we wonder why you expect his blood tests to be so.

    As long as he can walk that walk, all is well.


  7. Ice 'n Ayla on November 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    (Ayla) — Me’n Ice are SOOO happy to hear the good news about Rusty. Keep up the good work, Rusty, the hu-Mom is praying for your return to “perfect” health. With love from all of us at our house coming your way, — The Thiessen family in Dawson Creek BC Canada. BTW, LOVE the picture. Gettin’ to look more like “normal” all the time!

  8. The Ao4 on November 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Continued good wishes for you, Rusty!

    … and really. Who decides what “normal” is anyway?
    Play bows,

  9. elmo + mouse on November 11, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Good to hear Rooster is stable. Glad to see him back.Love his famous walking style.

  10. Meeshka on November 11, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Sometimes “normal” isn’t normal, but stable is good also. Glad to hear there is improvement thought!


  11. KB on November 11, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I’m glad to hear that Rusty is “stable” and his balance is good. I love the “as normal as Rusty ever is” photo!

    Our R is in a similar place. He continues to have damaged RBCs in every test plus a few nasty reactive lymphocytes. But, at least he’s not getting worse and has gained a few pounds. It’s tough when you don’t know why something is happening (both of our R’s are in that place).

  12. Sam on November 11, 2012 at 7:50 am

    That is good news! Have a great Sunday!


  13. jane on November 11, 2012 at 7:16 am

    That is really great news. Any improvement is great. Keep up the great job rusty. Know that we all love you and want you to be healthy. A great big hug and kiss to you rusty. Hugs and kisses to the herd.

  14. Summi's Mummi on November 11, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Normal is over rated.

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