Rusty Update

Rusty in yard

Rusty wandering the yard just a few days ago.

Friday evening, Rusty was his usual happy self. So when he refused to eat Saturday morning, we were concerned. As the day continued, the same unsteadiness on his feet from two months ago became apparent and our concern grew.  You can read the first posts about his condition here and here.  The long and short of those posts is that Rusty had developed some infection that was affecting his balance, and through a series of antibiotics, his blood work and balance had approached normal.  So when that vertigo emerged again on Saturday, we knew the infection had surged.

When he also refused to eat Saturday evening and turned down bacon Sunday morning, our concern grew to alarm. Rusty has spent most of the weekend sleeping.  We have been feeding him chicken broth with an eye dropper and were successful in getting him to drink some broth on his own Sunday evening.

As this picture indicates, we are not the only ones concerned. Queen Natasha and her princess, Kiska, spent all day at Rusty’s side, even during the one time we saw him venture into the yard. He is being very closely monitored by both humans and canines.

Rusty asleep

Rusty asleep in the corner with his bodyguards, Queen Natasha and Kiska.

We are off to the vet again Monday morning to see what options we have.  We ask simply for your thoughts and prayers throughout the day.  We will keep you updated via our Facebook Page and will, of course, give you any further news here on the blog.

In the meantime, we will share with you one of our favorite Rusty the Rooster moments toward the end of this video:


  1. Ice 'n Ayla on December 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Ice ‘n sending out Siberprayers for Rusty from our whole family in Dawson Creek BC.

  2. Sychoberians on December 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    We are pulling for you Rusty, please get well.

    Remy and Flash

  3. Teddy Westlife on December 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I am keeping all my paws crossed for Rusty.

  4. Anna the GSD on December 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Oh my goodness! Zooming good thoughts and prayers for everyone!! Get better Rusty!!! 🙁

  5. Carolyn on December 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    That is the best video, making me smile today. 🙂 Just came from Facebook so I know how things stand but just dropping a line to say thinking of you guys! C’mon Rusty, you can pull through this.

  6. A Husky Life on December 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    We are sending you our thoughts and good wishes, dear Rusty! Hang in there are heal nicely, please.

  7. Sam on December 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    We will be saying prayers for Rusty and keeping him in our thoughts.

    Love the video!


  8. FiveSibesMom on December 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    We are sending all good thoughts, woos, and wishes to Rusty hoping all will go well and he will be back on the road to recovery and once again doing the “Rusty Walk!” We are sharing and starting a pawcircle of healing for the beautiful boy.

  9. edith on December 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Good thoughts being sent your way from Massachusetts 😀

  10. Amy@GoPetFriendly on December 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Sending our love and hoping things go well at the vet today.

  11. Elmo & Mouse on December 10, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Yes, we are all sending healing power and love to Rusty to wish him recover quickly!! Is Rusty back on medications now? How’s he doing this morning?

  12. Lynette on December 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Sending Rusty positive thoughts for healing. What kind of infection has he been struggling with?

  13. Nora B. Webster on December 10, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Praying! We don’t have facebook so we’ll look for a blog update. Hoping for good news.


  14. Heartbeats on December 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Now Rusty, it’s time to get it together friend! Power of the paw to you!

    Mamma Heartbeat

  15. Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart on December 10, 2012 at 10:13 am

    All of us her are hoping for the best. We know how scary these setbacks can be.

  16. Kimberly Parker on December 10, 2012 at 9:56 am

    The Parker pooches are still sending Rusty their love and good thoughts. And, so am I, Rusty! You get well, eat your soup, and listen to your sisters!

    Love to you, Rusty, and to all the Herd and their humans.

    Kim, Sitka, Juneau, and Poquito

  17. Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning on December 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

    We are so very sorry to read this about Rusty. We love that guy and his fun ways. We all hope the vet visit goes well. Hugs to Rusty from all of us.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom

  18. houndstooth on December 10, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Good thoughts for Rusty are going out from here big time! I hope the medicine can help him again this time and finally kick that infection for good. Let him know that his fans in Illinois all have their fingers and paws crossed for him and are sending their prayers!

  19. Khyra on December 10, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Mom spent even more time glued to her khrakhkberry on Sunday looking fur updates –

    Paws khrossed fur Rusty –

    If I were khloser, I’d khome join The Royal Khourt!


  20. jane on December 10, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Rusty I hope you are able to kick this infection. I lost my husky almost 2years ago and reading about how sick you are brought back all those memories and I truly feel so terrible for your whole family. I have been praying for you and your family. Great big hugs and kisses to the herd.

  21. Nancy Bulluck on December 10, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Thanks for sharing the video–made me laugh and cry at the same time. Rusty will be on my mind in my heart today, waiting for good news from your vet. Hugs to you both!

  22. brooke & darwin on December 10, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Sending you our thoughts and positive vibes!!! We’re roooting for you Rusty!!!

  23. Wild Dingo on December 10, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Oh man, that video made me LAUGH! Poor Roo Roo! Teasing him like that! you know maybe sometimes, he just “can’t take it anymore” and has to “hide his head” from the stimulating world in front of him. Or maybe he’s just herding you. Part border collie perhaps? a border in another life time? Oh no! blasphemer!

    hope they find out what this is and kick it in the pantyloons so roo feels better. breaks my heart to read he’s not feeling well.

  24. Wild Dingo on December 10, 2012 at 2:01 am

    all paws are crossed here for you. Much love to Rusty Roo Roo from all of us.

  25. TeddyBear & Sierra on December 10, 2012 at 1:50 am

    We are sending lots love and healing vibes to Rusty.

  26. Stella on December 10, 2012 at 1:45 am

    We all love Rusty too much to not use the power of the paw with him, some prays, and all our good wishes.
    Sorry to hear our favorite boy is having problems again, we hope on Monday, your vet has some good fixer upper meds for him. We will be awaiting your good news, DK!

    His two sister sitters are really quite amazing. I love how animals look out for each other.

    Cheers and hugs, Rusty!

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

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