Rusty Remembrance – Balloons

Who can ever forget the famous balloon boxing incident?

Who can ever forget the famous balloon boxing incident?

We end our week with our personal all-time favorite Rusty video – fighting the balloons.  Every year, we walk with Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation in their Annual Downtown Dog Walk – a fundraiser for our local all-breed rescue.

So let’s pause a minute for a brief commercial.  Several readers have asked if they can do something to memorialize Rusty.  Click that link we just provided and make a small donation.  Sarge’s has dramatically reduced the euthanasia rate in our county with their determined focus to save as many animals as possible.  We can vouch that they squeeze every penny to make sure the money is being spent well.  And, if you prefer to do something closer to home, make a donation in Rusty’s honor to your own favorite rescue.  We are HUGE believers in dog (and cat) rescue and your $5, $10, $25, $50 donation can literally save a dog’s or cat’s life.  Just ask Rusty – a rescue who came to Chez Herd because of the big hearts and hard work of rescuers. And tell them The Thundering Herd and Rusty sent you.

Back to our regular programming.  We had completed the walk and were hanging out on the courthouse lawn enjoying the festivities.  Rusty, as always, invented his own game to entertain himself. He picked a group of balloons and began a boxing match.  The picture above was emailed to us (we are so sorry that we have forgotten who – please let us know and we will be glad to provide credit) and we were fortunate to capture the video below.


  1. FiveSibesMom on December 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Love this of Rusty and the balloons…on our last Friday Flashback Friday, we dedicated our blog post to your beautiful, silly boy.

  2. Holly & Khady on December 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    There will never be another pup like Rusty. Truly one of a kind and he will be greatly missed.


  3. Tawny Wall on December 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I am so sorry that Rusty has passed away. My heart goes out to you both and the rest of the herd. Rusty has always been my favorite clown of the group. I’ll miss that signature “woop”.
    Love, Aunt T.

  4. Ice 'n Ayla on December 15, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Once again, watching Rusty’s “Battle of the Balloons” with tears running down my cheeks. And thanks for the idea of a memorial to Rusty in the form of a donation to Animal Rescue.

  5. Linda on December 15, 2012 at 12:26 am

    So sorry to hear about Rusty.

  6. siku marie on December 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Thanks, Rusty, for the smiles on a day so full of tears. You were always able to do that with your special magic.

  7. KB on December 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I think that we all have something to learn from Rusty. He found fun absolutely everywhere.

    I keep looking at his photo in the sidebar. What incredible eyes – so blue and so true.

  8. Khyra and Sometimes Her Mom on December 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    We know Rusty is working hard at The Rainbow Bridge this evening –

    Kids of all ages love khlowns –

    PeeEssWoo: I akhtually barked at balloons 😉

  9. Savannah NanaMo on December 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    His joy in living is so obvious. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. paw pats, Savannah and Mom Linda

  10. Wild Dingo on December 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Awe man, to watch that again! Nobody boxes balloons better than Roo. Nobody. what a love. what a laugh. what a smile on that boy. sigh.

    many hugs to the herd.

  11. All Things Collie on December 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    A happy dog, playing with balloons! Could there be anything cuter than this? 🙂

  12. Misaki on December 14, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Rusty was brave! I’m a bit scared of balloons BOL
    He sure was handsome too xxx

  13. Zoe on December 14, 2012 at 9:21 am

    There was so much fun and personality packed into one furry pup. He is still bringing us joy over the lumps in our throats.

    • Elmo & Mouse on December 14, 2012 at 11:26 am

      I second that. I will always remember Rusty the Rooster and thank you D.K. for sharing this wonderful pup with us.

  14. Kate on December 14, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Thank you for sharing your Rusty videos with us again. He was certainly a character! It was nice to get a chuckle in to help with the sadness. You just can’t help but smile when you see Rusty being Rusty 🙂

  15. houndstooth on December 14, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Ha ha ha! Oh, that’s one of my favorite Rusty moments, too. I don’t think anybody could ever forget that one!

  16. Becky Slack on December 14, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Thanks so much for sharing the Rusty videos this week. We’ll never forget the antics and charm of the blue-eyed boy. And thanks so much for the link to Sarge’s Rescue – I’ve sent a donation in Rusty’s memory – he was an amazing and wonderful example of how great rescue dogs are.

  17. Diana Ritter on December 14, 2012 at 8:06 am

    What a joyful and handsome boy! Thank-you both so very much for thinking of Sarge’s Animal Rescue. We appreciate your support very much.

  18. hopee on December 14, 2012 at 6:46 am

    We dropped by to send our paws and prayers. The Woos told us about Rusty and we are praying that he is strutting free in the Rainbow Bridge with all the unpoppable balloons and chewy bully sticks in the world.

    Huggies and Cheese,


  19. Nancy Bulluck on December 14, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Words fail me, which hardly ever happens. . . I will just simply say thank you for sharing the wonderful memories this week, and thank you for mentioning Sarge’s as an idea for remembering Rusty. We love the Herd and the Dog Walk would not be complete without you!

  20. D.K. Wall on December 14, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Ok, WD, I think something is up with WordPress. There was an upgrade this week which I loaded. Last night, I triple checked that the video was there, but I use the delayed post feature. When it posted, the video was stripped. Weird, huh? It’s back now.

  21. Wild Dingo on December 14, 2012 at 2:36 am

    yup. no vid again. but i do remember when i first saw it…

    i love his jodhpurs in this shot. so floofy and strong. and his swoosy tail. Rusty sure made it easy for people to fall in love with a Sibe… a great advocate for sibe rescue.

    I miss him already.

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