Freaky Friday – Channeling Rusty


Rusty’s most classic trait

All our long-term readers remember well the great Rusty, the most unique dog that has ever been a member of The Herd. While there will never be another Rusty, we are convinced that a certain young dog is channeling Rusty. First, let’s remind you of Rusty’s uniqueness. First, check this video out:

Not quite enough to understand Rusty? How about this?

Well, with all of that said, guess who has suddenly started the behind the leg walk:

class clown

Every Herd needs a class clown.


  1. Mom 'n Ice on November 10, 2013 at 4:42 am

    I find it a bit uncanny that Ty has begun to take on some of Rusty’s traits. In the beginning, I thought it was going to be Frankie who did that. Must be some “inner spirit” guiding him from somewhere. Live on, Rusty!

  2. Marilyn and Zoe on November 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    We love this!

  3. 24 Paws of Love on November 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Oh Rusty, how you are so missed! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. But is so good to see Rusty’s spirit carrying through. 🙂

  4. KB on November 8, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Ah, Rusty must be providing guidance from above, teaching someone the finer points of being the Herd’s clown. I miss Rusty… he made me smile so much!

  5. Kimberly Parker on November 8, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Oh, Rusty! I loved that dog, and I miss him fiercely! To see Typhoon channeling him just made me so happy. I think that Rusty and Typhoon would have been best friends!!

  6. Dobermom on November 8, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Oh my! It must have brought tears to some eyes when he did that. If it were me, I might even have slipped and called him by the WRONG name a few times.
    We lost one of old girls a few months ago, and adopted a new, much younger and different breed of dog not long after. No matter how hard we try/wish to find them sometimes, there are no “signs” of our old girl and her many quirks in the new one . She is most definitely her own dog and will have her own. (Like that GOLDEN RETRIEVER PAW!!!)

  7. Sue And Tony Verschneider on November 8, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Our Rusty (RIP my beautiful baby boy) was a delight. And some of his funny characteristics I see a little bit in our Koda. My Rusty passed over to the RB 9-17-2010 from diabetes and kidney failure (also was blind). I call him our Misha’s husband. Rusty was the most vocal of them all. When we sang happy birthday to someone he sang too. Knowing full well a tiny bite of cake was coming lol. And I swear he’d tell on the human children when id get home. He would start his “woooo woooooing” and keep it up for 10-15 minutes. Koda is starting that a bit. Your herd is gorgeous.

    • Mom 'n Ice on November 10, 2013 at 4:40 am

      Sue and Tony – I am so sorry to learn that your Rusty had diabetes, and kidney failure. We just lost our Ayla last month, on October 22, to the same thing. She was diagnosed as being diabetic this past May, and we had her on insulin from then ’til she crossed the Rainbow Bridge in October. She was nine years old in July, and was the “light of our lives”. A talker — OMG. If you “bawled her out” for something, she’d give back just as good as she got, only louder. She was one of those “You’re gonna love me whether you want to or not — so THERE!” — and she made sure you did. We have her dad, Ice, and he’s 11, but he was a “kennel dog” for the first six years of his life, until he came to us as company for Ayla. He’s still very shy around people, though he is getting better. He is mourning the loss of Ayla very deeply, as are we all.

  8. houndstooth on November 8, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I knew there was a reason I liked that pup! It makes me inordinately happy to know that Rusty’s spirit lives on!

  9. Jo on November 8, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Rusty was the funniest dog I never met and I still keep a picture of him on my Desktop doing his
    famous “prance walk”! A rare bird indeed.


  10. Wild Dingo on November 8, 2013 at 3:04 am

    A natural to fill roo’s paws… Sigh.

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