Rusty came into my household three years ago today. He was a nine-almost-ten year old Golden/Lab whose family was moving and didn't want to take him along. His first foster home was in a townhouse and Rusty did way too much nervous barking for him to stay there, so I brought him home with me. In my outer suburban neighborhood, the houses are far enough apart that even if a dog barks his head off, no one can hear as long as the windows are closed and it was February. And bark he did. If he didn't get attention. If I left the room. If the other two dogs got too close. If they left him alone.
Rusty is a highly sociable boy and attracted admirers at our adoption events, but they all said the same thing: he's too old. A typical comment was, "I just put my 10 year old lab down, and I don't want to go through that again soon".
Well, he's here to tell you that three years later, he's still going strong. So there!
Here he is modeling the beautiful sweater he bought from Laura Leonard of Rescue Buddy Boarding and Beyond. Sweaters in all sizes are hand-knit by Laura and her mom. Profits go to support Red Lake Rosie's Rescue.
Luna, the German Shepherd puppy, at just seven months old finished Obedience I at The Canine Coach last night. Her goal is to get the CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certificate and then possibly become a Therapy Dog, but she realizes that she needs to settle down a bit first. She feels that the reason for attending the class is to play with the other dogs, and it's hard to do that when she is held firmly by a leash. She is smart and attentive, though, so when the puppy energy dissipates, she'll be a star.
Here's she's playing with her favorite toy, two tennis balls strung together!