Rusty Was My Dogs Name

"Rusty was my dogs name."

At the age of eleven and wanting a pet for as long as I can remember,the perfect opportunity came when we moved next door to the sheriff of our town, his name was Dan, he just happened to have a collie mix that had a litter of pups. I was so excited to play with those puppies. My favorite one was the biggest one of the litter of seven he was also reddish in color. I knew right then and there that he was the one for me. Sheriff Dan said that I could have one, so he asked me which one I wanted, and without hesitation I said, "The reddish colored one". Are you sure? I think he was teasing me.



My next step was to talk my parents into the idea. There was seven of us at home, so I understood that we could not afford a pet. Never the less I had my heart set on this puppy, and would do whatever it took to make him my dog. I asked Sheriff Dan if he would keep him for me until I ok'd it with my parents. He said yes, I would have to come by to help take care of him. I did not want to name him until he was officially mine. I started talking to my mom first because I knew she was the hardest to convince. I started pleading my position as much as I could she still said certainly not. I told her I would never ask for another thing for the rest of my life. As I stood there, my father was watching me this whole time. He was listening, and shaking his head, and smiling at me. Later that night he took me aside and said, "I can see how much this means to you, therefore I think your mother would not notice the pup if you put him under our back porch; just until we can talk her into the idea of having a pet". I was so amazed that my father could see how much I wanted this. I told him I would do everything for this dog, and that nobody else had to do a thing. I then ran as fast as I could to Sheriff Dan's house to tell him the good news.

I decided to name my dog Rusty because of his color; I was very happy with my first pet, I took extremely good care of Rusty. Although we didn't have enough money to take him to the vet I did the best I could with his needs. My sister and I would walk to the store for our mother every now and then, one occasion I remember telling Rusty to stay home because he loved walking with us, he usually would listen, but this time he was being stubborn. He finally stayed back, I couldn't see him anymore. We walked for another 10 Min's; when i saw to my right down in the ditch, there was Rusty on his belly crawling in order for me not to see him. He was very determined to follow us. I couldn't believe he was so smart. Another time he was with ,there was this shepherd that was loose. Rusty saw him, and stood in front of us to protect us, as soon as the other dog came at us charging, Rusty went for him. They collided a foot off the ground I saw hair flying, and heard growling and saw fangs. I was so scared, I didn't know what to do, Just then a man from the store came out ,and turned on the water hose on the dogs. This stopped the fight, and we went home. after getting home I looked him over and did not see any major problems.

I consider Rusty my hero, and I will tell you why. He saved my life one day; I know people say that about their pets all the time, but this is very true. Our family had an old refrigerator in the garage that was plugged in, I was curious, so I opened it and what a shock I got. Feeling the strength leaving my body not being able to let go of the door, everything was going black. I looked over and of course there was Rusty he was whining and looking at me, he then took a running start and jumped at my chest knocking me over and allowing me to let go. He then ran off crying and was hiding under the house. Rusty didn't come near me after that for about two days, but eventually he came around. I couldn't thank him enough. My dog Rusty and I went through a lot together,and I sure do miss him. I won't tell you the rest of the story because its just to painful. Rusty I will never forget you.

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

Another great hub keep writing. Cheers.


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rose56 6 years ago Author

Thanks ladyjane your my inspiration.


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

This story made me sad, because I could tell you were leading up to something. I have four dogs, and three cats, and I could not stand to lose any of them. Obviously, something happened to Rusty, and I am sorry for you.


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rose56 6 years ago Author

Yes i will never forget him.He was my hero. THANK YOU FOR READING.


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Whidbeywriter 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

Yes I knew Rusty too.....he was such a good dog. I also miss him and you certainly did an amazing job telling this story. Very heartfelt.


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rose56 6 years ago Author

Thanks Mary that means alot, so glad you liked it SIS.


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passonno73 6 years ago

How heartfelt!!!Loved it!Thanks for sharing!


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geegee77 6 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

I was very little when we had rusty but i do remember him, I know he meant the world to you. Great hub!!Keep it up.


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bonnebartron 6 years ago from never one place for too long

I know the pain of loosing a beloved and best furry friend. I too had a dog growing up, her name was Fluffy. Okay not the most original name but I was two when I named her. My Daddy was in a hostile country and it was just me and my mom. Then one day a neighbor told us the cutest dog was going to be put down at the pound if she wasn't adopted, needless to say, Fluffy became the fourth member of our family that day. She was with me all through my years and each move our family made. She was my longest and best friend, the one constant in my life. I still have the painting of her hanging in my living room, and though I lost her over 7 years ago, it still brings me to tears when I wake from a dream she was in, to the realization she's gone.


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rose56 6 years ago Author

Thank you Bonnebartron, He was very dear to me, its like having a kid.Thank you for reading my story.


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

I love the Andrew A Rooney quote. I have two dogs that are very dear to my heart. It will be devastating when something happens to them.


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Juliette Morgan 6 years ago

Your hublink to 'getting through the night' I haven't followed yet but I've never ever heard anyone say of their beloved dog, "they've let me down", so isn't that a lesson to all of us humans - God bless your little dog and you for loving him. I love my westie dog, Dougie beyond all recognition and understand what you're saying, thanks, Juliette.


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rose56 6 years ago Author

Yes Juliette i agree thanks so much.


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rose56 6 years ago Author

I do miss Rusty so very much, he was my hero.


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magnoliazz 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Wow, this hub made me cry!

I have 4 dogs right now, and I love them all! It is really bad when something happens and they leave us.


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rose56 6 years ago Author

thank you for reading. I love dogs and always will, but Rusty will always be my #1.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I'm teary-eyed. Such wonderful memories you have of your dog. I believe we'll see our pets again one day -- those pets that have died. I hope you believe so, too. Beautiful writing -- straight from the heart.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

What a beautiful story and just reading it I could tell you loved your "Rusty." Pets become just like our kids I really enjoyed the story and yes your dog was very smart he loved you bunches. :)


cosette 6 years ago

Rusty was noble and loveable (and loved), no doubt. he also looks very sweet too. our pets bring so much joy and love into our lives. bless you for honoring him this way.


Campanella 4 years ago

I too have a pet named Rusty that I adopted from the animal Humane Society Nov 29,2011 and he just had to have his back leg amputated as it was infected with a very painful cancer. He is now relieved of his pain and is getting back to his normal self as he is a natural baller and loves to retrieve when you throw a ball and he runs for it and returns it. That is his trademark and God helped him to recover as he is now seven years old.


mary 4 years ago

I too had a Rusty. He passed away on 9/4/12, last Tuesday. I loved him dearly and miss him so much. Our little Rusty was the sweetest most loveably dog and such a baby. All he wanted was attention and to be with us. Dogs are a most precious gift from God. They truly are man's best friend. They don't judge you or get mad at you. All they do is love you. I miss him so much.

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