It was nine years ago that Rusty came in as a stray.   This large greyhound was in a terrible state.  Not only was he emaciated and exhausted but he had been a victim of cruelty as well.  He had cigarette burns all over him and they were sore and infected.  How could anyone stamp a cigarette out on a dog?   Even though we see a lot of bad things we were very shocked by his condition.

In spite of what somebody had done to him, Rusty was a gentle and loving dog.  We patched him up and had him in on the road to recovery.   Would he have any long term emotional issues?   It didn’t seem so and Rusty soon responded to kindness.   Would anyone want to give such a big dog a home?   Greyhounds are difficult to re-home because most people want a small or medium sized dog.   They are invariably affectionate and well trained and Rusty was no exception.

It was a happy ending – we found a fabulous home for Rusty and he has had a very good life.   Sadly he passed away this week – his family came up to tell us and show us some more photos of him, living in the lap of luxury and looking very contented.   Thank you so much for letting us know – we always like to hear from ‘our’ strays.  It was great to know how much you loved him and how much he loved you.   Over the Rainbow Bridge Rusty – we’ll meet again dear friend……