Rusty was our second whippet, the runt of his litter, joining our family as a twelve week old puppy. And what a bad puppy he was, always getting into something, tearing something up, and just being stubborn and defiant. I believe we replaced window blinds for us and others at least four times, three times of which he miraculously escaped from his locked crate and the other just pulling the blinds into his crate. He sounded like a turkey gobbling when crated at night, which is how he ended up being one of the privileged whippets to sleep under our covers. He slept in our bed for 14 1/2 years. Rusty has always been a "pet" in our household but gives more love to us than most of our other whippets. Rusty was a pretty good lure courser in his younger days, but his running became limited due to disk disease. Rusty would always spend his days taking life easy and enjoying the sunshine, always showing the same extreme enthusiasm when we return home whether it be a 10 minute trip or a 10 day vacation.
A mischevious young pup growing into a gentle old guy, leaving us to cross the rainbow bridge on January 1, 2008. Jake (his litter mate brother) and BJ (his half brother), left us shortly before him, but we know, and take comfort, that they are all together at the beautiful place over the bridge.