Dusty is top of her class

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 18 September 2011 | 5 Comments


Hi everyone, I thought it time that I wrote to give you an update on Rusty’s progress since I adopted her in April this year.  Dusty, as she is now called, is doing incredibly well.  You may remember Dusty as rather a ‘wild child’ who used to tear up and down her kennel throwing herself at the wire mesh and generally creating havoc - difficult to get in and out of her kennel, difficult to walk, always looking for an opportunity to escape, and showing very little interest in making friends with people.


Dusty is now so much calmer and her face appears softer and more relaxed and most amazingly, she has turned into the most affectionate of my three dogs.  She is such a smoocher and just loves her cuddles.  As soon as she hears the alarm go off in the morning she leaps up to say good morning and her tail is wagging so hard that her whole body wriggles.  (Compared to my other two who, when I say good morning, just open an eye, give a thump of the tail and go back to sleep.)  She now also greets just about anyone who wants to say hi to her with friendliness and a wag of the tail and she even looks at people when they say hello rather than trying to look around them. She’s a cheeky girl too and often has a big happy grin on her face.


Dusty has fit in incredibly well with her new older sister Sandy (a 13 year old white labrador cross) and younger brother Oscar (a 4 year old black Labrador cross).  There has never been any friction between them and it’s as if the three of them have always been together.
Dusty, although almost 5, has so much energy and she just loves to play with Oscar.  The two of them go quite mad, tearing around the house and chasing each other around the furniture and generally creating havoc and knocking things flying, but all in good fun.  The two of them get along so well and quite often curl up together and share each other’s beds.

I enrolled Dusty in obedience classes at Northern Suburbs Dog Club in Carine a couple of months ago, mainly in the hope of getting her a little less excitable around other dogs and also to teach her to pay attention to me amidst all the distractions. 

She was still a little crazy back then and I was worried that the chaos of hundreds of dogs getting together on a Sunday morning might be a bit too much for her to handle.  However she took to it amazingly well and it has really helped to calm her down.  Now she is so relaxed that she often just lies down and yawns half way through the class or turns onto her back for a belly rub, even though surrounded by other dogs, many of them just a few feet from her .  


We are still only in the beginners classes but as she was doing so well I thought that for fun, I’d enter her into the club’s obedience competition this Sunday.  There were 13 entries from our class and Dusty came 1st!  I am just so proud of her and am including a picture of her with her trophy and sash.  Who would have thought she had it in her!

Nevertheless, in spite of her triumphant win on Sunday, Dusty is not perfect by any means. She likes to be comfortable and I have to keep all the sofas covered with folding chairs and the bedroom doors shut to keep her off the furniture and beds. I also need to be careful not to leave any food on kitchen tops as she loves to countersurf and I have to remember to lock the kitchen bin in the bathroom before I go out every morning or I’ll come home to find rubbish strewn all over the house.  And whenever I take her anywhere new for the first time, she temporarily turns back into psycho dog!

Life has definitely become more chaotic since Dusty joined our little pack but I have to admit the girl has charm.  Life with our “wild child” is just a whole lot more fun.  It’s a lot of work having three dogs in my life but I now couldn’t imagine life without any of them.

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  • This is wonderful. She's such a beautiful looking dog. Well done for sticking by her & committing to training :) The three of them look adorable together.

    Posted by Sarah, 12/11/2011 1:45am (7 years ago)

  • What a great story! I am glad Rusty has finally found a forever home.

    Posted by Donna, 19/09/2011 12:00pm (7 years ago)

  • i remember Rusty! i walked her with Lynda once. such a big strong girl, and not overly interested in us. but she gave me a lick goodbye when we put her back in her kennel. my Rusty and i will be starting at Northern Suburbs soon. maybe we'll see you and Dusty there!

    Posted by Nat, 19/09/2011 1:20am (7 years ago)

  • You are an absolute angel for adopting Rusty (Dusty) and your patience is an example to all of us! You also deserve a 1st place sash but am not sure you'd wear it as proudly as Dusty - I've never seen her looking so relaxed and the photo of the three of them is priceless! Congratulations / well done / thank you!!!

    Posted by karen from the Home, 18/09/2011 10:12pm (7 years ago)

  • The adventures of Dusty would make a great book! They are all beautiful and what an amazing job you are doing with Dusty!

    Posted by Gay, 18/09/2011 8:44pm (7 years ago)

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