My Other Brother

First off, YES….you love that picture above don’t you?? Rusty is a Sooner!! What Rusty also is, is my brother. Rusty is 14 and he is an old soul…..let me tell you a story…

When we got Rusty as a baby my parents were going to have him as an outside dog and his first night at our home he cried his little eyes out on the back porch, and what did I do? I got out of bed and slept on the back porch with him and that is how we have such a deep bond. And a couple of days later Rusty was welcomed as an indoor dog! Rusty is 100% my brother and you know just by things I post how deep this love goes. Moving on………

Last night I had Bunco night with my JH ladies and we had SO much fun and on the way home I felt the need to call mom and dads house, well as soon as my mom picked up I asked “What is wrong”….My mom tells me that Rusty fell over and would not move or get up and my dad had rushed him to the animal ER. We talked about what the ER said and they told me to not stop and try to see him just to go home….so I cried the whole way home, praying God would take him if it was Rusty’s time to be in heaven because I can not have him suffer or I prayed that God would heal him if he was no tready to go. It was a hard night. And here we are 9am and I just got word of what happened…………..

Rusty has Geriatric Vestibular Disease and this can literally happen just like that WHAM, and he has it. What is this?

Symptoms of idiopathic vestibular syndrome include ataxia, which is a lack of muscle coordination. Ataxia may cause the head and body to sway from side to side. Ataxia may also cause the dog to lean and fall to the side, or, in some cases, repeatedly roll onto one side. An abnormal tilting of the dogs head, simply called head-tilt, is also a common sign. Nystagmus, a rapid up and down or side to side motion of the eyes, is usually present as well. Some dogs will experience severe vomiting, which is caused by the feeling of dizziness associated with Nystagmus.

What are they doing from here? My family said ANYTHING you can, so the problem on top of everything is he will not eat, drink or use the restroom and if that keeps up he can’t go like this. But they are giving him medicine and doing everything they can to bring him back around and they said Rusty is special and he could make a great recovery. (If he does this will always be a possibility of flaring up again) But for now this is day to day…..hour by hour. I know some of you may think “he is just an animal” …and shame on you, he is so much more. Here I am at work a wreck crying my eyes out at my desk as I type. This to me is just as serious as if a “human” relative is sick and dying. I ask one thing of you…………… Pray that if it is his time that God will take him and free him of his suffering but if it isn’t his time pray that God will heal Rusty and give him strenght.
I will keep you posted.


  1. Kelly
    July 28, 2010 / 3:07 pm

    Poor puppy!! I'll shoot some up for you ;)…I hope your day gets better!!

  2. Becky
    July 28, 2010 / 3:21 pm

    You have made me laugh and cry with this post. First, I can totally see a young Nicole sleeping on the porch with Rusty…hehehe. But my heart is breaking for you. I really hope he pulls through this. He is definitely in my prayers. I know he is special to you and your family.

  3. Caroline
    July 28, 2010 / 4:18 pm

    Oh no 🙁 🙁 :(I will keep both you and Rusty in my thoughts – poor guy. I am so sorry for what he and your family are going through. It's a horrible feeling losing a family member. Sometimes this makes me feel guilty, but grieving was so much harder when I lost my childhood dog/ best friend than when my own grandmother passed. I don't think I'd ever felt as helpless and devastated as when he suddenly died.I hope Rusty's able to pull through; but if that's not a possibility, it sounds like he is a lucky guy, loved tremendously, and has many people sending loving thoughts his way.I really am so sorry.

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