Rusty used to live in Oak Brook, IL. He was very well fed, looked after and loved. Interestingly, Rusty was a stray dog – a chow-sheltie mix. He managed to win over an entire subdivision and they all took care of him, one way or another.
“I would leave pieces of steak and pork tenderloin at the end of the driveway,” said Benita Kyros.
“I put a hot dog out there once — I’ll never forget it — and he lifted his leg and peed on it. My neighbor was giving him steak,” said Harry Peters.
After appearing in 2006, he became a staple of the neighborhood. He used to walk along side everyone as they walked their pets. He’d play with their dogs. He clearly received many treats and a lot of love. Unfortunately, the winters were cold and the highway and roads were very busy and this worried many of his friends. They tried to catch him many times but were always unsuccessful.
When he was finally caught by the humane society, all of Rusty’s friends raised the money to in order to pay for his vet bills. Many wanted to adopt him. Sadly, he was quite depressed indoors and was eventually sent to Utah to live at the Best Friends Animal Society.
Luckily, Kristine Kowal – who used to live in Chicago – was now living in Utah and kept up with Rusty’s Facebook page in order to keep everyone in the loop. She eventually adopted Rusty. That’s when she thought it was time for a real family reunion. She had heard so many stories of his time in Oak Brook.
Rusty’s former neighborhood caregivers were astonished at his change. This once-feral animal was now a lovely dog.
“I never thought I’d see him again,” said Julie Gleason. She couldn’t believe that she was actually petting him.
Jennifer Vlazny, who spent months with Rusty in her office, felt that him getting caught was the best thing for him. It turned out that Rusty had a serious case of heartworms. But now she was just happy to see him again.
“Hello, Rusty, do you remember me?” asked Vlazny.
There is no doubt the Rusty did remember everyone. This was his home and his family.