Surgery for Rusty

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Rusty went to our veterinarian on Friday for a consultation about eye surgery again as his cherry eyes are back.

We adopted Rusty several weeks ago and he is the sweetest little dog. He is a red toy Australian Shepherd and weighs 19 pounds. This photo was taken just days before his cherry eye came back.

Rusty and me

Both eyes are Cherry Eyes again

Originally when I took Rusty to our veterinarian, he only had the cherry eye come back in one eye but a couple of days later the other eye did the same which is why we went back in to talk to the veterinarian who will do the surgery.

Rusty with cherry eyes

Jo from Jo’s Country Junction started fostering Rusty on November 11, 2022. He had surgery for cherry eyes and was also neutered. I was very fortunate that someone told me about him and after seeing him on Jo’s site I immediately put in an application for him and was lucky enough to get to adopt him on November 29, 2022. We just love him!

His eyes looked good when we picked him up so it was a shock when we got up one morning and saw the cherry back in one eye. Cherry eye in dogs is a prolapse of the third eyelid gland. That was the 12th of December and we were able to get into our veterinarian right away. I’m so glad the surgery couldn’t be done that fast since the other eye went bad two days later.

60-80% chance for successful surgery

We now know that Rusty is about seven years old and there is a good possibility that he has had cherry eyes for a long time. This can be genetic so he shouldn’t have been used for breeding.

There is a 60-80% chance of a successful surgery. Rusty will have surgery one more time and if that doesn’t work, he’ll have cherry eyes. Supposedly it doesn’t hurt and we just have to make sure his eyes don’t get dry or scratched.

Dental work

Poor Rusty’s teeth are not in good shape. He has a hole near the gums on one tooth, several are fractured and some are ground down. Our vet says you see the ground-down teeth in a dog that has lived in a cage and bites on the cage. Jo had said that Rusty doesn’t like a cage at all.

The Good News

There always has to be a bright side to a story and for us and Rusty it is that he will get both eyes fixed and all of his dental work done at the same time. Poor Rusty will be sore and have to wear a cone again but only once.

For us, the bill is a bit more reasonable than we had expected because we only have to pay for the anesthetic once. It still won’t be cheap but we knew adopting an older rescue dog that there would be expenses. The good news is that other than a small problem with one hip which hopefully won’t turn into something major for years, once this is done Rusty should be in great shape. His surgery is scheduled for January 9th.

Two sweet dogs

It has been so neat to see how well Mr. Mickey and Rusty get along. Rusty follows Mr. Mickey everywhere and goes right outside with him. No messes in the house! Every once in a while Rusty has to go and I am still picking up on his signals. He’ll come in and paw at me when I’m on my computer and at first I thought he just wanted some attention. I’m learning that means he has to go outside.

two sweet dogs

They eat right next to each other and Rusty has really helped to improve Mr. Mickey’s appetite. Normally he would never eat all of his food but now that Rusty is waiting for his leftovers, he is eating all of his food.

Rusty isn’t shy at all about jumping up into your lap or bed. It is hard to believe that he was an outside dog.

Bob with both dogs

It doesn’t matter if someone is already sitting in the chair Rusty just jumps up! Doesn’t Mr. Mickey look like he is a little unhappy about this situation? Good thing that is a big chair!

Bob with 2 dogs again

Heart Animal Rescue is who rescued Rusty, they are always in need of donations and have dogs and cats looking for good homes. Here is a link to their website, Heart Animal Rescue where you can find more information.

More about Rusty

If you would like to learn more about when Jo had Rusty, check out her posts.

I have a couple of other posts about Rusty too

I have one last photo of Mr. Mickey that I think is cute! He is a little shaggy, time for a bath and trim this week!

Mr. Mickey

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  1. Amen to all the comments – he is in good hands now and he obviously knows he’s loved – just jumps on the chair, he trusts you all completely. Thanks for the updates.

  2. Karen M. Roth says:

    Be praying for lil Rusty for sure. I agree, that photo of Mr. Mickey is so darn cute!
    I’m in the midst of an extremely hard season of life, but I know God has me. Lost my father in May, lost my mother-in-law in November, the same day I found out that my best friend (Pastor’s Wife) and my 18-year-old niece are both being watched for brain tumors. My Sister-in-law has been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. I was so far behind in my college courses they failed me, so now I have to appeal my Financial Aid, please pray it goes through and gets approved in time for my Winter Quarter.

  3. Good luck to all of you on Rusty’s surgery. So glad he is in a loving caring home. We have 2 older rescue dogs 10 & 11 years. They are double the love! Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  4. CAROL NYE says:

    It is so wonderful that you have adopted Rusty! There is a place in heaven, reserved, for you and your husband!

  5. Thank you for news of Rusty and Mr. Mickey. You touch my heart.

  6. Kathleen McCormick says:

    Wishing Rusty a successful surgery. I am so sorry he is going through this again. Our doodle, like Mickey, could take all day to eat his breakfast, and then gobble it 15 minutes before dinner was to be put out. Nothing like a second dog to keep you eating as you should! Its wonderful that all r4 of you are enjoying each other….lucky Rusty to have you as his forever home.

  7. God bless you for taking such good care of Rusty and Mr. Mickey. I will pray that Rusty’s surgery will be successful and that he has a long and comfortable life under your loving care.

    1. Kathy Whetstine says:

      Oh I’m so thankful you adopted Rusty! I truly believe he is good for Mr. Micky health too!! I pray the surgery is successful this time, I’d never heard of cherry eye. I just wanted to say there are soft cones you can get. I think I found them on Amazon as well, if Rusty is anything like my dogs, those stupid plastic cones petrify them. I havent had to use one since I found them but if they’re thick enough I would think they would work. Best wishes and Merry Christmas❤️

  8. God loves animals too. I am praying for Rusty’s eyes. Rusty will be ok because he is in your care and Mickey loves to be with him. If I were there, I would give both fur babies a kiss on the head. Merry Christmas!!!

  9. Hi Connie ! I’m sorry to hear about Rustys’ cherry eye returning. I didn’t know that it could return once it had been surgically repaired. I adopted a puggle (pug/beagle mix) from the ASPCA in Ogdensburg, New York about 9 years ago, and he had that issue in both eyes. He had been passed over for adoption many times, mainly for that issue, I think ! He had his surgery in the US before I picked him up, and he’s been fine ever since. Good luck to you and Rusty for many happy problem free years !

  10. Vivian Joyce McCagg says:

    Hi Connie ! I’m sorry to hear about Rustys’ cherry eye returning. I really didn’t know that it could return once it had been surgically repaired. I adopted a puggle (pug/beagle mix) from the ASPCA in Ogdensburg, New York about 9 years ago, and he had that issue in both eyes. He had been passed over for adoption many times, mainly for that issue, I think ! He had his surgery in the US before I picked him up, and he’s been fine ever since. Good luck to you and Rusty for many happy problem free years !

  11. Robyn Lidstone - Australia says:

    Thanks, Connie, for the Rusty update and the lovely photos. I hope Rusty’s surgeries go well. He’s a fortunate little fellow to have landed in your care. Having Mr Mickey as his mate to play with is good for his wellbeing – and also for Mr Mickey’s.
    I send good wishes to you and your family for a wonderful festive season and a Happy New Year.

  12. Have you ever stuffed or eaten a stuffed ham? Couldn’t pass this by when you said your grandson is dining with you.
    Take a butt ham, mix together a head of real fine shreded cabage and thin sliced onions, lots of onion, and mix, start jabbing the ham until you a think it will not hold another sliver.
    Pepper until you think it is too much and add more pepper. Tie it up in cheese cloth and put in a big pot and add water to cover the ham. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 3-4 hours or until you think it has cooked to the center of the ham. Take from broth, cool and slice thin and serve with any good bread, or eat alone. Now save the bjroth it makes a good soup starter.
    I know Rusty will be just fine, he has you!
    Like your hair cut.

    Merry Christmas!

    1. Wow Shirley, I’ve never had that but it sure goods good! Thank you

  13. Jane Perry says:

    Poor Rusty, what a shame he has to have more surgery but at least they can deal with his dental problems at the same time so he won’t have to have another anaesthetic!
    I hope all goes well for him, he seems a sweet dog.
    Best wishes, Jane

  14. Fran Connelly says:

    Sounds like Rusty is in good loving arms. It is a shame that there are people out there that abuse our precious animals. So glad Rusty has you. Praying Rusty has a permanent surgery success and will recover quickly. Have a great holiday and a blessed New Year

  15. Jacqueline says:

    First of all, thank you for making sure that Rusty not only has a loving home, but also the vet care he so desperately needs. Those Amish breeding farms should all be shut down. We have a similar situation her in PA and the animal rescue where I volunteer has managed to rescue and adopt out several dogs from bad situations. And, secondly, I love, love the new photo of you and your fur babies that you’re using on your much appreciated site. Merry Christmas to you Builder Bob, Mr. Mickey, Rusty and all of your human family members!

    1. Martha Lynn says:

      Hope the surgery goes well. Wishing Rusty a speedy recovery, he seems to be in loving and caring hands. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  16. Stacia Roble says:

    Prayers for Rusty as he gets all fixed up! I know he thinks he is in heaven in your home. The reason he jumps into the nearest lap is making up for all the time he was all alone. Blessings to you and your family this holiday season!

  17. I hope Rusty’s surgery is permanently successful this time, but it is good to know that the condition isn’t painful if the cherry eye comes back. You made a good point with his eye condition being genetic and he never should have been used for breeding. There are myriad reasons why puppy mills are a bad thing and that’s just one of them!! I’m so glad he’s with you and in a safe, loving home. I know he will enjoy many happy years with you.

  18. It’s amazing how quickly Rusty has adapted to your household. It just goes to show you what a powerful effect love and care can have on a dog. I’ll be praying for Rusty’s surgery to fix his cherry eye once and for all. How fortunate that you can fix his eyes and his teeth all at once. Thanks for taking such good care of him. I wish you, Builder Bob, Rusty and Mr. Mickey the happiest of Holidays.

  19. Marilyn Culp says:

    Hi Connie. I enjoy your updates on lil Rusty & Mr. Mikey so much. I am saddened to hear he has cherry eye back again. Poor baby. But I know he will get the best care possible. I can tell you love them both very much. So thanks again for the updates.
    Christmas is just about here. I want to wish you & your hubby a very Merry Christmas & a healthy& Happy New year.
    God Bless,

  20. Doreen Sherk says:

    Poor little guy such a horrible beginning. He will has a wonderful love with you.
    Mr Mickey is so cute.
    Merry Christmas and all the best in 2023.

  21. I hope that this surgery will take care of the cherry eyes once and for all. It’s great that they can also do the dental at he same time. That will be a big help in his general health too. I hope this is it for a long time for him. He has been so lucky to have been adopted by you two.

  22. How fortunate for Rusty you adopted him as you are providing such good care for him! It is interesting how since adopting Rusty, Mr. Mickey has a better appetite! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!