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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Rusty The Stray Dog Becomes Loyal Companion To Nursing Home Residents

A dog named Rusty was found as a stray in 2008 and almost put down, but now he's an old friend to the residents of Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Toulon, Ill.

The 8-year-old chocolate Lab was celebrated this February, KWQC reported, for his years as one of the nursing home's most cherished members. He's been by the residents' side for the past six years, after the sister of the center's administrator, Sue VanDeRostyne, found him wandering in her backyard. Last month, a pet food and supply drive was held in the loyal pup's honor, according to, a website dedicated to long-term care news and assisted living.



Anonymous said...

While ago I saw 2 dogs running down Bi State Blvd between Salt Barn Rd and Dorothy Rd.Both had collars and tags.They appeared to be Black Labs.Traffic was stopping for them and they were OK when I last saw them.They wouldn't come to me.Near where Bacon Rd comes out.

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Anonymous said...

Love this story. I do pet on wheels with my dog! It's so rewarding for everyone!!!

Anonymous said...

This should be in place at all rest homes.