Rusty was a wonderful dog. She was my first search dog, headstrong and brave. She was very timid when we started our training, but she met challenges with courage and devotion. Through her work in SAR and from the bounty of our colleagues, she overcame her shyness. Her hardheadedness drove me nuts, but she successfully commanded respect from me and I learned to appreciate it. Rusty was spirited and willful, as she was generous and totally committed. She loved her job; she had tremendous pride for it, and was darn good at it. In her years as a seasoned search dog, her skill and confidence at doing her job left me impressed and proud. As I move on to certifying me next dog, I will always remember the lessons Rusty taught me about this work. My relationship with her has brought me more joy and pride than I ever thought possible as she opened doors for me, and led me on journeys of adventure that I’ll never forget. Rusty was a member of CARDA, Alameda County SAR and Yosemite National Park SAR.