Kuster On Parade

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About a month ago, Mr. Taleteller volunteered himself and Kuster to walk in the Labor Day parade with the Emergency Management Assistance group that they work with.  Kuster had been in the Memorial Day parade this Spring and had done well, so my husband was feeling very confident about taking Kuster in the parade this time.  Kuster had his new orange vest to wear, which is mainly for these sorts of occasions when the dogs are visible to the public and he was all ready to go a week before yesterday’s parade.

Orange CrushMr. Murphy was some kind of masochistic prankster if you ask me.  You didn’t, but I’m giving you my opinion anyway.  Sure enough, Friday we woke up to Kuster having tummy troubles.  He was up at 2:30 with demands to go out.  Outside they went and nothing happened.  Kuster fussed and complained until about 6:00 in the morning.  Fortunately, we didn’t have any plans for Saturday and Tropical Storm Isaac was blowing through with some much needed rain.

Taking It EasySunday morning dawned and we were still stuck inside thanks to Isaac.  However, soon, Kuster was demanding to go out.  His tummy was in complete revolt and I’m not sure how to describe what came out of him other than to say it was foul.  By foul I mean that we needed gas masks like the bio hazard workers wear.  Still, he was able to hold it and make it outside, so we weren’t too worried.

Sunday afternoon we had to go to a family picnic and decided not to take any of the dogs along with us.  My sister-in-law has a small house and we weren’t sure about the weather.  When we got home, we were extremely relieved to find out that Kuster had not had any more trouble with is tummy and his crate was clean. My husband took him outside to take care of his business, and it seemed like things were going okay.  I went into the bathroom to do a few things before getting ready for bed and while I was in there, I thought I heard a commotion, but I dismissed it when things seemed to die down.

However, when I came out of the bathroom, I almost went back in and locked the door.  We’d been invaded by The Stench.  I’m not even sure how it’s possible for a stink that foul and overwhelming to come out of one dog’s body.  Kuster was moved to the basement crate while my husband worked to clean out his crate in the living room.

With that arduous task behind him, Mr. Taleteller went downstairs to bring Kuster back upstairs with him, only to find that there was another disaster awaiting him in the basement crate.  After that was dealt with and we made a sacrifice to the clean air gods, we began to worry.  Perhaps taking Kuster in the parade the next day wasn’t a good idea.  We didn’t want him to be uncomfortable.  Mr. Taleteller also didn’t want to have to scoop liquid molten stinky lava off the street if Kuster had another bout of what was ailing him.

Yesterday morning dawned and Kuster seemed completely over what was bothering him.  Mr. Taleteller decided it would work to take him in the parade and we knew it would be good experience for him.  So, Kuster and all his gear were packed up into the van and I took the  camera along so that I could sit on the sidelines near the finish and see Kuster strutting his stuff.  Mr. Taleteller didn’t look half bad in his uniform, either.

SparkyWhen we arrived at the meeting place, which is where the command center and all the EMA equipment is stored.  Mr. Taleteller walked Kuster around and around the grass, hoping to get him to go one more time before they left for the parade.  Kuster wasn’t in the mood.  Finally, it was time to go.  A very happy Kuster, who thought he was going to get to play with his buddy Buzz, and a very worried Mr. Taleteller got in the RV and headed off.

I drove downtown and found a place to sit.  I read for a while as I waited.  After a long while, the parade started to come by.  Kuster and Mr. Taleteller looked good as they made their way through the crowd and I saw that Kuster was in his usual meet the public carriage, with his ears folded back against his head and his tail was in danger of wagging off his body.  In short, the puppy was in heaven, and Mr. Taleteller looked pretty happy, too.

Buzz and SulaKuster was right beside me before he realized I was there, and then he erupted with joy, leaping in the air and pulling my husband over with him to see me.  He hopped in my lap for a minute and got slobber all over my face and shirt, just to make sure everyone knew I belonged to him and that he was glad to see me.  If the parade had ended right there, he’d have been perfectly fine with it.

The funny part about the whole thing is that while my husband fretted the whole time that Kuster would embarrass him by having another attack, it was one of the other dogs in the group, who shall remain nameless, that decided to leave a pile in the street.  The parade stopped while the handler picked it up.  Fortunately, Kuster was fine the whole way.

Kuster Works The Parade RouteIt’s hard to believe that he’ll be eleven months old next weekend.  It seems like just yesterday he was a fuzzy little bundle who looked like Toto.  A part of me doesn’t want him to grow up, but I now realize that a lot of who Kuster is he will always be.  He’s a boy who loves deeply, isn’t afraid to show it, knows how to have fun and also when to be serious and get to work.  He’s also, apparently, a boy who knows how to hold it when it counts to make his people proud.  But he still lets us wonder about it and keeps us on our toes!  You have to love a dog who seems determined to keep you young at heart with him.

Kuster on Parade

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21 Responses to "Kuster On Parade"
  1. jet says:

    that is great Kuster, and I bet you were proud that the whole crowd knew that you belonged to such a handsome devil!

  2. Sue says:

    Hope the Infidel is over his erruptions;)

    He did look smart, as did your hubby.

  3. genjiscorner says:

    I have low criteria for what is good poop, but making it outside is one of them. Glad he could hold during the parade. Cleaning up the ‘Big D’ is for people with strong stomachs.

  4. melF says:

    I can’t believe Kuster is almost a year old. Where did the time go? Can that even be possible?
    I am so glad Kuster’s upset tummy was able to hold off during the parade. He looks quite handsome in his vest. I bet he got a ton of admiring looks too!

    It’s the downside of the GSD (if there is one) – a penchant for upset tummies. Hope he’s over the worst of it for now. 🙂

  5. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    Oh Kuster, sounds like you did a little too much partying over the long weekend!

    Glad you were about to recover and star in the parade 🙂

  6. Mango says:

    Kuster is almost a year old? How did that happen? Certainly a relief that he made it through the parade OK. I am quite aware of that poop shooter gone wrong odor. Yuck. Sounds like whatever was troubling him worked its way out.

    Mango Momma

  7. What a wonderful day and the perfect celebration for hubby & Kuster…two hardworkers. Was it on purpose or an accident that you said your husband looked good in his uniform and the next picture was of Sparky?

  8. Goose says:

    MOM just loves the picture of Kuster loven’ all over you. Makes us both smile.

  9. Absolutely! Dakota is like Kuster…the impish little puppy will always be there! I remember when you picked Kuster out and brought him home. Wow, almost a year already?
    Sooo glad he is over whatever was ailing him!

  10. Kuster, you look great and handsome! You’ve become a fine young man!

  11. I bet Kuster was the hit of the parade! He’s so handsome. And I’m sure everyone around you was entertained by his greeting to you.

  12. Sam says:

    Poor Kuster! Although, those are great photos!


  13. Caron says:

    What a good boy. I can’t believe he’s 11 months old either. Puppyhood goes by too fast. 🙂

  14. Peggy Frezon says:

    A great job! Kuster looks quite content in that parade. Did his tummy feel better afterwards?

  15. Patty says:

    I’m glad that he is feeling better. He looks very handsome in his orange vest!

  16. BZ Training says:

    Kuster is now the King of Orange, and the boys are more than happy to bequeath all Orange assignments to him!

  17. Jen says:

    Kuster is such a handsome devil!

    I’m glad his stomach is better, too. The last time we had a, *cough*, incident like that with Elka, we were out a living room chair. Yeah, it was that bad. Especially when she tried to run away from her butt in medias res.

  18. Two French Bulldogs says:

    How exciting Kuster. Bet you are telling every buddy
    Benny & Lily

  19. Lorenza says:

    Sure it was great that Kuster got much better for the parade!
    He looks so handsome!
    Take care
    Kisses and hugs

  20. He’s such a gorgeous boy! You know, his episode reminds me of the way Buster reacted to Frontline flea and tick medication. Every time I applied it, within 24 hours he’d have a ridiculously upset stomach. It took me 3 months to make the connection and I felt terrible. Anyway – I’m glad Kuster’s feeling better – for all your sakes!

  21. Sage says:

    It seems those tummy upsets happen when you least want or need it, but I’m glad he recovered before his big parade day! Sounds like he had a grand ol’ time.

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