Sponsor a puppy: Rusty

Sponsor hearing dog puppy Rusty for just £3 a month and you’ll receive a fantastic welcome pack, four printed updates of his journey, and exclusive updates in our Puppy Pen blog.

Sex: Male
Breed: Cocker Spaniel
Colour: Gold

Meet Rusty: Cuddles all the way

Rusty is all cuddles!

First of all, he just looks, well, cuddly. You can’t really resist him. If he could speak, he’d say ‘I’d quite like a cuddle please.’ He can’t speak, but his body language says it all.

So, you pick him up and give him a cuddle. Then you put him down, and he goes for a run-away-round with his little puppy pals. Then he’ll want cuddle times again. Which, of course, you don’t mind giving him because he’s just so incredibly cuddly!

In between the cuddles and play time, Rusty also likes cardboard boxes. He’ll slowly demolish the really big ones, but the smaller tissue paper boxes are for pushing around with his nose and then sleeping in.

He’s also got a bit of a thing for garden clippings. He writhes around in them because they feel so nice and scratchy and cool.

But it’s mostly about cuddles with Rusty. A typical day goes like this: wake up, cuddle, cardboard box, cuddle, food, cuddle, garden, cuddle, snoooooooooooooooze… and repeat.

Training progress: A puppy of two halves

Rusty has shown real versatility with his training. We were quite surprised: we thought he’d just want cuddles, but it seems he has another quite determined, adventurous side. He just wants to do everything – waits, sits, downs – because it’s all a new adventure. It does admittedly help that he gets plenty of cuddles during his classes, but he doesn’t need much encouragement.

How cuddly is Rusty? Will he ever stop wanting cuddles? Will he continue to love garden cuttings and cardboard boxes? What does the future hold in store for Rusty as he grows to become a hearing dog? Sponsor Rusty today and find out!


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What we'll send you

£3 Sponsorship welcome pack

Donate £3 a month and receive a welcome pack including a sponsorship certificate, three postcards of your puppy and other goodies plus regular photo-updates on your puppy’s progress through their training.

£5 Sponsorship welcome pack medium

Donate £5 a month and you'll also receive a cute cuddly toy dog in a smart Hearing Dogs jacket, and a notepad.

£10 Sponsorship welcome pack premium

Donate £10 a month and you'll also receive a beautiful framed photo of your puppy.


Call 01844 348100 to sponsor by phone. Our phoneline is available between 9am–5pm Mon–Fri.