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 McKnights.com, a website dedicated to long-term care news and assisted living.

Source: http://www.starcourier.com/article/20140206/News/140209417