“Rusty” the dog resides in Oatlands’ garden perched on a brick wall where he can perpetually survey the garden and grounds.
Rusty is a hollow, cast iron sculpture. Until a few years ago, Rusty was gray due to aging and fading of the paint. You can also see the corrosion of the cast iron on the statue.
Rusty was brought to Oatlands by the Eustis family. He had previously watched over the Corcoran property from the top of the gate.
Several years ago Rusty underwent some preservation procedures. He was taken to a conservator who removed the old gray paint and corrosion and gave Rusty a new black ‘coat’ that will protect him for years to come.
Dogs have a long history at Oatlands. The Eustis family raised English Sheepdogs here, along with other dogs. A dog also features in the Carter family crest, which shows the dog with its paw resting on a shield. Today, Oatlands opens its fields to several dog events including shows and training exercises.
Rusty looks especially festive when he is set against the snowy garden with a red bow.