2014 Howliday greeting card \ e-card exchange

When you fill out this form you are signing up for the 2014  Howliday exchange.

If you signup for the e-card exchange you will receive a list of email addresses of the other participants and you agree to send them an electronic card.

If you sign up for the greeting card exchange you will receive a list of names and postal addresses and you agree to send a physical greeting card in the mail to all of the other participants. Before you agree to this consider that in previous years we have has as many as 60 people sign up. The vast majority of these are in the United States but there are a few international addresses every year.

This year this single form will allow you to sign up for the greeting card, e-card list or both.

Signup will be open until Dec 1

We would again like to thank The AireCanada Airedale Rescue Network for the use of their website to host the exchange and all the good work they do year round.

 

The exchange is closed for this year try again next year.

If you don’t receive a confirmation email after filling out the form you are not signed up. Please contact scott@blackops.ca

 

Remembering Lucy

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[Lucy was a rescued Airedale with a number of challenging behaviors that AireCanada placed some years ago with Michele Bond. Michele recently wrote this touching essay about Lucy. We wish that all those Airedales who are adopted through rescue could  be so lucky as to have an owner with the sense — and sensitivity — of Michele Bond. AireCanada thanks her and her family very, very  much for their loving care of Lucy.]

Lucy passed away on Monday.

I have been so privileged to have been a part of her life. I know I have said it many times but Lucy taught me so much. No, the first year wasn’t easy. I was devastated when people were trying to convince me she was too difficult and that I should give her up. I am so glad I didn’t. She and I both had things to learn. She needed to trust me and I needed to accept her limitations and know that she was never going to be totally secure around other dogs.

She was the softest, kindest dog . She only had that one problem….but don’t we all! She became so well trained and was always just my side kick. I had to know where she was at all times. She had to always be in my view. I had to be fully aware of our surroundings and plan our moves. Even in the house with people around I had to make sure doors weren’t opened….or doors were closed. Thus she became my shadow….attentive to what I wanted from her. She actually never walked out a door or gate without looking at me for permission. This all sounds difficult and time consuming but it became second nature to us both. She achieved instant recall so if she was in the yard and spotted a rabbit to chase, I could call and she would come to my side. She knew her muzzle was a good thing, brought fun times and was always accepting of putting it on.

I am so proud of her.

I am still in disbelief and shock that she is gone. There had been little things since after Christmas. Maybe it all started with the teeth grinding and chattering. We had two teeth pulled that may have been an issue but turned out were not. The grinding just mysteriously ended. I always thought it was environmental as we were living in a situation where many neighbours, including myself, were suffering from headaches, coughs etc. In January, she seemed to be not eating and was lethargic so we put her on a two week program of antibiotics. That seemed to do the trick and she was back to her goofy Airedale self.

We went away for two weeks and when we got home on Monday, she was happy and bouncy, but earlier that day she had fallen over. After that she didn’t want to walk far, but other signs were all good….eating…..drinking…..no temperature.…pink gums and capillary refill time was great….bowels good. She still wanted to play….jump on the bed to sleep.

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Sunday night — her last night — she still had her dinner and her plate-licker specials. She slept in my room as always but didn’t get on the bed. She got up about three times during the night to change positions but stayed in the room. In the morning, I let her out and she did her business but then became disoriented so I helped her into the house and made a vet appointment.

That was when I realized she was not going to make it. She went to her favorite place in the kitchen where she would sit and watch the cooking preparations in hope something would fall her way (and, of course, it always did). I lay down beside her for a little, and talked to her. Just as we were preparing to take her to the hospital, she left us. I don’t know why I was disturbing her to take her to the hospital. I knew she was dying and, actually, by that time, even though she had vital signs, she really wasn’t there.

Among many other things, Lucy taught me that there are many ways to own a dog. She taught me not to believe everything you read or are told by trainers, to trust your own instincts, to do the things that work for you and your dog.

I learned how important it was to work with the dog YOU have.

Dogs do not always need other dogs for companionship. Dogs don’t need to walk in different places for variety; yes, it would be nice, but sometimes it’s not possible. We walked every day, one direction or the other, and she was just as excited and enthusiastic as the day before. I never became the calm owner when other dogs would try to approach. There were too many altercations when I didn’t know better that made me permanently nervous but I can’t believe Lucy didn’t understand that of me. I am convinced she knew how much I loved her….fought for her….protected her…and that is the important thing.

Thank you for Lucy. Sending her to me turned out the way it should. I am so very sad right now but I know having her in my life was a good thing.

Seeking an Airedale-Experienced Home for Young Jackie!

 Thank you very much for your interest in Jackie. He has been adopted!

I'm waiting for you!
I’m waiting for you!

Eight-month-old Jackie is a very large male Airedale pup who urgently needs a new home.

 

Please come play with me!
Please come play with me!

[Photo courtesy Jill Mellon]

Jackie came into AireCanada’s care during December where he was fostered with a volunteer family while he recovered from a neuter surgery supplied by his former owners. During that time, Jackie demonstrated that he was a very good-natured puppy. He showed us he loved people, got on well with other dogs, both male and female, learned quickly and was eager to please. He even managed to win over the foster family’s older male Airedale who was somewhat suspicious of the newcomer with the result that both boys were soon licking peanut butter off foster mom’s hand at the same time.

We discovered that Jackie was extremely energetic and very playful. He recalls very nicely. He also was crate-trained and was reasonably content for a time in a very large crate as long as a Kong filled with yummy food and peanut butter was supplied. At night, Jackie made it very clear that he would prefer to sleep in the bedroom with the rest of the foster family and happily snoozed in a VariKennel at the foot of the adults’ bed. The family Airedales had no difficulty with Jackie joining the bedroom party.

I don't mind a crate sometimes as long as I get lots of exercise first!
I don’t mind a crate sometimes as long as I get lots of exercise first!
This is my Kong!
This is my Kong!

Jackie proved to be an engaging companion and one we wished we could keep forever. However, once the stitches from his neuter surgery were removed  (with our sincere thanks to Dr. Pawel Cichon at Lonsdale/Sunwood Vet hospitals), it became apparent that he needed far more exercise than we were able to provide so we turned to our good friends at Willchris Kennels in Surrey, BC, for help. Jackie was transferred to WillChris’ care where he would be able to run and play with other dogs. He is currently still with the fine people at Willchris and appears to be having a marvelous time. As a result, we have learned that he is eager to play with other dogs, loves to run and is enjoying being a silly big puppy.

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[Our thanks to WillChris Kennels for permission to use these photographs.]

The ideal home for Jackie will have experience with Airedale Terriers and will be able to provide the many opportunities for exercise  that a young, energetic dog requires. The ability to offer leadership will be essential. Jackie will require obedience training and reacts well to positive training methods. He learns quickly. Jackie would fare very well with someone who loves the outdoors and wishes for a hiking or running companion.

We know that Jackie would prefer a home with a large fenced area where he can play; the presence of another large dog or two for companionship would be an asset. We suspect that cats or small dogs would not be suitable house mates for this large pup since he is too “bouncy” to play with smaller animals. The same could be said of small children. Although Jackie really likes children, our preference would be that any children in the family be teenagers or older.

We believe that Jackie would enjoy having a job to do — agility perhaps or competition obedience. We also believe that it is extremely important that Jackie’s new family be around a reasonable amount of the time. We will not place Jackie in a home where he will be crated or left outside on his own for hours on end. He clearly wants to be someone’s companion and is just as clearly prepared to worship his new owner(s).

So, how about it? Is Jackie your dream Airedale? He hopes so!

 

I'd love you forever!
I’d love you forever!
I'd sit and stay and learn to walk on leash, too!
I’d sit and stay and learn to walk on leash, too!

For more information regarding Jackie, please contact Maureen Scott

Please complete our online application form if you wish to be considered as a candidate to adopt Jackie. Note that priority will be given to applicants located in BC!

 

2013 Howliday greeting card \ e-card exchange

When you fill out this form you are signing up for the 2013  Howliday exchange.

If you signup for the e-card exchange you will receive a list of email addresses of the other participants and you agree to send them an electronic card.

If you sign up for the greeting card exchange you will receive a list of names and postal addresses and you agree to send a physical greeting card in the mail to all of the other participants. Before you agree to this consider that in previous years we have has as many as 60 people sign up. The vast majority of these are in the United States but there are a few international addresses every year.

This year this single form will allow you to sign up for the greeting card, e-card list or both.

Signup will be open until Dec 1

We would again like to thank The AireCanada Airedale Rescue Network for the use of their website to host the exchange and all the good work they do year round.

If you don’t receive a confirmation after filling out the form email please contact scott@blackops.ca

The list is now closed for 2013.

Please check back next year

 

HAZEL would love to be yours!

Taking a break

  Adopted

Hi, my name is Hazel and I am eight years old and all girl!

Love to travel!
Love to travel!

A very affectionate and calm airedale  looking for a new permanent home.  She is a sweetie!

She is currently in a foster home in Ottawa, Ontario.

Great on leash whether you are walking or jogging.

Gets alone great with people and loves it when visitors come to the house.

She knows the basic commands but is still learning to come back.  So must have a fenced yard off leash.

Her annual vet visits show she has never had any significant health issues and her shots are up to date.

Looking for a family to play with her in the snow as  she loves playing in the snow!

She is adorable!

Do you have room in your heart for Casey? She urgently needs a new home!

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Hi there! I want a new home very much!

CASEY HAS BEEN ADOPTED! THANK YOU FOR YOUR INQUIRIES!

 

Say “hello!” to Casey! She has a very sweet, gentle disposition. She is a healthy girl with a coat which is in excellent condition.

This eight year old darling is an Airedale who is highly responsive to commands and extremely loving to humans. Sadly, due to illness in her present home, Casey needs new owners who will love her as much as she promises to love them.

Casey is extremely intelligent and understands sit, down, come, back up, pee, dump, walk, stay, and leave it. She will sit cheerfully for a treat (and then will relish every single bite of the reward).

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Look! Look! See how nicely I can sit?

 

We are told she regrets her inability to fly when stalking crows and is a very determined fly catcher!

Although generally friendly to chance-met dogs, Casey does not always enjoy the company of strange dogs, particularly small ones. She is used to being the only dog in a household. It is our belief that Casey will thrive in a new home where she is the only dog. Her tolerance for cats is unknown. Since she has not been around children to any degree, we would prefer an adult home for Casey.

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I am a VERY good girl!

 

Casey has been living in a large apartment for the past six years and has been lucky enough to have daily walks along the Stanley Park Seawall. Although a home with a fenced yard would be preferred for her, we would consider placing her in a reasonably sized condo or apartment.

Casey loves being with people and is used to having her owners with her constantly. A home where someone was present much of the time (retired or working from home perhaps) would be most suitable for her.

If you are interested in Casey, you may request additional information from Margaret Glass . As with all our rescued Airedales, a completed application form is required. Note that Casey is located in the Vancouver, BC, area.  We would consider homes within reasonable driving distance of Vancouver for her, however.

I'm looking for my new family. Will it be yours?
I’m looking for my new family. Will it be yours? Please?

Will you give Jessie in Nova Scotia a home?

JESSIE HAS BEEN ADOPTED! THANK YOU FOR YOUR INQUIRIES!

 

Jessie is a purebred Airedale who needs a new home. She will be a mere two years old in July.

Jessie

She loves being with people but, like most young Airedales, can be easily distracted by other interesting events — a dog to play with, a leaf to chase….

She is currently being kenneled and has become great friends with two male dogs, but we have yet to confirm whether she can do as well with female canine companions.

Airedales are, essentially, dogs bred to hunt small animals. Thus, Jessie has a strong prey drive. We  cannot recommend her to a home which she must share with cats, rabbits, small rodents and similar creatures. A securely fenced yard is required as well.

JessieIn her previous circumstances, Jessie was allowed to run free and can be described as something of a free spirit. We believe she will need lessons to teach correct leash behavior and are looking into having a trainer offer an assessment and, perhaps, some training to encourage respectful on-leash behavior.

Jessie is spayed and vet checked. Her blood chemistry is good. However, she may have a minor problem with her left stifle. We are waiting to see if this may be only a slight sprain. She has been groomed and looks wonderful!

Jessie has the funniest ear which sticks up. This gives her a very quizzical — and unique –appearance.