Category Archives: Life with Airedales

Pennies for Airedales 2011

AireCanada has not mounted a general fundraiser since 2009. As a result, the treasury is becoming depleted. In an attempt to restore funding to a more acceptable level, AireCanada is offering copies of a booklet called the Starfish Stories 2 in return for a donation to help our rescued Airedales.

Why a “starfish” you ask? Here is the reason:

Legend of The Starfish

A vacationing businessman was walking along a beach when he saw a young boy. Along the shore were many starfish that had been washed up by the tide and were sure to die before the tide returned. The boy was walking slowly along the sore and occasionally reached down and tossed a beached starfish back into the ocean. The businessman, hoping to teach the boy a little lesson in common sense, walked up to the boy and said, “I have been watching what you are doing, son. You have a good heart, and I know you mean well, but do you realize how many beaches there are around here and how many starfish are dying on every beach every day? Surely, such an industrious and kindhearted boy such as yourself could find something better to do with your time. Do you really think that what you are doing is going to make a difference?” The boy looked up at that man, and then he looked down at a starfish by his feet. He picked up the starfish, and as he gently tossed it back into the ocean, he said, “It makes a difference to that one.”

~ Anonymous / Oral Traditional

AireCanada has rescued and rehomed many “starfish” over the years. The Starfish Stories 2 is an anecdotal account of a little blind rescued Airedale initially named Courtenay who, as a result of her very silly behaviors, became known as the Littlest Lunatic. LL’s misadventures will have you howling with laughter.

This 68 page booklet, illustrated with photographs and original drawings, is available for the very nominal amount of $15 in Canada or $20 in the US. Shipping is included.  A limited number of overseas (ie. not in North America) customers may currently acquire this book for  $15 because shipping for the first 14 overseas customers will be provided free, thanks to a generous donor.

Payment may be made through PayPal (username: or by cheque payable to Maureen Scott. Mail cheques to Maureen Scott, 1025 Ogden St. Coquitlam, BC V3C 3V8 Canada. Please indicate that your cheque is for a copy or copies of the Starfish Stories and include your shipping address.

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Toffee’s Adventure: Healing with Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy

By Barbara Bulat and Scott Boyd

Toffee (aka Zwar’s Holly and the Ivy, Red Bone, Safety Grrrl, Dribbles, Spunkey Munkey, Little Bear) was born 28 October 1998, and adopted with her step-sister Taylor by Barbara and Scott, then of Sylvan Lake, AB, on 05 January 2008 from AireCanada Airedale Rescue Network. Toffee resides in Edmonton, AB, and underwent Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy on 20 May 2011, with Dr. Scott of the Crestwood Veterinary Centre. Continue reading Toffee’s Adventure: Healing with Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy


Petfinder, under classified LOST…….
ID: 441810
posted – 08-28-2011
Airedale Terrier
Adult, Female
Our two dogs went missing yesterday morning chasing a turkey. They should be
both together. Gracie’s picture is attach she is wearing a pink collar and
Missy is an older black (with grey) lab/retvr mix wearing a yellow flowered
* House Trained
* Spayed/Neutered


Kingston, ON

Please email if they are found:

Ellie’s (Betty’s) Success Story

An update on Betty ~ now Ellie as per her new family’s request.

We’ve named her Ellie! Ellie found a bunny in the yard this morning, wow that was neat! She loves tummy rubs and nose scratches! Ellie has decided she’s my shadow, so she has to lay down where she can see me. She really likes all the attention!

Ellie didn’t think I should go to work this morning. I made her sit, patted her, told her to stay home, and be a good girl! Then did the same pats and instructions with a hug to my 15 yr old daughter. She came up and stuck her nose between us, wagging her tail like “Hey ladies, group hug!!”  Oh my, what a love. She’s so happy here, and everyone who’s met her says her new name suits her perfectly. I’m sure we’ve given Ellie the best there is. Thanks Airecanada, for all you do.Catherine and Ellie

Buddy & Oakley: Another AireCanada Success Story!

 Buddy & Oakley were adopted about two years apart by a wonderful family who live in BC’s Cariboo region. Very Airedale experienced, they welcomed the quirky Oakley first to their home and, this past year, added Buddy as well. These dogs have both become 4-H projects for the teenagers in the household who are working successfully to teach obedience to their companions. Continue reading Buddy & Oakley: Another AireCanada Success Story!

Can You Help Us?

Volunteer help is desperately needed, especially if you live in the province of Quebec.  Please consider helping us? Summer is here and with it comes the surrender of so many Quebec Airedales. In the last month we have had three Airedales land in shelters or rescue and we have very limited resources in Quebec. What this means is without transport, fostering or help with home visits, these Airedales are sitting in shelters languishing while waiting for their forever homes. In the past we have done our best to transport these dogs to Ontario or the Maritimes and place them in these provinces but with the lack of volunteers this is becoming almost impossible. PLEASE, please, please consider volunteering with AireCanada.  We are looking for any help we can get. Volunteering with us does not have to be a heavy time commitment.  If we get several people to help do small parts each, we can help these abandoned Airedales and really make a difference. Please contact Steph at if you would like more information.

5 Easy steps for grooming an Airedale Terrier

Most of us with pet Airedales (meaning we are not grooming a show dog) like to let our dogs get a little shaggy looking in the wintertime, so that they have more coat to keep them warm with during the winter months. Dale parents will know that weekly brushing helps keep the coat unmatted. Here are top grooming tips from Margaret Glass to keep your airedale’s perm looking perfect: 

1) For dogs with softer coats, to keep the legs looking nice and to help prevent bad mats, use a slicker brush each week – pulling the brush up and down the leg, repeating often – try to remove as much undercoat as possible.

When using a slicker, Mars rake, furminator or combs, always remember not to scrape the dog’s skin with the tool, which can hurt and irritate the dog’s skin.

I recommend brushing out the undercoat on a weekly basis. This helps keep the outer wirehair lying flatter, and the dog looking tidier.  

2) After removing what undercoat that you can, if you have a dog with a really excellent hard coat, it doesn’t hurt to fluff up the jacket backwards, so that the wirehairs are standing on end, then pluck the highest hairs. This will keep the jacket making new wirehair underneath, and when you come to strip the jacket in the springtime, there will be a new jacket underneath. Keep in mind you are only removing the very longest hairs; the dog will still have a long jacket.  You can also do this with the legs just lightly plucking the very longest hairs. 

3) Check the pads of the feet, and remove any fur balls between the pads. This should be done about twice a month. Keeping the hair trimmed around the pads helps prevent these fur balls starting. If there are fur balls, trim with curved scissors, or carefully use clippers to remove them. A comb helps to pull the fur ball out a bit if you need to scissor it all away. One wants to be very careful not to cut the pads. Grinding or cutting toenails at the same time helps to keep the nails short. 

Trim the hair around the edges of the feet helps prevent mats and makes grinding/cutting toenails easier and safer. 

4) I like to keep the hair fairly short behind the front elbows and under the armpits, as the fur tends to mat up there.  It is good to keep the tummy area, particularly for the boys, fairly short and free of mats. 

5) The muzzle is a place that quickly gets matted with the Airedales’ long beard hairs and their proclivity for sticking their noses into everything, so brushing it regularly is important. Trimming the hair around the dog’s lips regularly helps to prevent some of the worst matting. 

A note on Bathing:

Airedales should only be done when absolutely necessary, (some Terrier diehards never bath their dogs). If you do shampoo your dog make really sure that you rinse every vestige of soap out. I personally like to use a conditioner after the soap, such as a mixture of Keri Lotion and water. Some people use a light spray of mineral oil on the jacket. Always towel the jacket going from the head to the tail sort of like a back massage, and repeat often – it feels good for the dog and gets the coat lying flat and shiny. Then towel the furnishings every which way to get them all fluffy-looking. Carefully comb any mats out of the furnishings.  If you are dealing with removing burrs, twigs, etc., spraying a little moisturizer on the furnishings first helps with gently brushing/pulling the offending items out of the hair. 

In between shampoos, if the coat needs a little cleaning, spray a mixture of Listerine (or witch hazel) and water over the jacket and furnishings. Towel the jacket from head to tail, and then brush the furnishings. I have an all purpose skin and hair moisturizer which I like to spray on the dog just before I have finished brushing; it smells nice and it helps to give the jacket a little extra sheen without being oily at all. Toweling/brushing the jacket repeatedly makes it look nicer. 

Voila your dale will look lovely or handsome!!

Margaret Glass, AireCanada