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Sheena Continues to Look for her New Home!


Sheena, located here in BC, hopes to have a new home shortly. Could it be with you?

We have this report on Sheena from Kathleen Dickey, Owner, Canine Corner Doggy Daycare in Burnaby, BC. :

Sheena has been coming to daycare for a week now, myself and all of my staff have observed that she has excellent interaction with other dogs. She is with approximately 30 dogs each day and has no problems being with groups of dogs. She is wonderful with people very sweet, very happy and really appreciates attention and accepts touching and petting with genuine appreciation. All of us think she is just a wonderful dog and the person that adopts her will have a sweet well adjusted dog. If I didn’t have 3 dogs already I would want to adopt her. Whomever adopts Sheena will be getting a wonderful companion.

Our most sincere thanks go to Kathleen and her caring staff for their assistance with Sheena.

For further information regarding Sheena, please contact Maureen Scott

Sheena has moved to BC!

Sheena, the ten year old AireGirl who thinks she is a puppy, is looking for her forever home in BC. She arrived on Sunday and has been wag-wag-wagging and offering everyone kisses ever since.
Sheena Before and After
Before and After

If you believe that you are Sheena’s special angel who can give this affectionate Airedale a forever home, please contact Maureen  Scott for further information about this sweet girl!

Looking for a Companion? Try Buzz!

Buzz has been placed; if you are interested in
other Airedales please fill out an application at

Buzz is an exceptional 18 month old Airedale who is looking for an exceptional owner! Could that be you?

A neutered male, essentially still a large puppy, Buzz has had little opportunity in his short life to undergo much socialization with other dogs or obedience training but he loves — ADORES — people! Other dogs? Well, not so much . . . . Despite being a strong boy, he is presently learning to walk nicely on leash without pulling unduly. We think he will learn other skills as quickly.

In the right environment, we believe that Buzz will blossom into a wonderful companion for the special angel that offers him a home. As with most Airedales, his new home will require a sturdily fenced yard and an owner who can show leadership. A bonus would be a situation outside of a busy urban area. The successful applicant who adopts or offers to foster with an option to adopt Buzz will live in Atlantic Canada and will have no children under the age of 12 years and no cats. Buzz would probably do best in a situation where he will be the only dog.

If you are interested in Buzz, please complete AireCanada’s online application form. Contact Maureen Tate for further information.

The Future of AireCanada

AireCanada received the following letter with a very generous donation from one of our supporters. This young lady (and her brother) represent the future of AireCanada rescue!

Dear Helen Arnold and the Airedale Rescue Society,

This year for my 11th birthday I asked my friends to bring a donation [to AireCanada] in lieu of presents.

I added $25.00 to the collection and my brother put $10.00 to the collection, too!

I appreciate your hard work to make the world a better place.

An Airedale Owner,
Frankie M

(The photos included here are of Frankie’s Airedale, Reba.)

Lizzie: A Story of International Cooperation

Playtime for Tango & Lizzie

Lizzie was a two-year-old rescued Airedale from Minnesota  who was adopted by a family in Thunder Bay, ON, February 20th, 2010. This adoption occurred because Stephanie Callahan from ATRA,  in the words of the adopter, “jumped through hoops to arrange our adoption of Lizzie and was one of the drivers on the longer leg of her journey from Minneapolis to Thunder Bay.” Also facilitating Lizzie’s immigration to Canada and working with Stephanie were AireCanada volunteers, Barbara Durance from Toronto, and Carol Robson of Winnipeg.  The result is both a very happy dog and a delighted family in Canada.

Here is a commentary from Lizzie’s new “mom” extolling the success of this adoption:

I have an appointment to register Lizzie in St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Classes the beginning of March.  We’re looking forward to it and have been reinforcing some obedience commands – come (85-95% depending…after all, she is an Airedale…), front, sit, stay, down, easy, gentle and finish are ones she’s getting pretty good at.  I’m sure she will like this as well as she enjoys being around people and is good with seniors.

If I didn’t know better, I’d swear Lizzie is a reincarnation of both Jay and Carly [Airedales previously owned by this family] personality wise.

Like Jay, she’s a very large girl and now, all muscle.  She is diplomatic in nature and gets along well with every dog she’s met so far.  I think perhaps she might have a sixth sense when it comes to reading other dogs.  When she encounters a dog that tends to be aggressive in nature,  for example, if hackles are up,  and she can approach, she will come very close to the dog and let out a deep low growl – almost inaudible.  I’m amazed at how quickly the hackles go down and the other dog and she take off playing!  If the dog is more aggressive, she does piggy runs around it until it lets its guard down and starts to play.  Lizzie has a face that looks like she is constantly smiling, causing people to warm up to her immediately.

Like Carly, she’s eager to please and has incredible smarts.  She loves to accompany me on errands, and rides well in the van.  She loves to visit the local pet store that allows dogs to shop, too.  She also has begun to develop the confidence and pride of an Airedale and is peeing higher than the males on fences and trees, which she does easily because she’s so large. She waits until all the other dogs have marked then marks over top of everyone else.  I laugh when I see this and so do other people at the dog park that know what she’s up to.  I just smile, thinking of Carly who would almost fall over at times attempting to pee higher than the other dogs, and proudly say “that’s my girl”!

I’m so grateful we have areas close to the city where we can go for off lead runs. She loves to find deer and rabbit track.  I allow her to follow the trail for a few yards into the bush because she comes when called. She is gentle with children and other animals and loves to please — everything anyone could ask for in a farm dog.  She is also protective but not overly so.  If a stranger approaches or someone comes to the door, she stays very close to me.  When I introduce her to them, she warms up and greets them.  She barks rarely,  only doing so to alert or warn.  A few quick loud barks and that’s it.  What a blessing that is!

The only thing I’m not sure I’m too pleased with is she loves her Papa most of all.  Oh well, most daughters do and besides, the other two were more “Mommy’s girls”, as is Tango, so I guess I’ll just have to live with it.  Papa, for his part, is as pleased as punch and reminds me constantly who is the apple of her eye, by referring to her as ‘my girl’.  He also calls her, endearingly, “Elizabeth”.

The transition is amazing.  She has changed from a frightened, timid, young girl who, for the most part, kept her tail buried tightly between her legs for the first six months, into a beautiful, friendly, confident and proud Airedale.

It doesn’t seem that long ago but February 20th will be a year since we brought her home.  After watching our other girls and Jay’s puppies grow, we believe Lizzie was younger than her estimated date of birth.  She came with no papers so I believe her determined December 1st birth date may have been a bit later. We decided to make it December 25 because she was our gift.

We are so grateful for everyone’s help.  Lizzie was destined to be part our family and even though her journey may have gotten a bit off-track at first, she’s finally made it home.

Carol Robson

Shawndee Airedales/AireCanada Coordinator, Manitoba

Tango & Lizzie: Nap buddies

Teddy Receives His Canine Good Neighbour Award!

 Puppy Teddy was surrendered to AireCanada Rescue last January. He was a silly youngster who enjoyed watching TV each evening with Treasurer Jim and who loved attending Doggy Daycare while staying with Webmaster Scott and his wife, Karen.

Teddy was a very lucky boy. The day he was advertised as being available for adoption, Jen and Ian, already owners of young Airedale Molly, happened to inquire about adopting an Airedale from rescue. We offered Teddy and the rest, as they say, is history.

Teddy fell in love with his new Airedale sister, learned to respect the family Border Collie and came quickly to adore all the family members. He was affectionate and minded his manners. Taken for training, he did very well. In fact, Teddy who is barely a year old, has earned his Canine Good Neighbour Badge from the Canadian Kennel Club!

AireCanada would like to congratulate Teddy and his owners for this achievement!

Teddy Bear, CGN

Gracie Would Love a new Home!

Gracie is a beautiful eight year old Airegirl who needs a new, loving home. She spent the first seven years of her life, tied outside 365 days a year, only being invited into the house at night.

She was placed last year in a home with another female Airedale. Gracie proved to be very dominant with and aggressive to other dogs, particularly small ones and females.  She also has some resource guarding issues but not with food — instead, like many Airedales, she treasures items of clothing.

She is wonderful with people, travels extremely well, loves the car, is aloof as only an Airedale can be at times, but also loves to be rubbed and patted. For the right owner,  Gracie will be an awesome addition to the family.

Gracie would love a home where she is the only dog. A fenced yard is essential and a commitment to train Gracie in obedience to strengthen her recall skills would be an asset. Because of Gracie’s energetic behavior, a home with small children will not be appropriate.

Gracie is presently located in the Halifax area.

For further information regarding Gracie, please contact Maureen Tate.