Yesterday morning was a pivotal moment for this incredible boy.
When Gaston came to AireCanada the information given to me was that Gaston was aggressive to other dogs.
Both his foster Mom and I felt that this was not an accurate picture of what he was about. We knew he had lived with another dog in Quebec, apparently one who bullied him and we also knew that with the right person we could show that he was able to associate with other dogs. The right person came along and from there on it was a positive experience. She brought her laid back setter and she and foster Mom took the two dogs for a walk. They walked side by side. It validated our belief that he was not dog aggressive but perhaps insecure and not properly socialized as a pup. Gaston will need some help in overcoming any concerns he might have with other dogs but he is truly an awesome boy.
Gaston came to AireCanada from another rescue. He was in temporary foster care and had to be moved very quickly. With assistance from friends, I was able to arrange a foster situation for Gaston and he was transferred to AireCanada’s care.
Gaston was born in Quebec and lived with his family for most of his 7 years. He was presented as having severe dog aggression but was great with people. What I didn’t know until the vet records were accessed is that, at the age of 3, he was diagnosed with a condition called Lumbosacral Syndrome. Dogs with this condition may be in pain and, from what my foster and I have observed, he is not aggressive to dogs but either fearful or hurting. When he gets excited he lunges and again we think this is more of a response to pain. Long walks are out for this boy and he does appear to let you know when he has had enough. The good news is that this condition can be managed.
Both the lady who is fostering him and I would dearly love to keep him but her circumstances and mine preclude this option. He is well mannered, loves being near the wood stove, is very curious, but doesn’t like to be left alone — an issue we are addressing.
I drove this boy from Dartmouth to Antigonish. He is a perfect car traveller. We stopped once on the drive. He saw dogs in cars, did a bark and then ignored them.
The person or family who are fortunate enough to be selected as Gaston’s forever family must have a fenced area, should not leave him alone for hours at a time, would agree to feed him quality food, avoid further vaccinations and…love him unconditionally. Gaston deserves no less.
His first vet appointment as an AireCanada boy is November 20th. I know for sure he will require dental work but will not know the full extent of what he needs until he is seen by the veterinarian.
In response to the present lack of Airedales or Airedale mixes available for placement in new homes, AireCanada is not currently accepting general applications. When an Airedale or Airedale mix comes into our group’s care, we will post details regarding the dog that is available and accept applications specifically for that animal.
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Thank you very much for your interest in Jackie. He has been adopted!
Eight-month-old Jackie is a very large male Airedale pup who urgently needs a new home.
[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.
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.
[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!
Gentle Ben appears to have found his new home and will be adopted shortly! Congratulations to this nice boy and to his new family!
Looking for a new buddy? Here’s Gentle Ben who’s eager to have a new home and family!
Ben is a beautiful, very gentle boy, seven years old, who came to AireCanada when his owner wanted to travel. We nicknamed him the “gentle giant” because he is a big boy. Ben has lots of Airedale attitude, a dark saddle, and Airedale size but his lovely coat is very soft and woolly. We believe he is that rarity we occasionally see — a sheep-coated Airedale!
Poor Ben was grossly overweight and had an open sore on his nether regions as well as two large lumps on his chest and side when he was taken into AireCanada’s care. As a result, he has been checked and treated by a vet. The open sore on his back was medicated and is healing. He is eating a home cooked diet at his foster home. As a result of the diet, he has lost approximately 12 pounds. The lumps have reduced in size considerably and the consensus is that they are fatty cysts.
Ben knows basic obedience commands, was apparently never let on the furniture and doesn’t beg for food. He is very timid, was possibly mistreated and seems wary of men but still maintains a gentleness that is amazing and wonderful.
He is great with children and lived with a cat. He finds them interesting but would probably chase if the cat ran.
Gentle Ben will only be adopted to a home in Nova Scotia. For further information, please contact Maureen Tate