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HAZEL would love to be yours!

Taking a break


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!

Don’t Forget About Teddy in Ontario

Are You My Forever Family?
Teddy has been adopted.

 Teddy is still looking for his forever home.  Please consider him!

Teddy came into foster care in August and is still looking for his forever home. He is a 7 year old 52 lb aireboy who loves cuddles and people time. Here is a note from his foster family:

Teddy has been a joy to have around. He has really gotten used to living the family life and is extremely loyal. He’s gotten so comfortable with his foster parents he even jumps up on the couch and bed to stay nice and close to them. He follows his foster parents around wherever they go and almost wags his bum off with excitement when they get home from being out. He really loves his people. He also loves playing with plush toys and helping cook dinner, especially when a crumb is accidentally dropped. He’s getting more comfortable on his leash but still needs to be watched around certain dogs. He sure does know when it’s time for a walk though!
His number one desirable quality is his loyalty. If you’re looking for a forever best friend then Teddy’s your guy. He hasn’t left his foster parents side since he joined them. He always makes sure to be a part of what their doing whether it’s watching TV, mowing the lawn or spending a day at the office.

If you are Teddy’s forever family, please complete the adoption applications and contact Ontario@airecanada.com with any questions. Please note that we do not fly dogs so if you are interested you need to be located in Ontario.

Teddy In Ontario

Teddy is Betty’s brother (http://www.airecanada.com/tag/Betty)!  Born July 2004, he is a handsome 52 lb boy who just turned 7.  He was the dominant one of the two and while very self assured, he is not aggressive.  Teddy loves nuzzling up for ear rubs and is always lying at his foster families feet.  Teddy’s owner was ill and had to be moved to a hospital so Teddy landed in rescue with his sister and this is the first time he has been without her.  He is taking it all in stride and warming up to the idea of having the humans all to himself.  Teddy needs some basic obedience work but walks ok on a leash.   Teddy will be neutered next week and will then be ready to meet his forever family.  If you live in Onatario and you think Teddy might be the dog you have been waiting for, please submit an adoption application found here:  http://www.airecanada.com/applicationform.html  and contact Stephanie MacNeill – ontario@airecanada.com


Betty in Ontario

Betty has been adopted.  Please have a look at her brother Teddy who is still waiting for his forever home


Little Betty is a petite Airedale who just celebrated her 7th birthday! Sadly her previous owner was ill and had to be moved to a hospital so she is looking to spend the second half of her life with a loving new family. Betty is Teddy’s sister (http://www.airecanada.com/2011/08/22/teddy-in-ontario/) and you will love Betty, she is sweet, calm, gentle and has great basic obedience. She comes, sits and walks very nicely on her leash. Betty just came into rescue and will be spayed this week so she will be ready to go to her new home right away. Betty loves to be around people and could use a little TLC to get through this tough transition. She has lost some weight and is a little scared at the moment but with a little consistency and love she will be a dream doggie. If you are interested in Betty, please complete an adoption application  and contact Stephanie MacNeill – rebels_mommy@yahoo.com

Watson Meets an Angel – Adopted!

As of May 26, Watson has been adopted.  YAY Watson!

My name is Watson and my life has just done a 180 degree turn.  I am a young boy around one and I used to live in a house with a family.  I guess they didn’t know what Airedales were all about and couldn’t handle my jokes so they tied me up outside on a short leash.  I have been living like that for a while and that family was moving so a sweet angel who used to come and take me for walks asked to adopt me!   Before I knew it I was allowed back in this house with a wonderful caring couple and I get lots of food, and treats and I have been showing them what a good boy I can be.  I haven’t had any accidents and I have really nice calm energy when I am indoors.  I even love my crate!  My angels had me groomed because I hadn’t had a haircut before.  I was so matted I had to get shaved but I don’t mind because I sleep inside now!  My furnishings and beard will grow in beautifully now that there are no knots.

So that is all I can tell you for now.  I am not sure about kids, other dogs or cats because I have never really seen any of those things.  I did have kids at my first house but I don’t remember if I was allowed to play with them. 

My foster family will update the blog when we learn more about me.  In the meantime, I can tell you that I am a very sweet boy and will make any family proud!  My Angels said something about dog shcool.  I am not sure what that is all about but I will let you know!

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

This Is Barley’s Story

This is Barley’s story:
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My name is Judy and I’m Barley’s foster mom. Barley is my first foster and I haven’t regretted this challenge for one minute.  Some time in June I got a call from Barbara, asking me if I’d foster 4 year old Barley, with special needs. Barbara drove to Thornton to pick up Barley and have surrender papers signed.  Later in the day, we met in Milton and Barley continued his destination just outside London.
My first impression of this curly, furry bear was ‘oh my gosh, he’s so cute’. Actually he was dirty and smelly and his hair was falling out everywhere. He needed a bath and grooming right away. Under all that hair was this sweet Aireboy, but he was the saddest dog I’d ever seen. He never looked up, his head was always hanging down and he never wagged his tail. Does that sound like any Airedale you’ve ever met? Well he was off to the vet PDQ and we started right away to adjust his insulin. This was a real learning experience for both Barley and myself…..I was convinced I was going to overdose and kill this dog. I was a wreck for about a week but Barley took it all in stride, like it was no big deal. He has been so easy to give insulin to. I have to do a 24hr. glucose chart every time we adjust his insulin and this means getting blood from him every two hours. Even then he comes and lays in my lap and lets me prick him.
It’s early October and Barley is a different dog, that’s because his diabetes is under control.  Now he looks at you with those big puppy dog eyes and his tail is wagging as fast as it will go. He loves to play and go in the car and certainly reminds you when it’s time for his walk. He is a totally different dog from the one Barbara delivered to me. Because it’s been such a transformation it’s hard to accept that Barley is going BLIND!  My vet told me from day one that this would happen, but I was hoping it wouldn’t be so fast. It is progressing  quickly, far too fast for me to accept. Probably within weeks his sight will be gone. Somethings in life are just not fair and to me this is one of those. But  we do have an option, he can have cataract surgery to correct the blindness but it needs to be done as soon as possible, before an inflammatory process call uveitis sets in.
This is a really long blog but it is also a very important one. We need donations to pay for this surgery…$3000.00 for one eye and over $4000.00 for both. I can hear you all saying ‘WOW’ that’s a lot of money’ but Barley is ONLY 4 and he has a lot of living to do yet and I’d like him to be able to see and adopted to the right family.
AireCanada Airedale Rescue has been  supportive, financially and emotionally but they can’t deplete their resources for one dog and that’s what this story and appeal is all about.
Barley is a sweet boy and he needs help from all of us. Even the smallest amount that you can spare will go towards Barley’s operation. You can donate through PayPal via the donade button on this article. We would be pleased and excited about every donation whether large or small.
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Thanks from both Barley and his foster Mom Judy