Maureen Tate, Atlantic Canada Coordinator, AireCanada Airedale Terrier Rescue, writes:
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.
Gaston has been microchipped.
Anyone interested in adopting this lovely dog should complete the AireCanada adoption application at https://www.airecanada.com/adoption-applications/