KIWA HAS BEEN ADOPTED! OUR THANKS TO ALL WHO CONSIDERED OFFERING THIS NICE BOY A NEW HOME!!
Are you looking for a purebred Airedale Terrier but don’t have the time or inclination to spend hours grooming your new friend? Here is the perfect solution! Two-year old Kiwa is a short-coated Redline Airedale. His fur will never grow long and untidy and he will be happy to be brushed from time to time and offered the occasional bath! Nevertheless, this young boy is all Airedale — he’s smart and trainable, affectionate, playful, energetic and loving. He’s everything you would like and hope for from an Airedale Terrier. He is that rare creature: a Redline Airedale Terrier!
From Wikipedia: There are also the short coated “Redline” type Airedales, they appear to be genetic throwbacks in looks to the Airedale’s early days when the breed’s coats were much shorter than today’s Airedale. Even with their shorter coat they still have the same hard wiry outer coat with a soft under coat and fall well within the criteria of the breed standard and therefore can be AKC registered and most are registered.
Geri Thom, our volunteer who is managing Kiwa’s adoption, writes:
Kiwa is a big, beautiful boy who was born Jan. 29, 2014.. His owner surrendered him to the SPCA around the beginning of May 2015. He was thought by SPCA staff to be an Airedale mix because he has a short coat and longer ears than the standard Airedale. Inexplicably, his tail had also been completely docked.
AireCanada determined him to be a Redline Airedale — very rare and much sought-after by Airedale aficionados!
I met him in June when the SPCA called to ask for help placing him in an appropriate home. I first saw him striding back from a walk with a handler and was instantly struck by his beauty. Within minutes of meeting him I knew he was all Airedale and absolutely fell in love with him as did my husband. We sincerely wished we were in a position to add him to our family – he was that special.
Placing an Airedale in a new home requires considerable knowledge of the Airedale breed. Recognizing this, the SPCA offered AireCanada’s contact information to Kiwa’s new owners in the event the placement did not work out.
Six months after Kiwa’s placement, AireCanada has been contacted to help find a new home for Kiwa. Kiwa is presently living in very confined circumstances with a cat, an Airedale mix and a yard about 14 by 18 ft with a low fence. Both of his new owners work and they are having problems managing an Airedale pup. To their credit, his behavior and manners have improved since he joined their family, but they simply cannot give him the exercise he needs and are heartbroken at having to give him up.
Kiwa on the left is only slightly larger than the standard-sized male Airedale shown on the right for comparison.
Kiwa spends four hours a day three times a week at a daycare and plays very well with both large and small dogs. He will retaliate if two or more dogs gang up on him. The Kennel staff tell me he is a great dog who needs more exercise than his owners can give him.
At home, he gets along well with the other dog (as you can see from the photo below) and seems to be fine with the cat.
Kiwa is a strong youngster and does pull on the leash (like many Airedales!). This is a training issue and such behavior can be extinguished. He is not aggressive and, of course, he likes to dig and chase mice. He is a large puppy (88 pounds or 39.9 kg and 27″ to the top of his back) who is in need of exercise, some training and most of all love with positive direction and a forever home.
Fair warning: those soft pleading eyes will capture your heart in a second!
Note from AireCanada Coordinator:
AireCanada has been fortunate to have placed another Redline Airedale named Doc not too long ago. Here is what the owner of Doc says about him:
Doc is doing great. He is a boy who loves life to the fullest and brings a great joy to everyone who knows him. He is the first Airedale we have had that is so tolerant of dressing up. We put felt antlers on him at Christmas and he was so proud of himself. He left them on when he went to deliver his Christmas presents and was so pleased with the extra attention that they gave him (we all told him how cute he was). He even sat still for a Christmas picture. He loves to play in the deep snow and the best is finding a really deep part (it is about2.5 feet in some places in the field) and rolling in it. Just before Christmas Doc and I went to obedience classes and he did very well. He is a smart boy and picked things up very quickly. We did that to see how he would take to a class setting as I would like to take him to agility. I think he will have fun with it, he has the energy, and the speed for it (not that we will go to any trials but it will be a fun activity for us). It is funny how many people really think that Doc is a mixed breed. I do a lot of educating and explaining about him.
Our opinion is that Kiwa, like Doc, will do well in an Airedale-experienced home where the owners have space for him to exercise and are willing to continue his training. Like all Airedales, he requires a securely fenced yard. We believe he would make a splendid companion and would prefer an owner who is home much of the time.
This is a rare opportunity for some fortunate individual to adopt a wonderful and unique pup. If you are interested in Kiwa, you may contact mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. In order to adopt Kiwa, you will need to complete the application form found on this website. A home visit will be required.
Kiwa is waiting for you! Will you be the lucky one to take him home?
Nellie has been adopted. Thank you all for your interest in her!
[This is a courtesy posting for another rescue organization. For information regarding this dog, please contact AireCanada Coordinator, Maureen Scott, here: email@example.com]
Meet Nellie! She’s only four years old but stands 29″ at the withers and weighs 96.4 pounds. She is looking for a new owner who has a heart large enough to love this big handsome young lady.
Nellie, who is exceedingly friendly, likes people a lot. She also loves other Airedales and other dogs. Cats? Well, not so much! And definitely no turtles…!
She is up to date on vaccinations and is available for immediate placement in Western Canada or the Pacific Northwest.
Nellie lacks training. A potential home who would consider adopting her must commit to training her to be the perfect girl we know she can be. Due to her lovable and friendly personality, we expect that, with training, she would end up being a terrific companion.
A home with a fenced yard is essential for this charming girl. An application form, which can be found under the heading “Adoption Application” on our front page, must be completed if you wish to be considered as a suitable home for Nellie. No young children, please. Adult home preferred.
Is your heart large enough to include Nellie? We really hope so!
[Lucy was a rescued Airedale with a number of challenging behaviors that AireCanada placed some years ago with Michele Bond. Michele recently wrote this touching essay about Lucy. We wish that all those Airedales who are adopted through rescue could be so lucky as to have an owner with the sense — and sensitivity — of Michele Bond. AireCanada thanks her and her family very, very much for their loving care of Lucy.]
Lucy passed away on Monday.
I have been so privileged to have been a part of her life. I know I have said it many times but Lucy taught me so much. No, the first year wasn’t easy. I was devastated when people were trying to convince me she was too difficult and that I should give her up. I am so glad I didn’t. She and I both had things to learn. She needed to trust me and I needed to accept her limitations and know that she was never going to be totally secure around other dogs.
She was the softest, kindest dog . She only had that one problem….but don’t we all! She became so well trained and was always just my side kick. I had to know where she was at all times. She had to always be in my view. I had to be fully aware of our surroundings and plan our moves. Even in the house with people around I had to make sure doors weren’t opened….or doors were closed. Thus she became my shadow….attentive to what I wanted from her. She actually never walked out a door or gate without looking at me for permission. This all sounds difficult and time consuming but it became second nature to us both. She achieved instant recall so if she was in the yard and spotted a rabbit to chase, I could call and she would come to my side. She knew her muzzle was a good thing, brought fun times and was always accepting of putting it on.
I am so proud of her.
I am still in disbelief and shock that she is gone. There had been little things since after Christmas. Maybe it all started with the teeth grinding and chattering. We had two teeth pulled that may have been an issue but turned out were not. The grinding just mysteriously ended. I always thought it was environmental as we were living in a situation where many neighbours, including myself, were suffering from headaches, coughs etc. In January, she seemed to be not eating and was lethargic so we put her on a two week program of antibiotics. That seemed to do the trick and she was back to her goofy Airedale self.
We went away for two weeks and when we got home on Monday, she was happy and bouncy, but earlier that day she had fallen over. After that she didn’t want to walk far, but other signs were all good….eating…..drinking…..no temperature.…pink gums and capillary refill time was great….bowels good. She still wanted to play….jump on the bed to sleep.
Sunday night — her last night — she still had her dinner and her plate-licker specials. She slept in my room as always but didn’t get on the bed. She got up about three times during the night to change positions but stayed in the room. In the morning, I let her out and she did her business but then became disoriented so I helped her into the house and made a vet appointment.
That was when I realized she was not going to make it. She went to her favorite place in the kitchen where she would sit and watch the cooking preparations in hope something would fall her way (and, of course, it always did). I lay down beside her for a little, and talked to her. Just as we were preparing to take her to the hospital, she left us. I don’t know why I was disturbing her to take her to the hospital. I knew she was dying and, actually, by that time, even though she had vital signs, she really wasn’t there.
Among many other things, Lucy taught me that there are many ways to own a dog. She taught me not to believe everything you read or are told by trainers, to trust your own instincts, to do the things that work for you and your dog.
I learned how important it was to work with the dog YOU have.
Dogs do not always need other dogs for companionship. Dogs don’t need to walk in different places for variety; yes, it would be nice, but sometimes it’s not possible. We walked every day, one direction or the other, and she was just as excited and enthusiastic as the day before. I never became the calm owner when other dogs would try to approach. There were too many altercations when I didn’t know better that made me permanently nervous but I can’t believe Lucy didn’t understand that of me. I am convinced she knew how much I loved her….fought for her….protected her…and that is the important thing.
Thank you for Lucy. Sending her to me turned out the way it should. I am so very sad right now but I know having her in my life was a good thing.
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!