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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

Special Needs Boy in Ontario Needs a Home


I am a 4 yr old neutered boy looking for a very special family.  I have recently been diagnosed with Diabetes and require insulin shots twice a day.  Aside from the diabetes I am a very happy and active guy who is up to date on all my shots.  I like my crate, walk well on a leash and with a bit of work I even come when I am called!  Who wouldn’t love me???  Oh you need to know that I love when company comes to visit and like most Airedales I have a very enthusiastic hello.  With my adoption you also get free pest removal services.  I promise to do my best to rid your yard of squirrels and varmints!  If you have a fenced yard, can help me look after my health needs and will love life with a happy energetic Aireboy, please fill in an adoption application and contact Barbara Durance at bpdurance@rogers.com 

Tail wags and Aire kisses,



Sixteen-month-old Sarah came into Ontario rescue on April 25/10. She had been bathed, but was horribly matted because she had never been groomed. It was believed that she had allergies and she had open sores on different parts of her body. She was loved but her family were moving and also expecting a new baby. They felt that they were not giving her the time she deserved.

Sarah is a lively girl that will sit, shake a paw and wait for a release command for her meals. She’s a sweetheart, needing some one that could give her the exercise and leadership that she’s been lacking. Because Sarah is a busy girl, without this leadership and exercise, she could easily become a nuisance.

Sarah is now living in a great home where she is being walked and played with. She has a new Mom and Dad and a Wheaton Terrier brother who has attended many obedience classes. Her skin issues are being addressed and she is starting to feel comfortable and happy with her forever family.

Barbara Durance in Ontario

Holly Goes to Her New Home

On April 24/10, Holly took a car ride to meet her new family in Brantford. Due to a divorce and a move to smaller living quarters, her original family had to say goodbye after six years to a wonderful affectionate Airedale.

Holly is a lady with impeccable manners, a lovely disposition and a dainty “aire”. She arrived, ready to meet her future family, wearing a bright new red collar and lead, the better to show off her wonderful grooming . When she was introduced to the couple who had offered her a home, her tail went up and she was happy to discover she would have a brother, a younger Airedale boy who was excited to have an Airedale sister to play with.

Holly’s forever home is wondering why they waited so long to add another Airedale to their family!

Barbara Durance in Ontario