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Azzie – New Mexico – ADOPTED!

Sitting Pretty
Azzie Loves to Learn

UPDATE:  We are very pleased to announce that Azzie has been ADOPTED!  Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in this handsome young diamond in the rough.

—He is about two years old, healthy, has been heart worm tested, neutered and up to date on all his shots.
—He loves people, is affectionate and eager to please which makes him easy to train.
—He weighs about 55 pounds, but is underweight and will probably end up weighing 65 + pounds when fully mature.
—He had no training when he came into rescue, but is a fast learner and has already learned a lot.
—He can be reactive when first meeting other dogs.
—He is a high energy dog and would love an active home.
—He seems to be house trained (very few mistakes in his kennel)
—He will need an owner who will commit to furthering his training and who has experience with young, active Airedales.

If you are interested in adopting but haven’t submitted an application form, please click on the following link to read our policies and procedures and complete an application form.

Azzie with Ball

Azzie with Blue Ball on Table
Azzie has two balls that we play with: a tennis ball and a blue rubber ball. The blue rubber ball bounces out of control when he tries to drop it. He figured out that if he places it gently on top of the table it stays put so that I can get it and toss it again. Smart Cookie!! So that is what he is doing in the above picture. I can guarantee he will be very good at counter surfing when he has a chance!
"Down"
I know “down”
Place
I know “Place”

Missy – Arizona – ADOPTED

Photo of AiredaleADOPTED!

Missy is a BIG beautiful Airedale girl (75#).  Sadly, at the age of 7 years, she lost the only home she had known because one of her owners died and the other had to move into a home where Missy was not welcome.  She is very affectionate and loves meeting new people. She is easy to walk and doesn’t react to other dogs. She loves to play with other dogs and is a noisy player.

She loves playing with toys. She would like you to throw them for her and play tug. Typical of most Airedales, she does not fetch! She loves to have you spray her with water. She wants to grab the hose, so you need to toss a toy to keep her from doing that. She may like swimming (we don’t have a pool to test that).

She is playful, but calm. She is fostered with other Airedales and someone who is home most of the time, but we believe she would probably be fine on her own during the day if you work as long as you have the time before and after work to give her lots of attention. She would probably be fine with older children who know how to treat an older gal gently.

Missy is sensitive about having her feet and hind end touched by strangers. Now that she has gotten to know her foster mom, she LOVES being massaged, but you need to let vets and groomers know they should be cautious.

Missy is currently located in Tucson, Arizona. She is spayed, housebroken, microchipped and up to date on vaccinations.  She requires medication for spay incontinence.

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Duke – New Mexico – ADOPTED

Photo of AiredaleADOPTED!

Duke is a neutered male Airedale between the age of 1-2 yr. He came through the shelter system and was reportedly too energetic for small children. He has been fostered with 3 Airedales, 2 females and 1 male, and despite their fussing at him he has offered no response other than to turn away. It appears that he had spent little, if any, time in the house, so early on he was confined in a doggy play pen when we could not watch him. After 2+ weeks he had more access in the house but with supervision. Now when we are home he has free access (dog door) but is confined when we are gone for a time. He has picked up the TV remote…and thought it was a toy so some supervision is still needed…but most other household items he has left alone.  He likes watching TV (perhaps he just wanted to change the channel). He likes dog toys and will get them out of the toy basket.

We have about 1 ac. fenced off the back of the house and he can use the dog door to go out when he likes. He does like to spend more time out in the morning but also likes to be with people and most of the time will be with one of us. Initially it was obvious he had had no training and did not know what to do with his adolescent energy. His two forms of play were with our 7 yr old female Airedale, who engaged
him in chase. Then he learned to chase the ball that is retrieved by our 7 r old male Airedale. That has become very competitive and despite our male fussing at Duke….there have been no altercations. Duke is very fast and quick and being able to run “all out” seems to be something he really enjoys. After a play period he is glad to come in the house and crash.

Duke had never been groomed before so we are taking that slowly. He can be a little fearful, esp. of the clippers, but is also curious so will overcome a fear quickly. He has the densest coat of any dog I have seen. The groomer needs to go slow and be patient. We have worked on basic house manners. He is not allowed on the couch and he has done well with house training to the point that we do not watch him all the time. He will put his paws up on things but because there has been no food on the counter he has…as yet…not
learned to counter surf. He is still in training 101. He needs leash work …working on sit etc. He is fed in the play pen and goes in there automatically at meal times.

He is more excitable (and a bit mouthy) when he has been confined for a period but exercise helps him settle down. He also likes being with people so being left in a backyard would most likely lead to his being bored and getting into trouble. In a new home he will need a consistent routine and if an only dog will need some play time with other dogs to maintain good socialization.

He LOVES to eat and inhales his food.

Izzy – New Mexico – ADOPTED

ADOPTED!

Izzy, is a 4 year old spayed female Airedale Terrier. She is a big girl.  She was 87# when she came in to rescue. She is now down to 79# and probably should weigh about 70-75#. She was owned by an elderly couple. After the husband went into the hospital, the wife couldn’t handle her. She is sweet, but a typical young Airedale and large.

Despite her laid back nature she can move fast when she wants to and is not at all safe around cats, chickens, etc. She is a master counter-surfer. Nothing is safe on the counters!

Izzy between her foster brother, an Australian Terrier, and sister, a standard Airedale

She loves affection and loves to play with other dogs. She can be a rough player, so a small dog would not be a suitable companion. She is house trained. She has graduated to sleeping in her foster family’s bedroom on her bed and sleeps quietly through the night.

It would be great if she had a family with another dog or teenagers to keep her active, or a very active person, as she may be prone to gaining weight. She rides in the car like a dream—and doesn’t even bark when she sees other dogs. In fact, she doesn’t bark a lot period, reserving her energy for those times when it is really important (like the middle of the night when the coyotes howl.)

Izzy is being fostered in the Silver City, New Mexico area.

Izzy loves to watch TV with her foster dad

Edison of Arizona – ADOPTED

Edison of Arizona

Meet Edison

Airedale Edison's Sweet Face

October 1, 2017:  When 11 month old puppy Airedale Edison came in to rescue, he was limping and it was obvious that there was something very wrong with his left rear leg. Instead of being straight, it bent outwards at the ankle. An x-ray revealed that he had sustained an injury to the fibula at the “ankle” end which stopped the growth plate. The tibia (inner leg bone) kept growing, resulting in the lower part of his leg twisting to the outside.  

X-Ray of Airedale Edison's rear legs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The leg could be repaired by what is known as a corrective osteotomy where a wedge of bone is removed, the bone is straightened and the leg is pinned in the correct position.  Once the bone heals, the dog should be able to do anything any other dog can do, without limitations.  It is a tricky surgery because there is not much room for the pins at the ankle joint.  It is also of utmost importance to keep the dog from doing too much before the bone has healed.  Because of his very young age, we decided to go forward with the surgery.

Edison is Adopted

March 19, 2018 The surgery was a great success!  We wish Edison and his new family a long and happy life!!

Airedale Edison in his new home

 

 

 

 

 

Brody in Utah – ADOPTED

Photo fo Brody's FaceUPDATE:  ADOPTED
Meet Brody!  He is a 3 year-old neutered male Airedale and is full of curiosity and energy.  He has a very sweet and affectionate temperament and is looking for someone who has a lot of love and patience to give him.  This young boy really likes to play and loves to run. Brody is definitely a women’s dog….he likes Foster Dad fine, but he really likes being with Foster Mom. He has a high prey drive and is anxious to use his skills and speed to catch any varmint who’s trying to get into his territory be it mouse, rat, cat, skunk, snake or spider.   Brody is timid when experiencing new things and will need someone who can introduce him to things slowly and with confidence.  He is afraid of loud noises, thunder, fireworks, gunshots, etc.  He loves to go on walks or hikes and being in the car.  He is crate and house-trained.  Brody has many typical Airedale traits of digging in everything, being mouthy, chewing on anything, and sticking his nose where ever he can and should not be off leash as he will chase wildlife, skateboards, cats, etc., and will not return.

Brody will need a home that does not have any small children, other dogs, cats, small animals, livestock, or fowl.Photo of Brody Full Body

If you are interested in adopting, please click on the following link to read our policies and procedures and complete an application form.

SWAT Adoption Procedure

 

Teddy in Utah – ADOPTED

ADOPTED!

Teddy is a four to five year old, neutered, male Airedale that has an awesome personality and great ears to go with it. He likes other dogs both big and small as long as they don’t try to be the boss of him. He’s been to cage-free doggie day care and did well with most of the dogs. Teddy loves being with his people and has been around children and adults of all ages. Teddy is well behaved, walks nicely on a leash, and loves to cuddle in bed and have belly rubs. He knows some basic commands and is pretty eager to please. He loves going for car rides and on walks. Once he gets to know you, the clown in Teddy comes out and he’s a joy to have around. He is a gentle and loving boy.

Teddy would do best in a home where someone is home all of the time or can take him with them. He does not do well left alone because he has pretty severe separation anxiety, and this cannot be solved by putting him in a crate or with medication. He will destroy the crate (wire or plastic) and will really hurt himself in the process. He also has some issues with men and will need time and patience for him to trust them. It’s for these reasons that Teddy is a special needs boy. Teddy is being fostered in Salt Lake City, UT.

If you are interested in adopting, please click on the following link to read our policies and procedures and complete an application form.

SWAT Adoption Procedure

 

Available Airedales

We don’t currently have any Airedales ready for a new home.  Please click on the Adoption Procedure link to complete our application.  When fostered Airedales are ready for a new home, before listing them on the website, we use applications to determine if there is a waiting home that might be a match.

We hope you will enjoy this gallery of a few of the Airedales we have placed in their forever homes.

Bonnie in NM – ADOPTED

ADOPTED!

Bonnie is an absolutely delightful dog who was a companion to a gentleman who died. She was a house dog and constant companion. She has nice manners, knows her name and even comes when you call her despite being an Airedale. We started on her grooming today and even though she was a little frightened she stood beautifully. She has the typical Airedale energy, is curious and likes to play. She is reported to be between 8- 9 yrs and appears in good health but we will be completing her vet work in a few days. We consider her medium sized and are estimating her weight around 60#. She is currently living with 2 Airedales and they seem to be doing well together. Please consider adopting Bonnie you will just love her sweet nature.  Bonnie is being fostered in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area.

If you are interested in adopting, please click on the following link to read our policies and procedures and complete an application form.

SWAT Adoption Procedure

PHoto of Bonnie in New Mexico - Side view
Bonnie Full Body
Photo of Bonnie in New Mexico - Face
Bonnie Face
Photo of Bonnie in New Mexico sitting
Bonnie Sits

 

Lizzie in Utah -ADOPTED

Lizzie

UPDATE.  LIZZIE HAS BEEN ADOPTED!

Lizzie is a three year old, 65 lb., spayed female who needs an Airedale experienced family that will continue her training. She is choosy about her dog companions and would do best with a non-reactive male dog her size. She did not do well on a cat test. She reacts towards small dogs and cats when out in the front yard, as well as skateboards, cars and trucks.

She’s done great in the house when we are home, she listens, settles well, eats next to our older Airedale, etc., all without a problem. Add the younger Airedale into that mix and she goes after him. She hates, hates, hates being crated and gets quite destructive to anything she can get to while in the crate (including the crate).

She is very smart and picks up on things very fast. She opens the door and lets herself out. She can open up gates, drawers, cabinets, etc. She sits, lays, walks on a leash now all very easily. She takes things nicely (treats). We are working on the jumping on people and now she jumps up kind of in front of you instead of putting her feet on you. She does bark more than most Airedales, but she’s been getting better in that area too. She really is a wonderful Airedale for the right person and she is really easy to take care of, IF you are firm in your expectations. She will run someone over who doesn’t keep their boundaries and isn’t consistent. She is the kind of girl that likes routine and is already doing what she needs to when you follow the routine.

If you are interested in adopting, please click on the following link to read our policies and procedures and complete an application form.

SWAT Adoption Procedure