Category Archives: Adopted

Brandy of New Mexico – Adopted

Beautiful Brandy was a stray at a shelter in southern New Mexico and no one ever came to claim her. After getting her spayed and over a case of kennel cough and evaluated by a foster family, she was placed with one of our approved applicants who had been waiting a long time for a female that would be a good match for their current female Airedale. They are a perfect match.

At the Shelter
First Grooming
Couch Time with Mom
Brandy and Bella – Sisters


Puppy with Broken LegUPDATE:  Thank you to the Matson family for fostering Monty through his long recovery. The Matsons have fallen in love with Monty and have adopted him.
This poor little man was brought to a vet clinic to be euthanized after he broke his leg. The story the owners gave the clinic was that he was in his kennel run, they were feeding the horses and somehow he got so excited that he broke his leg??? Thankfully, the staff at the clinic reached out and found Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue. Luckily, it was a fairly simple break, although a pin was required. We would love to find a quiet adult home for him to recuperate close enough to our vet in Glendale, Arizona, to take him in for checkups. He is only 14 months old, so it is going to be tough to keep him quiet …. no children, no other pets. 

Before sending an inquiry, please read the “How to Adopt” policies on our website

We place Airedales in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah.  We prefer to place the dogs locally, if possible.   We require a completed application, home visit and veterinary references.

Polly in Arizona – ADOPTED


Polly and her new brother playing Bitey Face

Polly is a five year old, 58 lb., spayed, healthy and energetic girl.   She was too much for her elderly owners, who sadly decided she needed a chance at a better life.  She is very friendly, affectionate and loves to be loved.  She wants to be close to her humans wherever they are, inside or out, but is okay on her own as long as she has had lots of exercise.  She would probably be fine with kids, except that she still jumps and mouths at your hands a little when she is excited in anticipation of a walk or dinner. She is getting much better, but no little kids or elderly in the home until she has had some training.Polly

Polly enjoys hunting lizards with her foster family’s Airedales and would not be safe with cats, birds, or other small rapidly moving critters.
She loves going for walks, car rides and trips to the dog park.  Polly
Polly has a beautiful thick coat and luxurious furnishings, which unfortunately had to be shaved off because of the mats.

Polly is currently being fostered in Tucson, Arizona.

If you have an application in with Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue, please let us know that you are interested in Polly. For all others, please complete an application (link above).  An application with vet references and a home visit are required.



Mae of New Mexico – Adopted

Mae came from an elderly couple that found her energy overwhelming.

Her new family keeps her well exercised.

Here is a photo of our girl on our deck with a rainbow in the background. The one with her on her back, is one of her favorite poses; she sometimes sleeps for a while like that. Shows how uptight she is, no?

Curly – Arizona – ADOPTED


Here’s Curly!  He’s a big (70#) happy friendly young Airedale (estimated to be about 2.5 years old). He was purchased to be trained as a drug detection dog.  Apparently drug detection dogs will do anything for a ball and will hunt for it relentlessly.  Curly will play fetch a couple of times and then decide that some scent is more interesting.  (Wow .. sounds like the Airedales I know!)
Unfortunately, he is NOT cat friendly.
He is now neutered, up to date on all vaccinations and has been cleared of Valley Fever, tick fever and heartworm. ADOPTED

If you have an application in with us, please let us know if you are interested in Curly.  He is currently in Phoenix, Arizona.


Buddy – Arizona – ADOPTED


BUDDY, a 3-year-old (DOB 04/10/2013), says,

I’m quite a magnificent specimen, if I do say so myself. But, looks aren’t everything! I’m not for the first time dog owner. I am also not the dog for an inpatient person as I can be quite headstrong. I respond very well to positive training, am VERY food motivated and am looking for an owner with positive reinforcement training experience. I love to play rough with dogs and people. An owner with time and patience and the energy to give me LOTS of exercise will be important for me. I also require a dog brother or sister about my size (75-80 lbs) that likes to wrestle and play tug. I will do best in a home without children, not only because I could easily knock them down, but because I really require as much attention as a couple of children. After I have had a vigorous morning of exercise, I am perfectly
content to sleep through the day, ready for an afternoon and evening of dog and human play and exercise. Without enough exercise, I will find a way to amuse myself .. perhaps by chewing up a favorite shoe or pillow or my dog bed, or maybe I’ll rip up the irrigation lines or chew up a plastic flower pot. I am also a skilled counter surfer, so you need to either have a way to guard your counters or keep them clean. I have learned to walk calmly by other dogs and horses, but rabbits and other fast-moving critters are still a challenge ,,, you must be strong enough to stand up to 80 lbs. lunging after a rabbit! I have a big bark and acute hearing and will let anyone approaching my property know that I am on guard.

Buddy really is a great dog for the right person. He loves to hike and is never far away from your side. He loves chasing bunnies, but comes right back. As long as you can meet his exercise and entertainment needs, and he has a dog friend willing to spend a couple of hours a day playing wrestle, tug and chase, he is very calm.  He can sail over a 5 foot fence with the proper incentive (critters), so a 6 foot fence is recommended and a wall would be better than a see-through fence.

He’s a strong, willful dog who is not for the beginner.   He is unresponsive to negative training…but, with treats and when the bulb goes on in his head, “Ah, THAT’S what they’re looking for,” he is happy to comply. He is spot on smart and would make an impressive, eager team mate in almost any performance venue if you had the patience and skills to motivate him. GREAT Dog!!!

Buddy is in a foster home in Tucson, Arizona.  We would LOVE to find a home for him in Tucson so he could continue is training here.

If you are interested in Buddy, please drop us a line letting us know why and describing your experience with Airedales, training, etc. Thanks!


Bess of New Mexico – ADOPTED

Bess Sitting

Bess StandingADOPTED!

Bess .. 4 years old, 53 lbs. Report from volunteer:
Her leash manners are as perfect as they could be. She pretty much stayed at heel for most of the walk, leaving my side only to pee. She gets along with other dogs. She is one very sweet Airedale!

She is very affectionate once the initial shyness wears off. She doesn’t have a clue what to do with a toy! She has not been exposed to much–even the traffic on the road when we were walking made her very

Her coat is beautiful and very thick and coarse. The hair on her legs was so matted that I didn’t think she had much there at all, but as I combed it out I discovered she has more than I thought. She was very unsure about being groomed and it took a lot of reassurance, but she managed to get through it
pretty well.

BessShe does seem to be house trained. And she continues to be great on the leash. I think she would be fine around dogs that weren’t too boisterous, but she will hide behind me and growl softly at any high energy dog that appears to be headed in her direction. Because of her spay surgery, she is not being turned out with other dogs yet. We may try that next week.

It was very hard to get a decent photo, so it is hard to really see her. Her ears are down because she is so scared. And her tail is tucked so you can’t even see it. She does have a normal (i.e. not stubby) airedale tail. She does not have a lot of muzzle hair–don’t know if she was trimmed there or not. Tried to get a head shot. With a good trim, she’ll be very cute.Bess

Before sending an inquiry, please read the “How to Adopt” policies on our website

We place Airedales in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah.  We prefer to place the dogs locally, if possible.  Bess is currently in the Silver City, New Mexico, area.  We require a completed application, home visit and veterinary references.

Duke in Arizona – ADOPTED

This is Duke. He is 7 years old, neutered, approximately 70 lbs., incredibly sweet and drop dead gorgeous! Duke is in Phoenix, Arizona, and is available for adoption ADOPTED through Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue. NO CATS. He has not lived with children, so no children living in the home under the age of 8 years old.  If you are a prior adopter or have an application in with us, please message us to let us know if you are interested. If you haven’t submitted an application, you will find the link at the top of this post.  We prefer to place within a couple of hours of Phoenix.




Barley of New Mexico – Adopted

“Barley” (formerly known as Marley) is finally on his way home with his new family.  First  meeting met with great enthusiasm, tail wagging, and big grins on the part of all humans   involved.  Must say that he will be missed.  Everyone who had a chance to get to know him, got  quite attached to him.

Barley was a stray whose owner never came to claim him and that the shelter could not place,  so they contacted Airedale Rescue and asked us to take him.  He was a bag of bones when we got  him .. only 45.5 lbs.  He is now up to 55 lbs. on his way to his proper weight of about 70  lbs.  He is estimated to be around 2 or 3 years old.  He had no training when he arrived, but  was very, very sweet and affectionate.

Wonderful volunteers Mara and Ted Miles, transported Marley/Barley, visited him frequently at  the kennel, groomed him, took him to classes, worried about him, loved him and did everything  they could to get him ready for a new home.  Here are excerpts from the journey they took with  Marley on his way to becoming Barley.

>Didn’t sleep too well last night thinking about him.  I told Dorothy that I have not seen a  dog in that poor condition.  You can’t tell how thin he is because of all the hair.  But there  is NOTHING between a thin layer of skin and his bones.  Breaks my heart!  I am so thankful  that SWAT is able to help this dog.

[Marley had kennel cough and was covered with ticks, so had to be boarded with a vet for treatment. ]

Here are some pix I took while at the vet’s today for his physical. (Ted wants to call him Marley because of the dreadlocks).

Will you help me?
Will you help me?
Under that hair is a bag of bones
Under that hair is a bag of bones









I was so relieved to see him looking and acting better.   His eyes were bright and he is beginning to show some Airedale energy.  He did sit for me–but  I think it was accidental and once he realized he could get a treat by sitting, the frequency  of the sit picked up quickly.  He is pretty BIG.  If he stands up (which he does frequently),  he is almost as tall as I am.  He is going to be a master counter surfer!  His feet and head are large and might indicate that he will still do some growing once he is fed right.  His temperature was down, the cough, although still there, has decreased, and he is definitely  feeling significantly better.  After the physical, Dr. Bradbury say he’s healthy aside from  the kennel cough.  There was a little debris in his ears but not much, a tiny bit of tarter on  the very back teeth.  A little congestion left in the lungs, but much better than a couple of  days ago.  He was given tick medication when he arrived and the ticks have been falling off.

He will do a tick panel on him as well as a CBC.  We agreed not to do the Rabies shot for now  because of his kennel cough.  And he will bathe him once he is better.   Marley is a love bug.  I don’t think he has had much, if any training.  But he loves to be  loved on and leaned against me for more stroking and pats.  And he stood very quietly while I slipped his collar over his head. (That was significant to me because I have been ‘bonked’ in  the face by all my young ‘dales while putting on their collars until they finally learned to  stand quietly while I did it.)  I ended up keeping the collar because they don’t use them  while he is in the kennel.  Aside from needing some training, I think he’s a very sweet boy and will be a wonderful dog for the right family.  He loves treats and responded really well to them, so I think training him will be fun.  I will see him again on Tuesday.  At that time  I can take him for a walk and see how he is on a leash. And I’ll start on the grooming –it is  going to be a project.

>Today’s visit went very well.  Marley was feeling even better and greeted me enthusiastically.    I hope he’s more trained by the time he’s at his healthy weight!.  I didn’t hear him cough  once while I was there.  I had intended to take him for a walk but it was sleeting rain by the  time I got there.  So I spent time with him working on his “sit” and beginning the process of  brushing him out.  He’s definitely picking up the “sit” quickly!  And he was very tolerant  about my brushing him.  I filled a waste basket with hair and was only about 2/3rds done when  they started to get busy and needed the room.  He didn’t seem to mind the brushing even though  it must have pulled a bit because of the dense mats.  He was getting tired of it by the time I left, so it was a good time to stop.  We alternated between brushing and practicing “sits” for  treats.  By the end he was starting to look like a wooly bear.  Ted joined us at the end of  the session and got an equally enthusiastic greeting.  He seems to love people.  The staff all love him already.  They tell me he’s ‘not bad’ on the leash.  When you put your  hands on his sides, he sighs and leans into you.  He loves to be touched and told he is a  ‘good boy’.

Are you sure that I am going to enjoy being beautiful?
Are you sure that I am going to enjoy being beautiful?
Such a good boy
Such a good boy








Marley continues to improve. Dr. Bradbury said he doesn’t think he is contagious. All of his blood work came back really good. The Tick panel has not come back yet, but he should have that soon. He’s gained a couple of pounds, which, although not much, still adds a tad more flesh between his skin and bones. He barely coughed while we were there. He’s definitely feeling more like an Airedale and has the energy to prove it. He greeted us with great enthusiasm and was eagerly searching for the treats he knew we had. And he remembered “sit” makes treats appear. Staff reports that he is pretty good on the leash. They also said he is “ready to be out of there”. He has a very large kennel, but it’s not the same as being about to let loose and run. We brought clippers and grooming tools and went to work on him. An hour later we were about half way through the job, but Marley’s patience was beginning to wear thin. I’m certain he has not been groomed much if ever before. He did amazingly well. We did not have a grooming table to work on so we made the best of the situation–one of us holding him while the other groomed. He was so badly matted that brushing him out was certainly not terribly comfortable, but he stoically put up with it. At one point he turned his head and put his mouth on my arm as if to say “that’s enough!” But there was no attempt to bite. We went through the better part of a bag of treats in the process–he is very food motivated. His head is the most challenging because he fidgets so much. He actually stood quite still while we worked on his body. Ted said running the clippers over his sides was like driving on washboards–bumping along over the ribs. We had to use a #10 blade because he was matted right down to the skin. We filled two wastebaskets with hair and didn’t even get started on the legs! The pictures will give you an idea of him–I’ve only gotten the legs brushed out and the face just started. Tomorrow we’ll go back and finish his legs and face. Won’t be a professional job, but he’ll look more like an Airedale and it will do till he can get a real grooming. Dr. Bradbury will get him bathed before we take him tomorrow. He’s plenty warm enough inside, but thought a bit of protection might be in order when he is being walked. Tried to buy him a coat at Walmart, but they didn’t have anything his size.

Looking like an Airedale
Looking like an Airedale

>I talked to Gail and she is willing to take him.  So tomorrow I will move him to Mis Amigos.   Dr. Bradbury said we can bring him back on Monday or Tuesday next week to be neutered if we  want to go ahead with that.    He loves to be stroked and told that he’s a good boy–leans into you and just soaks up the  loving.  I think he will respond well to training–seems to want to please you.  He is going  to make some family a wonderful dog if they put a little time into training. I think he would  do well with the family with teenagers–they would have the energy to match his and he would  love to have the kids to play with.

>Did some more grooming today–we’re getting there, but he grows tired of it and can’t stand  still very long, so it’s a work in progress–especially his face.  Bradbury was very busy  today, so they were not able to bathe him and I would have had to leave him there until Monday  when they open again, or take him to Mis Amigos this evening.  I opted for the latter because  it means I can continue to work with him tomorrow and perhaps on Saturday.

Here is more info  about him that we learned from the staff at B’s office:

–he knows to poop outdoors, but will pee inside.  Ted pointed out that he isn’t neutered and  is probably marking territory, so it may not mean that he’s not house broken.

–he seems to do OK with dog savvy cats–they have on at B’s office and he’s not tried to kill  it….:-)

–he loves people, greets everyone on his hind legs and want to exchange hugs (working on  this….)

–he’s actually pretty good on the leash–good thing, because he’s going to be a strong, big boy  when he is fleshed out.

–Dr. B said that even tho he tested positive for Ehrlicha, he shows no signs of it and he  can’t be positive that he has it, but good to keep on the doxy for the full month regardless.

–He also said “he’s a goof-ball and should be in a house with kids that will rough-house with  him”

–he was being fed twice a day, 2.5 cups.

–he damaged his kennel digging (they were not complaining, just reporting)

–he tries to dumpster (trash can) dive whenever he passes a trash can–they think that’s  where he got whatever food he got

Mis Amigos

–At Mis Amigos, he will be fed 3 times, 2 cups at each feeding, Candadae grain free kibble

–Mis Amigos will see if they can get him bathed for us.  The earliest they could schedule it  was Jan 12th, but if they have an opening sooner, they will do it.

–They will continue him on doxy twice a day

–He’ll get turned out with other dogs and they will report to us on how he is doing

–They have free training on Saturday for the month of Jan.  I plan on taking him and working  with him to see how he does.  In short, he has a very sweet “goof ball” disposition, seems eager to please, loves to sit for  treats (he’s got that one down) and is already a master counter surfer.  And he is a very  handsome boy.

>  Visited Marley today at Mis Amigos.  He is doing very well.  Was turned out with other dogs  and played nicely.  He was reported to be a little “humpy”, so he was turned out with another  intact male who is also a little “humpy” and they kind of canceled each other out.  No  aggression from either dog.

He has not peed in his cage so far, so he may not be as unhousebroken as we feared.  He continues to put on weight and the washboard ribs are not quite as pronounced.

They let us use their grooming table (happiness is a REAL grooming table with an electric  lift!).  So we were able to almost complete the trimming –still have a tiny bit more to do,  but at least he’s not looking like a lawn mower went over him.  He stood quite still for us on the grooming table–was very patient (I’m slow….:-)  We took breaks from the trimming to  play clicker games–worked on name recognition, come, and sit.  He is smart and learns  quickly.

Beautiful face
Beautiful face

Afterwards we took him for a walk. He is quite good on the leash, showed interest in barking dogs that ran up to the fence to greet him, but did not pull and even came away from them when I called him for a treat. Went past some chickens in a nearby pen–he didn’t even pull then!! Karma would have been at the end of the leash barking like crazy. But Marley merely looked at them as we went by. He got a goat-head thorn in his foot and let Ted pick it up and remove it, standing still like a gentleman while he examined the foot. He has already won the staff over–they love him!

Yes, I AM good boy
Yes, I AM good boy
I like this treat training!
I like this treat training!



>Saturday will be the first group training class–it will be fun to see how he does in that  environment working around other dogs.

> Marley was nothing short of amazing in class today.  There were 5 or 6 other dogs–so lots of  distraction.  I came armed with treats.  After an initial Airedale enthusiastic greeting, he  settled down quite well. I was able to keep his attention despite the distractions.  We worked  on sit, hand targeting, walking, coming and at the very end I was starting to work on ‘down’.

He learns fast and is eager to please.  Although he was excited by the other dogs I was able  to get his attention to come back to me without a lot of work.  Honestly I don’t know if Karma  would have done any better in that setting despite having more training.

Gail kept saying  “He’s a REALLY nice dog!”  He’s very affectionate, wants to shower you with kisses, loves to  be stroked and preferred my attention to being at the end of the leash trying to get to the  other dogs.

Gail’s staff told me that Marley did poop in his kennel this morning, but it was just as his  handler was on his way to take him out.  She thinks it was because it had been all night and  he really had to go and couldn’t quite make it.  He has not had any other accidents.  She said  she thinks he might be pretty much house trained and just needs a bit more time.  I thought  this was especially good news when we think of finding him a home.  Better find one soon….I’m falling in love….LOL!

>I can’t say enough about how great Mis Amigos has been.  They really did a lot for this boy.   Gail had staff working with him on not jumping up (a ways to go still as you can will see from  the photo of him meeting his new family) and on leash manners.  When he had to wear his Elizabethan collar, he got to stay  in the ‘deluxe suite’ so he had more room to move around,  he was given 6 cups of food (2  cups, 3 times a day) and on and on.  It’s been such a pleasure to see this boy start to come  into himself!

Eagerly waiting for his new family!Eagerly waiting for his new family!

Oh boy! here they are!!! I get to have a kid too?? Wow, I am so excited!!
Oh boy! here they are!!! I get to have a kid too?? Wow, I am so excited!!
Maybe he knows to give me a treat when I sit?
Maybe he knows to give me a treat when I sit?


Rowdy in Phoenix, AZ – Adopted


Rowdy (formerly Robby) (adopted January, 2016) joins Majerle (adopted April 2014)
Rowdy is doing really well and is very happy in his new forever Airehome. He and Majerle get along great. He still has an issue with stealing things and does not want to give them back but he’s getting better.

Click on the photos to enlarge.



1/25/2016 — The meet and greet went well!

1/22/2016 — Robby has a meet and greet scheduled with a potential family Monday.  If he and their female Airedale do well together, they will take him home.

Robby is a 3 year old, 55 lb., neutered, house trained, microchipped, vaccinated male Airedale. Both of his owners died and he now needs a new home. He is an energetic boy who needs an energetic family that can give him lots of exercise and training. He would love to have another large active dog to play with. He will want to share your bed and the couch and be close to you. He always has a toy in his mouth. What a sweetheart. NO CATS or other small animals. No children under the age of 8 years. If you live in the Phoenix area and might be interested in fostering or adopting, please contact us.

If you currently have a dog or have had a dog within the past five years, all of your dogs must be current on vaccinations, be spayed/neutered and have received regular veterinary care (not just “shots”). Please note: a vet reference check will be performed upon receiving your application.

You must have a fenced in yard even though we do not advocate leaving dogs outdoors unsupervised. This is the life most of them escaped from and we don’t want to see them go back to the lonely life of an outside dog. So for this reason, we only adopt to homes where the dog lives indoors with their new family.

Once we have preliminarily approved your application, an area coordinator will contact you to arrange a time for a home visit.

You will find a link to our application form at the top of this article.

If you have general questions about the adoption process or a particular dog, please email us at