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Nigel in NM – ADOPTED





Nigel is a delightful boy. He came to us after his owner died and is used to a lot of companionship. He gets along with other dogs and has very nice house manners. He needs a little leash work but is an eager learner. We prefer a home where he will get a lot of attention and companionship and he is used to being with at least one other dog. He is a large Airedale and is currently on a diet that will bring his weight down to 85+ lbs (currently at 100 lbs.)  DOB:  11/02/2009
We prefer placing our dogs in the SW region.  You can find our adoption questionnaire at

Nigel on the Couch
Nigel on the Couch
Handsome Nigel
Handsome Nigel


UPDATE! It took a while, but BB and her forever family finally found each other!!  Her new family shares these updates of Life with BB.

Day One:BB Relaxes
Morning hike with Liz
Afternoon hike with me
Out for a run with Mateja
Later tonight a walk with all three
We also took her to Petco and Home Depot today
She seems to be up to it all and I dare say even more!
She slept well last night.
Tomorrow more adventures . She is fitting in nicely and I think has more energy than all of us combined. But no problem we all enjoy it .
Started with a morning play ball then walk to a local park and played in dog park – hike back
She spent rest of the morning hanging with Liz while she cleaned and I had to go collect items for a peoples health clinic set by auction – we have a medical clinic that only served folks who cannot afford it.
I am home now and will take her for a short hike in about an hour so Liz can do outside chores .
She’s met most of the folks on our street.
BB in BedRight now I am on my bed resting a min and she’s at the foot of my bed.
She and the cat seem to be getting along though I have been closely supervising the interactions.
All is good as expected .

We will begin each day with a morning hike and end each day with an evening  walk .

And often lots of activity in between .
She does car trip errands really well. She’s fantastic at a restaurant with outdoor seating and is super great in the car.  She is so good in public and in the car we take her with us almost everywhere .
Today we went to the 600 acres side. She did great.BB Loves to Hike
The other day I didn’t want her on an air bed that the cat often sleeps on so I closed the door but for a crack I knew the cat could skip through and thought if BB went in I would see it open.  I looked everywhere and lo she went in and closed it from inside almost the same way I had it.
Ok now we know how smart she is for sure.
We love she barks when someone is at the door. The jumping is less but her zeal is still great.

What a perfect match with all of us – she has taken well to having basically three bosses .


BB at the Swimming Pond

We have been here over an hour of constant throw swim and catch . This after an hour hike this am!  BB will go to any length to retrieve a ball — she is a great swimmer!

Thank you Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue for bringing us this treasure of a dog!



Original Listing:

BB (Black Beauty) is a gorgeous Airedale mix looking for an active home with the time and energy to give her the exercise she needs.  This is no couch potato dog .. she loves brisk walks and hikes (checking out every rodent hole along the way).  If you have a pool and a sSo Cutetrong arm, that is the perfect way to give her exercise.  She also loves the tennis ball flinger.  She is then happy to sleep the day away, although she is always ready for a game of catch or another walk, if you would like. She is affectionate and loves to give you kisses. The longer she knows you, the more affectionate she gets.  Anyone who will give her that trademarked Airedale Butt Scratch is welcome.

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BB is more of a people-dog than a dog-dog, but she meets dogs on walks politely and at the dog park and will even engage in a little play time with friends from time to time (although she is always more interested in hunting for rodents or chasing lizards).

BB with Friends
Play Time

She needs to be the only dog in the home as she wants to be the one who receives all your attention.  She has lived with cats without any problem, so it is possible an independent dog-experienced cat could share her home.  She is too energetic for homes with pre-teen children, plus she will steal their toys!

BB is 7 years old and weighs 55 lbs.  She is house broken and has been an indoor dog all her life.  She has a big warning bark to let you know if someone is at the door. She is familiar with a dog door if you have one.  She wants to be where her people are, wherever they are.  She loves to have her person working in the yard so she can spend hours hunting for lizards and checking every hole for rodent activity.

She sheds minimally.  As long as you keep her clipped (4 times a year) and brushed, you won’t find little black Airebunnies around the house.  However, those black furnishings do pick up grass, weeds, etc.

She is up to date on her vaccinations, microchipped, spayed and recently had her teeth cleaned.

Oh boy, a Toy!

Tail Always Wagging





Rodney relaxing in his new home
Rodney relaxing in his new home

Rodney has been adopted and seems to be settling right in to his new home.

Thank you to Kelly and Frank for fostering Rodney, getting him used to living in a home and teaching him what it means to be a family member.



Rodney is very sweet and friendly, but he has never lived in a house. He will be 4 years old on April 2nd. He was surrendered because the family’s 3 year old child was afraid of getting knocked down by him. He needs to be house trained, leash trained, everything trained (Rose reports that Rodney actually walks pretty well on leash!). 

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Chester – Utah – Adopted



Handsome Chester in Utah is looking for a special home.  Chester is a sweet gentleman — well as gentlemanly as any Airedale can be, because he still wipes his wet beard on any leg he can find 🙂  He has a very gentle temperament, unless you are a cat (who are his nemesis I think), and loves to be with his people. He is a bit of a couch hog and would prefer to be with a family that is home more than they are gone. He enjoys traveling in the car, slow meandering walks, lots of hugs and loves, and long drinks of cool water. Chester is looking for a family that will support him through his challenges and that has a more relaxed atmosphere/schedule.

Chester is a special needs boy. He has one leg that is slightly shorter than the other and is missing a toe or two on that same foot. As a result he will be on a low/medium dose of medication for life to help manage the pain and arthritis that is a result of the strain put on his joints. He also cannot walk long distances and may need a ramp to be able to get into vehicles.

Chester is 6 years old, approximately 70 lbs., neutered, and up to date on shots.

If you live in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico or Utah and are interested in adopting Chester, please contact us.  Adoption will require an application form, references and a home visit. More information at

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Teddy – Arizona – Adopted

Teddy is 9 years old (DOB 01/09/2006) and weighs 130 lb., which is about 30 lbs. more than his frame should be carrying. He and his owner used to go everywhere together, but for the last few years, there has been more food going in than calories going out. Teddy’s owner has had to move into assisted living and the family asked us to find Teddy a new home.

Luckily for big Teddy, we had a wonderful family waiting for a senior Airedale who needed them.

Teddy and his new Dad

Migs New Adventure

Migs in the Maz
Migs in the Maze

Thought you might be interested in Migs’ latest contribution to science.

Research is being conducted by the Canine Science Collaboratory at ASU with the goal of establishing a behavioral test that can be used to understand the development of human Alzheimer’s disease. They’ve already determined that the symptoms are alike.

The test itself was very straight forward. A maze with six arms is set up, with food in each arm, and the dog, under differing conditions, is supposed to go to each arm and find the food reward. There are two “training” runs where I go in with her and lead her to the reward in each arm. Then she goes again by herself and finds the food on the floor. The next 3 runs, the food is placed in a dish anchored to the gate and the dog goes thru again to find the food in the dishes. At the start of each run the dog starts the run at a different entry point. On this set, the owner has to sit quietly and do the Milan thing – No touch, No talk, No eye contact. That was hard. Migs found all the food on the first runs. On the last 3 she left one un-found. She’d go back to ones she checked before a couple of time and then she went to the middle of ring and I could see her (from the corner of my eye that wasn’t looking at her) glancing all around – at me, at the testers and then she just laid down and stayed there.

All the obedience work which taught her to look to me for clues and no clues were coming! Poor girl.

They are looking for as many breeds and ages as they can get and then they’ll start developing correlations if they’re there. Anyway, Migs had lots of new people to pet her and she did get a bagful of treats so was a good deal for her.

Here’s the verbatim paragraph on the research:

“Currently, despite the amazing similarity in Alzheimer’s like symptoms that can emerge in dogs,there is no behavioral test that can predict dogs with human Alzheimer’s-like symptoms. Once a behavioral test can be established, the same kind of research being employed by canine geneticists which has offered massive insights into our understanding of human cancer can be used to understand the development of human Alzheimer’s disease.”

If anyone else in the Phoenix area wants to participate, the study coordinator can be reached @ They said feel free to publish it. The test is held on the main campus at ASU.

Dixie – New Mexico – Adopted

Photo of Dixie in Lap
Dixie Likes Laps

Dixie Sitting Dixie Standing*ADOPTED*

Dixie is just over 1 yr old and was an owner surrender.

She is friendly and affectionate

She is medium size and has good house manners especially for her age. She has a lovely natural tail. She is being fostered with 2 male dogs, horses, an inside cat and a barn cat.

Dixie can be bossy with female dogs so will do best in a home with just male dogs. She likes to play but is not overly excitable or hyper. She does need some supervision appropriate to her young age. Dixie has never had formal training but is currently getting some training in her foster home. They are working on leash walking in the presence of other barking dogs and she responds well to consistent direction. We would like to keep Dixie in the Albuquerque area to be sure gets more training. She would benefit from being in a class and learning to socialize with dogs of different sizes

If you are interested in adopting Dixie, please complete the Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue online application form.

UPDATE:  Dixie has been ADOPTED

FAITH – Arizona – ADOPTED!

Sweet Faith

Faith is an 8 year old spayed female being fostered in Tucson, Arizona . She is up to date on vaccinations and negative for heartworm, tick fever and valley fever. She has always been well cared for. She is used to staying home alone with a working family, using her dog door to freely move between house and yard and going for walks through the neighborhood every day. She grew up with children from age 5 through the late teens. She rides quietly in the car and walks on leash without pulling or making any fuss. She is affectionate, but calm and not a real cuddler other than a few minutes in the morning and whenever you come home.

Faith LOVES playing with other dogs – she plays rough and likes to body slam and sounds as though she is ready to tear the other dog’s throat out, but she is all play and other dogs know this.

Pretty Faith in the ConeShe had surgery on 10/8/2014 to have a wart taken off her eyelid that was irritating her eye and an epulis from her gum. She now has a clean bill of health and is ready for her new home.




FaithWe are looking for someone with a dog door to a large secure yard and who will take Faith on daily walks and either have another large playful dog, or make sure she gets regular play dates and/or visits to the dog park.

Please complete the Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue online application form if you are interested in adopting Faith. If you have already filed an application, contact us to let us know you are interested in Faith of Arizona.  Note that priority will be given to applicants located in Arizona.Faith Waiting for Breakfast


Macy – Arizona – Adopted


Macy with her new family
Macy with her new family
Macy and Teddy Tug
Macy and her new brother









Macy is a 3 year old, 80 lb. (should weigh about 65#) spayed female.  She is up to date on all vaccinations and microchipped.

Macy has been dearly loved by her owner, who has owned her since she was given to her as a puppy.  Unfortunately, Macy’s owner is now in college and cannot keep a large Airedale in her dorm room.  Relatives tried to give Macy a temporary home, but the terrier who lived in the home and Macy did not get along.

Macy is always happy, has had a lot of obedience training and will be a pleasure to anyone lucky enough to give her a home.

Macy is in Phoenix, Arizona.  If you are interested in adopting Macy, please complete the Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue online application form. If you have already submitted an application, contact us to let us know you are interested in Macy of Arizona.  We do not ship our dogs.

Jack – Arizona – Adopted

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Jack is a very handsome, boisterous 6 year old boy. Jack’s former owner was not able to take him when moving out of state. Jack is very affectionate,  He has a typical Airedale attention span and seems much younger than his six years! He will benefit from some obedience training, Jack does not know how to interact with other dogs and will probably be best as an only dog until he learns some manners. Jack would be great for a very active mature family.  At 70 lbs., he is a big boy and could easily knock over youngsters.

We want to place Jack either in Phoenix or Tucson where we have trainers who can help make sure Jack’s new home is successful.

If you are interested in adopting Jack, please complete the Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue online application form. If you have already submitted an application, contact us to let us know you are interested in Jack in Arizona.   We do not ship our dogs.