UPDATE: 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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 email@example.com
13 October 2015 Update. We are delighted to report that Andy has a home! Little Orphan Andy is an Orphan no more. Not only is the home in Tucson, but they are members of the St. Mark’s congregation! Apparently they found out about Andy through our website, which makes us very happy.
From the Animal Ministry Team of the St. Mark’s UMC in Tucson, Arizona —
At 85 lbs., Andy’s not actually little! But he was dearly loved by his senior citizen owner, even during the course of the gentleman’s Alzheimer’s disease. Now Andy’s owner has passed away, and for various reasons, family members are unable to provide Andy a home.
He’s a 7-year-old Airedale mix, who’s friendly with people of all ages. He’s been an only pet, so is unknown with other animals. Neutered and up-to-date on shots, Andy stays very close during storms. He should remain an indoor dog, though he loves to go for walks and does well on a leash.
If you can offer Andy a new forever home, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 297-2062. If you can’t, please consider sharing this in the Tucson area. Many thanks!
[We aren’t so sure that Andy is a mix .. he looks like he may be a redline Airedale. In any case, he is a lot Airedale, in looks and personality.]
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.
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.
Right 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.
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!
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 strong 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).
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.
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!).
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.