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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!
I know “down”
I know “Place”

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


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

Bonnie in NM – 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.

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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


Chip in New Mexico – Adopted



​Chip is a 2 yr old male that came to us as an owner surrender to the shelter.  He is neutered and very healthy and a typical 2 yr old adolescent. He has been started on basic training and house training but will need to be in a home where training will be continued.  He learns quickly and his attention span is good for his age. He is currently living with 3 female Airedales and would do best with a non dominant playmate his ​size.

He is very people focused and likes being with his people but can also entertain himself chasing squirrels and playing with another dog. But left alone for long hours he will get “creative.” Typical of a youngster he is fond of shoes and  gloves but given a kong he will rest quietly after exercise.  Chip is medium size at approximately 75#
Chip is being fostered in the Albuquerque area.
If you are interested in adopting Chip, please click on the following link to read our policies and procedures and complete an application form.
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Noah of NM (Adopted)

Meet Noah (ADOPTED). He was discovered by one of our volunteers who found him listed on a local yard sale website. The listing described him as “a very energetic, very sweet one year old Airedale who loves everyone and has never met a stranger. He loves running, playing in the water, hikes and his toys. He would do best in a home where he has another dog to play with. We have given him a loving home but with a new baby in the house we are unable to give him the attention he needs.”

Our volunteer was able to bring Noah into rescue and brought him to Las Cruces where he was met by a second volunteer who brought him the rest of the way to Silver City. We updated his vaccinations and got him bathed and groomed and ready for his new forever home. He was adopted by the volunteer who helped transport him –it was love at first sight for the entire family and Noah has doggie sisters to play with and humans to give him lots of love and attention.

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

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?

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 www.swairedalerescue.org

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.

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?