Jeez, I'm starting to feel like a broken record but here goes....
I'm partnered with two Airedales: (anyone that knows them, knows WE don't own THEM)
- the first being purchased by me as a two week old pup. Of course, I had to wait a further 10 weeks! to pick him up, being that his breeders are top notch. Responsible Airedale breeders are hard to find in Ontario, Canada, believe me, but those 10 weeks were torment! I purchased him because I operated a breeding/training facility for quarter/paint horses and I needed a "thinking" dog. He never, ever let me down. The coyotes he killed should have earned him medals! The bears? who knows...they never came back. This wonderful friend turned 10 years old last February and I've never had a truer nor more loyal one. He's a bit larger than most standard 'Dales at 25 1/2" at the shoulder and approx. 70-75 lbs. But his sire and his dam were both over-large dogs, although both were shown to championships here in Canada.
- the second is my rescue and he's the Oorang. He's 28 1/2" at the shoulder and his weight hovers between 112-115 lbs. (Depending on how much hair he has - seriously! he dreadlocks!) I scored this boy and I'm thankful every day, believe me! through ATRA. There's not enough good things I can say about that organization. The first day that I got him home, he was in and out of the bathtub at least 15 times. He was trying to figure out what the hell it was! He was boarded, boarded, boarded and then what the hell - let's board him again, eh?
But he did come with some issues:
#1) When I first got him home, (picked him up in Michigan) it took THREE of us to put a collar on him to go for a walk. No kidding, it was ALOT like steer wrestling. It really puzzled me because I knew that he really wanted to go! When I emailed his foster-mom, she told me that he'd been surrendered with a "shock collar". (@!@##$#$%Q@#^) #2) NOBODY that he doesn't know is allowed in the room with him when he eats. This 'room' is approx. 1000 square feet! You'd never like him again if you'd watched him get territorial over food, believe me. He turns from everybody's goofy kid brother straight to the devil walking. With his size and his teeth? Yea - he had to fight to eat! (Me, my 85 yr old mother and my 26 yr old daughter are ok)
#3) NOBODY, including all of the above, are allowed to even go near a new toy. (He obviously never, EVER, got any!)
#4) Grooming? Even after almost four years with this guy, he'd grab and hold - not bite - but definitely made it clear. Stop now. So now, he's got 8" dreadlocks. Not even Airedale blow-out.
I've SCORED a groomer that will come to my house and groom him, muzzled of course. He has huge teeth and he knows how to use them. He was a terrible mess by the time she showed up in my area. There are NO groomers in Canada that will let you stay with your dog. And I sure as hell wasn't leaving him ANYWHERE that I couldn't see what was going on with him.
***Edited By: lpn169 on 6/20/2009 1:06:55 AM*** Reason: Form of advertising
Congratulations on rescuing! Please however get some serious humane obedience training done on this dog. Both of you need to learn! Terriers are not a dog you want around untrained. They are a handful! Contact a local obedience class in your area that does not use idiot training such as shock collars. You and your dog need to take the class together. Good luck!
11/3/2002 - 6/3/2008 RIP Haley, my life was forever touched by yours, which was far, far too short...
Thank you for posting your experience with an Oorang Airedale, we have just adopted one with a real aversion to men in baseball caps (Yep, you can guess who the abuser was). As I am nearly 70 and weigh less than twice his body weight, I am very careful when I walk him. I have called to men who were heading our way to please take off the cap. So far, two of them have thrown the caps into the woods, but most of them tuck them into their back pockets. He is just a "magnet" for men. They love him and nearly all males want to make friends with him. So far, he has accepted everybody once they get those hats off, but I am never sure that something else isn't going to surprise us. The big guys are a challenge, but I wouldn't trade mine for anything. Incidentally, I asked Airedale Rescue for a 50lb. Female. I got a 100lb. male who is still growing. My husband grooms while I talk to him and hold his head...lots of pats and encouragement. I'm with you...I'd never trust a groomer who sends me away!