I have been involved with dogs my entire life, beginning as a child with the Labrador Retrievers we had while I was growing up. I went without a dog as an adult, until I got married. The second we had a house..we had a dog, a Golden Retriever named Thor. After Thor came Beau, another Golden. When Beau was about 12 years old, I told my hubby that we needed another dog, because Beau was getting older and didn’t have too many years left, and I would be devastated if I lost him and didn’t have another dog at home. He agreed (reluctantly) and I began my search for another breed of dog. Goldens had gotten very popular and were beginning to have health and temperament problems, so I decided a lesser known breed would be better. I liked Welsh Terriers, but they were too small for me so I thought an Airedale might just fit the bill. Beau lived to be 17 and helped raise 2 litters of Airedales for me. That was over 20 years ago.
Since then I have shown Airedales and Border Terriers (my “old lady” breed) and have put championship titles on both breeds. I have had 3 litters of Airedales and 2 of Borders, mostly to have another dog to show. I still have 2 generations of ‘dales living with me, having lost my first ‘dale Juliet. 4 years ago at the age of 16.
I have been involved in Rescue almost as long as I have had Airedales, all within the state of Texas. I currently am the Treasurer for the Texas Airedale Rescue Team, which I have been a part of for the past 9 or 10 years. I’ve done squares for the Quilting Bee and was one of the early members of the Lone Star Airedale Terrier Club. My husband of 32 years and I have a boarding kennel in Georgetown, TX just north of Austin, where I am able to keep the rescues who don’t have a foster home.
We currently live with Airedales Minuet 12, her brother Nova 12, her daughter Charm 8, and Borders JJ 14, and Diva 2, plus 1 Schnauzer mix named Gidget.
I hope to be a good Chair for Rescue. If anyone has any ideas, problems or issues, please feel free to contact me. I am looking forward to working with all of you.