Over the holidays we heard a few horror stories about Airedale escapes that prompted us to write this article of suggestions. These suggestions can apply to anyone who brings a new dog into their family, but they are especially helpful for anyone adopting our rescues.
Please remember that even though you and your new rescue might seem to be madly in love with each other, your rescue is not yet familiar with their new home and may not feel like this is their new home for some time yet. You need to be especially alert and take precautions so as not to give your new rescue the chance to bolt. Nothing would be more horrifying than to see your new friend escape only to run into the road and be hit by a car.
Your placement contract most likely has wording such as "you must keep your rescue Airedale on a leash at all times when not in the confines of a fenced yard." We say this for a reason. Airedales have a high prey drive and even though they seem trustworthy, they might not listen if something tempting crosses their path. Also, you are adopting an Airedale that may or may not have come with some baggage. We don't want to see your heart broken because your new friend gets spooked and is lost or even killed...it would break our hearts as well.
Here are the suggestions.
Take a little extra time to be safe...and you should avoid any potential problems.
Each year several hundred Airedales find their way into rescue and begin new lives. Because of the generous support of donors like you, National Airedale Rescue, Inc. is able to assist with the financial needs of Airedale rescue organizations throughout the United States and Canada each year so these great dogs continue to find loving homes. We appreciate your donations!