I founded the Sunshine Airedalers Airedale rescue club in Florida in 1991, and it wasn't long before I saw the need for a retirement home for those rescues who were too old or too ill to be coveted for adoption. My dream to have an Airedale Retirement Home came to fruition in 1998 when we moved to a house that had an attached, oversized 2-car garage right off the kitchen of that house. By converting that garage to an "aire" conditioned/temperature controlled room that could house many dog crates and rescue dogs in comfort, I was able to give love, comfort and care to those Sunshine Airedaler's senior dogs that needed a place to go. Carpeting the floor gave steady footing to those old canine hips and unsteady legs. Setting up my office and computer in that big "doggy room", where I spent so many daily hours anyhow, meant I spent each day with Airedales contentedly sharing my office. Direct access to the living quarters of our home meant dogs could come and go with ease, at my discretion, having the option of coming into our home, preferably the kitchen for meal preparing treats. A door from the doggy room opened into the fenced yard and when weather permitted and humans were at home to supervise, that door could be left open so the 'dales could come in and out as they wished. They were a very contented crew!
|Sally Schnellmann (using spam guard)
Woodland Park, Colorado