"Stevie is an absolute JOY!!! It's like he has always been with me. He has a smile on his face all the time and I don't think I've ever seen him not wagging his tail. He is just this wiggly, smiley guy all the time. I work in a diabetes education center and every year we have a diabetes walk. During the planning process, since we are all dog lovers here, we decided we wanted to bring our dogs. The hospital even sprung for dog scarves with the hospital name and colors. Everybody brought dogs and it was a blast. All the dogs got along really well and Stevie was just a delight. He would sit down and wave his paws. People were amazed that he couldn't see. He walks very well on a lead and he just did a really nice job. He was a real star. He gets along well with his brothers, still some issues with the cat, but that is improving. We walk everyday and sometimes twice on the week end. I definitely did the right thing by getting him." ---Kathy Brockway
Kathy didn't hesitate one minute when she heard of a blind dog by the name of Stevie who needed a home. She could have had her pick of other Airedales up for adoption, but she chose Stevie. When asked why, Kathy said,
"Puppies and healthy young dogs will find a new home...no problem, but very few people will want to adopt a special needs dog like Stevie. I want to give him the home that he deserves."
Think of how much easier our job as rescue volunteers would be if there were more people like Kathy! Maybe our challenge is to spread the word about stories like Stevie's. To let people know about those adopters that have touched the lives of special needs rescues in amazing ways. To help others to see the same joy that Kathy sees having Stevie by her side.
If you would like to share your story about how adopting a special needs or a senior Airedale has touched your life, contact the webmaster.
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!