Past CoverDale

Miss Annie (not yet two years old) was dropped off at a shelter by her owner, who said the family couldn't keep her because she had been diagnosed with hip dysplasia. One week later, ATRVA [Airedale Terrier Rescue of Virginia] was contacted.

"Would we take her?" "Of course we would."

I don't believe in love at first sight, but while she was at the vet's being evaluated (diagnosis-"shallow sockets") & after, when she was being fostered by a friend, I couldn't stop wanting to take her home. I thought I had found a great home for her here in Virginia, but when we started discussing her hips (the condition of which I felt I had to disclose), the couple decided they didn't want to risk having problems in the future & declined to proceed with the adoption.

Another applicant was interested despite the potential for hip problems, but she was an eleven hour drive away-too far for me to do adequate follow-up (yes, there is a perfectly capable volunteer in that area, but never mind....).

The foster mom was getting ready to move, so I thought it would be a good idea to see how she did with my crew (three year old Scot & thirteen year old Jazzy-Ruza). They all walked beautifully together, so we headed for the back yard-within minutes, under Ruza's supervision, Scot & Annie were playing tag.

When we first went indoors at my house, they played "bite-face" for 45 minutes-it is still their favorite game!

Within the first week, Annie had taught my two to countersurf while I was trying to teach her not to. She has now learned sit & down & is trying very hard not to jump up on people. She is very respectful of Miss Ruza; she adores Scot & thinks he is her chew toy! She needs reining in every once in a while, but learns very quickly. She is energetic, affectionate & very full of her little Airedale self!

We'll deal with any health issues as they come up, the way we would with any dog-Annie has found her forever home.



Photo is a past CoverDale: In exchange for a $25 donation to National Airedale Rescue, Inc., your favorite picture of a rehomed Airedale will be featured on the front page of the ATCA Rescue & Adoption Committee website for one week.

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The ATCA Rescue & Adoption Committee fulfills the Airedale Terrier Club of America, Inc. ("ATCA") obligation to protect and advance the interests of the breed by providing services to lost, abandoned, abused or unwanted purebred Airedale Terriers.
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