The quilt measures 64" x 71"


Barley (formerly known as Marley because he was covered in dreadlocks when he was found) was a stray whose owner never came to claim him and that the shelter could not place, so they contacted Airedale Rescue and asked us to take him. He was a bag of bones when we got him - only 45.5 lbs. He is now on his way to his proper weight of about 70 lbs. He was estimated to be around 2 or 3 years old. He had no training when he arrived, but was very,very sweet and affectionate.

First Haircut

So  Handsome & Confident Looking

Our volunteers transported Marley/Barley, visited him frequently at the kennel, groomed him, took him to classes, worried about him, loved him and did everything they could to get him ready for a new home. They said they had never seen a dog in such poor condition. He was not only starved for physical nutrition, but also for human affection. Because he had kennel cough, he had to be kept at the vet's facility in isolation for two weeks. He was covered with ticks and looked like he had never been groomed. It took a couple of weeks to get him feeling well enough to be groomed. Once he recovered from the kennel cough, we moved him to a boarding kennel where our volunteers continued to visit and work with him several times a week, while we looked for the right forever home. By the time we found one, Barley was well on his way to recovering his health - he had already gained several pounds, and learned a few tricks. His new family came fully equipped with a couple of teenaged boys to help Barley utilize the young, enthusiastic Airedale energy he was starting to exhibit.

Here are some photos of Barley in his new home:

Home at Last!


National Airedale Rescue, Inc. has a Senior Fund created because there are donors who wish to earmark their donation to help defray the costs of caring for the Senior Airedales that come into Rescue and for one reason or another, they aren't able to be placed because of their age and perhaps chronic health issues.  This fund allows these Senior Airedales to be fostered and cared for and loved for whatever time they have left.  The Seniors are very special.  I know firsthand from fostering Nina, who was unadoptable because of her advanced age and several health issues. She brought so much joy to every day and that's the special secret about the Seniors.

Here are the stories of several Seniors helped by National Airedale Rescue in the past couple of years.  Rusty LaFrance wrote: As you know, I take in the older Airedales ... ones that are having a hard time finding a foster or a home to live in for the later years. These senior Rescue Airedales are a few of the seniors who continue to be helped with their healthcare needs by National Airedale Rescue this past year.  National's help enables them to live out their lives by offering help with their care that sometimes may be too much for an adopter to handle on their own.  It ensures that they have a loving and safe place to live out what time they have left and they deserve that.  In my opinion, the seniors are the best, and give back so much and those who take them in and give them love and a safe caring home are special people too.  

BERNIE (NV - SWAT) I received a call from a lady saying that she and her husband were in St. George Utah .... on their way to Glacier Montana where they were going to live in an assisted living facility that didn't allow dogs. They were from Ohio .  They wanted to know what to do with their 12 year old Airedale so I said I said "Bring him to me!"  Bernie is now 15; the best Airedale you could ask for.. even though he is now deaf and can't see as well.  He loves life and is quite the specimen.  I love having the old man around!

JAX (S. Calif.) Jax was an owner surrender due to a major life change for his humans.He is an escape artist, who just wants to be with his humans so leaves if there is no one at home ... after being picked up by Animal Control the second time, they decided he had to go to Rescue.  We arranged a transport from So. Cal. to my place and what should arrive but an EXTREMELY skinny and tall Airedale boy ... who is a bit of a grouch :-)  We ran all the tests on him to see what was going on to make him so skinny ... lack of groceries was what the vet said (we love our vet and he loves Airedales).  So we have Jax on a really good diet now ... with no grain to try to clear up the hot spots.  We have finally got some fat over his ribs !! My husband thinks he is part StagHound with his tall/long legs !! Jax is 11 now.

ALLIE (S. Calif.) Rusty LaFrance wrote this about Allie.  "Allie was placed in a home in southern California when she was just two years old.  At the age of 10, her humans found themselves unable to take care of her and she was returned to Rescue (per the Rescue contract).  One of my wonderful foster humans had just lost the last senior she was fostering for me, and Allie was the perfect fit for her home.  Allie is very much loved and is traveling between Arizona and Idaho, where it is cooler in the summer months.  It is as though she has always lived with Sheri and Sheri could not be happier.  Sheri is the perfect human as a foster for a senior Airedale, and our Senior program makes it possible for her to take these seniors into her home."

COLIN  (S. Calif. ) Colin was dumped at the shelter. He was covered in fox tails ...everywhere!  It took months to get all the foxtails out of him.  The best we could tell was he was used as a Junk yard dog .  He was 8 or 9 years old, bad teeth and bad infections from all the fox tails, and he had been biten by a snake ! He was in such bad shape that I was sure he was not going to make it, but, tough as nails ... he did. He is being fostered by one of my foster humans that is willing to take care of an older dog that has health issues.  We discovered he had a persistent ear infection and finally got it under control with a special, no grain diet.  He is hell bent on trying to get the snakes so he gets his vaccination every year ... some things you just can't change!


Congratulations to tonight's Early 'Dale winners.  Thanks to both winners and incentive donors for supporting Airedale Rescue, as well as everyone who donated during this incentive period.

WINNER: Nancie Secher, Templeton, CA

WINNER: Heidi Klaus, Freehold, NJ


WINNER: Caroline Thibodeau, Ripon, CA

WINNER: Cindy Trimble, St. Petersburg, FL

WINNER: Sharon Rafferty, Wheat Ridge, CO


The person whose donation for quilt tickets put us at the $25,000 Milestone will become the proud and happy owner of this one-of-a-kind quilted wall hanging. I'd LOVE to own this piece!

Made and donated by Lydia Ross

This beautiful wall hanging measures 18.5" x 21".  It is both hand and machine appliqued and quilted on a regular sewing machine. No fancy quilting machine used.  

Lydia writes: "The inspiration for Airemoon came from a block that I saw online. The block was of a moon with trees and a moose shadow. I loved it and Could not get the image out of my head. I happened to see my Airedale Dave sitting with the sun behind him and I thought OH that would be perfect if it was Airedale head instead of moose. So I quickly sketched the idea on paper and fine tuned it. "Airemoon" was a reality."

Backside of wall hanging

Here are some of Lydia's progress photos:

Original Drawing

Pieces pinned to background




He really does look like a "Teddy Bear"
A Craig's List ad stating that a "Black and Tan Wire Fox Terrier needed a home" put me in contact with the good Samaritans who took Teddy into their home, well actually their front porch. I think Teddy was travelling south from Exit 200 off of I-40 in Oklahoma. He had walked a distance of almost 11 miles of farm and ranch properties when he finally reached the cattle ranch home of Gloria and John. They are an elderly couple who have a big heart for dogs that are in need of help. They have given a home to 2 female dogs that wandered up to their ranch. They found Teddy barking and whimpering at their property gate one evening.

Teddy was probably the runt of the litter, undocked tail and dew claws, but a very charming fellow. Gloria and John, being very cautious, gave Teddy some chow and water and a rug on the front outside porch with the light on. They were concerned that he might harm their 2 healthy older rat terrier type mixes. He stayed the night and was a very good guest, but still not allowed inside the house. He had been living there, following the rules of the house, for approximately 4 days.

When I arrived and saw that we did not have a Wire Fox, but an Airedale, not a Welsh, I knew that he would have an interesting story to tell if he could. Gloria and John had checked with the local Sheriff's office and Humane Society and there were no reports of a lost Airedale Terrier, nor Wire Fox. I told them that I noticed several large truck stops around the exit off the I-40. I wondered if he could have been left there by accident. Someone stopped and let him out, no collar or leash evident when found by Gloria and John, owner couldn't locate him and drove off. Teddy had the answers and I would find out soon enough.

Loaded him up in the crate in the car and off we went to return home. Teddy had settled in the crate and not a sound was heard from him. As I approached the I-40 interchange, I was driving up on a bridge over the interstate in order to turn left and enter the interstate to return West to OKC. While waiting for the light change, several over-the-road Big Trucks pulled up next to my vehicle, one on each side of my vehicle. Teddy started yelping in distress, trying to exit the crate, windows were closed because it was July and 100 degrees in the shade, but I knew why he was frantic! He remembered his home, Big Trucks. I will never forget the sound of his barking trying to alert us. So his story is something like the following. Truck driver stops, let's him out, driver can't find him, driver has a schedule, driver leaves him.
Unfortunately, without ID tags or microchip, no lost Airedale posters, and no response to found Airedale notices, there was no way to reunite him with his owner.

As I drove back to Oklahoma City, I remember that a previous adopter's male had recently crossed the Bridge. I contacted Penny and Rocky Cook who wanted to meet this boy. After being checked out by the vet, who estimated Teddy's age at about 7- 8 months, they adopted Teddy. He is still the sweet boy, although his sister Anna may disagree about that.

(Editor's note: This is why it is so important to make sure your dog is microchipped and exercised on a leash outside of a fenced area, especially in a new or strange location.)


Fiber Artist:  Pam Jones
Artist:  Patty Eisenbraun

Quilted Block

Pam shared this about the making of her block:

Working on the block this year was quite an adventure. We were having ceramic tile put down in our bedroom and the living areas of our house and much of our furniture was packed into the other bedrooms so I was working in a very small area in my sewing room.

Our Airedale kids have always liked to go for rides in the truck (they ride in the back seat for safety reasons - we live in the city). They have both been good travelers, but also like to go on errands or just down to the mailbox.


Made and donated by Sandra Merwin

The person whose donation puts the thermometer at the $20,000 mark will become the proud owner of this original painting by Sandra Merwin.  This is an Original Merwin Mixed Media that is 9 inches x 12 inches.

According to her clients, Sandra Merwin is one of the best Animal Artists in America.  In reality, she is an acclaimed, award-winning artist whose art is appreciated and sold worldwide.  She has the unique ability to capture the personality and spirit of her subject.  Her paintings are fresh and expressive.  She usually creates "alla prima", meaning without an under drawing of any sort.  This direct painting method creates an emotional spontaneity that cannot be duplicated.

As an artist, Sandra is known for her dramatic motion and bold, confident paint strokes that convey movement, spirit and energy.  Kinetic energy springs from her paintings as she uses line, color, texture and light to translate motion and fluidity in a style that is uniquely hers.  As a result, many of her clients seek her talent to capture the unique personality and character of a beloved animal.  Her book, "Airedales in Art", includes 65 full-color images of her original Airedale paintings.  Her most recent book, "The Horse Art of SJ Merwin" honors the connection between horses and humans since the beginning of time through art and includes more than 40 of her horse paintings.

As a third generation Montanan, she grew up surrounded by animals and the big skies of Montana.  From the Prong Horn Antelope and Angus cattle that grazed in nearby fields to the Tennessee Walker she rode, Sandra experienced the movement and essence of these animals.  Now as an artist, she takes her love of Montana and animals and puts it on canvas.  As a result, her painting of "Jag" belongs to the 23rd Governor of Montana, and her art has graced the covers of numerous magazines.  She was also the featured artist in two galleries; and Sandra's painting "Trifecta" is in the permanent collection of the Billings Clinic.  It hands in the lobby of the Billings Cancer Center.