The quilt measures 64" x 71"


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!


  1. We agree - the Seniors are the BEST♥ Great stories!

  2. We have saved quite a few older Airedales here in SoCal, and have always been helped by Rusty LaFrance and the Senior Fund...Rusty has a great network of fosters...Colin was an extraordinary challenge, but they never gave up. I could not place Jax here so once again Rusty and Bruce stepped in and up and is giving him exactly what he needs. This fundraiser is a critical resource. Thank you all. Linda Tegarden