They hadn’t really considered having a dog until someone broke into their home back in 2001. It was a night in February 2001 when D was woken up by a noise and saw the light of a torch moving around downstairs. Well you can imagine how scared she was but she pounced out of bed yelling out who’s there. The thief ran off with their vacuum cleaner….loser! After that night B thought a dog might deter someone wanting to break in. They didn’t really know what kind of breed at that stage but D had always like Airedale Terriers. They did some research and found them to be excellent guard dogs.
In March they went to a dog show and met a lady who breeds Airedales. She spent some time talking with B & D about Airedales and when they were about to leave she said she had a dog for sale. I guess she was sussing them out to see if they were worthy lol. They passed the test!!!! We’ve since learned that she is very selective as to who she’ll sell a pup too. Good on her we say!!
Anyway, B & D went to see this little 4 month old pup called Titan. He was quite aloof but they fell in love with him anyway. They took him home and named him Noah and they have never looked back.
Tess used to live in Melbourne with her then pinkies. These people never spent anytime with her. They worked long hours and Tess was bored. Even though they kept her in a fenced yard she would always escape. She would wonder off to play with other dogs in her neighbourhood even though she lived with her very own son!!!! He was a very chilled, laid back Airedale and didn’t like to play. These pinkies did all they could think of to keep her in. They even put her on antidepressants…….
Tess didn’t need medication, she needed stimulation and walks. They sent her to boot camp but that didn’t help either so they decided that they might have to have her put down. Thankfully they contacted Airedale Rescue in Victoria and a lovely lady Sue Forrester put out an urgent email to see if anyone would take Tess.
D & B thought, well we’ve got 3 what’s one more so they put their hand up to take her. They drove down to the NSW/Victoria border to pick her up. Here was this gorgeous girl, very thin but just beautiful. When D & B put her in the car, Tess didn’t even turn to look at her old pinkies and they’ve never bothered to find out how she is doing even after D sent them emails with pictures.. They didn’t deserve her.
The night when Tess met Lucy, Willow & Noah was a disaster. It couldn’t have gone more wrong. Tess & Lucy got into huge fights and Tess ended up cutting her eye. So it was off to the vet. That was the first time. The second fight resulted in a big cut on her leg. It was awful. Even D & B had cuts on them. After the last and biggest fight things finally started to turn around for the best. Tess realised Lucy was top girl dog and didn’t challenge her anymore. These days Tess & Lucy play hard but get on great. They seek each other out for bitey face and even when things seem to be getting out of hand, D & B know they are just playing. Even Willow is more relaxed around them now.
Tess is one lucky dale. She has never tried to escape from her new home and she is never bored. How could she be with Noah, Willow & Lucy to play with every day.