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  •  Awww. (5+ / 0-)

    He's a handsome boy.

    •  Thank you! He's a real cutie (5+ / 0-)

      and very sweet unless you come between him & food.  

      He came from Airedale Rescue when he was 11 months old.  He'll be 9 in July.  He lived the first few months of his life, chained up outdoors 24/7.  His previous "owners" took him to the vet & demanded he "make him act right".  Luckily, the vet contacted Airedale Rescue & now he's all mine!  However, I have to admit the first few months were a bit rough as he was a "mouther" & I constantly had bruised arms until I could train him to stop.  My other 2 Airedales at the time were not amused by the wild boy that came to live with us.

      •  So glad you persevered with him. (5+ / 0-)
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        Airedales always seem to look so happy.

        My sister had a similar experience with a Plott hound they rescued.

        Dino had lived the first year of his life on the streets so had severe food issues. He was also a little too smart for his own good (he placed himself above my sister in the pack and started getting aggressive toward her). He'd had problems before and had been returned to the rescue, so they knew if they returned him he'd almost certainly be put down, and my sister couldn't live with that. They got a doggie shrink to teach them how to deal with him and he became a very good dog (albeit one who still had food issues, but he learned his place in the pack.)

        He was the funniest dog. He had a rock... a big one... probably 6 or 8 pounds, that he'd get in his mouth and throw around. He had a ball playing with that rock (and, fortunately, never bit down on it hard enough to harm his teeth.) Goofy dog. Unfortunately he developed cancer a couple of years ago. Never showed a sign of being sick or in pain until his entire body was riddled with it. The day after they found out about the cancer, they had to put him down. He went from being an apparently very healthy dog to a very, very sick dog literally overnight.

        Come to think of it, I have a photo of him with his rock:

        Dino and the rock photo EPV0042.jpg

        Not a great photo. Light was bad so the camera tried to compensate and didn't do a great job, but at least it's Dino in happy times with his rock.

        •  How funny! Great photo! (4+ / 0-)
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          Airedales are very happy dogs.  They seem to have a twinkle in their eyes when they are looking for trouble to get into.  Very smart too!

          One of my rescues, Smoochie, was found living on the streets.  Heaven knows how long he'd been on his own.  Tried to find his owner but never did  You could tell from his personality that someone had loved him at one time.  However, he had major food issues.

          The groomer that I used called me one Saturday when the person who found him brought him in to be groomer.  She couldn't keep him & asked me to get him to Airedale Rescue.  I brought him home with my other 2 & that night when I went to bed, he jumped on the bed, curled up as close as possible to me & gave me kisses.  He was mine so I named him Smoochie.

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