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                             Airedale Terriers
                                      
AUTHORS

   Thanks to the book references at the end of this FAQ; and of course to
   the following people who directly contributed their time and efforts
   toward this FAQ.
   
   Kathy, Lori and the kids
   
   airedales@moondancefarm.com
   
   Copyright 1997 1998 1999 2000 by Kathy Dowd. All rights reserved. You
   may download and print a copy of this file for your personal use.
   Further distribution must be with the explicit permission of the
   author. NOTE: Airedale Terrier Rescue organizations may freely
   distribute copies of this document.
   
   Kathy Dowd and Lori Valentine (MoonDance)are members of the Airedale
   Terrier Club of America, and work together to breed, train, and show
   (conformation and obedience) Airedale Terriers.
   
   Special thanks to those people sending helpful corrections/additional
   information: Linda Baake (Lynaire), Margo Dupre (Traymar), and Chris
   Halvorson (co-owner of DogAds).
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Table of Contents

     * History
     * Description
     * Care
     * Training
     * Puppies
     * Recommendations
     * General Health and Special Medical Problems
     * Hunting/Working Activities
     * Search and Rescue Activities
     * Frequently Asked Questions
     * Breed Clubs and Rescue Organizations
     * References
     _________________________________________________________________
   
History

   The Valley of the Aire in West Riding, Yorkshire, was the birthplace
   of the Airedale Terrier. The exact date is unknown but indications are
   that the breed began to be developed in the middle of the nineteenth
   century. They were bred as an answer to the average factory workers
   desire to hunt otter. To hunt this game properly required a pack of
   Otterhounds and a "Terrier" or two.
   
   The Airedale is believed to be the "Old English Black-and-Tan
   Terrier," the "Broken-coated Working Terrier" and the "Rough-coated
   Black-and-Tan Terrier" outcrossed to the Otter Hound among others. All
   accounts of the "creation" of the point to a possible cross with a
   Border Collie or some other sheepdog. Some accounts also point to the
   Bull Terrier, while others insist that this outcross never took place.
   
   These dogs were known for their gritty ability to take on any
   adversary and give a good account of themselves. They were broken to
   guns and trained to retrieve. They were fierce competitors in the
   water-rat matches. Albert Payson Terhune sums up the Airedale
   concisely: "Among the mine-pits of the Aire, the various groups of
   miners each sought to develop a dog which could outfight and outhunt
   and OUTTHINK the other miner's dog. Out of the experiments emerged the
   modern Airedale. He is swift, formidable, graceful, big of brain, an
   ideal chum and guard. There is almost nothing he cannot be taught if
   his trainer has the slightest gift of teaching. Every inch of him is
   in use. No flabby by-products. A PERFECT MACHINE--a machine with a
   BRAIN, PLUS." The first Airedale known to come to America was Bruce
   brought over by C. H. Mason. Bruce was the sire of Bess, who was the
   dam of Airedale Jerry, root of the family tree.
   
   Airedales have successfully mastered everything from big-game hunting,
   coon-hunting, being excellent police dogs to obedience work. Not every
   Airedale excels in every area but over time many have done a variety
   of duties very well.
   
   Today Airedales are still used as hunting dogs, watch dogs and even
   obedience and agility dogs, but they are, first and foremost,
   faithful, loyal and entertaining companions.
   
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Description

   The Standard is the physical "blueprint" of the breed. It describes
   the physical appearance and other desired qualities of the breed
   otherwise known as type. Some characteristics, such as size, coat
   quality, and movement, are based on the original (or current) function
   for the dog. Other characteristics are more cosmetic such as eye
   color; but taken together they set this breed apart from all others.
   The Standard describes an ideal representative of the breed. No
   individual dog is perfect, but the Standard provides an ideal for the
   breeder to strive towards.
   
   Because of copyright concerns over the collection of all the Standards
   at any single site storing all the faqs, AKC Standards are not
   typically included in the Breed faqs. The reader is referred to the
   publications at the end of this document or to the Airedale Terrier
   Club of America website for an explanation of the standard.
   
   Due to the requests of the masses, the AKC has placed a condensed
   version of the Standard for the Airedale Terrier (as well as the other
   breeds eligible for AKC registration) on-line.
   
   For many novice dog fanciers these standards are intimidating,
   abstract, and subjective. One good way to begin to understand this
   standard is to read books, such as The New Airedale Terrier,
   (referenced at the end of this FAQ), and study the pictures and
   drawings while reading the standard. Also, take a copy of the standard
   to dog shows and watch the breed. Talk to as many breeders as
   possible. Over time an "eye" for the breed will develop if you
   continue to question and compare the animal in front of you against
   the standard. The Airedale Terrier Club of America has a nice
   pamphlet, complete with sketches that is helpful in understanding the
   breed standard.
   
   Airedale personality, as described in Your Airedale, is "cocky and
   brash, as he nonchalantly goes about his business with a swashbuckling
   air." He will protect his family to the death if need be. He is very
   patient with children, only moving away when he tires of their rough
   and boisterous play. He is very strong willed, while being gentle and
   affectionate with his family. The Airedale's curiosity is such that he
   will investigate any situation until he is satisfied. He is definitely
   a thinker. Airedales are people-oriented dog, where his owner is,
   there he wants to be.
   
   Choosing to own a Airedale is a wonderful, rewarding decision, but
   remember that a sense of humor is an absolutely necessary
   qualification for an Airedale owner.
   
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Care

   Food: Airedales do well on high quality foods. Some may have slightly
   dry "itchy" skin and can be supplemented with certain oils and kelp.
   Also many Airedales respond well to lamb and rice foods.
   
   One thing worth mentioning here is how long to feed puppy food. Some
   research indicates that feeding puppy food for too long can increase
   the incidence of hip dysplasia in dogs that are susceptible to it. The
   theory is that the higher percentage of protein found in puppy
   formulas can accelerate growth before the developing skeleton can
   support the weight. Some breeders start feeding adult food very early.
   Most people tend to gradually switch to adult food at 8-10 months.
   Again, this is something to discuss with the breeder and your
   veterinarian.
   
   Grooming: Many pet Airedales are clippered to the characteristic King
   of Terriers look. A good groomer should be able to provide this
   service. If not, contact a breeder in your area, many will be willing
   to provide grooming assistance on a limited basis. Airedales should be
   brushed with a pin brush on a daily basis to remove dead hair, since
   they do not "shed." Slickering their furnishings (leg hair and face
   hair) will also remove dead hair, allowing new hair to grow in.
   
   Airedales do "blow" their coat if it is allowed to grow out.
   
   Dogs to be shown are stripped and trimmed. This is described in a
   couple of the books at the end of this FAQ. It is a very time
   consuming endeavor and somewhat difficult art to master.
   
   Housing: Airedales prefer to be with their families but also love to
   romp and play. A fenced area is great for exercise and play, while
   after play, they are ready to make great house dogs.
   
   CAUTION: Airedales are lovers of digging. They are definitely
   "terre-iers." Always keep that in mind when preparing an exercise
   area.
   
   Crate training is a good idea for the young dog. As he gets older he
   may tend to use this as his "den" and has a secure area for travelling
   or your long days at work.
   
   Exercise: Airedales are very active dogs and need lots of exercise.
   They need a fairly large area to romp and play. Daily walks are great
   exercise and fun time for both you and your Airedale.
   
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Training

   As with other breeds, begin socializing your Airedale at an early age.
   Socialization will begin to lay the groundwork for a happy and
   obedient companion by increasing the dog's confidence. Airedales can
   tend to be "dog aggressive" which makes socialization and obedience
   training a must. Your dog must respect you but you have to earn that
   respect. Your puppy needs a consistent set of rules to live by. For
   example, will he be allowed on the couch or not? Consistent rules will
   produce a reliable companion. Puppy classes, if available, are a good
   idea.
   
   Airedales do not respond well to harsh methods of training. They want
   to make you happy, but they have to UNDERSTAND what is expected of
   them. PATIENCE!
   
   Several hints for successful training are:
   
   1) Don't bore your dog. Airedales will not become "robots." He will go
   check out an interesting onlooker before repeating the same "silly"
   heeling pattern over and over.
   
   2) Remember that Airedales are "thinkers." Don't ask them to do
   foolish things. The only time my old girl ever broke a down was
   because the "judge person" was foolish enough to set the dogs up in
   the sun so that the judge could stand in the shade on a hot July
   afternoon.
   
   3) Use positive motivation. It doesn't matter how silly you feel, he
   has to feel as though he is making you happy. Be creative. Remember,
   Airedales are thinkers, not robots.
   
   4) Approach each "training" session as an opportunity to learn more
   about your companion. Try to look at each command from your dog's
   point of view. This way of thinking will increase the mutual respect
   that should develop while training.
   
   5) Increase your chances for success by working with people who
   appreciate and understand terriers. Do NOT allow any obedience
   instructor or anyone else to compare your Airedale to those "perfect"
   Shelties, Borders and GSDs. I heard a story of a woman working an
   Airedale in an obedience class taught by a Border Collie trainer.
   During one class, they were working on heeling patterns. The
   instructor was busy pointing out the Airedale's inability to follow
   the pattern as the instructor and Border Collie tumbled over a jump
   while the Airedale watched from a perfect sit just in front of the
   jump. The "stupid" terrier just "smiled."
   
   You must be very flexible in training your Airedale. Expect the
   unexpected and know your companion. Do not try to put a square peg
   into a round hole. It is a very common MISCONCEPTION that Airedales
   cannot be trained. IMHO Airedales simply require more ingenious and
   patient trainers.
   
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Puppies

   Look for a reputable breeder when selecting your Airedale puppy. If
   possible, visit the home of your potential puppy. Remember that the
   first 8 weeks of any puppy's life are very important. A great
   companion/show dog begins at birth.
   
   Make list of questions before talking to or visiting the breeder.
   Observe the puppy's environment. How do the puppies react to the
   breeders? How do they react to you? Is their area clean? Ask the
   breeder if the parents have been checked for dysplasia? Has there been
   a family history of allergies? Have the puppies been around children?
   Have they been around cats? Will the breeder be available to answer
   questions in the future? Does the breeder offer a contract? (It is
   virtually impossible for a breeder to guarantee that the health of any
   animal, but the breeder should be willing to take the animal back and
   replace it! Responsible breeders will often require that the animal be
   returned to them, if for any reason, you are unable to keep the
   animal. This ensures them that the animal will be cared for in the
   future.)What vaccines have been given? Have the puppies been wormed?
   (various areas need various levels of worming, due to climates.)These
   are just examples of some of the questions that you should ask.
   
   If possible, go look at several litters and talk to several breeders.
   
   Remember that you are selecting a companion for many years to come, so
   take your time, make sure that your are choosing not only a compatible
   breed, but also a compatible animal and breeder!! Expect a lot of
   questions from your breeder. He/she is also selecting a companion for
   an animal into which many hours of love, thought and energy have been
   invested.
   
   When you pick up your puppy, your breeder can tell you the puppy's
   schedule, brand of food and can recommend a future diet. Then you can
   gradually change the diet to suit your preferences. Remember that
   sudden changes in diet can severely disrupt the puppy's digestive
   system and cause gastric distress. The Airedale can eat quite a bit,
   especially as a young and rapidly growing puppy.
   
   For additional information on learning to live with your new puppy,
   see the RPD FAQ entitled "Your New Puppy" written by Cindy Tittle
   Moore.
   
   NOTE: Remember in many cases, an older dog may suit your particular
   situation much better than a young puppy. Many breeders place older
   puppies and dogs. These dogs are often "show prospects" that didn't
   mature as was expected or maybe were returned to the breeder for
   various reasons. (My personal experience with adopting an older dog
   has been very successful.) Every breed rescue organization is in
   search of good potential adoptive homes. Rescue dogs often require
   additional work but can also be very rewarding.
   
   If considering an older puppy or dog, please read the RPD FAQ entitled
   "Your New Dog" also written by Cindy Tittle Moore, for more
   information.
   
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Recommendations

   Remember that Airedales and other terriers are very smart and
   personable dogs. They are not dogs that should be left to their own
   devices. You could be quite surprised at their ingenuity. A trained
   Airedale could become the best friend that you will ever have. Keep
   your sense of humor and a consistent set of rules for your dog, and
   you will be rewarded with a companion without compare. You must be as
   smart, patient and assertive as the friend you are choosing.
   
     _________________________________________________________________
   
General Health and Special Medical Problems

   Airedales, in general, are very healthy and hardy animals. Some do
   have health problems, but in many cases, these are only minor.
   
   Airedales, like all other larger breeds, have occurrences of hip
   dysplasia. These cases are not common but the possibility should be
   addressed. When selecting a puppy, always question the breeder about
   the condition of the parents' hips. Many breeders have preliminary hip
   x-rays done at a year of age (these x-rays cannot be sent in for an
   OFA number), prior to beginning a "show" career. More information on
   CHD (Canine Hip Dysplasia) is available in the usenet RPD Canine
   Medical Info Part II FAQ.
   
   Airedales, like many terriers, may have "itchy" skin. This could be a
   sign of many things. Sometimes it is nothing more than a dietary
   problem, and sometimes it is an symptom of hyperthyroidism or
   hypothyroidism. All of the above can normally be treated and
   controlled easily. "Itchy" skin may also be a symptom of allergies.
   These allergies may be food or other. My experience has been that the
   first place to start is with the diet. Some Airedales do better on a
   quality lamb and rice food, others do not.
   
   Always take the time to keep your Airedale's ears clean and dry (this
   helps prevent infections or irritations.), toe nails trimmed, teeth
   cleaned (doing this at home on a regular basis can prevent gum disease
   and other dental problems, and it is good practice for trips to the
   vet.), and remember to keep the hair trimmed between the pads.
   
   Always consult with your veterinarian and breeder about any health
   concerns.
   
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Hunting/Working Activities

   Airedales, as previously mentioned, are used for hunting and working
   in many areas. In an effort to promote and maintain the hunting
   abilities for which the Airedale was originally bred, a
   Hunting/Working committee was formed by the Airedale Terrier Club of
   America in 1985. This committee holds an annual workshop in
   conjunction with hunting tests. The workshop is assists both novice
   and experienced hunters in developing the skills Airedales need to be
   successful gundogs.
   
   These trials are conducted in accordance with ATCA-approved hunting
   tests and titles. These tests are being continually revised and
   improved to tap even deeper into the talents of the breed. Currently,
   there are Junior and Senior Hunting Dog titles in flushing (JHDF and
   SHDF), retrieving (JHDR and SHDR), and the more traditional fur test
   (JHDFur and SHDFur).
   
   The members of the H/W Committee are working with hunting judges and
   instructors from other breeds with AKC recognized Hunting titles to
   develop AKC recognized hunting titles for Airedales. Hopefully in the
   future, Airedales will be able to obtain AKC Hunting titles.
   
   The Upland Bird tests require the dog to find and flush two birds,
   retrieve a shot bird on land, and do a short water retrieve. (JHDF and
   SHDF)
   
   The Hunting Dog Retriever test brings contestants to a line from which
   the dog is expected to remember or "mark" the fall of a bird shot in
   the field. Upon a command from the handler, the dog should retrieve
   the bird. The next phase is to repeat the retrieve, except from the
   water. To obtain the SHDR title, the dog is required to mark one duck
   shot over the water, and while waiting to be released, see another
   duck down. The dog must then retrieve both birds.
   
   The HDFur test requires the dog to follow a track of raccoon scent,
   locate a caged raccoon in a wooded area, bark, or "bay," to declare
   the find.
   
   For more information on the H/W Activities, please contact:
   
     Steve Gilbert - ATCA H/W Committee Chairman
     100 Hawthorne Drive
     Lima, OH 45805
     (419)991-7430
     
     or visit the ATCA Hunting and Working Web page to see Airedales
     working at:
     
     http://hwc.airedale.org
       
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Search and Rescue Activities

   Another activity which Airedales are becoming more active in is Search
   and Rescue. For more information on SAR activities and what it takes
   to become a certified SAR dog, please visit the page maintained by
   Karen Clouston. Karen is an active Airedale SAR trainer.
     * http://www.worldgate.com/~dognyard/
       
   Karen also provides pictures of working SAR dogs, and explains what
   training a SAR dog means. The people that choose to train SAR must be
   a dedicated as the dogs that they are training.
   
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Frequently Asked Questions

   Where can I find Airedale breeders in my area?
   
     The Airedale Terrier Club of America maintains a membership list.
     Or, check with an Airedale Rescue Organization
     
   How should I choose a breeder? What should I expect from my breeder?
   
     Choosing a breeder is equally as important as choosing a breed or a
     puppy. You should contact sources such as the ones listed above, go
     to dog shows, or talk to vets in the area. Talk to as many
     different breeders as possible. You should choose a breeder that is
     willing to work with you and help you choose the right animal for
     you. Your breeder should ask questions of you. He/she should be
     very concerned with the welfare of the puppy that is being placed
     in your care. If you can visit the breeder, you should. You should
     observe the interaction between the breeder and his/her animals. Do
     the animals seem happy, well-cared for, and clean?
     
     A good breeder will present you with health records, a pedigree
     and, in most cases, a contract. Most of these contracts will at a
     minimum stipulate that: a)the animal is in good health, b)the
     animal shall be kept up-to-date on vaccinations (and other health
     concerns cared for; i.e. heartworm, intestinal parasites, flea
     control, etc.), c)all local leash laws be obeyed, d)the animal
     shall be returned to the breeder, if for any reason, you are unable
     to keep the dog, e)the animal shall be replaced in the case of
     hereditary health issues that are debilitating to the animal, and
     f)the animal shall be spayed or neutered (unless there is a special
     agreement; i.e. potential show prospect). Many breeders will sell
     puppies only on a limited registration with the AKC, unless there
     is a special agreement. Your breeder should make himself/herself
     available to answer questions and try to help solve problems
     (should they arise) in the future. As noted in the 1998 ATCA Roster
     and Information Booklet, good breeders accept responsibility for
     dogs they produce and take them back if they need help,
     re-evaluating and placing them in suitable new homes. Irresponsible
     breeders fail to live up to these expectations.
     
   Limited Registration
   
     , with AKC, means that the dog is registered but no litters
     produced by that dog are eligible for registration. Limited
     registration means that the dog may not be entered in breed
     competition at AKC licensed events, but may compete in other
     licensed events such as Herding Trials and Obedience Tests.
     
   Are Airedales good with children?
   
     As is the case with all dogs, both the children and the dog must be
     taught to respect each other. Children must be taught that taking
     toys or bothering the dog while he/she is eating are not good
     habits. Also, the dog should be taught that jumping on people or
     "mouthing" are not acceptable traits. Every household will have a
     different set of rules (which should be carefully considered before
     getting any dog) which must be clearly and consistently conveyed to
     everyone (adults, children, and the dog). With proper training and
     patience, Airedales are wonderful with older children. I,
     personally, would never leave a young child and any dog together
     unattended.
     
     It is very advisable to seek the advice of an expert in training
     when introducing your dog to children. It is very important for the
     dog to maintain the position of "dog" within the hierarchy without
     discounting the importance and needs of the dog.
     
   Is a fenced yard "required" for owning an Airedale?
   
     Although a fenced yard is not a requirement for owning an Airedale,
     it is a very big plus! Before bringing a dog in to your household,
     you should consider what you will do on days that you are sick,
     running late, or for some other reason unable to walk the dog. Many
     areas have some type of leash law and, for the health of the dog,
     you should never allow the dog to run freely, without some type of
     boundary. Remember that Airedales were bred to hunt and terriers,
     in general, will chase "furry creatures" with reckless abandon for
     fun.
     
   Is it true that Airedales are good for people with allergies?
   
     While it is true that many people that are allergic to some other
     breeds seem to have fewer problems living with Airedales, the fact
     that you have allergies is not a sufficient reason to get an
     Airedale. You are adding a member to your household and should
     consider the temperament, size, your schedule and many other things
     when selecting a pet. There are other breeds, (for example;
     Poodles) which are also "less allergic", which may suit you and
     yours better.
     
   Are older Airedales adaptable into new environments? When is a rescue
   or older dog a good choice for me?
   
     Airedales are very adaptable into new environments. Like most
     animals, they respond very well to loving and structured
     situations. Older dogs are sometimes more desirable for a specific
     situation than puppies. One example is a family or person that
     simply doesn't want to deal with housebreaking a puppy. Maybe you
     are a little older and want the companionship of a dog but not the
     energy of a puppy. What if you are a jogger and want a companion?
     (It is not advisable for a young puppy to jog!) There are lots of
     situations where an older animal may be a better fit into your
     home.
     
     Older animals may include rescues (for whatever reason) or older
     animals that a breeder may desire to place into a good home. Always
     get as much background on an animal as possible. Medical
     information should be provided. If you think that an older animal
     is better for you, then you must also consider the "re-training"
     that may be needed. Dependent upon the situation that the animal
     comes from this could vary from housebreaking to teaching the
     animal that even though it was OK to sleep on the couch at the old
     house, the rules here are, on the dog bed in front of the
     fireplace. One breeder suggested that a good approach when dealing
     with an older animal is to treat it like a puppy, assume that
     he/she knows nothing and let him/her earn their freedom.
     
     Cindy Tittle Moore's "Your New Dog" has helpful hints and
     considerations if you think and older puppy or dog might be right
     for new.
     
   Should I "crate-train" my Airedale?
   
     In my opinion, crate training is a definite plus. It should not be
     used as a substitute for training your Airedale to have manners and
     live within the rules of the household but rather as a safe,
     comfortable "den" for your pet to rest in. It is also a safer way
     for your dog to travel. Teaching your dog that his/her crate is
     his/her space can be invaluable when company arrives, when he is
     being house-broken, and if your pet ever has to be confined for
     medical reasons. I have experienced having a dog which went in for
     major surgery and had to be sent home early, because she was
     "freaking-out" at being confined. I decided then that I will never
     own another animal that is not crate trained. For more information
     and opinions on "crate-training", please also read Cindy Tittle
     Moore's "Crating Your Dog".
     
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Breed Clubs and Rescue Organizations

  Breed Clubs
  
   Airedale Terrier Club of America (ATCA)
   
     Linda Baake - Secretary
     4636 Old Cherry Point Rd.
     New Bern, NC 28560
     
   Secretary@airedale.org
   
   Please visit the ATCA website at http://www.Airedale.org for more
   information on Airedales and the Airedale Terrier Club of America.
   
   The ATCA can help you locate member clubs in your area.
   
   Airedale Terrier Club Nederland
   
     Han Kroon - Secretary Han.Kroon@philips.com
     Pater Dr. Loffeldstraat 80
     5421 TC Gemert (N.B.)
     The Netherlands
     Tel 31.492.362674
     
   Airedale Terrier Club of Scotland (ATCS)
   
   Visit the Airedale Terrier Club of Scotland home page to see what's
   going on with the Scottish Airedales!
   
  Breeders
  
   In the United States, contact the Airedale Terrier Club of America or
   regional clubs for breeder recommendations in your area.
   
  Rescue Organizations
  
   ATCA Rescue Committee Regional Coordinators:
   
           Barbara Curtiss, chairperson sculpturedale@hotmail.com
           (860)927-3420
   
     Northern California:
     24-hr Hotline
     (408)448-2523
     
     Southern California:
     Sandy Pesota blkjack@frazmtn.com
     phone/fax (805)245-1257
     
     New England:
     Barbara Curtiss
     860-927-3420(CONN) website newenglandairedalerescue.org
     
     Gulf States:
     Donna Noland Djsdosido@aol.com
     205-823-6666 (AL)
     Chris Bettis Chris.Bettis@alltel.com
     501-868-6688 (AR)
     Cheryl Silver csilver@inetport.com
     512-454-7219 (TX)
     
     South:
     Kathy Dowd rescue@moondancefarm.com
     919-933-7157 home    online rescue application
     919-405-3635
     
     Midwest:
     Carol Domeracki atratc@aol.com
     616-276-6390 (MI)
     
     Northwest:
     Connie Turner cturner 859@aol.com
     503-399-9819 (OR)
     
     Southwest:
     Melissa Moore Arizona Airedale Rescue Foundation (AARF)
     chapelec@earthlink.net
     602-996-9648(AZ)
     
     Mid-Atlantic:
     Lou Swafford swafford@erols.com
     301-572-7116(MD)
     
     Sally Schnellmann (Florida ATCA rescue, treasurer for ATCA Rescue &
     Adoption )
     561-219-2222 (f)561-219-2277 Airemann@aol.com
     
     Airedale Rescue of the Airedale Terrier Club of Metro. NY
     Candy Kamlich (914)945-0533 ckramlich@juno.com or
     Helena Epstein (914)735-6906 hhe@j51.com
     
     Pennsylvania::
     Lynne Jensen
     lynnejensen@earthlink.net
     610-873-9054(PA)
     
     Texas:
     Dorothy Duff
     DDDUNN@aol.com
     
     Some other rescue contacts:
     
     Chicagoland Airedale Rescue
     708-839-8982
     (w)708-573-5000
     
     Western Canada:
     David Moore and Margaret Glass david_moore@mindlink.bc.ca
     (604) 535-5685 (British Columbia)
     
     NOTES:
     
     From the 1995 ATCA Official Membership Roster & Information
     Booklet:
     
     "It amazes us how many of these unwanted dogs are absolutely
     beautiful--often under long and matted coats. We are equally
     impressed that their temperaments are most often sweet and
     appreciative of our attentions, with no adverse effects from the
     ordeals they must have endured. Although the origins of many of
     these dogs remains unknown, we all too often discover that some
     Airedales purchased in pet shops are not far removed from some of
     the breed's top dogs and bloodlines.
     
     Airedales for adoption are kept in foster homes. During the time it
     takes to find the right home, they are evaluated for temperament
     and personality. Dogs of questionable temperament are euthanized.
     All dogs are neutered or spayed, given all shots that are due,
     tested for heartworm, treated for internal and external parasites
     when necessary, and properly groomed and bathed."
     
     Contact any of the above for more regional contacts. Also, check
     the Rescue FAQ for more contacts.
     
     If you are interested in providing FOSTER CARE, please contact the
     regional coordinator nearest you.
     
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References

  Books
  
   The New Airedale Terrier
   June Dutcher and Janet Framke Howell Book House Macmillan Publishing
   Company 866 Third Avenue New York, NY 10022
   
   The Complete Dog Book - 18th Edition
   The American Kennel Club Howell Book House Macmillan Publishing
   Company 866 Third Avenue New York, NY 10022
   
   Your Airedale
   Barbara Strebeigh and Pauline I. McCready Denlinger's Box 76 Fairfax,
   Va 22030
   
   Airedale Terriers
   Evelyn Miller T.F.H. Publications One T.F.H. Plaza Neptune City, NJ
   07753
   
   The Complete Airedale (out of print)
   Gladys Brown Edwards Howell Book House 730 Fifth Avenue New York, NY
   10019
   
   The Working Airedale
   Bryan Cummins OTR Publications PO Box 481 Centreville, AL 35042
   
  Periodicals
  
   The American Airedale (quarterly for ATCA members) Please contact the
   ATCA for more information.
   
   Membership information: Secretary@Airedale.ORG
   
   Terrier Type
   PO Box Drawer A
   La Honda, CA 94020
   (415)747-0549
   
  Airedale Resources on the InterNet
  
   There is a Terrier-L (a mailing list) to which you can subscribe, and
   get helpful information and opinions on all types of terriers.
   
   To subscribe, send email to listserv@eworld.com with no subject line
   and SUBSCRIBE TERRIER-L YourFirstName YourLastName in the body of the
   message.
   
   There is also an AIREDALE-L. To subscribe, send the following message
   to: listserv@APPLE.EASE.LSOFT.COM
   
   subscribe AIREDALE-L Your Name
   
   You will get a message asking you to confirm your subscription. Follow
   the instructions carefully.
   
   There is also a WorkingADT-L for those interested in SAR and other
   aspects of working the king of terriers.
   
   To subscribe, send email to: listserv@apple.ease.lsoft.com with no
   subject line and subscribe WORKINGADT-L your-name in the body of the
   message.
   
     _________________________________________________________________
   
   
    Airedale Terrier FAQ
    
   Kathy Dowd, airedales@moondancefarm.com
     _________________________________________________________________
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