If you're an Airedale and you're reading this post, go take a
nap or go play outside. Let your mum or pop do the reading. This post is not for
I don't know if you follow Patricia B. McConnell's blog, The Other End of the Leash, or not. She is the author of a book by the same name as well as a few others. By training she is an applied animal behaviorist, which means she studies behavior in dogs. She knows dogs! And she writes interestingly and has a great sense of humor.
These two posts address problems we can have with our Airedales:
This pirate duck is one of my favorite toys. He's big enough that my mum and I can play tug with him. My sister bought him for me a few years ago. She wasn't sure I'd like him but I do. He has a funny honking duck sound when I squeeze him. I don't play with him all the time but I like him and pull him out now and then. Do you have favorite toys? Bye. I hope you have a fun day. --Hannah.
Whatcha doin'? Do you wanna play tug with me and my duck?
It's a dandy duck. It's the biggest toy I have and it's big enough for two of us to get a good hold for a fun game of tug. Wanna play? Come on, you know you do.
I don't like to have my photo taken but mum got this new gadget, something she calls a smartphone, that she uses to sneak snapshots of me. I think phones should stick to their own business and not be cameras. She clipped me a week or so before this photo was taken but she missed a few spots. Do you think my eyebrows are uneven? I hope you have a fun weekend and don't worry about those big bangs that start this time of year. They bother me a lot but less than they used to. We'll all be safe. from Hannah.
What? A Necco?! Yes, please! You know I love Neccos.
Sit and wait. I want to take a photo of you with the package before I give you one, Hannah.
You know I don't like photos, Mum, but okay, I'll sit. But just for a second or two.
Oh, Hannah! No grabbing. You wait till I take the photo.
But, Mum, they're for me and you're taking too long! And besides that I already said please.
I saw that sweet please, Hannah, and that's a perfect wait. Now you can have a Necco.
I love, love, love Neccos. I drool for Neccos and when my mum gives them to me I chew them. Mum doesn't understand why I chew Neccos but not my food. And she doesn't know why I like them but I'm glad she keeps giving them to me -- once in a while. Does your mum give you treats you love and does she make you wait for them, too?
My mum doesn't do a great job with her camera in the store: she keeps gettin' a shine. But she found these treats with an Airedale on them. She loves seein' Airedales at the store even if they are only on labels.
Can you believe she didn't bring me a bag? She says I have a tender tummy and that I have to stick to foods we know my tummy can handle. Oh, well. At least I get to share the photos with you. --Hannah. .
I love my mum the best of everyone I know. I decided she was best the first night I came here a long time ago when she spent the night on the floor with me so I wouldn't be afraid.
My mum loves me, too. Sometimes I make her laugh. She says I'm the dearest Airedale she knows. This photo was taken almost nine years ago when I was three. I'm 11 years old now. I have white eyebrows and my muzzle is turnin' white, too. Sometimes Mum gets weepy because she knows Airedales don't live as long as their people. I'm just gonna keep lovin' her, though, no matter how old I get. Happy Mum's Day, Mum. I love you. from Hannah. .
My mum and I wish you a Merry Christmas!
We want to share a favorite Christmas video with you that wasn't on youtube last year but it is now. It's called A Child's Christmas in Wales and is based on a story by Dylan Thomas. We get to watch the adventures of a grandfather's childhood Christmases as he recounts them to his grandson. They are full of adventure, food, family, friends, and fun. And, maybe best of all, it has a scalawag of an Airedale in it, just like some of us are sometimes!
If you can't watch it now (because it's nearly an hour long), come back and watch or go to youtube to watch it.
We both know that Christmas is really about the birth of Jesus Christ and we're grateful for that. We think some fun can be thrown into the celebration, too. (After all, we are Airedales. Or at least, I am!)
We hope you have a great day with lots of fun and joy.
My mum was at the thrift store last week and found a book with photos of us Airedales in it. She didn't buy the book because it only had two pages of us but she took photos. Aren't we adorable puppies? We think it's wonderful they put us on the cover!
Even Airedale puppies know what's what and what they want -- and they go for it. Airedales are ready for LIFE!
My mum found this book with an Airedale in it. In case you didn't know, she likes books with Airedales -- but she likes me in person lots better.
It's called Christina Katerina and Fats: and the Great Neighbhood War by Patricia Lee Gauch and Stacey Schuett. The Airedale doesn't play a big part in the book but he joins in the "fun." My mum thought the drawings of the 'dale were cute and liked a few of the poses. She just snapped several with her camera and is only posting the cover and this one:
Maybe you could get this book and read it to your human/'dale. The people are a little rowdy and we 'dales like rowdy! I was glad the Airedale was not named Fats but I don't think that's a nice name, not even a nickname, for anyone. Do you? --Hannah.