Lilly, 2-3 yrs ADOPTED 12/23/2017

Lilly has been fostering with an Airedale-experienced mom who is an experienced trainer and even works at a doggy day-care. Lilly has come a long way with her. Here is her report after 3 weeks.

She has settled into a routine and is a much more relaxed dog. She continues to be great about sleeping the night in her crate. She will sleep on the back screen porch while I am out of her sight in the house and I can leave her for several hours during the day in an outdoor run. However the outdoor run has a tented top and 6 ft fencing. She can jump a shorter fence.

She continues to get along with my male and female Airedales. The dogs run together around our wooded property with me as close by as possible to supervise.

After Lilly’s 10 day recovery from spay surgery I took her into the daycare group on a long line leash and muzzle as described in previous email. She started out very anxious but relaxed after about an hour. As she relaxed she became more interested in the other dogs and ultimately very excited. When she gets excited she does get pushy and will mount another dog. I correct this with a verbal ahh-ahh and leash pressure to pull her out. I then call her back to me and tell her good girl when she redirects attention to me. She needed a few corrections the first morning but is an especially obedient dog with good recall. She quickly started turning back to me and correcting herself before getting too excited and pushy.

The second day she was released without the leash and just a muzzle. She was very well behaved and had great recall. I have no doubt with continued practice to reinforce appropriate pack behavior, she would not only be fine in the daycare situation but better behaved than many.

Lilly is really an excellent dog! She can be anxious and she can escalate when there is excitement thus I think she will be best suited to an owner that understands that an anxious dog needs structure and firm guidance to feel secure.

I see no real limiting issue with this girl except She does snore rather loudly.

25 Replies to “Lilly, 2-3 yrs ADOPTED 12/23/2017”

  1. I am not in the region but will pay for transportation costs anything. Our Angie Airedale passed on with Lymphoma and left Tanner pining (see my FB Page Dave Sullivan only one with an Airedale saying grace before dinner or my. We live on the Oregon Coast a wonderful place for dogs for manifold reasons. They have their own Kitchen and prepared foods and the best of care. She will have a wonderful life with Tanner. Our back area is fenced as well and door always open. You can check with our veterinarian too. We have one other very old rescue that is a gentlr giant at 15+ years.

    1. Hi, Dave. You are so kind to offer to adopt Lilly. With her being strongly positive for heart worms, the transport across the country would not be good for her; it would be too much stress, regardless of the means of transportation. Please contact the representative for Oregon:
      Connie Turner

      Good luck. and Thank you for considering a rescued Airedale.

    1. Good morning, Nedra. Thank you for your interest in Lilly. Please fill out an adoption application on our site; we require that whether you are fostering or adopting. When we receive your application one of our volunteers will contact you for a phone interview; after that we’ll have a volunteer do your home visit. We have new Airedales coming into rescue soon, so now is a good time to apply. Thank you. Jackie

  2. Good Evening. I live in Asheville and have been looking for my next Airedale. I had a sweet and silly Airedale girl named Jaya..who I had to put down last year. She was almost 16! Please reach out to me at your earliest convenience. I filled out an application last year so I’m not sure of next steps? Thank you. Best, Jude

    1. Morning, Jude. I am sorry to hear that you had to say goodbye to your Jaya. It is never easy. Thank you for asking about Lilly. I have searched our database and find no application from you. Please fill out an application on this site and one of our volunteers will contact you for an interview. After the interview, we will then have a volunteer do a home visit to meet you and your family. We have several Airedales coming into rescue so right now is a good time to apply, and having experience with Airedales puts you in a good position. I look forward to seeing your application. Thank you. Jackie

    2. Hi, Jude. Two months ago you commented on our web site about Lilly and said you had applied with us about 1 year ago. As I explained in my email earlier, we do not have an application on file for you and we do not purge applications in that short a time. Perhaps you applied with a different Airedale rescue organization: ATRA, ATRVA, SOAR? We all rescue Airedales but we are regional and our group, Airedale Rescue Group, covers NC. Lilly is currently being trained to be able to get along with other dogs, as she has proven to be unfriendly in a couple of foster homes. If you are still interested in her, please fill out an application here on our web site. Thank you for considering a rescued Airedale, Jude. We look forward to helping you find another Airedale for your family. Thank you, Jackie

    1. Thank you for your inquiry. Lilly has gone to her foster/potential forever home this weekend. To be considered for adoption, please fill out an application under “Adopt.” We’ll review your application, have a volunteer contact you for an interview, then follow that with a home visit. We look forward to seeing your application.

    1. Hi, Anita. I believe your name has come up in our internal conversations about where we believe Lilly should go. Our concern has been that you have a cat. Lilly is a dominant Airedale and has been known to try to go after another Airedale female. We are concerned she would not be safe with a cat. She needs a lot of attention and does get very anxious when she’s left alone. If you are still interested, please email me at Thank you, Jackie Cash. (BTW, Christina is in CA this week for work, but I’ll let her know that you have expressed an interest in Lilly.)

    2. They really wrap themselves around your heart. My family had an Airedale boy when I was in college (am now 67) but neither me nor my sister has ever forgotten Ami.

  3. Oh my goodness, I believe I met Lilly a couple weeks ago in Chamblee. Beautiful sweet dog. I grew up with Airedales and look forward to adopting in the future and if not for an elderly schnauzer, I’d love to give Lilly a forever home.

    1. Hi, Jacqueline: Thanks for your comment about Lilly. If you live in our coverage area: NC, SC, TN, GA, AL, please fill out an application here on our site to be considered for adoption. I hope your Schnauzer continues to do well. Jackie

  4. I was looking at your site to send a message/question but could not find a generic link.

    My husband and I live in FL. I know there is a FL Airedale site and I’ve already contacted them, but would like to also fill out an application for your site. I don’t want to waste anyone’s time by doing so if FL residents are not considered. We live in Tallahassee which is about 20 miles south of Thomasville GA. Thank you, Donna

    1. Hi, Donna. All of the Airedale groups try to keep their placements within their local areas, but we do occasionally make exceptions. If you would like to fill out an application, we will consider you. We currently have only 1 Airedale looking for a home but believe that she will be placed soon. We never know when the next one will come in, and we do have approved applicants waiting for the right Airedale. It is not a matter of first-come, first-served; rather, we consider the applicants’ requirements and the Airedale’s temperament and history. I wish you success in your search for an Airedale.

  5. Hi ARG Folks, I am SO HAPPY to see that Lilly is with a trainer who obviously is taking time with her. This is Debbi Hadaway, who fostered Lilly this past Fall. She TRULY is a WONDERFUL lady who just needed extra handling when playing with other dogs. Even after our mishap, she and Flora got along in the house. She will make a GREAT ‘dale-friend to a very special person. Again, THANK YOU for taking such good care of her.

    1. Hi, Debbi. Thanks for the kind words. Yes, Lilly is doing very well and we hope to find her forever home soon. Thank you so much for helping her when she needed it. Take care of yourself and Flora. Hope you have a great holiday season and Happy New Year! Jackie

  6. Hi ARG. We would be very interested in adopting Lilly. Her attributes and challenges from what I can tell from her description and the comments here, should prove absolutely within our capabilities and skill sets. I am certain we can offer her the patient, nurturing, and loving home, in which she can progress, grow, and be happy and content. We live in Asheville, NC, and traveling to you is absolutely no issue. I have just sent in my application, and eagerly await your reply. Keep up the great work! Lance

    1. Hi, Lance. We are delighted to hear from you and would love to consider you for Lilly. First, please fill out an application here on our site under “Adopt,” then one of our volunteers will call you to discuss your application. After that, we require a home visit by one of our Airedale-experienced volunteers. Then, when you are approved for adoption, we can consider you for Lilly. I look forward to receiving your application. Thank you!

      1. I submitted an application, back on the 8th, just moments before I posted this comment thread. Should I have heard something by now, or should I continue patience? Didn’t want to be sitting around waiting for response if the application didn’t arrive successfully, and no response is in the works.

  7. Hi Jackie, we’re interested in adopting. We have an application on file, would like to discuss the possibility of adopting Lilly.

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