George ADOPTED 08/24/19

July 2019 UPDATE:

George has been in a foster home for 6 months with Cindy Green, a wonderful trainer who has done wonders with many of ARG’s Airedales. George was a special case. At 4 years old, he had been relegated to the back yard since he was 6 months old, much of that time tethered. Everything, everything was new to him – meeting new people, new dogs, children playing, walking on leash, living in a house. But he is a completely different dog today. Here’s the latest from Cindy:George remains a fabulous, sweet, intense dog that just needs a strict routine and regular exercise to direct his energy. Recently on a Saturday walk at the local University campus, there was a kids swim meet underway. People were everywhere, kids were running, the loud speaker was blaring with instructions and George was perfectly calm and well behaved. Even though I had no intention of approaching children, a young boy in swimsuit, soaking wet and barefoot, came charging up from what seemed like nowhere. He was screaming “ I want to pet your dog”. I asked him to please stop and wait and explained George was in training. George sat calmly at my side . When the boy was calm , I released George . He approached slowly and gently. At about this moment I see a women that appears very panicked running toward us. It was the boy’s mother looking for her lost son. Again George sat calmly and waited . The women said “ we just adopted a dog from the shelter and I wish he was as calm and well behaved as your dog”. I wanted to say “good dogs don’t just happen,” but I just smiled.Is your home good for George?

Background: George has become such a good calm dog at home in his daily routine. Weather has been nice so lots of exercise and being outdoors is ideal for him. He loves water including any mud hole (not so great 😀 ). He has been really good off leash with Finn and Grace. He has perfect recall (within their fenced acre). He will be perfect for someone patient and active.

George goes to Woofers (day care) to get a lot of exposure to other dogs and handles the excitement much better than a month ago. He is still easily excited by movement, any unfamiliar objects and new dogs. He actually plays really well, has endless energy, is never aggressive, and loves the pool. George has good play skills and is a truly happy- go-lucky guy. He could do well with another dog in the home providing that dog is also very good natured and the owner practices a slow, well-supervised introduction. He is still a much better dog when he is well exercised.

George is intense and is a true high-drive, working-type dog. If you keep a strict routine and you are consistent with your handling he will be great, but if left to his own devices he could direct his energy toward bad habits. He is very good in public on leash and loves to go on walks. He loves to play ball but is a “lazy retriever.” To work on impulse control, the trainer makes him sit and wait a bit before going out for the ball. He has become very polite about waiting. He loves to jump up and catch the ball and then bring it back about 2/3’s of the way and drop it, waiting for her to walk up and get it.

He loves to ride in the car and is perfectly relaxed and well behaved. He gets up on the grooming table on cue and is great about being brushed. He is just a great dog!

He would really be a good match for someone who enjoys being active and spending a lot of time outside on walks, hikes, playing fetch, and who is home more than they’re away.

Is George the Airedale for you?

11 Replies to “George ADOPTED 08/24/19”

  1. Very interested in George , please send me information on him , we have owned 2 Airedales and would like another one

    1. Hello, Gary. Thank you for your message about George. He is still with our trainer and will be for a while longer. He will require a dedicated trainer/owner and a lot of physical and mental stimulation. If you are in our region: NC, SC, TN, GA, or AL, please fill out an application to adopt as the first step in the process to be considered for one of our dogs. You’ll find that under the heading, “Adopt,” on our home page. Thank you for your interest.

  2. We saw George on your Facebook page. We live in Salem, Virginia (Roanoke area) and have been approved / are waiting to see if an Airedale becomes available through ATRVA. We adopted through them once before. We lost our Titus a few weeks back after nine wonderful years. If you think we might be a match, please contact me or ATRVA. Thank you.

    1. Hi, Paul. Cathy Biersack had sent your application to us when we were looking for a home for Mack. Mack would not have worked with you, but we’ll re-evaluate for George. He is a very high energy dog who needs a lot of physical and mental stimulation. My concern is the time alone on the days you work away from home. I’ll be back in touch about him later today or tomorrow after I’ve discussed this with his foster mom/trainer.

      1. Jackie,
        I appreciate your concern.
        I mostly work out of my home office. On Tuesday and Thursday I am gone for about four hours when no one else is home. If George needed me to be home on Tuesday’s too while he gets orientated to us, I could arrange that. In the summer, my wife is home on those two days (she is a teacher’s aide). On Sunday’s we’re all gone for about two hours for church services.
        I talked with Melinda and Cathy from ATRVA and they said you can contact them if you have questions about us and to verify our application. We are experienced airedale owners. Titus was our third, all rescues (two when we lived in Ohio).

    1. Good morning, Muro Family. George is available. He is okay with older children. To be considered to adopt, please fill out an application under “Adopt,” and one of our volunteers will contact you. Applicants in the region we cover: NC, SC, TN, GA, and AL are given priority over applicants outside of our region. If you are outside of our region, go to and search under Regional Rescue Contacts for a representative in your region. Thank you!

  3. I lost my airdale to cancer this winter.I have 2 other dogs for george to play with and live in a development that has a 3 1/2 acre fenced in dog park with lots of other playmates for him.I have owned about 10 wirehairs and am familiar with the terrier temperament.

  4. Hello! My husband of 40 years and I have always enjoyed our dogs. Our last was a Weimer Reiner (Wilbur) whom we had for 10 years before he passed recently. Wilbur was a beautifully trained dog and now we are spoiled to a well trained dog. A friend who owns Airedale’s and knows us recommended that our next pet be an Airedale. We are looking for an adult, well trained dog to be our new family member. There are no other animals and no children in our home. (Unless you count my husband who ADORES his dogs) please advise when you have a match for us.

    1. Hello, Terrisa. Thank you for your message. I’m sorry to hear you lost your Wilbur recently. It is so difficult to say goodbye to a beloved animal. Like Weimaraners, Airedales require ongoing training, patience, and consistency to be great dogs. All of the rescue groups for Airedales are regional; our group places and adopts in NC, SC, TN, GA, and AL. If you are in one of these states, please fill out an application to be considered for adoption at and one of our volunteers will contact you for an interview. If you are not in our region, please go to and click on Regional Rescue Contacts for a state-by-state listing of rescue representatives and groups. Thank you for considering a rescued Airedale.

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