Mom and Aunt Wendy spent the whole day on Airedale Rescue. First, they met a very nice couple who have had Airedales in the past. Their last Aire-boy lived with them until he went to the bridge at the age of 15. It was, basically, just a formality that they had to be approved to get a new furkid from the Airedale Rescue Group. They got all four paws up and are 100% approved! Yay!
After they met with that very nice couple, they set out to take possession of a 5 year old Aire-girl that was being surrendered by her owner. It was a very bad situation because the owner was being evicted and didn't want to give up her doggie. When Mom talked to the owner, on the phone, she got the feeling that they would be making a very long trip for nothing. She was afraid the owner wouldn't give up the dog, once they got there. After making it abundantly clear that if Mom and Aunt Wendy made the long trip, the dog WOULD be going with them, the owner finally agreed. Well, you wouldn't believe what they found when they finally got to the place where the dog was living! The lady was living in an extended stay motel with her Aire-girl and several cats. As soon as Mom and Aunt Wendy stepped inside, it was all they could do to keep from throwing up! The smell of cat urine was over-powering! Mom reached down to pet Cher (the Aire-girl) and almost passed out. Poor Cher was so skinny that Mom could feel every bone in her tiny little body. She has never been groomed and hasn't had any vaccinations in over two years! Her owner was wearing sunglasses in that dark, stinky motel room and poor little Cher was just wagging like crazy!
The owner asked Mom and Aunt Wendy if she could borrow $20 until payday, but fortunately, they had locked their purses in the car, so they told her they didn't have any money with them. She gave them a bag of toys and a tiny food bowl that belonged to Cher, but they stunk so bad that Aunt Wendy found a dumpster to deposit them into. They took Cher outside and let her potty and then put her into the car. Before they left the parking lot of the motel, they both cried! They couldn't believe the condition of that bootiful little Aire-girl or the conditions she was living in! They took Cher to a very nice vet's office where she will be spayed and vaccinated once they test her for heart worm. There is a very high likelihood that she has it, but hopefully, she can be treated for it! If they can get her healthy, Mom and Dad might adopt her for us. Right now, she only weighs 32 pounds and she is about the same height as I am. I am pretty small for an Airedale and so is Cher. She came from a very reputable breeder here, in the Atlanta area and that breeder is just sick over the whole thing! So, everydog, kitty, hammie and hooman...please send some healing Aire-zen or whatever kind of zen you have to help Cher get healthy! Right now, we are feeling kind of guilty for having so much food and a great place to live! We are definitely thanking doG for all we have!!!!!
Added on Saturday May 24th:
Pupdate: Cher does not have heart worm. Mom and Aunt Wendy will be picking her up later today (Saturday). She is coming to our house. Woohoo! If we get along okay with her, she will be staying here furever! Mom will do a post to introduce her to all of you once she gets home and we get some pictures. We are soooooo excited!
Poppy & Penny (the VERY well fed Aire-girls)