is a 17-month-old female who has no doubt suffered a sad life. She has
been subjected to obvious physical and mental abuse, as well as neglect
She has reached her fourth home. Her FINAL home, where we hope to turn her life around and show her a world of kindness, love, trust, and security.
is her story.
there she was delivered to her next “home”. Her family in Calgary
kept her chained up in their garage most of the day and night. She was
obviously bored, lonely and scared, as the neighbors complained of her
barking all the time. Her family decided the
‘best’ option was to have her de-barked. So, now she was
scared, imprisoned, and absolutely unable to call out for help. She was
a puppy who was being fed one and a half cups of ol’Roy adult dog food
a day. She was unlikely ever taken for walks or given any other form of
exercise. She had no muscle tone and weighed about 45 to maybe 50 lbs.
She was so malnourished that there were parts of her body where she had
no hair. The hair she did have had likely never been groomed or brushed.
This was her life for 15 months.
someone rescued her from her nightmare and delivered her to a family in
Sherwood Park. Despite their best intentions, in less than a month, they
realized that Havik was a lot more than they had anticipated.
boyfriend and I already had a nine-month-old Airedale and knew we loved
the breed. We had just that week discussed filling out a rescue
application. As luck would have it, fate stepped in and delivered a
rescue right into our hands. We arrived at our weekly obedience class to
find a very unkempt Airedale and her owner. She was inquiring with the
instructor as to whether or not she knew of any rescue clubs in
Edmonton. We looked at one another and knew what we were about to do. On
March 23, 2002, we adopted our second Airedale.
with Havik came issues:
sudden noises would cause her to run for cover. The sound of the furnace
caused her to pace and she would cower her head and try to sneak past
the registers. The gurgle of her water dish would send her into hiding,
and if you dropped anything, her tail went between her legs and she’d
was completely petrified of being put into her crate or anywhere else
she felt confined. This posed an issue, as she had not developed any
social skills with her canine counterparts. This meant leaving two
Airedales at home alone was not an option.
that she was unsocialized with other dogs, she had no understanding of
how to play with them. She would become extremely agitated by their
approach and was quite often growly and aggressive with them.
was very leery of all people but men seemed to make her exceptionally
uneasy. If a man tried to approach her she would cower and try to get
away. This led us to believe she was mistreated by one or more of the
men in her life.
seven weeks, she has overcome so much.
were consistent with crate training, and discovered that a little bit of
peanut butter on the back wall, made it a much more attractive place to
enter. She realizes now that her crate is her safe place and she goes
into it all on her own.
have done our best to socialize her with many dogs. She has four other
Airedales whom she plays with regularly and gets excited to see. She
accepts most dogs without aggression and loves socializing at the off
Note: The off leash has been a lot of work and a great test of her
is still very leery of men, but is at least tolerant of the ones who are
consistent in her life. Women seem to mean safety to her and she has
definitely become a permanent fixture at my side.
We know we still have a long road with her. She needs a lot of obedience training, a lot of patience and a lot of love. We know in time she will come to realize she is safe here and hopefully we can help her forget all the unhappiness she’s endured until now.
Tammy and Len