George & Mandy’s Story ~ Kate & Michael Storey-Whyte, Victoria
After a little while in Australia, having moved here from UK, our Airedale-less-ness really got to both of us and I emailed Sue Forrester asking if there was anyone not too far away who had an Airedale we could visit.
Sue very quickly did better than that and very early one morning rang, as there was an Airedale advertised on Gumtree that AireNetter Camilla Murphy in Queensland had noticed. He was advertised as being quite boisterous – which we thought was entirely normal for an 18 month-old male pup, unless it was a euphemism for totally uncontrollable!
We went straight down to collect him from his devastated owner, who was only selling him because of a marriage breakdown. Coincidentally, it was our wedding anniversary and I remember kicking Michael quite hard, because I could see he was about to blurt out this tactless comment! We had to take him out the side gate so the children wouldn’t see him going. It was horrible.
George was very sad and stood up in the back of the car for most of the way home with his ears and tail drooping. We were staying at my sister’s place whilst she was overseas, and looking after her delightful little old Chocky (a Shih Tzu type) and Chocky welcomed George and set about making him feel at home. They quickly became BFFs and now Chocky sometimes comes around to play and even spend the night. We took George to the vet for his checkup and shots, he has a very prominent occipital bump which the vet assured me was fine. We weighed him at 18 kg.
George’s owner assured us that George did not have a mean bone in his body, and he was absolutely correct. George is a very lively, exuberant, “in-your-face” if he can, playful, interfering, outrageous, comedic “we the people” type of dog who loves life but shows flashes of nobility and, thanks to his previous owner, is surprisingly well-behaved, e.g. comes when called, and he is not boisterous with elderly people, being very careful around them. He missed his old home for a long time, but made the best of his new one and put on weight and is now an integral part of the household.
When we bought our cottage we felt George needed a canine companion, and were offered the amazing Mandy. I say “amazing” because she must be one of the wisest and most well-adjusted dogs I have met. She arrived and was instantly part of the family, and has been perfect for George, as she loves a good energetic game and they hurtle ‘round together. She ticks him off if he gets too rough and he knows better than to challenge her. They play together inside most of the evening and sleep close together.
Mandy does have her little ways though, she struts around in head-prefect mode: ticking off the neighbours, the hens, the cat, anyone walking in the street, birds, and she is by far the greediest dog I have ever met. George likes his nosh, but is easily distracted, and Mandy has to stay outside until he has finished eating, as he would lose most of his food (and probably not even notice). He is 24 kg. now, lean and muscled, quite a tall dog, and the first undocked Airedale I have ever had. I love tails, but he is capable of “table-surfing” with his nose whilst simultaneously knocking things off the same table with his tail. My father, who is 97 and has had Airedales since the 1920s, keeps saying how lucky we are to have two such lovely dogs.
GEORGE’s kennel name is “TJURINGA Eye of the Tiger”
MANDY’S kennel name is Champion “AIREWOOD Dixie Chic.
Paw Note: 11 September, 2016
RIP our lovely Mandy. She has been failing and under vet care for some time and almost holding her own but she let us know this morning that we had to say goodbye. What a little sweetheart she was, friendly, cuddly, very much her own person.
She will rest forever under a chestnut tree on our new property.