Mink’s Story ~ Eric Greatrex, Victoria
Mink is a happy seven year old who came to live with us in 2009. She is a very affectionate bouncy Airedale who loves life.
She came to us from a family in New South Wales who had to give her up due to a change in family circumstances that meant they were unable to keep her. Her then owners drove down from New South Wales to bring Mink to her new home in Victoria and stayed with us for a few days to help settle Mink and make parting with her a little easier.
Mink settled in very quickly with her new companions Emma and Teddy. Teddy, who at nearly ten was getting to be a real grumpy old man, was won over first, followed very quickly by Emma. Since settling in, getting used to her new family, friends and surroundings she has become a very affectionate dog and has accepted that she is number two dog since Teddy passed on. Both she and Emma missed him for a couple of weeks, but the pecking order was soon sorted out with Emma who is Mink’s junior by two years taking the number one slot with no fur or blood spilt.
One morning as I was sitting in the office I noticed Mink trotting past on the veranda and a few moments later running back with a rabbit in her jaws, so I popped out to check and was presented with a very dead but still warm rabbit. A few weeks later around Easter time another was caught by the girls, much to the distress of our friends who were house sitting for us – oops, no more Easter bunnies. Since then Mink has caught a rat and had quite a few near misses.
On another occasion our bantam cockerel suddenly appeared in the back garden, which is fully fenced off for the dogs. Instead of quietly wandering around he had to crow loudly to tell the world what a clever chap he was. Not a good idea with three Airedales taking the morning sun. (This was before Teddy died).
Before I can get outside to rescue him, Mink has grabbed him and is trotting round to show Emma what she has got to play with. Emma decides that a tug of war would be a good idea; fortunately both dogs dropped him on command and he fell onto the veranda, where he stayed whilst the girls were put inside.
I’m now thinking ‘what am I going to tell Helen when she gets home?’ so imagine my surprise when more crowing is heard. What I had thought to be a dead rooster is very alive and telling all the world ~ including Teddy who was asleep during the earlier episode, so it is a race between Teddy and me as to who gets to the rooster first. Fortunately I caught Teddy by his collar and shot him inside with the girls. One very luck rooster was not seen again until bed time that evening!
Recently Mink managed to escape from the back garden and spent a wonderful time chasing the chooks and ducks ~ fortunately without any harm to any of them. Emma just sat and watched.
Sunday is a day we like to take the girls out somewhere special, often to a market or a country walk. They love a ride in the car and are excellent with meeting other dogs, children and adults. We have made new friends and acquaintances through them, and needless to say, we spread the word of Airedale Rescue far and wide.
Paw Note: October, 2016
Today we welcome Mink to the Bridge. This beautiful girl is the love of Helen and Eric Greatrex. She is a charming 12.5 year old Airedale who acts a spry as a puppy. Mink took a few days to get here…she very meticulously went through the entire Rainbow Manual while she traveled through the intergalactic tunnel. Mink wanted to be informed of everything….our activities, our food plans, our housing, and all our open jobs and careers. One thing she knew for sure…..she would move into the house shared by her siblings…Teddy, Buddha and Ruby. Mink was so excited to find the perfect job to apply for. We have an open position for a coach of our debate team. She excitedly filled out the application. She couldn’t even wait to personally hand it In to us for evaluation. Mink pushed the “woof to Bogie and Ozzie” button located on the panel by the exit door. Ozzie immediately answered and Mink could hardly contain herself in order to ask her important question. She told Ozzie all about her application and she wanted to make sure the position is still open ( it is). Mink wanted us to see her application right away and wondered if we would look at it through our satellite screen. Ozzie looked through his application and then told Mink that he what have to confer with me and upon her arrival, we would give her our decision. Hearing that, Mink pushed the extra supersonic speed button and she arrived here within 53 seconds. Talk about determination! Mink jumped out of her cabin and landed into my awaiting paws. She licked my face and then ran to Ozzie and gave him licks ……do ya think this beauty was sucking up to us??? Once we got her calmed down….which is an oxymoron for us Airedales…..we gave Mink the good news. ” You’re hired!!!!!!” After 10 minutes of hooting and hollering, backflips and somersaults, Mink gave us many “thank yous” By this time , both Ozzie and I were totally exhausted…and hungry. We took Mink for a pizza and root beer. She sure will be a great coach… she woofs nonstop! What a loveable girl! Next stop is the star factory. Her star will be the brightest one in the sky ….so her family can always keep an eye on her forever. BELIEVE!
Ambassador at Bogie and Ozzie’s Rainbow Bridge