Monarch’s Story ~ Felicity Wright, Victoria
You know your rehomed Airedale comes from a loving family when his relinquishing owners need to hire a courier to deliver his worldly possessions. Such was the case when Monarch came to live with us in November 2011.
When our beloved Oscar passed away after a short illness in July 2011, we knew that life is not complete (and homes are very empty!) without an Airedale. Although we had not had a rescue dog before we were very supportive of rescue and Jenny Patience and Sue Forrester encouraged us to think about giving a rescue ‘Dale a home when we were ready. We went along to the AireNet function at the Greatrex’s home in Woodend on 23rd October to get a much-needed Airedale fix and we handed over an application to adopt a rescue dog, thinking that it would take many months before an opportunity would come along.
Sue spoke to us about what we were looking for in a rescue ‘Dale and what we could offer. Mum decided that she couldn’t go through the puppy stage again, so a senior boy would be ideal. To our great surprise, Sue said “leave it with me”. Unbeknown to us, Glenys Cochrane of Airebury had recently received a call from Monarch’s owners, whose circumstances had changed. With great sadness, they had to relinquish their much-loved dog but wanted him to go to an Airedale-loving home. By coincidence, Glenys had taught us to clip Oscar at the ATCV Grooming Day in May, just before his diagnosis.
Just one week after the AireNet event at Woodend, Monarch bounded through the front door, full of confidence and happiness, for a “meet and greet” visit. And we fell in love. On the 14th November, Monarch arrived at his new home (courier in tow) with his own leather Lazyboy recliner, a snooza, doggles, a pile of toys, a big bag of dog food, framed pedigree papers and 3 food bowls.
Monarch is a bundle of naughtiness, energy and kisses and cuddles. He doesn’t walk anywhere – he trots, even inside the house. Like a puppy, he is either all rambunctious energy or fast asleep. He sleeps so deeply that the doorbell doesn’t wake him and visitors can walk right up to him in his recliner without waking him. He loves to steal treasures (shoes particularly) and take them out into his garden. He doesn’t chew them, he just collects them. He loves a good dig and is excellent at soil rejuvenation. He is a shocking countersurfer and considers bread to be a great prize. He is a happy boy, tail always up and wagging, and is very affectionate. He loves to wake his humans up with kisses every morning (although he has recently relaxed his routine to wake at 6:30am instead of 5:30am!).
Monarch jumping into his recliner is a sight to behold. He flings himself on with so much force that the chair back is almost horizontal. We are waiting for the day he is catapaulted out of the chair! Another sight to behold is Monarch drinking water. He doesn’t drink, he eats it and as a result he often has a very wet beard and chest!
We feel very lucky to be owned by such a lovely boy and we’re pleased to report that he has settled in well and is bonding with us. We would like to thank Sue Forrester, Jenny Patience, Airenet Australia and Glenys Cochrane for trusting us to give Monarch a good home. A great example of a breeder, rescue and the relinquishing owners working in the best interests of the dog.
Paw Note: May, 2014
A Monarch is a head out state who outranks all others . How true is that! Monarch has landed…and what a landing it was. He left his beloved mom, Felicity Wright, and he is heartbroken. Monarch traveled through the tunnel with his very own red leather recliner. He even came to his mom 2 1/2 years ago at the age of 8 1/2 with his chair. His landing was a sight to behold. We asked him to put the recliner in the upright position for landing, but being the Monarch, he thought he outranked Ozzie and me. Ok…so we let him do it on his terms,,,,for now! As the recliner floated now, it started to twirl in the light winds. Around and around he went. At first Monarch laughed with delight. But soon he was actually getting a bit dizzy from all the twirling. When he finally landed he was very apologetic for not listening to our request, which would insure a safe landing. No hard feelings, Monarch…the important thing is you are here and going to be OK. Monarch sends his love to his mom and promises to follow the rules from now on. He will move in to a cottage and place his red leather recliner right in front of his fireplace. Monarch‘s bright star will shine brightly in the sky. BELIEVE!
Ambassador at Bogie and Ozzie’s Rainbow Bridge