Friday, August 31, 2012


Just when you thought you knew what we were doing....... 
we took a different path!

The winner of the Piutre Airedale is Deborah Stafford. 

AND we had a surprise drawing--two names were drawn from all of the August donations to win 2 different books. 

Houses Full of Laughter--Marie Pawlak

To Aire is Divine- Linda Brendlinger

Thank you for donating and 
helping Airedales, it's the right thing to do!

Congratulations to all the winners!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Harley of Oklahoma

Incentive days!
donate Aug.29th- Aug 31st 8pm EDT
  see prize below story.

Meet Harley of Oklahoma

Harley was 10 years old when his owners said they were moving and couldn't take him along. We took him into rescue immediately and were dismayed by what we saw.  
He had a very large bloody tumor in his mouth that needed urgent care.  The tumor and several teeth were removed successfully.  After lots of rest and recovery time, the vet said that the prognosis was great for Harley and no malignancy was found.

He has since been adopted into a home with other dogs and plenty of family members who give him the daily love and attention he deserves.  

Harley never would have made it to his 11th birthday without the kind donations of Airedale lovers and supporters of  the lovely quilts created by our tireless volunteers.

Helping Airedales, it's the right thing to do. 
Please donate today!

this is a Piutre, handmade in Italy, stuffed Airedale
donated by Barbara Durance

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

$5000!! woohoo!

A huge thank you and congratulations to Lynn Riccardulli, whose donation to the 2012 Airedale Rescue Quilt put us at the $5,000 mark.

For getting us to that number, Lynn will receive a custom-embroidered sweatshirt (with the quilt square or design of her choice) done by Dianna Fielder.

Thanks for supporting Rescue, Lynn. Cooler weather is coming, enjoy the sweatshirt!

Reaching the $5000 mark is tremendous!  Let’s keep that thermometer moving upward!

Helping Airedales, it’s the right thing to do.

Roasted Veggies!

Yummy Veggies!
the end of summer is a great time for squash, zucchini and cherry tomatoes from the garden.  This recipe contributed by Candy helps use them up and is good for you!

you aren't trying to steal tomatoes, are you?
Pinky is on duty!

Roasted Vegetables
1 Small or medium eggplant, peeled and cubed
2 or 3 small zucchini or yellow summer squash peeled and cubed
3 or 4 large red, yellow and orange (green too) peppers, seeded and sliced thick
1 large red onion sliced
1 vidalia onion sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes
5-6 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
Sea Salt, Black Pepper and Red Pepper Flakes to taste
Combine all in large mixing bowl
Add 2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
Mix all together
Put on 2 cookie sheets w/shallow sides - spread into single layer
Bake in oven at 400 for about 30 - 40 min.  I like mine to be caramelized.
I've also done this on the grill in a grill basket.

Candy Kramlich

Helping Airedales, it's the right thing to do. 
 Please donate today.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Honoring Saxon

Incentive winner is R. McGrail!  congrats to you!

Saxon, the Airedale rescue extraordinAIRE!

Helping Airedales, in this case it's Saxon the Airedale helping get donations for National Airedale Rescue.

 You can see from these photos
he worked very hard at Montgomery 2011

Saxon with his quilt 'sandwich' on

Worn out from a long day of getting donations.

He had a Rally title, Canine Good Citizen title and he had a Therapy Dog title.  Virignia and Saxon went once a month to a local nursing home.  He never failed to bring a smile to the patient faces and they looked forward to his visits. He went weekly to obedience class w/Virginia more for the social aspect.  She used him as her demo dog when teaching her Canine Good Citizen classes.  He loved to be dressed up for the Costume parade every year at the Barktoberfest in Connecticut and was quite a ham and won for Best Costume several years in a row.  He came into ATCMNY Rescue at about 1 yr of age from an elderly woman who was not able to handle a rambunctious young Airedale.  She knew he needed more in life than what she could offer him.  Candy Kramlich took him in and then arranged for his forever home with Virginia and Stephen.  They have had Saxon since that time.  Mom's role was the teacher, disciplinarian, caregiver; Dad's role was playmate.  He loved long walks, especially downtown in Huntington, NY where they'd often be stopped by people admiring what a wonderful dog he was.  He loved all the attention.  He loved his daily slice of cheese that Dad would give him each day when he came home for lunch.  He went on all their vacations w/them and was welcomed at  every place they stayed.  I think he's on the website at one of the hotels they stayed at regularly that was pet friendly. He led a very charmed doggie life - living life to the fullest with every experience he had. His adopters were the best possible home - one rescuers wish they had more of.  They went the extra mile and more. Their hearts are broken today, a heartache we all know too well. Saxon left his paw print firmly on their hearts.

 Saxon passed away on Aug. 26, 2012. 
 He was approximately 11yrs old. 
Saxon peeking out from the flowers

  He will be deeply missed at Montgomery this year.

Helping Airedales, it's the right thing to do. 
 Please donate today in Saxon's honor.
 He helped us and now you can return that favor.

With sincere condolences to his family and 
many thanks for sharing his story.

ONE DAY incentive--donate by 8pm EDT Aug.27th.
--now closed-- Your donation makes you eligible to win this calm, 
sweet Airedale.
This is a new, in box, wrapped, all original tags etc.
 Webkinz Airedale.

One Day Incentive! To Aire is Divine

One Day Incentive!  
starts August 26th at 12:01am EDT  and ends at 8pm EDT
now closed

nibbling on the prize (not the one you will receive!)

It’s not too late; there’s one whole week left before Labor Day brings the (unofficial) end of summer to North America. Did you accomplish everything on your summer ‘to-do’ list? One thing I never get enough of is summer reading. Especially summer reading sitting outside in the garden. But today -- yes, this is another one-day-only offer -- if you make a donation today to the National Airedale Rescue Quilt, you could receive a copy of “To Aire is Divine” … the perfect book to read over the Labor Day holiday. The stories -- from posts made by members of the Airedale-L online discussion group -- are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

donated by Rusty LaFrance

Friday, August 24, 2012

One Day Incentive!

And the winner of the cute mug is........
Dorothy Duff!  
A big congrats to you and thanks for donating!

Straw Hat block

Oh my gosh, the end of summer is drawing near. The stores are full of ‘back-to-school’ sales and, indeed, some districts  around me have already started classes. Just thinking of moving into ‘fall mode’ has me needing caffeine. And I know just how I want to drink it -- out of a mug bearing the likeness of the”Straw Hat”  quilt square.
see the story here on this blog. just choose Straw Hat from the right hand column.

If you make a donation before 8 p.m. EDT today, August 24th -- that’s right, this is a one-day-only offer -- you could have the cheerful mug to help you greet your autumn mornings with a smile.

Item donated by Lori Taylor.

One day incentive prize! donate by 8pm EDT 8-24-2012
to be eligible for this thank you gift. now closed

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Katie - SWAT

Story provided by Rusty of SWAT.

Katie was only 4 months old when she came into rescue after having been hit by a car.
I received a call about this sweet girl, asking what to do as they could not properly set the broken leg. A volunteer, who had helped me with transport in the past, went and got her and took her to her vet for proper care. Today she’s a healthy, happy Airedale in her forever home. 
Look at Katie now!

Helping Airedales, it's the right thing to do.
Please donate today!

if you leave a comment about the 2012 Quilt on the blog by 5pm EDT 8-23-2012
--one name will be drawn to win--  see winner below
The Organic dog biscuit cookbook kit by Bubba Rose biscuit company- it comes with cookie cutters and recipe book(no wheat, corn or soy!) 
The recipe book is on the right-it even has an Airedale on it!
and the winner is
Ruby Airedale!  Congrats to you.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Why support the Airedale Quilting Bee?

Why should you support the Quilting Bee?

The Airedale Rescue Quilting Bee -- and the wonderful works of art it creates annually -- is the primary fundraiser for National Airedale Rescue, the official treasury of the Airedale Terrier Club of America Rescue & Adoption Committee.

Donations to the fundraiser -- which could bring the quilt into your home -- account for almost half of the annual funds of the committee, which then distributes funds as needed to regional rescue groups to help pay boarding and vet bills for Airedales brought into rescue.

This quilt is a vital part of the rescue net.  So please dig deep and donate today.

The rescued Airedales thank you!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Incentive winner!

The winner of the Ann Curran Art Print; War Dogs is Harmony Starr. 

Thanks to all that are donating to the 2012 Airedale Rescue Quilt.    Your donations help many Airedales in need.

Check here daily for more rescue stories and incentives!

Helping Airedales, it’s the right thing to do.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Bumper Crop!

Incentive promo still running for the War Dog Art by Ann Curran.  Donate by 8pm EDT on Aug. 20, 2012.  (see War Dog post for more info)

A bumper crop of cucumbers means ---- PICKLES!!

Molly is a garden loving Airedale, a foster/rescue that stayed and won the heart of Libby so many years ago.  Molly, aka, the garden helper, knows just when everything is perfectly ripe and tries to dash in to get the first pick. 

Here she is with a perfect example of  "stink eye" being given to stay away from  her English Cucumbers.

Thanks to Libby (and Molly) for sharing her recipe for Bread and Butter refrigerator pickles.

Bread and butter refrigerator pickles

makes approx. 4 pints

Slicing (not pickling) cucumbers (regular or English)
Onions (optional)

3 c. sugar
3 c. vinegar
1/3 c. canning salt
1 Tbsp mustard seed
1 Tbsp celery seed
1 Tbsp turmeric

Wash the cukes and slice them thin
Slice onions thin
Layer sliced cukes and onions in glass jars 

In large pan, combine sugar, vinegar, salt, seeds and turmeric
Heat until sugar is dissolved; let cool.
Pour over cucumber slices. Cover and refrigerate.
Let stand at least one day before using.

Tasty on hamburgers and sandwiches; easy to make.
As long as they're in the fridge, they keep a long time (as in months).

*you can make the brine and store it in the fridge if you don't have enough cucumbers to fill 4 pint jars
Cukes getting a wash

Helping Airedales, it's the right thing to do. 
Donate today!

Paddy of North Carolina

Some of you might recall the nursery rhyme “This Old Man”.
 It starts like this:
This old man, he played one,
He played knick-knack on my thumb;
With a knick-knack 
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home….
What you might not know is that a ‘paddywhack’ is the tendon from the neck of cows(and some other animals) that is dried and used as a dog treat.

And something else you might not know is that your donation for the 2012 Quilt helps dogs like Paddy.

Meet Paddy 

Like so many before him, 11-month-old Paddy found himself surrendered to NCAR by his family because of a toddler in the home. The toddler was there first and so poor Paddy had to go.  

At 11 months when he came to us, he already weighed nearly 80 pounds and didn't realize his own strength. He moped around for days when he first came. Not even the other dogs were able to cheer him up. We see this scenario so often.  It's not that the dogs don't like us, it's just that they don't want to be here.  All he knows are his people and the home he had lived in his entire short life.

Thanks to Airedale Rescue, Paddy has a second chance for the life he was intended to live all along.  We were able to find a great home for Paddy where there were no small children to contend with.  His family now is larger than life, just like him.

Helping Airedales, it's the right thing to do.

 Please donate today!

Incentive promo is still running until Monday night 8pm EDT,
  see the War Dog post for more info.

Friday, August 17, 2012

War Dogs

Honoring the Airedale Terrier's military service.
 Story, Art and Donation by Ann Curran.

the original photo

Here’s what Ann writes about the print:

I found the photograph of the WWI Army dogs in Edwin Richardson's book "Forty years with Dogs". The photo was very small but the dogs so beautiful, and I was sad about the type of work we asked them to do for us. Many families gave up their (then popular) Airedale for the war effort. Richardson worked with the dogs ... training them by only offering food during gunfire, artillery noise.  Many dogs learned to disregard the gunfire in order to eat, and those went on to be Soldiers ... or "weapons" as I believe the army classified them.

Sorting out the collection of collars and leads in the tiny photo wasn't easy ... some dogs are in fact wearing two.

I wanted to honour these brave dogs. I gave them back their colour.  

the artist's original painting
Your donation could get you a thank you gift of this print.

Limited edition, hand signed and numbered by the artist, print on quality gloss art paper.
 Image size 8 1/4 x 6 1/4" plus a 1 3/4" cream border
unframed print

Incentive dates-
starts Aug.17, 12:01am EDT
ends Aug.20, 8pm EDT

Helping Airedales, it's the right thing to do.
Please donate today!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Three Puppies in the Fountain

Incentive Winner of the Straw Hat Tote Bag is
Jane Carter!  Congratulations to you!

Today's featured block---
Three Puppies in the Fountain
This is the center block for the 2012 Garden party Quilt

ARTIST: Patty Eisenbraun
QUILTERS: Becky Preston

From Rebecca:   Two years ago, a request went out on Airedale-L from a member who was driving cross-country. She was looking for places to stop and stretch her Airedales. Seeing as I was about 10 minutes off her route, I invited her to stop at our house. I figured it would be fun to meet a fellow Airedale lover, play with her dogs and have our dog share his big, fenced-in back yard.

The day arrived and not only did she bring her grown Airedales, but she brought along five puppies! We were in heaven! The puppies were so darling, (as anyone who has ever spent time with an Airedale puppy knows), inquisitive and rambunctious! Before I knew it, one of the puppies was standing on its hind legs reaching up into our fountain for a drink. I grabbed the camera and took a picture. Then, almost immediately, there were two puppies at the fountain, (snapped another picture), then three puppies, then four! Four puppies at the fountain and I actually had proof! One of these photos was the inspiration for the center block on the 2012 Airedale Quilting Bee quilt “Garden Party”. The image was so well liked, one of the other members of the Bee turned it into a beautiful bonus quilt for this year’s fundraiser. I am so honored they chose to use my photographs!

One puppy

Two puppies 

Three puppies

Four puppies

 The visit went by in a blur (sort of like the puppies) but I have very fond memories of meeting a fellow Airedale lover and her inquisitive, darling and rambunctious puppies!

This photo also inspired the Bonus quilt for this year.
ARTIST: Patty Eisenbraun
QUILTER- Joyce Miller

Dales at Fountain

Helping Airedales, it's the right thing to do. 
 Please donate today!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Block of the day; Straw Hat and incentive days

Block of the day--Straw Hat
Quilter:   Pam Jones
Artist:  Patty Eisenbraun

Notes from quilter Pam-
When I do one of the rescue quilt blocks I have to translate the artist's vision of the block into my skills, and I often start out trying one way and then doing the applique in an entirely different way by the time I finish. I just have to see what works.  

The Airedale in this block went together pretty easily, but I had a struggle finding the right fabrics and the right mix of fabrics for the flowers.   I loved the sweet goofy look of the Airedale in the block I did this year - reminds me of our own goofy little guy Cooper, who came into our lives a year ago through rescue.  As for fabrics, I have a pretty good stash of what I call "Airedale colors".  I live in the Houston area and the International Quilt Festival is a great place to shop.  I have gone as far as taking a snip of my dog's fur with me to match.
The finished block

Donate between Aug.12th at 1201am EDT and Aug. 13th at 8pm EDT

You could be the recipient of this darling Tote bag that depicts our Block of the Day.
Tote bag info-- cream and black in color, heavy cotton fabric, black handles and overall approximate size-18” W x 14” H x 5” D, design on one side only.  
Tote donated by Lori Taylor.

Helping Airedales, it's the right thing to do.  
Please donate today! 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Zucchini for the Garden Party

The Garden Party quilt fundraiser will help National Airedale Rescue care and feed for Airedales in need.

Lydia and Dave contribute to the Garden Party blog.
My garden is overflowing with zucchini at this time of year.  You can make several of these cakes and then freeze them.  It's a simple recipe to make, moist, delicious and good for you (well the zucchini part).
Chocolate zucchini cake.(recipe below)

I cut mine in half and wrap separately before freezing, so if I have last minute company I can pull out just what I need.  The cake is better after it sits for a day.
Airedale Dave fell asleep waiting on me to take a photo of the zucchini that was about to get made into cake.  Dave doesn't like zucchini to eat, he's a meat loving boy.

Dave taking a nap and pawfectly holding down the recipe. 
Chocolate Zucchini cake

If you click the photo--it will size it up for you to read.  that scribble in the middle says--1/2-1 tsp cayenne pepper to spice it up.
and I always use 3/4 cup chips for the  top.

Helping Airedales, it's the right thing to do.
Please donate today!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Burly of Arizona

SWAT volunteer Carrie Deak spotted an ad for the Airedale, “Free to Good Home.”  She called and explained about the rescue option and got the extremely big boy to Rose McAuliffe in Phoenix.  Rose dubbed him “Burly” because of his size. He weighed 125 lbs.
He was only 3 years old but looked 10 years older because of the excess 50 lbs. he was carrying.  After two minutes of running he would be foaming at the mouth.

Today Burly is a svelte 70.6 lbs., and looking his proper age. He can chase balls all day long.  
A round of applause for Rose – she has given this handsome boy his life back!!

And how did he lose that weight? Here’s a follow-up from Rose with Burly’s diet:

Diet tip: High protien low fat grain free food .. 1 cup 2X a day, 2 cups green beans with the cup to curb the appetite..& a daily glucosomine and chondroiton supplement. At first, exercise was kept low so as not to hurt his joints, but he lost about 11 lbs in the first week changing from the six cups a day he was eating.

For treats, he would get 1/2 of a Costco bone or frozen green beans.. He still almost takes my hand off for a treat.

Treats are not given regularly in this house, but they do get some baked potato and steak or chicken if I make it.  Just a tiny bite!  I am afraid I've made awful beggars out of them though.

Just look at the transformation!

Helping Airedales, it's the right thing to do!
Please donate today.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Incentive Winner and Block of the day

      Denise St.John! 
 She won the Airedale Welcome Shovel. 
     Thanks to all who donated!
This incentive prize was donated by Carol Domeracki of

Please continue to read the blog every day.  See below for today's interesting story about a 
Garden Party quilt block.


          --- Block of the day--
             Artist: Jane Miller                  Block maker: Cherice Jobmann

From Cherice--The block I did for garden party was called "Benched" . 
                It was drawn by Jane, but based on a photo of a puppy eating hydrangeas under a chair.
                                                The photo was taken by Rebecca Eash. 

A clever applique method--contributed by Cherice

When I'm doing applique, I  use a sheet of clear plastic to help me.
The plastic I use is cut from the plastic bag that curtains and sheets come in.
 But you can buy sheets of this kind of plastic at the craft store too.

At first I use the plastic to  "audition" the fabrics for the block. (see photo below)
To do this, I trace the applique pattern on to the clear plastic
And cut scraps of fabric from the fabrics I  want to use,
The pieces are not exactly the right shape, but enough so  I can 'get the idea' of what the block will look like.   

After I've decided on all the fabrics and prepared the individual pieces,  I use the plastic again  to help position each of the pieces on the background.  I use tiny straight pins to secure the pieces to the background.   I usually just pin one or two on at a time, starting with those that are supposed to be farthest back in the picture.   I then stitch around the piece before using the template again to place the next piece.

The audition of fabrics 

The finished block.

Helping Airedales, it's the right thing to do.
Please donate today!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Hannah's Hole

Story, block photos and incentive promo!  Read on!

Quilter: Nancy Messier                    Artist: Patty Eisenbraun

The story behind the block.
Nancy writes-  Hannah  came to us as a 2-year-old who'd been chained to a tree for too long, probably most of her life. That was about all we knew when we brought her home, except we were told that she probably wasn't housebroken.  (She wasn't.)  

She did not know her name or any commands, and did not even recognize that  people were talking to her.  She was afraid of everything -- people (especially men), steps, doors, lights, silverware clattering, a piece of paper, keys typing on a keyboard, the click of a camera -- everything!  Being indoors was a fearful place and everything brought a cringe and an attempt to hide.

While not completely at ease outside, she was more comfortable.
After she'd been with us a week or so, we felt safe to leave her alone in our fenced back yard for 15 or 20 minutes at a time. One day when I went outside to check on her, I found her firmly planted in a hole she'd dug near the steps, behind our recently clipped and scraggly boxwood bushes. She would not budge. The expression on her face was one of complete and utter defiance; pure stubbornness. She would not be enticed from her hole. In fact, her determination to stay overcame her fear of the click of a camera.  We let her stay until she chose to come out.

We’ve had Hannah for four years now. She still loves to dig behind the boxwood bushes, then plant herself and watch the world go by. I guess she thinks it's a safe, cozy spot.

Incentive days! - Aug 6th 12:01 EDT to Aug. 8th at 8pm EDT
                                       see below for details

Here is Hannah's hole from beginning to end.  Notice the drawing and how it comes to life as fabrics are chosen and tried and changed until just the 'right' look is achieved. 

            Quilter: Nancy Messier                    Artist: Patty Eisenbraun

INCENTIVE PRIZE-- Airedale welcome 'shovel' sign.  Make a donation between 12:01am EDT Aug 6th and 8pm EDT Aug. 8th and have a chance to own this cute piece of Airedalia!  Made and donated by Carol Domeracki.
Donate today!
Helping Airedales, it's the right thing to do!