Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Garden Party

Introducing the 2012 National Airedale Rescue Quilt! Once again the Quilting Bee members have worked their magic to create a one-of-a-kind, museum-quality quilt. The 2012 quilt -- “Garden Party” -- depicts scenes that have, or very well could occur if we left our ‘dales free to play in the garden.
This is the main fundraiser for National Airedale Rescue, to help them assist with the work of regional rescue groups.
Over the years, my heart has been touched by all the rescue stories posted through the Airedale community. Dogs abandoned and abused; dogs needing incredible amounts of medical care to return to good health. But the ones that touch me the most are the ones where the owners obviously doted on their dogs, but through a cruel twist no longer could care for their companions. These owners voluntarily call rescue and make what is one of the hardest calls I could imagine: Giving up their dog so the dog can have a safe, happy, well-cared for existence.
Roxy, an Airedale brought into Northwest Airedale Terrier Rescue, represents  one such story.

The call came late on a Friday from a soft-spoken man who had hit bottom and wondered if we could help. A divorce and recent unemployment left him with no other choice but to find a home for his beloved Airedale girl, Roxy.  
Purchased as a puppy when life was good and the family was a happy one, Roxy had a great childhood. But life changed. Once the queen of the household, Roxy now lived in the backyard of a rented home, and took cover under the house at night. Vetting and grooming were a thing of the past, except in an emergency.

When the call came in to the Washington State coordinator for Northwest Airedale Terrier Rescue, rescue wheels started turning with immediate plans for bringing Roxy into our care.  It wasn't until the end of the phone call that the owner asked if he could feed Roxy hard-boiled eggs because he had given her his last bit of kibble that morning and had no way of buying more food for her.

One of our wonderful volunteers picked her up the next morning to start her new life and get  her next meal. She was groomed, vetted, fostered and loved. Roxy thrived with her foster mom and foster brother Airedale Baxter for the next four weeks as homes were interviewed and home checked for this darling girl.

Roxy has now been adopted by one of our Airedale homes in the Seattle area. She even gets to check back in with her foster family for brief stays during her new owner's previously scheduled travel commitments. Life is good once again for this lovely Airedale girl.


  1. What a gorgeous work of art! Beautiful job!
    We're so happy for Roxy!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  2. Super fantastic! Great job Quilt Bee.


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