Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Life of a Rescue Dog

Text by Libby Karier

Part I:
Airedale is born in a puppy mill.
She was sent to a pet store and bought by a man who wanted an Airedale.

His wife, however, did not want a dog of any sort; much less an exceptionally high-energy Airedale.
Did I mention the man traveled for business? He was gone all week; home only on weekends.
His wife was not overtly abusive to the Airedale; she just didn't know how to deal with an ADT puppy and didn't want a dog. So this exceptionally high-energy (did I mention that already?) Airegirl was left in her crate most of the time.

Part II:
Wife becomes pregnant; dog gets moved to Rescue; I get a call seeking help as a "short term" foster -- that lasted
11-plus years.

That dog -- Molly, Miss M., Miss Magnificent --  made potential adopters blanch as they would come to visit and then watched Miss M. move around the room without once touching the floor -- she leaped from chair to table to sofa to ...
She did get adopted -- for one week -- and then returned to us. 

Momma's girl 

She ate everything in sight (including so many eyeglasses I lost count; ditto on vacuum hoses; ditto on picture frames) and lived to tell the tale.
She fought with our collie mix -- teaching us so very much about dog psychology, behavior, training and the capacity for love.  

Molly goes canoeing
With her high energy, she broke so many things -- my mom's china bowl, birdbaths, flower pots, decorative plates, lamps -- and this past weekend she broke my heart when she was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma. 

Molly went to the rainbow bridge on Sept. 10, 2012.
Keeping a watchful eye on the cucumbers

Every Airedale deserves to get a life like Part II of Miss M's. She was lucky; she was never seriously abused, and came into rescue at only 10 months old. But there are so many dogs out there -- dogs for whom cruelty is a way of life; dogs given up after years in a loving home -- who still await the second part of their story.

Your donation to the Airedale rescue quilt will ensure that those Airedales find their way to happier, more loving homes.

R.I.P.  Miss Molly, you will forever be in our hearts
Please donate to honor Molly and leave a comment on the blog for Libby.

Incentive is still running until Sept.11 8pm EDT
see post on Sept. 10th for details


  1. The tears are running down my cheeks and my heart is breaking for you, Libby. Godspeed Miss M - you will be missed and never forgotten.

  2. The brightest of stars was in the night sky---I'm sure it was Molly winking down at us. Much sympathy and love to you

  3. What a beautiful beautiful story Libby. I remember Miss Molly well and will look for her star tonight. I am so sorry.

  4. The night sky is a bit brighter now that Molly has arrived. Rest in peace dear girl. Libby - I wish you peace.

  5. I love the photo of Momma's Girl, with her big smile. She obviously had a happy home and was very well loved. Thank you for rescuing her, Libby. I'm so sorry she's gone.
    Hannah and Nancy.

  6. I'm so sorry for your loss. My rescued female ADT Katie was surrended at only 11 months old and was bounced around and returned back and forth to rescue. I thankfully ended up with her and was lucky enough to have her for almost 12 years until she, too, was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma. May Molly rest in peace.
    Lisa Vaeth

  7. Linda, so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing such a marvelous glimpse into the tumultuous world of Miss M.

  8. This is my first time seeing pictures of Miss M. What a beautiful girl. You could tell she was spirited just from looking at her pictures. I'm so happy she ended up with you and you had 11 wonderful years with her.

    Two bossy Aire-girls at the bridge.... I wonder how that's going to work...

    Lots of love to all <3


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