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Dolly & O'Clancy shown with the kind permission of Mary & Milt Gade

Thanks to Karen Clouston for the Airedale Graphics

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On 22 November 1998, Oliver was delivered to Mary Gade, to join Dolly and again make the Gade House a Two-'Dale Home . . . the story of The-Dog-Formerly-Known-As-Oliver-Babcock, begins here.

Mary writes: "O'Clanc is 85 pounds now and the muscles in his hind quarters are finally starting to build up. They were terribly atrophied from his long confinement."

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"O'Clancy has come along way in a short time, but still has a long way to go. He is so terribly insecure and frightened to death if left alone. We are working on the separation anxiety . . . . He is also very fear aggressive. He is totally house-trained; [he] scratches the door to go out. [He] lets me bathe and groom him (we use a muzzle at the vet).

"He is more terrified in the evening when it gets dark. If he could only talke! The poor babe. I adore him and he adores me but is on the defensive many times due to his horrible treatment in the past. He has more baggage than any dog I have ever seen, but we are gaining . . ."

Now that I'm home, bathed, settled and fed,
All nicely tucked in my warm new bed.
I'd like to open my baggage
Lest I forget,
There is so much to carry -
So much to regret.

Hmm . . . Yes there it is, right on the top
Let's unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss,
And there by my leash hides Fear and Shame.
As I look on these things I tried so hard to leave -
I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.

I loved them, the others, the ones who left me,
But I wasn't good enough - for they didn't want me.
Will you add to my baggage?
Will you help me unpack?
Or will you just look at my things -
And take me right back?

Do you have the time to help me unpack?
To put away my baggage,
To never repack?
I pray that you do - I'm so tired you see,
But I do come with baggage -
Will you still want me?

-- Evelyn Colbath


This is the notecard Mary sent the photos in . . . isn't it cute?? It is a photo of a hooked rug designed by Polly Minick; she and her two Airedales, Dixie & Pepper, are featured in the July issue of Better Homes & Gardents , pages 160-161. The card is sold by and benefits ATRA (AIREDALE TERRIER RESCUE & ADOPTION)

On 26 March 1999, Mary writes: "O'Clancy the heavyweight! He now weighs 90 pounds, up from 60. AND he's wearing the collar Mrs. Bones so generously donated."



(Here is that first picture of Oliver/O'Clancy, to compare him at 60 pounds with today's weight of 93 pounds.)


"Hugs from Mom (notice how big his head is compared to Dolly's . . .


". . . Sweet talkin' in the back 40. (he's a big, stocky boy with short legs)."

On 15 December 1999, Mary writes: "It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that I sent Clancy back to his maker Friday, November 26th. We only had him 13 months and it was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made. I don't think I will ever be quite the same. Poor Clancy was too badly damaged before he came to us and such a tragic life he must have had.

"It was too difficult to share this, until now, although some of you knew. I want to thank you for your kind words and understanding. I pray that at last, he is at peace."


The Airedale can do anything any other dog can do and then whip the other dog. -- Teddy Roosevelt

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