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On 15 March 2000, the following article appeared in the The Gazette, The Newspaper of Eastern Iowa


Wylie, an Airedale terrier surrendered by his owner to the Airedale Terrier Rescue and Adoption (ATRA) group, peeks inside the airplane that will take him to his foster home in Chicago. Pilot Rhonda Buss (left) opens the cage and Mary Gade from The Iowa chapter of ATRA, goes over some last-minute details with foster mom Carrie[sic] O'Hern (off to the right) [that's what the caption says - I don't see another person off to the right - ad] at The Eastern Iowa Airport on Tuesday. This was Buss' third flight donation to ATRA, and O'Hern already owns two Airedale terriers.

Terrier carrier

Iowa dog flies off to Chicago foster home, by Dave Gosch

Cedar Rapids - Sweet home, Chicago, should suit Wylie just fine. The nearly four-year-old Airedale terrier, turned over about two weeks ago to Airedale Terrier Rescue and Adoption (ATRA), was picked up by his new owner Tuesday.

Kerri O'Hern of Chicago flew into The Eastern Iowa Airport where she took possession of Wylie.

Mary Alberts Gade, ATRA's Iowa coordinator, had kept Wylie at her Cedar Rapids home and brought the dog to the airport. Her son, Jim, also an ATRA member, also kept Wylie for a while.

The dog's previous owner, from the Keokuk area, voluntarily turned Wylie over after determining that he could no longer care of the dog.

Mary said Wylie had been kept outside since he was eight months old because he was too big and rambunctious for the family's small children.

Airedales do not thrive when left outside for long periods of time. They like spending a lot of time indoors with people.

Gade said Airedale Terriers "aren't for everyone." They look very cuddly when they are puppies, but "at eight or nine months, they [the owners] can't handle them," she said.

Airedales are friendly, but they have a lot of energy and sometimes jump on people, said Gade.

In Wylie's case, that can be quite a load. He weighs about 75 pounds. O'Hern can handle Airedales; she already has two.

O'Hern said she will evaluate Wylie for a period of time and decide whether he gets along with her other two dogs.

At some point, O'Hern will decide to either adopt Wylie or find a new owner.

ATRA has certain requirements of potential owners and maintains a list of people who are willing to adopt.

Rhonda Buss of Chicago volunteered to fly O'Hern into Cedar Rapids in her small airplane.

This was the third Airedale terrier rescue flight for Buss, who got involved with the program through a friend.

"You know you've done a good thing," she said. "You feel good about it."

Mary Gade, coordinator for the Iowa chapter of ATRA, gives Wylie some attention Tuesday while waiting for an airplane at The Eastern Iowa Airport that will take him to his foster home in Chicago.


Wylie shown with the kind permission of Mary & Milt Gade


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

To see another Airedale In Flight (a three-legged one, no less), visit SADIE SCHWARTZMAN, who was flown from Michigan to Wisconsin by Lynn O'Shaughnessy.

If you have a Second-Hand 'Dale and would like to share her/his story, please e-mail me.

Be sure to visit FRIENDS OF AIREDALES MEMORIAL FUND. Your memorial will make a difference in an Airedale's life.


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Thanks to Karen Clouston for the Airedale Graphics

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