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27 FEBRUARY 2010

On 26 February, Frances Martin of

I got a call from a man who needed to find a home for his Aire-girl, Rosie. She was chasing livestock and was in grave danger of being shot. In fact, the man told me that he was going to shoot her "today," but he decided to call rescue instead. After visiting with him awhile, I quickly realized that Rosie needed to come into rescue YESTERDAY! That night I dreamed of Airedales being shot. It was awful.

Rosie is less than a year old and was living outside in a rural area. Reportedly, she would follow her owner around when he was outside working, but would run off into the cow pasture to pass the time of day. She was penned up at night, but allowed to run free during the day.

Out here in the prairies of Oklahoma, many rural folks have the mindset that dogs are livestock and they will be killed if they aren't being productive. Airedales are typically not used to herd or work with livestock. In fact, their high prey drive makes them very poor choices for farmers or ranchers expecting them to behave like a border collie.

On 27 February,
Frances writes:

Miss Rosie is a sweet and scared girl right now. She is very tentative about everything. She still had a full bowl of food in her kennel and was afraid to come out and visit. I gave her some attention and could see that she will quickly warm up to being loved on.

She is very afraid to walk on a leash, but will learn with time.

Rosie is a survivor and will soon flourish.


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