Name Change

September 20th, 2016

I have been contemplating a name change for a couple years now. My first litter in a new location seems like an appropriate time for such a change. I no longer live on the family farm, and since I hope to continue raising Airedales throughout my life, wherever I live, I have chosen a name that is not location specific. I hope the name will also convey my passion for quality and connection, factors that are of first consideration when planning a litter. If I get to a point where I can no longer raise an exceptional quality dog I will hang up my hat!

It was challenging and fun to create a new logo. I hope you like it!

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Seven weeks

September 17th, 2016

Both the puppies are the same weigh! They are 9.5lbs. Shoes and pant legs are their favorite playthings…











September 15th, 2016

They are growing so fast!  Just in the last three days I have noticed the gangly-youth phase beginning, they have started losing their roly-poly baby look. For the longest time Teddy looked like a flolloping pillow when he ran.

The video camera ran out of battery so I switched to the SLR camera.


September 9th, 2016

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I just took this puppy on a walk on a 50ft line and for the first time in four years the line never went tight. Cricket listened, she was paying attention to me and the line and still had a wonderful time exploring all the smells.

My dear little bird brain who only had a micro second attention span, no interest in food and an inability to tolerate physical touch now loves clicker training with food, adores massages and, and just went on a relaxed half hour walk without letting her leash get tight once. I cried when we got home I was so happy. It takes a lot of work to enjoy following smells and still keep attention on the person you’re walking with. I don’t know how to convey what a triumph this is for both of us. The other thing I haven’t shared is that cats are Cricket’s nemesis, I have many times despaired of ever teaching her not to chase them, on the way to and from our walk we went by several cat haunts and she responded to my voice each time and never tightened the line.

Here is her first clicker lesson at seven weeks.



September 8th, 2016

The puppies come fully trained in digging holes. Hehehe! I got some cute pictures yesterday of Cricket and the puppies hanging out in the shade in the hole they dug.

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