In less than a year our two senior dogs died. We usually keep 4 at a time.
Nigel is a 2 year old Airedale that was looking for a new home.
His first owner bought him as a pup because she wanted a fierce watchdog. He turned out to be a big teddy bear.
Add to that he was on a farm where he enjoyed harassing the cape buffalo. Yes, the owner raises African cape buffalo. He couldn't chase them because they don't run away. They fight back. Fortunately for Nigel, he wasn't stupid and didn't get gored.
She kept him on a chain for his own protection.
Between not being aggressive towards humans and harassing the very dangerous buffalo, Nigel was fired from his farm dog job.
His owner re-homed him once and the people brought him back. Airedales are often headstrong and some people can't deal with them.
He easily fit in with our pack, acknowledging alpha dog Lily as his queen, and he's in his new forever home.
Here is Nigel at his old home.
As soon as I got him home, I trimmed the hair from around his eyes. He was a perfect gentleman.
After giving him 48 hours to get used to his new digs, the torture started. I gave him a bath and my wife used the clippers on him. He was good for that too. He weighs 70 pounds so I'm glad he didn't put up a fight!
Now he looks like the other Airedales, he's just a little bit bigger.
He's very gentle and well mannered. In fact, he's so good I took him to the vet to make sure he wasn't sick. $200 later I found out he has absolutely nothing wrong with him. We're happy to have him!