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Katy was 11 months old when she came to NEAR. She had been purchased as a puppy by an elderly woman who had recently lost her 13 year old Airedale. The woman said she had never had such trouble with her previous dog, but of course she was remembering her dog's senior years and also forgetting that she herself had been 13 years younger when she dealt with puppyhood. Someone had suggested using a crate with Katy, something the woman had never used before. It worked so well, that she left Katy in it most of the time! When Katy got out to be scooted out into the yard, of course she was wild, and then she'd be jammed back into the crate again till her next outing!

During her foster period, she did indeed prove to be a challenging pup. You could barely catch her as she flew around the house and yard, but of course she realized that being caught had always meant crate prison. She was destructive and frustrating, to say the least. Katy needed a committed adult home. Who would want this wild child.

NEAR found Katy her match. Bob and Lisa looked her square in the eye and told her that she now had limits and this was how it was going to be. When Katy wanted to fly around the house, Bob blocked the door with his body. For 45 minutes, they played "body block", and no matter how Katy tried to figure out how to get past him, Bob won the match. Finally, Katy visibly sighed, and sat down, as if to say with a wink, "Okay, I get it. You're the boss, you tell me what I can do." And with that break through, all good things followed. Katy quickly used her good intelligence to learn lots of neat tricks, and to become the dog that everyone points to and says, "I want one just like that one." Little do they know, that she was once the dog that everyone pointed at and said, "What an obnoxious dog that one is!"

Photo is a past CoverDale: In exchange for a $25 donation to National Airedale Rescue, Inc. your favorite picture of a rehomed Airedale will be featured on the front page of the ATCA Rescue & Adoption Committee website for one week.