The life and times of an English Airedale Terrier puppy

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Airedales, Airedales Everywhere

Yay! The weather today was excellent which was such a relief after all the rain we've had for the last 10 days or so, so off we went to meet all my Airedale buddies from our regional Airedale Club. I was a very lucky boy, because mum drove for an hour and three quarters so that I could go. Thanks mum, I love you lots! Dad stayed at home as Em & Jess were at our house (that's dad's girls).

There were about 20 - 25 Airedales there I think. We were last to arrive, oops. When we got out of the car there were Airedales as far as the eye could see, it was fantastic!

The place we went to walk was in a place called Holford in the Quantock Hills and it was really beautiful - well mum says it was, I was too busy playing with my friends to pay much attention to the scenery!

Here's Milo. If you have been reading my blog for a while you will remember we met at a show back in February, then again last month at the grooming class. He is about 2 weeks younger than me.

Splish splash! The water was crystal clear and nice and cool so we wasted no time going in for a paddle.

All of us loved the water so we had a blast frolicking around. All of us had to cross the stream twice during the walk, so the hoomans had to get their feet a bit wet. None of us were worried about that though!

Lots of the photos mum took were blurry, even with the camera on "sports" mode. Well, who wants to stand around posing when you could be playing?!

This is one of the places we had to cross the river. As you can see, some Labradors and a Border Collie came with us too. All the Border Collie wanted was for someone to throw a stick for him, and he kept dropping it at all the hoomans feet in the hope they would throw it for him!

How cool is it to see all us Airedales together? Quite a few other people were out walking or cycling through the woods and they tended to do a double take when they saw us all, hehehe!

Here are some of the others. I didn't get everyone's name as there were just too many of us. Some of the older dogs weren't too keen on us younger pups. I guess we are all a bit full on at playing for the older guys and girls. I'm sure they were just like us once upon a time.

There was lots of good smells in the woods. The hoomans had been told to be vigilant as there are sometimes sheep and deer in the woods, so sometimes we had to go on our leads when the view ahead wasn't clear. As well as the sheep and deer, some horsies must have been through, as there was lots of delicious horsie poop to snack on, yummy!

Aha, time for another refreshing dip! Sunshade would have been in her element as there were hundreds or rockies in the stream!

Here's little Willow who was at the grooming class last month. She has grown so much since then!

Another dip! Well, I had got a bit muddy so I was just having a clean off - honest mum!

Here's some video of the four musketeers! Me and Archie have our red harnesses on, Milo has a red double collar, and Rupert has a blue tag. I think we're all going to be great buddies and enjoy growing up together.

Milo had to go back on his lead every so often for "time out" as he was hump-hump-humping, naughty Milo!

We found a nice shady spot to stop and have a rest. We were all happy, but those hoomans have no stamina!

Here's Rupert. He is beautifully hand stripped. Mum says if she can ever do me that well she'll be very happy! We are off to class again next Sunday so we'll see!

Here are us Four Musketeers again. That's Archie's daddy snapping away. He is going to email mum his photos, so we may have some more good ones - or maybe just more black and tan blurs!

There was lots of butt sniffing going on! As usual, I was getting humped by them all, but I'm a nice boy and don't get too worried by it. They all still have their boy bits so there was lots of testosterone going on. Archie is having his operation soon though, poor Archie. I warned him about the dreaded lampshade.

Can you spot the token Labrador in amongst all the Airedales?

Here are some of the older guys and gals. By the halfway point of the walk they were all pretty pooped, but us young ones were still ready for more! The little babies like Willow and another little puppy called Gunner only did the first part of the walk, then went to wait for us in a cafe.

Mum really likes this photo of me and Milo. She thinks we both look full of mischief!

Rupert isn't that much younger than me, but as you can see, I am a fair bit bigger than him. I am a lot fluffier, but I am taller too. It was interesting to see all the different shapes and sizes, short and long hair, short and long tails today.

Mmm, as well as horsie poop, there was also some delicious rabbit chocolate drops to munch on!

We were all running in and out of the water at every available opportunity. All the hoomans were saying it was wonderful to see us all running free together and having such fun.

As usual I was on the lookout for a good stickie and I hit the jackpot with this one! Mum said there was no way she was carrying this one all the way back to the car though, boo.

This was Archie having a big yawn at the end of the walk! Don't you just love his curly tail?

And here I am looking pretty pooped too! I had a good old sleep in the car on the way home I can tell you. I can't wait until next Sunday when I get to see Archie, Rupert and Milo again, as well as some of the others no doubt. It's just a shame that grooming is going to get in the way of having a good old play!


Oscar x


Blue said...

Wow! What a great time you had with all those friends!
I'm trying to think what a group of Airedales would be called. An Aire of Airedales, maybe!

Pats & pets to you as always

PS. Marvin, the hollowhounds, posted on me!

Putter said...

WOW Oscar! What a super great awesome day you had! I love all the mud and water you got to play in and all the friends you got to meet! :) Cool!

Your Friend,

Putter ...:)

Maggie said...

So awesome Oscar! I love the Airedale meet-ups! We do ours in October and now you're making me wish it was tomorrow! What a lot of fun you had!

Love ya lots,

Rachael said...

WOW! Thats a lot of Airdales! Looks like grand fun though. Must be nice to have a club like that near by.

Boo said...

oscar, you guys have so much fun!!! i wish there's such doggie gathering for me here. dad did suggest to go hiking but mom said i wouldn't last the whole journey and dad will be the one to carry me if i refuse to walk. hehehe.

oscar, in the 2nd video, milo and archie look more interesting in your butt than you. hehehe. i know they'll get through that phase. i guess we boys who got our operation done are easy target for them. my cousin bobby likes humping me too!

wet wet licks


T-man said...

That was a beautiful place, and what nice weather you had!! I'm sure you enjoyed being around all your have so much in common!!

My mom would drive 1-3/4 hours to find poodles as far as the eye could see too, so she relates to your mom :)


maggie said...

OOOOOOOOH MY DOG !!!! OSCAR , you should of told me , i cuda swam there !!! oh well

Pacco de Mongrel said...

wah!! airedale day out!
i nearly couldn't spot which is oscar...

did any1 mistakenly brought back d wrong dog home?...hahah

Asta said...

Ooh Oscar, I wanna be an airedale, all of you (especially, the four muskateers)look so good, and so happy, I love seeing you splashing around, and you even gor "chocolate"drops, wow what a pawfect really have wonderful parents..lucky lucky Oscar!
now don't get mad , but I was tagged, and I tagged you..go to my blog for info..sowwy to do this to you, but I always think of you...kisses

Texas's Mum said...

WOW Oscar looks like you had a fantastic
time and dude I have never seen that
many Airedale's before.

Love and Licks
Texas (and his humans).

Loui (and his mum!) said...

How many Airedales??? Mum said she has had to do a "double take" and look again at these photos....can you imagine bumping into all of you lovely doggies up the park!

Loui xx

Mum says good luck to your mum for the Race...well done!!! Everything helps :-)

Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

Oh my doG, its like seeing you x

Boy n Baby

Ben_Benjamin said...

wah !!!

What a great outing, I like that place and I wish I have so many buddies from the same group / breed...but its imposible coz Im not a pure breed.

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Hey Oscar, that's alot of Airedales buddies you have. :)

~ Girl girl

Marvin The Dog said...

I liked all the pictures and videos Oscar, but especially the ones of "lots of Airedales", Airedales wall to wall! Yay! So cool!

love and licks Marvin xxxx

Marvin The Dog said...

Jeannie here!

Hey, Holford, wow! Near my home town of Bridgwater (which is a total dump but never mind!) brought back lots of lovely memories of the Quantocks and fun times.

Lots of lovely wee country pubs around there too. We used to go to The Carew Arms on the Quantocks, in Crowcombe, but it is sooooooooo beautiful all round there, Made me feel homesick, even though I have not lived there for more years than I would admit to knowing!!!!!!

love Jeannie xxxxxx
ps any news on the missing Poodles yet? So sad.

Huskee Boy said...

Goodness me!! It looked like so much fun and I am so envious! That's sure a lot of Airedales!! Did you find yourself a nice girlfriend Oscar?

Peanut said...

Holy Moly look at all of you.

Suki said...

That has got to be the coolest Airedale playtime EVER! You got to play in streams and run through the woods together?? Not fair..all us pugs get to do is breathe heavily and pant like crazy ;)

Puggy kisses

Pappy's Fella said...

Hmmm, a bevy of Airedales? A clutch of Airedales? A covey of Airedales? A herd of Airedales? A passel of Airedales? A school of Airdales?

Faya said...

Waouw quel chance tu as mon Oscar ! Véronique fait des ohhhhh et des ahhhhhh et ihhhhh ! Tous ces airedales ! C'est trop trop beau ! Bon alors maintenant c'est à toi de me montrer les pires de tes photos d'accord ? Bisous airedaliens, Ta Faya

Amber-Mae said...

Omygosh! I think I'm seeing so many Airedales! I think I'm gonna be cock-eyed! Yikes! Which one is you? You all look the same!

Love licks,
Solid Gold dancer

Bentley & Niko said...

We didn't even have close to that many at our meetup! Of course it's hot here in the desert, you're cool forests and streams look like refreshing heavans compared to our dusty heat! Looks very exciting though!

Tadpole said...

That rocks! I don't know any other Cresties.... I wish I were an Airedale and had lots of friends like you.

Bogart said...

Ok, this is officially the coolest thing I've ever seen.


Quinvale AstaLaVista Baby said...

G'day Oscar, You're soooo lucky to have so many airedale pals. I've only seen 2 WFT's in Melbourne. Nobody even knows what I am.
xxx Asta down under

PerfectTosca said...

Holy Cannoli! It's an Airedale convention! I Hope my Woman doesn't see these pictures, she loves airedales and it makes me jealous.

I don't even know any other Collies in real life. I'm a Collie Without A Country!

Jackson said...

So many Airedales! If there were that many WFTs in one place I'm sure there would be complete mayhem! And lots of very loud barking!!!! J x

Anonymous said...

Wow Oscar... there were alot of AIREdales!!! It looks like you all had ALOT of fun!!!

blueadt said...

That looks good fun. We've just moved & apparently there are another seven Airedales in our village but we've only met two so far.

Lorenza said...

Hi, Oscar. Sur you had a great great day! Lots and lots and lots of airedales like you! I'm sure it was fun!
Nice pictures and videos!

Billy said...

Wow what an awesome time you must have had with all the other friends there Oscar! I can't believe how many you all are. You must have been right at home:) Loved the videos!!

BIG hugs from Billy Boo:)

The Airechicks said...


OMG - Airedale City ...It was very nice of all to let the Labs and Poodles and Border Colles join the Airefest.

What wonderful pics and videos....

Please take us to the next Airefest ......

Liberty Doo Dah said...

Hi Oscar!
I get excited just looking at all those pictures of ADTs! What a bunch of AireFun! I miss allo my ADT grooming buddies from Texas! e would get together every month and run around Auntie Joyce's back yard! This makes me homesick!

Simba said...

So many doggies and so well behaved. That looked like a great day out.

Simba xx

Anonymous said...

t's such a tickety-boo site. fanciful, very fascinating!!!




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