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This weather is not good for my girl.

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#1 Foogle

Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:55 PM


Sad but had to be done.

An Airedale is supposed to look like this:  

... and she did...

... but due to, in the last few weeks contracting really bad hot spots/dermatitis caused by the heat, humidity and grass (possibly ants in the grass as well - not a single flea on her so that's not the cause) which wasn't responding to treatment even though we caught it early, she now looks like this - we had to take her coat all the way back because it was starting to spread:

and this:

Poor little girl but she does seem a whole lot happier this afternoon without the weight of the coat - no scratching and biting in the last few hours.  

If you popped a santa hat on her she could be mistaken for an elf but she would never at this point be mistaken for an Airedale. sad.gif

Still not out of the woods yet - she has daily doses of Dermega and two/three bathings a week with Melaseb to bring her skin back into condition.

I hate this weather at the moment and I think it's going to be a long hot humid summer which won't help.

#2 MrsDamonSalvatore

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:01 PM

she still looks cute original.gif i hope her skin is better soon original.gif

#3 Fluster

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:04 PM

I think she looks better shorn  ph34r.gif

My cat gets dermatitis and I have to battle the urge to shave her.  The only thing stopping me is the knowledge that she has very sharp claws  ohmy.gif

#4 MintyBiscuit

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:35 PM

poor thing

She's a gorgeous dog though. Those eyes just melt your heart

#5 heffalumpsnwoozles

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:38 PM

Those ears are adorable though. original.gif  Who knew an airedale looked like that underneath?! Hope she's better soon.

#6 Goggie

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:40 PM

Beautiful  wub.gif

#7 Lagom

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:42 PM

She's so cute!

#8 Escapin

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:47 PM

She's adorable! I want a dog!!!! sad.gif

#9 SarahVandooo

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:50 PM

She's still got one of them faces where you just wanna smoosh em coz they are so damn cute!!

#10 Shooz

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:51 PM

She looks lovely!

#11 FiveAus

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:54 PM

The lady who bred two of my dogs swears by Listerine sprayed on hot spots as soon as you notice them. The original stuff, not the flavoured/coloured stuff. When I asked a group of my Facebook friends (all breeders and dog show people) what to treat a hot spot with, most of them said the same.......Listerine. I dilute it first, about 50/50 and it seems to stop hot spots in their tracks. When one of my dogs tore a hole in her flank, I also used Listerine to keep it clean until I could get her to a vet and it worked very well.

#12 jayskette

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:55 PM

She actually looks cuter now, IMO  biggrin.gif

#13 nup

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:58 PM

Gorgeous dog Foogle. And what a view!

Can I have your life?

#14 Bwok~Bwok

Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:24 PM

I'm swooning over that face!

But I have to admit I did laugh at first.

ETA: I forgot to say, I had to shave my girls belly as she had a rash that I had to put cream on, it made her look like she had a beer gut!

Edited by Bwok~Bwok, 29 November 2012 - 08:25 PM.

#15 Foogle

Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:27 PM

You guys are just being nice when you say she looks cute.  I'll give you the eyes - she does have 'chocolatey melty, butter wouldn't melt in my mouth' eyes but as for the rest of her...  unsure.gif

And what a view!

View is good Blithely - it goes 180 degrees around the house although living with it everyday one gets used to it until some one who hasn't seen it before mentions it (usually Allied delivery van type of people after they have driven up the long driveway) -  and then we remember it and are thankful. original.gif

She's really good this evening (touchwood).  She's calm and completely non itchy. Regardless of her looks (which I was a bit sad about) I'm very happy that she's finally happy after two weeks of what must have be extreme discomfort.

#16 Tealdash

Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:27 PM

Awww..poor love..

Hopefully she gets over all over all of the dramas...she is still gorgeous!!!


#17 Unatheowl

Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:29 PM

I didn't realise they had such lovely faces!  That traditional clip covers it up too much.  I think they look better shorn original.gif

#18 1ds1dd

Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:31 PM

I think she looks just beautiful......

#19 FiveAus

Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:31 PM

My dog had to have a big part of her side clipped off when she tore her flack, and I cried on the way home from the vet. She had such a beautiful coat and I hated the big chunk that was chopped out off it. It grew back, but it seemed to take ages.

#20 BenevolentDictator

Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:31 PM

I love Airedales! She does still look lovely OP even if a little unconventional.

At any rate as long as she is more comfortable now, that's the main thing.  I hope she has an itch free summer.

#21 Foogle

Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:43 PM

See even our Springer Spaniel looks at her like 'Who are you - you look weird - Do I know you?"

#22 Propaganda

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:09 PM

I think she looks cuter with less hair.

#23 Ruf~Feral~es

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:17 PM

QUOTE (Fluster @ 29/11/2012, 05:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think she looks better shorn  ph34r.gif

Me too!

I'm not a fan of the look of airedales, but now that I know that they look that gorgeous underneath it all, I'd consider one!

#24 wiggles

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:18 PM

She is really cute. I think I like her with less hair covering her face.

#25 Foogle

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:51 PM

For those that are saying they prefer the Airedale hairless or shorn - are you serious? Genuine question that is.

She's not a show dog, just a family dog so day to day she tends to look more like the dog in this link.  She has brown ears not grey though and her black saddle straddles her back and doesn't extend to her chest like the dog in the link but other than that they look pretty much the same.

Unless an Airedale is being shown regularly and therefore stripped to be shown in the ring, they generally look like the one in the link.  That is a way more preferable look to me than a shorn one.

What don't you like about them?  Is it the beard and side boards?  

I've often wondered because compared to other breeds in Australia, they are not a regular feature at a local dog park for example.

Certainly they are around but not in the numbers of retrievers or other breeds and I've often wondered why that is.  

It must be the look of the Airedale that turns people off because as a breed for a family dog personality wise, they can't be faulted.  The majority of you say you prefer her shorn - I'm surprised, I really am.  

So for the dog people on EB, why not an Airedale when you have been or are considering a dog?

I'm really interested to find out why. original.gif

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