The latest news on Seneca Airedales puppies!

Here we go — announcing the first ever puppies for both Jack and Reddi!

On the left is young Jack, just starting out on his quest to finish the AKC Championship. Jack is a son of CH Seneca Minnesota Razzle CDX RE AXP AJP (OFA Good) and out of Ch Seneca You Will Fancy This (OFA Excellent).

Next is Reddi, with the new babies, born August 4th. Reddi is a three year old rated OFA Excellent, sired by Seneca Whodunit’s Case Closed CDX, TD (OFA Good) and out of CH Seneca Texas Sternchen (OFA Excellent).













What’s more, Reddi is a sister to the well known SHR Seneca Scarlett von Summit JH JHF JHR  who has been tearing up the field trials with her high drive bird work!

UKC Title: Started Hunting Retriever (SHR)
HWA Titles: Junior Hunter Flushing (JHF); Junior Hunter Retrieving (JHR)
AKC Titles: Junior Hunter (JH); Senior Upland (3 of 4 required legs complete)

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Here are the nieces and nephews…..


Here the little guys and girls are sleeping at just about a week old. A well balanced litter with 3 boys – 3 girls.







Getting bigger. Reddi is an attentive mom and they glow with the care and attention lavished upon them.







Eyes peek open! Three weeks old! Now to start the puppy food….









Did we ever mention that puppies go through LOTS of newspaper? We are happy to accept donations of clean full size papers. Slick ad circulars should be put in recycling.

These guys just romp and play now in the good weather–not to hot and not too cold–so far!

Reservations being accepted

Contact Nancy at 330-666-2004




Catching Up….

   Five Weeks: Getting Too Big for the Box!

This is a post-feeding face….oh, my, how many baths in one day are possible!?! We are introducing toys and things to do.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA




Of course, it can be *more* fun to play with the newspaper than with the ball….Geesh!


Six Weeks….Ready for the Next Big Step!

Here you will find the fresh *BIG* new play area as these guys break out of the box. It’s laid out and ready to go! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Then, we just add puppies….and voila! Let the games begin!


We can check out the big wide world a little easier….looks like a little bear doesn’t he?


First one in the box….is the first one in the box, I guess…..!


All this play and eating is very very tiring!


We have also been busy getting checked out, two parasite preventative treatments, and the first vaccination all done. GOOD PUPPIES! G’Night




4 Weeks and the First Bath!




Well, here we are at four weeks old today! These little chow hounds are eating everything I put in front of them but usually, they have to liberally apply it to themselves and each other before the meal is done. Here we are on the way to the tub for the first ever (and MUCH needed) bath….


Then, we started with the water and soap, using a gentle but thorough shower…..they really weren’t very happy about it.









Eventually, dry, warm, and shiny (!) all were once again content, nestled in with Momma Tempe.


Three Weeks….What A Mess!

Please forgive the condition of the newspapers in the photos as I can only get any sort of order and cleanliness AFTER they are done eating. These guys are the Three Little Pigs times two!

Eyes and ears are open and fully functional, but they are a little nearsighted….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s not pretty but they get the job done!  ;-P


Day 9 – Today’s Photo and the Origins of the Breed

Here is the photo of the day, focusing on the details of just one baby. They still are mainly eating and sleeping. We have a corner of Pink, Green, and Coral with a touch of her tongue showing.  Take a look below for more info about the origins of the breed.


“…the Airedale Terrier was shaped by the conditions and events engaged in by the people owning them. The Yorkshire man, mainly factory workers, wanted a practical dog, one that could be useful in whatever type of hunting available. On Saturdays, a large crowd of men would watch with keen interest and bet on the results of a waterside hunt on the banks of the River Aire for water rats. No doubt the winners of large stakes were bred to more often, since word of mouth was the most powerful advertising of the day.

Unlike many kenneled dogs of the day, these dogs were the companions of their owners and their intelligence was developed by living in their owners’ houses where they were treated like one of the family. During the day, when the men were at work, the dog would be left to protect the home and family. After work, the dog and master would go out for a walk on the riverside-as hares, rabbits, pheasants, partridges, and grouse were all said to be plentiful at the time. Master and dog would look for something to supplement the family’s supper, and quite probably, getting onto the gamekeeper’s grounds to do it!”

Use the link above to read the full story!

Wrapping Up A Successful First Week

Here we are at the end of the first week. Starting tomorrow at 6 am each puppy will be a full seven days old. This first week has been about growth and weight gain. There are some size differences in the litter, so I referee (day and night) to be sure that no one is crowded out. There’s plenty of milk for all if they would just line up neatly!

Tempe is the greatest mom, putting up with all my rearranging of puppies and very attentive to them.

Still no personality differences–each puppy spends their time eating and sleeping. Still with eyes and ears sealed, blind and deaf, they seek their mother if they feel her nearby. Next week that will all change!

I have not posted because I am soooooo tired! I’ve not had a full night’s sleep for a few days now and my business is at peak during the holidays so I’m really feeling it now. Big day yesterday, lots of work, and a big weekend–still loving the Sunday stillness.

The puppies are looking very chubby in the tummy. All six are strong and growing well. I’d like to write more, but my day runs like this: puppies, work, puppies, work, puppies, sleep, puppies, sleep, puppies, work….. You get the idea. Yep, still checking in on them at 10 pm, 1 am, and 4 am at night. Sometimes more often if I am awake anyway…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


The Critical First Three Days

The first days have been a blur for me. Every time I hear them I run back to check. I should wear a pedometer! Fortunately, it’s a small house. To save wear and tear on my feet, I sometimes just sit with them for an hour at a time…longer when I can. 

I noted on Tuesday most of the puppies had lost up to an ounce from their birth weight. Some of this is the normal drying and elimination of fluids from birth. But part of this is that Tempe is producing colostrum, a thick sticky yellow milk that provides whole antibody cells to the puppies for immunization.

These cells are huge on the cellular landscape and far larger that what can pass through the walls of the digestion tract. It would be like attempting to pull a semi-truck into your garage! Yet this is vitally important to the puppies’ survival as their immune system is not yet functional and cannot protect them from the bacteria that exist on every surface, even on their mother’s coat. And, NO, I cannot run Tempe through a sterilizer.

So, if the antibody cells are too large to pass how does it help the puppies? Big finish….just for 24 hours after birth, the walls of the puppies’ intestines are able to pass these large semi-truck deliveries whole, thereby passing the immunity directly into the bloodstream and protecting them until 8-10 weeks old. Old enough for their own immune systems to take over and manufacture active immunity from their vaccinations and exposure to the environment. After 25 hours, that ability disappears and they are eating just for nourishment, not for immunity.

Puppy immunity

This graph represents the level of antibodies against parvovirus present in two unvaccinated puppies after birth. Puppy 1 (blue line) received a lot of colostrum from the mother, puppy 2 (red line) did not receive as much. The dotted line shows the level at which the puppy becomes vulnerable to infection from the environment. In puppy 2, this occurs at 7 weeks of age, in puppy 1, this does not occur until 10 weeks of age. Credit:

The colostrum is so thick the puppies work and work to nurse and get only small amounts for their efforts, resulting in weight loss the first 24 hours. You can see why I micro-manage to be sure all are doing the best that they can. This is a critical period when a newborn may not get enough to maintain the energy to nurse. As the newborn becomes hypoglycemic, in effect, starving to death, they descend into sleep, conserving their remaining energy but losing out on more opportunities to nurse.

It’s a vicious cycle that can spiral down into death. A hypoglycemic sleeping puppy looks much like a contented sleeping puppy, therefore, routinely I stir them up and put them back to nursing. Remember, as newborns they have no fat reserves to draw upon for energy.

8750365-fresh-milk-comic-design-of-milk-bottleHappy news! Soon, Tempe’s “milk will come in” meaning that she switches over from colostrum to producing the more freely flowing whiter milk. I can’t wait until I see the puppies settling down and growing fatter, fuller stomachs while nursing more easily. 

Isn’t nature amazing!?!

The heat lamp is off since last night; I think it is costing the puppies more in dehydration then helping in warmth. I’m still checking on them at 10 pm, 1 am, and 4 am…plus all day long.  They appear comfortable and I saw weight gains this Wednesday morning.

I eventually will get caught up on my sleep. It’s just not the priority at the moment!

Six o’ one, half a dozen o’ the other

I’ll have a half dozen Airedales, please…..

Labor started at 4 am May 19 (ask me how I know) and the first of the puppies arrived at 6 am–each one is a small miracle. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

6:00 am       Male      BLUE ribbon             7.5 oz

6:14 am        Male      GREEN ribbon         7.75

7:00 am       Female PINK ribbon            9.50

9:00 am        Female YELLOW ribbon    9.25

9:44 am        Male       LT BLUE ribbon    6.25

10:55 am     Female  CORAL ribbon       9.50
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMother and litter are all doing splendidly. I, on the other hand, had a full day of work including three dogs to groom, phone calls, new customer tour, trip to the bank and the vet, and a plumber repair appointment.

Add mileage on my feet to hang with Tempe and pups as much as possible in the back of the house and….I’m feeling a little ragged around the edges. G’night…..


Shhhhhh…..Puppies are being born now!

Labor started at 4 am and the first puppy arrived at 6 am–each one is a small miracle. Be patient while I attend Tempe. So, While We Wait….More About Tempe….


Tempe’s mom, Claire, is the Maternal Granddam to her puppies being born today. Claire was Jean McCoy’s pride and joy, finishing her CH handily with Allison Sundermann.

CH Seneca Ariana Maximum Clarity

AKC #RN06678602

OFA #AT-3471G24F Good

Claire was later bred for the first and only time to the Maternal Grandsire of the puppies being born today:

CH Bristol Aires A to Z, CD, RAE, certified: Therapy Dog Intl

(note: I just found out that Zander (A to Z) is still trucking along at age 13–Good Boy!)

AKC#RN00083101 Hips rated in 70th percentile with PennHip method




Tempe was born into this beautiful litter of 10 on January 12, puppies





Here are just the puppies. Tempe’s ribbon color was sunshine Yellow.





This is Tempe at 4 months….Yellow-Tempe





…and at 20 months!Seneca airedales_Tempe


CH Seneca Ariana Temperance, aka “Tempe”

RN 18097701

Hips prelim normal

Tempe finished her Championship with Allison Sundermann earning the comment: “She never put a foot down wrong.” This regarding  her smooth effortless efficient movement.

Tempe has been training for her CD but is taking time out for maternity leave.












More about Pete While We Wait….

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast night, Tempe was scratching in her roomy whelping box, prepared well in advance for her. She has newspapers that she was happily shredding into confetti. This is any early sign but as soon as it became light outside, she stopped and relaxed. This is so she can sleep all day and keep me up all tonight–I’m just betting! Why is she behind a barrier? Because she wants to have her puppies in the closet with my shoes!

While we wait, I am using this time to help you become more acquainted with the family has led up to the highly anticipated delivery. You may wonder why we care so much about the capital letters in front of the names and those that follow behind. What is the significance of  numbers listed behind AKC, OFA and CERF letters? It means that some highly qualified experienced and educated people looked at the ancestors of your puppy in a dispassionate and unbiased manner.


Waiting For A Delivery

Instead of “We love Fluffy so *much* that we just had to have puppies to share with EVERYBODY so they can validate our feelings!” type of breeding, these puppies are instead resulting from a body of experts of dogs in general and Airedales in particular reaching a consensus that, indeed, each is an outstanding specimen of an Airedale and worthy of continuing the breed as we exercise responsible stewardship.

Different experts have ascertained the ancestors’ appearance, temperament, and physical soundness (Championships), intelligence, physical soundness, and temperament (CD, CDX, UD, UDX, SchH, and Agility), genetic soundness (OFA, CERF, and longevity) and so on.

Furthermore, no dog ever achieved any of these accomplishments without the love, dedication, and huge amounts of time, money, and knowledge expended in providing the support needed to participate in these sports and activities. Please keep in mind that Pete was Yvonne’s FIRST dog in these sports and they taught each other everything! You don’t know what that means until you try it.


The sire:Seneca Airedales_Pete

CH Seneca Ochoco Pete UDX

AKC #  RM245710/03

CERF # 197/1999-13

OFA #AT-3161G30M  Good

Here’s a story about Pete as a young dog:

Fall, 2001:

To have a Champion, you have to show in conformation…here’s one experience:

The first time I tried it, I hated it.  Let’s see.  I spent days and hours pulling hair.  Not only was I a complete Novice at this dog thing BUT I had an Airedale Terrier—probably the hardest dog to get ready for show—I’ll spare you the details.   Suffice it to say, it involves hours of hand pulling to mere nths of hair in some places and carefully hand plucking single long hairs from other places.  And after all that pulling, and eyeballing and effort I go to the show and he still looks like a hayseed next to the other dogs—readied for show by professionals or owners working on their upteenth dog.  The whole ring thing passes by in a flash and you’re lucky if your dog is even looked at seriously by the judge.  And unlike obedience competition where the dog is truly judged and scored according to a standard, the judge in (the conformation) ring gives you nothing to help you out the next time.

After my first attempt I wrote a letter to the breeder telling her I was done with the whole thing and sorry….(breeder’s note: it was sort of funny too, but that wasn’t the end of it–read on….)

Now mind you I got Pete to train.  I always wanted to train a good dog and he is that, through and through.  He also happens to quite a nice looking Airedale and frankly I got tired of him being referred to as the obedience Airedale in the Airedale Club.  There was even one of those show folk types who insisted an obedience dog could not be a show dog.  In the larger scheme of things I wanted his breeder to get the recognition her breeding program deserves but in the small corners of my human heart I wanted people to give my dog his due!!

So I sent him to dog camp—that is to say a professional handler.  He was out and back in 12 weeks.  Champion Seneca’s Ochoco Pete CDX.

–Yvonne R., WA

Pete was one of three Airedales nationally to qualify for the 2005 Eukanuba Invitationals, FL. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPete was the oldest at 8 years of age.

Yvonne Rauch with Pete UDX (Left), Mary Law with Spice UDX (Center), and Alice Peterson with Tigger UDX (Right)

30 May, 2004

Well, we had a beautiful day out on the Lost River for our first day of field training. It was the third day of training for most…..The first part of the morning was introducing the labs and the dale to birds: pigeons, pheasant and duck. Some dogs took right to it. Others, mine included, had to deep sniff the birds and then be enticed to pick them up. Pete was quite puzzled by the whole thing and exhibited none of his usual retrieve drive.

The trainer told those of us whose dogs were less than enthusiastic not to start worrying and fretting; things would kick in.

We moved onto bumpers being tossed by someone stationed out in the field who also shot a small starter pistol. Pete clicked in and did an excellent job marking. We then moved to water where Pete could hardly stand the fact that other dogs were going before him. We did some of the longest water retrieves ever and he did not want to stop after three.

The last piece of training was shooting a bird for the dog to retrieve from “the line.” The dogs who had shown a bit more enthusiasm went first and I took one of the shot birds and did some refresher training while waiting our turn. I placed the bird in Pete’s mouth and told him to hold.

Then asked him to give and praised. I did that just a few times and then had Bob hold Pete while I stood a few feet in front of him, extending the bird.

“Hey Pete, Take it.” As soon as he strained against the collar he was released; he came and took the bird, praise, Hold, praise, Give. I then did a very short retrieve from my side. Then I had Bob, a short distance off, throw the bird and sent Pete out. The light went on and so did his drive.

We went to the line (all that obedience training also kicked in) and he did a beautiful retrieve.  …while he has always loved to retrieve, and has been known to bark on the go out or retrieve in the obedience ring, as soon as I took the bird, he wheeled in place, faced outward and barked at me, the line judge and (I swear!) the gunner in the field. Everyone agreed; he was given a second bird to retrieve.

The two trainers feel that he should be ready in August for his first NAHRA trial and started talking about beginning the work on multiple marks and directed hunting. He is so fun to watch…..

Sun, 27 Jun 2004

…Pete and I went off to Bend, OR this weekend to see what competing in Open B and Utility B might be like. This is one heck of a brag so please forgive…..We qualified in both each day, earning two UDX legs, three OTCH points, and on Sunday High Scoring Terrier and High in Combined. Quite a ride! I’m still somewhat stunned. And this was the good part–his scores and heeling got better with each performance, not worse as before.

Imagine what he could do if he had a really GOOD handler and trainer. I’d say field work has helped his outlook…..People kept coming by and saying: Wow! An Airedale! An intact male Airedale! Wow.

The paternal grandsire:

Seneca Airedales_LuckiLuckyboy von Abendstern SchH III 64 times), FH II German Import

AKC # RM213151/01

AT-2471E122M  Excellent (at 10.5 years of age)

Lucky, the sire of working offspring in Germany, is a product of many generations of East German working dogs.  This indicates that a very high priority for temperment, health, and soundness was applied in the breeding progams that produced him consistently, over a period of over 30 years.

Physically, Luckyboy is in excellent condition at the age of 11 years.  He last competed in the intensely physical sport of Schutzhund on the weekend of July 4th, 1997 with a score of 280 from a possible score of 300.  He was qualified for the all-breed national working trials to be held in fall, 1997 which complicated his purchase, as he could not go if he came to the USA.

Genetically, Luckyboy offers a rare outcross to American breeders.  He especially possesses great substance, excellent coat color, and soundness-front and rear.   His head excells in the flat planes of the top of the skull with a full semi-circle of backskull,   small dark eye, and correct bite with but one missing pre-molar (P4).  His health and obvious vigor at his advanced age is impressive and a factor in my interest in the line.

The paternal granddam:

Seneca Jasmine

AKC#RM133842/01 OFA AT-2463G29F Good

Her  full sisters include:

CH Seneca Foxy of Ohuivo CDX, NA, NAJ  (CH title from Bred-By classes (BBE), 3X National Specialty winner of BBE, & Best Junior in Sweeps, performance class winner)

OFA # 2401E25F Excellent, CERF # AT-164/96-21

CH Seneca Brave Chance, Finished from the Bred-by classes with 3 majors

OFA AT-2089 Fair, CERF # AT-139/95-27

U-CD U-CH MACH CH Seneca Darby Life O’ The Party MHV UD AGI AGII PAX2 MXP7 MJP9 RA FDCH, Specialty winner and versatile agility dog, first MACH in breed history OFA AT-2104G30F Good


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