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Friday, March 30, 2012


In 1881, an Airedale Terrier named Bruce began
the canine hooliganization of America.

Famous Airedale Terrier people have included:

President Calvin Coolidge
President Teddy Roosevelt
President Warren Harding
President Woodrow Wilson
Actor John Wayne
Actress Bo Derek
Author Edgar Rice Burroughs
Author John Steinbeck
Best quote about an Airedale Terrier:
“The Airedale” declared Teddy Roosevelt, “can do anything any other dog can do, and then lick the other dog,
if he has to.”


Thursday, March 29, 2012


Several days ago, we told you about the pet portrait fundraiser we are doing for ALAiredale Rescue, and showed you a jpg of the portrait that Artist Linda S. Young did of My Jack so that you could see a sample of her work. It was beautiful. Mom put the jpg on her iphone so every time she picks up her phone, she can see Jack.

It’s hard to judge the quality of a painting by looking at a jpg, but Mom and daughter Amanda thought they could see an aura shining softly around Jack. They couldn’t bear having to wait to see the real artwork. But they did have to wait. Ms. Linda was sending it to us by Fedex. Because we live on a skinny road way deep in the woods where trucks can’t turn around, Mom told Ms. Linda to have Jack’s portrait delivered to Amanda’s house in town. It was supposed to arrive within 2 business days.

Day Two came and we missed the Fedex delivery lady. WAILS OF WOE and GGROWLY GNASHING OF TEETH ensued throughout the Hooligan nation.

We missed Fedex on Day Three too! What the heck?? Is that delivery lady waiting around the corner to see when Amanda has to run pick up the kids from skrewell???

The painting finally arrived, perfectly packaged and intact and Mom went speeding from her office to get it. She was panting with excitement. When she got home with it, we all crowded around for the great unveiling.

Okay, here’s where we let Mom describe it to you. She says to tell you that  Ms. Linda has a spiritual talent and that the painting expresses Jack’s noble, loving spirit perfectly. Mom says to tell you, she cried when she saw it.

For a $5.00 donation, you can register to win a portrait by Ms. Linda of your own pet. The proceeds all go to benefit ALAiredale Rescue (Alabama Airedale Rescue Coalition, has the details). The fundraiser goes through June 1st, 2012. The winner will be announced on the website. You can purchase as many chances as you like. What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012


"My Jack"
portrait by Linda S. Young

My Jack (aka Gentleman Jack aka Jack Daniels, aka The Jackman) came to live at Hooligan House in 2002. He was approximately 2 years old and was in rescue. We fostered him and the rest is history. A canine DNA test done a couple of years ago confirmed that Jack is an Airedale Terrier – German Shepherd mix. He has the amazing learning quickness and temperament of ADTs and the loyalty and steadfastness of German Shepherds. Jack is a most wonderful doG in all ways. He's a retired therapy dog and service dog. And he’s the one who turned us on to Airedale Terriers and got us into Airedale Terrier Rescue.

So, it’s only fitting that Jack is the poster doG for AlAiredale Rescue. As we go forward with our rescue efforts, we increasingly see the need for fundraising efforts. We have expenses like fuel for transportation, shelter fees when we pull a dog from a “pound” situation, health exams, heartworm treatment, vaccinations, and all that other behind-the-scenes stuff that is necessary to get a rescue doG ready for adoption. Most of it, we provide from our own funds. Occasionally, we receive donations from lovely people who deeply want to be part of a happy story like GG’s.

A friend of ours has graciously offered to donate her talent and time and energy to help us with a fundraiser. She is an Artist with a huge heart. And the winner of our fundraiser will receive a portrait of their own pet, done from a photograph they will provide. And for a donation of $5.00, your name will entered into a drawing to receive a portrait of your own pet, done from a photograph you will provide (and of course, you may enter more than once!). This painting is valued at $500.00.
All you have to do is send a check or money order for $5.00 to Muriel Donald,
P.O. Box 1121, Grand Bay, AL 36541

Or, you can go to and make a Paypal donation in the amount of $5.00. Be sure to send us an email with your name and email address when you use Paypal.

To see examples of Linda Young’s art, visit:
Linda S. Young is an award winning artist originally from Brookline, Massachusetts who now lives in Cape Cod and South Carolina. She works in Pastel, Oil Pastel and Oil. Her ability to capture the nuance of a scene has helped her win many awards including two Best in Shows. Linda is a signature member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. She is a member of 21 in Truro, several Art Associations, and has been in numerous group, juried and solo shows and is in many national and international private collections. In 2012 she will be included in the book "100 Southern Artists".
   As an active member of the artistic community, she believes in helping others attain their artistic goals. Since 2002 she has been Artist Mentor through the School to Careers Partnership Art Internship program.

The winner of the ALAiredale Rescue fundraiser will be announced June 1st, 2012 on this website.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Another Pet Food Warning / Homemade Dog Food Recipes

ThEY PuT WHAT iN ouR FooD???

Dog Owners are Demanding Action from the FDA. One consumer reported they fed their dogs a product called Waggin' Train treats, which is produced by Nestle Purina. Nestle Purina also produces Canyon Creek Ranch treats, which some other complainants have also publicly blamed for dog illnesses and deaths. The Canyon Creek packaging has a picture of a rancher and his dog roaming a farm on the front of the bag and the company's address in South Carolina is displayed on the back of the bag. Beneath that are the words “Made in China”. You can read the entire article at
From Mom-of-Hooligans:  This happens every couple of years. It certainly seems the US FDA is falling short of making sure the pet food entering our country is safe enough for our pets to eat. So --- here are some recipes for you to make for your dogs. They come from one of my favorite websites:

Remember, YOU are the best judge of what is safe for your dog.

6 c. Water (or low-sodium broth)
1 lb. Ground beef, turkey or chicken (you don’t have to use ground meat)
2 c. Brown rice
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
1/2 tsp Dried rosemary
16 oz. Bag of assorted frozen veggies (or preferably, 2 cups fresh), thawed and/or finely chopped.  NOTE:  NO Onions!

1.  Add everything but the veggies to a large pot or dutch oven and cook on the stove on medium heat.
2.  Stir mixture until the ground meat is broken up and distributed evenly throughout the pot.
3.  Bring to a boil.
4.  Once boiling, cover and bring the heat down to low.  Simmer for 20 minutes.
5.  After 20 minutes, add veggies and cook for an additional 5 minutes or so.  The time will depend on how long it takes for the veggies to get tender.
Serve warm, not hot and make sure to let the homemade dog food cool completely before storing it in the fridge.
This dog food recipe makes about 10 cups or 5-2 cup servings depending on the size of your pooch.
It should keep in the fridge for about a week.

3/4 cup water
2 1/2 cups white flour
1/2 cup wheat flour
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped spinach
1/2 cup chopped carrots
To start, combine all dry items in a mixing bowl. Combine the wet ingredients in a different bowl. Mix together the dry and wet ingredients and knead them to form dough. Next, shape small round balls of dough and poke holes in the middle of each ball to create a bagel shape. When finished making bagel balls, place them on a baking sheet and put them in an oven that has been preheated to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake them for forty-five minutes.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Duke stayed out all night last night. 
This morning he met us at the back door
 with a look of sheer joy on his face. 
And some twigs in his beard.

Naturally, we had to find out where 
he had been digging for hours and hours and hours. Maggie found it first.

She decided to enter the hole. No worries, 
it's big enough to hold TWO hooligans.

See how hard Duke worked all night?
Can you imagine how much fun we're
going to have getting him clean?

IF we can ever get him to leave the hole, that is.
He's back in the thickets now, 
digging and digging and digging.
Can you see him?

We just hope the gopher tortoise
who lives in the hole in the thickets manages
to get away during the daylight hours today.
Otherwise, tonight is going to be real exciting.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Blankies Are Important!

When Cammie/GG came to us, she arrived with a yellow blanket that her chauffeur Michelle had given her. The whole time she was with us, Cammie slept on that yellow blanket in her crate. We washed it a couple of times and she waited patiently each time for it to be returned to her. She loved that blankie. So naturally when it was time for her to go to Texas, I cut out a nice sized piece of the blanket for her to take to her new home.

Upon arrival, Cammie opened her tote bag and showed her sister Lillie all the toys and treats and bowls that she'd brought with her. The yellow blankie was in the bag, and Cammie's mom put it carefully in her new crate.

Lillie and Cammie have been sharing everything: treats, toys, meals, Mom & Dad's bed --- but then Lillie decided she was going to try out the yellow blankie too. She went into the crate and sat on it. It felt very soft and it smelled like Cammie, so Lillie liked it too. But Cammie had a different take on that.

Here is Cammie, trying to pull her yellow blankie out from under Lillie!

And later that night, waaaay over in Alabama, the Duke decided
to snuggle up in the remnants of the yellow blanket. Wonder what it is about that particular blankie?


Monday, March 12, 2012


We know you all are looking forward to an update on Cammie (GG) and her adoption. It is with great joy that we report to you that Cammie is happy in her new home near Dallas, Texas. Her new sister, Lillie, is happy. Her new mom and day and human kids are happy, too. They have been sending us updates and photos all weekend.

Saturday morning began with Cammie inspecting her appearance to be sure she was ready to meet her new family. She'd had an oatmeal scented bath the night before and her fur coat was glossy and soft.

She hopped into the car happily and we started our trip to Baton Rouge. Cammie is a great traveler and she enjoys looking out the window to see the traffic passing by .

We were meeting the adoptive family at the Petsmart in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was a long ride but Cammie cuddled close to me in the back seat all the way over. She snuggled as close as she could get, and chewed on my garnet ring. And for much of the time, she held my hand.

We got to Baton Rouge about thirty minutes before her new mom and dad did, so we walked around Petsmart and gave Cammie time to sniff dog food and dog treats and look at other dogs. New Mom sent me a text message when they were close to the store, and we said our goodbyes before they arrived. I kissed Cammie several times and she licked me reassuringly. She gave Steve a farewell hug.

We all decided to handle things as quickly as possible. They signed the placement contract that says if things don't work out for some reason or if their circumstances should ever change, that Cammie will be returned to us. I handed the leash over to Stef and Wes. Steve took off in one direction. Wes & Stef gave me a beautiful pink potted camellia bush to plant for Cammie. I left FAST as they began walking Cammie in the opposite direction.

Yes, of course I cried. We stopped at Bass Pro Shop for lunch and I think I ordered everything on the menu. Including a beer. We got back in the car and I cried some more. Then Stef sent me a text message to tell me that she was sitting in the back seat with Cammie and that Cammie was snuggled up tight against her, chewing on one of Stef's rings. That made me laugh, which felt good. We had bought some fudge at Bass Pro Shop so I decided it was time to try that. We did, and it was delicious.

Cammie arrived at her new home around 7 pm Saturday night. She met her sister Lillie and the human kids. She and Lillie have shared treats and toys, and have eaten their meals in the same room without any problem. Yesterday morning they ran ran ran through the house together and played bitey-face like fiends. I think it's going to work out beautifully. What do you think?

Cammie claiming Lillie's bed

Friday, March 9, 2012


"GG", soon to be "Cammie"

We are so happy, and so sad too. Have you ever felt that way? When something so wonderful and lovely and exciting was about to happen... but there was a little corner of your heart that was aching because it was about to happen? Hooligan House is feeling that way tonight. Our GG is leaving Alabama tomorrow morning to go to her new home in Texas. We know it's the most perfect outcome that could have manifested for her and we know her new family will love her as much as we do. We know she will love them and enjoy playing with her new sister and learning new things. But we can't help it, we already miss her just a little bit. To help get past the sadness, we are going to concentrate on making the trip as comfortable and pleasant for GG as it possibly can be, and then when things have re-adjusted here at HH, we will start getting ready for the next rescue dog. Because there's always another one. And we love them all.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Plastic Bowl Nasal Dermatitis

My nose is black again.

AHAH! You didn't even know it was ever not black, did you? Because Mom has been so involved with GG she didn't stop long enough to TELL you. She didn't even stop long enough to take a pickshure of my nose to show you what it looked like. So I am gonna have to put up a pickshure of a different hooligan that had the same problem. But that's okay, cause you would have been sad to see MY nose not being black.

That's what my nose was starting to look like and it just happened OVERNIGHT. One day my nose was shiny black and the next day Mom looked at it and said, "WHAT IS THAT PINK STREAK ON YOUR NOSE???"

I said, "I don't know." And she looked at it close and she said, "You are allergic to your plastic water bowl." And Dad said he never heard of such a thing. And Mom said, "That's because you aren't an expert." I guess she told him! She teases him like that alot.

Anyway, she got up and went to the store and bought three ginormous stainless steel water bowls and now we are all drinking our water out of those. She threw away the plastic ones. (We have always eaten our food from metal dishes.) It took about two weeks but now my nose is completely black again.

I thought you all would like to know about this. In case you've been using plastic bowls for your Hooligans to drink out of.


Monday, March 5, 2012


The shelter challenge vote, that is!

My friend Debbie Butler at North Carolina Airedale Rescue is in the running for a financial award from Debbie basically runs the rescue by herself and this year she has already taken in 8 Airedales, most of which are heartworm positive and require immediate treatment. NCAR really needs the $$ prize from Petfinder!
I am asking you to take 3 or minutes out of your day to vote for Debbie’s rescue group. You can vote every day until the competition is closed. Voting ends at (PT) on March 18, 2012. Every vote, every day counts - shelters can pull ahead even during the last few days with enough support
The grand prize will go to the eligible organization with the highest accumulative votes for the duration of the Challenge as specified in the rules. There are State awards too, for $1000.00.

Listed below are the links you can click on to vote every day. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the procedure. If you don’t have time to vote on all the links, please vote on as many as you can. On behalf of Debbie and her North Carolina Airedale Rescue, I thank you for your vote! Just click on a link and follow the prompts. Here's how your search info should look:

The name of the shelter should include the word "airedale" and the state is NC. Then, just click the Search button and follow the rest of the prompts.


for information about Debbie Butler and NC Airedale Rescue:

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Once upon a time there was a Aire-grrrl named Lillie who lived in Texas with her hooman mom and dad and their two kids. They had a very happy family. But Lillie wanted a four-legged sister too, and preferably, a Hooligan. So Lillie's hoomans talked to Airedale Terrier Rescue and pretty soon they found out there was a beeyouteefull Hooligan grrl waaay over there in Alabama. Her name was GG and she was looking for a family of her own.

So, the people at Texas Airedale Rescue went to meet Lillie's family and they told GG's foster family that they thought GG would be very happy in Texas. Tee shirts were picked out for both grrls to wear so that they could permeate the cotton with their own personal perfumes. The shirts will be exchanged through the mail and Alabama Airedale Rescue Coalition has tentatively scheduled GG's trip to Texas for Saturday, March 10th. GG will be lying on Lillie's tee shirt during her ride west, and Lillie will be lying on GG's tee shirt while she waits for her new sister.

And none of this, NONE OF THIS, could have been done without your help.We thank you all who read GG's story, who forwarded her information around the internet, who held happy thoughts, and who were instrumental in helping find just the right forever family for GG. We also want to thank some Airey-Godmothers who donated the much needed funds for GG to have her health exam and her spay surgery.

This isn't the end of GG's story, by a long shot. It's a happy, smiley, laughing, tail wagging, dancey chapter in the very middle. We'll keep you all updated as her story progresses. THANK YOU, AGAIN!

Lillie, with a bag of GG's favorite treats AND
a new red collar for GG.
"Hurry up, Sis!"


Deep in the heart of Texas!