Friday, 1 February 2008

Harry Checking In

What-ho everyone! Thought you might like to see some photos of me cone free and having some very manly snuggles with pa!
I am still feeling itch free and perky! Whatever was bothering me is no longer doing so, although ma and pa have deemed that I am only allowed to eat my brand of biscuits (kibble) and treats made by the same company to rule out any food intolerances. Bit of a shame, but luckily I love the food I have. It's called James Wellbeloved and is hypoallergenic and good for those of us who have a tendancy towards itchy issues.

As I think you may remember, I had bad sores on my back leg when I first came to live here and I had been on a low quality food at my old house. Ma and pa were also told that I had issues with my legs and feet being touched. It's true that I did grumble and growl when they got too close in those first couple of weeks, but now I am absolutely fine and will happily be washed, rubbed down with the towel, brushed, stroked and whatever else you may care to do with my back legs without a murmur, even recently when they have been bothering me a little. Ma and pa are now somewhat convinced that I may have either had itchies on and off for a long while that my previous family never dealt with, and that my feet and back legs were often sore so that's why I used to get grumpy, or that I got sore legs last year, started grumping and growling because they hurt and they didn't find out why, just put me up for rehoming thinking I had turned into a bad lad.

I am not sure if either is the case and don't like to dwell on it too much, but all I know is that I am a happy Harry and, as ma and pa say, if that was the case, it's my old family's loss as ma and pa wouldn't let me go now after 4 months never mind nearly 11 years.

Anyway, enough about me and my legs! Young Cassidy seems back to her crazy puppy self. It's getting harder to keep her quiet so we all presume her leg isn't giving her too much jip. She's off to the vet again tonight for her next Cartrophen injection, and we have fingers and toes crossed that she can resume normal activities.

Anyway, now for some fun for the weekend! We found this list of Airedale terminology and thought we'd share it with you all. Enjoy!

A not-so-bright Airedale or more commonly, an Airedale that is trying to make you believe that they don't understand something they don't want to do.
What is created when an Airedale passes gas.
One Airedale begins to warble, whine, howl, gargle, and make other assorted noises, often during the customary 'whining hour'. Other Airedales in the household join in, resulting in strange and sometimes ethereal harmonies that put even the most avante garde of New Age Music to shame. Other times, though, the Airesingalong produces something more hideous even than rap music.
A quick snap of the teeth, often used to signal the Humanbeans that the Airedale WANTS to play, and wants to NOW. The action is akin to catching of bugs in flight, but there is no bug. The Airedale attacks, and kills, mere air.
The lifting of the foreleg as high as possible and held - an Airedale's greeting when you come home
Some Airedales, when told they have been 'bad' and that they must 'Go to Bed' will flounce dramatically to the appointed spot, and throw themselves dowh with a loud FLOP, usually followed by an AireGlare and a PITIFULMESIGH and a POORMISERABLESADME expression, which has been crafted to arouse sympathy and guilt in the aforementioned human.
Same as a BADBEDFLOP only louder.
A very enthusiastic bark which eminates from the entire dog, toes to nose. THis bark can only be accomplished when the Airedale is in a state of high alertness, standing on TIPTOE with tail held high
Slimy material found in an Airedale's beard. Most Airedale owners prefer not to know what the BEARDSLIME is composed of.
The act of releasing the liquid that seems to stay in an Airedale's beard until they manage to touch you or the furniture, instantly releasing a pint of water and BEARDSLIME.
A BIGNOSEPOKE carefully aimed at a human's crotch, assuring the victim's undivided attention.
An Airedale snapping the jaws shut near a human's crotch. This usually gets the human's attention.
A nose driven hard into someone by an Airedale. BIGNOSEPOKES can leave bruises anywhere they land. The most devastating example is the BIGCROTCHPOKE.
An insistent demand made by an Airedale, punctuated by pawing.
Similar to a BIGPAWDEMAND, but the person is slapped by the Airedale's paw.
A long, breathy sigh by an Airedale, usually when relaxed. This is noticeably different than a PITIFULMESIGH.
An Airedale running into a human, dog or other object using it's entire body weight for maximum impact.
A BIGNOSEPOKE aimed precisely at the part of the gluteal area which is padded in such a way that the fatty tissue wobbles obviously. This specialized BIGNOSEPOKE is most effective when used on female humans, who might ignore a quickcrotchsnap.
A favorite joke that Airedales play on humans. Step one is to get their nose as cold as possible by licking it outside when it is below freezing causing a sheet of ice to form on the nose, or just by plowing nose first through the snow. Step two is delivering a BIGNOSEPOKE with their icy nose, preferably from behind, just after the human exits the shower.
That art of placing the front paws on a counter or table and nosing, licking and sniffing through everything that can be reached.
While COUNTERSURFING, the Airedale jumps to extend their reach, enabling them to remove objects from the back of the counter.
Leave a bored Airedale alone with anything you value, and you will see what this means. One Airedale ate the tailgate of a Subaru in only 5 minutes. Airedale puppies have been know to eat through drywall to escape being confined in a room.
A rarely seen Airedale ability. Airedales have the ability to pick up very fragile items without damaging them, if they choose. If they choose otherwise, you have DESTRUCTOMANIA.
If you have to ask, explaining it won't help. Just give your Airedale some raw brocolli and refried beans for dinner. You should witness FARTBUTT shortly thereafter. FARTBUTT is a major source of AIRE POLLUTION.
Immediately after eating, many Airedales like to wipe their face. Favorite places to wipe the face include, furniture, clothing (only if being worn by someone), draperies, carpeting and walls.
This is what Airedales do when looking for crumbs on the floor. They sniff loudly and with such determination that the whiskers sweep up not only crumbs but dust moozies, lint, and small toys. In order to keep the nose at the appropriate distance from the floor, and to search efficiently, the Airedale adopts a shuffling gait.
Affectionately nuzzling a human while inhaling. If done on the head it feels as if they are inhaling most of your hair.
Quick, nearly voiceless barks or brief barklike growls, usually accompanied by impatient movements of the head and forelegs. This sound signals that the dog is disgruntled about something such as the human not meeting some need such as play, food, cookies, or walkies upon first request.
Growfing accompanied by canine muttering. Though it has not been proven, it is theorized that the muttering is actually a string of Airedale curse words.
A hug by an Airedale standing on hind legs, embracing the entire body. Best done when the Human is dressed formally. Preferably dressed in white. The Airedale enjoys this most if they have a beard and paws drenched in mud.
An extremely painful HEADBUTT where the Airedale's head is applied forcefully to a human's nose.
The act of forcefully applying an Airedale head to some portion of the human anatomy. Favorite targets are heads, and knees (KNEEBASHER). If applied to a human's nose it becomes a HARDHEADTONOSEBUTT. Airedale heads are hard enough to cut diamonds, so HEADBUTTS are not to be taken lightly!
A gesture used when the Airedale adamantly refuses to follow a request by a human. The head drops below the level of the shoulders, exposing the armored cranium, which is invulnerable to any force known to man. During a HEADDOWNHELLNO, the Airedale will not move or respond in any way, nor will it look the human in the eye.
A sudden burst of energy. An Airedale in HYPERDRIVE may do a TUCKBUTTRUN or simply run around the room touching only the walls.
Refers to an Airedale's ability to lock down their jaws with the force of a bear trap, on any object that is important to them. Usually used on favorite toys, dirty Kleenex, anything obtained by COUNTERSURFING and other equally valuable items.
A HEADBUTT applied to a human's knee.
A method by which even a small Airedale can knock a large person to the ground. This is accomplished by running into the back of both knees, causing the knees to collapse, thus depositing the victim on the ground. An Airedale in HYPERDRIVE may deliver a HARDHEADTONOSEBUTT before the victim can recover.
Pretty much the same as a BIGPAWSLAP, but the slapper must be a small puppy. Note that the needles they come equipped with as toenails, are as sharp as those of a tiger.
The insane belief that it is possible to maintain a "normal" household after adding a third (or post-third) Airedale.
Same as a HEADBUTT but delivered vigorously by a large Airedale.
A mooing sound made by an Airedale, holding a favorite toy, when you try to remove the toy from it's beartrap-like jaws. See JAWSOFDEATH.
A game played by two Airedales, where they lay on the floor or ground and wrestle using only their muzzles.
A gentle warning that an Airedale gives by nuzzling a human's crotch. If ignored it can lead to a BIGCROTCHPOKE.
Drawings made on glass by Airedale Terriers. They do this by drawing with their moist noses then adding texture with their beards.
The act of poking an Airedale's big black nose into an object, usually a human. Airedales can do this from birth. After growing to more than 20 pounds, they are capable of administering a BIGNOSEPOKE.
The act of creating pandemonium. Airedales can do this with more ease than any other animal, other than middle school children in groups.
A great, long, breathy sigh by an Airedale that feels it has been wronged by a human. Cleaning the Airedale's ears, giving it a bath, or refusing to share your ribeye steak can cause an Airedale to give a PITIFULMESIGH.
Insistent request that the Human play with the Airedale. A PLAYDEMAND takes many forms. Some Airedales use varying degrees of PAWSLAPS. Some GROWF, some sneeze and bark. None of them give up until the human gives in.
The insane belief that it is possible to maintain a "normal" household after adding a second Airedale.
The expression on an Airedale's face when making a PITIFULMESIGH.
Same as BIGPAWSLAP but delivered more vigorously.
The act of an Airedale quickly grabbing something off of a counter.
An Airedale suddenly and unexpectedly snapping the jaws shut near a human's crotch. Guaranteed to get the human's attention and may even cause them to go into HYPERDRIVE, like an Airedale.
Wagging the tail so hard that the entire rear end wags.
Airedales do not 'say' "IN YOUR FACE", they act it out.
Hard, pesistent kisses from an Airedale, allowing the human to feel the coarse texture of the Airedale tongue.
How an Airedale manages to steal things you thought were unreachable.
The prancing gait of an Airedale that is exceptionally proud of themself. Usually seen immediately after a SLIGHTOFMOUTH, BIGNOSEPOKE, or QUICKCOUNTERGRAB.
Same as FARTBUTT. The source of AIRE POLLUTION.
The theory, supported by a great deal of research, that Airedales will misbehave as soon as you say that they won't.
People who are deranged enough to choose to share their homes with Terriers, dogs that are said to be stubborn, cantankerous, contemptious, untrainable, incorrigible, and suffer from Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Terrierists, strangely, choose these dogs, so they must get some satisfaction from their dysfunctionality.
The Finest Animal on the Planet. The Airedale Terrier, of course!
A challenge issued by an Airedale that is wishing to prove once again that the Jaws of Death RULE. WHen a TRYANDTAKEIT is used, the Airedale will not give up the given object until the human decides it does not want the object after all. Even if this takes days, the Airedale will NOT lose face by putting the object down. Airedales have been known to become weak from hunger before giving up on a TRYANDTAKEIT.
The act of running with the hindquarters tucked down as close to the ground as possible. This is usually done by an Airedale that is very excited or in HYPERDRIVE.
A form of tail wagging that is practiced by some Airedales. TWIRLYBIRDTAIL is the act of spinning the tail in a circular motion, instead of the standard back and forth motion.

A solid substance found in an Airedale's beard. WETBEARDCRUD is dried WETBEARDSLIME
The moist, slimy material found in an Airedale's beard.
A kiss delivered by an Airedale with a wet beard. They like to do this immediately after drinking.
The act of wagging the tail with such enthusiasm, that the entire body wags with the tail.
The expression of complete innocence on an Airedale's face when accused of COUNTERSURFING or DESTRUCTOMANIA.

I think it's highly accurate! A few of the definitions on the list don't have explanations. Perhaps some of our Airedale buddies could offer suggestions and we could email them off!

Happy weekend all!

Toodle pip

Harry x


Ferndoggle said...

I'm so glad you finally got your cone off Harry. And better yet, you're not ichy anymore! How fabulous. Not all of those are Aire-specific...I'm the master of the pitifulmesigh!


Lesley Rigby said...

One night when I can't sleep I will read all those Air things......I hope there won't be a test on them!
I really love the third photo down and the tail - that's something else..........Wonderful. XXXXXXXXXXX

Gus and Louie said...

It sure is nice that you got rid of that cone and are feeling so much better..

There certainly are lots of words to describe you.. Your Mom did an awesome job..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus and Louie

Graham, Prince & Tilly said...

Whoo-hoo, that's one heck of a list! I'm pleased that your itches have gone, and Cassidys' leg is feeling better. Manly snuggles - I like that!

Maggie & Mitch said...

We can sure tell that you're a very well-loved boy, Harry! We're so glad that the itchies are under control and that the lampshade is history! And we're glad that Cassidy is feeling more chipper too!
Hey, we know some of that AireTerminology!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

The Airechicks said...

Harry -

Wonderful to see you feeling so much better.....

We are also glad Oscar brought you to Ma & Pa - Looks like a LUV LUV kinda thingie

Cassidy & you are very luck in love....

Hope Cassidy gets the OKAY to go on the HyperAiredrive ride ...and get back to being an AIREDALE..

Very interesting vocabulary ....we'll have to some discussing and see if we can share our wisdom of some of the definitons.....

Have a wonderful weekend !!


Momo & Pinot said...

Happy Harry!! (We love to call you this way!)
We're glad you're feeling much better. We love the picture of you and Pa. :)

Young & cute Cassidy!
AireTerminology is very interesting!! Thanks for sharing with us.

You're tagged by us. :) Please come by when you get a chance.

Have a good weekend!

Momo & Pinot

Anonymous said...

That is so great that you and Cassidy are feeling better now. I hope the itchies don't come back to bother you again Harry.

I love the terminology!!


Joe Stains said...

I do the whole body wiggle!! It makes us sad to think about you living with people that did not care about your itchy legs, but we are so so happy you are in a great home now. Good luck with crazy Cassidy!!

Agatha and Archie said...

Oh we are sooooo happy for you Harry!! No more itchy legs!! WooHoo!!! Hey many of those words could be WFT terms too!!! Lov and kisses A+A Tell Cassidy to hang in there!!!!!!!!!!

Faya said...

Ohhhhh je dois retourner à l'école pour apprendre plus d'anglais....
Bisous, Faya

Molly and Taffy said...

Hi Harry and Cassidy

Good news that your itching has stopped Harry and that Cassidy is on the mend.

Molly xx

We loved the Airedale terminology, a lot of them apply to us Wlshies as well.


Simba said...

Hooray, no more cone. I think playdeadyoullgoaway, is getting the camera out of your face for five minutes.

Simba xx

Amber-Mae said...

You must be sooo happee with your dumb satellite dish off...You look sooo happee rubbing your handsome face on your daddy!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Pacco de Mongrel said...

wonder are there any mongrel terminology for me...

Lorenza said...

Hi, Harry!
Glad you are cone-free now! You look happy in those pictures being with your Pa!
I love to see your twirlybirdtail in action!
Kisses and hugs

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Harry,
We loved your list, hehehehehe. Mama is still laughing as some of those do pertain to us Wire Foxies, tee hee. Glad to hear your itchies are much better now. Some hoomans just don't know how to touch a dog, so maybe your previous owners weren't very gentle with you. Hope your sores & stuff never come back, paws crossed!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers
PS Keep Cassidy calm so she doesn't hurt herself.

Penny & Poppy said...

Harry, we are soooooo happy that Oscar helped you find your new home. Good food and lots of love can make a big difference! Glad your itchies are gone and we hope they never come back. We also hope Cassidy can resume her Aire-ways very soon. That list fit us perfectly (and probably a lot of other terriers too). Our favorite is the Aire-snap. We practice it often!

Poppy & Penny

Finni said...

You're looking so happy on those pics, Harry. And what a big chap you are!
Glad the cone is off and all is well.

Finally somebody explaining Airedale language to my hoomans!
I do the HEYYOUBIGBARK when other dogs/people walk by my garden and DON'T STOP to say 'Hello'? - an Airedale's way of saying "How are you doin'?

Finni xx

Lacy said...

woofies Cassidy and sooo happy u foundeded ur way to u ma and pa, harry...dose other peeples didnt deserve u....and glad u itches feel better tooo....heehee u nos u cant keep cassidy down to teeties will b back soon...heehee sum verwy good aire difintions....

b safe,

Peanut said...

Well we are glad those nasty people gave you up because now you aren't itchy and you live with great people. OH and cassidy too :)

Persephone & Buster said...

We consulted the AED (Aireford English Dictionary), and the Lexicon is dead-accurate! There is currently some controversy about "aire-boarding" (simulated drowning of a human in saliva) and "frontal airesault" (a Hague-like "over-the-top" maneuver with multiple airedales designed to overwhelm an entrenched opponent). There are rumors that l'Academie Airecaise possesses a similar lexicon.

Your correspondents,

Persephone & Buster


Hi Harry,
Great to see you back to your usual self and without the cone. Looks like you are enjoying those cuddles with your dad. The Aire dictionary was quite funny!
We also hope little Cassidy is given the green light!
jazz and dixie

Princess, Tank and Isaac: The Newfs of Hazard said...

Congratulations on your excellent states of health! WE love that last picture - Harry looks so happy!

Weeny&Daisy said...

Hooray! We're happy for you that you got the cone off! We enjoyed reading all the aire terms!

Love Weeny and Daisy xx xx

4xBs said...

Hi Harry & Cassidy, we're so happy to hear that you are doing so much better, Harry, and cone free! it sounds like you have quite a wonderful life now with wonderful loving and caring parents. they are obviously taking excellent care of you and it shows.

we like those airedale definitions. some of them work for us poodles too! hee hee.


Jackson said...

Hey Harry, how nice to see you looking happy and lampshade free. That list of aire-terminology was too funny. I'm sure we can all relate to bits of it! J x

Katherine and Pippa, said...

Hey you bond with pa just like I do with master. good one Harry.


Bogart said...

The first thing I noticed when I clicked on your blog today - NO CONE!!! Congrats on that Harry...

The Aire-list is HILARIOUS!!! Wherever did you find that? I may just have to put that on my blog too...

Love to you and Cassidy,


Bogart said...

Hey Cassidy & Harry...

I almost forgot... My mama wants to send you something - a sample of the yummy dog treats we're making (it's doggie jerky!) - if you want some, just drop me an email with your address (my email is and I'll get ya some right out!


Hammer said...

Hi Harry
Thank you very much for your happy barkday wishes.
We think it is wonderful Katy and Martin found you and they're taking care of you the way you should be taken care of. You look so happy with your Dad.
Love from Hammer

T-man said...

Congrats on losing that cone, Harry!! Hopefully the only cone you'll ever see again is an ice cream cone ;)

Huskee Boy said...

Hi Harry,
Oh yah, it's definitely your previous family's loss that they don't have a cool guy like you in their family..
Hehehe.. I like the sound of 'BIGCROTCHSNAP'..

Girl Girl Hamster said...

You sure look very handsome without the cone Harry.
Good that you're itch free now

~ Girl girl

Noah the Airedale said...

The one thing that really stands out on that list is "aire pollution". Today in the car we nearly killed the pinkies with "aire pollution". Infact they thought one of us had actually pooped in the car but nooooooo. Four hours later when we went back to the car, the "aire pollution" was still lingering...eeeeeeooooo.

Noah Willow Tess & Lucy
Ps...It was one of the girls.

Moco said...

You airedales have quite the life.

Marvin - Braveheart Hound said...

Poor Harry, well at least your new and very good Ma and Pa are feeding you the best food now. What a shame you had to suffer before in your old home.

The right food and good quality stuff is most important. I eat either the James Wellbeloved biscuits or Hills Science Diet biscuits. When they first got me and they did not know anything about dogs or diet, they gave me Bakers dry biscuits, but I got skin allergies etc. My Jeannie tried the James Wellbeloved and the Hills Science Diet ones, and I have never looked back. My coat is really thick and shiny and I have no allergies.

Best of all, I always eat it all up!

So glad you are feeling better Harry!

love and licks, Marvin xxxxx