In Loving Memory of

They will not go quietly, the dogs who've shared our lives. In subtle ways they let us know their spirit still survives. Old habits still make us think we hear a barking at the door. Or step back when we drop a tasty morsel on the floor. Our feet still go around the place the food dish used to be. And, sometimes, coming home at night, we miss them terribly. And although time may bring new friends and a new food dish to fill, That one place in our hearts belongs to them...and always will.


Monday, April 24, 2023

Our magnificent Airedale Hank crossed the rainbow bridge on March 21st.  He was our second ATRA Dale and gave us 12 years of love, laughter and protection. He came to us at about six months of age. My wife DeAnn had a career change forcing her to work in Chicago for over a year while I had employment in IA. She wanted a companion dog and we both loved terriers.  It was a tough year for all of us. Hank being a typical puppy would entertain himself if we didn’t. With his razor sharp canines, he damaged tables & chair legs in seconds. He ground up over six inches of an oak banister in a rental home in minutes. And who hasn’t experienced diarrhea cleanup duty in a dog crate.

As Hank grew up he got large, very long legged at nearly 30 inches at the withers. He weight 80lbs (Oorang?)and was a master counter cruiser who had a vast whining vocabulary when begging for treats or attention. Once when he was about four, while kenneled, our home was broken into. The thieves knew their time was limited as Hank nearly tore apart a metal crate trying to get at them. The thieves actually left items near the entry point they had planned to take. The investigating officers said it never would have happened if he had been loose in our home.  Going forward, he was always on the prowl. Hank loved his little sister, Murphy our Irish Terrier, they played and hunted together in our fenced in back yard.  We took him to a introductory AKC Barn Hunt and he immediately found the rat hidden in the straw.  Not a sport for him as one of the requirements is to go through straw bale tunnels without upturning the bales.  He was so tall, even when crawling, he flipped all the bales off his back!

We walk our dogs nearly 50 miles a week on nearby trails and when we travelled.  Hank has been to the Boundary Waters, North Shore of MN, the Dakota’s, UT National Parks, WV, MO and even Florida. Typical terrier, always using his nose to seek out, catch and destroy a rodent of any size. He learned quickly that raccoons were worthy opponents.  We have always fed birds & squirrels which of course encourages the nighttime bandits to invade our yard.  Our terriers would run anything out or down in seconds. Naps got longer as he accumulated birthdays. He had a special fuzzy pillow that he would never share. That pillow went on all our trips! He loved boat rides, swimming or just going for a summer creek hike looking for deep pools of cold water.  For the last year, he wore a harness so we could help him navigate stairs and just help him up at time. Our walks got slower and much shorter.

Six months before he crossed, we adopted “ Arlie” from ATRA so he had two female terriers to pay him homage, and they did. Our children are all grownup and moved away. When ever they came home, Hank would grab a toy to help him control himself and his tail would actually do the full circle wag when he was excited.  Our daughter came home over Christmas last year and brought her two yr old Irish Terrier named Winston.  We had four terriers in our house all with different energy levels and nap requirements. When Hank got angry at the other dogs, it only took a short growl and they scatter for cover instantly.


He will forever be missed and never forgotten.


Steve and DeAnn Howard

Woody Muram

Thursday, April 15, 2010 to Friday, September 17, 2021

We fell in love with Woody as soon as we saw his picture on the ATRA post. At 8 months he was a very large puppy, full of energy and mischief. That was the beginning of an adventure we would never want to miss. He kept us on our toes. He was almost too smart. He opened front doors, destroyed patio furniture, and smiled. “Mom I am a bit mischievous but so sorry”. He talked to us with his expressions, his eyes and body language. Our children, grandchildren, neighbors, friends all loved him. He was beautiful and unforgettable.

When Woody was 6 years old, we rescued a female Airedale, LuLu, and Woody had a new purpose. She had a history of abuse and abandonment, and could not get near any other dog. He was going to heal her and by gosh he did. He morphed into a gentle giant, calm and soothing. He became her rock, her therapy dog, her friend, her playmate, her love.

After 5 years of happiness, Woody and Lulu crossed the rainbow bridge 10 days apart. No doubt they are on the other side of the bridge doing something special for the new arrivals.

We loved Woody so much, our hearts are breaking. As it turned out, he was loved by everyone who knew him. We were surprised by the many sympathy cards we received from family, friends and neighbors. Roses and plants arrived. Neighbors stopped their cars to ask about Woody. We always knew that Woody was unique and special, but so did everyone else that knew him.



Tuesday, January 28, 2014 to Thursday, November 5, 2020

We are forever grateful Teddy came into our lives, even though it was for such a short time.  Teddy, 6.5 years old, had just come into rescue when we got him.  He was the perfect boy; rambunctious, loving, respectful, smart and always there to greet us with his beautiful smile in the morning.  Teddy came into our house and made himself instantly at home.  He had a simple easiness to him that we found endearing. Teddy loved laying on our bed when we were working.  He also loved belly rubs, playing with other dogs and getting lots of love and affection.  Teddy had a huge prey drive and was eager to flush out any squirrel, cat or rabbit within 50 yards of our home.  We were just getting started on our journey with Teddy, when he was tragically hit by a car and died of his injuries on Nov. 5th 2020.  The loss of Teddy's huge personality has left a gaping hole in our lives.  We will forever be impacted by his brief presence and huge print on our hearts.
Robby & Wendy Keefer

Chloe Widmar

Friday, March 15, 2019 to Thursday, July 25, 2019

Chloe was the best girl.  Nick and Susan Widmar knew right away she was the one for them when they met her.  She leaves a big hole in their hearts and lives.  Chloe and I had a special connection too.  I will miss her.  She is running pain free and happy over the Rainbow Bridge with all of the other beloved Airedales.


In Loving Memory of Boston

Saturday, June 30, 2007 to Thursday, June 7, 2018


We are very sad to say, that we have lost our dog Boston. With heavy hearts we said goodbye to him at around 3:00 am this morning. We will still keep his legacy going on and on with an Instagram page.

We got Boston as a rescue from ATRA, when he was 2 years old. As a young dog he loved to be a counter surfer, play with the neighbor dogs, run around our huge backyard, go to gram-e’s house and chase rabbits or squirrels. And his favorite, trapping chippies in the downspouts! Boston had a big brother (sort of) his name was Jonsie, whom was Boston’s foster pal from ATRA! Who went to his adoptive forever home in Ann Arbor,Michigan! In the last year,

Boston had met so many terrier friends through Instagram. As well as going to some of the meet ups, and dog walking @rosedalecenter on Sundays! We thank everyone who loved and cherished Boston, he loved all of you!

In Loving Memory of Boston the Airedale

Cooper Kallevig


If anyone would like to follow Boston’s Legacy on Instagram - his name is @ boston.airedales.legacy


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Maggie McArthur

Sunday, March 3, 2002 to Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Maggie joined her brother Teddy, at the Rainbow Bridge today, November 22, 2016. She was in pain and had been for sometime. I could tell the pain was getting worse and she had stopped eating. It was a hard decision but she looked at me and told me it was okay. Dr. Purdy came to Maggie's home and started her journey. Maggie has no more pain. She was 14 yrs-8 months and I had her 13 yrs-5 months.  Maggie, I miss you!

Bob McArthur

Teddy McArthur

Sunday, June 1, 2003 to Sunday, November 13, 2016


It is with much sadness and a broken heart that I have to report that my pal, my friend, my dog, my Teddy has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. He had health issues that caught up with him and he told me it was time for him to go. Dr. Laura Purdy helped him to the Bridge when she came out to Teddy's home. I loved him and will miss him very much as he was an important part of Maggie's and my life. He was a challenge, a barker, a growler at people in certain professions [Wink] , a runner, a sometimes pest and in the way but all in all he was a super dog and my buddy. I was very proud to be seen with him and happy I could provide him a home and the care he would need. He was a rescue dog that rescued me. It will take time for me to adjust to Teddy being gone but he is in a better place with no more pain. Maggie and I miss him.

Bob McArthur