The Story of Wilderness
It was January in
1987 when we first met the Airedale puppy. I and my husband Takemi
had never seen Airedales before even an adult Airedale. Although
we had had a Beagle already, Takemi was getting interested in becoming
an Airedale owner. One day, we found the breeding information on
Airedale puppies in a dogs magazine and went to see the puppies.
We didn't intend to buy any but immediately he fell in love with
one of them which was 70 days old.
An hour later, we,
the Beagle Bill and the puppy girl were in the car. Takemi looked
very happy but I was worried she would soon become as big as her
mother. I wished she would stay as a puppy forever. Bill looked
worried, too. Bill was only 8 months old at that time and didn't
know how to deal with the puppy girl which behaved arrogantly. Anyway
we named her Peri and she became a member of our family. Next day,
after I came home from shopping, Peri was not there. I wondered
what had happened to her and looked for her in the house. At the
moment, I heard her crying sadly from upstairs. I was surprised
that such a small dog could climb up the stairs to look for somebody.
There were a lot of her wastes on the carpet. When she saw me, she
stepped on her wastes and ran to me wagging. Needless to say I also
fell in love with her as I huggd her tightly. Our life has been
changed drastically since then.
Peri(CH. Audrey of
Oak Kennels )had a sire, Eng.CH. Deerhunter of Saredon, and many
good qualities. I attended the trimming seminar of the club we used
to belong to. The instructor saw through her quality. We were persuaded
to take her to a show, where she got first place in her class. And
then we were fascinated by showing. Finally Peri completed championship
when she was 6 years old. We started the breeding in 1989 when Peri
was 3 years old. Peri had five babies and we kept a girl with red
ribbon and named her Red(Affetto Milky Way of Wilderness). We used
to take her to the show but unfortunately she grew up too big and
didn't have terrier spirit. She was very quiet and just a dog for
companion. Peri was mated with Eng.CH.Saredon Start The Fire and
had seven babies when she was 6 years old. We kept a girl and named
her Roughty(Barcelona Bloom of Wilderness). Roughty was active in
some shows and Takemi improved in trimming and showing. We didn't
find any the dog which should mate with her until she became 6 years
old. At last Roughty was mated with Saredon El Galo. She had lovely
eight babies but we didn't keep any of them. Meanwhile Takemi was
transferred to the head office in Tokyo. We started going up and
down between two houses in Tokyo and Aichi which is 350km from Tokyo.
We always use our car for moving which allows only four dogs in.
That's why we couldn't keep another puppy. I was so sorry Peri's
line didn't keep.
The club we used
to belong to was gradually changed in those days. Most of the committees
enjoyed Airedales as a hobby, but some committee members were business
breeders as well. Takemi and the business breeders disagreed about
the way in the club. At last we and some members who agreed with
us decided to quit the club and started a new Airedale club in 1997.
That is Airedale Terrier Club of Japan.
We hadn't had any Airedale information from overseas before. However
we came to know some overseas Airedale fanciers through the Internet.
Some of them were Airedale breeders and they gave us a neat answers
to our questions about Airedales. We learned about Airedales more
and embarked on Airedale way in the world. We have had close relations
with them, among them are Martin&Alaine Lockett and we have
always exchanged email. Their Airedale, Roxy(Eng.CH. Jaideld Gypsy
Girl)achieved remarkable results in some shows, her memorable carrier
was winning BOB at Crufts 1998. Roxy was very beautiful, she had
a short back, good color, perfect movement and true Terrier spirit.
When she had babies, I picked a girl which would be our new foundation
bitch. A puppy girl flew to Japan alone in the autumn of 1998. We
called her Maple(CH.Jaideld Gypsy Queen of Wilderness) because the
autumn leaves in Japan were very beautiful, especially Maple leaves
in that year.
The Airedale Terrier
Millennium Celebration was held in West Yorkshire England on the
weekend of June 23rd to 25th 2000. Takemi and I participated in
the event and Takemi entered the championship show as a handler.
It was a wonderful experience for him to handle the Airedale at
the show in England. And the great pleasure to us was seeing many
overseas friends who we had only known through e-mail. I am sure
our getting together on the weekend deepened our friendships. Visiting
England had a great effect on us. The following year, we built a
new house in the mountain so that we can give our dogs the terrific
surroundings. And we decided to have a puppy boy as a future stud
dog. I flew back to England myself to see our first puppy boy at
Robroyd's. He was 35 days old at that time and I named him Willow(CH.
Robroyd Zodiac)and his sire is Eng.CH. Robroyd Granite. I will never
forget those lovely trips and the friends who welcomed me.
In 2001, Maple became
the champion and she was mated with Eng.CH. Saredon Fire Dance and
she had nine babies in the summer. We kept a lovely girl and named
her Diane. Willow and Diane were 6 months years apart and grown
up like a brother and sister. Willow got the crown in the spring
of 2003, followed Diane in the autumn of the same year. The owners
of Maple's offsprings also enjoy showing and their lives with them.
We will mate Maple with Willow this autumn again and we will certainly
keep a girl this time. It would be our pleasure to produce puppies
with good temperaments, terrier spirit, good movement and construction.
And we do hope to see real Wilderness Airedales in the future.
Beagle Bill, Airedales
Peri and Red passed away already, and now we have four Airedales
Roughty, Maple, Willow and Diane. Takemi, I and our dogs enjoy two
different life styles, in the mountain and Tokyo. The dogs behave
quiet as if they didn't exist when we are in low, while they are
excited like a clown when we are cheerful. They are wise, stubborn
and naughty. We love so much what they are and we are pleased being