I visited Ron and Anne of Old Iron. Anne produced Margaret
River who is by far the most prominent Airedale in the world
today as she won Best of Breed for two years running at the
Montgomery show. Ron is Keith's best friend and he drove for
over two hours to pick me up.
Their house was next to the national park and was surrounded
by hills and trees. As soon as I got in the house, the grooming
table in the center of the living room caught my eye. There
were big glass doors leading to a large back yard for dogs.
I suppose Anne can easily groom and train their dogs. The sight
attested that taking care of the dogs occupied the great part
of their life. Anne gave me a very warm welcome. After the lunch,
she showed me their dogs so I could take pictures and she also
demonstrated the dogs' training. I was absolutely amazed! Their
Airedales looked like quality dogs and seemed very lively. They
kept their eyes on Anne the whole time and did a standing show
pose wagging their tails. They looked Happy indeed!
After that, Anne and I took her favorite dogs Bacchus (male)
and Pekoe (female) to the river by car. Bacchus is the brother
of Margaret River and is very active in the show world like
her. Anne let them off the leash at the river bank, where it
is allowed. We met many people and dogs off leash during the
walk. Each time Anne said hello to the people and Bacchus and
Pekoe said hello to other dogs in their friendly canine way
. The people and the dogs were very calm and none of the dogs
tried to play, just exchanged greetings. And when Anne called
their name, they ran up to her. I was really impressed with
them. That's exactly the kind of dog I'd like to have! I admire
Anne for producing lovely Airedales with such a good temperament.