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The Airedale in The Great Gatsby

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‘I want to get one of those dogs,’ she said earnestly. ‘I want to get one for the apartment. They’re nice to have – a dog.’

We backed up to a grey old man who bore an absurd resemblance to John D. Rockefeller. In a basket swung from his neck cowered a dozen very recent puppies of an indeterminate breed.

‘What kind are they?’ asked Mrs Wilson eagerly, as he came to the taxi-window.

‘All kinds. What kind do you want lady?’

‘I’d like to get one of those police dogs; I don’t suppose you got that kind?’

The man peered doubtfully into the basket, plunged in his hand and drew one up, wriggling, by the back of the neck.

‘That’s no police dog, ‘ said Tom.

‘No, it’s not exactly a police dog,’ said the man with disappointment in his voice. ‘It’s more of an Airedale.’ He passed his hand over the brown washrag of a back. ‘Look at that coat. Some coat. That’s a dog that’ll never bother you with catching cold.’

‘I think it’s cute,’ said Mrs Wilson enthusiastically. ‘How much is it?’

‘That dog?’ He looked at it admiringly. ‘That dog will cost you ten dollars.’

The Airedale – undoubtedly there was Airedale in there somewhere, though its feet were startlingly white – changed hands and settled down into Mrs Wilson’s lap, where she fondled the weather-proof coat with rapture.

F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby.


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July 7, 2008 at 12:06 am

Airedales Lost With The Titanic

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John Jacob Astor and Kitty

Two Airedales were among the handful of dogs lost on the Titanic. One, named Kitty, belonged to Colonel John Jacob Astor IV, a real-estate mogul worth $100 million at the time. Astor, 46, had recently consternated society by marrying 18-year-old Madeleine Force, who was not only younger than his son but also five months pregnant.The second Airedale lost on the Titanic belonged to William E. Carter of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, who also owned the Renault in which Jack and Rose encamped for their Titanic tryst in the movie. Carter, his wife and two children survived the disaster.
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Robert Ballard’s footage from a 2004 return to the shipwreck site he discovered in 1985

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June 24, 2008 at 8:14 am

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Little Orphan Annie

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Little Orphan Annie’s dog, Sandy, is often referred to as an Airedale; but, in truth, he was part Airedale, part collie and, perhaps, part something else. He had a black left ear, a black patch on his back and a white tip on his tail. Annie discovered Sandy in 1925, the year after the comic strip bearing her name had first appeared in American newspapers. Sandy was just a pup then, being teased by a gang of boys behind Mrs. Bottle’s store. Because Annie wasn’t allowed to bring the pup into the Bottle house, where Annie was staying, she gave Sandy to Paddy Lynch to look after. Sandy was living with Lynch when Annie fled the Bottle residence and hit the road for the first time. During that adventure Annie was kidnaped by gypsies, who were treating her poorly when Sandy, now full grown, came to her rescue. From then on Annie and her dog were virtually inseparable.


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June 17, 2008 at 10:46 pm

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Thurber’s Airedale

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The photograph shows Muggs, the Thurber family Airedale dog made famous in James Thurber’s story “The Dog who Bit People.” The story appeared in Thurber’s My Life and Hard Times, a collection of short stories, in 1933.

“The Dog That Bit People” is the story of Columbus native James Thurber’s Airedale Terrier Muggs, the worst of the many pet dogs he had during his lifetime. Not only did Muggs bite family members, neighbors, and salesmen, he also bit a congressman and Lieutenant-Governor Malloy while they were visiting Thurber’s father. The family gave boxes of candy at Christmas to all those the dog had bitten during the previous year. The story was published on pages 92 to 109 of My Life and Hard Times, published in 1933, which is 153 pages in length and measures 5.5″ x 8″ (13.97 x 21.32 cm). It includes three humorous drawings.
From Ohio Historical Society

James Thurber (1894-1961) was born in Columbus, Ohio. His father, who had dreams of being an actor or lawyer, was said to have been the basis of the typical small, slight man of Thurber’s stories. Young James was partially blinded by a childhood accident–his brother William shot an arrow at him. When he was unable to participate in games and sports with other children, he developed a rich fantasy life, which would serve to inspire his later fiction. Between 1913 and 1918 he studied at The Ohio State University. He worked as a code clerk in Washington, D.C., and at the American embassy in Paris and as a journalist for the Chicago Tribune in Paris.

In 1926 Thurber went to New York City, where he was a reporter for the Evening Post before joining The New Yorker, where he found his clear, concise prose style and where fifteen of his books first appeared. Thurber’s wry humor showed great sensitivity to human fears and follies.

Thurber’s first book, Is Sex Necessary, appeared in 1929. The book presented Thurber’s drawings as well and instantly established him as a true comedic talent. Thurber left The New Yorker in 1933, but remained a contributor. In the 1950s Thurber published modern fairy tales for children. His eyesight became worse in the 1940s, and by the 1950s his blindness was nearly total. Thurber continued to compose stories in his head, and he played himself in 88 performances of the play A Thurber Carnival.
from Ohio Memory

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June 15, 2008 at 10:53 am

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Airedales in Ralph Lauren ads

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From left, Loudwell Purple Heather (Zara) and CH. Loudwell Right Hand Man (Nicol) in 1985 at Heron Bay House, Barbados. Famous fashion photographer Bruce Weber used the two, but primarily Nicol for the new Ralph Lauren ‘Polo’ campaign. Though the dogs were supposed to pose for one hour, Bruce asked for them back day after day for a week. This was one of the episodes where Bruce asked the models to leave so he could shoot the dogs alone.
They had asked for two Boxers, Dobes and Shepherds as well. However, to OUR glee, none of those breeds proved suitable for the Lauren campaign. Bruce used the Airedales exclusively. He later said he wanted to “speak to Ralph about making the Airedale the ‘Polo’ mascot.” Yes! Airedales!
From Airedales in Barbados

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June 13, 2008 at 1:05 pm

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