When Deacon’s elderly parents could no longer care for him, family members took turns driving into town to make sure he had food and water. But they wanted more for this sweet boy, so the daughter-in-law reached out to Airedale Rescue Group. She drove Deacon to meet Deb, his foster mom, who would teach him house manners since he had been living outside. Deacon was a little anxious about all the changes, but he loved stretching his legs in the enclosed pasture and learning that food would be served each day. Deacon needed his forever home, though, and ARG found just the right family: Doug, Jon, and 18-month old Airedale June.
On transport day, Deacon wore the biggest smile – he just seemed to know that all these friendly people were taking him closer to his own family. After Doug and Jon met Deacon and his last travel crew, it was time to go home. Jon put the ramp into position for Deacon to get into the SUV, and Deacon tried a mild attempt to avoid it, but Jon had instinctively positioned himself to block the effort. That was a good sign for the relationship; no words were even necessary. Deacon trotted right up – into the front seat! Once positioned correctly, off they went to meet June, who had been hanging out with Doug’s parents. June and Deacon got off to a happy start, playing in the yard, where the resident Westie mix actually preferred Deacon.
Deacon developed a reputation for being a crate escapee and a counter surfer while in his foster home. He hasn’t completely abandoned his acrobatic career; one evening Doug walked into the kitchen to find Deacon standing on the counter – not climbing up, not hanging on, just standing there. Doug helped him down to the floor.
June occasionally reminds Deacon that she is the Queen, especially if she perceives that he is getting more attention than she deems appropriate. But the two have become wonderful friends and bring out the puppy in each other. During the first couple of weeks, Doug said that Deacon sometimes was restless and seemed a little anxious. One evening when everyone was in the backyard together, Deacon was running around with his squeaky rope toy with complete abandon. Doug and Jon knew Deacon knew he was home.