Welcome to Trevorwood and owner Carol Coalson
Not quite a kennel, just a home overflowing
In the beginning (1969) there was a Collie that a young woman (me) bought while still in high school. His name was "Trevor". The breeders said he was a show collie because it had a full white ruff. Guess what? He wasn't a show dog, but Trevor got me hooked on dog shows. After graduation from a two year college with transfer to a four year and teaching in mind I took what was suppose to be a summer job in a kennel in the Valley Forge area of Pennsylvania. I stayed for a year and a half, met Airedale Terriers for the first time, and I learned a trade — Dog Grooming — which has supported my family and dogs all these years since.
Also, this happened to be the kennel of Barbara Strebeigh, one of the most noted supporters of the Airedale Terrier breed. I had the pleasure of meeting Ch. Bengal Sabu who was a pivotal foundation sire for the breed in the 60's and 70's.
I also learned that it is quality not quantity that matters the most in breeding good dogs. Barbara could have sold countless puppies, but while I was there she had one litter, and it was from that one litter which my first Airedale Terrier came from.
All these many years I have been committed to breeding better dogs. Health and temperament are both vital. Every breed has a standard of perfection and all good breeders are working to keep to the standard. All dogs, whether purebred or not have genetic (inherited) defects that can be screened for. Too many people do not want to spend the money on genetic testing, because they think it's not important — "it's just going to be a pet".
My answer to that is that all dogs, be they pet or show dog, deserve to live a life free of pain and suffering caused from the ignorance or greed of the breeder. Buy from a breeder who proactively screens for known issues in the dog breed they specialize in.
My home is my kennel. My dogs are all house dogs, puppies are born in the bedroom and raised in the kitchen. From birth the puppies travel back and forth with me to my grooming shop staying in the kitchen area until they are four to five weeks old when they come out to the grooming shop to be spoiled by my customers and get the very best in socialization. They begin their journey to being housebroken and learn to walk on a leash.
I only sell my puppies with limited registration to be spayed or neutered and I will ask as many questions of you as you do of me. These dogs have been my life for more than half of it and they will go only to good long-term homes, to people who really want a dog for the next 12 to 14 years and understand the responsibility and expense of dog ownership.
The Airedale Terrier is not for everyone. They love to dig, they can be counter surfers, waste basket raiders, paper shredders, toy destroyers, and even door openers. They're very smart dogs! They believe that they are your best friend and ally, not a servant. If you want a dog that will immediately jump when you say jump, don't even consider an Airedale. A fenced yard is a MUST because if given the opportunity to hunt they will, taking off for the wilderness to find rabbits, woodchuck, squirrels, SKUNKS, birds and the like. They cannot be trained to stay in your backyard, and they outwit invisible fence systems with ease.
Like any dog they require years of training (Airedales love agility) but the Airedale has a sense of humor that makes it a joy to have —or a pain in the butt unless you, too, possess that sense of humor. Then you have a wonderful friend and companion that will make you laugh and smile.