Ferris is an Airedale
born on April 17, 2006. He was named after the character
Ferris Bueller, from the classic 1986 John Hughes film, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off".
Ferris takes after his namesake in his mischievous deceitfulness and
interest in "Days Off"
(i.e. he's quite lazy).
He was part of a litter of seven puppies,
he's the one with the yellow ribbon.
His mother is a champion showdog, whose name is "Pretty Tuesday". His grandfather on
his father's side is also a champion, and just so happens to also be
his grandfather on his mother's side. Uncle Daddy's name is
"Jimi". Despite this pedigree, we're not exactly dog show people.
We first saw Ferris, well we saw the set of puppies, at age four
weeks. They were color coded, but Patty, the breeder, wasn't sure
which puppy she wanted to sell to us to be "just a pet". I.e. we
were going to get the "dregs of the litter". Patty, the breeder, has
several grown Airedales she shows for her kennel, "Avalonaire".
We made a few trips to the Avalonaire Kennels in Oakdale,
CA, which is about 2/3 of the way from our house to Yosemite.
At the time this appeared to be the only Airedale litter in the state
We took Ferris home, at about 8 weeks.
Ferris has grown quite a bit since that time (about 4 months later)...
Note also that Ferris has a lot less black fur and more brownish red
Sam Waterston, Raised by Airedales?
We've decided that Ferris bears a striking resemblance to Sam
Waterston. Could it be he was raised by Airedales?
Not Quite Right
There's something about Ferris' stubborn attitude and overall laziness
which is well captured in this James Thurber cartoon.
These aren't great, they were taken with a cell phone (Treo 650), but
they're all we got...
Note that they are posted on YouTube,
which was founded by a couple of my former colleagues at PayPal.