Linda Miklusak

I can’t imagine not being involved in rescue. Since Airedales cannot speak for themselves, we have to speak for them.

I started volunteering with SOAR about two years ago. Before that, I was on the Board of Directors for ATRA, as well as being the coordinator for Indiana.

Currently, I’m on the home check and transport list, as well as having just agreed to write up adoption stories for SOAR.

As a lifelong Airedale lover, I presently have two Airedales, both rescues; Cheyenne, who is 13 and Duffy, who just turned nine. I’ve been married for 15 years and have five children from my previous marriage. All of my children are grown, have families of their own, and they all live in southeast Michigan. I also have thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


I currently work as a credit analyst for World’s Finest Chocolate, and although it’s sometimes a challenge, my job and my rescue work always seem to balance out. At times, of course, they do overlap, and I must admit to keeping a spare change of “rescue” clothes in my van for when I have to run out right after work.

For me, Airedales are the most amazing animals. They are so extremely intelligent, and their eyes are the windows to their souls. The love that Airedales have for their owners is unconditional and their courage is legendary. One of my Airedales, whose name was Sampson was a big baby. And yet, he put himself between me and another dog who was charging towards me.

I never cease to be amazed and humbled by my Airedales.