Frank was a warm and caring person with a big heart for the "big" Airedales.  Frank loved the Oorangs and adopted a big boy, Teddy, from rescue who was his constant companion until the end.

Frank's heart dog was an Airedale named Dickens.  He wrote the following poem for Dickens after Dickens crossed the bridge. 

A Friend of Mine - In Memorium

Dickens came from Methuen twelve years ago
I loved him at once, that you would know
An Airedale was he, you could tell at a glance
Had the posture, the coat, the color, the prance
He lived with me most of his life
Barked plenty but had little strife
Waited long for Dickens, friend of a dream
We ran together and made a great team
I know, of course, that a dogs life is brief
Wanted to go first but had no relief
I took him to the vet today
He went to sleep, is now far away
He's in the high courts of Heaven today
In patience he waits
With other angels he will not play
But sits alone at the gates

Dickens waits no more as he and Frank are together again...a great team forever.  Frank will always be remembered as a wonderful friend of Airedales and of rescue.  

Donations in memory of Frank Gillis

  • Brendan Wahlberg & Marsha Gilmore
  • Fran Sobel
  • John & Patricia Feltch
  • The Metrics Team
    • Louis Agro
    • Joe Cambria
    • Beth Abesamis
    • Cheryl Abdus-Salaam
    • Bruce Anderson
    • Cathy Clark
    • Wanda Cox
    • Evelyn Go
    • Mark Henry
    • Devon Moore
    • George Parnizari
    • Daniel Squicciarini
    • Felix Velez Jr
  • Thomas M. Casey, Jr.
  • Lillian and Bob Fulton
  • The Talbots Group, LP
  • Bob & Shelley Guerard
  • Jacqueline E. Thissell
  • Quintin Lew
  • Barbara and Ross Eilbacher
  • Berns Communications Group LLC
  • Verizon Friends: Alethea, Caroline, Lydia, Rich, Cathy, Tony, Ralph, Mary Pat
  • Amy Stern
  • R & J Wheeler
  • Drs. Thomas & Helen O'Leary
  • Marjorie Minkin & Richard D'Amato

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Airedale Information

Each year several hundred Airedales find their way into rescue and begin new lives.  Because of the generous support of donors like you, National Airedale Rescue, Inc. is able to assist with the financial needs of Airedale rescue organizations throughout the United States and Canada each year so these great dogs continue to find loving homes.  We appreciate your donations!

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