KAMBY AIREDALES (Afijo pendiente de confirmacion por FCM )
(October 12, 1890 – December 31, 1966)
A great businessman, and the creator of the:
DARKEST CHAPTER IN AIREDALE HISTORY
After the First World War, the Airedales' popularity rapidly increased thanks to stories of their bravery on the battlefield and also because Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, and Warren Harding owned Airedales.
During the 1920s, Lingo owned the Oorang Dog Kennels, As a way of promoting his kennels, Lingo financed a National Football League franchise, called the Oorang Indians in 1922.
Lingo bred his first litter when he was nine years old in 1900.
Over time he bred and sought to create a stronger type of Airedale. His efforts resulted in the King Oorang Airedale. Lingo described the King Oorang as the "world's great all-around dog." Which Airedales well breed already were, Upon creating the King Oorang breed, Lingo embarked on a mail order business, selling his puppies to people throughout the Americas.
He expanded his breeding program to meet the enormous demand for Airedales by selling up to a thousand Airedale bitches to farmers throughout Ohio.
Lingo took back the bitches for breeding and whelping, then returned them to their owners, while buying back the pups at a pre-agreed price. Lingo then resold the pups to buyers throughout the country. Reportedly Walter sold up to 15,000 Airedales per year, and by the mid-1920s he claimed to be spending $2,000 per month on advertising. (25,000 of today’s US Dollars)
Lingo's Airedales could sell for $150. ($1,800 of today’s US Dollars)
Lingo’s monthly magazine “Oorang Comments” (#25, page 81), stated that “When full grown your Airedale dog will weigh from forty to fifty-five pounds ( 18 to 25 kilos) and if a female will weigh slightly less.
This is the standard weight, but when required, we can furnish over-sized Airedales whose weight will be from sixty to one hundred pounds.”(27 to 45 kilos)
Because Lingo tried to fill orders for everyone, the Oorang strain size was never standardized. Airedales weighing from 40 to 100 pounds were produced,
Over time, the Oorang Kennel Company and its Oorang Airedales became known throughout the world.
He donated a stud dog for Red Cross work in Europe to the military during World War I, then, after the war, promoted in advertising for breeding.
He also gave away dogs as a promotion to winners of contests, silent film stars, baseball players, and two were given to the editor of Field & Stream magazine, who favored the kennel with complimentary ads.
HOWEVER MANY OF LINGO'S NEIGHBORS DESCRIBED THE AIREDALES AS KILLERS. THESE NEIGHBORING FARMERS ACCUSED THEOORANG KENNELS OF RAISING A NATION OF SHEEP KILLERS.
This public relations disaster prompted Lingo to enlist the aid of celebrities to endorse his dogs. He invited celebrities, such as Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers, boxer Jack Dempsey, actor Gary Cooper, Tris Speaker of the Cleveland Indians, and Olympic sprinter Charles Paddock to LaRue to hunt with him and his dogs. Perhaps, Lingo's most famous supporter was Jim Thorpe, the celebrated athlete of the 1920s. With no reluctance at all, Thorpe came to Lingo's aid by testifying that he once knew an Oorang Airedale that had saved a 6-year-old girl's life. After that, Lingo and Thorpe became hunting buddies.
After the Oorang Indians' collapse, Lingo continued to sell his Airedale dogs. Unfortunately, the Great Depression struck in the 1930s, prompting Lingo to scale back his business. People could no longer afford the Airedales, prompting Lingo to have approximately three hundred puppies euthanized in 1929 alone. Some people tell that he did euthanize over 4,000 pups easy figure 15,000 puppies per year equals, 1,250 per month.
At the beginning of the Roaring Twenties, the NFL was just a footnote within the landscape of American sports..
To help promote his dogs, Lingo eventually created the Oorang Indians, an NFL team in La Rue.
The stunt worked, and Lingo would go on to make a million dollars selling Airedales in just one year, during the height of popularity of the Oorang Indians.
. The Indians remained a team in the National Football League for the 1922 and the 1923 seasons. The Oorang Indians players didn't only play football. Lingo also required them to work in his kennels, caring for his dogs. He also forced his players to parade around the football field with his dogs during half times, hoping that fans would purchase his dogs.
First halftime shows
Many football historians credit Lingo with creating the halftime show. He would lure audiences to his games with the promise of an outrageous halftime show, instead of the promise of a good football game. Entertainment, both before the games and during halftimes, was provided by the players and the Airedale dogs. There were shooting exhibitions with the dogs retrieving the targets. There were Indian dances and tomahawk and knife-throwing demonstrations. One halftime event showcased an Indians player, named Long Time Sleep, wrestling a live bear.
The show promoted Lingo's kennels by showing the Airedale Red Cross dogs administering first aid to a wounded soldier. Many of the scouts and Red Cross dogs taking part in the event were real veterans of the war, while the German troops were impersonated by local American Legion men who wore German uniforms furnished by Lingo. The halftime activities soon became more important than the results of the game for the Indians fan base.
Oorang” Airedales trace their lineage to the darkest point in the history of the breed: During the 1930’s Airedales were the number one most popular breed in America and England. In the American southwest, Airedales were bred on farms in large quantities. As this type of factory-breeding continued, Airedales of that decade became larger, developed aggressive tenancies, and began exhibiting genetic problems. Because of the changes to the breed created by these breeding practices, Airedale Terriers soon fell out of popularity and remain, currently, as a somewhat rare breed. Generations of careful breeding and relative unpopularity have returned the Airedale to the medium-large, even-tempered, working-minded, and healthy dog the original nineteenth-century breeders intended.
Dogs sold as “Oorang” Airedales today are often descended from those extra-large airedales of the 1930’s and may carry the genetics carrying the medical and behavioral problems that are all but extinct from today’s Airedales that are bred to standard by responsible breeders.
“Oorangs” Airedales are not infrequently surrendered to rescue. If you have your heart set on a larger Airedale, consider adoption.
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