2006 Rescue Kerries Placed
Below are stories and updates on some of the Kerries placed by the Foundation
Index of 2006 Rescue Kerries
March 7, 2006
Great Ohio Rescue
The Foundation rescued 15 Kerrries from two puppy mills in Ohio. We've
set up a special page to document the
Rescue itself, and to follow the lives of these Rescue Kerries.
March 18, 2006
Shelbina Express Rescue
The Foundation rescued 34 Kerries from a puppy mill in Shelbina, MO. We've
set up a special page to document
the Rescue itself, and to follow the lives of these Rescue Kerries.
April 29, 2006
April Surprise Rescue
The Foundation rescued 14 Kerries from a puppy mill in MO. We've set up
a special page to document the
Rescue itself, and to follow the lives of these Rescue Kerries.
August 26, 2006
Summer's Pride Rescue
The Foundation rescued 4 Kerries from a puppy mill in MO. We've set up
a special page to document the Rescue itself,
and to follow the lives of these Rescue Kerries.
September 1, 2006
The Iowa Girls
The Foundation rescued 2 Kerries from a puppy mill in Iowa. We've set up
a special page to document the Rescue itself,
and to follow the lives of these Rescue Kerries.
This little beauty was picked up by an alert rescuer and turned over to
the Kerry Foundation. She is quite the lady of mystery as her owner
did not want to disclose any information about her. We suspect Teeny
was imported from Europe, as her tail is undocked, probably for the sole
purpose of breeding.
Teeny is a year old, and in good shape, up to date on shots and soon to
be spayed. She is housebroken and incredibly sweet but timid. Teeny
is already emerging out of her shell in the foster home she shares with
other dogs and was recently was groomed by a knowledgable Kerry breeder
and volunteer, who reported: "She was pushing against me all
the time. Just wanted to sit next to me. Her tail is constantly
wagging. She was very good on the table, so it looks like she was
groomed on regular basis. Not afraid of clippers. So as far as I can
tell she is typical people- oriented Kerry Blue, but will need some time
to overcame her shyness. She is intense with her desire to please
Patrick is a 5-year old, neutered male Kerry Blue Terrier that is looking
for a new home. His previous owners lived in a small apartment with a new
baby, and there was no room or time for Patrick. He stayed with friends
temporarily, but they could not keep him permanently along with their existing
dog, who was Patrick’s best friend. Patrick is now in foster care
in Nashville living with two male terriers.
While Patrick does OK with other male dogs, in his ideal home, he would
be an only dog or would share his home with a female. He is very, very people-oriented
and follows his family members around everywhere they go. He loves toys,
and managed to remove every toy from his foster home’s toy box in
less than 2 days. He enjoys playing ball and will return the ball to you
in exchange for another ball. He also loves walks and is very calm on a
leash. He is the type of dog who could easily go to ball games and soccer
games with his owners.
Patrick is well-behaved both in the house and out. He also knows his basic
obedience commands, such as sit, down, and off, and is house-trained. His
stay is OK as long as you remain nearby, but his desire to be with you overrides
his desire to be obedient. He does have an issue with barking which his
foster home has been addressing with much progress. He now stops barking
when asked and comes running for a treat! Like many dogs, Patrick has some
fear of thunderstorms, but does not get frantic, and has been left at home
without incident. His adoptive family should plan to take him to a refresher
obedience class (a requirement of our Adoption Contract), to help form a
bond with Patrick and to challenge him mentally. He learns new things easily
and with great enthusiasm.
Patrick has been well cared for by his owners, both physically and emotionally.
He has not had any health problems, he is up-to-date on his vaccinations,
and is microchipped. All medical records are on file with the Kerry
Blue Terrier Foundation and will be distributed to the new owners.
He likes to chase neighborhood cats, but it seems like it is for fun.
He has never shown aggression toward a cat. He has also never lived with
An ideal home would be one where no major life changes are expected, so
that this placement will truly be his forever home. Patrick’s previous
owners have reported no issues with children, but his activity level and
interest in being in on everything leads us to believe that he would do
best in a home with children older than 6. Patrick’s sweet nature
makes him want to sleep in his owners bed, snuggle up with them while they
are watching TV, and he is happy to either sit in your lap or lie down at
your feet. He loves to be petted. We hope his new home will be able to accommodate
this desire, as he really is a sweetheart of a dog who deserves the best
Phoebe--5 yr. old female
Phoebe was rescued from a dog auction last March by a private rescue group
in Georgia, and turned over to the Kerry Foundation 3 1/2 months later when
the group dissolved their Rescue program. Born and raised in a puppy mill,
and bred twice a year to produce puppies to enrich the puppy mill, sweet
little Phoebe is ready for a new life!
This little girl has suffered much in the mills. She is missing
some of her teeth (which does not affect her eating or drinking--she has
a great appetite!) and has long suffered from untreated ear infections.
She came to us with her ear canals swollen shut and packed with debris.
As a result, she has lost much of her hearing, but her vet does not believe
it is permanent. Within a week in our care, her ears have greatly improved
and we expect some, and hopefully most of her hearing to return soon. Meanwhile,
Phoebe is learning hand signals, and is proving to be a quick and eager
learner! She is very smart and easy to train.
Although well socialized with other dogs and completely non-aggressive
with them, Phoebe prefers the company of people rather than dogs, and will
bond like glue to her new owners. She adores people, and happily greets
strangers and children alike. Gentle, quiet, and affectionate, Phoebe wants
nothing more than to be by your side (or in your lap!), receiving pets and
returning kisses. The only time we've heard her bark is when she wakes up
in the morning to be let out. She is crate-trained, and it is easy to learn
her schedule for house-training.
The best home for Phoebe is one where someone will be with
her during the day to be her companion, and give her the love and attention
she never had. Her new family needs to understand and appreciate her current
hearing loss, and have the patience and willingness to work with that. She
will benefit from training and exercise, proper nutrition and routine health
care, but beyond that, her needs are few. This is a dog to love and cherish--one
of our "good as gold" Rescue Kerries--and she deserves a very
From: Janet Joers <JJoers@impulse.net>
Date: Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:46:05 AM US/Pacific
Phoebe, now named Annie, happily arrives in her new home. More good news:
her hearing has returned! Deaf when she arrived in foster care, with ear
canals swollen shut and packed solid with dirt and hair, she can hear again
thanks to the efforts of her foster mom and new owners. Her new life begins!
Grady came into rescue because an alert Kerry owner and her
daughter saw him
in a pet store at a mall in Staten Island, NY and contacted us. He was for
sale for $1200.00. Not only did Brenda contact us immediately, but she also
offered to be Grady's "watch dog" at the store. She visited him
for socialization, she monitored his health (which was up and down) and
change in price. Brenda did ALL the right things. She was able to develop
friendly relationship with the staff at the pet store so that as time
passed, they actually worked with us to get him into rescue.
By the time we discovered Grady at the store, he had already
been there for
a month, and according to staff members, customers had shown little to no
interest in him. As we constantly tell pet store owners, Kerries rarely
in that venue, and as weeks and then months go by, the pup becomes less
less appealing to pet store customers. Slowly the store begins to reduce
their asking price and when it gets to the point where we know that the
store is losing money on him, we can make an offer to "take him off
hands" for a fraction of the price. This is the pattern that we see
time again at pet stores, and that is how we got Grady.
Because a concerned and responsible kerry owner ID'd this
pup and worked
with Foundation Rescue as our "watchdog" on site, Grady (now almost
old) has just joined a wonderful Kerry-savy forever family in Connecticut.
"...Grady is truly a Kerry - he's so spunky - and what a joy he is!!
happy that he was rescued from that pet shop!!! Thanks again! I'll keep
sending pics of this precious fella!"
Please, when you are in a mall with a pet store that sells
puppies, take a
moment to ensure that there is not a Kerry there. Don't buy any supplies
from stores that sell pups and in a friendly but firm manner, let them know
why you will not patronize their store.
If you do find a Kerry for sale, contact Mimi Wight (firstname.lastname@example.org),
our Pet Store Coordinator, immediately. Together, we may just save another
Carol <email@example.com> wrote:
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2006 18:15:50 -0700 (PDT)
Just wanted to let you know that Grady is very happy here and is worming
his way into Rosie's heart, slowly but surely. They are so funny when
they are playing! Here are a couple of pics of them playing frisbee
- of course, Rosie thought it was supposed to be "keep away" with
both of the frisbees! But Grady set her straight!
Grady's a good boy - 95% housebroken - sleeps in his crate with no fuss.
He's great on the leash when we go for our morning walks. We finished
up the puppy food that you brought, Brenda, so I switched him to the Nutra
Lamb & Rice puppy food - he doesn't seem to be fattening up very fast
- but I'm sure he will. He has a full set of beautiful adult teeth now!
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2006 09:05:33 -0800 (PST)
From: Carol <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Merry Christmas from Grady!
Grady just wanted me to send you his lastest picture to show how big he
is getting - almost 20 inches and still growing! Much bigger than
Rosie. He also wanted me to tell you that he graduated from school
and was a good boy and learned lots of things and met some good friends.
We're sending a picture also of his family friends that come and play with
him on special occasions. He and Rosie are best buds now and play
all the time. He gets to sleep on my bed now and only goes into the
crate when left alone. As you can see from the picture, we are still
working of the ear setting - but I have confidence they'll be just fine
once they've been up for more than a couple of days!!
What a joy he is - and such a clown! and so loving! I was blessed
when he came into our home!
Thanks again - and have a wonderful Holiday and a very Happy New Year!!
Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2007 11:52:20 -0700 (PDT)
From: Carol <email@example.com>
Subject: Grady Update!
To: Tracey Fulmer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi Tracey! It's really hard to believe that Grady has been
in our family for almost a year now. It seems like he has always been part
of our lives! He had a great winter and in true Kerry fashion, loved romping
in the snow and catching snowballs! He is my faithful companion, following
wherever I go. I think I've solved the car sickness problems for both Rosie
and Grady - I bought a Toyota Rav 4 so they have have a space of their own!
Ha! But they seem to be happy just curling up in the back and taking a snooze
whenever we travel places. He also goes to a great doggie day care place
right around the corner from me. The owner actually calls ME to see if Grady
can come over to play with his friends! Pretty funny - ! He really livens
up the place!
Well, I'm attaching a couple pics of our Grady and Rosie - Grady isn't fond
of the camera pointing at him, so his tail isn't up in any of the pictures.
Subject: Update on Grady - Adopted 2006
Date: November 30, 2009 2:29:02 PM PST
just wanted to let you know that Grady has turned into a fine young man
- very handsome and extremely loving. During my recouperation time he stayed
in his spot on my bed beside me - he never moved - and this from a Kerry
that is so full of energy at all times I sometimes refer to him as my A.D.D.
puppy! He's such a clown and a wonderful companion - not that Rosie isn't,
but she is more interested in watching traffic drive by or chasing squirrels.
Almost every weekday I watch my daughter's one year old lab - so Grady and
Ellie play all day long. It's hysterical to watch them tease and chase each
other around the back yard.
Funny story - Grady was in terrible need of a haircut when
I was so ill, so not knowing anyone around here who knows how to groom a
Kerry, I made an appointment at PetCo. The groomer said - "I love Kerry
Blues and I've never had an opportunity to groom one". I dropped him
off before my radiation treatment and then picked him up in the afternoon!
Yikes - Grady was shaved to the bone! The only thing the guy
left on him was his beard! Poor Grady sulked for two days - and it was really
hard not to laugh at him! Needless to say, we've never gone back to PetCo
for a haircut!
I thank my lucky stars that has Grady come into my life -
he has brought me so much happiness! Thank you again!
Here are the latest pictures - he is so much taller than Rosie, silky blue
coat and bright brown eyes - at his latest checkup the vet said he had the
body of an athlete!
Carol Smail (Mom of Rosie & Grady)
This little girl is losing the only home she has ever known due to a family
crisis. The Kerry Foundation is looking for a loving home who will make
sure Misty receives the same attention and care she has had all her life.
Misty is 10 years old, going on 5! She is very active for her age, plays
ball, catches frisbees, and remains the silly clown she has always been.
In her younger years, she was shown in conformation, and competed in both
obedience and fly-ball. Her athleticism is carrying over into her senior
years and keeping her young.
Misty is well socialized with other dogs and kids, as she lives with a
male Kerry and 6-year-old twins. She is untested with cats. This is a loving,
affectionate girl who is crate-trained, easy to teach tricks to, and fun
to have around. She is in excellent health and has never had any medical
condition or injury. Her only issue is occasional submissive urination,
triggered when the kids scream in play or when strangers reach for her.
It is our hope that, once removed from the emotional upheaval in her current
home, her confidence will return and this behavior will stop.
We are looking for a home with a fenced back yard, where someone is home
during the day, and where she will be loved and cherished for the rest of
her life. We are also looking for a family who recognizes how special an
older Kerry is, and how much they have to give. Misty is a treasure waiting
to be found.
To be considered for Misty, you must live within driving distance of eastern
MI, and complete our Adoption Questionnaire. Then contact:
Janet Joers, Rescue Director
P.O. Box 1495
Solvang, CA 93464
16 Apr 06
I am Betsy Chapman from Tampa, Florida. I just wanted everyone to
know that the rescue Kerry named Divot has moved to Tampa and has changed
his name to Erin (it means Ireland). He lives on a lake where there
are lots of ducks to chase and a paddle boat to ride in across the lake
( it is only 14 acres) He is learning so fast we can hardly keep up with
him. He has a rottie and yellow lab "cousins" who come
over to play and he visits his friends Cody and Cedar, the black labs
next door. We even lifted him over the fence for a play-date. His
foster Mom, Brenda Gallops who lives in Georgia and I talk almost daily.
She was foster Mom to Logan and now that Erin has a permanant home with
us, is getting ready to open her home to a new foster love. He is
now wearing one of the new Kerry Foundation collars (green with shamrocks
and kerries) He sleeps on the foot of our king sized bed. He
is on a regular schedule and follows us everywhere. He naps next to
my feet at the computer, sits with Al in the recliner chair and plays on
the futon with his stuffed hedgehog in the spare room that we made out of
the carport. I sent several photos to Diane Ewing and she will publish some
at a later time. I will send some more of a "more settled"
Erin. I wanted a rescue dog that had been given the opportunity to
stay in a home with lots of other Kerries so he would learn how to start
to heal from his awful past in the puppy mill. Brenda and her seven (some
champion) gave him that chance. Thanks Brenda. Sometimes Al
calls Erin "my Braveheart", because you can almost see him decide
to challenge his fears and then you see him turn around and come back to
face them. It is very exciting. Thanks to everyone who participated
in these rescues.
Sincerely, Betsy and Al Chapman, Tampa
Fitzgerald, Now Marley, 2-year-old
Fostered in Southern California
Contact Rescue Coordinator: Janet Joers at JJoers@impulse.net
Fitzgerald came to us looking like a mop from a Southern California animal
shelter that had picked him up as a stray. Lucky for him, he found his way
to Kerry Foundation Rescue, and is now safe and sound, clean and groomed,
and happy in foster care.
Fitzgerald is a very friendly boy, who loves to play with his Kerry housepals,
stealing their toys, then bounding away! He gets along well with a very
mellow, good-natured male Kerry, as well as a dominant female who doesn't
always appreciate his attentions. He entices her to play, but will back
off if she tells him to. With people, Fitz is very loving, and soaks up
attention like a sponge.
This boy is in excellent health, neutered, and microchipped (by us). He
is intelligent, comes when called, and learns quickly, including how to
use the doggie door. Fitz is an active, alert dog, keen on adventures--such
as scooting through an open door, or jumping on high places to investigate
the view--so will need a securely fenced yard to keep him safe, as well
as leashed walks every day to keep him mentally stimulated. Given his intelligence
and athleticism, he would make a promising candidate for agility training.
7 June 06
Fitzgerald becomes Marley
These photos were taken on the day Fitzgerald met his new
family. Since that happy day, Fitzgerald, now named "Marley,"
has made himself at home, investigated the neighborhood, greeted every friend
and neighbor with enthusiasm, and has even gone to work at the local university--in
the archeology department! (What better course of study is there for a Kerry?)
Fitzgerald says good-bye to his Foster Dad, Pasquale Goglia
(left), who transformed him from a "mop" found at a shelter into
a beautiful Kerry Blue.
Liam (LEE um) was rescued by the Kerry Foundation when his
owner died and he had no place to go. He was retrieved from a kennel where
he had been shaved to the skin due to a matted coat. Since then, he's grown
some hair, put on needed weight, learned how to play with toys, and turned
on the charm!
Liam is 2 years old, going on 3, neutered, microchipped, and
in excellent health. He is on the small side for a Kerry male--34 lbs.--and
is a lovely silver blue. He is an extremely affectionate boy who loves to
cuddle and give kisses, and is friendly and playful with everyone he's met
in foster care. He has not, however, been around children. Although on the
dominant side, he plays very well with other dogs and enjoys their company.
He is fascinated with the household cats, barking and play-bowing, and licking
them up and down when given the chance, indicating that in homes with patience
and experience with proper introductions, he could in time be integrated
with a family cat.
This is an active dog with an energy level typical of his
age and breed. He is full of fun and love, with personality plus! He lives
for his daily walks, car rides, playtime, and cheeseburgers (not too many
of those, please!)! He knows his basic obedience commands, listens well,
and is completely house-trained. In short, Liam is a super dog and will
make someone a wonderful companion.
The best home for Liam is one where he will get oodles of love and attention
and be part of an active family. He needs a fenced yard where he can run
and play to his heart's content, and family activities that will keep him
mentally stimulated, well socialized, and physically fit. He is sweet little
guy, willing to please, and deserves a warm and loving forever home who
will love and appreciate him.
15 May 06
Subject: [KBL] RESCUE DOG UPDATE - LIAM
Date: December 26, 2006 10:45:08 AM PST
After reading the wonderful stories of the KBT rescues who
have found homes and are flourishing under much needed TLC, I wanted to
drop a line and let everyone know how our little rescue guy is doing. We
adopted Liam O’Sullivan. In his previous life, he was an underfed;
under socialized, shaved down, little guy whose name was Sean. To me, he
was never a Sean – so I renamed him Liam O’Sullivan and he responded
to his new name from day one. I am so proud of Liam and how he’s grown.
Not only has he gained weight and but muscle tone too. When we first got
him, he had so much loose skin with no elasticity. Now – Liam’s
a meaty little guy with not nearly as much loose skin as what he used to
have. It’s amazing to see where he started from – being a complete
outsider and having no idea how to interact with other dogs and the majourity
of people, to now where Liam has become an integral part of the pack and
quite the little lover boy – a virtual social butterfly. He loves
his sisters and brothers, and has especially grown quite attached to his
sister, Mollie. We call them the Wonder Twins because they tend to work
in tandem – what one does, the other has to do, what one gets, the
other has to get. LOL. Liam’s coat is gorgeous and rivals in thickness,
colour and curl to my brother’s pick of the litter he got from a breeder.
It’s a beautiful silver blue and it’s extremely thick.
Liam has been such a joy!!!! All he wants to be is loved and
when he’s not running around with the crew, he loves to be held like
a baby, or snuggle up against one of us when we’re lying down. We
call him our little teddy bear. Liam has made leaps and bounds from where
he started from. When he first came to our house, he was very timid and
afraid, now it’s as if he’s come out of his cocoon and is very
sociable. All our family and friends love him; and like any other KBT, Liam
puts on a show around people and is always on his best behaviour.
On the whole we’ve been so blessed with all our dogs
and having them in our lives and being able to keep Liam in our home has
been the icing on the cake!
Thank you so much to the Foundation who let Liam into our
lives – we’ve been the richer for it!
Have a Happy and Blessed New Years!!!!!
Audra, Al, Bailey, Emma, Winston Churchill, Mollie & Liam
Subject: Re: [KBL] RESCUE DOG UPDATE - LIAM
Date: December 26, 2006 1:17:34 PM PST
After reading the wonderful stories of the KBT rescues who have
found homes and are flourishing under much needed TLC, I wanted to
drop a line and let everyone know how our little rescue guy is
doing. We adopted Liam O’Sullivan. In his previous life, he was
an underfed; under socialized, shaved down, little guy whose name
was Sean. To me, he was never a Sean – so I renamed him Liam
O’Sullivan and he responded to his new name from day one. I am so
proud of Liam and how he’s grown. Not only has he gained weight
and but muscle tone too. When we first got him, he had so much
loose skin with no elasticity. Now – Liam’s a meaty little guy
with not nearly as much loose skin as what he used to have. It’s
amazing to see where he started from – being a complete outsider
and having no idea how to interact with other dogs and the
majourity of people, to now where Liam has become an integral part
of the pack and quite the little lover boy – a virtual social
butterfly. He loves his sisters and brothers, and has especially
grown quite attached to his sister, Mollie. We call them the
Wonder Twins because they tend to work in tandem – what one does,
the other has to do, what one gets, the other has to get. LOL.
Liam’s coat is gorgeous and rivals in thickness, colour and curl to
my brother’s pick of the litter he got from a breeder. It’s
beautiful silver blue and it’s extremely thick.
Liam has been such a joy!!!! All he wants to be is loved and
he’s not running around with the crew, he loves to be held like a
baby, or snuggle up against one of us when we’re lying down. We
call him our little teddy bear. Liam has made leaps and bounds
from where he started from. When he first came to our house, he
was very timid and afraid, now it’s as if he’s come out of his
cocoon and is very sociable. All our family and friends love him;
and like any other KBT, Liam puts on a show around people and is
always on his best behaviour.
On the whole we’ve been so blessed with all our dogs
them in our lives and being able to keep Liam in our home has been
the icing on the cake!
Thank you so much to the Foundation who let Liam into our
we’ve been the richer for it!
Have a Happy and Blessed New Years!!!!!
Audra, Al, Bailey, Emma, Winston Churchill, Mollie & Liam
Terrance-- 4-month-old male puppy
Fostered near Denver, CO
Rescue Contact: Mimi Karsh email@example.com
A small black "fuzz ball" puppy who had languished
for three of his five month life in a mall pet store window emerged
with loving help from Mimi Wight into the real Kerry Blue Terrier world
on September 7, 2006. He had never been brushed or trimmed and
though he didn't look "Kerry", there was no mistaking his charm,
curiosity and personality. He won over everyone he met in the first
few days of his "new life". He got along well on his initial car
ride and seems eager and ready to take on all the experiences of the
Terrance, as he has been tentatively named, is looking for a forever home to
call his own. He has spent his entire short life with other dogs so
he would feel at home as a second dog or relish the attention
of being the only dog in a household. He has also met a sociable cat
and was curious and gentle with her. He would do best in a situation
with someone home during the day, as he needs housebreaking and other
puppy training and socialization. Also, he probably would do well with
children over about six.
Terrance is currently being fostered in Denver CO and is eager to begin
his life in a forever home. His foster mom promises to post
an updated picture of him with his first Kerry trim.
Subject: [KBL] Murphy Formerly Known as Terrance
Date: September 22, 2006 10:31:05 AM PDT
Sometimes the wheels or rescue or rehoming move painfully slow and other
times the stars are alligned just right and the process seems almost faster
than we could ever expect.
It's hard to believe that just two short weeks ago on September
7th, I was walking out of a pet store with a curious but somewhat bewildered
little boy freed from a crate for the first time in his five and one half
month life. Mimi Wight had spent weeks talking with the store owner to secure
his release. The next ten days where a blur of activity and adjustments
for Terrance and on the tenth day of his fostering and in the midst of his
first haircut, the call came from Diane Ewing that a wonderful home match
had been found. The following three days were consumed in the details of
getting him ready for a cross country flight to Virginia. Two weeks to the
day in the rainy pre dawn dark, Terrance was placed in the hands of AirCargo
for his trip home.......a bittersweet moment indeed.
He had a wonderful welcome awaiting him at the end of his
trip and attached is an exerpt from his new Mom's email:
My daughter and her friends named him Murphy yesterday,
and since I'd
like her to be especially attached to this guy, I think we'll honor
their choice. I know Terrance holds a special place in your heart, and
I'm perfectly happy to have you continue to regard his real name as
When I got him home yesterday afternoon, my husband insisted
pictures of him and e-mail them immediately, so here are the very
first shots of Murphy/Terrance in his new home. The first is Terrance
checking out the front yard, and the second is him having his first
drink of water east of the Mississippi!
So many dedicated rescue people and Kerry lovers touched this
boys life in such a short time and made this possible. Little Murphy, "may
the wind always be at your back".
Subject: Murphy in McLean
Date: September 24, 2006 7:27:09 PM PDT
A brief update on Murphy who celebrated his six-month birthday yesterday
with his new family in Virginia:
Murphy is, by all counts, the most wonderful animal ever to walk the earth.
He is gentle, playful, happy, adaptable, patient, and extremely handsome.
He has charmed everyone (on two or four legs) he's met since arriving last
Thursday afternoon at three o'clock. This afternoon we were walking in the
neighborhood and Murphy insisted on personally greeting the lady who was
weeding her front garden, the nice man who was bringing his trash can to
the curb, and an elderly father and son out for their Sunday walk. Everyone
asks where such a handsome well-mannered guy came from, so KBTF is getting
lots of grass roots (no pun intended!) publicity.
Last night Murphy mastered fetch in the living room with a
soft frisbee, until a lamp fell over, and we had to spend some time convincing
him all was right with the world. We tried to play frisbee fetch in the
front yard this morning, but there were acorns falling off the trees and
little girls on tricyles to distract him from his task. This evening my
sister-in-law came for dinner with her two girls (seven and three), and
Murphy played with them beautifully. The little one shrieked in joy or fear--I
couldn't tell which--but Murphy never lost his cool. Completely exhausted,
he's now asleep at my feet.
When I get a chance, I'm going to take some more pictures,
so you, too can oooo and ahhh over this handsome guy that is such a blessing
to our family--thanks to Mimi, Sarah, and Dianne.
Kate Brinkley, John Brinkley, Maeve and Murphy
p.s. If anyone knows of a trainer in Northern Virginia who's
good with Kerries, please let me know.
[Buster was rescued and immediately placed with Jerol Gardner
in FL. Buster was not posted on the web site.]
Thanks to a steady diet of dry dog food (YUCK) Buster has
lost three pounds. We leave dry food out for him all the time and he regulates
his feeding. With canned food he would eat until he pukes, which he also
does if we allow him too much water. We usually give him ice instead so
he can't gulp it down.
His weight loss combined with our slightly cooler weather
has improved his interest in exercise so that he now wants to walk and walk.
Actually walk and track but we aren't particular. He still does not think
dogs are fit company but is really gentle with humans. He would let anyone
in the house and permit them to attack us at will as long as they do not
bring a canine. We've not tried felines.
He does not bark. No watchdog here. We've heard him bark maybe eight or
nine times and each time it was a solo bark asking for something. Well,
okay, demanding something but who's counting.
He just had another large lipoma removed, this one too close
to his urethra to let it remain.
His stomach is very sensitive. Don't change his food, give
him too much water, too many snackies, leave him at the vet (which we do
have to do sometime when our housesitter is not available) or he will throw
up and get diarrhea. His digestive system is iffy at best.
We plan to go to NC to our cabin the last week in October and Buster is
going to find he now has a fence so he can wander from the house to the
yard at will, weather permitting. He already loves the second floor screened
He sleeps well. Last time we were in NC a bobcat screamed
in the middle of the night and Bud and I sat bolt upright in bed. (One of
us would have just headed for home but that would have required going outside.)
Buster never stirred.
He's really a sweetheart.
Elwood, 3 1/2-year-old male
Fostered in Illinois
Rescue contact: Tracy Fulmer firstname.lastname@example.org
Woody was an owner turn-in to a shelter, who released him to the Kerry
Foundation where he is being fostered in a Kerry-savvy foster home.
His foster family keeps asking why in the world anybody would give up such
a fabulous dog! He's a delightlul Kerry Blue, 3 1/2 years old, recently
neutered. He is sweet, loves to cuddle, and thoroughly enjoys laying
on his back for a belly rub (if you've got a few hours for those belly rubs,
he will happily stay in position!). Woody is fully housetrained and
walks beautifully on a leash. He's clearly had some obedience training
and knows basic commands.
The only problem that was reported by his previous owners is that he has
separation anxiety. Apparently Woody was not crated when the owners
went away, which is a must to make him feel more secure and to avoid any
damage to the home. He will need some simple positive reinforcement
to make him more comfortable and secure in his crate, but this seems like
a pretty simple solution for a pretty awesome dog.
Woody is good with other dogs, although not particularly interested in
them. He would be fine as a single dog or in a home with another dog,
as long as you aren't looking for a playmate for a fellow canine.
He's mildly interested in cats, but would likely do fine if introduced to
them properly, e.g., not allowed to chase them. Typical of a Kerry,
he is also a good watch dog and will alert you if something is amiss, but
is not a gratuitious barker. Although untested with children, given
his mild, gentle temperament, he would probably be fine with children over
Woody is up to date on vaccines and was well cared for in terms of vetting
by his previous owners. He is quite a catch for a family looking for
a wonderful Kerry companion.
28 Aug 06
Elwood (R), two months later at his new home:
Bria--11-year old female
Contact Rescue Coordinator: Dianne Ewing (email@example.com)
Bria was rescued by the Kerry Foundation when her owner could no longer
keep her. We are looking for a loving home who will make
sure that Bria will receive the care and love she deserves.
Bria is 11 years old, and in remarkably good health for her age. She
is eager to go on walks and loves to ride in the car. She happily
greets people and loves an occasional game of tug o'war. It's not
unusual to see her walking through the house with a squeaky toy in her mouth
wagging her tail. She's a beautiful girl endowed a great Kerry
attitude. With her zest for life, curiosity, and spirit, it is hard
to believe that she is blind. Bria suffers from Progressive Retinol Atrophy
(PRA), a genetic disorder for which there is no cure. Yet in only
one week, she learned to navigate her new house and does remarkably well
on her daily walks. She has adapted to her condition without complaint--a
lesson we can all learn from her.
We are looking for a home that understands the needs of a blind dog (we
will provide published information) so that she can be safe (she cannot
do stairs nor be left alone outside). Bria's new family will have
someone home during the day who is willing to invest the time necessary
to play and keep her mentally stimulated and alert, and where she will be
loved and cherished for the rest of her life. We are also looking
for a family who recognizes how special an older Kerry is, and how much
they have to give.
31 July 2006
Bria was adopted by Diane Ewing
Subject: [KBL] Happy Birthday Bria
Date: June 22, 2008 6:41:56 PM PDT
Tomorrow our rescue dog Bria turns 13 years old. Bria joined our family
when her owner could no longer care for her and contacted the Foundation
for help. Bria was suffering from uveitis, a painful autoimmune disease
in her eyes, when we picked her up and was going blind from progressive
We worried about a sick 11 year old dog leaving a quiet household
as a single dog and joining a very large family with resident kerries. We
discovered she was a tough dog and age had done little to mellow her. As
time progressed and there were no good homes (well, maybe one fraudulent
application that looked too good to be true) it was clear she would stay
with us. As predicted by her veterinary ophthalmologist, Bria was totally
blind within 5 months of her arrival and we refused to let her go. So we
don't move furniture, I have another good reason to yell when things get
left on the floor and we love her as if she has always been here.
Today, she is a gorgeous, very happy dog and is in perfect
health. Her previous owner misses her and keeps in contact with me to make
sure everything is going well. Bria now spends time outside in the garden
and enjoys the daily walks we call the "senior shuffle." She loves
the kids and the activity. It's funny to hear Skye, our parrot, say "good
girl, Bria" because the rest of us know that Bria would eat her if
she knew where to find her. My dogs know full well her sight is compromised
but her teeth aren't so they give her a lot of room and respect as the queen.
Having a blind dog presents some challenges but nothing that
cannot be overcome with patience and commitment. This year has been the
year of owner turn ins and too many seniors have lost their homes. And,
of course, old age doesn't come by itself so many have health issues. Please
consider opening your home to one of these precious dogs when they need
help the most.
Happy birthday, girl. May there be many more.
Rescue Coordinator: Eileen Andrade firstname.lastname@example.org
Karly came to us as a skeleton with a damaged eye. In the
last two weeks she has been spayed, had the damaged eye removed, been treated
for worms and been put on a fattening diet. She is doing well accommodating
to the loss of the eye and to gaining freedom and attention. She is proving
to be a sweet and loving girl. She frequently kisses, and can be a
little busybody, but knows when to settle down too. Her foster home reports
that she has quickly learned to use the doggy door and does her business
out in the yard. She loves being outside, though when left in the back yard
with her foster family in the front yard gardening she did bark in protest
that she was separated from them. When commanded to stop barking she responds.
Initially she didn’t like being left alone in her crate either –
pounding on the door with her feet but she calmed down and slept the night
through after a short period of protest. She doesn't appear to be used to
riding in a car, they seem to scare her, but in a crate in the back of the
car she settles down and tolerates it. Loud or unfamiliar sounds startle
her momentarily, but she rebounds from these too.
She has been eating very well and responds to her foster family immediately. She
needs some work on leash manners as she tends to pull but not badly.
Other dogs and cats don't seem to distract her. She was very interested
in her new surroundings, exploring the yard carefully but always coming
when called. Now when she relaxes all stretched out on the floor, her tail
vibrates in happiness. She spent Sunday afternoon happily ensconced on the
sofa next to her foster dad while he watched football, alternately napping
and using her nose to demand pats. She doesn't appear to have had much exercise
in the past. Her sit isn't tight with her feet under her bottom. They
splay out like a puppy. She has the energy and gawkiness of a new lamb
or foal and is delighted in her freedom and any attention you can give her.
She will sit for her treats.
While most of us watch our weight to stay trim or try to lose extra pounds,
Karly has been on a strict diet for the ten days in an attempt to put some
weight on her - cautiously, sensibly, but to cover those poor little bones.
She is on a 3 meals a day plan, giving her a scant cup of kibble at each
meal supplemented with "Fatten Balls" in between meals.
These are made from ground beef (raw) with oatmeal, molasses, egg yolks,
and peanut butter. Add a supplement powder of
lecithin, Vitamin B, kelp, malt and barley to this plan and you have Karly's
diet plan. And it is working!! While she is still thin Karly
is already looking sleek, her coat is shiny and soft and her surgery sites
Karly is going to be a wonderful companion for someone - the missing eye
won't hold her back at all and once her facial hair grows back in no one
will even realize it is gone. She has a gentle mouth when taking treats
and responds well to men, women, and children alike.
If you or someone you know is interested in adopting this
girl please fill out the Adoption Questionnaire and contact email@example.com
(More about Karly's rescue)
Janet Joers firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosie was rescued from an Amish puppy mill in Ohio when the farmer no longer
wanted her and was planning to put her down. She arrived in our Rescue program
neglected, dirty, and with parasites, but has now been vetted, bathed, and
groomed. She is a full sister to one of our March 2006 Great Ohio Rescue
girls (Bridget), and will never again be a breeding machine for a puppy
mill. Today she is safe with the Kerry Foundation and awaits a loving home.
Rosie is 5 years old, healthy, and an extremely sweet and gentle dog. She
is shy with people (especially men), but warms up to those who show her
patience and kindness. After several weeks in foster care, Rosie kissed
her caregiver for the first time--a real milestone for a dog that has known
nothing but total neglect.
She is good with other dogs, including a dominant female Kerry who she
follows around and stays close to in her foster home. She also does well
with children, and had no objection when a 10-year-old girl crawled into
her crate! This soft-tempered Kerry will blossom in the right home and make
a loyal companion.
Because shy dogs make the most progress when paired with out-going, confident
dogs, we are hoping for a home with such a dog. A family where someone is
home during the day will be able to provide Rosie with the positive human
interaction she needs, along with training and exercise. Love, kindness,
patience, and understanding--these are things every Kerry needs, but for
a sweet little girl like Rosie, they will work wonders.
Here's a picture of Rosie and her new buddy, Maggie at the
home of Brian & Alyson Gibson in Burlington, Ontario.
Brian sends the following news to put as an update on her page.
Linda Grisley, Rescue Coordinator
Saturday, December 02, 2006 9:19 PM
Rosie had a good day. It will obviously take her a long time
to trust us, but I am encouraged that she is taking the risks she has already.
She will leave her crate to snoop around, take treats off the floor when
left for her and she is quite good at walking on a leash. I have to use
a long training tether when she is in the back yard as she won't come to
any of us yet and she has found a spot to get under our deck that I will
have to fill in, I don't want to have to crawl under there to retrieve her!
The whole family is absolutely taken by her, she is such a sweetheart. I
have difficulty imagining what type of life she had before to get her this
frightened of people.
From: Brian Gibson [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, December 11, 2006 9:14 AM
Subject: One Week with Rosie
Just a note to update you on our first week with Rosie.
Rosie has had an amazing week, she has surprised us all.
She is very comfartable with me and quickly warming up to the rest of the
family. She will let them approach her without runnig away and will, on
occasion, approach them. With me she comes when she is called and is quick
to roll over for a rub on the belly! She has become my shadow, following
me around most of the time I am at home or in the office. She has adopted
a spot in my office where she lies down and naps while I work. She is acting
exactly like Shelby, my last Kerry, and is just the companion I had hoped
She is quick to give nudges with her nose to let you she
is there and even the occasional lick on a hand or face.
She is getting along great with Maggie, who to her credit,
is being very generous with her toys. We have had only one little snap,
not sure who started it, but that is to be expected and has not occurred
She has also started to do her "business" on the
She has been to the vet and was given a clean bill of health
and quickly won the hearts of everyone there! She is scheduled to be spayed
this Thursday. She will also have a quick cleaning of her teeth, although
overall they were very healthy and generally clean.
Rosie was having what I guess would be some mild bouts of
seperation anxiety when we left the house. She would get quite anxious as
we left and she would soil her crate by the time we had returned. She has
not done this on the last few occasions and hopefully she is realizing that
we will be coming back.
I cannot express how happy we are to have Rosie, everyday
she seems to take steps forward. Tracy Campanello has done a wonderful job
of making the transistion from the farm to our house as easy for Rosie as
possible. I realize that there will be times that she will seem to take
backward steps, but I am very confident she will live a long and normal
Thanks again for all your help, we couldn't be happier with Rosie.
From: "Brian Gibson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun Jan 21, 2007 8:10:18 AM US/Pacific
Just thought I would forward a couple of pictures and an update of Rosie's
She has come along very well. Finally warming up to
the rest of the family. Still a bit unsure of my daughter, but will
stay around and come to her occasionally.
Maggie and Rosie get along wonderfully, chasing each other around the yard.
I am surprised how fast Rosie is, she certainly can keep up to Maggie.
Other than that she is progressing far better than we had thought and continues
to give us all the companionship we had hoped.
As you can see from the pictures, snow has finally arrived in southern
Ontario. I am not sure what Rosie had experienced in the way of playing
in snow before, but she certainly loves it now!
From: Brian Gibson [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: July-12-07 2:44 PM
Subject: Rosie Update
Just thought I would update you on Rosie’s progress.
We can’t believe it has only been 7 months since she
came to us, we feel we have had her all her life. Now that Alyson and the
kids are off for the summer she has really become comfortable with everyone.
She is no longer just my shadow and will follow Alyson around just as easily
as me. She has even started to be more generous with her kisses, something
we never thought would happen. In fact Alyson was the most recent recipient
of Rosie’s affection.
When Kyle or Breanne have their friends over she doesn’t immediately
dash under the bed any longer. She hangs around and gives them a few barks
and Kerry attitude. She then leaves the room, comes back and sniff around.
She will do this several times and will finally settle in one of the other
rooms (the teenagers are too loud for her; she is much smarter than we gave
her credit for!!).
She continues to love playing in the back yard and she had an unexpected
dip in the pool (we suspect Maggie our Lab/Border Collie pushed her in,
but we have no proof!).
I have attached a few recent pictures of Rosie in her favorite spot----lazing
in the sun by the pool.
Ribbons-- 3-year old female
Fostered in Philadelphia
Rescue Coordinator: Tracey Fulmer firstname.lastname@example.org
Ribbons is a happy, exhuberant, loving Kerry. Purchased in
a pet store as a puppy three years ago -- likely an impulse purchase by
somebody who paid too much for a breed they knew very little about -- she
was then given away last year to a family with four young children,
with little time for a dog, and no yard. She is now in search of her third
and final home. The Kerry Foundation rescued Ribbons, and recently,
also rescued her mother and two littermates from a puppy mill in Iowa.
Ribbons has a typical Kerry temperament and needs a terrier-savvy owner.
She's spayed, in good health, and LOVES people she is introduced to.
She is very good with children and would be happy in a home with children
over 5. She is crate-trained for bedtime. She takes treats gently
from your hands, is very loving and affectionate. Ribbons is a muscular
bundle of energy, looking forward to her walks and enjoying the freedom
of her foster home's yard. A securely fenced yard is a must.
Her foster Mom reports that if you give this girl a fenced yard and the
possibility of squirrels, she will self-entertain for hours. Her joy is
evident as she bounds like a gazelle.
Ribbons needs to be the queen of her animal kingdom -- no dogs, no cats,
no little critters. The family who adopts Ribbons will be required
to attend obedience training (as with all Kerry Foundation dogs and adopters).
Her foster mother has found her highly trainable as she is thirsty for a
leader, she's a good listener and extremely willing to please. In
the short time that she has been in foster care, she has shown remarkable
progress in learning self control. Ribbons has a strong prey drive and
is reactive to other dogs, so that behavior will need some extra training
attention and dedication However, she's already made real progress with
her foster Kerry siblings.
Bottom line: Ribbons is a typical smart Kerry who
needs sufficient exercise, and will quickly learn what is acceptable
behavior, but will take advantage unless given firm, consistent handling from
a benevolent leader.
And of course, with a lovely soft coat, plush, black and silvery, this sweet
gal just couldn't be any cuter!
Subject: [KBL] Ribbons - ADOPTED!
Date: December 21, 2006 3:05:30 PM PST
I wanted to share wonderful news that Ribbons was adopted last weekend.
Ribbons is sort of like family. She is the daughter of Shelby
(Shelbina Express #125) and siblings
to Katie Drew (#116) and Katie
(#117). I suppose it was some good fortune that Ribbons actually made
it out of the mill and landed in a pet store as a pup.
But unfortunately, as is often the case with a pet store purchase,
she was never properly socialized with other dogs and then given away "free
to good home" before she landed in rescue. She needed a special family
who could work with her dog issues and she found it: her new owners have
plans for her to compete in obedience. I'm sure her foster mom, Agatha Hughes,
will share more when she gets a chance. Bless you Agatha, for doing all
you did for this wonderful little charmer.
Last year at this same time, we had a male Kerry (Maxx) who
was also highly reactive to other dogs. For some reason, these Kerries that
nobody wants really touch my heart -- you just hope and pray for somebody
to give them a chance. Maxx was placed in a fabulous home (with an experienced
dog trainer) right before the holidays and earned his own lyrics to Rudolph
the Red Nosed Reindeer. This year it's Ribbon's turn to be a Christmas success
story. Here goes:
Ribbons the Kerry rescue
Purchased as a pet store pup
Bounced around from one home to another
Everybody gave her up.
Enter Foundation rescue
Where she flourished in foster care
Agatha, her foster mommy,
Gave her hope and love to spare
Then one frosty December morn
Dear Ribbons found her home
This gal with a spirit so bright
Her family says she’s simply a delight.
Plans are that she will one day
Compete in performance events
A sweet Kerry once discarded
Will earn ribbons for obedience!
Tracey Fulmer in Newton, MA
And warming her toes, Bailey and Isobel
Subject: Pics of Ribbons
Date: January 14, 2007 5:56:33 AM PST
Ribbons is settling into her new home very nicely and was successfully
introduced to the adopters' son's poodle. They did a wonderful job with
that -- using a muzzle and slowly introducing the dogs over several days.
She also adores the adopters' granddaughter -- and the feeling in mutual!
Maureen was rescued from a puppy mill in Missouri during Thanksgiving week.
On 21-Dec-06, she arrrived at her permanent home with Jan & Dan Simeone
Our Christmas Puppy in the arms of her pj'd dad- she is a precious one!
Our little Mo........arrived safely after a very long day on Thursday. She
left Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday morning on a 10:00 am flight (ET),
had to be there early for that flight...........was taken to the airport
by her fabulous foster parents ( The Cooke's of Holland, Michigan!, oh how
we are loving you guys!). Arrived on time in St Paul, MN but the plane had
major mechanical problems. After a 3 hour wait and see, it was decided that
a new plane would be called in for transport of all passengers and little
Mo......after that arrived, the plane was on the tarmac for an hour and
half........being de-iced and in line for take off x 3 ( we were told this
by the humans on board, Mo shared nothing with us, except her incredible
spirit and wagging tail). She arrived in Great Falls and was deplaned at
7:30 ( MT). We were notified over the loud speakers our precious package
had arrived and we could pick her up at the check in desk for Northwest
Airlines.She did, indeed, get the VIP treatment, as I spoke with many of
her caregivers along the way! She came leaping out of her crate , into the
arms of her DAD and was quickly taken out to the park across from the airport............she
had incredible energy, even after a very long day! She pooped, she pee'd
and she smothered us with her licks and joy! The drive home was on her Dad's
lap.........she was curious and loved the lights of our electric city........and
finally arrived HOME to meet Sullivan and Rosie........and they immediately
played and romped in the frigid yard! YEAH.......... She had a quick check
over at the Vet's on Friday.....Karen ( no worms this time around, but will
check next week again before her big surgery , teeth, spay , ears and NAILS!)
Mo has spent the last 2 days with her Dad and Sullivan and Rosie exclusively......and
it is GREAT! She listens to his commands........has even convinced Sully
that Dad is a good thing......and Rosie has taken on the 'mother' role of
letting Mo know what is good and what is not! First chance for me to snap
a shot her with Dan, but we will dress up later for the holidays and take
a picture under the tree, all 5 of us!
Today, sunday morning, 24-Dec-06, and all is well around here......I get
to spend the day with my 'pups' and Dan and am looking forward
to Christmas morning with all of them........
Am ever so thankful this year..........Kerry Blue Terrier People and Dogs
Rule ------We are healthy, we are happy and we are thinking of you! YOU
all made the year incredibly wonderful for all of us.......we thank you
wish you a safe and wondermos holiday......filled with Joy and Happiness......
Jan, Dan, Rosie, Sullvian and Little Mo
Mo is home tonight from her 'affair' at the vet. She is relaxing in the
leather chair at this moment and remaining calm as she was instructed to
do. She is very smart, she is doing just what the doctor ordered!
She was spayed. She had her horrible teeth cleaned ( there are 4 that had
to be scaled below the gums, with the hope of saving them), she had her
ear hair plucked, she had her nails trimmed, and yes, she was de-wormed
for TAPEWORM, as we all knew she had, but did not show her last stool sample??????
She is now fully licensed in Montana, one of our official dogs and you are
all welcome to come and visit her anytime you desire, she is not going anywhere
Our vet, we call him Dr. Rick, thinks she is absolutely fabulous. He is
amazed , as he was with Sully that for all she has been through she is sweet
and she showered him with licks, too. He checked her for her microchip,
and found she has one, but I do not have any of that information in the
paperwork we received. He also noted a HUGE tattoo on her belly and actually
thought she had been spayed previously because of the location of the tattoo.
He had his entire staff looking for a belly scar before even considering
performing a surgery on her. She had not been spayed, but the tattoo lies
right next to scar now.
The tattoo is : BTM19.
She is absolutely precious and I know you will all enjoy this: She was so
lethargic with me, she barely wagged her tail when I went to pick her up,
but she was up and extremely alert with tail wagging a million miles per
hour when her DAD got home. They have something going on, the two of them
and I am thrilled! All of you ladies did a fabulous job of choosing a perfect
pup for Dan, thank you , once again from the bottom of my heart!
Here's to wonderful New Year and hopefully no more mill puppies ----I have
a family that might be interested in KBT's and have passed all the necessary
information on to them........They LOVE Sullivan and have not met Mo yet,
so we shall see............
Thank you all..........Happy Happy Happy Holidays to you!
From Tracey Fulmer
Subject: Fwd: Pictures of Kelly (was Paul Motzenbecker's rescue)
Date: December 27, 2006 4:44:14 AM PST
Yet another 2006 rescue story to add to the "new beginnings" page.
Kelly was rescued twice, first as an owner turn-in that Paul Motzenbecker
adopted not too long before he passed away. She is now with an experienced
Kerry lover who grew up with Kerries in Kenmare, County Kerry. She's a lucky
Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2006 11:14:47 EST
Subject: Pictures of Kelly
Attached are a couple of photos of Kelly. One is a Kelly
solo and the other is of Kelly and my Dad. As you can tell, she is quite
happy in her new home.
All the best in the new year.
Connie and Mary Gaine