Miss Jessie, of a certain age, passed away surrounded by the people (and treat jars) that she loved today. A native of Baltimore, Jess lived a charmed early life as a princess. A bit too long of body and rough of coat for a career in the ring, she instead went to charm school and perfected the Jessie pose: sitting, feet together, head downcast, looking up through her lashes. This caused everyone--including hardened obedience trainers - to squeal "she's sooo cute!" Sadly orphaned at the tender age of eight in 2005, Jess determined that rather than feel sorry for herself she would devote the remainder of her life to working for Kerry Blue Terrier Rescue. While she hoped to help many humans, her first home proved so in need of help that she remained there.
A lifelong advocate of canine civil rights, Jess was quickly elected President of Dog Union Local 2. She used arbitration to create much needed changes, including metrics for door opening response times, a work at home job for one of the humans, and dog house in the mountains. Diagnosed with cancer in mid-2010, she choose chemo treatment to gain a 6-9 month prognosis. She stretched that out, but in the last two days began to show signs that it was time.
Jess leaves behind her special companion of over six years, Finnegan, and her broken hearted second humans. She's rejoined her first humans, and is enjoying her well deserved treats. Probably playing in the snow, and then laying the grass soaking up the sun--her two favorite activities. She'll be laid to rest in a private cermony, and in lieu of flowers requested that donations be made to the KBL so that other Kerries can continue her important work of helping humas.