Our six year old girl (who weighed in at 50 lbs at the vet initially and
after grooming was reweighed at 41 lbs!) is the timid one. She arrived with
ear infections, goopy eyes and her tail down but willingly walks on a leash
and pottied and drank for us right away. Even shaved down we can see that
she has a beautiful, thick, wavy coat that is reminiscent of Persian lamb.
She has gone home to Daly City with Kim and Jim and in reports this morning
I'm told that she has joined Kim on the couch for a snuggle and is doing
well. Pictures will follow with time. Kim has taken the day off from her
job in a doggie daycare to stay home and cosset her new darling. Jim is a
fireman who works long shifts and then is off for several days at a time, so
between the two of them they plan to spoil this girl a lot.
When I finally got home at 3 am, returning to my own dogs Tristan really
gave me the once over. He checked every inch of the sweat pants I was
wearing, reading the news of who is new in town!
More as time passes.
Date: July 26, 2007 11:47:01 AM PDT
Subject: Tully comes home
As you can see from the pictures, Tully has made her self right at home, we have spent the morning exploring the neighborhood meeting our neighbors,. She slept all thru the nite, and has been a princess all morning, following me around, everywhere in the house. I have a 41 lb shadow, I got my first Kerry kisses at 3 am this morning, and she got a spoon full of peanut butter in exchange.
She is finally starting to show some interest in her food , as well as her masculine dad. That is taking a bit more time they are sitting on the couch
together watching the dog whisper.
Thank you for this wonderful gift
Subject: [KBL] Talluha Update
Date: July 27, 2007 8:32:22 PM PDT
I'm happy to report that Talluha is settling in comfortable in her new position as couch queen, after getting home at 2 Am Wed morning, I was rewarded with my first ever Kerry Kisses, what a joy for this me after an long exhausting day going back and forth tracking the flight from its departure from Atlanta, and a anxious pacing at the Delta Cargo terminal in typical San Francisco foggy weather.
Tully as she has been renamed arrived home, and promptly explored her new house, discovered my lap on the couch and the rest is history, she has been somewhat reserved towards Jim, and is still quite easily spooked by strange noises, but is quickly making friends with all the canine residents on our street.
We spent the day on Thursday rubbing her belly and taking her out around town, she is a Petco Pro now. She spent the entire time on my lap last evening all stretched out, and assisted me on my laptop as well, sending out announcements about her arrival, such a princess. I have found her sitting behind my feet while at the kitchen sink, as well as surfing the counter in the kitchen tonite, I suppose she wished to assist me in washing dinner dishes.
Usually she shadows me thru the house, so I have to constantly look where I'm walking. She is exhibiting a bit of fear towards men, even while on walks, she will step off the curb to avoid them. We will be working on this.Today she received her first squeaker toy, and has shown quite a bit of enthusiasm in the noise it makes as well as guarding it . Her tail just wags furiously. It is just adorable.
We look forward to meeting her siblings, and showing her how to enjoy her life and be a true Kerry Girl.And will send updates often, so all can share in our joy.
Thank you Eileen, Jan & Jourdy for this wonderful girl.
Kim & Jim
Subject: [KBL] Tully from the Carolina Blues
Date: August 7, 2007 8:28:48 PM PDT
As you all know this was a busy weekend n the SF Bay Area. Part of what
kept me busy was an activity at my church where we held an "Accidental Dog
Show" where any dog could accidentally win! The part that is of interest to
you is the following note I received from Tully after the show and picnic.
Enjoy her account of it! I've forwarded the picture to John and he will be
putting it up on the website.
Well good afternoon all, I told Mom that she could relax and I'd write the
email about the dog show and picnic she took me to today. Mom woke me up,
took me out and said c'mon Tully you are going to see Aunt Eileen & Aunt
Janet today . I was rather hesitant to leave my television patrol , thinking
I might miss a dog on TV, but she insisted. I have attached photos so all
can see I am doing my best to overcome the memories of laying around waiting
for my forever home, and Im acting on all those things I heard that dogs
really can do. I'm very happy watching Animal Planet and have been most
interested in the cats down the street, as well as trying to learn how to
not remove the squeakers from all the toys Mom & Dad have gotten me.
Enough about my toys, we arrived as usual I was glued to Mom's side. Saw the
nice kind ladies who met me last week in the middle of the nite, and
discovered other guys who looked just like me, I was so shocked, and they
were friendly to me, I liked that. One in particular, I think his name was
Oliver, he is a cutie, just too young for me, I am a older woman after all,
and I do have a reputation to uphold, I think he liked my new look , nice
fall, beautiful brown eyes, and soft fur coat to boot. I think he has
I wasn't too sure about the surroundings, and so many things to sniff, and
kisses to give, so I stuck close to Mom, I did tell everyone about my
history so they understood why I was a bit skittish and shy, but I was in
good company, as were all the other dogs were like me, being rescued from a
really bad life.
So they all understood, what a wonderful feeling to know some day I'll be
more confident and my tail will wag upright all the time, I'm working very
hard on that.
I won a ribbon, as well, for having the most difficult rescue situation, and
I was so surprised but grateful. There are many of us, and we should all get
awards for having the tenacity to survive, so I will dedicate my ribbon to
all of us, and strive to be a symbol to the Kerries still waiting to be
rescued from their hellholes, and delivered to loving arms & homes.
Thank you Eileen & Janet and the entire Kerry Blue Community
Love Tully & Kim & Jim
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, August 04, 2007 9:21 PM
Subject: Message from Tully
Well good afternoon all, I told Mom that she could relax and I'd write the email about the dog show and picnic she took me to today. Mom woke me up, took me out and said c'mon Tully you are going to see Aunt Eileen & Aunt Janet today . I was rather hesitant to leave my television patrol , thinking I might miss a dog on TV, but she insisted. I have attached photos so all can see I am doing my best to overcome the memories of laying around waiting for my forever home, and Im acting on all those things I heard that dogs really can do.
I'm very happy watching Animal Planet and have been most interested in the cats down the street, as well as trying to learn how to not remove the squeakers from all the toys Mom & Dad have gotten me.
Enough about my toys, we arrived as usual I was glued to Mom's side. Saw the nice kind ladies who met me last week in the middle of the nite, and discovered other guys who looked just like me, I was so shocked, and they were friendly to me, I liked that. One in particular, I think his name was Oliver, he is a cutie, just too young for me, I am a older woman after all, and I do have a reputation to uphold, I think he liked my new look , nice fall, beautiful brown eyes, and soft fur coat to boot. I think he has potential.
I wasn't too sure about the surroundings, and so many things to sniff, and kisses to give, so I stuck close to Mom, I did tell everyone about my history so they understood why I was a bit skittish and shy, but I was in good company, as were all the other dogs were like me, being rescued from a really bad life.
So they all understood, what a wonderful feeling to know some day I'll be more confident and my tail will wag upright all the time, I'm working very hard on that.
I won a ribbon, as well, for having the most difficult rescue situation, and I was so surprised but grateful. There are many of us, and we should all get awards for having the tenacity to survive, so I will dedicate my ribbon to all of us, and strive to be a symbol to the Kerries still waiting to be rescued from their hellholes, and delivered to loving arms & homes.
Thank you Eileen & Janet and the entire Kerry Blue Community.
Love Tully & Kim & Jim
Subject: The Fab Four come to San Francisco
From: Eileen Andrade <my3kerries@COMCAST.NET>
Reply-To: Eileen Andrade <my3kerries@COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2007 20:35:04 -0700
Can we shop while we are here?
This has been quite a week, but to tell you about it I have to go back about
two months. You might remember that back in July we rescued two females and
a male from the Carolinas. The two girls came here to California and went
directly into their adoptive homes where they are both doing well - with one
small difference. Tully - now living with Kim Applegate and Jim Patt, was
taken to the vet to be spayed and when Kim checked in with the vet on how
she was doing received a big surprise. Dr. Falces had discovered that Tully
was pregnant! His sensitive fingers detected four little pups!
Graduation day one week before puppies were born
Good job Tully
Now we knew that there was no possibility this had happened since Tully
arrived in California, so it had to have happened back at the puppy mill.
This brought up the concern of WHO is the papa? We believe that we got all
of the Kerries out of this particular mill and there was one male in the
bunch, so we hoped for the best. We knew that at some point there was a
male Doberman on the property and there were plenty of Miniature Schnauzers,
so for the ensuing weeks I had nightmares of Kerry crosses.
Since we had no idea of when these puppies were likely to enter this world
we took Tully off to Santa Rosa to see Dr. Randy Popkin, a breeding
specialist. Utilizing his expertise with x-ray and ultrasound Dr. Popkin
determined that our most likely delivery date would be September 14th. On
ultrasound he also saw four whelps, confirming Dr. Falces' thoughts on the
subject. There appeared to be three pups in one horn and one in the other.
So now the count down began.
Kim and Dr Popkin take the xray
How do you read this xray?
Can YOU see 4 puppies?
On Monday, September 10th Tully's temperature (always a little below normal)
dropped to 98.2 and stayed there all day. We already had an appointment for
the 11th to see Dr. Popkin again but we wondered if we would make it up
there. I was still at work in Berkeley and worried abut leaving Kim alone
to face this until I could get across the bridge, so Jourdy Bacon, an
experienced breeder and living much closer to Kim went to sit with her while
I sorted things out and made the trip across the bridge. We sat up most of
the night monitoring Tully to no avail. At 7 am her temperature had risen
to 99.6! Returning to Dr. Popkin that morning he repeated x-rays, confirming
the four whelps and performed a vaginoscopy. We got to watch and it was
fascinating. I took pictures and will forward them to John for inclusion on
the website, though it is difficult to tell what you are looking at. Any
way, the vaginoscopy showed that the cervix hadn't begun to open yet and we
were probably still looking at the 14th as our due date. Back home we began
the wait all over again.
On Thursday, September 13th Tully's temperature dropped again to 98 and she
quit eating. This time Linda Olsen arrived on the scene to help us play the
waiting game. Tully was intermittently nesting and resting. By midnight we
determined that nothing was likely to happen that night so Linda left and
Kim and I tried to catch a little sleep. Friday morning we watched Tully
closely. She circled and nested and tried to find a smaller spot than the
whelping box we had set up. She refused food, refused water, and stood
staring into space for long periods of time. Finally at noon her water bag
broke and we knew the end was near. Over the next four hours she delivered
four healthy, active puppies - three girls and a boy! And guess what?
They're all Kerries!!!
One born, three to go.
Everybody found a nipple.
We Kerries stick together.
Today everyone took a trip across the Bay Bridge to see yet another vet and
Kerry breeder, Dr. Sang Bong Han, to have tails docked and dew claws
removed. If you know Dr. Han you can appreciate what a practical joker he
is. Knowing what my fears had been prior to the arrival of the pups Dr. Han
commented on the tails that they were longer than he expected, more like
Doberman tails, giving a sly grin and wink with the jest.
See my bablies Dr. Han?
Pictures will be coming of Sophia, Parker, Junior, and Siobhan. Junior will
be spending his life with Kim and Jim and his mom, Tully. The three girls
will all go to good homes, yet to be determined. Papa Winston's dad is
interested in having one of the girls come his way and we have candidates
for the other two girls but no decisions made yet. So if you are interested
in adopting one of these kids fill out your application and forward it to
Jan and to me.
We'll be keeping you up to date on how these little miracles progress.
Happy and exhausted,
Kim, Jim, Eileen
Jourdy and Linda
Subject: [KBL] Instinct - a tale of Tully
Date: July 16, 2008 10:46:35 AM PDT
You all might remember Tully, the Kerry girl who was rescued from the puppy mills last summer and found to be pregnant. She delivered a lovely litter of four last September and was the perfect mommy, caring for her pups well even to the point of regurgitating for them. As time went on and all but one of the pups left for their new homes Tully eventually stopped regurgitating until she had a bout of some illness (still unidentified) that caused her to vomit but it seemed as if this reconnected her with the habit somehow. She would spend time at the vet and stop vomitting, then go home and start again.
Finally, operating on the supposition that this might be regurgitation - after all her now 10 month old pup, Puck, was playing hard with her and continually pulled on her beard and licked her face, we decided to move Tully out of her home into another to see if this made a difference. It did. One week later we can report that the problem has disappeared. Tully seems happy and relaxed and her tummy is responding the way that it should. I believe that she simply has very strong instincts and her body thought she needed to feed her baby.
Instinct is strong in this girl and the last two days reconfirmed this for us. A family in the neighborhood where Tully now resides have ferrets. The pair of ferrets got out of the house and are running aroung the neighborhood. There have been sightings in several of the homes and yards in proximity to Tully. Well night before last Tully was suddenly on alert, went rocketing around the yard and disappeared in a small crawl space under the deck. She was enticed out at dinner time but then made another foray under the deck and it seemed as if she was refusing to come out. No amount of calling or enticing with treats would do it. We could see her below the deck through the cracks and she didn't appear to be in any distress.
Tully has a habit of hiding in small cubbyholes (under dressing tables, in closets, small areas behind furniture) so at first we weren't concerned, but when nearly 24 hours had passed and she still wouldn't come out we became convinced that she was stuck! She was calm and apparently in no distress, but we began to panic. So yesterday evening we called out the troops in the form of Nick and Danny Lawson, two very capable and strong teen-agers. Nick tried to crawl in under the deck the way that Tully had and encountered obstacles that he could not get around. So the next step was to try to get to her from above. The boys took drills and backed out the screws in two planks of the deck, then using a crow bar pulled the planks up. Now we could actually see and touch Tully, who was wedged in a space between two stringers that was no more than 8" deep! She had been unable to back out and couldn't go forward. With the removal of the planks we were able to pull her out and you have not ever seen a dog happier or move relieved to be released. While her tail was still at half mast it was wagging and she was giving kisses. She smelled like dirt from being compressed between the ground and the deck, she was thirstily drinking water and had a really long pee, then came back to us one at a time for a cuddle and pet.
Today Tully is going to the groomer for a bath and trim, her spa day! The access point under the deck has been blocked and Hav-A-Heart traps are set for the ferrets. We're hoping for peace and safety for the duration.
Subject: [KBL] Instinct - a tale of Tully
Date: August 15, 2008 10:43:15 AM PDT
Tullaha Darling, known as Tully, and loved by many has passed over the Rainbow Bridge. This is very hard to write as my eyes fill with tears each time I try to think what to say.
Tully came to us almost a year ago, rescued from a small puppy mill in the southeast. When pulled from the mill she was filth-caked, coat matted and overgrown, shy and reluctant to leave her crate. But there was still that indomitable spirit! She gave love and received love. As the months passed we discovered that she was pregnant, she gave birth to a lovely litter of four and mothered them carefully and persistently. Her favorite things were her puppies, sitting on the sofa with Kim, or walking patrol of the neighborhood searching for “kitty rocca”.
Starting in February Tully began to exhibit digestive problems, at first intermittently and then chronically. At first we were not unduly concerned but as time passed and the condition continued more investigative measures were taken. Our vets ran every test they could think of and the results all came back normal. With hospitalization and IVs she would stabilize, stop vomiting, resume eating and return home. Some times in short order and some times after several weeks the problems would reappear. We couldn’t understand it. We were all scratching our heads and every time I saw the vet (for anyone) he would ask how Tully was doing.
As you may recall from notes I have posted to the list we finally came up with the premise that this was not vomiting but regurgitation and we formed the hypothesis that since she was with one of her pups long term for the first time in her life that she was still reacting to his playful tugging of her beard and face licking by regurgitating for him – so we decided to move her to another home to see if it would stop. And it did – for three weeks. We know now that this was coincidental.
Operating on the mistaken premise that this was behavioral two weeks ago we decided to move her to a new home where she would be an only dog with a dedicated owner, one who had previously owned a Kerry and was looking forward to many years with Tully. Just before the move Tully came to the Accidental Dog Show at my church and seemed to enjoy herself there. She received several ribbons, ate treats, gave loving licks and was admired by all. The next day she and I traveled to San Luis Obispo, taking several rest stops along the way, sitting and enjoying the sunny day. She rode happily in a seat belt in the passenger seat next to me for part of the journey and drank ice water out of a cup on several of our stops.
In San Luis Obispo we were met by Danielle Monroy who would take Tully on for the next leg of the trip. Danielle brought Tully to her home in Goleta where she met Danielle’s husband, Brian and Jimmy the resident Kerry. She was interested in them both and seemed to enjoy investigating the pre-school in their home. She had a luxuriant bath and touch up that evening by Danielle, with special shampoo and conditioner so that she would look her very best on meeting her potential mom, Sue the next day.
Danielle tells me that the meeting between Tully and Sue was touching. They seemed to communicate with each other from the heart immediately and Danielle walked away leaving Tully in Sue’s care with the conviction that all was right with the world. Well it was, and it wasn’t. I thank God for bringing Sue into all of our lives at this juncture, but I ask why didn’t he give us more time. I have to remember that he always gives us what we need, not necessarily what we want.
Within three days Tully began vomiting again. Sue immediately identified that this was something that the vet needed to see. She whisked Tully off to Dr. Kunimoto where Tully was hospitalized for dehydration and investigative care was once again launched. All of the previous records, lab results, ultrasounds and x-rays were faxed to Dr. Kunimoto. Many of them were repeated and some additional lab tests run. All of the usual suspects were ruled out and most of the unusual ones too. It wasn’t poisoning, it wasn’t food allergies, it wasn’t Addison’s disease, it wasn’t…..
Dr. Kunimoto recommended moving her to a specialist clinic for the possibility of endoscopy to rule out IBD. We held our breath but felt hope – while IBD is nasty it is at least treatable. On Monday Dr. Swada in the specialist clinic formulated a plan. We would start with ACTH Stim as a final definitive test for Addison’s disease. If that came back negative we would proceed to endoscopy and biopsy to check for IBD or megaesophagus. The ACTH Stim was negative, so we went forward with the endoscopy on Wednesday. When I spoke with Dr. Swada on Wednesday afternoon he reluctantly told me that it was all bad news. Tully had a large obstructive tumor in her large intestine. It wa s esse ntially starving her. He felt that it was very aggressive and at the very least would require an extensive surgery with the prognosis being poor at best.
I couldn’t bear the thought that Tully had come out of the hell hole she had lived in for six years to end up in loving hands, first Kim’s and then Sue’s, and still have no rosy future.
After long discussion we decided that the only loving thing we could do for Tully was to let her go. Tully passed in Sue’s arms surrounded by people that loved her and held in the hearts, minds, and prayers of those of us could not be there physically. She has gone on over the Rainbow Bridge to meet all of the waiting Kerries who have gone before her.
For those of us who are left behind we will scatter her ashes on the hillside behind the church where she enjoyed walking. She came there one week after being released from the puppy mills and again during the three weeks before moving to southern California. We’ll hold our own memory service for her and send prayers up for her and for all of the Kerries.
My apologies that this note is long but I wanted you all to know the facts and to ask you to hold Tully, who was the ultimate mama, in your hearts. We did everything we could think of to do for this girl and I’m sure that in the end she knew how much she was loved. She touched many lives.
Subject: Picture of Tully
Date: August 19, 2008 4:56:21 PM PDT
This is Tully with Danielle Monroy at the hand-off in San Luis Obispo before the last leg of her trip to Sue Quinette. She seemed to enjoy riding beside me in the car and was happy to go to Danielle. We can count this as one of the last days in which she seemed happy and comfortable. Unfortunately it was pre-bath so she wasn't looking at her absolute best, but she was holding her head high.