Tammy Redlin, our Cheers Volunteer for this newsletter, is a Registered Nurse in a Pediatric Emergency Room in Edmonton, a wife, a mother, a Kerry Blue terrier owner, a contributing writer to the KBTF Newsletter, and the Health and Genetic Director for the Canada KBTF. Tammy and her husband Wyatt have one daughter, Grace, who is two years old. Tammy has raised a total of four Kerries. Her first, Mac, passed away in 2009 at the age of 7 yrs. Although Mac had been purchased from a Kerry breeder, the remainder of her Kerries has been from rescues.
Initially, Tammy had adopted a breeder dog, Shirley, who was rescued from a puppy mill in Michigan. Shirley had come to Tammy straight from the puppy mill. Unfortunately Shirley passed in 2011 due to post dental cleaning complications. Tammy reports that this death was very tragic for her family as Shirley was very special to the family. Currently Tammy has two rescued Kerries living with her family—Olive, aged 10 yrs and Maggie (AKA Diva and Sweet Molly) who Tammy estimates is three years. Olive was found wandering the roads in rural Alberta after the owner of a puppy mill had dumped her because she had developed a hernia and wasn't able to breed anymore. Olive had then been picked up and placed in a shelter.
Fortunately for Olive, Tammy had her eye on Olive and had actually been trying to get her from the puppy mill for some time. Within an hour of hearing that Olive was in the shelter, Tammy and her husband drove to the shelter to pick her up and bring her to her new loving forever home. Maggie, the newest rescue was formerly known as Diva and renamed as Sweet Molly before becoming simply "Maggie", the last name change coming to avoid confusion with another dog named Molly in Tammy's family. Maggie came from the notorious Quebec mill that was shut down in Y2011. A total of 527 dogs were rescued from this closure, which was reported as the largest case of animal cruelty in the history of the Provence! (If you are in more information on this puppy mill, here is a link: http://www.care2.com/causes/500-dogs-seized-from-quebecpuppy-mill.html).
Maggie came to the Redlins after being in a wonderful foster home with Jann and Don McQuay in Ontario where she received most of the initial vet care before coming to the family. Jann and Don were a great foster family for her, Tammy reports, showing Diva/Sweet Molly/Maggie for the fi rst time in her life that there are people who will love her and welcome into their lives. Her life changed for the better the moment she joined the McQuay household, ultimately becoming part of the Redlin family.
Tammy believes in keeping both her Kerries and herself very busy. Mac, her fi rst Kerry, was great in agility, and now Maggie, following in Mac’s paw steps, is also in agility classes and is doing quite well. Since Tammy and her family live on a lot of acreage, the dogs have lots of space to play and love to run, chasing various animals that happen to come into the yard. Tammy’s family likes to camp and hike with their Kerries and they all delight in playing Frisbee as a fun activity.
Tammy reports that all three of the rescued Kerries have been great with her daughter Grace. “It’s remarkable how they just seem to know to be gentle with her, even if she’s not always gentle with them” says Tammy. The older Kerry Olive just stared at baby Grace for 3 days after they brought her home. Olive didn’t sleep or eat or anything, just stared at the baby. Even when mom or dad touched the baby, Olive was very protective of the new addition.
Their newest rescue, Maggie, is younger and plays with Grace all the time. Tammy says that all of the Kerries have been really great with children, reporting that “even with little or no thought to it, they just seem to know how to act.”
Regarding rescues in general, Tammy indicates that they will always have their little issues. Tammy believes that this comes with being a rescued dog: with all the rescues have gone through getting to a loving home they are bound to have some initial problems. She adds, however, that she would not hesitate to get another one.
Overall, the rescues are so grateful for having a loving home that they adjust and become part of the family pretty quickly. Tammy adds a word of advice—rescue dogs are a huge amount of work in the beginning, even getting them housebroken or training them to walk on a leash can be a daunting task, but it always pays off in the end and eventually is very rewarding for all.
The KBT community in Alberta is pretty close, says Tammy. She indicates that Kerry owners all either seem to know each other or at least know of each other. Tammy became involved in the KBT community through the Kerry breeder they bought Mac from. Since then she has developed relationships with Kerry people through the Board of Directors and through rescue activities.
Tammy says that she’s made some really good friends through their dogs. Her family received great support from her Kerry friends when they lost Mac and then shortly thereafter Shirley, something that Tammy is very grateful for in their time of loss.
In addition to being a devoted Kerry owner, Tammy has been with the KBT Foundation of Canada since about 2007, working mostly in the area of Health and Genetics. Most recently she wrote an article on Degenerative Myelopathy for this newsletter. Although her nursing background helps, Tammy does on-line research in this area for the Foundation, mostly through veterinary journals and medical websites.
She also talks to her veterinarian about different health issues that she is made aware of. Tammy says that working as the Health and Genetics Director for the Canadian club has given her the opportunity to help people with specifi c personal Kerry health issues that they contact her about and to have general conversations with club members affording her the opportunity to learn a lot about Kerry health and genetics while learning from reading medical health articles and journals on specifi c topics. And if that wasn’t enough, Tammy works a few shifts when she can fi t them in (mostly as a hobby) at wildlife rehabilitation centre as well, working with different animals there.
And so our hats off and a great big CHEER to Tammy Redlin. Many thanks for all your great work on behalf of the Kerry Blue terriers that we all so love.