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2006 Shelbina Express: Rielly


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Male #131, Rielly

March 29, 2006

Hi Everyone,

My name is Tony [Tillman]. My family and I live in Southeastern Arizona. With
the incredible help of Eileen Andrade we were able to adopt #131 of the MO.
puppymill rescue. #131 is now known as Rielly. I've been following the
postings here on the list as well as the pictures on the Foundation site.
Everytime I look at those images I am amazed at how wonderful our dog is.
There really aren't enough adjectives to describe the kind of courage these
dogs have. Staff and patients at my rehab facility constantly comment on
how gentle and calm Rielly is. Someday in the not too distant future I
would like to give him a job as a certified therapy dog. Of course there
are a few hurdles to jump before that happens. Which brings me to a
question I hope all, or some of you, can help me with. When Rielly
urinates, he squats, instead of lifting his leg. The end result is that he
sprays urine all over himself, from his front legs back. Is anyone aware of
something I can do to help him with this problem? according to his
birthdate he just turned 3. As you can imagine after a few outings to the
backyard, he's smelling not so fresh. I have taken the stop gap measure of
trimming back some of the longer hair on his stomach, but that's just a
temporary help and not a solution. Thanks in advance for your help and thanks to
each and every person that made it possible for Rielly to come and live with
us. In particular I would like to recognize Eileen Andrade. Amongst all
the ferrying of dogs, screening of adoptive families, trying to get work
done at her job and being really sick, she always took time to walk a rookie
Kerry owner through the first few hard days. Your rescue organization is
unmatched as is Eileens dedication to our breed.


#131 Rielly at home with his new dad near Tucson, AZ. Rielly will soon have a career as a therapy dog working in a rehab center, but for now, he's doing a stint as a photographer's model. He's not shy around the camera at all!

From: Anthony Tillman <anthony.tillman@GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat Apr 15, 2006 9:36:59 AM US/Pacific

Hi everyone,

Just a quick update on Rielly. We've had him now for 3 weeks and his
growth is phenomenal. He now lets our patients pet him, occasionally. His
personality is really beginning to show as he has gained confidence and
socialization. I do have a question for everyone; Rielly doesn't know how
to play. In your experience with rescue dogs, what has worked best for
you? He has a ball that he tracks as I roll it by him. He'll even watch it
as it rolls over his paw, or while I bounce it next to him, but that's about
the limit of his involvement. All ideas and suggestions are appreciated.


Tony & Rielly

Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2007 22:53:00 -0500
From: "Anthony Tillman" <>


Thanks so much for the . I was truly blessed to receive Rielly as my companion. This past year has been quite a roller coaster as a first time Kerry owner. He has had some real challenges with fear of everything from leaves to people. There were definitely times I wasn't sure I would be able to keep him, but thanks to people like Jan, Eileen and Candi, Rielly and I have been able to get over the worst of it and made a much better life for him.

I am frequently amazed at the happy guy that is emerging from that scared dog. Now instead of fear, he is curious about different things he runs into. Sudden movements or noises still unnerve him, and maybe they always will, but what's important is the example that he sets of courage, and the willingness not to give up on life. Lastly, I want to thank all those incredible volunteers of Shelbina, who had never met me, but gave me one of the most important gifts of my life.

Tony & Rielly

Date: March 26, 2011 5:41:58 PM PDT

Reilly is one of the Shelbina survivors. He now basks in the sun of
Arizona. I feel incredibly blessed to have this amazing friend, and am so
grateful to all of you who have made it possible.

Like Lorna, I can't believe it's been 5 years. Reilly has grown into a
fairly outgoing companion that has no problem soaking up adulation from the
neighborhood kids. I'm sure from his attitude that he believes it to be his
rightful due.

I still can't believe he's mine, and vice versa. Thanks again to one
and all,

Tony and Reilly

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