Jake--6.5-year-old male fostered in Denver, CO
Rescue Contact: Mimi Karsh
In mid-October of this year at age 6.5, Jake was surrendered by his owner to a shelter "because she had no time for him." Thankfully, she had the time to drive him 50 miles to a "no kill" shelter to spare him certain death at the shelter in her home town. Jake was purchased as a puppy by his only owner and had she not identified him as a purebred Kerry, the shelter would never have been able to recognize him from his neglected appearance. It was the first and only Kerry they had ever seen.
Initially, Jake appeared very timid and afraid. He was suffering from bladder, eye and ear infections which the shelter promptly began to treat. His fall was so matted to his eyes that it had to be shaved . Within no time, Jake’s indomitable Kerry spirit began to emerge. The shelter workers were immediately captivated by him and determined to make sure he found the right home.
As soon as Jake’s plight, became known, the shelter was contacted and arrangements were underway for his release and transportation to his waiting foster mom, Sarah and Kerry house mate, Ginger in Denver. The distance is about 325 mi or 5.5 hours one way. On a slim chance for some relay help, an SOS email was sent to members of the Colorado All Breed Rescue Network and within 2 hours the Dalmatian rescue group had made arrangements for Jake’s transportation all the way to Denver with overnight stops in Grand Junction and Edwards CO. From shelter to foster home, Jake spent 4 nights in 4 different locations, two nights with Dalmatian playmates. His progress was tracked at each stop and each time the story was the same. According to these generous rescue veterans, "this is the sweetest most charming, fun loving dog".
In the time that he has been in foster care, all the glowing reports appear accurate. Jake has received a clean bill of health from his vet check up, met
many well socialized dogs, both male and female, without any signs of aggression, has gleefully met numerous humans, literally from age eight to eighty
and is enjoying his house mate and, to her annoyance, her toys. He is a beautiful dark silver blue color and has a soft curly coat. As his fall and
coat grow, he will be a handsome guy in a good Kerry trim.
This boy is so very ready and so very deserving of a forever home. He would do best in a situation where someone is home most of the time and would love the companionship of another dog. Jake walks nicely on a lead, is a well behaved gentleman on the grooming table, comes immediately when he’s called, knows "sit" and "down" commands and sweetly gives his paw for a shake when he sits. That said, Jake will still need some additional obedience training to help him be the wonderful companion he wants to be. This boy is so gentle and eager to please that he appears to have all the makings of a great "therapy dog".
Rocky Mountain Rescue Coordinator