Fostered in MO
Rescue Coordinators: Jo Harder and Mimi Karsh
A true lady has graced Foundation Rescue with her presence: meet Goody, a 10 year old (almost 11) former show Kerry who finds herself in need of a loving home due to her owner's death. Goody is a lovely, elegant Kerry -- still full of humor and fun and sparkle, but admirably past the age of needing to play tough with other dogs or test her humans. When I asked how her manners were and whether Goody ever pulled hard on the leash, for instance, her guardian was shocked. "Oh, no!" she said. "Goody would never!" Now, there's a ringing endorsement of an extraordinary Kerry girl. (Goody's guardian admits that Goody has reverted to jumping up on people as they go into the house, but that’s correctible if it's a concern to a new owner. "She’s getting away with it because her friends all feel sorry for her," her guardian explains.
Goody was started with obedience work a few years ago and did very well, and her guardian thinks that since Goody seemed to enjoy the limelight in the conformation ring, she might shine just as brightly in competitive obedience, if that were of interest to a new owner. Goody just had some cosmetic work done to remove a few cysts (benign) and is in excellent health and is up to date on all bloodwork and vaccinations. Goody eats special food (one of the Science Diets) to help control urinary tract infections that may have been an issue at some point, but has no other issues. She is a charmer and craves affection, and will happily drape her entire body over a friend, given the opportunity. Goody has not lived with young children, but when a neighbor brought some over to play, Goody seemed to enjoy them very much. Her guardian is of the opinion that Goody would put up with just about anything from anyone as long as it included an animal cracker and/or belly rub. Goody would be happiest in a home where someone was home most of the day to give her extra loving and nice long walks, as she has been living alone (with many visits from friends) in her late owner's house for awhile, and is getting lonely and very much wants company and attention.
Goody is in the Mid-west, and her guardian would love her to stay in the area so she could keep in touch, but Goody can travel for the right home. Goody gives every sign of having years left to give a lifetime's worth of kerry affection, fun, and intelligence to a new family -- without the drama of a teenager in the house.
Goody was adopted and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Here's the story of how Goody was transported.
Creatures Great and Small hitched rides to new lives with Long-Haul Trucker
By Judi Young, Editor
What can you say about a long-haul trucker who has shared his cab with more than 1800 rescue creatures in need of a lift? How about Fabulous? Miraculous? Incredible? Super Hero?
All of these words could be applied to Tom Beard, our big rig trucker who doubles as a Rescue Super Hero. The Kerry Blue terrier rescue group found Tom when we needed a transport from St. Louis to Denver for a lovely rescue Kerry named Goody. Rescue coordinator Mimi Karsh found Tom and worked with him on setting up the trip for Miss Goody, who proved to be as good as her name on this long haul.
Since 2004, Tom has transported over 1800 rescue animals on his regular run from Colorado to New Jersey and back, making stops at key cities along the way. This makes him a treasure for all rescue groups.
Yes, that's a Kerry sitting next to a Pit Bull in Tom Beard's truck.
And they got along just fine.
He has transported dogs, cats, Guinea pigs, a ferret and even an injured hawk. The hawk was found in a field with a broken wing and needed transport to a hawk recovery shelter. Along the journey, Tom had to feed the hawk freeze dried rats twice a day! He has gotten skunked along the way, bitten in the face, been protected from a possible robber by a dog in the cab, had to chase runaways across fields, and had the inside of his cab chewed up by nervous rescue pugs. He has transported special needs animals including one who was blind and an Irish setter on his way to rehab after being hit by a car and sustaining a broken leg.
When asked how he got started doing rescue transport, Tom said someone asked him to do one transport, then they told two people, who then told two people.. you get the picture. Tom seems to have a special skill at welcoming new rescues and getting them to travel so willingly with him. He uses the tried and true technique of meeting and greeting a strange new dog: he sits down on their level and waits for them to come to him. He says "I let the dog decide" when to make me a friend. It works for everyone involved.
The majority of his transports feel comfortable enough to ride right next to him in the cab, where they can keep each other company. His Facebook page is covered with photos of vari ous rescues happily lying about in the cab or with their heads on his lap. Tom truly does seem to be able to charm even the most nervous, skittish rescue.
Most of Tom's rescues come from shelters, from veterinary offices or simply from people who bring those to him much like Mimi did with Goody. He also transports for two veterinar ians in Missouri that work closely with puppy mills gone bad.
In addition to transporting rescues, Tom has fostered, fostered to adopt, and currently has five dogs of his own, all res cues. Little Chloe is really his mother's "baby" acting as the Drill Sergeant of the entire group. Chloe was rescued from a sewer in Wyoming along with her one surviving puppy who was quickly adopted into another home!
Back to the tale of Goody and Tom: first there was a three week wait until Mimi could get space in Tom's truck - that's how busy a rescue transport he is. Imagine Mimi's surprise and concern when she went to drop Goody off with Tom and saw that there was already another rescue dog in the cab: a pit bull! Tom told her not to worry-and he was right. The two of them became good friends during the trip and Tom had a good time with both of them.
When asked why he does this, Tom says it is great company for his long hauls which can be lonesome. But the best part he says is you can treat them like grand kids: "spoil them and then give them back"!
For Tom it is truly a "labor of love" and we at the KBTF are very grateful for Tom's big heart, big cab and bigger than life willingness to share his life and travels with rescues of all kinds. He makes a positive difference in their lives and ours. Thank you, Tom Beard. Keep on truckin.....