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2010 Rescue Kerries Placed: Kerrie


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Fostered in MA 

Rescue Coordinator: Sharon Arkoff

A few weeks ago (12/2009), former rescue Maddie came back into the Rescue system, now renamed Kerrie. Despite probably being neglected and/or physically abused in her childhood, Kerrie is a darling, funny girl, and extremely soft-tempered. Her favorite thing is snuggling with her humans (she is very generous with hugs and kisses, and determinedly follows you from room to room), or maybe her favorite thing is romping around a nice yard -- sometimes doing a fine version of "faster than a speeding bullet!", perhaps with a little "freeze in place, stick my head in the snow, explode out of the snow, and then go calmly explore the trees again." Or maybe her favorite thing is playing with other dogs, once properly introduced, as Kerrie has not had much chance to practice doggie social skills.

Kerrie had been living for the past year in a quiet home with a senior Kerry, with whom she gets on very well except that he doesn't play with her to her satisfaction. She is fearful when meeting new people, and is very afraid of men -- though she is willing to overlook a Y chromosome if it means getting a belly-rub (I'll post pictures to the web site shortly). But, she's getting over her fear a little bit every day -- meeting new women and children now is almost without issue. She is fine with young children (gives kisses and tolerates children's hugs, though she is afraid of lots of noise and activity from children), walks nicely on a leash, and is a pleasure to have in the car. In her foster home, she is enjoying lots of walks and doing better every time when meeting new dogs. She will start obedience classes soon, to give her confidence and socialization, and help her learn to trust humans and look to them for guidance when she's scared. Kerrie is a pretty girl, albeit a bit.... ahem... tubby at the moment. She has a soft silver coat on body and legs, and a little coal-black head complete with lick button (when you tap her nose, out comes a small pink tongue for a lick). She is not in the traditional Kerry trim, but could probably pull it off in another month or two, when her legs grow out. Her ears don't appear to have been set.

For Kerrie, an ideal home would be one where the owners have time to give the attention she so craves, and where there is a nice male for her to play with and from whom she can gently learn the ropes of being a full member of a caring, attentive family. A one-dog home would also be a good match, if given opportunities to play with other dogs so that she can supplement her exercise and enjoy her newly developing canine social skills. A fenced yard and/or other means of exercise are a must, as Kerrie very much enjoys dropping her fears and zooming around full of zest for life and zest for squirrels. She would enjoy older children, especially if allowed to sleep in their bed, and younger children are not necessarily an exclusion. She is about four years old, fully housebroken, is a polite eater, and while she has a bark that could bring down tall buildings, she does not bark excessively (she does bark at scary noises, and if she's out in the yard and someone walks by with a dog). She will chase cats, but as soft-tempered as she is, could probably be trained out of it very quickly.

Does anyone out there have a male who's looking for some more playtime and companionship, or does anyone know of a family that is looking for a dog and could commit to Kerrie's ongoing training and socialization? She will reward you with affection, loyalty, and all the kerry sparkle we count on from this breed.

Kerrie was placed in a lovely home in Colorado in January 2010.

From: mattsuebuehler@HOTMAIL.COM
Subject: [KBL] Update on Kerrie the rescue
Date: April 24, 2010 7:11:27 AM PDT

Hi Everyone,
Just wanted to send a quick update on Kerrie. She flew from Sudbury, MA to Colorado Springs, CO via PetAir on Feb 18th. Many thanks to her foster mom, Sharon, for the long drive from her home to Long Island, NY for the flight. After reading about the airlines, I would not put her on a commercial plane. PetAir treated her like family.

Kerrie's first evening at her new home

Anyway, Guinness, the resident Kerry, is very happy to finally have a sister. They play together wonderfully and get along great. There is only about 1 1/2 years difference with Kerrie being the eldest at almost 5 yrs old. She is still a little shy of men, but she will wag her tail and walk towards my husband, but not within petting distance. Funny thing, though, she has no problem hopping into bed at night and sleeping at his feet. She will also cuddle between us on the couch. Speaking of wagging her tail, she is so happy that when her tail wags, her whole body wags with her. She will look towards Guinness when unsure of what to do in a situation, such as bark or jump. I hate to say he is not always a good example.

It's great having 2 Kerries that get along so well. Thankfully, Kerrie likes to join us on our runs or walks into town and likes to go squirrel hunting with Guinness. They both go to doggy day care 1-2 days per week just to play with other dogs and I'm happy to report that the day care "mom" says that Kerrie plays with all the other dogs and is a "social butterfly".

Kerrie also has a good appetite and eats anything I'm eating such as squash and broccoli. Guinness is such a picky eater and takes his time eating. I have to watch them because Kerrie will eat her food like it's going out of style and finish off Guinness' if he walks away.

Lastly, we are just grateful that we have a female Kerry to round out our family.

Sue, Matt, Guinness, and Kerrie
Colorado Springs, CO

From: mattsuebuehler@HOTMAIL.COM
Subject: [KBL] Update on Kerrie the rescue
Date: Oct 28, 2010 7:11:27 AM PDT

Since out last update, we moved to Reno Nevada.

We rescued Kerrie (formerly Madelyn, I believe) on February 18, 2010. She and Guinness, our resident Kerry, get along great. She is only about 6 months older than him and came to live with us when he was 3 years old. The above picture is her birthday picture from Oct 9, 2014. We celebrate it then because we like the count from Sesame Street and that's his birthday.

She is a very sweet and loving girl. We are so happy we have her. She actually seems more loving than Guinness, perhaps because she's a rescue or a female? She's been in a couple obedience classes but Kerrys, being what they are, obey when they want to. She has a good temperament and gets along with everyone. she does shy away from males at times but usually will approach them.

We will probably get another rescue in the future, when the time comes.

Sue, Matt, Guinness, Kerrie
Reno, NV


From: mattsuebuehler@HOTMAIL.COM
Subject: Sad News
Date: April 17, 2016 4:11:27 PM PDT

Some really sad news...our wonderful little Ms. Kerrie suddenly and unexpectedly crossed over the Rainbow Bridge at 1:20 PM this afternoon. She is very loved and very missed. We are just happy that we were blessed to have her as a part of our family for the past 6 years. Please keep our little girl, as well as our other Kerry, Guinness Stout, and us in your prayers. God bless you, Kerrie, and may He provide you with a wonderful eternity. Someday, we'll be with you again. Until we meet again, rest in peace our little Tweety.


Matt and Sue Buehler

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