Jak Jak, Another successful rescue for the Foundation
Rescue Coordinator: Julie Schutz
Jak Jak with his new friend.
One of our recent rescues came to us as an owner-surrender and this could be a cautionary tale to all of us about making plans for what to do with our dogs when we can't have them anymore. His owner was older, living with a very limited income, had health problems and needed to move into a home. Of course the home wouldn't take a dog so luckily for us, she chose the Foundation over the animal shelter. She had gotten the Kerry as a puppy from a breeder who had passed away so that route was closed to her. Someone told her about the Foundation and she contacted me.
Jak Jak with his favorite toy.
Jak Jak was 10 and Georgia and Kent Will stepped up immediately and offered to foster him. They had recently lost one of their male Kerries and their remaining Kerry, Abby, (she was a foster from the Shelbina puppy mill rescue) missed her lost friend. It was a very emotional for the owner to give up her beloved dog but Georgia did a super job of convincing her that this was the best solution.
Jak Jak settled in almost immediately and he and Abby have become good friends. Jak Jak needed some vet attention. He had not been neutered and he had two large cysts that needed to be removed. The vet had to keep checking his chart to remind himself of just how old J.J. was. He was one healthy Kerry. According to Georgia he has a very bouncy personality and Kent reported that taking him for walks was like having a bunny rabbit on a leash. It seems to be a trait of Kerry Blues to keep their puppy attitude for their entire lives. It didn't take long before the Kents decided that they would adopt him and give him a forever home. It is so nice to be able to write a happy story about a great dog who found a great home and I, for one, am delighted.
A happy Kerry!
Jak left for the Rainbow Bridge the morning of July 5, 2017, surrounded by loving family and friends. We are grateful for every day we had and will miss him terribly. Kent and I are having trouble accepting that he is not here, sleeping on the Batman blanket or barking at the gate as other K9s walk by. Taz does not seem to mind the extra scratches and tummy rubs she must endure (we are very high maintenance) but she has noticed that her favorite coconspirator is missing. Based on the flood of texts and emails from our family and friends, he was a popular fellow and will be missed by many more.