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2014 Rescue Kerries Placed: Bailey & Starr, now Lilah


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Starr (now Lilah) & Bailey, two 9-year old puppy mill survivors

Rescue Coordinator: Pattye Thomas

Fostered in Oklahoma

Rescue Write-Up

In late September 2013, the Foundation received a call from a commercial breeder that the breeder would like to surrender “Starr” and “Bailey” to the foundation. On Saturday October 5th, 2013 Pattye Thomas, our regional Rescue Coordinator, started the seven hour journey from Moore, Oklahoma to Northern Kansas to retrieve the two nine year old females. Upon arrival she encountered two very sweet and personable dogs who desired our affection. The Kerries were placed in crates and headed home. Starr and Bailey handled the trip very well.
Arriving at home late Sunday afternoon Starr and Bailey were introduced to a new home and responded very well. The dogs were placed in crates within the home to acclimate them to a home environment. The dogs were taken to a local groomer for a bath and haircut.
Over the next few days Starr and Bailey were taken to the local veterinarian for evaluation. After the initial evaluation Bailey had her teeth cleaned, was spayed and had a mast cell tumor removed from her abdominal area. Her recovery went very well and the prognosis for Bailey is favorable with continued observation and follow up. Bailey is a very sweet girl who gets along well with other dogs, likes children and is progressing very well with housebreaking. Bailey would enjoy sleeping in bed with her new owner but does well in a crate if required. In the beginning Bailey was shy but now she is rather independent and really enjoys affection with the family.

Starr’s treatment included spaying, teeth cleaning and removal of several benign cysts. Starr’s overall health is good.

Starr is very affectionate and thinks she is a lap dog. Starr always wants to be near you and gets along well with other dogs and children. She is a very intelligent dog who was house broken quickly. Starr would do very well with someone who is at the home most of the time as she really desires affection and has some separation anxiety. Having arrived from a commercial breeder it took a few weeks for each of them to adjust to the home environment. However, both have responded very well and seem especially grateful for their new way of life. They have fit in at our home extremely well and both would make wonderful pets and companions for their new owners.

Starr would be best with a retired couple and is a "velcro" dog. She has a bit of separation anxiety. She has had a number of puppies so is very attentive to the humans, likes children, is crate-trained and house-trained.

Bailey is more independent, was never bred, also crate-trained and is a work in progress in the house-training department. She also likes children.

May 20, 2014

Starr is adopted.

Here is Starr at the airport on May 20, at 4:15 AM, on her way to his new home.

October 20, 2014

Bailey has mast cell tumors that have to be closely watched and removed when they reappear. That combined with her age makes her unadoptable. The Foundation rescue team deemed her a "permanent foster" Kerry.

January 20, 2015 Starr's name was changed to Lilah.

Here is Lilah, relaxing with her brother Riley and Mom, Cindy Dexter.

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