Rescue Coordinator: Sharon Arkoff
Now, if anyone out there is looking for a puppy personality but doesn't want to deal with housetraining..... meet Kobe! Kobe is not chronologically a puppy -- in fact he is 11 years old -- but he has all exuberance, goofiness, energy, eagerness to please, and, AND, he has that need for socialization and alittle obedience training --- just like a puppy does. :-) Okay seriously. Kobe is a darling goofball love of a Kerry, all 51lbs of him (well, I said he wasn't a puppy :-) ). Kobe is a purebred, neutered boy, in excellent health, in need of a home because his senior owner is no longer able to care for him. Kobe has lived a sheltered life, only leaving his home, which is quite isolated, for the vet's and groomer's, where he has behaved very well. He has had consistent vet care, and goes to the groomer regularly -- but he is kept in a utility cut, shaved quite close to the body, and has never had the traditional Kerry trim. Kobe has been an inside dog, and while he has a very small run that he uses for going potty, he otherwise has never been outside off-leash. His leash walks have consisted of going up and down the driveway and to the vet and groomer's.
Kobe has dry eye, easily managed with daily eye drops, and will need some dental care -- though you'd think his love of vegetables (he loves carrots and small pieces of cauliflower) would have helped with his dental hygiene. Kobe is crate-trained, and is crated at night and when his owner leaves the house. He is very vocal and has a big boy bark. He growls and talks to himself and anyone who might be listening, while prancing around. Due to his lack of exposure to stimuli that most of us see every day, he can get excited easily, and he is alittle fearful of trucks going noisily by on the road (so much for the macho illusion of his big-boy bark). Again, this is an exposure issue. This boy's world has been very limited.
Kobe loves, loves, loves being scratched and petted and practically swoons when he is praised. Ecstatic to have a visitor, he literally danced around the table with joy over the attention from a new person. He is ok with the resident cat and reportedly ok with other dogs at the vet and Petco. He has played nicely, if very exuberantly, with his owner's grandchildren. He has never had an opportunity to play with other dogs. He is highly food motivated which is great, though he knows to take treats very gently from you hand, and this will be very helpful in helping him adjust to a new routine in a new home.
In short, this is a big, somewhat goofy, in your face, poorly trained boy......but a love bug! We would like to see Kobe in a home with terrier experience, because he will likely need guidance in how to transition to a less isolated environment, and ideally a home with a large fenced yard or a nearby dog park, so he can run and play off-leash and safely chase squirrels and burn off some energy being a happy active dog (in a dog park setting, he will likely need to be given guidance/time/experience in how to interact with other dogs). Kobe is an awesome boy, and it has been a difficult decision for his owner to give him up. Kobe has 11 years of pent-up Kerry zest for life, love, and adventure and, in the right home, will reward his new family 10 times over with humor, personality, intelligence, and eagerness to be with his humans.
If you think you might be the person to show Kobe what a terrific world is still out there waiting for him, and can give him the love and guidance that will help him flourish in a new home, please contact Sharon Arkoff, New England Rescue Coordinator, at email@example.com and fill out our Adotpion Request Form. Suggested rescue donation for Kobe is $250.00.
June 11, 2013
Well, Day 4 of fostering Kobe, an 11-yo male purebred in need of rehoming because his owner had some changes in her home. I hate to write this, because I know I am jinxing something, but Kobe has been perfect. I mean, not "understandable behavior for a shell-shocked older Kerry taken from a very quiet, isolated home, with very little socialization, and thrown in the back of a minivan and plunked down in suburbia with children, people coming and going, lots of other dogs walking by, etc." I mean, perfect. He is a bit timid still, and will startle at loud noises (like loud sneezes), but he is appropriate with my school-age children, charming to guests and people we meet while out on walks, no accidents in the house, and just lies in his chosen spot and watches the activities of our busy house. Kobe is afraid of/doesn't know how to negotiate flights of stairs (he wasn't allowed upstairs in his original home) but he will figure it out. When the doorbell rings, he barks for three seconds and is done. He hasn't jumped on any of our guests and, again, has stopped barking as soon as he is properly introduced. We had been told that he was crated at night and when his owner left the home for longer periods, and that he was perfectly happy in his crate, but he emphatically tells us differently (when we suggest he go into his crate, he plants his feet and/or collapses into a boneless lump), so we're not forcing the crate on him. He just sleeps in his spot all night and causes no problems. He reportedly had not been on a walk in years, but he goes nicely on a leash on our walks around the neighborhood and in the local conservation land -- he doesn't quite keep to a straight line, as he's so busy sniffing things on the left, then things on the right, but he doesn't pull, he doesn't trip himself or you on the leash, and is easy to re-focus. Kobe is a very handsome boy, too, with a lovely silver coat (a bit dry just now, but nothing that a change in diet won't turn around in a few weeks) and nicely set ears. He appears to have no arthritis, and moves right out on walks, with that beautiful floating mile-eating Kerry trot. (My trail-running app on my cell phone was accustomed to our last senior Kerry, who moved at about one quarter mile per hour by the end. The app, which I haven't used since the last dog, is thrilled with our faster speed with Kobe, and keeps sending me peppy messages like, "You're moving more than four times faster than on your last work-out! Good job! Remember not to overdo it!") Kobe has dry-eye, and arrived with both eyes buried in thick yellow-green goop, but a few days of eye drops and his sparkling brown eyes are back. Kobe will need to continue eye care (drops and some lubricant goo twice a day) for the future, but he is very good about this. Well, I take it back. Actually, the truth is, Kobe is a big baby about this. The first few days he was too shy to offer an opinion and just stood there like a statue, but now that his personality is beginning to sparkle, things are alittle different. When he sees that I'm sitting on the kitchen floor with the bottle of eye drops and the tube of eye goo, he comes over to check things out (Kobe is extremely curious, like any self-respecting kerry) and then he pretends to hide. He makes his body as small as possible and tucks his head between his paws, trying to camouflage himself into the floor. Now, I suppose someone might possibly, possibly, miss a 50-lb curly dark gray dog lying on a light-colored hardwood floor --- EXCEPT for the fact that his tail is wagging furiously and his bright-button eyes are looking up with absolutely delight in his own great hiding.
Otherwise, he is very intelligent.
Kobe was never allowed to be off-leash outside or to play with other dogs, but in our area, many people take their dogs to the local conservation land to run off-leash and play with other dogs they meet along the trail. Kobe has behaved appropriately with very brief introductions to other dogs, and was hugely interested when solicited to play by a young female golden retriever. I don't expect him to know how to play nicely, though, so Kobe will go to a "Newly Adopted Dogs" playgroup soon, to help him learn to play and still stay relaxed, before being allowed to play with dogs who might not understand any social ineptness Kobe might have.
We are looking for a wonderful forever home for Kobe, who is a much-younger-than-his-years, exceptionally striking Kerry boy who gets lots of complements from passers-by. As Kobe bonds tightly, we would like him to go to a home where someone was home for most of the day, and to a home that likes long walks, as Kobe seems to love the stimulation and exercise of being a man-about-town. We expect that Kobe's personality will continue to come out over the next few weeks, so it would be good to see him go to a home with someone who is kind, and understands where Kobe is coming from, but who also has some terrier experience, in case Kobe tests the rules as he explores his new situation in life.
Please, someone adopt this boy before my kids feed him so many treat that he can't fit out the door!
Rescue Coordinator, New England
July 16, 2013
So, today is foster boy Kobe's 11th birthday! I thought he was 12, but, according to his papers, he is only 11. That explains a lot! We have been so fortunate to have had kerries who were still bouncy at 13 and 14, but, Kobe is really a supermodel for an 11-yo. His coat is silky, grey with black points, and he's a pleasure to watch in motion -- very smooth. He is still terrified of indoor staircases (outdoor ones don't seem to phase him at all), but he is comfortable with three steps, and he does a move that I call his "Cary Grant" move, because it's just so suave. He runs down the steps but doesn't touch them with one back foot -- he just cruises down on three legs, as if to say, "I am too smooth to need to use all four feet." There is something about the way he does this that is just so debonair; only Cary Grant and Kobe could ever go down a set of stairs with such panache. He does have a few benign fatty lumps and bumps on his belly, but you can't see them and the rest of him is so good-looking that you only notice them when you are being asked for a belly rub.
Kobe continues to be very charming in the home; he has lovely manners at parties, where he trots around among the guests with a deferential expression in his eyes and his foot-long rawhide in his mouth. I guess he figures everyone else is eating; he might as well do the same. If there is a lot of excitement in the house (lots of running and chasing, several groups of children yelling at the same time, etc.) he can get excited and start barking, but he calms right down when guided.
Kobe doesn't seem to know what to do with bones; when given one, he carries it around for up to two days, drooling happily around it, but not chewing the thing. He brings said bone on walks, car rides, etc. He is perfectly gracious about giving it up to you if you decide that on Day 3, the bone is _not_ coming in your car and is going in the trash.
Kobe continues to have lovely leash manners, and is learning how to approach, interact with, and leave other dogs he meets while out on walks around the neighborhood and on the local trails (he is doing awesome). He is attending a class for newly adopted rescue dogs, and naturally is the star of the class. He is also going to a playgroup to learn how to join in and play with unstructured packs of random dogs. He doesn't get the whole "playing" thing yet, and he may not, but at least he'll get familiar with other dogs running and jousting and will see that it's all in good fun. Kobe loves walks, and his idea of the perfect activity day is a good three miles in the woods in the morning, a few trips around the backyard during the day, a car ride or two to pick up a kid at camp or visit the horse barn, and a walk around the neighborhood before bedtime. Kobe likes water and will happily wade into a pond or river up to his elbows to get a drink.
Kobe does not bark excessively, but, he can only be adopted by people with a well-constructed home, because his bark is so huge that it will literally blow the walls down of any residence that is not securely fastened together. His bark sounds like it should come from something the size of a T-Rex. Wow. He can be a bit of a whiner, though, if his people are all up on the dreaded second floor and he is alone on the first floor. He doesn't like being left alone down there during the day if he knows you're upstairs doing whatever, but at night, he knows it's bedtime and is perfectly quiet. And as far as I can tell, he is perfectly quiet and just goes to sleep when he's alone in the house during the day.
Kobe and Kitty have not yet worked things out, but that's because Kitty seems to enjoy teasing him. If she runs, he will chase her. If she stands her ground
and looks him in the eye, he does the canine equivalent of bursting into tears and running away crying like a little girl. Kobe's eyes continue to
take alittle extra TLC. I'm finding that he needs to have his eyes cleaned of goo a couple times a day, and soaked pretty much every morning to get
out dried goo caked around his eyes (thought that only takes about two minutes). We'll try a stronger concentration of cyclosporine, and there is apparently
another newer medication that could be a next step. For those who are familiar with dry-eye, his left eye scores a 6 and his right eye scores an 8,
on that tear production test. Otherwise he is in excellent health, and will have dental work done shortly to make it more pleasant when he parks himself
against your knees, gazes up at you with love and
zest for life, opens his mouth, and pants adoringly into your face.
The best home for Kobe would be one where he continues to get lots of long walks, lots of loving and attention and people time, and continued guidance in whatever manners are expected in his new home. Kobe is a very smart, very loving Kerry boy, very eager to please and be part of a family, who will make a terrier-loving forever home fall in love with this breed all over again.
If you or someone you know might be interested in Kobe, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 4, 2013
More recent picture of Kobe.
January 5, 2014
Kobe is adopted.