Rescue Coordinator: Stephanie Moore
Fostered on the East Coast
Well, here is one Teddy bear you sure can't win at the county fair! Even if they would allow you to throw pins in the bottle for him, he would not stand in one place long enough to be caught. This little guy is some prize, just the same.
Teddy had a rough start. Bred by a puppy mill for the use of a large corporation, he was put in a pet shop as a tiny little thing. Kerries do not do well in pet shops and tend to linger. There was one lady who had her eye on him. She bought him, when the price dropped. By then he was 6 months old and had never been out of the pet shop.
Teddy has been taught all of his commands and as hard as it is, he will go into a sit stay even when he is very excited.
His owner has been ill for quite some time. She knew Teddy deserved a better life. He has been confined to a carpeted hallway, away from his family, without heat or air conditioning and did not have a structured opportunity to relieve himself. He has not had use of a fenced yard and was not walked with regularity. Some bathroom retraining may be needed. As smart as Teddy is, I do not think this will take long.
Teddy is in foster care for vetting and further evaluation.
If you are interested in this 44 lb. cuddle bug, please contact:
October 19, 2015 Update
Teddy is doing well in foster care. He is a happy boy that gets along with both the resident female and male Kerry. He has surprised by not having any accidents in the house since he has been on a regular schedule where he can relieve himself. He was 42 lbs. when he went to the vet but his foster mom states that he is all legs and she is going to fatten him up. Sounds like he will be a big boy when she is finished with him.
Teddy has lived in isolation for a long time and is very timid in his new environment. He is very happy when inside the house with adults, children and other animals but is easily overwhelmed when he is outside. He will try and stay between the foster's legs. Far from showing any aggression, he will simply try and hide and indicate he wants to go back in the house. His new owner will have to work with Teddy and help him learn to trust again.
If Teddy has any real draw backs it would be that he does not do well on a leash at the present. A new owner will have to work with him to show him what an acceptable pace is. The foster is working with a trainer on this so the teaching has already started.
Teddy is a sweet guy who will be a shadow and great companion.
January 7, 2016 Update
Teddy found his way home!