Ohio 2009 Rescue
by Tracey Fulmer
KBTF Rescue Coordinator, Northeast
Although all seems rather quiet on the rescue front of late, we've been working behind the scenes on several rescues. One was a large rescue of 8 Kerries
from an Amish mill in Ohio, where we teamed up with the Kerry clubs to ensure that each dog had a foster home (and in most cases an adoptive home).
In the process of assisting on this rescue, we also got a call from a shelter in the area that had a Kerry, the unfortunate product of an animal
neglect case. She's 1 1/2 years old but weighed only 20 lbs when she was picked up. Because of Linda Grisley's fast action, we were able to include
Molly in this effort.
We and these lucky Kerries owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Dave and Tracy Campanello who did all of the legwork, acted as the central point of contact by coordinating the entire ground operation, drove through a snow storm to pick up the Kerries, including 20 lb Molly, spent the weekend getting them all vetted and groomed and then divvied up the dogs to each rescue organization. At this point, it looks like the Foundation will be responsible for placing 5 Kerries. Many thanks to Linda Grisley and Eileen Andrade for identifying foster/adopt homes and working with Tracy Campanello to get them transported. And to Linda Grisley for following up so quickly on Molly. I'm sure you will hear more from Linda and Eileen once the dogs are settled in. (There were many others who contributed to such a large rescue, so gratitude goes out to those volunteers as well.)
Because we don't have a lot of prospective adopters or foster homes in the midwest, rescues like this one are very expensive due to high air transportation costs and the need to kennel the dogs while they are vetted and assessed prior to transport. We could not help these Kerries without your generous donations.
And we can always use more foster homes and transporters, especially in the midwest (Ohio, Missouri) where the concentration of puppy mills is the
highest. Many of the "hold out" mills that continued to breed Kerries, despite the breed's declining popularity with brokers and petstores, are
throwing in the towel after a dismal holiday season. While that's great news for the Kerries, we anticipate rescue activity will be picking up
as these mills dump their breeding stock and unsold youngsters.
by Sylvie M. Bedard
So here is the latest news on Chester, after 20 days on Canadian soil. Chester arrived on a very cold and dark Sunday afternoon in Montreal on Jan. 25th. My daughter and I were quite anxious to see him but the paper work proved to be a bit more complicated because cargo customs closes early on week-ends. After much back and forth from the main terminal to cargo again, we finally go to see Chester in his crate, he was not the prettiest sight, he was lying down at the far end of his crate, he looked dazed and confused and he could hardly stand up. We were surprised to see that his back paws were bandaged, and no explanation came with the paper work, we eventually got the information from you, but not knowing the nature of his injuries worried us as we didn't know if he needed immediate medical attention and/or medication. (Linda Grisley informed Sylvie that his feet had been bandaged because they were tender from the wire cage he had been living in, but not injured)
We eventually coaxed Chester out of his crate with some food and lots of tender loving words. We put a leach on him, he obviously didn't show any resistance to being walked around and we offered him some water, but that didn't seem to interest him. After a few minutes of stretching his legs we got him back in his crate and in the car we went! We didn't hear one peep out of him all the way back home. By the time we got to his new home, Chester threw up the little food he had in his stomach. I took him in his new back yard, and to our surprise, he did both business in a matter of seconds, which deserved him lots of praise! The first evening in his new home was a bit stressful for all of us. We introduced Chester to a quiet place in the family room so he could recuperate. He fell asleep immediately that is until my husband came home later that evening. Chester slowly got up and went to sniff him, my husband was the one who had the special greeting, Chester wagged his tail and sat next to him. I would describe this moment as immediate "male bonding".
In the next few days we established a routine with Chester, regular feeding, regular walks, and slowly getting him acquainted with the house, the back yard and the neighborhood. We started with one basic command SIT! Which he does well but like a typical 11 month old, the attention span is short. He walks well on leach and knows that WE take the lead. He's quite the charmer when socializing with other people and the neighborhood dogs. His new best friend is a Westi named Max. Max is a bit of bully but not aggressive and certainly a good play date for Chester. He's adjusting well, but much training and discipline is to come with patience and loving care. Although we had dogs in the pass, this was our first experience with a male dog. The humping and nibbling is annoying but Chester seems to be tapering down, as long as we are consistent in our discipline I think he'll grow out of it, having him neutered will also help. After a week of enticing Chester with toys he finally clued in on running after a ball, tugging and chewing on rawhides but his favorite items are my husband's white socks, which he now carries in his mouth with pride! He is very curious so we have to be vigilant when he decides to explore in new territories, he loves Kleenexes, chewing on wires and rubber boots. Chester is still getting acquainted with new sounds, so sometimes he barks out of fear, but again, we seem to be able to calm him down and reassure him that nothing will come to him "in harms way".
Chester is not exactly comfortable in the car; he drools extensively and throws up once we reach our destination. I'm hoping he'll get better in time. The visit to the vet proved to be very positive; he was certainly the centre of attention and enjoyed every minute of being examined ALL OVER! he gained many admires. The vet was quite impressed on Chester's overall health, a bit under weight (25 lbs - recommended weight 30-33 lbs) he did however have one concern when examining his hips and hind legs, the vet doesn't want to confirm a diagnosis until the X-Ray. This will be done the 1st week of March when Chester will be neutered. Chester will get his 2nd round of vaccination on Feb. 24th which will be approximately 1 month after his first series of vaccination; the vet also recommended that Chester be castrated a few weeks after the 2nd round of vaccination, so that his immune system is strong enough to fight any potential infections.
My daughter, my husband and I are absolutely in love with Chester, he's intelligent, affectionate, and stubborn and that the same time complying. Chester is in a loving home, he is pampered by everyone. I must remind my family, discipline, exercise and then affection to have a well balanced dog.
I've attached a photo of Chester getting ready for his morning walk. As you can see, he does attract attention!
Subject: Update on Bailey
Date: September 10, 2009 11:47:22 AM PDT
Hi all, it has been a long year for all of us. In January the tiniest bundle of joy ever to grace a airplane climbed out of her crate , scared, tail down, and into our hearts. The girls at the Continental counter oohed and fussed all over her when I removed her from the crate, for her first step unto California soil.
She came by the name quite by accident, Jim and I stopped to visit our favorite Irish pub on the way home, and I had a Baileys & Coffee in front of me, her on my lap , and the rest is history.
Bailey is a small girl, initially weighing in at 19lbs, now a healthy 22 lbs. She has a favorite play toy, that being her older brother Puck,
she gives as good as she gets, and they can be found rolling on the bed, the floor, the couch anywhere there is space .
She is a affectionate little velcro dog, and very generous with her kisses, Jim's mom calls to inquire about "Precious" which is her nickname.
I still have not been able to cure her of her carsickness, and she still reacts to strange noises, but she has thru Puck's guidance discovered cats, skunks, and birds.
She is a charmer, and has quite the quiet nature, reminds me a lot of Tully at times.
We` are eternally grateful to all of the people who put forth the time and effort to bring my little charmer to her forever home.
Kim, Jim, Puck, & Ms Bailey
Adopted by Toby Spreitzer.
Subject: RE: Flynn
Date: September 16, 2009 2:57:12 PM PDT
Flynn is really doing well. He just completed his basic obedience class, finished 3rd, losing to a pair of female Great Danes.
As you know, Flynn was a mill dog rescued from the Amish Mill in Ohio. Flynn has done a remarkable job potting training. He regressed and started a little marking but has since corrected that behavior. He really likes to potty on any other dog, tree, patio cushion etc…. I think you get the picture. Flynn still has some food aggression but for the most part it has subsided.
He is a very affectionate Kerry. He had one biting incident, with no recurring incident. However, there seems to be a little evidence that this may have been provoked instead of the full blown attack which was once thought to be.
Flynn is a permanent fixture at my side. He sleeps with me, lays on me and watches all of my favorite sports programs with me.
Flynn has really struggled to learn how to play. If fact, he has no interest in any toys, balls with the exception of an occasional sock. He will not potty in the grass or on walks. But , give him some concrete, it’s fair game. Favorite spot, the steps on the back step…yuck! Of course he walks in it!
Flynn loves to be the dominant alpha dog while in the house or in the back yard. He patrols when the other dogs bark or are playing or rough housing. He likes them to chase him, but quickly retreats to the back door looking for entry back into the house.
Flynn gets very car sick, even with motion drugs. I would bring him to my office all day if he didn’t get sick so bad. I hoped it would stop but has not after 8 months.
by Terry & Virginia Hiller
For those members of the Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation who are not aware of Molly's story, I will give as much of her story as I have been told. Molly, a rescue Kerry Blue Terrier, joined our family in January 2009. [Molly has been the owner of my wife Ginny and I since the moment she met us.] I am sorry the list is getting this story so late, I have kept those informed I knew were directly involved in the rescue and those who gave us the chance to have Molly as a member of our family.
Molly now weighs 46 Ibs, and our vet tells us she is in perfect weight for her size and is in perfect health. This gives you an idea how very large she is. When rescued she was tied out in mud and the elements and weighed only 20 lbs. Her hair had not been trimmed and her mouth and eyes were matted shut. I understand that the puppy mill owners were charged and hope they served time for this crime.
We fell in love with her immediately! At 2 1/2 years of age she was gentle and loving. We were amazed at how quickly she became 'buddies" with our male Kerry Yankee and our cat Sylvester. Molly learned many commands quickly-she is VERY bright.
Because of her weight we worked at satisfying her appetite and getting her to proper weight.
She loves dog toys and plays with them alone or with Yankee they love to play tug-of-wad
In July Terry, my husband, was in the hospital for 22 days for total knee replacement surgery on both knees. Molly would lie by the entry room door for 3 to 5 hours waiting for Terry to return. When he arrived home she wouldn't leave his side. They are "buddies" too.
Her coat looks better every day as we work with it. She had to be clipped completely because of coat condition from being tied out. Her love and companionship have made our lives blessed. Thank you, Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation, for allowing us to make her a member of our family.