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The Best of KB-L for 2015

 

December 2015


Context:

Rescue dogs face many challenges as they adapt to a stable life and Nunzio, although quite senior in years, is doing well. Sharon Arkoff brings us up to date on adventures with her Noo-noo monster.

Post:

Date: December 23, 2015
From: Sharon Arkoff
Subject: Happy Holidays

This past weekend, Nunzio for the first time approached another dog by sniffing the interesting end and then attempting his first ever play-bounce with another dog (when he came into Rescue his approach was hurling himself snarling at the other dog and attempting to rip its head off). This morning, he galloped and romped and chased (muzzled, so his mommy did not have a heart attack) with a group of random dogs out for their morning walk in a local park, some of whom he knows, some of whom were new, and one of whom is his former arch-enemy at the children's bus stop. He is not quite sure how to play in a pack, but he is learning. Midway through the walk, someone arrived with treats, and all the dogs ran to the human, sat, and were fed within inches of each others' teeth and the human's hand/arm/jugular. There was no problem. Nunzio was, if I do say so myself, particularly adorable and sparkly.

He also is 90% whupped by Kitty, whom he initially attempted to dismember, whom he now follows around obsequiously and also trades-off on food bowls midway through meals. (Then when we're at work, Nunzio sometimes picks up his bowl and takes it to some other room of the house to eat. We find the mostly empty bowl in some little-used room weeks later. Yay. Not every dog with dog-aggression can be reformed, especially at 11 years old after living an isolated life However, Nunzio is actually kind of a wuss, as opposed to being an alpha dog, and he is learning. He will probably never be allowed to run with a pack without a muzzle on, as having witnessed one attack, I can't take another, but still. His history is not his fault, and again, he has come so far. Good boy, Noo-noo monster.

Happy holidays to all in the Kerry community, and thank you for the support for Rescue and belief in the joy of this breed.


November 2015

Context:

Where does your dog sleep? Mine, like most of yours, sleep on the bed and generally allow me to sleep there too, as long as I don't toss and turn too much. At this chilly time of year, I'm actually quite happy to share with them. A recent question of the week regarding sleeping arrangements brought the following reply, our "Best of KBL" for November, from Judi Young.

 

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From: Judi Young
Date: November 16, 2015
Subject: [KBL] Question on Sleeping arrangements.

Rita's question below which talks about how Casey did not sleep close to her one night gives me an opportunity to ask you all about one piece of "different" behavior that we have seen in Ashley, Princess of Pillows, to see if any of you have a similar experience. Remembering that she joined our family almost a year ago at the age of 6 1/2, for several months now she has chosen to not sleep in the same room with me, even though there are beds there for her and she is always welcome on the big one as well. Instead, once she became comfortable with this house, she began sleeping in what is called my sewing room. There is a couch there, one which has those big wide arms like pillows and
she sleeps on this most nights. Sometimes she will sleep on the floor behind a rocking chair in there, on a blanket I've put in there for her. She will stay in her bedroom until maybe 5-6 AM and then come quietly into our room and lay down until I am awake. Sometimes during the night she will come into the bedroom, take a drink of water, and then go right back to her bedroom for the rest of the night. (and we all know how loud a Kerry drinking in the dark of the night can be!)

Recently when we had company for a few days, I closed the door to the bedroom and kept her in there with me so she would not startle herself or our guest if one of them got up in the middle of the night. She was fine with that and seemed to sleep happily there with me. As soon as my friend departed, Ashley was back into "her bedroom" for the night!

This girl is a very serious sleeper! I don't know if I snore too loudly or toss and turn or what. Does anyone else have a Kerry that prefers to sleep on their own? It is a very different behavior than that of our first two Kerries who always slept if not on the bed with me next to it. Ashley's behavior makes me wonder if I'm failing her in some way...some little thing I've not figured out yet. And just in case anyone is wondering, Ashley and I are very close, soulmates most of the time so I don't think she is trying to get away from me in a negative way-- just a really serious sleeper!

Does this voluntary decision to sleep in a separate room by a Kerry sound familiar to anyone else? Just wondering..... thanks. judi

Judi Young
Spokane WA
Honolulu HI


October 2015

Context:

I suspect that more Kerries are allowed on the bed than we would like to admit. But at least they're kind enough to help with bed-making, like Jann McQuay's Pepper. In our "Best of KBL" for October, Jann tells us about Pepper's escapades in the bedroom.

 

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Date: October 3, 2015
From: Jann McQuay
Subject: Making beds

You lucky Kerries that are allowed in the bedroom!
Pepper is rarely allowed in the bedroom, so I had to check other.

I'll let her tell why.

This is the absolute best place to cause some excitement and sadly I'm not allowed in. My humans have many pillows on the bed and a white duvet (good thing I don't shed...sorry about the paw prints). At every and any opportunity, I will race to the bedroom, fly onto the bed, toss the 8 pillows to the floor. If there's time I stir up the covers, get underneath, dig a nest, jump out, stick my bum in the air and teasingly woof as Mum flaps into the room. I'll play hard to get (impossible, actually!). This is my most favourite game (and I think I am the 'Princess of Games') so I take full advantage when I get the chance. I know I've got her! The room and white bed looks like a hurricane hit. After a while Mum has figured out that if she calmly comes in, I will accept a massage. Then she's got me and I'm removed. It's not all bad. She sometimes takes me to bed with her for a some snuggling and I do stir up whatever pillows and covers are there before settling in. Then Dad wonders where I have gone and has to lure me out with the promise of a walk and treat. I love the bedroom!

Pepper McQuay
Whitby, Ontario, Canada


September 2015

Context:

Back to school. Even the Kerries have to leave summer behind and return to their normal schedule. Our "Best of KBL" for September is from Sharon Arkoff, whose Kerry Nunzio is getting back in the groove following summer holidays.

 

Post:

From: Sharon Arkoff
Date: September 1, 2015
Subject: Humans' back to school day

Just offering words of support and reassurance to all the Kerries out there who had to get up unusually early today, observe the human children loading up with the anxiety-provoking luggage and pencil cases that have been taking up all the good spaces on the floor and couch, and - egads! - LEAVE THE PACK without the adults! Nunzio, who got used to this last year but had forgotten the details, plus who was confused because last year he had to wake up both children (by jumping on their beds and woofling ever so delicately in their ears and, if that didn't work, gently batting any exposed body parts with his paw until screams of "Nunzio!!" erupted) at different times for different buses, but this year both children were awake by themselves and disappeared on the same bus at the same time. Nunzio spent the whole time at the bus stop on his toes, looking anxiously from me to the
children (whom I was not allowed to approach, lest my presence embarrass them. This made it hard for the kids to show off Nunzio, being as he was attached to me by leash). He was, though, very happy to return to his "after schoolbus walk," which he settled right back into, and to see some of the same dogs from before summer vacation. He is now lying on the couch, barking offendedly at anything that drives by that sounds like a schoolbus.

Sharon Arkoff, Massachusetts, USA


August 2015

Context:

Does your Kerry steal things? One of my dogs was never happy unless she had found something to bring back from her walk. Her finds included cobs of corn, an old toothbrush
and even a headless Barbie doll. I don't consider that stealing, more repurposing. Sometimes though our dogs can pick up items that could be dangerous and it's up to us to keep them safe. In this month's "Best of KBL", Terry Coyner talks about the strategies she employs to deal with Kerry kleptomania.

 

Post:

Date: August 9, 2015
From: Terry Coyner
Subject: QOTW about stealing

Hi,

Ky does not steal food for the most part. Once in the 5 months he has been with us. Primarily because we are careful to not have food out where he can get to it.

However, he will steal or pick up just about anything else. And many times it is something that could hurt him - like plastic, or rocks, or a bottle of nail polish. We thought we had the house puppy-proofed. But he can find things we had no idea were within his reaching distance. He even found a few things we had no idea were on our property. And then there are socks, and bras and toilet paper...Oh my!

The first week he (10 weeks old) was with us, i started teaching him "drop it" and giving him a treat reward. After the second day, he had it figured out that if he picked something up he got a treat for letting go of it. And so he started picking up more stuff and looking at me expectantly. Actually made the behavior worse. Also reminded me that to raise these guys successfully, you have to be smarter than they are. ...I think i am in trouble.

In part, stealing is an attention getting behavior and he loves to turn it into "Keep-Away". So we obviously ignore him when he has something that is not an immediate danger to him. We stand with our backs to him and our arms crossed while he is zipping around trying to get us to engage in "Keep-Away". Once it is clear to him we are not going to engage, he will leave the object. We then redirect him to his toys and chews.

When it is something that is an immediate danger - plastic (he chews it while he is keeping it away from us) - I throw treats across the floor to try to engage him in "chasing" them. If that doesn't work, I just tackle him and take it out of his mouth. When i have to do that, i don't engage with him in any other way. Don't talk to him, scold him, pet him or otherwise acknowledge him.

In part, because of this behavior, Ky is never unsupervised when out of his crate. Whenever he shows an interest in something i don't want him to pick up, i ask him for other behaviors (sit, down, come, etc.) to redirect him away from the object. Or i use "leave it" ... which he generally does.

Stealing things is at the least annoying, at the worst it can cost them their lives. It is a behavior worth stopping as quickly as you can.

Terry Nooyen-Coyner
Olympia WA USA


July 2015

Context:

What's the most endearing thing about your Kerry? This QOTW brought a most amazing reply from Deb Harper, our 'Best of KBL' for July. Her Kerry Liam demonstrates the best of our dear Kerries as he reaches across species to help an abused horse learn to trust humans.

 

Post:

Date: July 25, 2015
Subject: QOTW Endearing
From: Deb Harper

Well...A great question currently to ask me! My soon to be 5 yr old Liam is an amazingly intuitive soul that seems to know when something is in need. I have found that my other Kerries in the past are very attuned to human depression/grief/pain/fear...but what I am experiencing with Liam, is that he seems to know when a HORSE needs him.


As some of you know, I live on a 10 acre horse farm in the Pacific Northwest. I am a certified driving instructor (teaching Carriage driving for competition) but my farm also does a lot of rehab for horses suffering from behavioural issues, diet or hoof care issues. I am also a foster farm for a local rescue that specializes in miniature horses. Pipsqueak Paddocks, located in Yarrow, BC takes in surrendered miniatures that need to be re-homed. When she has problem horses, she sends them to me for rehab.

As some of you know, I live on a 10 acre horse farm in the Pacific Northwest. I am a certified driving instructor (teaching Carriage driving for competition) but my farm also does a lot of rehab for horses suffering from behavioural issues, diet or hoof care issues. I am also a foster farm for a local rescue that specializes in miniature horses. Pipsqueak Paddocks, located in Yarrow, BC takes in surrendered miniatures that need to be re-homed. When she has problem horses, she sends them to me for rehab.

With my natural horsemanship methods, I let the horse tell me what he needs...whether a victim of abuse or neglect or one that has mishandled in the past, I work with each horse's personality to give them a good foundation and a hope for a forever home when they might had have no hope. I currently have 2 foster minis here....#18 TJ was a former stallion that was attacking people...he was gelded when he was surrendered and while some of his behaviour was testosterone driven, most of it was defensive action to protect himself from an aggressive caretaker that was handling him with whips and chains. TJ learned to fight back.

 

The newest foster #19 is a 10 yr old mare named Pepper (left) and coincidently came from the same farm, with the same caretaker, but Pepper's method of coping was to avoid people at all costs. Scared beyond words at human touch- she had to be trapped in a corner in order to be caught and she would be shaking with anticipation of what the human was going to do to her. She is an introverted mare that is extremely sensitive and this aggressive caretaker shattered her confidence by being too rough, too fast, too relentless, too forceful on all levels. This little mare was pushed and pulled and bullied into behaving when she craved a softer voice and a lighter touch. As humans, we tend to 'yell' in general. We are goal-oriented and are always in a hurry.... and horses like Pepper withdraw into themselves because they can't cope with us...They are labelled as hard to handle, flighty, reactive, explosive, unpredictable, etc when in actual fact they need someone with less voice, slower movements, and with a softer touch In Pepper's eyes, as humans, we are over-the-top and then we punish her for reacting which makes it worse and cements the fact that humans can't be trusted.

Pepper's eyes told me she was afraid when she arrived. I avoid eye contact in the beginning, let her make the first moves to want to be with me and I let her govern how comfortable she is in my presence until she learns that I am different. After she was with me several days, I allowed Liam into her stall while we were out in the barn for night check. Usually a typical high-energy terrier, he seems to sense when he has tone it down to accepted by a frightened horse. He was raised around horses...one of the first he met as a 10 week old puppy was my 16 hand/1200 lbs warmblood and one of his best buddies on the farm is my black Welsh stallion Sky (below and top).

I have photos of him sitting on Sky while the horse is lying down. So, I introduced him to Pepper by calling him to come down the aisleway to be with me, and onto the sill of the open stall door. Immediately, Liam launches into therapist mode. He walks softly up onto the sill with his front legs, and waits for the horse to approach him. He stands stock still while the horse smells him all over. The only thing moving is his rapidly revolving tail. He makes no move; to jump up or smell or leap into the horse's face. He seems to know. (I am amazed because this dog can run at Mach speed, leap over logs and races to beat a thrown Frisbee to catch it before it hits the ground.) And then once he reads the horse's reactions, its like he asks permission to enter the stall, and then he walks into the stall and sort of retreats from the horse busying himself smelling hay or something else in the stall and allows the horse to approach him again. Then he stands still while the horse goes over him again. The first time it happened I thought it was a fluke...that he forgot about the horse and was looking for a horse toy to steal (that every stall has several of). But its like he moves past them and ignores them to give them confidence - sort of invites them in to investigate him for a second time taking the pressure off a face-to-face confrontation.

to disengage her hindquarters and move her head out of the corner. I will not trap her. It has to be her idea. And while I was working on this last week, while out there for night check...and trying to get to a point where I could handle her face gently, a little bit every night, in preparation for haltering etc. She remained quite concerned about her face. I could touch her anywhere on her body except the face. Liam happened to be in the stall that night and without ANY words from me, out of the blue, he hustled over to her side and positioned himself directly under her chest and head and stood there. Pepper lowered her face softly into his soft curls and stood motionless with her head on top of Liam. Sensing that Liam was trying to helping me with my goal, I jumped at the chance at his offering of doggy assistance. Turns out, with Liam's help, within seconds, I could stroke her face with both hands, standing back by her shoulder, running my hands gently down her cheeks to her nose, and down onto Liam, and back up to stroke her face and carrying back down onto the dog, over and over again. It was like a break-through! She would allow me to freely touch her face through my dog's presence....Liam was the reason. It was a magical endearing moment where he sensed that he could somehow help her over this hurdle. I had tears in my eyes. It was something to see!


June 2015

Context:


When three very needy Kerries came into our rescue program recently, Cody Wiedl, with assistance from his human Mom, offered some tips to help them adjust to a proper Kerry life. Cody has kindly assented to our use of his post of June 22nd as our 'best of' for the month.

 

Post:

From: JoAnn Wiedl
Date: June 22, 2015
Subject: Top Ten Things To Do for the Tired Trio

Cody has been hearing our household talking about the Tired Trio. He's been thinking about his birthday this week, then thinking about the trio should be celebrating in their new life from his perspective.

The "Letterman" List for the Tired Trio:

10. Revel in the fact that you can count on plenty of good food and fresh water.

Cody: My family has been trained to know that I like really fresh water. I like one last big drink before I go to bed. I like my food, especially the lamb and lentil one. Of course, I get
yummy treats that Mom says are healthy.

9. Look forward to spa days, otherwise known as a trip to the groomer.

Cody: I love spa day! My regular groomer loves me. A mani/pedi with a little grinding for that smooth nail. A little trim after a bath (well, I could skip the bath) and that coconut
paw massage! I feel so good afterwards, especially in the summer because it feels so much cooler. And everyone just loves to tell me how good I look afterwards with extra pets.

8. Sink into a comfortable bed every night and for a few naps during the day.

Cody: Well, I have a dog bed upstairs and on the first floor. I love to sleep for a little bit at night with Mom and Dad on their bed for a little snuggle time. But my West Paw Design beds are soooo comfortable and quite fashionable.

7. Go on walks around the neighborhood.

Cody: Personally, I go on walks three times a day; I have different people on each of my walks. And on weekends, Dad and I go on power walks. For Father's Day, I took him for a 2 hour trek around town as my treat! I have regulars that know me, like the three sisters that run out to see me or the mailman or the lady that comes to pet me even if I'm a block out of her way. The Einstein Bagel place knows my order, doggie bagel, too.

6. Claim a yard as your own space.

Cody: The people in the house each have a bedroom. My "room" is the backyard. I can fly off the deck chasing after squirrels. I love when Mom and Dad work in the yard; I'm officially the supervisor for all yard work. I have great views from the house to my yard as well. If I hear the click of the back door, I come flying!

5. Learn how to totally relax with petting.

Cody: You may have to train your family, but it is totally worth it. There's the generic pets, then the comforting belly rub. I personally like the vigorous ear massages, the scratch at the base of the tail (you know, that spot you can never reach yourself) and the gentle cheek strokes.

4. Lose yourself in happiness playing with a squeaky toy.

Cody: Even the squeak on the TV can get my attention! On my birthday list, I asked for another ginormous 12 squeaker snake! That's the ultimate squeaker toy in my opinion. Let's just say the previous one in tatters is well loved.

3. Celebrate your birthday with friends and family.

Cody: My family makes it a special day! Toys, treats > and something cooked from the Three Dog Bakery book. Those turkey burgers and the French toast casserole are beyond words - just lots of tail wagging and lip smacking going on. And yes, you will learn what a present is...

2. Become a member of a family in a forever home.

Cody: OK, I cried for 10 minutes when I left the breeder's house with my new family. But then I found out that its even better in my forever home. I'm personally an only dog, but I have several dog friends in the neighborhood. I have a Mom, Dad, a girl and a boy. Dad is my personal favorite, but I really love everyone. Mom says I am

1. Understand and revel in people telling you that you are loved.

Cody: I know many words and phrases from Bedtime, to Sit, Stay, Down, Clean Up in Aisle One (people food has fallen to the floor and it is mine for the taking), all the way to You are Loved. Life is Good!

Just my perspective,

Cody


May 2015

Context:

Hands up all those who feed their Kerry at the table? Our QOTW brought a number of responses including one from Linda deLeon which is our "best of" for May. She pleaded guilty to indulging her Molly. In her defence however, Molly was a puppy mill survivor and needed some extra TLC!

 

Post:

From: Linda deLeon
Date: May 18, 2015
Subject: QOTW Do you feed your Kerry at the table?

I blush to confess that I have been VERY bad about training Molly to have good table manners.

She was such a scrawny little thing when she came to us from the puppy mill that I started out being over-indulgent and now am paying the price. At this point in her life (she's now 10-1/2), she is fairly polite at table but if we seem to be ignoring her she will give a short, quiet bark to remind us that she's waiting. I usually give her one or two tiny bites while we're eating, and then afterward she gets to lick the plates if there's something on it that's good for her. She doesn't beg at the table if we have a dinner party, fortunately -- though she has been known to try to herd the guests out if they stay past her bedtime! I'm not sure what I'd advise someone else who takes a puppy-mill dog to do with respect to feeding.

Molly missed out on learning about toys and games, and her early food deprivation has made her VERY food-motivated. Treats were thus an important training tool at first and meals are a relief from boredom and also, I think, an important part of her bonding with us. I don't give her nearly so many morsels as I used to, but I do think she seems a little anxious if we are eating and not sharing.

Since working on the Spring 2015 issue of the newsletter, which contained Dr. Jean Dodds' article on weight-loss diet for Kerries, I have been cooking for Molly and trying to build appropriate treats into a weight-loss > diet for her (she weighs 42 pounds). It was extremely helpful to me to learn from that article what daily calorie intake I should aim for and from the book (Nutrigenomics) , what foods to provide for her. Now, I just wish that more dog foods and treats would provide calorie counts along with other nutritional information!

Linda deLeon
Golden, CO


April 2015

Context:

Our Best of KBL for April is a post in reply to the QOTW "Does your Kerry like kids?".

My own Kerries were very good with kids. One in particular, Cassie, was my son's best friend. She was only five months old when he was born but she took it upon herself to watch over him, parking herself at the door to his room when he napped and guarding him from strangers. She lived for sixteen years and we couldn't have asked for a more devoted babysitter. Not all dogs are raised with kids though. Nonetheless I found that mine all instinctively recognized little people and treated them with patience and gentleness.

In our "Best of KBL", Sharon Arkoff relates her experiences with Kerries and kids.

Post:

Date: April 12, 2015
From: Sharon Arkoff
Subject: QOTW Does your Kerry like kids?

We have had several very geriatric rescues/fosters who, despite not being exposed to children at all in their prior lives, have absolutely loved children.

Duffy would literally swell with happiness when he would see that we were walking to the toddler playground, and would choose of his own free will to be draped in dress-up clothes and have toy dinosaur battles arranged in the fur on his back.

Current foster boy Nunzio will play with my kids (chasing sticks and tennis balls, or going back and forth from lap to lap on the couch, etc.) for as long as they are willing.

BJ would take the hand off of the vet or groomer if they were not gentle with him, but both kids learned to walk pulling themselves up on his fur. BJ was also the one who would sit under their high chairs with his mouth open, just waiting for something to fall in.

However, our first Kerry, Bits'n, considered children a nuisance, and far beneath her. Of course, hers was the life most ruined when children came along to interfere with her formerly Bits-centric world.

Other fosters/rescues have been indifferent. All just depends on the individual dog, I suppose (other than BJ, who, as mentioned, had ulterior motives).

Sharon Arkoff

When Sharon gave us approval to publish her comments, she added:

[...] Nunzio [...]continues to be very good with children (though at this very moment, he is biting the eyes off a stuffed animal. Oh well). Nunzio knows which child needs to wake up at 6:30 am and which child wakes up at 8. He assists in the process by first snuffling very gently in any exposed ears. Next phase is to helpfully head-butt any human limbs hanging off the bed. Final phase is to stand up against the bed and gently pat any of the larger lumps under the covers with his paw, until he gets a response.

 


March 2015

Context:

March's post is a reply to Irene Landau who asked how others manage deaf dogs. Jann McQuay relates her experience with her deaf Kerry. As she mentions, deaf dogs get along quite well. What we see as disabilities, our dogs often take in stride. They don't fret about it, they just get on with life. We could all take a page from their books when challenges arise.

 

Post:

Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015
From: Jann McQuay
Subject: Deaf Kerries

My previous Kerry became completely deaf at about age 12. It was a gradual process, so it took us quite a while to realize that it was not not just 'selective hearing' on her part. She did lots of that over the years!

She had learned hand signals in our agility days and I added more as needed. She became very dependent on my body language, our schedules and my movements. A light touch on her back would gently waken her.

She occasionally was boarded so a list of signals was passed along. It didn't seem to bother her. Her days were active and happy, actually until bladder cancer took her life at 14 years.

Anxieties, which she dealt with her whole life, became a non-issue. There were benefits for us.
She actually seemed to mellow. Thunder claps, the mailman and the doorbell no longer sent her ballistic.

I think the deafness is more upsetting to us than to our pets who compensate in other ways. I'm sure Shamrock will adjust and continue to be happy.

Jann McQuay, Whitby, ON Canada.


February 2015

Context:

When two senior Kerries, Finn and Rosie, needed a home, Nancy Silveira stepped up and took them in, giving them a loving forever home. When they both became ill and subsequently passed away, Nancy incurred substantial veterinary bills. Louise Lang asked for donations to defray Nancy's costs and many Kerry people stepped forward to help. In this month's 'Best of KBL', Regina Corry expresses what we were all thinking, what we would all wish for our own Kerries.

 

Post:

Date: February 1, 2015
From: Regina Corry
Subject: Finn & Rosie

Louise: Thank you. [...] Nancy did what we all do - made the best choice for the dog regardless of our wallet. That is fairly easy when you have a 10-15 year history with the dog. Finn and Rosie were fortunate to find such a soul, who made them family so quickly and accepted significant financial impact. I wish that the Foundation could have helped, but know why that was not possible. I will do this [make a donation to Louise's fund] first thing in the morning, as I hold Finn and Rosie so close. They are "our" dogs, as that could happen to any of our dogs. I hope that someone would be there for my beloved dog(s), and would not want the cost to harm someone kind enough to love my dog(s) as their own in their senior year(s).

Regina


January 2015

Context:

Another interesting QOTW , "Will your next dog be a Kerry?", brought some interesting responses. Seems we are all besotted with our Kerries. In this month's post, I debate about my next dog and talk about Kerries vs other terriers, specifically Lakelands.

 

Post:

From: Anne Corke
Date: January 5, 2015
Subject: Will your next dog be a Kerry?

At my age, it could be my last dog! When our last Kerry died at age seven with lymphoma, my late husband and I decided that we should get a smaller dog. I have severe arthritis in my knees and hips and am not able to exercise a dog like I used to.

We researched smaller terriers and brought home two Lakies. While I still miss my Kerries, I love these two to bits. Smaller they may be, "calmer, easier to care for" they are not. The smaller size is definitely a plus for me. If need be, I can pick one up under each arm. They take up much less room in the car and on the bed. But calmer, they are not. Sophie has an extremely high prey drive and if she's in hunting mode, you daren't stick your hand in front of her. Like Sophie, Danny is good with other dogs, something many of my Kerries were not. Unlike Sophie, who is a real people dog, he's very nervous around strangers and can be quite a handful.

While Kerry grooming is challenging, so is stripping hard coats. So I really don't know what my answer would be. I am a terrier person, have been all my life, and yet they do come with numerous challenges. I can't imagine myself with a Chihuahua or a Bichon. I like a dog with spunk but I'm afraid my spunk has up and left!

Anne Corke
Peterborough Ontario Canada

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