On 22nd of September Nobby came into our lives. We already had a Kerry Blue Terrier, Pepsi 9 and we did have a bengal cat called fudge who past away from kidney failure in march and Pepsi was really missing her so we eventually decide to get another KBT.
We were home checked for a dog in Ireland but it all fell through so we were ready and waiting. Mark called to see if I could foster Jason (now more suitably know as Nobby) of course and off we went to fetch him. The moment they opened the door I fell in love, and I think he knew it. He was mine and I hoped so much that Pepsi would love him too!
He was a scraggy, smelly bag of bones that just wanted to be loved and have some much craved attention! He had been used for stud and spent most of his time in a cage in an outhouse. He happily left his previous owners with a McDonald's toy and a lead, jumped in our car and sat on my lap kissing me all the way to his foster home. All the way home I was praying that Pepsi accepts him as I loved him already! We got to our house and fetched Pepsi out to meet and go for a walk with him they were good, came home with no problems till bed time. Nobby wanted to play, jumped on Pepsi she wasn't happy and they fought, we took him downstairs and he cried by this time and I'm thinking omg what have I done so I fetched him and his cage back upstairs in he got and went to sleep and we've not looked back since! Pepsi is bossy puts him in his place but he is understanding and let's her eat his dinner if she wants . Foster care all went well and after two weeks Mark was happy to say he was officially ours. Happy days, happy us and happy Nobby as he was now know (and he really is a fool so the name so suits him. We had trouble deciding on a name and really wasn't gonna keep calling him Jason and out on a walk Nick said omg he's such a Nob that's where Nobby came from ) . He's now part of our family and we wouldn't be without him and I'm sure Pepsi loves him too! A big thank you to Mark and a even bigger thank you to the Kerry Blue Rescue as you helped a very happy settled boy complete our family . Thank you from Leanne, Nobby and family
Peter - August 2016
On the twenty third of August 2016 ‘Tilly’ adopted me; standing 19 inch at the shoulder, weighing 34 lb she is a ten year old, pocket rocket of a Kerry Blue. Coincidently she was ten, the day after I collected her from Lorraine (KBT Rescue) Stoke-on-Trent. On our arrival back home from my meeting with both Lorraine and Tilly, we (Tilly and I) walked into my living-room; Tilly typical of all canines was most interested in her new surroundings and the smells of Airedale and American Bulldog. I fed her and gave her a drink, making myself a coffee, I settled down on the settee to relax and enjoy the moment. Tilly looked up and immediately jumped up beside me settled and laid her head on my lap. I haven't usually let my previous dogs on the settee.....My thought...... Yeah I lost that argument! I don’t consciously remember a settling in period, it was immediate we just both accepted each other. We are really involved with life and each other, we exercise, socialise a lot with visits to all our family and friends, we play with the grandchildren. We also spend Monday through Friday, about six hours each day with Demi who is a very large and overly affectionate Airedale, my daughters’ dog and now Tilly's adopted sister. It is a cause of much amusement to see Demi and Tilly picking up each other’s habits and trying them out on my daughter and me. I quickly learnt to lower the seat and close the lid on the toilet (very unmanly); as I caught Tilly on the first day we met, having a refreshing drink out of the toilet bowl. Tilly is very loving, cheerful and has the energy of a two year old. Playtime is that period of time so rudely interrupted by feeding and sleeping. My home is now maintained entirely for the comfort and convenience of Tilly, who demands my full attention! But that is okay! A widower of four years. I lost my previous dog-companion Leah who died several weeks before Tilly arrived, both help to fill a void. So in truth who rescued who....... Peter,
Helen - July 2016 although we weren’t looking actively for a dog despite the boys nagging us for on, there was something about him that meant we couldn’t stop talking about him! We shared the post but once our boys had seen him, their campaign to have a dog went to new heights! We contacted Mark and found out he had been at the Rescue Centre in Cumbria since February and had a poor history. Our heart went out to him when we discovered he had been rejected by the first family who had agreed to take him in, and in finding out about his socialisation problems. We were not deterred and on the 16th June we met Rex for the first time at Animal Rescue Cumbria and were taken through our paces by Ruth, the Manager there, and Tammie, one of the amazing volunteers. It was love at first site. What a lovely boy he was!! We had a small wait for him as the Centre got his training to the point where he was OK to leave and on the 22nd July Rex came home with us At first Rex was hyper vigilant and was very wary. It was as if he didn’t trust us to stay being nice to him which made us so sad but he soon took to life in a busy house! He adores the boys and gets grumpy when they’re not there! He loves nothing more than to have lots of cuddles and kisses and four months in is coming into his own. His personality is showing through more and he is so much more relaxed and playful - he even plays now more than a couple of minutes. He will do anything for food which has helped with his training! We discovered by accident that he is partial to frozen Brussel sprouts and apples for example! His is still reactive to other dogs but so much better than he was. The rescue centre did amazing work with him and we are slowly getting there. We have days where we wonder if he is reactive or just being a Kerry!!! He has bought huge amounts of love and fun in our lives and we can’t imagine what it was like without him!
Suzi – July 2016 By chance, one Thursday night whilst browsing through Facebook, I happened upon an organised walk at Chatsworth House for Kerry Blue owners to meet up with their dogs. Alfie, my 12 year old Kerry blue had never met another Kerry and I was keen to see how he would be, especially as he is rather picky over which dogs he will socialise with. Despite the wet weather, we had a great time meeting other Kerry Blues and their mums & dads and new friendships were forged.
Over the next few weeks, through these friendships, we learned of a kerry blue's (a girl also called Kerry) plight and her need for a new home, due to the sad passing of her owner. When I saw her picture, she reminded me so much of my Alfie and I couldn’t seem to put her out of my mind. Steve and I mulled things over and decided to put ourselves forward as a potential home for her.
I contacted the Rescue Group and Mark arranged for me to take Alfie to meet Kerry (again, the weather was against us, the rain was almost sideways). However, thankfully Kerry and Alfie seemed to be comfortable with each other and when Kerry smiled at me with her beautifully white teeth, the decision was made.
Mark then arranged a home visit and a lady called Judith kindly offered to make the journey one Saturday afternoon to check our credentials – I have never been more nervous! Judith rolled up with six – yes six dogs in tow and after an introduction to Alfie, off we went for a walk. Judith and gang came back to the house after and we sat in the garden for an hour whilst the dogs mooched about, happy and contented in each other’s company.
We obviously passed muster, because the following Saturday, Kerry’s family brought her to our home. When her family left, Kerry was quite understandably agitated and stressed that she had been left in this strange house with people she didn’t know and a scruffy looking older Kerry Blue. She ran backwards and forwards from the front door to the back gate looking for them – I really felt for her. We made a real fuss of her, whilst trying not to exclude Alfie and Kerry soon decided that Steve was ‘hers’ and took to following him everywhere. To take her mind of things, we took both dogs for a walk and then had a game of fetch in the garden – she ran rings round poor Alfs, but it helped to calm her anxieties. Kerry slept amazingly well and quietly that night and since then has settled in fantastically, so much so, it feels as if she has been with us for ages. We have bathed her, visited the vet, walked her daily, introduced her to my parents’ Labrador and taken her to our local – all of which she has taken in her stride.
She has really come out of her shell now and has such a cheeky nature – her and Alfie get along just fine with only a couple of minor tussles over their favourite footballs. Up until recently, I was convinced Alfie would be an only dog, but have just loved watching Kerry’s progress since she has been with us. Seeing her confidence grow and her true nature shine through has been wonderful. There have been a few attempts at garden digging and hedgehog hunting - in true Kerry Blue style, she is certainly keeping us on our toes. Two weeks in and we wouldn’t be without her, all thanks to Mark, Bridie, Judith and everyone else involved in looking out for this fantastic breed.
Angela - May 2016
I was asked for an email on our story, well I suppose we must start at the beginning! Out on my afternoon walk with Bluebell my 6 year old Kerry and my friend Elaine and her 2 labradoodles. Elaine is a veterinary nurse and we were talking about her day. The Vets had a case where a Kerry blue bitch had been brought in by the RSPCA with 3 very weak pups. Sadly the pups all died and due to the owners of the neglected Kerry refusing to give her up, she was placed in Foster care until a court case could be arranged. All this was terribly sad and upsetting but alas the seed was planted in my brain. Another Kerry, a rescue. I started researching and came across the Kerry Blue Rescue Support Group on FB and contacted Mark Buckley. I informed him of my situation, currently owning a well socialised Kerry Bitch and that if a younger Kerry came up I would be interested.
Within a couple of Weeks a 19 month old Kerry Blue dog came up in Liverpool, he'd been found as a stray on the streets. I had to wait 7 days to see if his owners came forward. No one obviously thought too much of him as the owners didn't come forward. I had a home check by members of the group and I travelled the 130 miles to Liverpool with my Bluebell because I needed to make sure that this little man wasn't aggressive. Well out he came with more coat than Kerry, matted and smelly but with a wagging tail. He wasn't neutered and thought Bluebell smelt lovely! She put him in his place and he listened! No aggression on his part at all. I paid his release fee and we were out of there within the hour. Lucky for me Bluebell goes regular to her granny's, my mum lives on a farm and she loves ratting in the barn. I dropped her there so our little man could settle, bond with me, get clipped, neutered, flee drops, ears pulled, jabs! Poor little man didn't know what had hit him. I walked him out with Bluebell several times and they just got along fine.
He was so good through all his transformation, he continues to come along in leaps and bounds as he bonds, learns to trust and gets used to his routines and dog classes. He was quiet destructive for the first week and he was a sex bomb humping everything lol which is where his name Bomber Harris comes from. But with his clip he felt more comfortable and long twice daily walks this behaviour reduced greatly. We just made sure he had lots of toys and had him neutered. We are now six weeks in and I have a wonderful loving dog who gets along with Bluebell and all the other dogs I walk with. We absolutely love him. He just needed a Kerry Home! Thanks to Mark and members of Kerry Blue Rescue Support Group who made it possible