The Kerry Blue Terrier Rescue is made up of a group of dedicated Kerry Blue enthusiasts based in the UK who all volunteer their time to care for Kerry’s in need. None of our volunteers are paid and all monies raised to towards helping any Kerry Blue Terriers in need. Please meet our volunteers below to fin out a bit more about them.
Mark Buckley - Managing Director
I was born in Nottingham (UK) and have lived in the East Midlands throughout my life. I live with my partner, my two young children and of course my adorable Kerry Blue….Logan. Throughout my working life I have always been in customer service and retail and I love dealing with people. My job roles have been varied but always centred around giving great service and caring for colleagues.
In my down time (well….what a young family allow) I have always loved the outdoors, especially walking in the hills of the Lake District and the coasts of Cornwall. I’m currently trying to walk all of the hills in the lake district and Logan has walked in access of 40 of them.
I first came across the Kerry Blue Terrier when I lived with my previous partner and was in need of a dog that was good with asthma sufferers. It’s fair to say that from that point on I was smitten and simply adored their character.
I had volunteered for several dog rescues over the years and I found their professionalism and passion for helping to rescue and re-home dogs infectious and I realised that I hadn’t heard of a rescue for the Kerry Blue Terrier which was now the only breed for me and hence the rescue was born. I am truly honoured to be part of this rescue, to see how far it’s come in a small space of time, thanks to such a dedicated and passionate group of volunteers who all simply adore the breed and whose sole aim is to help share their collective knowledge in helping the breed and to help find the perfect loving forever home for every kerry blue terrier in need.
I hail from a small village just outside Dingle, Co. Kerry Ireland. I grew up on a very busy farm and had a fondness for all the animals from a very young age. I left home when I was 18 and worked in London for a couple of years. Decided along with my fiancé then, who is also from Dingle, to follow our dream and headed off to the USA. Lived in the USA for 7 years. During that time in the USA we got married and had our first daughter Nicole. We always had a yearning to be closer to home. We decided to come back to England. Settled in London for a couple of years and it was then that we had our second daughter Sinéad. Itchy feet took us to Peterborough and it's where we have lived for the past 15 years. Moving here made us think of bringing a Kerry Blue Terrier into our lives. Fraser was the most loving and devoted part of our lives for over 14 years. When Fraser was 13 we decided to let another Kerry Blue Terrier capture our hearts. Along came Tigerlilly and what can I say? I absolutely adore this girl. She's the rays of sunshine on a rainy day. We lost Fraser in 2015 and there was so much heartbreak all around. We were devastated. We decided to rescue a Kerry Blue Terrier, so along came Columbo. After a long and winding road we have reached a compromise, we understand each other. He's precious. I am honoured to be one of the Directors and Correspondence Secretary to an amazing Organisation. The wonderful Kerry Blue Terrier Rescue.... Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Bendel - Treasurer
Born in the UK, but raised in Guernsey in the Channel Islands. I left Guernsey in my late 20’s and lived in Spain for nearly 20 years only to return back a fluent Spanish speaker. My career has been in finance, as an auditor and then as a fund administrator and accountant, but I have always loved the social side of life—playing several sports and serving on sports club and ex-pat committees, working with homeless folk, organising social and charity events and spending time with friends, both 2 legged and 4 pawed! All through my childhood I desperately wanted my own dog, only to be told by my parents “When you can afford a dog, look after it and devote your time to one, then you can have one”. Well that finally happened in my early 40’s. After months of research I came across the Kerry Blue Terrier and just fell in love with its personality and character. My first Kerry changed my life completely, of course, for the better and the second followed fairly quickly after the first. Whilst I lived abroad I became a qualified dog trainer and have devoted the last four years to deepening my knowledge in canine behavioural problems. I am delighted to have the opportunity to be the Treasurer of the Kerry Blue Terrier Rescue and be involved with such a dynamic and forward thinking group, whose true ambition in life is to find that perfect, forever home for Kerries in need.
Any dog should be professionally rehomed in a perfect loving forever home with the correct support, aftercare and understanding and that's why I am truly honoured to be part of this rescue helping to ensure that all Kerrys are appropriately rehomed. Contact: email@example.com
We lost Fraser in 2015 and there was so much heartbreak all around. We were devastated. We decided to rescue a Kerry Blue Terrier, so along came Columbo. After a long and winding road we have reached a compromise, we understand each other. He's precious. I am honoured to be one of the Directors and Correspondence Secretary to an amazing Organisation.
I was born in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, however have lived in a town on the North of Glasgow since I was 2. A dog, more specifically a terrier of some sort, has been a part of my life since I was a toddler. We had a westie called Misty who went everyehere with us..she was followed by Penny the most subborn Yorkie ever, a dog has always been part of my family. I joined Strathclyde Police in 1995 and was a police officer for 20 years working in Glasgow City Centre and West End both as a uniformed cop and detective. When I stopped working such long hours and had a family of my own it was inevitable that a dog would be part of that too. We had a crazy schnauzer called Brodie who got into all sorts of scrapes...unfortunately when he was 5 he contracted an infection and there was nothing we could do...we were heartbroken. This led to our first Kerry Blue. I started to research the breed and we got Ruby...she was followed by Darcy 3 years later. So now I am mum to 2 human boys, 2 Kerry girls and 1 Kerry boy rescue, we get up to all sorts and have lots of fun together. They are a fabulous breed, their quirks can be testing at times but is by far outweighed by the love you receive. Inspired by the Kerry get togethers held down south I have organised a few in Scotland and through this wonderful breed have met many lovely people who are as crazy about them as I am. I would do anything to help them and when I was asked if I would be fostering co-ordinatior as well as the rescues coordinator for Scotland I had to say yes. I am delighted to be part of this wonderful team who all have the welfare of the dogs and their rescuers at the forefront of anything they do. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Bendel - National Behavioural Support Coordinator
Whilst I lived abroad I became a qualified dog trainer and have devoted the last four years to deepening my knowledge in canine behavioural problems. I am delighted to have the opportunity to be the Treasurer of the Kerry Blue Terrier Rescue and be involved with such a dynamic and forward thinking group, whose true ambition in life is to find that perfect, forever home for Kerries in need. Contact: email@example.com
Carly-Jayne Panter - Fundraising Coordinator
I was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire and after many relocations due to study or work I have found myself settling in East Grinstead - Sussex, with my partner Alex and our 2 rescue Kerry Blue Terriers Ben and Vera
I have always had a passion for music and theatre from a young age and this led me down the path of working in the entertainment industry as a singer, performer and event manager.
Being unable to have a dog of my own whilst training at stage school I worked as a dog walker and pet sitter and after many years travelling the UK singing and performing I finally decided the time was right to have a dog of my own.
I had always loved terriers having grown up with my grandparents Jack Russell - Titch and our own family pet - a Wire Haired Fox Terrier called Zoe, after a little bit of research I decided that a Kerry Blue terrier would be the ideal companion!
I rescued 2 Kerries - Billie & Vera and they have been loyal and loving companions for the last 5 years, sadly Billie passed away in February and left a huge hole in our hearts and lives, then we found Ben on the rescue website and fell in love with him!
I wanted to give something back to the rescue who have been wonderful in helping me to find my beautiful dogs and so when I was asked if I would like to be the Fundraising Co-ordinator for the Kerry Blue Terrier Rescue I jumped at the chance! I am very proud to be part of such an amazing team who are so devoted to this wonderful breed.