An update on Blue will appear here once he's had time to settle into his forever home
Rachel - February 2018
An update on Lucan will appear here once he's had time to settle into his forever home
Jan - February 2018
An update on Paygon will appear here once he's had time to settle into his forever home
Patricia - February 2018
An update on Brimstone will appear here once he's had time to settle into his forever home
Mike - January 2018
An update on Tara will appear here once he's had time to settle into his forever home
Jennifer - December 2017
An update on Paddy will appear here once he's had time to settle into his forever home
Charles - December 2017
An update on Ardie will appear here once he's had time to settle into his forever home
Anne - December 2017
An update on Blue will appear here once he's had time to settle into his forever home
Gary - November 2017
An update on Deacon will appear here once he's had time to settle into his forever home
Tricia - November 2017
An update on Charlie will appear here once he's had time to settle into his forever home
Deborah - October 2017
We met Blue with our elder Kerry Odo and Blue was growling but we knew it wasn't nasty so we bought him to his forever home.
He is doing so well acting like a dog playing with toys and rough and tumbles with Daddy. He loves his long walks at the park and the beach always with his bodyguard Odo. We still keep him on a lead when out but he is getting so much better around other dogs.
Blue is very much a mummy's boy and he can be clumsy but considering he can only see from 1 eye and had god knows what start in life he had (He was found as a stray in London) he is amazing. Everyone loves him he's a charmer for sure.
I would like to say a massive thank you for letting Blue bear come to us he's an absolute star.
Sharon - October 2017
An update will appear here once Indie has had time to settle into his new home
Pamela - September 2017
An update will appear here once Nell has had time to settle into her new home
Elaine - September 2017
An update will appear here once Pegs has had time to settle into her new home
Hannah Wood - August 2017
An update will appear here once Max has had time to settle into his new home
Alex - August 2017
An update will appear here once Flynn has had time to settle into his new home
Whet - August 2017
An update on Chrystal will appear here once she's had time to settle into her new home
Judith Dove - June 2017
An update on Misty will appear here once she's had time to settle into her forever home
Maura O'Donnell - June 2016
An update on Bella will appear here once she's had time to settle into her new forever home
Lesley Sneddon - June 2016
An update on Luna will appear here once she's had time to settle into her forever home
Carly-Jayne Panter - May 2017
Meet Ben (AKA Ben the Barbarian!) our lovely rescue Kerry. We lost our beloved Billie in February to kidney failure earlier this year and felt our other Kerry - Vera - would be lonely without a companion.
We particularly wanted an older Kerry who would be a little calmer because Vera likes a quiet life, we contacted the KBTR after seeing him on the website and falling in love with him and after a successful meet and greet we arranged to collect him in May 2017.
Ben is a lively boy who loves to play with a ball or his tug toy and will repeatedly bash you with whichever toy he wants to play with until you relent and join in his game.
Ben may be nearly 10 but he's certainly not showing any signs of slowing down! He is a cheeky boy who loves to chew and frequently makes off with my hair donuts and has destroyed more than one stuffed toy since moving in with us (I still keep finding fluff everywhere!) Ben is best of friends with Alex his (Human) playmate and follows him all over the house.
Fiona Purcell - May 2017
An update on Judah will appear here once she's had time to settle into her new forever home.
Emma Roxburgh - May 2017
An update on Brody will appear here once he's had time to settle into his new forever home.
Irene Algie - April 2017
Having previously had a Kerry Blue rescue we decided that rehoming another Kerry was something we wanted to do.
I spoke to Mark Buckley from the Kerry Blue Rescue (KBTR) who was fantastic and spent a lot of time discussing with me all of the dogs and our options. He just seemed to know that Floyd was the perfect Kerry for us. I was really pleased to find out that KBTR arranged all the transport from England to Ireland, it was amazing.
I then met Vivien, Fostering Co-ordinator, who was brilliant. She did a home check with me to ensure we would be suitable. Vivien also came to meet Floyd when he arrived in N. Ireland which was great because we were unsure what to expect as he had been travelling a long journey.
All of KBTR have been great, Judy is the Aftercare Co-ordinator and she has contacted us to make sure everything is going well. It is good to know that we will always have their support.
WELL WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT FLOYD
We met this energetic boy who was gorgeous and just full of love. He settled so well with us and is such a good boy.
We were a bit unsure if he would get on with our cat so we had Floyd initially as foster with a view to adopting and after some work both Floyd and the cat are getting along which is fantastic. We can now let Floyd off the lead in the gardens and he can just run and run ( he tries to eat the cat food and the cat tries to eat his which obviously we don't allow but it is very funny)
Floyd still needs some more socialising with other dogs which we will continue to do. We have visited Beechgrove doggy park - for one to one play which Floyd loved.
Floyd loves his cuddles and hugs, is great with everyone including children and he doesn't mind getting brushed !!!. He is totally spoiled by everyone.
Mark was most definitely right as Floyd is the perfect boy for us, we all love him so much and it feels like he has been with us forever.
The Lotteys- April 2017
Both Emma and myself have wanted a dog for a number of years, but while we were both working full time it just wasn’t an option. I grew up with blue merle border collies and I want my kids to have the same opportunity, to learn about caring, responsibility, and the sheer joy of owning a dog. Of course there are harsher life lessons too, while never easy, it’s just as much as part of life. It’s important they aren’t hidden away from it and can learn from the experience. My kids are both relatively young, Isla being 5 and Ted 3.
Recently my wife gave up her work to set up her own business from home. With someone going to be in the house most of the day, it seemed like the ideal time to go ahead and look at getting a dog. At this point I knew very little about Kerry Blues, and I wasn’t sure what breed to go for. We had a look on some of the bigger rescue sites, but with the age of our kids I knew many would rule us out straight away. I know there are risks with young children, but I’ve always believed that if you get the preparation right, those risks can be minimised and the benefits far outweigh them. I found a very handy little app on the Kennel Club website which asked a series of questions about you, your home and what sort of dog – size, hair type, amount of exercise, allergies etc. It then came up with a number of breed options, and the one that stood out was the Kerry Blue.
Initially it was the look of the breed, I hadn’t seen one before and was just gobsmacked at how stunning they were! As I read more on the internet, it soon became clear that this could be a perfect fit for our family. I read about potential issues with other dogs, but I’m used to walking my brother’s Siberian Huskies and I was sure we could deal with that. For me, the main point was that they sounded brilliant with kids, I read article after article and this was a repeating story.
We talked about getting a puppy, but we have both had other rescue animals in the past and decided that’s the route we would choose. I wasn’t sure where to look, but quickly found a link to the KBT Rescue on the UK KBT Association page and had a look at the dogs for adoption. Something just clicked when I read about Kerry and saw the pictures, so I got in touch with Mark. I was immediately struck by Mark’s passion for the breed and for the care he takes in selecting homes. We had a few conversations by email and by phone and I completed the rehoming questionnaire. Very soon we had a home visit booked and the kids were eagerly waiting to see Neil Archer with Hugo, though I must include myself as I’m a big kid ☺ Hugo was a real star and my kids were in love straight away. They just let him wander round the house and come and see them. Neil went through the thorough home check with me and Emma and it was good that the kids just got on with things. Thanks so much to Neil for coming over and taking the time for the visit. Ted was really upset when they left, he had really taking to Hugo in a big way.
We were thrilled when we got the call from Mark and he told us that we had been chosen for Kerry!! We had been stressing to the kids that it may not happen and it could be a long search, so to get Kerry was just amazing. Something that had been a wish for the last 10 years and about to become true. Emma and the kids immediately began to buy things, the kids chose a bed and some toys for Kerry. There were some small delays in getting dates arranged, 21 days for the rabies jabs and then issues with the paperwork and microchip, however Mark worked tirelessly to get things sorted and soon we had the call and Kerry was on her way!
When I told people I was picking Kerry up from a dog van on the motorway services it drew some quizzical looks, but the process ran like clockwork and soon we saw Kerry for the first time. She was on the top floor in the van, barking away. The guy delivering her did not fill us full of confidence when he said “Your here for the Kerry….good luck, she never f*cking shuts up!!”. So with a little trepidation we sorted things out with Aiden and then he got Kerry down for us.
We were surprised at how petite she was for a Kerry, but she was just so full of character and life that it just felt right straight away. She was so pleased to see us, although it help we had a few treats. Neither my wife nor I could believe how perfect she was and we were both beaming from ear to ear ☺
We took her for a stroll in the grass around the services and it soon became clear she had been well looked after. She went well on the lead and immediately looked alert. She did all the basics well and you could see the joy on her face at being out and about again. After 20 minutes we went back to the car and she curled up next to my wife on the back seat and was no bother on the drive home. Another big plus as she was fine in the car.
The timings worked well as Kerry had a few hours at home before the kids were home, so she could get her bearings. Poor thing was tired after the journey so she just curled up on the sofa with Emma. The kids were good as gold, they were excited but allowed Kerry some space to come to them and she took it all in her stride. Within hours it felt like she had been with us forever. We had no accidents or crying on the first night, it was like she just walked in and set up home.
Over the past few weeks Kerry has brought so much joy into our family. She is always so pleased to see us, the kids love that she wags her little tail so fast for them. They play tug of war with her and she is just so tolerant of them “stroking” and playing with her. We’ve walked more miles in the last few weeks than probably most of the rest of the year combined, and its now easy to get the kids to come along. We’ve found places within walking distance of the house that are so beautiful, but we would have probably not seen them without her. Kerry’s favourite walk is in the woods, she leaps about looking for squirrels and rabbits, running rings round us as she goes.
Judy has been regularly in touch, making sure things were OK and generally having a natter. While it’s been very smooth going It is a great comfort to know we can call on her experience. Judy has been really useful with the only slight issue. We knew as a rule the breed could be troublesome with other dogs, and initially Kerry would bark and leap up at every dog we saw. With Judy’s advice she is now responding well to positive enforcement. She does have off days like anyone else, but we are always able to get her attention and there haven’t been any serious issues. I’ve probably found this easier than Emma. We had one more scary incident when my wife was taking Kerry out, where things got a bit more aggressive but neither dog was hurt. This left Emma a bit shaken. Again we had Judy’s experience to call upon and she recommended a Halti harness. We’ve now started using a halti when we know there are lots of other dogs around and that is working well, especially for Emma. I’m positive that this will improve, but even if it doesn’t, it doesn’t take anything away from Kerry, and it doesn’t spoil our walks. Its all part of her make-up, that makes her the character she is, our beautiful Kerry. So 5 weeks ago our lives changed at Ferrybridge services and I don’t think it will ever be the same. Our family has grown and Kerry is now such a part of that, we couldn’t imagine life without her. I do believe things happen for a reason, and that this could not have gone any better. Kerry is just the perfect fit for us and we are so lucky to have her. We are all looking forward to a long and happy life together
Gayle Don - April 2017
An update on Danny will appear here once he's had time to settle into his forever home
Adam & Eli (& Matilda) - February 2017
What to say about Finn, I don't think I can do him justice with words alone, he is absolutely beautiful in every way imaginable. Striking to look at, amazing temperament, bright as a button, loving, caring and most importantly for Elli and I, both himself and Matilda have formed a special bond. They are completely inseparable and although Matilda still gives him a nibble or two on the ear if he steps out of line, they seem all at sea and completely out of sync when the other isn't around.
The day we took Finn for his 6 hour 30 minute grooming session with the amazingly talented Mich Dale, Matilda refused to go out with our dog walker and sulked until he came home. I can't thank everybody at KBTR enough and especially Mark Buckley who ensured that we got the perfect dog for our circumstances.
So...... when we got Finn from Burtonwood Service station on the 24th February it was basically love at first sight. Elli burst into tears and Finn jumped into my arms from the top cage. He wagged his tail, shook his bum and nothing has quite been the same since. He spent the journey on the way back to Manchester cuddling Elli on the back seat and wildly wagging his rear whenever we spoke or made eye contact with him.
We are not 100% sure about Finn's (maybe Finbar, maybe Findlay) history, we think he may initially have been earmarked to be a show dog due to his fantastic looks and his father being a previous championship dog (i can't remember who told us that) and although house trained and great on the lead, he had trouble understanding basic instructions such as sit and wait. He has since learned how to do this.
He came with a dry cracked nose, a severely matted fall and body and in real need of some love and attention. He is now in great shape, currently weighing in at just over 12KG with a wet nose, a proud fall and great hair cut. He walks around like he is 10 ft tall.
It feels like we have never been without him and our wee family is now complete. We certainly don't know what we would do without him and know Matilda is also grateful to the fantastic work that the team at KBTR continue to do.
Judy Warner - February 2017
Jimmy came to live with me on February 19th, 2017. Jimmy is two years old and a bundle of energy!! I was fully aware that Jimmy was aggressive towards dogs and at times people.. so I thought to myself...'Buckle up your seat belt Jude...we're in for a bumpy ride!!!!'..lol.
I took Jimmy out for a walk to assess his behaviour and he barked, snarled and snapped at every dog he saw. He leapt in the air and spun round like a demented spinning top!!! I have experience of Kerries with behaviour issues so his behaviour didn't faze me. I don't think Jimmy has ever been told no though as he really doesn't like not getting his own way!!
We have locked horns on most things.....Kerrys can be so stubborn!!!! At home Jimmy is well behaved. He is a loving boy who loves to play and loves cuddles. I have to be careful though as Jimmy nips me when we are playing or when he gets excited and Jimmys teeth are like little needles!!!
I have now had Jimmy for seven weeks and it feels like he's always been part of my life and home. He is responding well to training and now accepts me as the boss!!! He is quick and eager to learn. He walks well on his lead and will now walk past most dogs if they are on the other side of the road. I put a halti collar/muzzle on him to be on the safe side (I've had a few bites!...lol) and he is much easier to handle. He is calmer and happier. His training is on going and we have a long way to go but with every little success we have, we grow closer and the bond between us deepens. Jimmy is a demanding dog who needs a lot of work and keeps me on my toes but I adore the boy!!!!
Taking on a Kerry Blue Terrier (or any other dog for that matter) that has behaviour issues is not for the faint hearted. It is a hard and challenging thing to do but the rewards are huge!!!! Working with a dog that has been aggressive and untrained and then with time, patience and love seeing that dog blossom into a happy, sociable and well adjusted dog is the most rewarding and and satisfying job I have ever known!! I am extremely grateful to all those that made it possible for Jimmy and I to become the firm friends that we are and I can truly say that even on the worst days when he is testing me and I've had a few nips.......I wouldn't change him for the world!!!!
Judy and Jimmy XXX
Don & Deena - February 2017
We will post an update on Bobby once he has time to settle in to his loving forever home.
Caroline Burrows - January 2017
We will post an update on Charlie once he has time to settle in to his loving forever home.
Gayle Cullin - January 2017
We will post an update on Roah once he has time to settle in to his loving forever home.
Martin & Julie Green - December 2016
A further update on Murphy's progress will appear here shortly.
Murphy has settled in really well, good in the house, great with people and other dogs. He has just been let off the lead and returns when called (even when a deer appeared in our walk recently). The only issue is at night when he won't settle in his bed In the kitchen which is something we're working on. The photo is of Murphy down in Torquay on the beach - displaying his xmas haircut !!!
Laura Harding - December 2016 In 2016 we decided to look into a dog breed that would suit our crazy yet very active family . Time and time again we just kept being drawn to a kbt. We researched for quite a while for breeders and came across a great breeder in Liverpool who seemed ideal . We choose a little female puppy and called her Rita . We had no idea at the time just how integral this beautiful litter of puppies would become .
Once Rita was in our lives you get the kbt bug and want to know everything possible, this is how I stumbled upon Mark and the rescue .
A beautiful pup called "The Captain" came onto the website and I was instantly drawn to him . Thankfully being such a tight knit community it came to light that Captain was actually Rita's brother from the exact same litter . I could not believe it .
We met with Captains owner on a beach in Liverpool and the pair instantly became a typical pair of siblings ( No I had the stick first behaviour ) .
We collected Captain Christmas week and he settled in to our lives as if we had collected him the same day we had Rita . They became a cheeky tag team and I became the owner of various new peep toe shoes ( only one of each pair mind ) , 6lt bowls of beef stew miraculously disappeared from the work top and the only remotes I have left are the ones I can now download as an app to my phone . The pair simply look at me and state it wasn't me ??
Whilst Captain came to us with a few undesirable traits this was anything that isn't kind of typical of this amazing terrier breed . He is stubborn and cheeky , loves to chase birds and generally just wants to be with me all of the time . With a few tweaks and training he has become the perfect dog for us .
There is no better way to return home to find two kbt's both sat with their bums wagging uncontrollably waiting for you give them the ok to unleash the licks and cuddles .
We are expecting another new arrival in July of this year , hopefully less furry and with a greater interest in milk than shoes . We have no doubt that Captain will love baby florence as much as he does all of us and he will continue to flourish in our ever growing family .
Joe Sweeney - December 2016
My journey towards Nelson started in September 2016 with a speculative e-mail to the rescue. Just to give you some background, I have been a life long asthma sufferer with an allergy to dogs (amongst other animals) and for this reason I never thought I would be able to own one. That was until circumstances took a twist and I found myself living back at my parents following a divorce, while I was awaiting the completion of a new build property. They have two miniature schnauzers, which I found I was able to tolerate well with the use of a standard daily antihistamine. It was this experience that put the idea in to my head that I may be able to own a dog.
Following much research on the internet, the Kerry Blue Terrier was a breed that was coming up time and again as being a good dog for allergy sufferers. This prompted me to research the dog in more depth and what came up was really encouraging, the only down side being possible dog aggression common within the breed. Not wanting to take the internet as being the gospel truth, I made contact via e-mail with the rescue. What I got was an almost immediate response from Mark Buckley, despite being on holiday with his family at the time. Now the purpose of my contact at the time was to get insight into the breed with a view to buying a puppy, however Mark allowed be to join the recue group facebook page and I was immediately won over by the great work that was going on. Mark had suggested that I foster a dog for a short time to see how I got on, but I pretty much knew that if I did that I would have difficulty letting the dog go.
Mark was generous with his time and advice and to cut a long story short put me I touch with Bridie Moriarty in November, also attached to the rescue. I arranged to visit Bridie so that I could spend some time with her two lovely dogs to see how my allergy reacted, and I am happy to report that there wasn't a reaction at all.
From this point I was expecting a long wait for a dog to come along which would be suitable for me, but to my surprise I was contacted the following week to be told that a change in circumstances meant that a dog had become available and thus began my partnership with Nelson, who arrived with me at the beginning of December.
Since then myself and Nelson have become firm friends. We are rarely out of each others company and he has slipped into our family effortlessly. I have to say that everything that I had read and been told about the breed has manifested itself in Nelson. He is an incredibly loving and bright dog, who is absolutely fantastic with all people but can also be feisty with other dogs when out walking. I certainly couldn't be without him now.
For anyone with asthma and allergies I would highly recommend the Kerry as a great breed for you. I have had Nelson now for nearly 4 months and while I can't claim that I have been totally unaffected by him, the reaction has been very minor compared to other dog breeds. A quick visit to my GP for a slight change to my prescription and now the impact of having him around is practically zero on the negative health side compared to the exercise I get with him and the love and affection that comes back.
Caroline Johnson - November 2016
Badger has settled in brilliantly, he loves his walks and is eating & sleeping well. He is experiencing a little separation anxiety when we have to leave him, but he only gets left for a short amount of time and since its only been 2 weeks since we collected him from his foster home I'm confident we will sort it out.
We're also having some interaction with other dogs now as well when on our walks. I feel so lucky that we were chosen to care for Badger, we love him dearly and cant thank Mark and the Kerry Blue Rescue enough.
Written 2nd December 2016
Carol Thorn - October 2016
The imaginatively named Kerry was in a rescue centre in Dorset when Mark found her for us. At over 10 years old she had already been rehomed once, hundreds of miles away, and sent (yes, sent not taken) back as ‘too aggressive at the vets, and unable to bond with a new owner’… and that was after just one week!!
After some long conversations with the rescue centre, and with some sterling support from Mark, the rescue agreed that they would consider rehoming her to us if we went to visit several times to ensure compatibility before taking her. As the 6 hour round trip was physically difficult, they finally agreed that if we spent the day there, and Kerry and my existing dogs were ok together, then yes, they would let me take her home the same day… Phew!
So we set off down to Dorset with Moya the 13 year old Jack Russell and Freddie the 10 year old lurcher, still unsure how they would get on and if it would be a wasted journey, but absolutely committed that we wouldn’t take Kerry home if any of the three dogs were going to be too distressed after their introductions.
With some trepidation I went to meet Kerry alone at first, and was delighted to see such a waggy tail and happy little dog. Despite her age and health conditions (untreated Dry Eye means she has limited vision now, and cysts and lumps and bumps everywhere!). Introductions to Moya and Freddie (and of course Graham, my partner!) went better than expected and we all spent the rest of the afternoon in the Sensory garden, with all three dogs running around happily together. In true KBT style Kerry put Fred in his place when he got too boisterous, but he took it well considering. And so we travelled home with three dogs in the car, not a sound out of any of them all the way home! Kerry has now been here just over a month, and as with any rescue dog of her age, we didn’t expect plain sailing all the way. However, she has been and made friends with everyone at our local vets, and had her second injections without any issue, and with lots of tail wagging and making friends (we were told that she was so aggressive that she must be muzzled at the vets….), she has coped with the grandchildren visiting frequently, and knows that the three year old is a really good source of food J She has visited lots of new friends, and behaved impeccably with them all. We appreciate it is still early days, there have been a few face offs between Kerry and Freddie as Freddie doesn’t like her KBT demand barking, but we’re working on that (working on both of them!). They all sleep together, eat together and walk together as if they’ve been together for years, and are even learning to share toys nicely! We have some lovely walks over the local fields and towpaths, and then all three will settle for a nice quiet sleep once home (except when Kerry decides to play!)
Kerry still has a few issues, she doesn’t like sore patches being fussed over (although she will happily let Moya minister to them!) but she does at least grumble rather than snap so we get warning when we’re straying into difficult territory, and she is now comfortable enough to have her twice daily eye medication without being muzzled – success! Considering the vet report that came with her had suggested that euthanasia should be considered an option given her aggression, I think she feels secure and safe enough now not to need to be snappy. There is still some work to do with her, but we are already seeing her mischievous character emerging out of the sad little dog that had been described to us.
Leanne Edwards - September 2016
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 Brown - 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 Barnes – 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 Russell - 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