Below are the stories of our volunteers who have opened their hearts to a rescue Kerry
Pamela Archer: I found our first rescue KBT Blue whilst looking on the Dogs Trust site, never imagining I would see a KBT looking for a forever home. I was straight onto them and arranged a visit, we lived in Derbyshire at the time and had to travel to Warwickshire. Arrived and did the tour, no sign of Blue! We asked where he was and were told he was kept out at the back, poor boy, as he being a KBT didn't get on with other dogs, they had towels to cover his pen. We asked to take him a walk and he must have had every conceivable lead, harness, attached to him. They weren't sure of his age but reckoned about 5. We loved him on sight and the following week brought him home. Apparently he had been re-homed twice before. He initially settled well, however it became apparent he couldn't cope with having the run of the house and although we had a dog walker while we were at work he began destroying curtains and the front door was made into match wood. We took the decision to crate him. He went through many many beds ripping them up inside the crate but he eventually settled. We lived in a small village and he was so loved by everyone, they even had a rota to who took him for walks. On one occasion they closed the pub to go looking for him as a neighbour thought he had got out of her garden, only to be found fast asleep under a bush in the garden. He was a great walker and did three and a half miles before we went to work every morning with my husband. He really didn't like most dogs and we had coping mechanisms in place for this, however he had one dog he adored a huge Wolf Hound who took him under her paw. He loved to travel in our VW van and turned into the most loyal, lovable dog. Sadly we only had him for just over four years as he was diagnosed with bone cancer. It broke our hearts when he passed and although I now have two other semi rescued KBTs there will never be another dog like our Blue. We did have to work hard with him but the love we received back from him was unbelievable.
Bridie Moriarty: We got Columbo from a family in London. They had to part with him as he was very possessive towards his owner, the lady in the household. She said he had behavioural problems, I.e he ate the mail, didn't want anybody near her, etc. I think the mail issue could have been easily resolved though. He still does it f we don't keep our doors closed, lol. He is a star. The only issue we have with him is his aggression when he is eating. Nobody can go near his bowl. He has a good relationship with Tigerlilly, also a kerryblue. They do have their ups and downs but nothing we can't resolve. He doesn't really like other dogs when go out. He loves people and always up for a cuddle. He adores Sinead, our daughter but does not show any real behavioural issues. Oh yes his toys are also a no-go for Tigerlilly. We are so glad we have him now. He is part of the family. I keep in touch with his previous owner through email as she loves to see photos of him. Lastly I should add that he would have been put to sleep if we hadn't stepped in. Reading his vets notes, looks like there was no other option!
Kurt Wagner: I have 2 rescue Kerry's. Ava came from a home breeder. She was locked down their basement in a crate for 4 years before the Kerry blue foundation rescued her and her siblings. Ava is my best friend. This is what Ava looked like when she was first rescued.
Kurt Wagner: This is our second rescue from the Kerry blue foundation. Murphy is 10 and was surrendered by his owners who, couldn't keep him anymore. Murphy is a my soul mate. Here is a picture of my 2 best friends. Murphy up front and Ava behind
Rachel Nolan: This is Brockley cleaning the table! She's our third Kerry and is by far the easiest (she was only tiny when we got her, whereas Maggot and Porridge were adult). Maggot was badly abused and the night I brought her home she ran out the back into a rainstorm and hid in the shed in pitch darkness. I took a chance and picked her up and carried her into the house. After that we were inseparable. Porridge was great fun, but killed a cat once. I loved them all - and Kerries have a great personality and sense of fun, even if they don’t all get along with other dogs (or cats) 😳 I have 9 rescue dogs now, including Brockley. #adoptdontbuy
Annemarie Stuivenberg: We rescued Amber last year in November, from a very bad shelter in the Netherlands. So, I went there with my good friend Lily (she is Sé's breeder and with 40 years of experience)..it was awful She was outside and she wouldn't come to us at first, she only ran to and fro... and all the dogs there were barking and barking, constantly. Two days later I went back with my husband and we picked her up.. We knew her owner (lady) had died and her husband (old man) couldn't take care of her, but this wasn't quite clear, because all of this was happened 6 months earlier. Later we think she was left alone for a while or with someone else. She was very traumatised and sometimes she has this reaction.. if she is afraid you'll hit her. Luckily we could trace the breeder and we know her, so... which was very angry, because she has made a special agreement with the older couple, when something would happen, Amber would go back to the breeder, to her! But no one ever did. Poor girl. Amber was all shacking, trembling, drooling and panting... but she was out!!! At first we placed her bed in a quiet spot in the living room, not too close to Sé's bed... it is very important not to want too much at once... Very important to give both dogs space. Luckily Sé is used to be with an other Kerry, when he came as a pup our older Kerry Moyna was here and later Sally, now he was on his own for a few years.. and a bit spoiled.. so. We knew Amber wasn't used to live with another dog, so we had to be cautious. All went well, of course they both were tense, then it's very important to be relaxed and give your own dog confidence. Amber wasn't scared, but alert all the time.. she could just walk all the time back and forth... This made Sé insecure and sometimes she irritated him and then he fell out (not bite) and she did not dare to come to us and lay down on her bed. The first weeks we separated them with feeding, we had to because she was all into food, because she was starved, so she got 3 meals a day. And at night we placed her bed, just next to me on the ground, Sé always sleeps on the bed and it was important to give him the space, till it's time to let her come on the bed. She listened very well and stayed on her bed all night. A month later, Sé allowed her on the bed and this was so good, she was more relaxed and was much better for bonding with her. She wasn't used to live in the city especial with all the new noises, and going out was a disaster, pulling very hard and she barked to everything that moved.. and yeah.. that's a lot in the city. It's better now, first we had a harness (anti pull), but her coat went thin and scraping her skin.. so what to do? We also have treats for training, but if something draw her attention, dog or people.. she pulls hard and also starts barking..sometimes she listens and then... not. Now we have a very light halty and that goes much better. She walks very well, when nothing happened. We still working on it. She also can walk free of leash, but only in a place were it's quiet and without other dogs. She has learned a lot these 4 months. And she steels food, last week she steels a large piece of pie from our table...uhm... so we have to be alert on this. She is very sweet with people and children. She stole our heart forever!
Emma Flood: We rescued Sully from Cork spca when he was 5 months old. A woman with an autistic son had bought him after their lab died and she couldn't manage him. We didn't go to see him we just went to pick him up because it's a 6 hour round trip from home. When we brought him home Luna was a bit put out as she'd always been an only dog. We soon realised why he was given to the sanctuary!! He was extremely hyperactive and still is and was obsessed with food. If you tried to go near him when he was eating he would bite you! He'd also snap any food from your hand. We have since solved these issues. He's very affectionate and loves cuddles but is also still a crazy maniac which I think is his personality anyway and not because he's a rescue. He loves luna and they get on great together. He has issues with pups but is friendly with all other dogs and is getting more social everyday. He's very reactivate on the lead if another dog is reactive and he barks at every little thing he sees out the window. I personally think he has ADHD or the dog form of autism as he is so wired and overreacts to everything! He's certainly turned our lives upside down but the house wouldn't be the same without him and we can't wait for the day when he calms the feck down!!
Judith Basham: Star and Sasha are two rescued Kerry Blue terriers, they came into my life after my beloved Kerry Blue bitch (Libbey) of 14.5 yrs passed away in September 2007. I gave myself time to grieve over Libbey and towards Christmas 2007 I began to look about for another Kerry Blue. I was looking for a puppiesI happened upon Fionnula Malone in Ireland who breeds and rescues Kerrys. When I spoke with her in early December 2007 there were no pups on the horizon nor any rescued Kerrys. That all changed on 2 January 08 when I rang her again and she had a rescued Kerry bitch of 4 yrs old called Sasha. I asked if I could have her and the answer was yes. I was crying so hard, I could barely hear her talking! During the week that I was waiting for transport to bring Sasha to England, Fionnula was called in to the Dublin pound because they had found a Kerry bitch roaming the streets. I took one look at her picture, with her faced pushed up against the chain fence in the pound and knew that I had to have this Kerry as well. I was quite overjoyed when Fionnula agreed to let me have her too. Sasha arrived on Saturday, 12 Jan 08 and Star arrived the following Saturday, 19 Jan 08. I am most grateful to Fionnula for having faith in me and admire the tireless work she puts in to rescuing Kerry Blues. I am in her debt. Sasha and Star met in the foyer and the fur literally flew as they “cordially” introduced themselves! I could see that I had a bit of work in front of me; however, within days they understood very clearly who stood at the top of the pecking order; however, their pecking order after that would change, depending upon the circumstances! But one look from me usually changed their minds very quickly. Star had a quick, forward thinking mind, whilst Sasha, who is as bold as brass, always seemed surprised when Star managed to commandeer the front passenger seat in my car time after time. Aha, but Sasha found a way around this conundrum as she would then proceed to talk her way into the front and lie across my lap and that is how the three of us travelled in my car when I was driving. If Roger was driving, then Sasha was in the front across my lap and Star would stand between the front seats and “hook” her paw around my arm. We nick-named her “Hook.” Star had a magical way with people and particularly little children, which is not always usual for terriers. We had my German family stay with us last June and the little girl had never been around dogs and was quite afraid of them. Star wove her magic around her and by the end of the visit, Genesha was perfectly at home with the Kerrys and Star would sleep on her bed with her. The four of us would pile into my car, head for the stables, saddle up the horse and sing the most inappropriate of songs whilst hacking. Although I don’t believe my girls had ever seen or been up close to horses before, but they took to Walley the horse, like a duck to water. The four of us would charge all over the gallops and in the winter time I sewed bells and flashing lights on their winter coats so I could see them on our nightly rides. They would ride on the front pommel, just like Libbey before them, we would come upon a favourite bridle path and then they would jump down and away we would go. Walley had a long history with hunting and hounds; for him all dogs were sacred, and he would never knowingly or willingly step on them. During the winter months, when the log burner was at full tilt, the prized possession became the CHAIR. One had to be very fast to gain access to it – it was one of their favourite places. If I was lucky enough to get there first, Sasha would invariably curl up at my feet and Star would have to figure out another way to get in it, avoiding the death trap Sasha had set for her: to block her way into my lap and the CHAIR. Star would sidle about Roger who would lie in front of the burner with the evening paper and use him as a human shield. Slowly crawling forward, keeping an alert eye on the slumbering Sasha, she would jump up and hurl herself into my lap where we would both fall asleep until the 10pm news. Then the nightly bedtime biscuit regime would start with the Kerrys running up to the top of the stairs waiting for Roger to ascend with one biscuit for each. Unfortunately, Star was only with me for 18 months until Leptospirosis claimed her life. I am still at a loss as to why Star contracted Leptospirosis as she had been inoculated against it, but the disease is very complicated, more than one strain of it; in England we only inoculate against two of the strains – all I know is that Leptospirosis took one little dog way before her time. Sasha is still going strong, but entering the realm of older dog. She is my shadow and adore her.
Judy Warner: This is how I came to fall in love with Kerry Blue Terriers......Three years ago I was fostering for a local dog rescue charity.My last foster had just moved on and I got a call from Val who ran the charity.We had a dog in to rehome...a KBT.I am ashamed to say I'd never heard of the breed!!! Nobody else at the rescue had either..lol I asked for a brief discription and was told 'he looks like a fat poodle!'(the insult!!!!!....lol) I went to meet him at the kennels and the most beautiful dog I have ever seen walked in through the door! It was love at first sight on my part but not on his.He had been with his family for 8 yrs,they had seperated and were in the process of getting divorced The guy didn't want Blue and the lady could not handle him due to his agression towards other dogs(he was attacked and severly injured by two large dogs).I brought Blue home and took him straight out for a walk to assess his problems and he had many!!The first year or so I walked him at 5am and 11pm when we would not meet many dogs.It took 6 months before he started to really open up to me.I began to see a loving,loyal,funny,intelligent,fabulous dog!!!..Three years down the line I have a KBT that has blossomed (with patience and lots of love) into a gorgeous,loving boy.KBTs are not easy dogs to own..they require lots of work(the grooming,lots of exercise needed..etc) and they keep you on your toes!..lol..but if you have a quiet home,experience of dogs,lots of patience and love then there is no better dog for you than a Kerry.....a word of caution though...these dogs are HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!!! I cannot imagine my life without a Kerry in it and if you do decide to rescue a Kerry...the hard work you put in will be rewarded a thousand times over!!....Good luck!!.xxx
Layla Edwards: Mine is a very boring story, but getting Mic opened my eyes to a wonderful breed: My partner and I had not long moved in together and wanted a dog. We were adamant it would be a rescue and a friend recommend a local rescue charity that she had volunteered at. We went along with something like a collie or lab in our minds as that was my experience in the past and I knew the characteristic of those breeds. The owner of the centre took one look at us and said 'I have the best dog for you' and introduced us to a 15-month old black fluffy thing jumping really high in the kennel. We thought he was funny and so took him for a walk. He had been neutered the day before so was walking like a cowboy a bit but we were too fixated with the flapping ears and the beard! We went home singing 'hey Micky you're so fine' and he was our's a week later. He's 12 now and has put up with a lot from us and vice versa. He's our dude and we love him to bits.