Are you an Asthma Sufferer?
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.
The rescue would like to say a massive thank you to all it's volunteers and supporter as this rescue wouldn't be able to function without you.
In the five months since September the rescue has paid over £700 in vet bills alone for the various Kerrys we've in our foster care and this has only been possible thanks to those of you who purchased one of our calendars or very generously made a donation.
As a newly formed organisation it is our intention to ask for funds on an as needed basis and whilst we have some funds available for emergency bills we would like to ask for funds to cover some specific cases. Ben requires another visit to the vets tomorrow and we will be putting Brody through some sessions with a behaviouralist. In addition we will soon be taking Flynn into foster who will also require some behavioural training of some description.
If you can spare even a small donation we would love to hear from you. Please drop Emma an email at email@example.com and she will send you all the various payment details.
Many thanks for your continued support. Your help really is changing the lives of rescued and rehomed Kerry Blues.
All the team at Kerry Blue Rescue.
Kerry is a simply adorable 4 year old Kerry Blue girl who is looking for her forever home through no fault of her own. Her owner is heartbroken at having to re-home her due to family illness and she wants her to go to a loving home.
Kerry is a really great loving girl who is very friendly with people and loves company and is incredibly loyal. She loves her walks and walks really well on the lead and loves telling you what she wants.
Kerry is great with children and loves to play with them and would make a brilliant family dog.
She hasn't spent much time around other dogs but on walks hasn't shown any aggressive tendencies.
She does love to chase other animals however......oh and will chase a horse or two.
This is a girl who really deserves and belongs in a really loving family home.
If interested then please email the rescue.
Finn and Cara are looking for their perfect loving forever home through no fault of their own. Due to a change in circumstances for their family they've had to make the heartbreaking decision to re-home them.
The Northern Ireland Kerry rescue is seeking a new home for a couple of fantastic Kerry blues.
Cara is a 4 Year old girl and Finn a great young boy who hasn't quite reached a year.
Any new home will be well vetted. This pair get on great together and are fantastic with people, children and other dogs, (unaware of their feeling towards cats).
If you , or you know of a good home please Contact Darwin Martin on the email address below
This is the adorable Ben who is currently looking for his loving forever home.
Ben has been in foster with the rescue since mid December.
Ben needed to have a growth removed and ongoing eye condition rectified before we could offer him for adoption. We are delighted to say that he now has a clean bill of health and is fully up to date with all vaccinations.
We were asked to help Ben after his owner could no longer have him; he had been in a boarding kennels for three months prior to him coming to us and spent a lot of time over the previous two years in the same kennels
Ben has been in foster with another Kerry and has shown no signs of aggression. He's also been great when doggy visitors have come round to pay him a visit.
Ben (In true Kerry spirit) is an energetic boy for his age and loves to play. He is also an inquisitive boy and into everything,
Ben occasionally pulls on the lead but we are working on this and having been in kennels for so long he does occasionally forget where he should go to the toilet. He is eager to please and learning quickly.
Ben is a really loving boy who loves a cuddle and loves to play with both dog and people alike. Once he's had his play, he's loves to lie down and chill out with you or the resident dog.
Ben has also been great with the foster's children.
We will consider rehoming Ben with other dogs and with children.
If you're interested in giving beautiful Ben the loving forever home he deserves then please get in touch at the email address below.
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