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2003 Rescue Kerries


© 2016 Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation

Some of the Kerries placed by the Foundation during 2003 and before.

Meet Casey!

Imagine seeing a Kerry featured in your newspaper as the local shelter's "Pet of the Week!" That's what one sharp-eyed Kerry owner saw, and immediately contacted the Kerry Foundation, who rescued him the next day. 

Casey is a 6 1/2-year-old neutered male Kerry who was surrendered to the shelter when his family moved without him. His coat was so matted, knotted, and filthy that the shelter had to clipper off his entire coat--fall, whiskers, beard, and all. What they found were eyes so mattered shut, that Casey was essentially blind, and a large tumor on his tail (which we've  since had removed). It was our good fortune to have a longtime Kerry owner, breeder, and groomer as our rescuer. With her knowledge of conformation, she was quickly able to assess what we had: a beautiful Kerry Blue Terrier! Casey, at 20 inches and 42 lbs., is expected to be "awesome" once his coat grows out and he receives proper nutrition and care.

We are told by information the owner provided the shelter that Casey does well with people of all ages, including children, cats, and female dogs. He is assertive with male dogs, but appears under control when he encounters them. He is playful, active, friendly, protective, and extremely affectionate. In fact, he was lovin-up his rescuer so much in the vet's office on the day he was rescued, a client in the waiting room remarked, "My! Your dog really loves YOU!"

We're told that Casey is afraid of thunderstorms and fireworks, chases cars (and should never be let off-lead!), and jumps on people to greet them (training is needed here). Casey is currently being treated for eye infections (his vision is fine) and is otherwise in excellent health.


Meet Sprite!

Sprite is a joyous, energetic 18-week-old female mix puppy whose photo (shown here) was spotted on a Midwest shelter web site by Cairn Terrier Rescue. They alerted the Kerry Foundation, and little Sprite was rescued the next day.

Sprite is bursting with energy, and loves a romp inside or out; rain, mud, snow, furniture--nothing stops her! She is fearlessly exploring her world, intently sniffing out mole holes, following scent trails, gazing with fascination at every songbird that flits by, and playfully badgering her very tolerant adult male Kerry housepal. Her even-tempered good nature does not extend to sharing treats, though, as she's been observed diving into her crate with HER biscuit, even emitting a puppy growl to warn off the big boy, or burying it in deep inside the laundry bag for later enjoyment. This little girl is loaded with personality, learns quickly, and is very, very smart.

Sprite is outgoing, adores people, and has a tail that doesn't stop wagging (she's undocked). She's also a "talkative" girl with much to say, making whimpering, whining, throaty sounds to express pleasure or displeasure. She is currently teething, and everything within reach is fair game--including
her pretty new leash (with the ladybugs on it), and her favorite fleece toy bunny, which is now tail-less, ear-less, and missing a bit of stuffing!

This puppy would do well in a home with another dog who is tolerant of puppy antics, and even cats, if properly introduced (we expect her to have a healthy prey drive as she matures). Described by her foster mom as spunky but not pushy, smart as the dickens, and utterly adorable, this little girl will make someone a wonderful companion.


Meet Jonah!

Jonah came to us in need of a haircut, and lots of love!

Jonah is a healthy 1-year-old neutered male who was given up by his owner due to a divorce and changing circumstances. He was originally purchased from a pet store last spring. Now he is looking for a permanent home.

Jonah is one of those delightfully entertaining Kerries, loaded with personality, who has a good time no matter where he is. He is a happy-go-lucky guy who enjoys a wild romp in the yard, a ride in the car, and most of all, the attention of his caregivers. This extends to taking a flying leap into the nearest lap for hugs and cuddles. Jonah plays well with his Kerry housemate, and even the household cat (!), but can equally entertain himself with a toy or chasing a ball.

His foster family reports that he does the "most outrageous things," keeping everybody in stitches. One is his Jonah-cize exercise routine--calmly standing square, he extends the right paw out as far as it will reach, carefully returns it to the floor, then does the same with the left paw. Jonah does everything "differently"!

Our boy is friendly with everyone, interacts well with other dogs (including males) and cats, and has a wonderful sense of humor. He needs training, help overcoming separation anxiety, reminders about housetraining, and someone to love full-time.


Meet Cricket!

Cricket is a delightful 4 1/2-month-old female Kerry puppy who was rescued from a Midwest pet store. There, she sat on the store shelf unloved, alone, and unsold for approximately two months until she was released to the Kerry Foundation.

In foster care, Cricket is living life on fast-forward so that she doesn't miss a single exciting thing. And to Cricket, everything is exciting! People--she adores them all and joyfully meets and greets everyone with sloppy puppy kisses. She loves to be petted, fawns on attention, and craves affection (and returns it). The back yard--she runs huge figure-8s at top speed, just for the thrill of running. Sticks--Forget the puppy-sized sticks in the yard. She wants the 3-foot ones, and bravely drags them around. Toys--they're all hers and they're all interesting . . . and taste good! Children--They run fast, toss toys, and hug her when the game ends. To Cricket, everything is a new adventure--the stairs, traffic, a walk in the dark, the mirror in the vet's office, and even the open dishwasher door (which she jumped on to lick the dinner plates clean--yikes!). In short, this is an exuberant Kerry puppy making up for lost time.

Despite her background, Cricket is a bold, outgoing, confident, inquisitive, intrepid, playful, near-fearless, "in your face" Kerry puppy. As such, she will need firm, fair, and consistent training to teach her proper behavior now, and to keep her under control as she matures. As an adult, she will likely be dominant with other dogs, and will rule her household, taking a mile if given an inch, without proper training and socialization now. In the right home, this little girl will embody all those traits we so admire in our breed, and make a wonderful family companion.

The Foundation would like to thank the incredible number of Kerry people in the Chicagoland area who offered their support, expertise, supplies, advice, and their homes to ensure the well-being of this puppy.




Happy Hopkins

One evening early last June (2001), I was making my way through the 30 or so web sites of animal shelters in the greater LA area. I had looked at probably over 100 photos when I found what I was looking for . . . and hoping I wouldn't. Smiling into the camera was #A393489 a "terrier male, 5 months old" that could well be a Kerry. It turned out to be the face that launched a thousand adoption applications!

The next morning Ron Hewlett went to the North Central Animal Shelter and identified him as a Kerry mix, possibly a Kerry. Arrangements were made for his neutering and adoption, and Pat Goglia picked him up, had him evaluated by Dr. Dana Bliefer, D.V.M., and provided foster care.

At 23 lbs. and barely 18 inches tall, Hopkins was small for a male Kerry. His long coat was soft and silky with a loose wave, and he had dew claws and an undocked tail. We hedged our bets and referred to him as a Kerry mix. Yet his personality was all Kerry--affectionate, playful, happy as a lark, and smart. Ho boy, was he smart. By Pat's own admission, Hopkins was smarter than any of his 3 Kerries and then some. He promptly figured out how to squeeze through a locked gate, how to steal shoes and socks, and how to disappear at bedtime when the dreaded crate door opened. He also knew how to "hop" away when the doggie games got too hot--games he himself instigated. In short, Hopkins was a loveable scamp.

As he blossomed under Pat's care, I undertook the job of finding Hopkins a home. The adoption questionnaires began pouring in. I was flooded with phone calls and email requests for more information. And nearly everyone commented on his photo posted on the Kerry web site. This little boy's smile was endearing himself to people from coast to coast. Yet none of the homes was the best it could be, and the search continued.

In the meantime, Pat was getting increasingly attached to the little fellow, so I fostered for several weeks. During that time, a surprising thing happened. The more I groomed on Hopkins, the more convinced I became that he was, in fact, a purebred Kerry. I consulted with a number of Kerry people, and they concurred. Hopkins was maturing into a full-blooded Kerry! Meanwhile, a family for him remained elusive. It wasn't until the end of August, after he'd logged 4 flights in a private plane and I'd collected 150 emails in my Hopkins folder, did the perfect home appear. Jack & Vicki Strelioff and their 13-year-old daughter Jessica were looking for a family do--one to accompany Jack on his early morning hikes, one for Vicki to dote on, and one for Jessica to play with, train, groom, share with friends, and fall in love with. That was Hopkins. And although I screened homes from LA to Monterey to San Rafael, his ideal home was just a 5-minute walk from Pat's house!

Today, Hopkins is 10 months old, has gained over 10 lbs., and stands about 19 inches tall. He is enrolled in his first basic obedience class (and behaving himself), tears around the local dog park (his "Disneyland"), and is beloved by not only his family, but their friends and neighbors, and the people Jack meets through his home business. This dog has quite an extended family!

I'd like to thank Ron Hewlett for his time and willingness to help Rescue, and for his sharp eye in recognizing a Kerry in "sheepdog's clothing," and to Pat Goglia, whose house and heart are always big enough for just one more. I'd also like to thank Hopkins' namesake, Hoppy (and Janet!) Hopkins of Green Valley, AZ, whose generous donations to our Rescue Fund make rescues like this possible. And of course, I want to thank the Strelioffs for providing such a loving home for this little boy, and for keeping him smiling.

March 2004

Hopkins is the Kerry featured in the top left corner of the Rescue section of the web site.


September 10, 2014

Here's a 13th anniversary photo of Hopkins from this morning.


Hopkins is happy, healthy, stubborn, playful, loving and always loving.

What a wonderful friend...!!! Our family loves him dearly.

Best Regards,
Strelioff family, Jessica, Vickie & Jack

March 18, 2016

Our Hopkins is doing just fine at 15...he looks forward to all his walks, rides in the car and, of course, his meals and treats...he is a joy to all of us here.


Jack Strelioff


March 18, 2017

Dear John,

Our dear friend Hopkins left us several weeks ago. Hopkins was the first rescue sponsored by your wonderful Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation in September 2001. For our family, Hopkins will always be with us as the joyful spirit, ready to play, go for walks, car rides, opening Xmas presents and wagging a cheerful "hello" to the Collies up the street. We will be forever grateful to you & the Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation for sharing Hopkins with us.

Please enjoy the attached photo remembering Hopkins & his career of lovable mischief....

Jessica, Vickie & Jack Strelioff

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