Rescue Stories

Articles on Rescue Stories

'Twas the Night Before Christmas in the Mills of Missouri 15 March 2016
by Robin Pressnall, Executive Director, Small Paws® Rescue

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the mills,
not a puppy was stirring, it was strangely quite still.

"How Could You?" 15 March 2016
by Jim Willis

Dear Friends,

What follows is a new essay I've written, which I hope will help change some minds among those who consider animals disposable.

A Dog in Heaven 15 March 2016

An old man and his dog were walking down a dirt road with fences on both sides. They came to a gate in the fence and looked in.

A Flood of Kerries and Their Successful Rehoming! 05 August 2018
by Linda deLeon

The following story is an example of two kinds of efforts that are part of the Foundation’s rescue activities but aren’t classic “rescues.” That is, the dogs didn’t turn up in animal shelters or pet stores or puppy mills. They were well-bred but suddenly needed to find a home because their owners became unable to care for them – a program we call “Kerries Helping Kerries.” And sometimes they went not to an adoptive home from our roster of applicants for a rescued Kerry but to someone known to the breeder or to the Rescue Team, which we call “facilitated rescue” because the Foundation never owns the dog but simply helps it to reach its agreed-upon home.

A New Addition to Our Family 15 March 2016
by Roland Alden

A few weeks ago our fifth Kerry arrived; our first boy dog. Meet Cecil B. aka The Bean, aka Five, aka Cinco, aka The Pugilist, and a thousand other aliases to come, as is our tradition.

A Poem to My Foster Dog 15 March 2016

I am the bridge
Between what was and what can be.

A Rescue Story to Warm the Heart: Lovely, Lucky Lacey 15 March 2016
by Sharon Arkoff

"We have a seven-year old Kerry with major health issues who needs a new home." Well, that's going to take a special adopter,

A Salute to Rescuers, Volunteers and Supporters 15 March 2016
by Marie DeMarco

Hello, You have reached 123-4567, Tender Hearts Rescue. Due to the high volume of calls we have been receiving, please listen closely to the following options and choose the one that best describes you or your situation:

A Senior's Dog Prayer 15 March 2016

A senior dog's prayer.

Am I Famous Now? 15 March 2016

I was born today, one of ten. My daddy was very famous. I have many half brothers and half sisters. My mother is also very famous. Since she became famous, she has only had puppies... Continue Reading...

An Old Dog's Christmas Wish... 15 March 2016
by Ron Young

`Twas the night before Christmas and all through the pound,
Not a creature was stirring, except one lonely old hound.

Andy's Story 15 March 2016
by Janet Joers

A Heart Warming & Heart Wrenching Senior Rescue

Angus 15 March 2016

My name is Angus and I am 4-years old. I live with my friend Charlie who is also available for adoption.

Angus and Charlie Need Help! 15 March 2016
by Tom Sawyer

That was the call Torie Deremo, received from Thelma Holmes’ daughter back in December 2008. Torie is a Rescue Coordinator for Texas Rescue.

Annabelle, the Rescue Kerry 15 March 2016
by Elna Beck Stoscher

The question is . . . who was rescued? Was it Annabelle, whose family could no longer keep her? Was it Tango, the Stoschers' lonely Kerry male? Or was it me?

Charlie 15 March 2016


My name is Charlie and I am 3-years old. I live with my friend Angus who is also available for adoption.

Chattanooga Rescue 15 March 2016

We have a female, 9 yr old Kerry Blue here at the McKamey Animal Center. She was brought in as a stray. She is available to rescue on 6/11.

Creatures Great and Small hitched rides to new lives with Long-Haul Trucker 15 March 2016
by Judi Young

What can you say about a long-haul trucker who has shared his cab with more than 1800 rescue creatures in need of a lift? How about Fabulous? Miraculous? Incredible? Super Hero?

Dedicated to all Rescue Volunteers 15 March 2016
by Arlene Pace

Once I was a lonely dog,
Just looking for a home.
I had no place to go,
No one to call my own.

Do I Go Home Today? 15 March 2016
by Sandi Thompson

My family brought me home cradled in their arms.

They cuddled me and smiled at me and said I was full of charm.

Duffy's Story 15 March 2016
by Eileen Andrade asst President, KBTC of Northern California

One Monday evening in late May on checking my email I found a message that distressed me. It was a short message from a woman I did not know, asking for help placing a 12 year old male Kerry whose owner had recently died.

Emma-The Enigma 04 April 2016
by Janet Joers

Finnegan-A Medical Emergency 15 March 2016
by Janet Joers, (past) KBTCSC Rescue Coordinator

In April, I received a call from a woman who wanted to either place her 4-year-old neutered Kerry male or have him put down.

Guinness from Atlanta 15 March 2016
by Diane Collins

I just pulled a Kerry out of a shelter here in Atlanta. He is the second intact male that we have gotten from the same shelter in less than a year.

Happy Hopkins 30 March 2016
by Janet Joers

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.

He is Dog 15 March 2016
by Judy Peacott

He is good
He is bad
Some times he makes you mad

Heddy's Rescue Story 15 March 2016
by Judith Bruno

Heddy's story is really heartbreaking. She was born into and remained in a totally asocial environment, one of many dogs of multiple breeds used strictly for breeding (what we would consider a small time puppy mill).

I Found Your Dog Today 15 March 2016

Within the heart of every stray, lies the singular desire to be loved.

I Rescued a Human Today 15 March 2016

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I Want to Quit! 15 March 2016

I Want to Quit!

It Can Happen to YOU! 15 March 2016
by Charles Church

As a breeder, my worst fear has always been that one of my pups would some day end up in the pound.

Jody Makes It Home 15 March 2016
by Janet Joers

Jody is a typical Kerry Blue-he's active (walking for 1 1/2 hours at a stretch), he's healthy (though he lost two toes to a cancerous tumor a year and a half ago), and he's affectionate as so many males are

Karly, A Case of Cruelty 15 March 2016
by Eileen Andrade

We started the day at my church where we held a Blessing of the Animals in the garden. Three of the rescue Kerries in this area were there – Lucy with the McCrossan family, Ollie with the Olens, and Lola with my mother, Helen Read.

Letter to a Dog 15 March 2016

Dear Dog,

I saw you today for the first time, just a couple houses from my own.

Libby: Diamond in the Ruff 15 March 2016
by Judith Bruno

On July 1st (1999) the staff of the Tri City Shelter in Fremont arrived to find a badly neglected dog in their night drop box. She turned out to be one of the worst cases of neglect they remembered.

Maggie the 13 Year Old Puppy 15 March 2016
by Holly Monahan

An SOS e-mail came to me on May 2nd from Tracey Fulmer asking if I could travel to Toledo,OH to pick up and foster Maggie who was spotted in a shelter.

Maggie's Story 15 March 2016
by Janet Joers

There's something about Rescue work that wakes up the full range of human emotions

Molly Started Out on the Wrong Paw 15 March 2016
by Judith Bruno

She started out on the wrong paw.

My Dear Oldie Bello 15 March 2016
by Svatia Leskovjanova, Heidelberg, Germany

These she story about the rescued seniors makes me to think again of my kerry's unfortunate youth. He was the son of our kerry girl - Cessy Modra Pisnicka (who'd hated shows with venom and thereby had no cool-sounding titles) and sired by the fabulous Ricardo de Fabian von der Canis-Burg, who had won all possible titles you can think of.

My Quest For A New Home For Reilly; Or Marvelous Kerry Networking 15 March 2016
by Nancy McMillan

I received a phone call from Reilly's owners of 5 years --on September 16/02­announcing, after considerable soul searching, that they were unable to continue as Reilly's owners.

O'Riley's Rescue Story 15 March 2016
by Janet Joers

Had it not been for the litter/dam rescue in June, O'Riley's story would have made club history. He was only the 2nd puppy ever to come into Rescue in recent memory (Keely was the first), and he was the first to come with an undocked tail and dewclaws.

One Good Rescue Deserves Another! 15 March 2016
by Janet Joers from information submitted by Lonie Ward for the September 1992 issue of Kerry Klips

A breathtaking rescue took place over Labor Day weekend, 1991, by the KBTCSC. Kelly, an abandoned 3-year old male Kerry, had wandered the brush in Moreno Valley for days until he was picked up by animal control.

Puppy Mill Raid-14 Kerries Rescued 04 April 2016
by John Van den Bergh

Warning: This article contains photos of dead Kerries.

On November 8, 2001, the Alaska Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rescued 64 dogs-including 14 Kerry Blue Terriers-in one of the worst cases of neglect and abuse imaginable.

Raquel - a 2014 KBTF Rescue. Bringing Joy to Her Forever Home. 06 March 2018
by Betty Sawyer Blattman

My name is Betty Sawyer Blattman and I rescued Raquel in 2014. Diane Collins was the coordinator. Raquel was raised in Florida then moved to a Foster Home in Georgia. She was 9 or 10 at the time and now 12 and an absolute beauty.
I just don't have words to express what a sweet Kerry she is and feel so blessed to have her in my life, but feel very sad for whoever had to part with her. She is very well trained and because she is my seventh Kerry I do know that everything is on their terms!

Rescue on Christmas 15 March 2016

Twas the night before Xmas when all thru the house, Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse.

Rescuing Kerries from Dog Auctions 04 April 2016
by Tracey Fulmer

As you are aware, the Foundation has been proactively rescuing Kerry breeding stock at puppy mill auctions over the last few years. We anticipated that the mills would be dumping Kerries once the Mick phenomenon died out, and that's exactly what transpired. While the Foundation has been working tirelessly to help these Kerries, other Kerry rescue organizations chose to do nothing, speculating that puppy mills were breeding Kerries for the Foundation.

Reunion at the Bridge 15 March 2016
by Paul D. Motzenbecker, Jr.

The young pup and the older dog lay on shaded sweet grass watching the reunions. Sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, sometimes a whole family would approach the Rainbow Bridge, be greeted by their loving pets and cross the bridge together.

RUFF Words from Rover 15 March 2016

I wish someone would tell me
What I've done so wrong;
And why I must be chained outside
and left alone so long.

Sammie: a Heartbreaker and a Great Adventure 05 November 2018
by Rita Lockwood with Sharon Arkoff

“If you close yourself off to love because it might hurt someday, you close yourself off to one of the greatest treasures on earth.” So says Rita Lockwood, long-time Kerry owner and adopter of Sammie, who came into Rita’s home as one of the oldest Kerry rescues in history, at 17+ years old.

Sunday Drive Rescue 03 April 2016
by Kathie Macfarland

It was a beautiful day as we started out. The sun was shining and I was reminded of the many Sunday drives...

The Disposable Dog 15 March 2016

Rescue work can be heartbreaking (and heartwarming), but a real low moment came for me two days ago. I received a call from a gentleman who requested assistance in placing his male Kerry.

The Face of a Kerry Rescue 15 March 2016
by Kathie Macfarlane

Who can forget the Kerry-perfect face of Mick as he won at Westminister in 2001 and spurred the mills to swell their populations with Kerries only to flood pet stores with adorable Kerry puppies?

The Gift 15 March 2016
by J. Berry

Eyes fearful, paws worn
A sorrowful sight So Forlorn

The Incredible Story of Blackjack 15 March 2016
by Janet Joers, Rescue Director

Miracles, we all know, happen with amazing frequency in Kerries. But tragedies occur, too. In the story of Blackjack, both collided in a powerful and extraordinary way.

The Lost Rescue 15 March 2016
by Janet Joers

How far will the Foundation go to identify a Kerry's breeder? A lo-o-ng way! Consider Tootsie.

The Reason 15 March 2016

I would've died that day if not for you.

I would've given up on life if not for your kind eyes.

The Rescue of 7 Kerries 04 April 2016
by Janet Joers

On June 7, 2000, the KBTC of Southern California (KBTCSC) rescued a litter of 6 8-week-old Kerry puppies, and on June 13, 2000, rescued their dam from a backyard commercial breeder. Together, they represent an abject failure on the part of some breeders to properly screen and track their homes, and they represent the resounding success of a Rescue program and the people in it.

The Story of Andy and Emma 15 March 2016
by Linda E. Lee, Rescue Coordinator US Mid-West and Central Canada, Manitoba, Canada

If you have a few minutes, I have a story to tell you about rescuing a couple of our Kerry seniors - Andy and Emma. It's a story about the value of networking, the power of caring people, and that indomitable Kerry spirit!

To My Foster 15 March 2016

A dog rescue poem.

Top Lousy Excuses for Getting Rid of a Pet 15 March 2016
by Lisa Frankland

Below is a list of ACTUAL "Excuses" people have used for giving up a dog.

Unlocking the Secrets of Emma 04 April 2016
by Janet Joers

Little Emma, one of the puppies rescued from the Alaska puppy mill raid, arrived one year ago, on March 14, 2002, huddled in the back of her crate on a gingham blanket, terrified of the world around her. In those early days, Emma either reacted with fear, or not at all. For months, she remained unresponsive to any and all attempts to reach her.

What's the Best Word in the Middle of a Rescue? "Sure." 15 March 2016
by Dianne Collins, KBTF Rescue Director -­- East

A shelter in St. Louis calls me on a Thursday and tells me they have a Kerry on death row: can we help? Gulp. We don't have anyone in St. Louis who can help.

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Today is July 18, 2019

In this month in 1931:

Ch. Ben Edar Blaise was born. He can be found in most US Kerry's pedigrees.