In the happiest of endings, the KBTF and the USKBTC working together have identified Ike’s breeder who, now that she is aware of Ike’s misfortune, is more than happy to bring him back into her home for the medical and dental care he needs! This is just exactly what excellent breeders will always do! When Ike was turned into the shelter originally, they told us that they thought the owner who turned him in was also the breeder. However information on every rescue that comes into the Foundation’s rescue program is shared with the USKBTC for breeder or other information they may have—–and that is how Ike’s true breeder was identified and contacted. Already arrangements have been made for the breeder to pick up Ike and take him to his first home.
It is still estimated that Ike’s medical and dental work will be over $2500 so any financial support would still help cover his expenses. Any donations made in Ike’s name will be used to cover these expenses. Looks like the future for Ike is bright once again!
On October 16, one of our rescue coordinators got a call from a shelter in West Virginia for a 12 year old male Kerry named IKE who was surrendered to the shelter to the by his owner. Poor IKE: during his veterinarian exam at the shelter it was found that he while he is a very sweet and loving Kerry, he has what they called a “complex of medical issues”! IKE has “severe dental tartar and periodontal disease with many loose teeth and severe halitosis”. Some of the teeth are black and rotting! He has a mass on a toe of his right rear paw which is painful on touching: this needs to be removed and may require amputation of part of the toe itself. He is partially deaf and blind and has not been neutered. He seriously needed grooming in all parts of his body: they could not even see his eyes because of the matted hair on his face! In spite of his what we would consider terrible medical and grooming needs, IKE is friendly, quiet, walked with a pep in his step and wagged his tail. He is a big boy at almost 45 lbs and needs your help!
IKE is now safely being fostered and cared for in the home of Stephanie Moore where he is enjoying watching and playing with her pack of Kerries and feeling some love for the first time in who knows how long. Stephanie reports that he is a jet black “Cutie” who rode well in the car and is spending time snuggling with the humans in her home! Stephanie has already made appointments for grooming and a veterinarian exam in preparation for the medical and dental work that will be done and covered by the Foundation. We expect that the medical, dental, and grooming expenses will over $2500 so we are asking you to help if you can. Please consider a donation, no matter how small or large, to the Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation to help cover the costs of IKE’s upcoming treatments. On our website www.kerryblues.info you will find a spot to click for Donations: just visit there and help with whatever you can. In the comments section please say it is to help IKE!
Once IKE has completed all his procedures, he will be placed up for adoption. If you might be interested in adopting IKE and haven’t complete an adoption application, please visit our website, go to the rescue section, and there you will find the application. There is an online version that can be completed and sent electronically to us or a pdf version that can be printed out, completed manually, and then either scanned in and sent to us electronically or mailed to our mail box in CA.