Eileen Andrade to the Rescue!
As an active member of the Kerry Blue Terrier Club of Northern California, Eileen began rescue work long before the Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation had been conceived.
In 1994, the Kerry Blue Terrier Club of Northern California
rescued a Kerry girl.
An extreme case, Molly was unsocialized, very dog aggressive and out of control.
The Club had dogs benched at the Golden Gate Kennel Club Show and Eileen
, among many other club members, spent the weekend talking to people about Kerries and canvassing for the perfect and committed home for Molly.
found it with Judith Bruno (Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation Publication, spring 2009).
Molly was the first of many that Eileen
placed in her
16 years of rescue work.
It was during these years that Eileen, as rescue coordinator of the Kerry Blue Terrier Club of Northern California worked closely with Janet Joers, the rescue coordinator of the Kerry Blue Terrier Club of Southern California.
When the Foundation was organized, Eileen
was a natural to help with rescue.
responsibilities grew from Northern California to include work in Washington and Oregon.
Enlisting Candi Marzano in Seattle meant Eileen
could concentrate on California, but her responsibilities soon blossomed to include California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah... even sometimes Texas!
has done all of this and more for many years.
Tristan on the left and his
mother Trudy (Ch. Kallehan's True Type) enjoy a game of "chicken."
There is little doubt that rescue work is rewarding, but before the reward often comes the heartbreak and tears.
Earlier this year Eileen
was asked to evaluate a people-aggressive dog in a home with a small child and elderly woman, both of whom the dog had bitten.
The family had gone to great extremes working with trainers, but to no avail.
During the hours spent in evaluation, the dog had eaten from Eileen's hand, accepted caresses and stared into her
Then as Eileen
got up to leave, the dog attacked lunging for Eileen's throat and literally knocking her
Fortunately, the dog was leashed and the owner was able to pull him off.
decision was heartbreaking and the question always remains, "Why do some dogs residing in loving homes become uncontrollably aggressive?"
There was plenty of heartbreak when Eileen
picked up Karly from a shelter where she
had been surrendered.
According to vet records, this little girl had lost one-third of her
body weight in only a year and had to have an eye removed the result of her
last dog fight.
condition, Karly was anxious to please and happy to see Eileen
And so began the best part of rescue, the rehabilitation process.
Karly was placed in a foster home that would give her
love and security, evaluate her
needs and provide her
not only with the food she
desperately needed, but the promise of love, companionship.
It was Eileen
who got the call.
The network of rescue coordinators was out of foster homes, but this boy could not be left behind so Eileen's response was to have the boy sent to her
From there she
made a call to a couple who could not say no to a little boy in trouble.
A foster home was found, and in a short time, that foster home became a forever home.
always said that when Janet called for the Kerry Club
or the Foundation, she
could never say no.
The truth is, Eileen
couldn't say no to dogs.
had to resign from her
position in February because of ill health.
did so many years ago, and has never regretted the decision for a moment.
has met amazing dogs and wonderful people.