Ed Kelly, co-owner of Kelly’s Tavern in Neptune City, is hoping to support dog rescue organizations through his restaurant.
By WILLIAM CLARK
At Kelly’s Tavern Neptune City the Reuben sandwich is a popular option on the menu.
But Danny Reilly took home a Reuben in the form of a new dog courtesy of tavern co-owner Ed Kelly.
Recently, Kelly received a call from a friend that someone he knew was unable to care for a third dog. The sixth-month-old, 60 pound dog came straight off a farm and was meek and skittish. When Kelly found out that the dog might have had to be given up, he took up the mission on a busy Saturday at Kelly’s to find the pup a home.
Kelly, an avid dog lover, went and picked up the dog and brought him back to the restaurant, carrying the dog in his arms through the doors.
“I had to try to help this dog,” Kelly said, considering whom he could call that could provide Reuben with a loving home.
Kelly thought of Reilly, a man so dedicated to dogs he once brought puppies back from Georgia when a man he met down there couldn’t care for them.
“He’s a good soul,” Kelly said of Reilly.
Reilly happened to be sitting at the bar when he received the text from Kelly.
Reilly and his wife Eileen immediately fell in love with Reuben and left for their Manasquan home with a new family member, appropriately dubbing him Reuben.
Kelly said that he is looking into ways to support dog rescue organizations in the area through his restaurant, hoping to find more dogs loving homes like he provides to his two dogs Otto and Rocco.