Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday's Funnies!

Off the Leash

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bee Aware!

Stay alert and keep your Cairns safe from potential bee stings!

When dandelions exploded all over the yard, I set right out to minimize the potential risk to my Cairns, whose sweet black noses are inevitably drawn to these festive little blooms.  Having seen them snatch up bugs and worms from time to time, and one icky slug, I am acutely aware that they have no idea – whatsoever - that bees might not be a good thing to snack on as they sniff their way around the smorgasbord we humans call a lawn - and the bees do love dandelions!

As I crisscrossed the yard with my mower, I saw many fat bees, going from one bloom to another, and I started to worry about the possibility of accidentally sweeping one into my lawnmower bag… which I would then have to empty.  I told myself that surely any bee would scoot off as my noisy mower approached their location, so no need to worry. 

But I decided to test this theory… 

I brought my mower, going full throttle, right up to the edge of a perky dandelion which was hosting a busy bee, working its magic.  To my amazement, the bee never flinched.  It just kept working!  When it was good and ready, it hopped over to the next bloom and set to work – not caring in the least that my mower was sitting there blasting away. 

Apparently bees don’t hear!  Who knew?!!   The jingle of my Cairns’ tags might warn off a cat, a squirrel, a flock of birds, or a bunny, but it is not going to scare off a bee.

Bees are important environmental workers, so we don’t want to harm them, but many of us have to be alert to their presence so we can avoid a nasty sting that may cause a terrible allergic reaction, life threatening in some cases.  Avoidance is the best policy. 

Probably a bee sting will not kill a dog, but it can cause serious problems if the dog has an allergic reaction.  If your dog happens to swallow a bee, an allergic reaction could be very serious indeed, and will absolutely require quick intervention by a vet.

So this is just a reminder to keep your eyes open - and keep your Cairns and other pets away from the dandelions and clover!






Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wacky Wednesday!



Wednesday is the day to be WACKY!  Each week we will showcase a terrierific Cairn picture with an appropriate caption.  If you would like us to consider YOUR picture and caption for an upcoming "Wacky Wednesday" send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com!  All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.

A big shout out to Captain Bourre for being our Wacky Wednesday model this week!




Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Sweets!

Sunday is full of SWEETS!  Each week we will showcase the sweeter side of Cairns.  If you have a sweet filled Cairn and would like us to consider YOUR picture for an upcoming "Sunday Sweets!" send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.).

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Sweet Sadie Ann

Sweet Buddy

Greer fka CP Raelynn

Foster Freya

Foster Nila

Foster Will-O-Wisp aka WOW

Tartan and Ty

Foster Wesley

Tenor

Maddie and Buddy

Fosters Gumbeaux and Hershey

Sweet Skye La and Friends

Gabby, Rocky, and Tess

Foster Kimee

Foster Dallas

Sweet Persephone

Tripoli 1943

















Friday, May 22, 2015

Unconditional Love...

Contributed by Divinity's Dad

CP Pavonia waited a long time in Foster Care to be adopted at age 12.5 years, but her new Mom and Dad could not be happier - and neither could Pavonia nka Tuffy!

We are always delighted when a senior Rescued Cairn finds a loving Forever Home! Divinity's Blog has posted a lovely story about Project Unconditional - Older Dogs...  Deeper Love with links to view the series of photos and essays compiled by Jane Sobel Klonsky.  This informative post is presented, as always, with Miss Divinity and so many wonderful Senior Cairns in mind.

Miss Divinity continues to inspire awareness for the good of our Cairns!

Remember:  Mature Love is Forever!













Friday's Funnies!

Off the Leash

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ouch!

Mouthing is natural for all puppies, and self control must be taught.


In Cairn Rescue we encounter many young dogs that have not had a good beginning in life and therefore still exhibit many puppy characteristics because they have not had the proper instruction in self control.  Basic obedience is excellent for helping any age dog learn self control, but one of the puppy habits which takes a bit more effort to correct is biting or mouthing.

Mouthing is absolutely natural for any puppy to do, but it is usually corrected by the mother and the litter-mates.  When puppies are taken from their mothers early to maximize their value in a pet store, the pups are cheated out of their organic education.  If the new owner does not understand how to teach “Manners 101” to their puppy, chances are greatly increased that this puppy will become a young dog that gets into trouble with it’s mouth and ends up dumped in a shelter, or worse.

The following tips to teach a puppy not to mouth or bite are perfectly applicable to teaching a young Rescued Cairn the same lessons.  It will take time and consistency, but oh what a difference you will make in the life of this little Rescued Cairn!  In addition to the tips below, we strongly recommend hand feeding your Rescued Cairn to establish a positive relationship between your dog’s mouth and your hands. 

Biting and Mouthing

Those little puppy teeth are sharp!  Many puppies will start experimenting with their mouths by biting or mouthing you.  This may seem cute, but do not encourage it by allowing it to happen without a reprimand.  If something would be horrifying in an adult dog, do not allow it in your puppy!  This definitely includes mouthing and biting.

There are a number of methods for stopping this behavior:
  • If your puppy mouths or bites you, let out a loud, high-pitched “yelp” and withdraw your hand, moving it out of sight, like behind your back.  This simulates what his young puppy siblings would be doing if they were being mouthed and bitten by your puppy.  This will usually be sufficient to make him stop his mouthing at that moment.

  • Gently but firmly slide your hand under his chin and close his mouth, wrapping your fingers up and around his little muzzle, look him in the eye with a scowling expression, and say “No bite!” in a low, firm voice.

  • If your puppy is mouthing your hand or fingers, very gently push your finger just a bit farther back into his mouth, enough to make him uncomfortable but not enough to hurt him, of course, and say “No bite!” in a low, firm voice.  If you have long fingernails, don’t attempt this!  You could damage his mouth or throat.

  • Whichever method you use, be consistent and calm.  Reengage with your puppy and anticipate he may try mouthing again.  Repeat the correction.  If he tries to mouth you again, retract your hand and say “No bite!” then stop whatever activity you were doing at the time.  Get up and move, stop petting him, or stop playing with him.  “If you bite me, game over!”  Wait at least ten minutes before reengaging.

This may take some time.  It is a natural instinct for puppies to mouth when they play or when they want attention.  You must override that natural instinct, and it will take time.  But it is essential that your puppy understands that human flesh does NOT belong in doggy mouths. 

Good luck! And thank you again for opening your heart and home to a Rescued Cairn Puppy!

Rescuing one Cairn will not change the world,
but it will surely change the world for that one Rescued Cairn


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wacky Wednesday!



Wednesday is the day to be WACKY!  Each week we will showcase a terrierific Cairn picture with an appropriate caption.  If you would like us to consider YOUR picture and caption for an upcoming "Wacky Wednesday" send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com!  All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.

A big shout out to Buddy for being our Wacky Wednesday model this week!




Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Sweets!

Sunday is full of SWEETS!  Each week we will showcase the sweeter side of Cairns.  If you have a sweet filled Cairn and would like us to consider YOUR picture for an upcoming "Sunday Sweets!" send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.).

Mimi and Nana

Macie

Norway

Ally

Gus

Anna

Chrissie

Wicket

Foster Sinjin

Foster Sandor

Foster Molly Mae

Welcome Mira!

Tess