Thursday, October 23, 2014

Understanding Seizures in our Cairns

Darleigh is a wonderful, sweet 4 year old Cairn, looking for a Forever Home that understands and is willing to maintain appropriate preventative measures for seizure disorders.

Seizures in dogs can happen for a host of reasons and with a wide range of  symptoms and presentations, so it’s no wonder that many owners and veterinary practitioners make mistakes when confronted with any form of seizure disorder.  The more we educate ourselves about seizure disorders, the easier it is for us to avoid triggers and stay calm when needed, managing things appropriately, seeking the best result for our dogs.

Recently, Col. Potter rescued a lovely female Cairn from a breeding facility and sent her off to her new Foster Home, several states away.  However well managed, travel for any Rescued Cairn can be very stressful, especially for one who is suddenly experiencing yet another rapid and confusing change in her circumstance.  When Foster Mom got this little girl home, she suffered two small seizures, very likely triggered by the stress.  She may never have this happen again, but appropriate precautions are being taken to keep this beautiful Cairn girl stress-free and stable.

Another Col. Potter Cairn went to his new Adoptive Home and was in the process of settling in, but one morning, after a hot, stressful walk, followed by an encounter with the vacuum cleaner, this little Cairn passed out for several minutes, his little body stiffening up, and he was shaken and clingy for several days after that.

In both cases, there was no apparent medical reason for a seizure to have occurred, so Foster Mom and New Mom are left watching for warning signs and praying they don’t see any.

Sweet Darleigh

A year ago, in September, 2013, Col. Potter took in a sweet and charming three year old named Darleigh who was, sadly, very drugged, taking a staggering cocktail of three major drugs to manage his Epilepsy.  With careful analysis and management, Foster Mom and Dad have gotten him down to two simple drugs and have stabilized him as far as eating an appropriate Rosemary-free kibble with two feedings per day.  His cluster seizures - having three or four daily for two days around the Full Moon – are now well controlled by these changes and he's been almost SEIZURE FREE since December 19th, only having had one single seizure on March 4th.  This is wonderful news, especially considering the horrible weather this Spring, the major storms, and all the barometric pressure changes that can also trigger seizures.  He even made it thru a Full Moon on Friday the 13th!

This is especially heartwarming because Darleigh can now easily enjoy romps in the yard, fetching balls or sticks, and just enjoying life.  He is very sweet and loves to cuddle and get attention, or find a quiet place to take a nap. 

Had his original vet been more knowledgeable and pro-active in managing his seizure care, Darleigh's health and quality of life could have been more stable and richer all along.  He is a very lucky little boy to have found his dedicated and well informed Foster Mom and Dad through Col. Potter – and he will make a welcome and loyal addition to the perfect family, looking to find a loving Forever family member!

Find out More about Darleigh in MO:


What Causes a Seizure and What Should You Do?

In this informative video, Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian, discusses the causes of seizures in pets and what to do if your pet experiences seizures.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wacky Wednesday!

Wednesday is the day to be WACKY! Each week we will showcase a terrierific cairn picture with an appropriate caption. If you have a terrierific cairn and 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 out reach purposes.

 A big shout out to Katie and Benji, our Wacky Wednesday models this week!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Skip-ping Tuesdays!

Contributed by CP Skip in CA

CP Skip is Available for Adoption in CA!


Thank God it’s finally Tuesday!!!  My Foster Friend, Tabasco has been so nice, reminding you all about me while he was busy trying to find a Forever Home (and I hear he found a Great one!), I didn’t want to upset his work by changing things too much…  “Tuesdays with Tabasco” didn’t make sense, though, since his new Mom isn’t letting him use her computer yet, and since I’m officially taking over the space, so I gave this matter a lot of thought…

My name is Skip, by the way!  “Tuesdays with Skip” ...not so much... "Sundays with Skip" would be good...  But Tuesday is the day I get to “ping” you with bits of information…   Hmmmmm…  “Skip-ping Tuesdays!”  Hmmmmm…  Works for me!

OK, before I forget – Here’s the Link so you can Apply to Adopt me:

Now, let me tell you a little bit about myself...

A little while back, a very nice lady literally rescued me right off the road - nearly under the wheels of a car!  I was kind of a mess, but Col. Potter welcomed me and packed off to the spa center at the vet’s so I could get treated for fleas, and eye and ear infections.  What a difference that made!  At first they thought I would need eye surgery, but all the great care I got from the vet and Foster Mom helped me recover enough on my own!  Yea!

Anyway, after they got me all fixed up and my hair growing back in, Foster Mom realized I might have something besides Cairn in my DNA – and she was right!

I am not a Cairn at all!  I actually have some rather exotic blood: I’m one-half Australian Koolie, so I am pretty special since very, very few of my ancestors have ever made it to America.  Koolies are very strong, smart, determined herding dogs from Australia’s Outback and one tough cowboy!  Koolies are descended from British Collies, so I guess a Koolie is kinda like a Collie with an Australian accent!  I'm not as big as a Collie, though, because I also have some Chihuahua and some Pekinese blood mixed with something else (I forget what). From all those blood lines, I get my fierce loyalty, intelligence, and a desire for companionship.

Foster Mom loves Cairns, but she says I am just the sweetest, snuggly-est, smartest little guy, and I think you will think so too!  Please, can you put in your application to adopt me?  I would love to be fiercely loyal to you, and follow you around, and snuggle up to you, and make you smile!



Do You Have a Favorite Toy?

I do!  I really love my toys and I take very good care of them!  I look kind of Kool doing it too!  Take a look and let me know what you think…








Sunday, October 19, 2014

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.).

May aka Little Miss Sunshine fka cp Mayflower

Nana fka CP Smyrna

Foster Myers

Skye La

Missy


Foster ShaSha


Shaggy

Foster Bobo

Bridgett fka CP Sweetheart

Lili and Charlie

Ian, Foster Rockford, and Annie

Sadie Jo and Skye La















Friday, October 17, 2014

Lynch Creek Farm & Col. Potter Give Green!

Please Feel Free to Cross Post!

Lynch Creek Farm is pleased to partner with Col. Potter again to bring you a special Fundraiser Campaign Col.Potter Cairn Rescue Network Giving Green!  Now through Sunday, December 14th, you can order any beautiful, high quality wreath, centerpiece, or other decorative item for the Holidays, as a Gift, or for your own home, and Lynch Creek Farm will donate a 20% of your purchase to Col. Potter to help save another Cairn in need!  You can order now for December delivery, easy as 1.2.3!  Not ready to shop?  You can make a straight-up donation via the Lynch Creek Farm campaign and 100% of all donations will go to the Cairns!  100%!!!  A fantastic opportunity to donate or to give a gift that gives twice!

Lynch Creek Farm Presents
Now - December 14th
20% of all proceeds and 100% of all donations
during this time will be sent to

Check Out the Results of Our 
2013 Lynch Creek Farm Giving Green Campaign

LB was rescued by Col. Potter last year and had a severely damaged leg which may have cost his leg, or his life.  Through Col. Potter's Giving Green Lynch Creek Farm Campaign, we raised all of the money needed to give LB the delicate surgery needed and the physical therapy.  A year ago, he couldn't walk, but thanks to the great generosity of so many people, LD can now zoom around the yard with ease!  That's Giving Green!



Please Feel Free to Cross Post!

 

 

Friday's Funnies!

Off the Leash

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Desensitizing Skittish Dogs to Loud Noises

Helping your dog feel safe is key


"Soothing words, however well intended, only make the situation worse because they are interpreted by your dog as being rewards for the fearful behavior, and the behavior will, without a doubt, become more pronounced."

Tips for Desensitizing Skittish Dogs to Loud Noises

If your dog is skittish and fearful, particularly in response to strange (to them) or loud noises, it is important, first and foremost, to Not pet and fuss over them and Not say things like, "There...there... it's O.K...." in a soothing voice.  Just make regular talk, like, "Oh, my!  That was a big noise!"  in a perfectly normal voice with good positive inflection, calm and steady.   Soothing words, however well intended, only make the situation worse because they are interpreted by your dog as being Rewards for the fearful behavior, and the behavior will, without a doubt, become more pronounced.

If you observe the dog’s frightened behavior but know that you are not able pick up the dog at that time, ignore the behavior and perhaps shrug in an exaggerated way, palms raised, facing up, and say something like, “Oh, well!  No big deal!” and turn away and do something else for ten minutes.  Never reach for your fearful dog unless you know you can easily pick it up.

After a brief period, calmly pick up and carry the dog, projecting a strong, calm demeanor, and just go about some normal tasks, or walk around the house, pausing to look at this or that.  This, alone, done correctly, is an excellent way to develop trust in a fearful dog.  If you incorporate into this casual routine the pattern of picking up different things, offering them to your dog to sniff, then say something like, “Now, we’re going to make a big noise!” then make the noise with the object and smile and offer it again for sniffing.  Put it aside and do something else, like look out the window and say something like, “Look at that!  There’s a squirrel in the tree!”

Whatever words you use are only important in that they help you get the right tone of voice and inflection, so avoid saying anything that will sound sweet or soothing.  Calm and in control is what you want to project, so please keep this in mind.  If talking about baseball or car problems sets the right tone, that is perfectly fine!

Maintain a good but gentle control and have a lead attached at all times, with the loop handle around your wrist.  Your dog should understand that with the lead on they are not going to get away from you, so they do tend to relax more and trust you, more and more each time.

Use bits of cheese or other high-value treats to reward calm responses and calmness after sniffing the noisy object.  In addition, reward other positive moments, like, if you say, “Look at such and such!” and the dog looks, offer a treat and praise.

This exercise should become a daily practice, and is effective to help desensitize a fearful dog - as long as you stay calm and sure at all times.  As a bonus, it can be a truly pleasurable bonding experience as well. 

As you progress, you can say, “Mommy’s going to make a big noise!” to get your dog’s attention whenever you are not holding the dog.  You should point out whatever you are going to make the noise with, smiling calmly as you do.   Make the noise and finish with, “All done!”  Then go to the treat jar or cheese bin and ask your dog to come to you to “Sit!” and offer the treat.  Connecting the two actions will further help desensitize your dog to different noises while it also improves your bond.

Always offer the treat/reward in your hand.  This is critical to always advance the idea that your hands are good and only good things come from your hands.  It is always good to practice at least one session every day where you are asking for an action, however small, from your Cairn and they are receiving the treasured prize directly from your hand, whether the exercise is related to desensitizing training or any other activity.





Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wacky Wednesday!

Wednesday is the day to be WACKY! Each week we will showcase a terrierific cairn picture with an appropriate caption. If you have a terrierific cairn and 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 out reach purposes.

 A big shout out to our guest Wacky Wednesday model this week!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesdays with Tabasco!

Contributed by CP Tabasco in LA

CP Tabasco No Longer Available for Adoption in LA

It's a wrap!!!


Not that it hasn't been Wonderful but... 

Tabasco here for my final Tuesday's with Tabasco!  Yes, final Tuesday, which means I'm out of here and ready for my new adventure - my very own home!  I'm so excited to finally have a home to call my own!  I'm going to be the best little boy my New Mom could ever ask for! 

I'll be traveling from LA to CT to live the high life with my New Mom and Sister.   I’m not sure if they make any movies there, but I think I'm going to love living in CT either way!  See, I won't have to share my Mom and Sister with anyone!  It's going to be all about ME! 

Thank you everyone for all the help in getting my very own home!

My Foster Friend, Skip in CA, is ready to take over this Blog space, so can you Please come back and see what he has to say!

Here's the link for Skip to make it easy for you:



Do You have a Nice Fence in your yard?

You know, a dog like me (or my friend, Skip) can make it Safer!  I know, for example, how to patrol really well and make sure there are no intruders - two legged or four legged!  Take a look and see what you think:



Check Out my Intake Story:

Check Out my 1st Tuesdays with Tabasco:

Check Out my Matilda’s Journey Story:





Sunday, October 12, 2014

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.).

Kallie and Jackson

Maddie fka CP Paloma

Juneau fka CP Joanne

Skye La fka CP Spring

Lori fka CP Laurier

Foster Fagan

Frankie

Barney

Rusty

Water Spirits

Bridget fka CP Syracuse

Tigger advising Foster Firth

Oak Ridge Volunteer!



Saturday, October 11, 2014

CP & Lynch Creek Farm Giving Green!

Please Feel Free to Cross Post!

Lynch Creek Farm is pleased to partner with Col. Potter again to bring you a special Fundraiser Campaign Col.Potter Cairn Rescue Network Giving Green!  Now through Sunday, December 14th, you can order any beautiful, high quality wreath, centerpiece, or other decorative item for the Holidays, as a Gift, or for your own home, and Lynch Creek Farm will donate a 20% of your purchase to Col. Potter to help save another Cairn in need!  You can order now for December delivery, easy as 1.2.3!  Not ready to shop?  You can make a straight-up donation via the Lynch Creek Farm campaign and 100% of all donations will go to the Cairns!  100%!!!  A fantastic opportunity to donate or to give a gift that gives twice!

Lynch Creek Farm Presents
Now - December 14th
20% of all proceeds and 100% of all donations
during this time will be sent to

Check Out the Results of Our 
2013 Lynch Creek Farm Giving Green Campaign

LB was rescued by Col. Potter last year and had a severely damaged leg which may have cost his leg, or his life.  Through Col. Potter's Giving Green Lynch Creek Farm Campaign, we raised all of the money needed to give LB the delicate surgery needed and the physical therapy.  A year ago, he couldn't walk, but thanks to the great generosity of so many people, LD can now zoom around the yard with ease!  That's Giving Green!



Please Feel Free to Cross Post!

 

 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Special Links for CP on GoFundMe!

Col. Potter rescues many dogs with serious medical needs, doing what we can to bring them back to health so they can have a brighter Forever.  Here are some of the CP Fosters currently requiring expensive treatments.  A small donation of $5 or $10 from many caring people will all add up to more healthy Cairns!

Calix
Surgery to Remove Benign Cancer
http://www.gofundme.com/ColPotterCalix

Firth
Heartworm Treatment
http://www.gofundme.com/ColPotterFirth

Cove
Major Surgery
http://www.gofundme.com/ColPotterCove
  
Harper
Heartworm Treatment

Kyler
Heartworm Treatment

Lovemuffin
Laser Treatment for Deep Spinal Wound

Simon Rubin Paddy
Surgery to Remove Cancerous Tumor

Sprout
Surgery to Repair Liver Shunt

Trudeau
Heartworm Treatment


There are many other ways to give to our Cairns, becoming a Foster Home or Transport Volunteer among them.  We welcome your donations to help these Rescued Cairns, and we hope you will consider becoming a Col. Potter Volunteer!


Col. Potter Needs a Few More Helping Hands!
Please Volunteer to Foster or Transport and help us Rescue every Cairn in need! 

Please  Consider being a CP Volunteer! 

CP Foster Home Application form: 
http://www.cairnrescue.com/rescue/foster.htm 

CP Transport Volunteer Driver form: 
http://cairnrescue.com/rescue/transport.htm 

CPCRN Volunteer form: 
http://cairnrescue.com/rescue/volunteer.htm 

Col. Potter’s Name a Rescue Cairn Program 
http://mall.cairnrescue.com/forms/frm_namecairn.htm