Sunday, January 25, 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.).

Archie and Hamish fka CP Molito

Emme fka CP Ruffles

Skye La and Sadie Jo

Buddy

Brewster fka CP Story

Cammie Lou

Gilly

Monty fka CP Moffat

Rocket Man

Rocky

Tartan and Ty

Sandy

Foster Tommy R

Stutz

Dandi and Reenie













Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday's Funnies!

Off the Leash

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ask and You Shall Receive!

Contributed by a Col. Potter Volunteer

Tartan and Ty "Wait!" for Mom... well, maybe for the cheese!

Are you thinking about adding a new Rescued Cairn to your family?  There are many things to consider, and lots of planning to do.  You can expect to get many great tips to help you integrate your New Cairn into your home, so it is good to know that some of this advice will also will apply to your current resident dogsLearning to establish and maintain your Alpha placement is a great example.

Whatever your new dog did in the Foster Home, or what it didn't do, is a good indicator for you of the dog's nature, but it doesn't always translate neatly when they leave the safety of that environment.  It is your responsibility to be clear on your own house rules and know how to communicate your wishes as you build your relationship with your new dog.

From day one, it's important that you understand that your new dog must accept YOU as the leader of the pack in order for there to be peace and harmony in the home.  Follow the great advice in It’s Always Best to Start at theBeginning!and add to it with this very easy training tool: "Nothing in Life is Free!”

How to Establish and Maintain Harmony at Home!

Are you looking for a good, easy way to develop peaceful, harmonious relationships among your dogs? 

Ask and you shall receive!

Really!

Every day, throughout the day, however you choose to set the pattern, you simply need to Ask the dogs to respond to a simple command, offer praise, then reward with a high value treat.

Nothing in Life is Free!

When you ask your dog(s) to “Sit!” for a treat - and make them wait just a bit for the treat - you are really saying “I am Alpha!” and when you are Alpha, you will ease any tensions in the pack.

Do not ever give a treat of any kind without Asking your dog(s) to do a simple task.

The list of possible commands is long:

 "Sit!"

"Down!"

"Here!” or “Come!"

“Look at Me!”

“Wait…”

“Crate!”

“Bed!”

Anything you can ask your dog to do – that he or she will understand – is a great and easy training tool for harmony.   It establishes a calming pattern that carries over into other aspects of their life.

This is not to say that there won’t be dust-ups from time to time, but as a strong Alpha leader, you will find it easier to anticipate and diffuse any issues that might naturally arise.

Just remember, Nothing in Life is Free!  

Doing simple training exercises, every day, you will keep things clear as to who is in charge, and if you are in charge, harmony will reign!

**NOTE** Great training treats are small bits of block cheddar cheese or high quality grain-free kibble.  You should factor your training treats into your puppy’s daily meal portions so you don’t accidentally end up with an unhealthy weight problem.


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

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


Read More About It:

It’s Always Best to Start at the Beginning!

I’m Not Sure we’ve been Properly Introduced!

There’s No Place Like Home!

Easy Housetraining Tips!


Toto: The Other Side of the Story!


Col. Potter Needs a Few More Beginnings! 
Please Volunteer to Foster and help us help give a new start to every Cairn in need!

Please  Consider being a CP Volunteer!

CP Foster Home Application form:

CP Transport Volunteer Driver form:

CPCRN Volunteer form:

Col. Potter’s Name a Rescue Cairn Program










Wednesday, January 21, 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 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 Wacky Wednesday model this week!

Sunday, January 18, 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.).


Oscar

Gracie fka CP Glacier

Gracie fka CP Roberta Flack

CP Ruffles and her Bunny slipper

Dandi and Reenie

CP Sprout

Ty

Miss Lily Beth fka CP Tessie


Mattie fka CP Freedom from Fear

Tessie Trueheart

Lexi fka CP Mexico


Daisy and Buddy

Georgia Belle fka CP Cheeto






Friday, January 16, 2015

Are You and Your Cairns Ready for the Cold!

Contributed by a CP Volunteer

Brody considers his options...

Winter is one of the most dangerous times of the year for our dogs.  Are you prepared for cold weather care?

Just because our Cairns (and other dogs) have natural "coats" to keep them warm, that doesn't mean they don't feel the chill.  Falling temperatures can be just as brutal on your dog as they are on you, especially when they are so low to the frigid ground.

It is our responsibility to help keep our dogs warm, safe, and healthy all Winter long, so take special precautions to keep your dog comfortable, both indoors and out.  A nice warm sweater, a comfy plush bed, a sunny spot by the window... These small things can make a real difference inside, but going outside is the bigger challenge.

Teddy and Mom bundle up!
Going Outside
When harsh weather hits us, especially when the temperatures dip below 20 degrees, plus wind chill, it is much more uncomfortable for your dog to go outdoors.  Out he must go, however, several times a day - a necessary fact of life.  Think ahead and be sure the closest potty area is as protected as possible from the wind.  If possible, clear the snow in the potty spot, down to the grass, to make it more attractive for your dog and easier for him to use.  The pads of your dog's feet can quickly freeze up if they have to stand on ice or snow, so it is worth the effort to mitigate this, whenever possible.

Always Go Out With Your Dog
Praise him for getting his business done quickly and promise "Cookies in the house!" as soon as the deed is done.  Also, keep a close eye on his feet.  If his paws are bothering him and he has only done #1, and has not started to squat, pick him up and get him back inside.  When you take him out again later, he'll quickly take care of that unfinished business and give you the opportunity to praise and reward him!  If you are familiar with your dog's natural patterns, you should be able to manage this without suffering "accidents" in the house.

Outside the Safety of Your Own Yard
During the cold snowy months, your dog will run the risk of picking up rock salt, ice, and chemicals on his paws every time you take him beyond the safety of your own yard, out onto the sidewalks, driveways, and streets.  Dogs will naturally lick the salt off their paws, and this can cause serious inflammation in the digestive tract.  Wipe your dog's paws thoroughly every time he comes inside, and make sure there are no ice balls between his toes or on the soles of his feet.  If your dog will wear boots and if you can manage to put them on so they don't fall off along the way, this is another great way to protect your dog's paws.  Just be sure to wipe their undercarriage thoroughly to remove any undesirable debris that might otherwise end up in your dog's tummy.

Keep Extra Bath Towels Handy
Whether you have a dog that loves to play in the snow or one that just dashes out quickly to do his "business" and runs back in, your dog can get caked with snow every time he goes out that door.  Keep extra bath towels by the door so you can wrap him up quickly and keep him warm as you carefully strip out the snow balls and absorb the moisture from his coat.


Rheita warms up with her red plaid coat from CP
Another thought:  Consider a warm coat or snow suit that will greatly minimize this clean-up time.  Many feel they are worth every penny!  Check out out CP shops on Amazon or Ebay and see what we have in stock, or see what's been donated to the CP Web Thrift Store








Friday's Funnies!

Off the Leash

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Trust: A Deadly Disease

Author Unknown
As you now know, Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network was created because a special Cairn Terrier was killed by a car.  Please read this and remember to always keep YOUR new special family member safe, in memory of the Colonel.
 
There is a deadly disease stalking your dog, a hideous, stealthy thing just waiting its chance to steal your beloved friend.  It is not a new disease, or one for which there are inoculations.   The disease is called "Trust".
 
You knew before you ever took your puppy home that it could not be trusted.  The breeder who provided you with this precious animal warned you, drummed it into your head.  Puppies steal, destroy anything expensive left in their path, chase cats, take forever to house train, and must never be allowed off lead!!
 
When the big day finally arrived, heeding the sage advice of the breeder, you escorted your puppy to his new home, properly collared and tagged, the lead held tightly in your hand.   At home, the house was "puppy-proofed".  Everything of value was stored in the spare bedroom, garbage stowed on top of the refrigerator.  Cats separated, and a gate placed across the living room to keep at least one part of the house puddle free.  All the windows and doors had been properly secured, and signs placed in all strategic points reminding all to "Close the door!"
 
Soon it becomes second nature to make sure the door closes nine tenths of a second after it was opened and that it is really latched.  "Don't let the dog out" is your second most verbalized expression.  (The first is "NO!")  You worry and fuss constantly, terrified that your darling will get out and disaster will surely follow.   Your friends comment about who you love most, your family or the dog.  You know that to relax your vigil for a moment might lose him to you forever.
 
And so the weeks and months pass, with your puppy becoming more civilized every day, and the seeds of trust are planted.  It seems that each new day brings less destruction, less breakage, less leakage.  Almost before you know it, your clumsy, wild puppy has turned into an elegant, dignified friend.  Now that he is a more reliable, sedate companion, you take him more places.  No longer does he chew the steering wheel when left in the car.  And darned if that cake wasn't' still on the table this morning.  And, oh yes, wasn't that the cat he was sleeping with so cozily on your pillow last night?
 
At this point you are beginning to become infected, the disease is spreading its roots deep into your mind.  And then one of your friends suggests obedience classes, and, after a time, you even let him run loose from the car into the house when you get home.  Why not, he always runs straight to the door, dancing a frenzy of joy and waits to be let in.  And, remember: he comes every time he is called.   You know he is the exception that disproves the rule.  (And sometimes late at night, you even let him slip out the front door to go potty and then right back in.)
 
Years pass-it is hard to remember why you ever worried so much when he was a puppy.  He would never think of running out the door left open while you bring in the packages from the car.  It would be beneath his dignity to jump out the window of the car while you run into the convenience store.  And when you take him for those wonderful long walks at dawn, it only takes one whistle to send him racing back to you in a burst of speed when the walk gets too close to the highway.  (He still gets in the garbage cans, but nobody is perfect!)
 
This is the time the disease has waited for so patiently.  Sometimes it only has to wait a year or two, but often it takes much longer.  He spies the neighbor dog across the street, and suddenly forgets everything he ever knew about not slipping outdoors, jumping out windows or coming when called due to traffic.  Perhaps it was only a paper fluttering in the breeze, a squirrel, a passer-by, or even just the sheer joy of running....
 
Stopped in an instant.  

Stilled forever - your heart is broken at the sight of his still beautiful body.
 
The disease is trust.  The final outcome: hit by a car.
 
Every morning my dog bounced around off lead exploring.  Every morning for seven years he came back when he was called.  He was perfectly obedient, perfectly trustworthy.  He died fourteen hours after being hit by a car.  

Please do not risk your friend and your heart.
 
Save the trust for things that do not matter.
 
Please read this every year on your puppy's birthday, lest we forget.
 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Lost Cairn Update: CP Glacier is Home!!!


Gracie fka CP Glacier is Home and Well!

After a good sighting on Monday, a skilled tracker was able to capture her late Tuesday night, after a day-long effort, using cameras and bait.

Glacier's adventure in the wilds of NJ began on January 7, 2015, and ended late at night on January 13, 2015.   Thank you to each and every person who did whatever they could to help search for this little girl.

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 Tori for being our Wacky Wednesday model this week!

Sunday, January 11, 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.).


Gracie fka CP Glacier

Callie
Happy 5th Birthday, Beddie Boop!

Caruso

Abbie

WiiGii

Foster Fritter

Foster Italy

Maddie

Blondie

Reego and CP Baris

Princess

Tiger