Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunday Sweets!

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

Foster Tonga poses like a pro

Foster Dash is all smiles at intake

Foster Pretty Miss Giselle lives up to her name

Foster Madden

Foster Roomba

CP Pablo is dog park tired

Foster Princess Sophie is bright-eyed (but not bushy-tailed)

"I can see you now!" says Foster Sadie Rose, after a haircut

Sal is a happy boy

The majestic lion (aka Foster Skipper Lee)

Best buds Willow and Sadie Jo take a well-deserved rest

Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday Funnies

Mutt 'n' Busted 

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Col. Potter Training Tip: Great ideas for repurposing

Have you noticed that you are paying more for your dog’s care than for your own? I love getting catalogs and emails showing the latest pet products, but holy moly this stuff is getting expensive! If you are tired of dishing out the dough, join me in discovering how to repurpose* items to cut down on costs while keeping your pup healthy and happy. (*definition: repurpose: to use something for a different purpose than the one that was originally intended.)

If you’re like me, you’ve amassed dozens (hundreds?) of dog toys. It’s time to call a halt to the madness. My friend Terri shared her fun idea: “I save all my cardboard product containers and fill up a grocery store paper bag. I put a treat in each recyclable box, pack the boxes back in the bag, and then let the dogs go at them!” What great mayhem! My pup Peaches thanks you, Terri!

Peaches' new favorite game is tearing apart recyclable boxes, looking for treats.

Or try Janet’s way to beat the high cost of noisy toys: “Our puppy likes to play with empty water bottles. We remove the cap, the plastic ring and the label, and he carries them around the house crunching them lol.”

Marianne has an alternative to those expensive beginner’s puzzles: “An old muffin tin and tennis balls can be used as a puzzle (with a treat under one tennis ball, or ALL the tennis balls).”

And about those treats… There’s nothing better than homemade, but we need to avoid handing out Oreo-sized dog cookies, especially if games are going to last a while. The blog “Eileen and Dogs” has a great idea for repurposing a silicone mold so you can easily make 500 tiny treats!

My senior collie rescue, Eddie, is finding it difficult to make the 5-inch step from my back porch to my kitchen. I searched all the dog product sites, looking for a ramp. My goodness, those dog ramps are expensive -- and not entirely secure for a big, elderly dog. Instead, I found an industrial ramp that movers use at curbside. This heavy-duty rubber ramp costs much less than the pet products, and after a few tentative tries Eddie can now walk into the house like the dignified gentleman he is.

Deb shared her repurposing idea for helping her senior dogs into the car. “I repurposed my mounting block from horseback riding so Emily could get on the bed and into the car. Even better, Gail discovered the value of applying non-slip tape to it. It was the best idea ever. P.S., I’m not promoting this as a dog chew toy, LOL.”

Deb's smooth collie Maple loves the mounting block!

So, what are some of your repurposing successes? Post them in the comment section, or send them to us at We’d love to share more ideas!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sunday Sweets!

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

Frosty looking all photogenic

Ernie Jay does his best impression of a panther

"I can't see or hear so good," says Foster Fernando, "but I can love you!"

Foster Miss Giselle gets distracted by a squirrel

Foster Lil Pumpkin is ready to play

Obi Wan brandishes a bone like a light saber

Former Foster Raquel artfully arrays herself as a turkey on a platter

New foster Roomba, about to step in to the spa

"Make sure to get my best angle," says Foster Solovey.

Three Cairns come a'callin'
(Sammy, Maddy Clancy and Murphy + cousin Finnegan)

Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday Funnies

Cugo 'n Me

by Rajayasree Sakar