Saturday, August 23, 2014

Myers Finds a Few New Friends at Col. Potter!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator


Myers, a friendly 8 year old Rescued Cairn-Westie Mix


Respectfully borrowed from “Fiddler on the Roof”

(Col. Potter and an unnamed Rescue group)


"And among ourselves, we get along perfectly well. Of course, there was the time when they told us a Cairn, but delivered a Westie, but that's all settled now. Now we live in simple peace and harmony and..."


(1st Rescuer)
"It was a Cairn!"


(2nd Rescuer)

"It was a Westie!"


(Chorus)
Cairn!
Westie!
Cairn!
Westie!
Tradition, tradition... tradition!


Okay, genug! (enough)
 


What’s important is that we all give a big hearty Welcome to Myers, the new guy at the Col. Potter table.

CP’s Myers was picked up as a stray by animal control in a major left-coastal city, and he was placed in a high-kill shelter there, where they had no history on him at all.  So, until we saw him in person, no one was quite sure of his pedigree.  But we knew he needed rescue.  Well, as it turns out, Myers is rather Westie-ish with a splash of Cairn.  Hey, nobody’s perfect!  But this dude comes close enough. Myers is about 8-years-old and a strapping 21 lbs.  And according to his new vet, he’s very friendly and grateful for his second chance at a happy life with people who will love him and take care of him.

Myers’ rescue story is actually a very involved one, with lots of intrigue, rumors and false reports.  This darling Westie/Cairn remained on the “list” while we waited to hear confirmation that we could indeed go and fetch him and bring him home.  And at the eleventh hour, we got the go-ahead, and with the outstanding help of Charlene M. and Brenda F., we brought Myers home to our family.

All of our CP volunteers do wonderful, selfless work, and one of the few ways that Col. Potter can honor them is to name a dog after them.  And each time we do, we are honoring all of our good people as well as our namesake volunteer — because, as we know, it takes a village.

If you’d like to volunteer with us, just let us know.  We have many jobs for creative, dedicated people. Just click one of the links below and fill out the application!

And now, let’s please Welcome Myers to the Col. Potter clan, with open hearts and open arms! 

Col. Potter Needs a Few More Fiddlers!
Please Volunteer to Foster or Transport so we can serenade 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








Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday's Funnies!

Off the Leash

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Training Tips for Rescued Cairns

Contributed by a CP Volunteer

Even young Cairns rescued from puppy mills need extra understanding


Rehabilitation of a Puppy Mill Dog

Every mill survivor is different.  What works on one or many, will completely fail on another.  The only thing that is consistent is that they will need lots of patience, understanding and love.  And probably, most importantly, acceptance:   Unconditional acceptance of what they are capable of giving - and taking. 

At first glance, a mill survivor may look like many of your friends' dogs.  Maybe not a perfect example of the breed, but close.  What you won't see is the condition that they came into rescue in.  Hair so matted that it all had to be shaved off.  Even the short haired breeds suffer from thin dull coats when they come to us.  Many times removing the filth and matting have only revealed open sores, usually from flea allergies or sarcoptic mange.  Ears are full of filth and usually mites.  Some survivors suffer from permanent hearing loss because of untreated ear infections.  Most survivors require the removal of rotten teeth, even young dogs.  The gums are usually very infected and the teeth have excessive buildup on them.  Many vets who are not familiar with puppy mill rescued dogs will misdiagnose age if going by the teeth.  Many survivors also suffer from swollen, splayed and sore feet from so much time walking on wire.  So, while finally getting some good nutrition and extensive medical care can go a long way on the outside, the real damage has been done to the inside. 

I'd love to say that every puppy mill survivor only needs love to turn it into a wonderful family pet, but that would be a lie.  Love is definitely needed, in large amounts, but so is patience.  The damage done during the years in the mill usually can be overcome, but it takes time and dedication.  It takes a very special adopter for one of these dogs.  Not being "up to it" is no crime, but you need to be honest with yourself, and us, about your expectations.  These dogs have been through more than they ever should have already.  If the entire family is not willing to make the commitment, the dog is better off staying in our care until the perfect home for them is found. 

This puppy was in terrible condition...
...but see what Love, patience, and training have done!

Handling:

Many mill survivors have spent their entire life in the mill.  No romping around a living room playing with friends of the family for them - Only a cold wire cage and one person "tending" to them.  Puppies who grow up in a mill miss out on many crucial socialization periods with humans.  They don't learn to trust, to love, to play.  They have had very minimum physical contact with people.  No cuddling and kissing for them. 

The physical contact that they have received probably has not been pleasant.  For one thing, because they are not handled enough, they are scared.  Many mills handle their "stock" by the scruff of the neck.  They have work to do, and don't really want to stand around holding some stinky little dog any longer than necessary.  So it is not uncommon for these survivors to be sensitive to the backs of their necks, after all, it brings the unexpected.  Many mill dogs will try to always face you, not trusting you enough to give you easy access to them from behind.  NEVER startle a mill survivor from behind, you will lose any trust that you may have gained.  Always make sure that they are anticipating you picking them up and consistently verbally tell them what you are going to do with the same word, like "up". It is not uncommon for a mill dog to drop their bellies to the floor when they know you are going to pick them up.  Some will even roll onto their backs in submission.

Always be gentle and try to avoid picking them up until you see that they are receptive to it.  It's almost a “hostage” type situation to these dogs.   Imagine how you would feel if taken hostage at gunpoint.  The gunman may never harm you in any way, but you are aware of the danger the entire time and you don't have the ability to leave when you want.  No matter how nice the gunman is to you, you will never enjoy the experience and will always watch for an escape route.  However, you can turn the tables around and see a ray of hope.  Imagine the gunman has been captured and you decide to visit him in jail.  Now you are in control.  You call all the shots, you have the ability to leave at any time.  The bottom line is that these dogs have to progress at their own pace.  Anything you force them to do will not be pleasant to them. 

Learning about the House:

Many times when you bring a mill survivor into your home, it is their instinct to hide in a quiet corner.  Any new dog that you bring into your home should be kept separated from other family pets for 7 days.  During this time it is fine to crate or confine them to a quiet area.  After that though, they need to have exposure to the household.  If crating, the crate should be in a central location.  The ideal spot is one where there is frequent walking and activity.  This allows the dog to feel safe in the crate, yet observe everyday activity and become used to it.  They need to hear the table being set, the dishwasher running, phones ringing, and people talking. 

Very few mill dogs know what a leash is.  During this time, when the dog is out of the crate and supervised, it is not a bad idea to let them drag a leash around with them.  Let them get used to the feel.  It is easy to fall into the mindset that they must be pampered and carried everywhere, but leash training is important.  It will make your life easier to have a leash trained dog, but also will offer your dog confidence in the future.

Gaining Trust:

A mill dog has no reason to trust you.  Your trust needs to be earned, little by little.  Patience is a very important part.  I have seen a lot of mill dogs not want to eat whenever people are around.  It is important that your mill dog be fed on a schedule, with you near by.  You don't have to stand and watch over them, but should be in the same room with them.  They need to know that their yummy meal is coming from you.  For the majority of mill dogs, accepting a treat right out of your hand is a huge show of trust.  Offer treats on a regular basis especially as a reward. 

While you shouldn't overly force yourself upon your dog, it does need to get used to you.  Sit and talk quietly while gently petting or massaging your dog.  It is best to do this an area where they, not necessarily you, are the most comfortable.   They probably won't like it at first, but will get used to it.  Some dogs sadly, never do though, and I'll talk more about them later. 

Never allow friends to force attention on a mill survivor.  Ask them not to look your dog directly in the eyes.  It is not uncommon for mill dogs to simply never accept outsiders.  Let your dog set the pace.  If the dog approaches, ask them to talk quietly and hold out a hand.  No quick movements.  Ask that any barking be ignored.  Remember that dogs bark to warn and scare off intruders.  If you acknowledge the barking you may be reinforcing it with attention.  If you bring your guest outside you have just reinforced to your dog that barking will make the intruder go away. 

Housebreaking:

A child spends the first 12-18 months of their life soiling their diaper and having you remove the dirty diaper and replace it with a clean one.  A puppy mill dog spends its entire life soiling its living area.  Potty training a child and housebreaking a puppy mill dog are the exact same procedures: you are UN-teaching them something that they have already learned to be acceptable.  A regular schedule, constant reinforcement, praise, and commitment on your part are a must!  Would you ever scream at your child, march them to the bathroom and make them sit on the toilet AFTER you discovered they soiled their diaper?  A dog is no different in this sense.  Scolding them after the deed is done is of no benefit to anyone.

The two most important things you can do are to get your new dog on a regular feeding pattern (which will put them on a regular potty pattern) and observe them closely after feeding time. 

Getting them on a premium, low residue food is very important.  This will produce a stool which normally is firm (very easy to clean up) and only one or two bowel movements a day are normal.  Low cost or over the counter foods have a lot of fillers and it is very hard to get a dog on a regular cycle using these foods. 

Before you even begin to housebreak them, you must learn their schedule.  Most dogs will need to “go” right after eating.  As soon as they are finished eating, command "Outside".  Always use the exact same word in the exact same tone.  Watch them closely outside and observe their pattern as they prepare to defecate.  Some will turn circles, some will scratch at the ground, some may find a corner, some may sniff every inch of the ground, some will get a strange look on their face - every dog is different and you have to learn to recognize how the dog will behave right before he goes.  This way you will recognize it when he gets ready to go in the house. 

We could give you a million tips that our adopters have found to work best for them, but as I said, every dog is different.  As long as you always keep in mind that housebreaking and potty training are one in the same.  Never do to a dog what you would not do to a child.  It may take a week, it may take a month, it may take a year - and sadly, some dogs will never learn.  Never give up and never accept “accidents” as a way of life.  In most cases, the success of housebreaking depends on your commitment.

More Great Training Tips for your Rescued Cairns:
http://cairnrescue.blogspot.com/2014/07/simple-training-tips-for-your-rescued.html




Wednesday, August 20, 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 outreach purposes.

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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesdays with Tabasco!

Contributed by CP Tabasco in LA

CP Tabasco Available for Adoption in LA

Well, Hello Cairn Lovers!

Tabasco here, taking over your Tuesday CP Blog post!  I had so much fun sitting at the top of the Sunday Sweets this week, I thought, since I had a paw in the door, I’d jump in and toot my own horn for a bit – and maybe my Forever Home will catch my act and fill out an application to adopt me!

OK, I’ll put the link right here to make it easy:

Yes, I know I’m not really a Cairn…  The great Volunteers at Col. Potter didn’t know that, of course, when they rescued me, and even though they figured it out later, my Foster Mom and Dad have loved me just like the real Cairns in their home.  You know, I might have been part Cairn…  I have a cute button nose (like Toto) and Black Points - sort of - close enough that Col. Potter could Rescue me, anyway!  I guess it’s a good thing we don’t have DNA labels attached because I have no idea who would have saved me if they knew I was a Pomeranian/Yorkie mix...

Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

It’s just there aren’t many Pomeranian/Yorkie mix Rescues out there, I think, and Rescue is what I needed PDQ.  I am ever so grateful Col. Potter saved me!

So, know anyone who wants a goofy, delightful, funny, happy, puppyish little guy?  I am adorable – and I adore being loved!  Take a look and see what you think:



Check Out my Intake Story:

Check Out my Hot Picture in Sunday Sweets:

Check Out my Matilda’s Journey Story:





Sunday, August 17, 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.).

Foster Tabasco

Miss Gabby is 5 Years Old Today!!!

Foster Drum

Abigail

Foster Carrot

Foster Pilsner

Foster Rockford

Meadow











Friday, August 15, 2014

Fagan Finds Understanding at Col. Potter!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Fagan, an active 3 year old Wheaten Male


Fagan is your typical 3 year old little Cairn boy that loves to do all of those things that a “terrier” is known for.  Those things that we all LOVE them for.  To name a few: (1) NOT being a good listener;  (2) Trying to be the boss all of the time; and (3) Being very stubborn.   Fagan’s family loved him, but felt that there was a home out there better equipped to “appreciate” all of those “terrier” things.  They wisely contacted Col. Potter for help - and here is Fagan!!!

Welcome Fagan to the Col. Potter family where we ALL love those little things that make you so special.  We are sure you won’t be in Foster Care for very long!

Many thanks to Kendall L and Kim D-S for helping this boy with this journey to his Foster Home and on to his Forever Home. 

Col. Potter Needs a Few More Terrier Nets! 
Please Volunteer to Foster and help us catch every Cairn in need of understanding! 

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






Friday's Funnies!

Off the Leash

Thursday, August 14, 2014

How Does Your Dog View the World?

What does your dog see when he looks at his world?


"…There is also a meeting point where the differences between us disappear, and we are all in balance, comfortable, in agreement, and at peace..."    Suzanne Clothier

Perspectives

Looking at the world through your dog’s eyes.

My friend Joe Steinfeld said it best: "It seems to me that the main difference between humans and other species is that we are always looking for the difference between humans and other species."

Life at the farm is shared with many different species, which means on any given day, we're considering life from many perspectives.  We’re hot and sweaty?  The parrot and the tortoises are enjoying the perfect weather.  We need jackets?  Our Scottish Highland cattle are delightedly kicking up their heels in the brisk air.

Viewed through the perspective of our animals, how different life looks, feels, smells - and is.  We seek to understand the differences so that we can minimize our animals' stress, and maximize their comfort and joy.  It stretches us, this daily need to consider how others view their world.

But there is also a meeting point where the differences between us disappear, and we are all in balance, comfortable, in agreement and at peace.  This is the place we seek daily:  Where we are together in a life shared, despite the differences.


"Copyright © 2013 by Suzanne Clothier. Used by permission of Suzanne Clothier. All rights reserved. For more information about Suzanne please visit SuzanneClothier.com"

Read More Training Tips from Suzanne Clothier:


Wednesday, August 13, 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 outreach purposes.

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

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cougar gets a Roaring Good Start at Col. Potter!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Cougar, a delightful 7.5 year old Wheaten Male


Please welcome our new Arizona boy Cougar to Col. P0tter!  Cougar was an Owner Surrender who's mom and dad thought he needed more attention than they could give him, so they contacted the best help for this little boy.  Cougar is 7.5 years young and a very handsome boy indeed!!

Please give Cougar a roaring good Welcome to the start of his wonderful new life!

Thank you Florence V for picking this little guy up and Fostering him.


Col. Potter Needs a Few More Pick Up Lines!
Please Volunteer to Rescue, Transport, or Foster and help us collect every Cairn in need a new path in life!

Please  Consider being a CP Volunteer!

CP Foster Home Application form:

CP Transport Volunteer Driver form:

CPCRN Volunteer form:




Sunday, August 10, 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.).


Sweet Fosters Cauliflower and Baby Sprout

Sweet Corkie and her Duck!

Foster Lovemuffin

Prime Minister Trudeau

Sadie Jo

Rye

Allie, Bridget, and Gabby
 
Wiigii aka Luigi Earl

Prime Minister Harper

Foster Shania

A Sunday Sweet for All Cairns!


Have you had Your Sunday Sweet?





Saturday, August 9, 2014

Keeva Gives Sweet Kisses at Col. Potter!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Keeva, an adorable 10 lb., 1 year old Wheaten Female

Col. Potter's newest little girl, Keeva, is appropriately named.   “Keeva” means “gentleness and beauty” in Gaelic – and just look at Keeva's beautiful brown eyes!   In addition, it has been reported by reliable sources that this little girl loves to snuggle and give the sweetest, gentlest kisses.  Keeva! 

Makes it hard to believe that this sweet and petite Wheaten girl was placed on the euthanasia list at a high volume shelter.  How lucky for this little girl that Col. Potter volunteers were able to rescue her that same day!  Keeva is about 1 year old and just under 10 lbs., but she has already had a litter of puppies and, at the time of rescue, she was already back in season.


Keeva has already had puppies at her tender young age

Think about it:  She’s only 1 year old…

Enough of that!  Some nutritious food and TLC will help boost Keeva's weight and she will never be asked to, once again, subject her little body to the rigors of motherhood.

Welcome to the CP family, Keeva!

Thank you to Bill and Charlene M. for devoting a day to rescue Keeva! 

Col. Potter Needs a Few More Gentle Giants! 
Please Volunteer to Rescue, Transport, or Foster and help us reach out and give every Cairn in need a gentle lift up to safety! 

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










 



Bobo Bounces Back at Col. Potter!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Bobo, an adorable 19 month old Wheaten Male...


Let’s please give a huge Col. Potter welcome to Bobo!  Little Bobo, who barely tips the scales at 12 lbs., comes to us from many, many places.  First, he went from a backyard breeder to a home, and then to  a high-kill shelter, and then to a rescue shelter, and then to another home, where he had stayed for barely a month before Col. Potter stepped in to put an end to this madness.

Whew, this little dude has certainly been-around-the-block and he’s only 19 months old!  “Geez, what’s a puppy gotta do to get some lovin’ in this world?” he asked.  “Is it my floppy little ears?  My cute little underbite?”

...with tons of charm and personality!

”Nono Bobo!  It’s not you!” we cried out.  “You’re perfect!”

Indeed, Col. Potter’s watchful eye was upon little Bobo, and our very fast-acting volunteer, Mary F., literally rushed out the door to rescue Bobo from the dangers of being featured on Craig’s List, and she brought him home, safe and sound, into the arms of the CP clan.

Bobo was named by his Rescue Angel, Mary, and her husband, in honor of their well-loved little dude “Bobo the Wonder Dog”, a delightful little Doxie.  We are certain that CP’s engaging little Bobo is going to do just as well as his namesake.  Surely, a loving Forever home is just around the next bend in his road… 

Col. Potter Needs a Few More Bounce Houses! 
Please Volunteer to Foster and help us give every Cairn in need a great place to land safely! 

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