Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Welcome Kenner to CP!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Can you imagine wandering the streets of a big city, looking for your way home and suddenly you are lost?! Who knows why or how this young cairn boy was on the streets. Eventually Animal Control picked him up as a stray. He had a place to stay, food and was safe from the streets. Sadly, no one came looking for him but Kenner was a lucky cairn. After the mandatory hold period at Animal Control, he became a resident of a wonderful humane society that contacts the Col. Potter Intakes Team when a cairn is in need of rescue.

Kenner is a young, 2 year old cairn with a red wheaten coat suffering from a bad haircut. His picture is not the best because he suffers from a rare disorder which makes it difficult to be photographed. We were informed of the disorder up front but it's something we can live with - Wiggle-itis. He also suffers from Kissing-mania. At this time, we do not know if his conditions are curable or if they should be!

These are some of the descriptions used by the people connected with his rescue: doll baby, sweetheart, big kisser, wiggle butt and happy boy! Kenner is a young, healthy, sweet boy named in honor of a little cairn whose life was too short but will continue on in spirit through his namesake. The name Kenner is an Old English name meaning brave guard or brave chieftain. Kenner was certainly brave to endure all he went through before his arrival at Col. Potter.

A big thank you to Nicole T. and Mary Jean O'M. for helping Kenner become a Col. Potter kid. Kenner totally charmed Nicole T. and she will be his foster mom. Thank you again to all the volunteers and supporters who make it possible for cairns like Kenner to be saved. Please welcome Kenner!!

Monday, June 29, 2009

CP Welcomes Lamb Chop!!

For those of you who remember Shari Lewis and how she made you laugh with her little 'Lamb Chop', you may find this new little CP girl very endearing. Kathy H. was a peach and went to meet the 'owner' who found this little girl out on the streets. She was unclaimed by her owners after all attempts imaginable were done to try to find them. Even after the short time that the new owner had her, the separation was sad. They would have let her hang out at their place, but really didn't feel they could take on another animal since they had three dogs already.

They contacted Col.Potter because they wanted a breed specific rescue who knew how to best place a dog like Lamb Chop. She is a sweetie pie, but this girl has one very strong prey drive!! Kathy reports she is a doll and the first thing she thought of when she picked her up was "OH, what a cute little Lamb Chop!!!" And the name stuck!! She is a very pretty cream color and, thankfully, was already spayed so there were no possible 'oopsies' there. She is approximately 2 years old.

Thank you, Kathy, once again for all you do for these kids.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

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.)


Sadie and Kayla



Tootsie and Tasha


Addy and Trixie

Alina and Mattie


Saturday, June 27, 2009


Ann Arbor woman pulls out all the stops to find lost terrier
by Jo Mathis The Ann Arbor News
Saturday June 27, 2009, 6:01 AM

Jo Mathis, The Ann Arbor News

Connie Kerr posted 200 signs of various sizes around Ann Arbor to try to recover her dog Skye. Kerr is pictured here with one of the posters and her other terrier, Toby.

Imagine how you'd feel if your dog - the brown-eyed baby who loves you no matter what - had taken off and was out there, somewhere, vulnerable to cars and coyotes and dognapping.
How far would you go to get her back?

Would you run around tossing your husband's dirty socks in strangers' back yards in case she picks up the scent?

Connie Kerr of Ann Arbor would. And did.

You may have seen a few of the 200 signs of all sizes Kerr has placed around the north side of town, or taken one of her fliers, or seen her out with a flashlight yelling "Skye!"

In fact, she wonders if some people hope the Cairn terrier is found for one reason: "Just so I get the heck out of their neighborhood!" she said with a smile. "They're probably sick of seeing me."

On May 31, little Skye pushed her way out the back door to chase a deer in the back yard. She ran so far, apparently, she lost her way home.

Kerr, a nurse who works part-time at the University of Michigan Medical Center, searched from 4 a.m. to 1 a.m. every day for the first two weeks. So did her husband, Robert.

"But we just couldn't keep up that pace and stay healthy," she said, almost apologetically.

She's still searching several hours every day, posting on the Internet, knocking on doors, hoping every phone call is The One.

Kerr has received eight calls from people who've seen the gray "Toto dog" mostly in the area around Rudolf Steiner School on Newport Road. The last call was Sunday.

But no one's tried to catch her, though she's gentle and good with people.

People have told Kerr that she's been gone so long, it might mean she's happiest on her own.

"No," said Kerr. "She's happiest on a lap."

At 7 a.m. Saturday, the Kerrs grilled a chicken near one of the sightings in case Skye smelled the meat. They've also set out three Havahart live animal traps, along with Skye's dog bed, travel bed, and the bed of their other terrier, Toby. Then there was the night they accompanied a bloodhound on a late-night search by flashlight through the neighborhood around Rudolf Steiner School, all the while hoping the homeowners wouldn't walk out with a shotgun.

The Colonel Potter Cairn Rescue Network has organized a search for Skye from 5 to 8 p.m. today starting at the Rudolph Steiner parking lot. Kerr got Skye from the network two years ago after she'd been neglected by a previous owner.

"I wish I'd taught her to read," Kerr joked. "That way she'd read the signs, know how much we're looking for her, and come home."
If you see Skye, who is gray and wearing a red harness, call Kerr at 734-761-3715.

Then don't let that dog out of your sight until she gets there.

Jo Mathis can be reached at jmathis@annarbornews.com or 734-994-6849.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday's Funnies

Did someone say FOOD?!?

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Written by a CP Media Volunteer

Beazley conducts the "taste test"

A Kool Dogz Treat!

I have a Kool Dogz treat maker for my fur kids! If you do not have one, but do have a gallon ice cream bucket, you can make a Kool Dogz treat for your own fur kids!

How to make the Kool Dogz Treat!

1 or 2 hot dogs sliced

1/2 cup green beans

1/2 cup sliced frozen carrots

3/4 cup largely diced apple 1 apple is usually enough

1 can of Swanson's low fat chicken broth

put some treats on the bottom of your bucket

add a layer of crushed ice about an inch to 2 inches thick

put another layer of treats on top of the crushed ice

continue this until the ice cream bucket is 1/2 full

mix one can broth and one can water

pour over top of your treat bucket

add more water if needed and Freeze

Dip in warm water for about 30 seconds

Flip it onto a plastic dish and set out in the yard! Your fur kids will love this Kool Treat! You can also make these using small containers such as cottage cheese, sour cream, or other small containers. Just do the same thing on a smaller scale. This will give each of your fur kids their own treat. This is great for those kids who do NOT like to share! You can get these at KoolDogz.com

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Written by CP's VP of Intakes

This week, three more Windy City Kids made their way into the loving arms of Col. Potter.

For those new or unfamiliar with the history of the Windy City Kids, they come from a famed Cairn breeder who in her elderly years has become unable to care for and support her dogs. Col. Potter has been working with her for the past three years to reduce her numbers and find loving, forever homes for her Cairns.

Holding with our Chicago theme, our Windy City VII are named after some Chicago area airports:

Meigs is a 6-7 year old black brindle and the mother of Palwaukee

Palwaukee is a 1 year old cream colored female and the daughter of Meigs

O'Hare is a 6-7 year old male red wheaten

Please help me WELCOME the Windy City Kids VII!!!

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.)

We want to send a big shout out to McAllen for being the Wacky Wednesday model this week! It looks like Adam Lambert and the Glamberts will have some serious competition with all the Cairn Terriers sporting their trendy black nails! :) Thanks Adam for showing everyone black is IN, even in the summer!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Help Needed in the Search for SKYE!

A search is being planned to find Skye and get her back home! Skye has been missing from her Ann Arbor, Michigan home since 5/31. With July 4th being next weekend, we’d like to do everything we can to get her back home before that scary time. She has been sighted several times in the same neighborhood, White Oak Dr., Pine Oak Dr. and English Oak Dr., just off of Newport Rd., the latest being Sunday 6/21. If you can help we need searchers that will actually go out and search for her and also watchers at different locations that will watch for any sightings of her. We are hoping to get as many as we can to help. We are planning an evening search on Saturday, June 27th between 5pm to 8pm or as long as you can stay, if you wish to come earlier in the day that will be fine too. Most of the sightings have been either early morning or evening; this is around her regular eating times and she is probably out searching for food so this is the most likely time to see her. If you know of anyone else that can help feel free to tell them or bring them along. You can also forward this to anyone you think might be interested. We are planning on meeting at the Rudolf Steiner School, 2775 Newport Rd., Ann Arbor. We need as many eyes as possible looking for Skye.

Come prepared with good walking shoes and a cooler with plenty of water. If you are planning on being a watcher you may want to bring a folding chair. You could also bring a bicycle and ride around the neighborhood. Also, a pocket full of yummy dog treats (cut up hot dogs or cheese are great) and a leash would be helpful as well. Make sure all yummy treats are VERY small, just enough to entice her. One very important thing to remember is if anyone spots her, they need to get down on the ground immediately, not move and please do not approach her, unless they have a dog with them and she is coming towards the dog, any movements need to be made very slowly. Calm is the key!! We will have more information on Sat. for those who come to help.

If you can help, please email Lindsey at lindseykkerr@gmail.com. If Skye is found before Sat. it will be posted on the blog and anyone that has contacted us by email will be notified. The weather for Sat. is scattered T-storms and showers Sat. night. If it is storming we may have to cancel - she most likely will seek shelter and will not be moving about.

Thank you for considering joining us in the search for Skye!


Written by the Puppies' Foster Mom



Alpine ( Lily )

"Let's Get Champ- he's not looking!"

The puppies are getting busier and busier everyday. They are off and running (they are getting faster!) and playing and chasing and squabbling at times too. Everything they do is with GUSTO!!

They are crate trained now and each do very well and keep the crate clean and dry.

Tomorrow, the puppies will be nine weeks already. Alpine will be the first to leave the nest and will go to a family who lives in my area. They are so excited for her and wil pick her up on Wednesday! Her new name is Lily. Gosh, I'm going to miss that cute little face of hers, but since she is so close, I will get to see her sometimes!!

Champ will leave the following Monday and will be flying to PA with his new mom. His new name is Smudge taken from the Indian tradition of smudging which means 'to remove all negativity'. Smudge's new mom is hoping that Smudge will want to help make people happy as a therapy dog for hospice and nursing homes. It will be so hard to say goodbye to my little champ boy. He is a charmer!

Cambridge will keep her nickname as Camie and is already home here with us!! We FLUNKED and we couldn't be happier. Except every once in a while I think "Oh my God! What was I thinking!!!!" She is a feisty little one, but gets along really well with my Maggie.

Sebring is doing great. She was just spayed and had her teeth all cleaned up nice and purdy on Monday. She is doing great with housetraining and is really good in her crate now. We have continued with the eye drops, but she may have stabilized with the improvement. It doesn't bother her in the least though. She is such a good girl, although, she is another who is afraid of my 16 y/o son. He is getting a complex!!

Oh, and I did clip the puppies huge toenails shortly after taking these pictures. I was looking through them and thought they looked like huge bear claws!! Geeesh.

Monday, June 22, 2009


Written by CP's VP of Intakes

The Rescue Team searches many different internet sites for Cairns in need of rescue. It can be a thankless job, spending many long hours scouring the internet, finding nothing, or submitting possibilities that then have already been placed or there is no response when contacted by the Intakes Team. But for every 100 finds that produce nothing, there is that one find that rescues a Cairn. In this case, that find led to the rescue of SIX Cairns!!!

A miller in Arkansas was getting out of Cairns and placed an ad to dispose of them. Allison S. found that ad and passed it along to Intakes. I made contact with the miller and was able to strike a deal for the six Cairns. Now, how to get them out of Arkansas where we have limited volunteer help. Three volunteers really stepped up to the challenge to get these six out of the mill and deliver them into the loving arms of Col. Potter. Susan R. got up very early Saturday morning and drove several hours out of her way to pick them up before heading to a wedding herself. Susan then delivered them to Lori R. who provided them with a potty break and some water. IT REALLY DOES TAKE A VILLAGE!!!

In honor and memory of all dads, human and canine, these furkids are dedicated to some of the fun activities enjoyed on Father's Day:

Movie is a female, wheaten, 1 year old with an underbite

Sports is a male wheaten, 2-3 years old, missing the tip of his left ear

Camper is a blonde male, 2-3 years old, skinny but friendly

Garden is a 7 year old female wheaten and is the mother of Movie, Sports and Barbecue.

Hammock is a dark brindle male, 6 years old, and the father of Movie, Sports and Barbecue

Barbecue is a female wheaten, 2 years old and friendly

Please welcome these puppymill rescues to Col. Potter. We are happy to be able to provide them with a much happier outlook for their future!

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Contributed by CP Media Vounteers

Since tomorrow is Father's Day, we think that this is the perfect time to share these pictures of some of our dads and dogs. We don't think some of them even know that they had their pictures taken! We hope that you enjoy them.

George and Tansy

Keegan and Grandpa

Dwight and Zander

Daddy and Maggie

Alan and Kurry snuggle while someone looks on

Rick and Morrigan (cairn) and Aragon (Airedale)

Kenneth and Kids

John and Frankie

Brian and Rocky

Ken and Courtney

Tony and Bree

Friday, June 19, 2009


Written by Magic's Foster Mom

Here's another update on Magic. He's started using his back leg some and he's got the cutest little dance when we come into his room. I took a couple of movies and some pictures of Magic on his 'magic' blanket from Auntie Carol.

All of his stitches are out and he's finished with all of his medications. Now he needs time for his body to heal. I can see improvements in his behavior already. I can tell he's not hurting as much. He's also started to put on weight and his backbone and ribs aren't sticking out as much. There are a couple of close-ups of his incisions at the end of his pictures.

Here's the link to his new pictures.

Here's the link to a movie to show you how he's walking.

And here's a link to a movie showing his happy dance.

This boy is a toy HOUND! He absolutely loves them. He's also a cuddle bug. When I pick him up he pushes his head up under my ear and wraps his body tightly around my neck. He just wants to be as close as possible.

He's so interactive, too. We bring him out at night, after the rest of the kids have gone to bed. We spread out some toys and sit on the floor with him. He checks out all of his toys and then picks one to bring to one of us. Then he flops on his back for belly rubs with his little white paws in the air. Then up to find another toy to bring over, chew on a bit and then share with one of us.

This boy's a sweetheart and always smiling! Enjoy the pictures and movies!

Please click here for the link to Magic's Guardian Angel page. The Col. Potter volunteer that keeps track of the donations for our Guardian Angel page has been very ill. We will update the page with the donations that have been made as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and your continued support of Magic in his recovery.

Friday's Funnies

Summer is almost upon us! Celebrate the changing season with Friday's Funnies!

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Written by CP's VP of Intakes

Last week I was contacted by a miller in Missouri that we have received quite a few Cairns from over the years. She had two Cairns, a male she was done breeding and a younger female that had skin problems that she wanted to release to rescue. I made all of the arrangements to get them picked up and the reservations for the boarding and vetting. BUT, something kept telling me she was waffling on the female and I just had a feeling she would back out of releasing her. Saturday morning came, and about an hour before they were to be picked up, sure enough, she backed out of releasing the female saying she had given her a bath and her skin looked so much better. I politely told her how happy I was to hear that and that whenever she was ready to release her or any other Cairns, she knew where I was and we would be happy to help. And so it goes "Dancing with the Devil" ...

While the little female didn't make it out this time, the male did! Please help me welcome Stonewall. The picture she originally sent me showed a very handsome black brindle boy with a gorgeous coat. What we picked up was a very handsome black brindle boy with a shaved coat ... The miller's answer to cleaning a dog up ... shave them down. Stonewall will be turning 7 years old on July 26.

Stonewall is a donated name at the request of Carolynne McComb as a birthday gift from her boss. Just a reminder this SUNDAY IS FATHER'S DAY ... what better gift for the dad that has everything but loves dogs than to click this link to donate to name a Puppy Mill Kid after dad or something he loves; or what a wonderful way to remember your dad who is no longer with you. This is truly the gift that gives back and won't be hung in the back of the closet like last year's tie ...

Stonewall, it's wonderful to have you in the CP family ... and we'll keep trying for the little female that didn't make it out this time ...