Monday, August 31, 2009

Welcome Shandi!!

Contributed by VP of CP Intakes

Shandi is a beautiful red wheaten female who is 4 years old. Shandi means precious gift and that's exactly what she will be for some fortunate family that is lucky enough to adopt her.

Please help me welcome Shandi to the CP family! Thank you to everyone who helped bring her into the arms of Col. Potter.


Written by Deb H. in Rhode Island


It is with heavy heart that I ask you all to light a candle for Stella's beloved Mr. Froggie. It seems he was MURDERED late last night whilst I was sleeping. Stella and I awoke to a sea of white stuffing and bits and pieces of Mr. Froggie scattered around my bedroom carpet, it is even to horrible to describe the devastation to you all. The police tape is up, and we are dusting for paw prints and have 5 (five) suspects underhouse arrest. Mr. Froggies was with us, but a short time, but the pleasure he gave to Stella was immeasurable, he will not be forgotten.

We know Mr. Froggie is in a better place at the Bridge for Murdered Toys. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, due to the extreme makeover Mr. Froggie undergoes to make him presentable for viewing. Thank you all for keeping us in your thoughts.

Deb H in RI, and the grieving Stella

Sunday, August 30, 2009

August 29, 2005 – August 29, 2009
For Hurricane Katrina’s animal victims and human rescuers

THIS IS FOR YOU... By Brenda Shoss

August 29, 2005 marks the day Hurricane Katrina cast
people and animals adrift in a sea of loss and despair.
When the levees broke, a singular scream grew from
dark waters, drowning out reason. Erasing hope.

Who would hear their cries, faint as ashes
lost in fragments? Who would see their
desperation -- locked behind doors, bound to
fence posts, stranded on rooftops?

Thousands searched for familiar faces.
But eyes turned cloudy when no one came.
Huddled in bathtubs. Hidden behind walls.
A tail wagged...and a soft purr rose
from the rubble to merge with the wind.

Who would hear them?
Our government did not.
Who would see them?
Our law enforcers did not.
Who would return for them?

You did.

Who has no money, but jumped on a plane.
Drove cross-country, packed to the roof...
Because you were the one a dog needed
You were the hands a cat waited for
You were their food, their water, their love.

This is for you
Who read every word
Networked and planned
To salvage small hearts
Left in the storm.

This is for you
For every mile traveled
For every life saved.


Kinship Circle Primary:
Action campaigns on animal cruelty issues worldwide
Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid Network:
Animal rescue coordination/news in disasters + companion animal alerts

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! (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.)



Gina Maria

Elmhurst and Palwaukee




Saturday, August 29, 2009

Welcome Pax!

Written by CP Intakes Coordinator

Hi everyone. Please welcome Pax! He is nearly eight years old and is now a CP kid. This boy LOVES attention and would like nothing more than to fetch a ball for you! Here's to good times for you, Pax.

Thank you to all of those who helped Pax get to Col. Potter.


Written by Abby's Mom

After a week of tears, sleepless night and a lot of work by so many people, my baby is home.

I was driving around looking for Abby. When I saw her on a dirt road by a corn field, I chased her down the road until the end but I lost her. I went home and got Bryan. We still had no luck.

When we were leaving a man and 4 dogs came to see what we were doing. (I had left a flyer early so did Mary Ann a few days ago) We filled him in on everything. He said one of his dogs would be able to track her. We went home with me more upset and more tears . She was not looking too good, very thin.

Maybe 5 minutes after being home Mike (the man with the dogs ) called and said he had Abby. She was eating and was OK.. All I could do has cry tears of happiness. He had gone looking with his dogs. They found her, and after about 20 minutes. of chasing her back and forth (she really had no way out ) she just gave up and laid down.

Mike does not want a reward. He was just so happy that he was able to catch her. When we got home Abby had more to eat and drink. Then all she wanted was to have mommy hold her. When I had to get up and I put her down she stayed with me, and wanted me to pick her up. I was more than happy to hold her all night.
I want to say thank you to all of the people that was so willing to help. I could never have got through this without it.

I pray God will bless each of you the way he has me.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Welcome Mira to CP!!

Please help me welcome CPs new girl, Mira. Mira joined CP on Sunday. She is a young beauty, friendly and sweet, loving lap time and attention. Mira is a Latin name, meaning wonderful and peace. We do think it is wonderful that she found her way to safety with Col Potter, and we wish her peace as she begins her new life!

Thank you to everyone invloved in bringing her into the Col. Potter family.

Friday's Funnies

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Contributed by a Relieved CP Searcher

Abby/Cokie is safe at home in her mama's arms!! Just wanted to let you all know our prayers have been answered! And the first thing Cheryl did was to get that harness back on Abby!! It was just a little awhile ago. Abby had gone down a farm road and a gentleman with his two dogs followed for about 20 minutes when Abby just stopped, laid down, and rolled over!! Can you believe it?!? Cheryl was close by but couldn't keep up so the man kept going!! AWESOME!! AWESOME!!AWESOME!!

I can't tell you how excited we are! Hubby & I are headed down to retrieve the lost dog posters!! I can't believe it! The first night we spotted her, we had been traipsing through a field, then through the woods, then I was in swamp water. My husband spotted 2 eyes from the road and off we went. That was pretty fruitless and who knows what we were chasing. My husband no sooner said, "you know, it's a one in a million chance that we'll see her" and around the corner on the road, there was that little fur butt trotting along!! Three times she was seen that night. Another driver passing by stopped to help (and mind you, it was between 9:30 & 11pm) Cheryl, the owner was there and we were there but Abby wasn't coming to ANYONE! She was spotted again the next morning (Wednesday) and we put the trap near that spot. Tonight, she was actually in the direction that was closer to her home!!



Abby's Intake Photo

Abby is a 5YO cairn terrier who slipped her leash at 6 Dogwood Hill Road, Winchester, NH, on Friday, Aug. 21. Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network recently rescued her from a puppy mill and she is very afraid. She may also answer to the name Cokie.

The search for her continues and Abby fka Cokie has been spotted in the area. Abby's mom helped set up the trap for Abby. She seems to be staying around Gery's house , that's where Bryan works part time. So she may smell him.

A live trap has been set and baited with tuna. There will be frequent monitoring by her adoptive family and Col. Potter's Mary Ann R. We appreciate all of the prayers for her safe return . If you live in the area and can assist in the search, the current contact information is below.



A Thank you note from Jack fka Magic

Jack and his new "Mom" with an artistic "blur"

Dere Aunties and Unkles,

Saturday was my BIG day! I got adopted! I also met my new brothers and my new sister. I was very nice to my cairn brother and sister. My new mama kept them behind a gate in her office so I could explore the rest of the place. (It's my mama's office.) I came up to the gate and said hi to them and they looked very friendly. They didn't bark at me or anything. And my mama was so excited to meet me, she could hardly stand still.

Between my wiggles and hers, it was hard to get a good picture of both of us at the same time.My new mama was surprised I was so little. She does chiropractic and she said she can help me walk straighter after she gives me an adjustment. She even gave my foster sister Cider an adjustment while we were at the clinic and Cider felt better right away. And Chopin only tried to bite her. My mama was too fast for her! My other brother is a Bull Mastiff. He's BIG! No kidding guys! He's HUGE! I'm not very big. In fact, I'm kinda little. My new brother is something like FIFTY times as big as me! OK, maybe not THAT big. He looks like he could be fun though. In fact, when he came out to meet Alice, Rachel, and Mary, I wagged my tail and showed everybody I wanted to meet him. So my new mama had Cannukke lay down and I got to get out and come up close to da big guy. (I come about halfway up his great big nose.)

I went up to my BIG brother, sniffed a couple of times, and then I gave him a scary growl and tried to bite his nose! I was VERY scary! Cannukke was afraid of me. He crawled into his mama's lap and asked her to save him from me. (he, he!) But seriously, I DO think he's going to be a fun boy to play with, once I get used to him. And mama will help me get used to him. I know it. My mama says Cannukke protects the little dogs in the family from the 'wild life' around our house, so I'm glad he'll be around.After my mamas signed the papers and talked about food, and fences, and harnesses, it was time for my foster family to go.

Mama and I stood by the front door (my mama was holding me) and she helped me wave goodbye to mama and Alice and Rachel and Mary as they drove away. That was the picture we should have got. I was my cutest then.Anyway, I've taken too much of your time already. I just wanted to thank everybody for all of your help.

I got a great family now. She's the bestest and I couldn't have done it without you!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Welcome Heinz

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Heinz is German for Home Ruler! Well, does that not fit a large number of our cairns! He is 2 years old, very handsome and a real sweetheart.

Now that he’s a part of the CP family it should not be long before he has a new family that will love and adore him. Check him out!

Welcome “Heinz”!

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! (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Contributed by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Please say hello to Kisha, our newest little girl who found her way to CP. She is a special girl who is missing her two back feet from an incident as a wee little puppy. But since she has never known any differently, she gets around just fine on her stumps!

She is enjoying some R&R at the doggie spa and will soon be going to her foster home for lots more pampering. Welcome Kisha!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Welcome Vera!

Please help me welcome CPs newest beauty, Vera!
Joining our family today, and very excited about her new life.

Thanks Col Potter volunteers start to finish for being able to help another cairn in need!

Sunday, August 23, 2009


Dictated to Magic's Foster Mom

Dere Anties anna Unkls,

After just 3 short months wif you, I am going home to my fureber home. Fank you berry much fur all your prayers anna lovings anna a special care (medical and otherwise). My leg and rear end are all healed up anna da matchmakers found me a fureber home. I lubs Col Potter, but listen to where I'm new mama is a vet. She has 2 cairns dat will be my brover anna sister, and a bull mastiff dat wants to share all her toys anna beds anna stuff wif da cairns. My new mama sez dat Cannuke, da big girl, likes to snuggle anna is berry warm to sleep wif.

My new backyard has an acre ob fenced yard wif WOODS to play in! (Stewart is berry jealous.) My new sister is kinda old, so dey've got ramps instead of stairs. Dat will help cuz itz kinda hard for me to get up steps. My mama feeds a raw diet, whateber dat is. (Mama sez I'll like it) Ebery morning all da kids go to work wif mama and play at da clinic all day. At night, my sister sleeps in da kitchen (cuz she's old) and all da boys sleep togebber in da basement in our crates. (I'm going to be one ob da boys!) Duzn't it sound like jes da funnest place eber?

I'll be sure anna tell mama to take lot ob pictures tomorrow anna put dem on my website so you can see dem. Auntie Carol, I'm going to take my purple magic horsie blanket wif me too and show my new brovers anna sister how much eberybuddy lubs me at CP. Fanks again for all ob your help! Who woulda guessed a liddle Kentucky boy would end up libbing da high life like dis?


Magic aka Jack (My new mama's going to call me Jack, too!)

We want to wish Magic the very best in his new life!!


Abby's intake photo

Abby is a 5YO cairn terrier who slipped her leash at 6 Dogwood Hill Road, Winchester, NH, on Friday, Aug. 21. Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network recently rescued her from a puppy mill and she is very afraid.

If you see her, do not chase her, please call Cheryl Abby is a dark, multi-colored cairn, and her ears don't stand up. She also knows the name Cokie and may answer to it. REWARD. If you can help, please call me, Katie McDonough. Cheryl is going to call me and let me know how people can help, so I thought I'd start a list of volunteers.

Winchester is in southwestern NH 14 miles south of Keene, 7 miles north of Northfield, MA, and 14 miles southeast of Brattleboro, VT.

Thank you for your continued prayers for her safety. If you live in the vicinity, we would appreciate any assistance you could provide. Please call either of the above telephone numbers.

*Telephone numbers have been removed since Abby has been found

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! (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.)



Megan and Tundra




Saturday, August 22, 2009


Written by Abby's (fka Cokie) Post Adoption Coordinator

Abby's Intake Photo

Abby's mom emailed me this afternoon to tell me that Abby got loose from her collar last night. They looked for her until late last night--bad weather, then resumed the search this morning.

There any no other details at this time, but I am trying to reach them. I notified Bonnie B. and the foster Mom. Please pray for her safe return. My speculation is that she panicked during the storm. She is a two year old black brindle--adopted on 07/18/09.

If you live in or near the Winchester, New Hampshire area, please be on the lookout for Abby.

Welcome Manda to CP!!

Contributed by CP Intakes Team Coordinator

The name Manda means worthy of being loved. She will charm you with her expressive eyes and her outgoing personality. She is 10 months old and is one that no one will be able to resist loving. Look at her picture and I think you will agree!

Welcome little Manda!!

Welcome Sullie to CP!!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Who can forget Capt.'Sully' Sullenberg who landed a US Airways jet on the Hudson River while maintaining his cool composure during a crisis. CP now has its' very own Sullie (cairn spelling of Sully), an 18 month old boy who is partial to water and has a great personality. Please welcome Sullie!

We want to thank everyone who played a part in making this little guy a part of the Col. Potter family!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Welcome Egidio to CP!!

Contributed by a CP Intakes Coordinator

I’d like everyone to give a big warm CP welcome to our newest CP kid Egidio! This name has a Greek origin and it means Shield Bearer. He is a very nice looking wheaten boy.

We want to thank everyone involved in bringing him into the loving arms of Col. Potter.

Friday's Funnies

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Col. Potter Original!

Through the efforts of a diverse group of Col. Potter volunteers we now have an original song and video!

One very talented & dedicated volunteer, who just so happened to have a recording studio and many experienced vocalists, took on the challenge of creating an original song. Never mind that the "recording studio" was an elementary school classroom, and the vocalists were 3rd to 5th graders . Just like rescue Cairns, they had the "tude" to write music and lyrics for a very original Col. Potter song - guided by their music teacher and CP volunteer Mary N.

In the process of writing the song, Mary and her students talked a lot about rescue, and the responsibility of having a pet. The charming lyrics followed those discussions. As is the subject, their music is serious and the words heartfelt. Enjoy!

Welcome Finnean to CP!!

Contributed by a CP Intakes Team Member

Look at this gorgeous young man, Finnean, who has joined Col. Potter! Finnean is Gaelic for 'white headed'. While Col. Potter's Finnean has a very unique black face, his beautiful silver gray body is reminiscent of distinguished gentlemen with salt & pepper hair. Finnean is a very handsome boy waiting to find his own forever family, maybe with a girl or two!

Thanks to everyone who made it possible for him to join the Col. Potter family!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Written by NLOL Coordinator

Col. Potter is looking for a few new volunteers to help us in our tracking of Item Donations. Many people donate THINGS instead of money and we use these items in many fundraisers, such as our quarterly A New Leash On Life fundraiser, as well as our Ebay Store, and as sales items at our Cairn Rescue Annual Parties (fundraisers where Col. Potter Volunteers get together in many areas of the US to meet and raise funds for the dogs). We are in particular need of folks who can use Excel and who can create HTML for web pages.

The New Leash on Life is a quarterly fundraiser for Col. Potter in which participants purchase squares for $15.00 each to vie for prizes ranging from a Wii and a roomba to a week at a resort timeshare or a handmade quilt or handcrafted cairn cards. Not all prizes are dog related and in recent NLOLs, we have seen more vintage items as well.

The fundraiser runs anywhere from 10 days to 2 weeks or so and is very popular with those who participate. Many squares are purchased through referrals. This is quite an undertaking and as more prizes are donated each time and more people participate, more volunteers are needed.

Item Donation Solicitor - This person would make contacts to business and people for items for use on Ebay, at Craps and on our NLOL. They would need to get information on each item including pictures, and descriptions including size and value. I can see having more than one person doing this.

Item Donation Database Person - this person would need to know Excel and would put all item donations in a database for tracking. Each item will have a number assigned. They will also monitor an email id specific for donations. They will also track as items are used.

Item Donation Web Page Person - This person would need to be able to do simple HTML to create and maintain a page for use by the Ebay and NLOL teams so they can more easily pick items for use. This web page will be updated when items come in and are used.

In addition to these volunteers, we have many other volunteer opportunites in such diverse areas as Transport Coordinations (creating Transport Plans and watching from your own home while fosters move around the US and Canada) and BookKeepers for our Financial Group, to Matchmakers finding the best home for our cairns, and the best cairns for our adoptive homes.

If you would like to volunteer, please click here and fill out the form. We'll find a spot for you. Please be sure to check computer skills if you can do HTML. Thank you for considering volunteering your time and talent to help.

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! (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.)

A big shout out to Beamer for being the Wacky Wednesday model this week! We think your hair looks great Beamer. We like that wild cairn look! :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Written by Skye's Mom

There is sad news about Skye. Someone who does yard work for a family on the road behind our road found Skye's body in the low, wild, forested area of the property by Holden Dr, just two fields away from home. She had been there for at least a couple of weeks but we know it is her because she still had on her harness and identification tag. Her body was intact, so we are certain she was not killed by a predator.

This is an area we have walked many, many times with our dogs and Skye would most likely have recognized it. She may have been confused or just too tired to come the rest of the way home, or perhaps she felt she was already home and laid down to rest.

We have been unable to stop crying since we found her. Somehow, I really thought this would have a happy ending, that Skye would finally come home and it just makes me incredibly sad that she got so close to home but not near enough for us to see her again. Robert is beside himself. She loved him so much, he was her favorite person, and she always gave him her best kisses and wags. He loved getting up in the morning to her happy face and taking her outside for a long walk. A long walk with Skye and Toby was the last thing he did at night.

He just can't believe we will never see her again and I feel the same way. With every other pet we have had, we have been with them till the end and held them in our arms as they left us. Skye was alone and I don't think I will ever forgive myself for that--and yes, I know that isn't logical, but right now it is how I feel. She clearly wanted to come home, and spent weeks trying to find us--and she was so close to making it home.

Skye will be buried on our property. All of our animals are buried here, and there are dogwoods marking each dog’s resting place and katsura trees or pussy willows for the cats.

Welcome Little Matalina!

Contibuted by a CP Intakes Coordinator

A new little one has found her way into the loving arms of Col Potter. Please help me welcome Matalina, named after a pixie in a favorite novel of her rescue angel.

The name suits this little one, weighing in at just over 11 pounds! Welcome, Matalina! Please click here to see the cairns that are already available for adoption. You can find out more about this little one in a few weeks, after she has been to the vet and settled in to her foster home.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Welcome Randi and Ritter to CP!!

Contibuted by a CP Intakes Coordinator



Randi means to be admired and Ritter means knight. Randi is admired by her special knight Ritter, they love to be together, they will lick each others faces as they cuddle.

They are both almost 9 years old and are on their way to their foster home today to start a new adventure as part of the CP family. Welcome Randi and Ritter!!

We hope there is someone out there who would just love to adopt this special couple!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Welcome Armstrong!

Contributed by a CP Intakes Coordinator

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the Moon. Today, a sweet cairn boy landed on planet Col. Potter.

Armstrong is a red wheaten boy, as cute as he is sweet. Welcome Armstrong to the Col. Potter family!! You'll receive lots of good food, love and whatever it takes to make you feel healthy and loved.