Friday, April 30, 2010

Vancouver and Pups Outdoors

Contributed by Vancouver and her puppies' foster mom

Yesterday the ringworm culture on the puppies came back as negative. As my vet suspected, Vancouver and the puppies did not have ringworm, but a staph infection which was treated with antibiotics. Now that we know for sure Vancouver and the puppies are not contagious, they got to go outside for the first time today. Vancouver is less interested in the outdoors than getting attention. She seems to be very people friendly like many of the other City Slickers.

Vancouver and Pups Outdoors

Friday's Funnies

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Written by Crete's foster mom

4/28/10: On Thursday April 22, in the wet state of Colorado, our own Col. Potter's Crete came up missing. All of his 4 legged brothers and sisters were still in their crates or beds but, one blind, 11 year old, red wheaten was on the lam. Calls were made to Col. Potter , surrounding shelters, animal control, and neighbors. Foster Mom started walking, calling, banging the bushes, looking under cars, trucks, sheds, even stacks of lumber. At 10 pm the flashlights came out and the dogs came along to check the green belt, and down the side streets calling, calling, calling.

Friday morning more alerts were sent out, Fed Ex, UPS, US Post Office, more time spent talking to neighbors, people walking by, area Vets, boarding facilities, and area groomers. All have posters, and posters are hung on every street within 5 miles. Another trip to the shelter aisles, looking into the sad eyes of the dogs who didn't have a loved one to search for them.We get a call from the shelter - a Cairn has been picked up, but not our Crete . Saturday, Sunday, Monday more of the same.

Finally on Monday out of the blue about 3:15 in the afternoon, a golden boy shows up in the front yard. He is scared, and has black dried spots on him. At first we thought he had been bitten, and the spots were dried blood. His leg is hurt and he won't put any weight on it. Into a crate and off to the vet we go. On exam he hasn't lost an ounce of weight, there are no puncture wounds, and it's not mud or blood in his coat just FLEAS. So he got an immediate application of Frontline.

No injuries to speak of except the leg.So off to the emergency vet for an x-ray. It's clear the little guy is hurting and he has bruising on the inside of his leg all the way over to his groin area. He has deep purple bruising, the real "owwie" kind, but being a Cairn he doesn't whimper or whine. After a shot of pain reliever, he relaxes enough to give foster mom a kiss and heads off to x-ray. The vet comes in with the films, and says his pelvis is fractured in one place and maybe two. So we call an orthopedic surgeon, and the first estimate is $3000. Okay, we get a second estimate of $2000 to $3000. Crete stays overnight with the emergency vet, where a blood test is given. He has low potassium, gets an IV and pain meds. We check in with two other orthopedic surgeons and the best plan is still going to cost $1500.

So we called the regular vet to let them know what was going on and luck had the traveling orthopedic surgeon is in to do surgery on another rescue girl. He offers to take a look at the films. Dr. Ed says he can fix Crete 's pelvis. He loves Cairns and he knows he's got another rescue pup on his hands, so his is estimate $1100 to $1500.

I just got off the phone with the vet. He did great. His little pelvis was shattered so he is sporting some new hardware and had to have a bone graft. He is awake and trying to stand on it already and waiting for his snack.

So our little recovering Cairn boy says "I need more prayers and some donations 'cause the Col. says they will fix me up. If you could help out with a buck or two , then my bill won't hurt any of my cousins chances for a new life - like Col. Potter is giving me".

You can help to fund Crete's recovery by clicking here to participate in Col. Potter's Guardian Angel program on his behalf.

Opee joins the CP family

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

Everyone, meet Opee. Opee is 4 1/2 years old and joined Col. Potter this past weekend. The volunteer who picked him up said he is a baby doll! That was great news as Opee has some anxiety issues and was said not to do so well traveling, but you'd never know it based on how well he did getting to his foster home.

Thank you everyone for helping Opee.

Welcome to CP, Opee!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cairn in Vogue

Contributed by a CP Volunteer

For those who haven't seen it, this picture is kind of cute. It's taken from the Vogue Knitting Book. The Prince of Wales?? Who knew?

Pope John Paul, II with a cairn in attendance!

As you can see, our cairns have been pictured with some very prominent world figures.

If you have a picture, current or past, of a cairn with a prominent world figure, celebrity, scientist, religious or political leader, please submit it to , we'd love to run it on the blog.

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 Mari for being the Wacky Wednesday model this week!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Vancouver's Pups Belly Up

Contributed by Vancouver and her puppies' foster mom

I wish I could have gotten better shots, but I knew that Vancouver would get up and start waking up the pups when I got closer. All three were belly up sleeping when I peeked in.

Vancouver Pups Belly Up

Vancouver and her puppies at play

Contributed by Vancouver and the puppies' foster mom

Here is mama and the kids playing. Vancouver seems to have a playful least when she is around her puppies.

Vancouver and Puppy Play

Monday, April 26, 2010


Contributed by a CP Volunteer

He showed up outside the house - he is hurt. Yes, Crete is home and safe. He was not dehydrated, had not lost any weight, but brought back guests. (FLEAS!!!) Robin went to her vet and was sent to a vet that has an xray machine. Her vet did not seem to think the leg was broken, but wanted the leg socket checked out. Robin will update us again after she leaves the vet and gets Crete settled.

Thank you everyone for your prayers and support during this difficult time. We celebrate his return!

Welcome Marion and Mahaska

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

Please help me welcome two very lucky cairns who joined the Col. Potter family today.

Marion, a beautiful red wheaten, is our new girl. She is named for Francis Marion, a Revolutionary War general.

Mahaska, a sweet black brindle, is our new boy. He is named after Mahaska, a chief of the Ioway tribe.

A big Thank You to two dedicated volunteers who drove through hours of horrible weather to get these two kids to safety.

Welcome Marion and Mahaska!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Puppies Papering Anyone?

Contributed by Vancouver and her puppies' foster mom

From left to right in picture 5 is Winnipeg, Montreal and Calgary. Monte is looking up. All 3 puppies lost part of their tail...all very short. Calgary and Winnipeg have lost toes. Right now all three of them are dark red.

Montreal, Calgery and Winnipeg Papering

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.)

Buddy & Knox

Kayla & Sadie

Georgie (Mere)

Bubba Gump


Isadora Noelle fka Ghost

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Poppy Girl joins CP!

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

Please give a warm welcome to Col. Potter's newest member, Poppy Girl.

Poppy Girl is very special, her name was donated by Fay C. in memory of her mother's much loved little girl who died at 13 from cancer. Fay made the donation to CP through our wonderful Name A Mill Cairn program.

Poppy Girl is a gorgeous 6 year old black brindle cairn, currently receiving her spa treatment. She will be heading to her foster home this weekend.

Welcome, Poppy Girl!

The Name a Mill Cairn program is a great way to honor a loved one. For more information, click here.

My NLOL mystery box arrived

Written by Kayla and Sadie's Mom

All I can say is WOW !!! Beautiful stuff in it, a soft chenille blanket, a red quilted tote bag,doggy brushes, soap, and my favorite is the cairn terrier etched in glass ornament. I love all my stuff. thank you

Hi Eberbody,
Now it iz r turn, we iz habbin a blast pwaying wif all ob our stuff. LOTS OB TOYS!!!!!!! Mama lets uz chek a dis box out too! Fank You

Kayla la la la - CP adopted
Sadie Jo Jo - rescued mill mama

Please plan to participate in the next NLOL fundraiser where you may be able to bid on another mystery box!

Friday, April 23, 2010

LOST CAIRN. Wheat Ridge, CO.

One of our foster dogs is lost in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. PLEASE help search if you are in the area or tell your friends and family to keep an eye open.

Fast facts:
-The dog's name is Crete but also responds to Alex
-Light red/wheaten color
-Wearing red harness and collar. Tags attached.
-Lost near 44 Ave and Robb St.

Please only call 866-506-7461 if seen or found.

Please send prayers and good thoughts to Crete and his foster family.

Friday's Funnies

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rambo charges into CP!

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

Please help welcome Col. Potter's Rambo! This sweet, gentle, loving boy is 5 years old, knows no strangers, and loves life. He enjoys carrying toys around and is looking for a very special forever family. Just look at that smile!

Welcome Rambo!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Col. Potter's founder fills in the blanks!

Written by Danielle Rackstraw
Founder of Col. Potter

OF COURSE this made me weep. I remember over ten years ago when we didn't have a website yet . . . when we DIDN'T have a CairnRescueMentoring site yet . . . and I spent months and months FIRST putting together my vision and doing all the original forms, releases, contracts, you name it to back up this vision and to start with a foundation of knowledge.

I KNOW you have all read many times my comment to you all when George came into my office and sat down and said "HONEY, you have worked non-stop for months on this . . . what happens if no one joins, and how many people would have to join for you to feel what you did was worth while.

My reply to George was . . . if one more cairn could be taken in or saved, it would be worth it to me . . . and then I added . . . if I can get JUST THIRTY PEOPLE TO JOIN . . . . YES, my number was THIRTY PEOPLE . . . thinking of my friends on the AOL group and the Cairn-List who I KNEW already helped with many of my pleas for help on kids I learned of . . . many of whom are STILL with us here and helping in some way to work Cairn rescue, I would be happy.

Today, ten years later, we have 776 CRM members. We have 763 Cairn-List members . . . We have thousands of good hearts in our active databases who we can call on to help with transports, fundraising, home safety inspections, and you never let us down.

We have educated the community on the importance of rescue, and by the end of the year we will have pretty darn close to 3000 cairns that we have taken in . . . we have HONORED those who sadly passed away under our care, and we've celebrated the fact that with teams some were so ill and ready to die that they died or we gave them a made and a tag number and we brought them into our family to do the decent thing and that was holding them while they crossed the bridge . . . where we had them cremated and they are on our Memorial wall as well, NEVER to be forgotten.

Who ever would have thought that a darn hard working group such as CairnRescueMentoring would have a larger membership that our Cairn-List . . . SURELY NOT ME . . . Thank you everyone for doing what you are doing. WE ALL are making a huge difference.

Much love and appreciation,
A VERY PROUD FOUNDER . . . who STILL ten years later works CP every day!

The evolution of Col. Potter and a Shelter Challenge Update

Written by a long time Col. Potter Volunteer

You know,..... I could have waited to write this, but I have time now. I would have, AT LEAST, had something to report about where we "finally" ended up.(G) I have my ideas and others have theirs and no matter where we end up, I must say I have been overwhelmed at the support we've been given by the international community, as well as those of us in the states. I have personally heard from people in Australia, Spain, Italy, England, Sweden, and Canada, to name a few, all cairn terrier owners/breeders, some people I've met, others I've wanted to meet, some I've just read about and all I have admired over the years. We all have the cairn as a "common ground". No matter what your job, how much money you make, how new or old to cairns you are, we all have a passion for our cairns and their well being.

When I first joined Col Potter it wasn't anymore than a list-serve out of New York, not unlike one of the many starting to form back then, with a few people who wanted to give back to the breed that made their lives richer for having been introduced to a cairn in some way. Most only had one, maybe two, cairns in their "packs" but now, as the years have gone by, it's not unusual to see many of these same people have 4-5 in their "packs". Cairns really are addictive, they should come with a warning.(G) Ann and I have been fortunate to have met the people we've met over the years, one being Danielle Rackstraw. She had a dream of creating a breed specific rescue for the cairns that weren't as fortunate as her own. She saw a need and addressed it head on, starting with no money to speak of, with her first cairn rescue, Col Potter. Others saw her passion and joined to help and we've grown into the largest cairn rescue in the world with an amazing group of volunteers who give of themselves, EVERYDAY, to help rescue and save as many cairns as we can take in.

We now have people from the entire spectrum of cairn involvement, located in every state in the USA, even Alaska. We have breeders of show cairns, agility, earthdog and therapy dog owners, and most who are just plain fanciers of the breed and love the cairn for just being a cairn. With this group of people comes a vast wealth of knowledge on the cairn, with most of this knowledge being compiled on the website. If you haven't been to our website I encourage everyone to look it over as it's quite impressive. I don't think there's anything not on it, if you have questions about the general care and upkeep of a cairn. We don't always get along, but hey,....we don't always get along with everyone we meet in life either. We consider ourselves family. When there's a cairn in need, we all pool our resources, come together, and help, when we can. When we find alternative ways to help fund our efforts, we try to take advantage of those opportunities so as to ease the financial burden of our "addiction". Everyone within Col Potter has a "niche" they fill.

There are many cairn rescues out there, CRUSA, (Cairn Rescue USA), Cairn Rescue League, regional and national club rescues, all intent on helping rescue cairns in need, and they ALL do a fine job of helping our breed. We've come a long way since our inception and with the Internet have involved people from all countries. With the formation of different Yahoo groups concerning the cairn we have discussed everything from breed standards, raw diets, nutrition, and just everyday stories about our cairns with everyone everywhere. We've shared our pictures, our successes and failures, giving everyone a more concise picture of where a cairn has been, and hopefully where it's headed as a breed. Ann and I have been proud to have participated in Col Potter all these years along beside you all and hope you'll continue to support cairn rescue through what ever cairn rescue suits your fancy.

Today, we'll learn our final ranking. No matter where we end up, we've already made HUGE gains in getting our message out, educating the public about Col Potter and what we do. We've done this because of you and your participation in contest like the Shelter Challenge and the Bissell Contest where the money won, is significant. Without your participation we wouldn't be where we are today. Thank you, thank you, thank you, from me and mostly from Col Potter. Come May 17th I will be asking you nicely(G) to give your support once again and support cairn rescue by voting in the next Shelter Challenge. We WILL be going after the #1 position this time around, from the start, not to just improve where we finished this Challenge. We hope you will continue to support our efforts by voting in the next Challenge coming May 17th.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Welcome Mr. Gatsby

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

Please help me welcome Mr Gatsby, an adorable black brindle boy who found himself returned to the shelter after adoption because he didn't like the resident Boxer. The shelter thought maybe he was 'intimidated by the big dog'. Hmmmmm, intimidated? A cairn? Or was it the Boxer who was intimidated by the CAIRN?

We will never know, but we sure are glad he is now a Col. Potter kid, and can find a great forever home.

Welcome Mr Gatsby!

Introducing Malka

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

Malka is a 3 year old typical cairn princess that made her way to freedom last year. Her current owners found it difficult to handle a 3 year old cairn and a 3 year old human child within the same household. Col. Potter was asked to find Malka a new home.

Please give a great big CP welcome to Malka!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Vancouver and Pups Day 1

Written by Vancouver and her puppies' foster mom

They are way too cute! Besides missing toes, the pups are missing part of their tails. It could have been due to frost bite, since these babies were born in Feb. We think Vancouver's missing coat could be that she pulled it out herself to make a nest for her babies.

Observations thus far....
Montreal- largest - boy - outgoing and pushy
Winnipeg- smallest - boy - also has his ears up - sits quietly and watches
Calgary- middle sized - girl - whines for attention
These kids are very close in color at a glance. Montreal does have a little white on his chest. I tried to show how long and thin Vancouver is also.

They just turned 7 weeks. Montreal weighs 2.5 lbs, Calgary 1.45 lbs and Winnipeg 1.4 lbs. Calgary looks much tinier than even Winnipeg. She reminds me of out WuWu who was so much smaller than her sibs. They all are eating well, so I am sure they will grow and gain quickly.

Vancouver and Pups Day 1

Toxic plants and other outdoor dangers can make pets sick

Katie Gammill,
Charleston Area Dog Activity Club

Spring is peeking around the corner and once again, it is time to dig in the soil. There is no better feeling than sunshine on your back and warm earth between your fingers... Many dedicated gardeners will be accompanied by the family pet during this time.

Listed below are a few toxic plants, as well as other possible dangers. As they say: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

This was drawn to my attention as of late. Sharpie ink markers give off fumes that are toxic. A friend’s grandchildren were coloring with Sharpie pens.

The two Cairn Terriers were playing around the children and one went into seizures. The other became quite sick, and after testing, the culprit was a specific chemical used in the marker.

One dog is fine; the other has permanent neurological damage. If packing and marking boxes, do not allow your dog into the area.

Your pet may have a negative reaction when it chews on ball-point pens, pencils or crayons. Other toxic articles are chocolate and jelly beans. Small dead rodents or animals that didn’t make it through the winter months can cause stomach upset, as well as bad breath.

A fungus known as “Rust” in the yard causes your dog to chew on its feet. This fungus can be addressed by a lawn service.

Always check the ingredients when spraying chemicals on your lawn. Many chemicals for insects and lawns are toxic to animals and small game. Inform your lawn person you have pets and insist they use a “pet safe” product to avoid problems.

Containers should be closed and put away in your garage in a safe area. Store them above the level of your pet or in an enclosed area. Be aware of what your neighbors and farmers are applying, as well.

It has been my experience that farm chemicals can cause females to absorb or abort litters. If you see an application in process, turn over all water and food dishes and bring the pets inside. This includes crop-spraying procedures.

Toxic plants that can cause gastrointestinal upsets are as follow: amaryllis, ferns, caladium, calla lily, hyacinth, iris and tulips.

Plants considered very toxic and can result in death are crocus, azalea, rhododendron, tiger lily, Easter lily, bittersweet, clematis, daffodil, purple night shade berries, foxglove, lily of the valley, narcissus, morning glory and death camas.

Poinsettias are on this list also, but of course, that is a winter plant. However, some place this flower in a dark closet during the summer to encourage growth and blooms during the season.

If your pet appears sick, try to determine the plant eaten, how much was eaten, and which part. At times, it is a part of the plant that is poisonous, such as the seeds, roots or stem. Plant identification is crucial. Take a sample into your vet.

There are few antidotes for poison. Your vet can determine if your pet needs intravenous fluids. There may be lasting effects on your pet’s health. Books are available at your local farm stores regarding how to landscape and pet proof your yard.

Compost is one of your biggest dangers. One particular concern is the cocoa mulch. The chocolate scent is attractive to dogs, but contains high concentrations of theobromine and caffeine. Dogs are drawn to organic mulch and peat.

Round Up, commonly used to kill weeds in the yard, has a devastating effect on animals, causing blood disorders and quick death. Although the can says once the chemical dries it is safe, I question whether the morning dew and rain can possibly reactivate the chemicals. If Round Up is applied, secure your pet in a safe place.

Another springtime issue is “shots” and inoculations for your pet. At one time, all shots were given at the same time. This might cause skin and immune system problems now being recognized by the veterinarian community.

In my breed, since we now “stagger” inoculations, the immune system problems are much less. Discuss this with your veterinarian and put your pet on a schedule more conducive to pet longevity and health.

Don’t forget, animals lick their feet and can ingest toxic ingredients like antifreeze and ice melt. If your animal appears lethargic, glassy eyed, is throwing up or having seizures, do not wait. An immediate trip to the vet is in order.

Your local nursery or greenhouse can advise of potential pet hazards and suggest proper storing of hazardous materials. Through careful planning, both you and your pet can enjoy your lawn and garden this spring.

Katie Gammill of Lerna is secretary of the Charleston Area Dog Activity Club, an American Kennel Club judge and free-lance writer. She is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America.

Friday, April 16, 2010 8:16 PM CDT : jg-tc online

Sunday, April 18, 2010

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.)

Suzie Q


Tucker fka Canada

Tess fka Belair




Saturday, April 17, 2010

4/17/10 There are only two day left to vote in the Shelter Challenge see today's Update

Hello Everyone,

Tomorrow is the last Day of this Challenge. At midnight on the 18th this Challenge is officially over, by Monday morning we will know who the initial winners will be. It appears Copper Country will beat Denison City, as they are in the #1 spot this morning with 3.11% of the overall vote, up a whopping .22% from 2.89% yesterday. Wow, that's what I wish we could do, and will in the next Challenge, starting May 17th, exactly one month from today. Denison City went from 2.96% to 3.0% of the overall vote, only a modest .04% increase, but one that I'd take at this point if it could happen. Rolling Dog and Col Potter stayed where we were yesterday, at 1.17% and 1.1% respectively. We have .06% to make up in 1 day, to get to 4th place and a $3,000 Honorable Mention prize. As farmers use to say, "we're down to the short rows now" meaning we are quickly coming to the end of this Challenge and we need all the votes we can muster from here on out. Please continue to vote for the next day and believe we'll win. Please support Col Potter and cairn rescue with your vote at the link below:
Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network-GL
City:....MEDINA State:....OHIO

Thanks for your support

The Pitter Patter of Not So Little Cairn feet!


Comments by CP Volunteers

Neha is our 'foot model'

Larger front paws, smaller back paws

I have an article that will be published one of these days written when the first Cairn dog show was held in the 30's or so, and this is a genuine letter written by a breeder then, written in fountain pen.

She talks of her cairn stock and VARIOUS SIZES of her cairns and what each size does to get the quarry. FEET IS AN IMPORTANT part of this, since it took little feet to get into the small cracks between the Cairns or rocks which is what our Breed is named after, and BIGGER feet to dig for the quarry.

There is no wrong size, they just can't be teenie weenie cat feet.

I think it was on the Dogs 101 episode that featured our little breed, that I learned that typically cairn's have larger front feet than back.

The back ones are for springing into action, the front for traction and digging!!!

Front paws on our little hay stacks are their “tools” for digging. Their back feet should be smaller and they should always “walk on their toes”.

Please vote once a day for Col. Potter in the Animal Rescue Site's "Shelter Challenge"! Search for Col. Potter in Medina, OH. Feel free to cross-post and please pass this on to your friends and neighbors!

Vote in the Shelter Challenge by clicking the following link: VOTE HERE

Need more detailed instructions? Click the following link: SHOW ME HOW

Friday, April 16, 2010

Shelter Challenge Update 4/16/10

We have 2 days to advance to the number 4 spot and earn $3,000 for Col. Potter. Please be sure to vote and encourage your friends and family to vote. We are so close and yet so far away!

Hello Everyone,

Well,....I couldn't believe my eyes when I looked at the standings after I voted. Rolling Dog has faltered, that's good, and we didn't advance, that's bad.

We missed out on an opportunity to gain even more on Rolling Dog. We are slowly and steadily closing the gap between us and them in the race for 4th place. We can still do this. This morning Col Potter was at 1.1%, exactly where we were yesterday and Rolling Dog was at 1.17%, losing .01% from 1.18% yesterday.

Man....if we had advanced yesterday we would be that much closer. The totals for Denison City and Copper Country are just climbing at a rate that's almost unbelievable. Last night Denison City went from 2.83% to 2.94% and Copper Country went from 2.77% to 2.89% an increase of .11% and .12%, respectively, so we see it can be done. We can see this will be a tight race for the $10,000 1st place prize in the next 2 days. Both these rescues/shelters have turned on the
afterburners and are just distancing themselves from the rest of us in a very competitive race.

We have 2 more days people and I ask you, yet again, to continue voting for Col Potter and lets hope Rolling Dog falters again and we advance and close the gap between us and make a tight race out of 4th place and the last position able to win the $3,000 prize for Honorable Mention in this Challenge. We are so close!!! Please lend your support and votes at the link provided:

Col. Potter Cairn rescue Network-GL
City:....MEDINA State:....OHIO

Thanks for the effort

Friday's Funnies

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wanted -Detroit's Forever Home

Dictated to Detroit's foster mom

Detroit's New Blanket

I am respectful of the alpha in my foster home.

I get along well with the other 6 furkids here.

I love to play with the other furkids or alone.

I love toys and spending time outside.

If I am busy, my hearing is not so good when you call me.

I like to dig and hunt and sometimes chase prey.

I love people.

I like to give kisses and tail wags.

I am very talkative.

I prefer to have my people home, but do not need to be close to them. I am too busy playing with the others or myself. Or even napping. I do ask for belly rubs often or a few scritches. Sometimes I like to lay next to you on the couch. I just need to know you are nearby.

I have a small bladder and have to potty more often, so a fenced yard with a doggie door or someone to let me out often would be best. I am able to keep my crate dry overnight, if you make sure I potty and go right to bed. I go most often when I am active and get thirsty more often.

I sleep quietly in my crate all night.

My favorite treat is boiled egg.

Do I sound like the perfect cairn princess that could fill your heart and home with love?

Gabby aka Detroit

Please click here to learn more about me.

Bubba Gump still needs a home!

Written by BG's foster mom

If you are looking at Bubba (we call him Snickers) for the first time today, please don’t think that because he has been in foster care for 7 months that there must be something wrong with him. He was rescued from a commercial breeding facility and was even afraid of mailboxes when we got him. We have all learned a lot about each other while fostering him. He has learned to accept love, obey simple commands, play with other dogs, sleep peacefully in his crate, wait his turn, develop a daily routine and he has been housetrained. Everything in our world was new to him. He has become accustomed to household noises and neighborhood sounds like lawn mowers, school buses and garbage trucks. He visits pet friendly stores and does very well. He plays well with other dogs at the dog park, including his favorite corgi and bull terrier. Yesterday, he met a friend’s family and their two male dogs at the dog park and was very friendly and well behaved.

Bubba turned 5 years old on 4/11 and it is his first birthday in freedom. I hope you enjoy this video of him enjoying life's simple pleasures.

He is doing much better with strangers. He is easily corrected with runners going by but he still doesn’t like bicycles. If someone new is coming to the house, we meet them outside with a treat and walk in together. He is a little wary at first but does ok once he realizes that WE are ok with them. We are happy to have dog friendly and rescue oriented friends who have helped us to help him overcome his fears. He is very smart and the other day I said “you need to drink some water” to him and he headed straight to the water dish. Really!! He is a sweet, friendly guy who would make a great addition to a terrier experienced household. Please click here to see the progress he has made or to fill out an application to adopt him!

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010


    Written by the CP VP of Intakes

    Last week they were living in a commercial breeding facility... this week they are part of the Col. Potter family!

    One of the really special programs CP has is the Name a Mill Cairn Program. This gives you an opportunity to name a rescued cairn who has spent their life knowing little other than a cage and then watch them blossom and bloom into a little Cairn that we all love so much. Some people donate in memory of a loved one who passed, some people donate in honor of a special occasion. No matter what the reason, it's a wonderful way to help the Cairns and remember or honor someone.

    These two furkids are both named with donated names and each has a special story.


    Salvan - Female, born 2/5/06 - we all remember little Sally, the Cairn who had won her freedom from a breeding facility and was on her way to her forever home when she got loose during transport. Even though Sally wasn't a CP furkid, several CP members searched the area where Sally had been lost. Unfortunately, weeks later Sally's body was found. Her forever family was so grateful for the help of CP, they donated to not only remember Sally and so that she may live on in another Cairn, but also to honor those volunteers who searched to find her.


    Blaiser - Male, born 8/30/02 - Blaiser was the nickname of a special man who lost his battle with cancer. Molly, a Cairn with medical and temperament issues, was daddy's little girl, even when she almost bit his ear off while trying to remove a sticker from her paw. The last thing Blaiser said before he died was "Don't forget that I want to be buried with Molly".

    Please help me welcome Salvan and Blaiser. I just know that Sally, Blaiser and Molly are all smiling down on them.

    If you are interested in donating a name as part of the Name a Mill Cairn program, click here to learn more.

    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.)