Monday, May 31, 2010
Stewy walked into a woman's yard one day and started playing with her little dog. This woman, being a dog lover herself, took Stewy into her heart and home. However, she just couldn’t take on the expense of another dog. She put a free-to-good-home ad in the local paper. Luckily, Col. Potter has volunteers that spend a part of every day searching these ads and they found Stewy.
Stewy is estimated to be 2 years old, weighs 13.2 lbs and is currently at his week long spa stay at the vet’s office.
I’d like everyone to give Stewy a great big CP welcome!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Please welcome Tazzer to Col. Potter! Tazzer is a beautiful brindle male, estimated to be between 1-2 years of age. His name was donated as part of the Name a Mill Cairn program. Tazzer is named to honor the memory of a beloved cairn who went to the Rainbow Bridge earlier this year.
Tazzer came to us from a commercial breeding facility and is looking forward to learning all about being a wonderful family companion at his foster home before moving on to his forever family.
Thank you to Col. Potter and its volunteers for making Tazzer's "happily ever after" possible!
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Saturday, May 29, 2010
All the furkids that come into CP are special and have their own story, their own history and looking to make new history thanks to Col. Potter. Some of them tug at our heart strings because of where they came from, or a tragic death where they have nowhere else to now go. But then there are those that carry on a special name in memory of those that have passed. Such is the case with a little girl and boy that made their way to freedom from a commercial breeding facility we work with on a regular basis.
Please help me welcome and remember the lives of two special furkids who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge:
Myra: Female, wheaten, born 6/27/08 - named in memory of Susan M's beloved girl who was the inspiration for Susan to get into rescue.
Dreyfus: Male, black brindle, born 5/29/08 - named in memory of Danielle and George Rackstraw's beloved Dreyfus who we have all heard many stories about (Danielle is the founder of Col. Potter).
Helping cairns from breeding facilities find their way into Col. Potter is made possible by donations to the Name a Mill Cairn program. I know how special these two little furkids will be to Susan and Danielle and George as they watch them progress through CP and ultimately to a forever home. Please keep the Name a Mill Cairn program in mind for graduation gifts and Father's Day. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.
I know Myra and Dreyfus have special guardian angels watching over them ...
Friday, May 28, 2010
Congrats to this week's Dog of the Week times two! We love that Lynne Somers' rescued Cairn Terriers dance for Fromm...and kudos to Lynne for having room in her home and heart for two dogs in need. We know a lot of our Fromm parents are rescue parents and we say THANK YOU! Learn more about Cairn rescue at www.cairnrescue.com and don't forget to post your own photos and stories for a chance to become "Fromm Family Pet of the Week". You not only get barking rights but a special prize too!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Sometimes little cairn boys start off in the wrong home--they’re so cute and irresistible. Their people are usually good people, but just didn’t do their homework about cairns (and terriers in general) before bringing the little bundle of energy into their home.
Such was the case with little Cherokee. But now he’s a Col. Potter kid and rest assured, little guy, we’ll find the right home for you!
PLATTSBURG, Mo. - A dog rescued after being tangled up in a wire fence showed some affection for the police officer who cut him free – and the whole thing was caught on camera.
It happened in Plattsburg, Missouri.
The dog certainly wasn’t happy about the situation, but the video shows him wagging his tail anyway when the officer showed up.
The officer cut the wire, freeing the dog. But the kicker is that the dog went straight to officer’s cruiser and was sitting in the driver’s seat waiting for the officer to return.
The police department has handheld radios with cameras, making it possible for that moment to be recorded.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Jefferson is another little cairn quite likely affected by bad economic conditions. We don’t know his story for sure, only that he was dropped off at a rural, overcrowded shelter by his owner. And since he is older and considered not-adoptable by the shelter, was on the short-timer list in order to make room for other dogs coming in. It took Col. Potter less than 24 hours from the time we found out about him until he was safely delivered to our vet. BIG thanks to his rescuer!
His rescuer reports that he is so thin that she can feel every rib and vertebrae in his little body. But in spite of his dire circumstances, she said he is a very happy and friendly little man. He is believed to be 10-11 years old and has a beautiful silver-gray coat. During his stay at the spa he will receive any required medical attention plus good food, a bath, a pedicure and quite possibly a haircut. I’ll bet they’ll even throw in a massage or two.
You’re safe now little man--so relax and enjoy you week, and you’ll be heading to your foster home very soon.
A big shout out to Sadie for being the Wacky Wednesday model this week!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Providence had to wait a little bit longer to find her way to freedom than some of the other City Slickers. She had the unfortunate luck of being pregnant when the others were released and the breeding facility wouldn't let her go. Her journey was slower and longer, but the end result is the same--FREEDOM in the loving arms of Col. Potter.
She has a pretty brindle coat with lots of dark in her undercoat and will be a beauty when she is groomed. Providence weighs about 15 pounds, is friendly and relaxed.
Please help me Welcome Providence to CP!
Monday, May 24, 2010
A local rescue works with various breeders helping to rehome dogs that don't work out either for show purposes or breeding. Such was the case for one cute, little 2 year old female Cairn. She's spent the majority of her life in a kennel with little attention or training, no abuse, just no socialization. The breeder finally decided she didn't have any use for her and she deserved much better than she was getting, so the cairn was sent off to the rescue organization. Knowing the Cairn personality, it was decided Col. Potter would be a better avenue for her to find her forever home.
Yolanda is just a little girl weighing about 13lbs with a wheaten coat. She's scared of being picked up and has such a sad face for such a cute, young, little girl. I know CP will have the cure for her sadness and, before long, Yolanda will change that sad face into a happy face as she finds her happily ever after!
Saturday, Col. Potter had a wonderful table at BARK Heard Around the World again. That darned Penny, Cheryl, Steve and Maureen team are amazing. I got to meet Carlene & her hubby too (CP adopters)
Held in Syracuse, it's an anti-puppymill rally, education and networking event. This year we had moved into a much larger venue on the NY Fairgrounds which made it really really nice - except outside attendance was much lower this year.I'm not sure why, and I sure hope it's not because Rescue Ink wasn't there this year (They're getting "too important" I suspect) on the other hand groups come from all over, including Just a Touch from RI and Shitzu & Furbaby...I didn't take any pictures inside just because its no fun for me and the dogs don't act like themselves, but I had promised to do some for some of the BARK organizers of their foster dogs to help with adoptions. and then ran into a lovely dobie pup with what is suspected to be wobbles - very sad I also got a chance to catch up with Laurie Feldmeth, so her lovely ZeeZee (spelling??)...anyway, please follow this link to see the pictures.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Please meet Gwen. She is an owner surrender and is approximately 4 -6 yrs of age. She has a strong prey drive and her favorite past time in her 'old' life was escaping through the gate of her fenced in yard when children left it open.
She sure is a cutie. Welcome Gwen!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
This distinguished looking guy is 6 year old Cabot. He is a mellow fellow and really wants to be with people. He's been around a variety of animals having lived on a farm. He's a little on the quiet side and could lose a pound or two. Cabot is finishing up his spa treatment at a vet clinic and waiting to begin his journey to his very own forever home!
Please welcome Cabot to the Col. Potter Family!
This feisty little dog is full of personality and spunk! A big dog in a little package! The vivacious little Cairn Terrier is an active, hardy, small working terrier. He is free in movement, strong, but not heavily built. His head is shorter and wider than any other terriers and well furnished with hair giving a general foxy expression. He is a wonderful family dog, but will always remember his ancestry as a "sporting terrier". He makes a very active, inquisitive and "ready to go" dog. He is a great dog for the house and is very good with children. Energetic and always on the watch, he will alert you to the presence of strangers by growling.
Cairn Terrier Breed History
Over 200 years ago, on the ancient Isle of Skye and in the Scottish Highlands, the ancestors of today's Cairn Terrier earned their keep routing vermin from the rock piles (called cairns) commonly found on Scottish farmland. These early terriers were highly prized and bred for their working ability, not their appearance. Such characteristics as courage, tenacity and intelligence, housed in a sturdy body clad in a weather-proof coat, armed with big teeth set in strong jaws, were sought generation after generation. Gradually the breeds known as the Scottish Terrier and the West Highland White evolved and were named. The Cairn remained the closest to the original small working terrier, bolting the fox, otter and weasel, sharing the meager fare of the crofter's household.
Cairn Terrier Appearance
The Cairn Terrier may be any color but white. The breed is double coated with a hard weather resistant outer coat and a soft, short undercoat. The outer coat should be striped out once a year to promote a new coat. The average size of the Cairn is between 10" - 12" at the shoulder and approximately 1.5 X that in length. Weights may vary but generally they should weight around 16 lbs.
Cairn Terrier Personality Traits
The Cairn Terrier is a sensible, confident little dog, independent but friendly. He may be found in an apartment, suburban home, or on a farm. Alert, intelligent and long-lived, the Cairn tends to remain active and playful well into his teen years, endearing him to children. True to his heritage, the breed still has very large teeth, large feet with thick pads and strong nails (the better to dig with!), strong, muscular shoulders and rears, and a fearless tenacity that will lead him into trouble if his owners are irresponsible.
Energy Level & Exercise Needs
Cairns are active little dogs! They love to fetch a ball, but are content with two or three walks a day, of about 1/2 hr each. . The Cairn is just as independent today as when he hunted fox and badger in the Highlands. For this reason it is best to have a fenced yard, or be willing to take a few walks, on a lead, every day. (4 out of 5)
What activities would this breed excel in? Fly ball, agility, earth dog trials.
Cairn Terrier Trainability:
Cairn Terriers have a desire to please, but will take advantage if allowed. (3 out of 5)
Noise Level: Cairns can be pretty vocal, but can be taught to not bark. If they are permitted members of this breed will be barkers. It is best to start when they are pups to teach them when it is not permissible to bark. (4 out of 5)
Though the Cairn is small, he's not much for pampered life. He is likely to wriggle out of laps or long hugs. He prefers to explore and play lively games, and can be equally happy in the city or on the farm. Ultimately, the Cairn deeply desires to be a part of his beloved family, even if he does seem independent at times.
Grooming & Shedding
Only the undercoat sheds and that is easily controlled with regular brushing. As mentioned before, the old, dead coat should be stripped (pulled) out once a year. Never use a clipper, except on an older dog. Clipping only promotes the continuation of dead coat growth. (2 out of 5)
Although Cairns are hearty little dogs, the breed is still prone to allergies. Cataracts are another concern as well.
From our experts:
Pros: Cairn Terriers are outgoing and courageous.
Cons: They can sometimes be a bit feisty with other dogs. They are independent and while they look to their masters for instruction, if none are given the Cairn will make decisions on his own - sometimes the wrong ones.
Some Quick Facts:
Life Expectancy: 13-14 years
Energy Level: Very high.
Living Conditions: Indoors; fine for small apartments but needs chance to run outdoors
Exercise Needs: Needs chance to freely run and jump.
Breed Group: Terrier
Life Expectancy :13-14 years
Weight: 12-14 pounds
Standard Hair Colors:Any color but white; dark ears, muzzle, tail tip desired
National breed club: The Cairn Terrier Club of America
Friday, May 21, 2010
Usually an Intake person introduces the new Col. Potter kids but I'm going to introduce myself because I want to tell you my own story. My name is Gloria, I'm a petite cairn girl and my 4th birthday was last week!
The next thing I know I was going for a car ride. Yippee--a car ride, I hadn't done that in a long time. I hadn't much fun for a while and I was so excited at the possibility. The car kept going down the road but soon I didn't recognize the scenery. Great - I'm going to some where new, maybe the dog toy store for a birthday present? I hope so!
Soon the car pulled into a driveway but nothing looked familiar. As I got out of the car I heard dogs barking and cats meowing. Could it be? A surprise party for ME? When I went into the building, no one yelled surprise. Something was wrong. This wasn't fun anymore. I was escorted to a pen with some other small dogs. I asked "What is this place?" The old beagle in my pen told me and I was in disbelief. A kill shelter, I'm in a KILL SHELTER!! This was my worst birthday ever. I heard a person say that there was no money to help with my skin problem, no one would want me and I was scheduled to die. I was on death row all because someone didn't take care of me. I was so sad. I curled up in a ball in my bed and hid my face.
The phone rang. I heard the shelter lady talking to someone. Some ladies from Col. Potter wanted to help me. I didn't know what Col. Potter was--good or bad? I hid my face in despair.
Soon a lady from Col. Potter put me in a crate and we went on a car ride. This seemed different so I wagged my tail. Before long I was getting a special bath, boy did that feel good! When all the dirt was washed off, I was a red head! Next I got a trim--all the mats and icky stuff was gone. It gets better--I got a yummy dinner something I hadn't had in a long time. When it was time for bed, I got my very own nightshirt, a soft blanket and a clean crate--all for me! I slept like a baby. I was dreaming of my next birthday because now I'll HAVE a next birthday. You're all invited to my birthday party too and I'll be singing as loud as I can G-L-O-R-I-A!!
Thank you Col. Potter.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
It is my pleasure to introduce a new Col. Potter guy named Byron! He's an active 6 year old who likes hiking as well as the other more routine cairn things.
Byron came to Col. Potter through no fault of his own. His family finally had to admit they weren't terrier people although they tried! They felt a handsome boy like Byron deserved to be with terrier people and other terriers. Anyone here at Col. Potter NOT a terrier person?? Great 100% terrier people! Byron is thrilled to know this is where to find all those wonderful terrier people he's heard so much about.
Please welcome Byron to Col. Potter!
Tough times are still the sad reason many good pets are being surrendered. Another family found themselves in that situation and took Barnabus to a local humane society. Being a small town hard hit with recession, adoptions were slow. Barnabus wasn't having any luck finding a home. The shelter didn't know anything about cairn terriers or how a cairn was supposed to act. They weren't sure if Barnabus liked other dogs because he'd bark at them when they walked by his kennel - especially the Rottweiler! To confuse the staff even more, Barnabus would run up to the them, barking and then flop over for a belly rub. He knew how to work the room. They decided Barnabus was a sweet fun guy who needed more exposure to find a new home so they asked Col. Potter for help.
Barnabus is a healthy, handsome 3 year old boy who knows basic commands, loves to play ball, and has a great cairn coat which he loves to have brushed. Barnabus has stepped out of the dark shadows and into the bright sunshine!
Please welcome Barnabus....
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Please help me welcome Col Potter's two new boys: Marvin and Buzzy.
These boys were dumped outdoors and left to fend for themselves. Estimated to be 1-2 years old, they are described as sweet, friendly and a little shy. They do well together, enjoying each other's company. They will be receiving their spa treatment this week, and heading to their foster home after that. Then it is on to a wonderful life!
Welcome Marvin and Buzzy!
You know the old saying "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence". Seven little Cairns are getting that opportunity to find out thanks to Col. Potter...and I think there will be little doubt the grass on the Col. Potter side of the fence is MUCH better than that on the commercial breeding facility's side of the fence!
My thanks to some dedicated CP volunteers for once again being CP's legs and wheels in getting the Grasses over to CP's side of the fence. Introducing some of the cutest Grasses you will ever see:
This was a VERY busy week for Intakes and we have quite a few furkids in need of foster homes. Please remember we can't continue to rescue the Cairns like the Grasses and the others without the help and support of our wonderful foster homes. Please consider opening your heart and your home to one of the Grasses or the others in need of a foster home. Click Here to learn more about becoming a CP foster parent. THANK YOU!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Another sad story of a little cairn dumped by her owner at shelter…..As if that’s not bad enough, a gassing shelter! Once Intakes found out she was just about out of time, we sprang into action. Thanks to one of our big-hearted foster moms, little Mariah was swiftly rescued and transported to our vet.
Mariah is a tiny girl at 11 lbs, 4-5 years old and just a little cutie with 1 ear up and 1 ear down. She was, understandably, very scared at the shelter but warmly greeted her rescuer by jumping up looking for treats. Mariah is named after her rescuer’s granddaughter who just celebrated her 16th birthday. Mariah is currently receiving her spa treatment and will be moving to her foster home next weekend.
Please welcome Mariah! Life will only get better for this little cairn.
Home Again Newletter May 2010
Hayley was becoming a chubbette. No doubt about it. She was not the svelte blonde that Carl had fallen in love with. He still loved her, of course, but he could see a definite pad of fat around her waist. In fact, he couldn’t see a waist at all. As Carl looked down at his Cocker Spaniel, he saw that her hourglass figure was just a faded memory.
“We’ve got to do something about this, Hayley. It’s time for us both to shape up!”
So after sharing one last dish of ice cream, Carl and Hayley discussed the problem with her veterinarian.
“I can’t do anything for you, Carl,” the veterinarian said. “But I can tell you what to do for Hayley.”
The funny thing is, Hayley’s weight loss program was the same as Carl’s: eat sensibly and increase daily exercise. It’s easy to put on weight when we choose “Dancing with the Stars” over dancing with the dog.
Once your veterinarian finds your dog to be in good health, discuss the proper amount of daily dog food you should be feeding her. Your veterinarian might suggest putting your dog on a light diet. Keep a record of what your dog eats during the day – it’s often more than just the breakfast and dinner you think you’re feeding her!
Don’t forget that she helps you finish your egg and toast every morning. And then there’s the toy stuffed with peanut butter that she loves to play with when you leave the house. There’s also that special treat she receives when you return home, the cheese snacks you share at night, and licking out the last few tablespoons you leave for her in your ice cream bowl. That’s a lot of extra calories in a day.
Substitute raw veggies for snacks. Dogs love them! Try all sorts of crunchy foods, such as tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, celery, and especially carrots. You can also break an occasional treat in half or remove a handful of kibble from her measured meal and dole pieces out over the day. Some people foods, such as onions or raw potatoes, aren’t safe for dogs, so discuss healthy snacks with your veterinarian.
Plan a daily exercise routine, which can be as simple as tossing a ball or taking walks, and then gradually extend the length of your activity time. Or you can try a new and exciting activity, such as the canine sport of Agility, where both owner and dog try to complete an obstacle course within a time limit. Your dog will look forward to training sessions, and the bonus is that you might run off a few pounds too! If you choose to try Agility you can enter events to attain a title, or just enjoy the training together.
Dancing with your dog in a canine sport called Freestyle is more than just a fanciful trot around the living room. You can teach your dog to twirl, weave between your legs, and jump through your arms just for fun or to actually choreograph a routine for a Freestyle competition.
When storms keep both of you indoors, you can invent ways to keep your dog healthy and in A-1 shape. Toss a soft ball or a favorite toy down a hallway or even up and down a set of stairs. Set up barricades for her to jump in your basement or hallway.
And remember, the best treat of all is a hug from the person she adores. Zero calories!
Chris Walkowicz is an award-winning author, President Emeritus of Dog Writers Association of America, and an AKC judge.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Want to try some fun new dog activities that will help keep you both healthy and strengthen your dog/owner relationship? Here is our top ten list of fun dog activities to try the next time you have a chance to schedule a dog fun day.
1.) Work on your training. It may not seem like it to you, but learning new tricks is actually fun for dogs. It gives them something interesting to pay attention to, they get to spend quality time with you, and it usually involves quite a few treats.
2.) Hit the dog park. If your dog enjoys play time with other pooches, then the dog park is one of the fun, free dog activities that you can indulge in together. Take a nice walk first, so that your pooch isn’t too hyper, and then go to the park to play.
3.) Herd some sheep. Does your dog come from a herding breed? Does he try to push you around? You should see if any local farms teach herding lessons to dogs. Not only is herding fun for dogs, and good exercise for both their minds and bodies, it’s a sport they can compete in!
4.) Go to the beach. If your dog likes the water, and you have a dog friendly beach around, then nothing says “dog fun day” like a day splashing in the waves. Just remember to consider a puppy life vest if you’re going boating or swimming anywhere deeper than your dog can stand.
5.) Try some agility training. Agility training can be done as a competitive sport, but it’s also a fun way to exercise your dog’s body and mind. Look online to see if you can find an agility course near you, or consider building some obstacles in your backyard.
6.) Consider community service. Training your dog to be a therapy dog will not only improve your dog/owner relationship, it will improve the world. Once your dog is certified as a therapy dog, you can visit nursing homes, hospitals, and similar organizations to improve the lives of others who don’t get to spend their time with such a wonderful pooch.
7.) Take a walk. A good walk, or several, should be part of every dog’s day. It helps keep both you and your dog in good health and is a great way for the two of you to bond.
8.) Play a game. Frisbee anyone? Fetch? Playing a game with your dog is a great way to give both of you a workout. Particularly if your dog is as bad as mine is about actually returning the stick…
9.) Give your dog the brush off. Grooming is an important part of pet health, and it’s also a great way to strengthen your dog/owner relationship. Brushing time can be quality time, just take it slow and stop before your pet gets too tired.
10.) Just chill. When push comes to shove, some of the best time you’ll spend with your dog is the time you spend just hanging out together. Snuggle on the floor or the couch, and feel your blood pressure drop with every belly rub.
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Sunday, May 16, 2010
It's still rainy and wet here and I needed to do the daily deep clean of the ex-pen, so the kids got to run loose in the LR and kitchen. Foster dad took over watching them after I did the video so I could clean of course. He never volunteers for the dirty work.
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