Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Here are on the very west coast - we have been without sun for many months - now that August is almost over - we have sunshine and the T-n-T girls are enjoying it!
As you can see, Tootsie and Tasha enjoyed their surprise summer fun!
Monday, August 30, 2010
Please help me welcome Col. Potter's newest member, Cal.
Cute as a button, sweet as pie, this little one bounded into CP's loving arms ready to find his happy forever after. He's a gorgeous young gray bridle boy who, like a typical cairn, has determination and focus on what he wants.
Flash has been here for week one week now and I couldn't ask for a sweeter foster. But she has to be the busiest little foster I have ever had. She acts more like a 1 yr old than a 4 yr old, she is full of kisses and so far likes everyone she meets including small children. While she hasn't played with them she likes to give them kisses. She very much could be in a home with other dogs or alone as long as she has a person to love her.
She can jump like a kangaroo and if you have enough furniture in the room her feet would never touch the floor she will just jump from piece to piece. (bounce, bounce, bouce) She takes treats like she is afraid she might hurt you and sleeps or rests nicely in her crate. When her coat grows back in (which it is doing really well) she is going to be a little tiny beauty.
She is settling in and runs like a deer on her leash, so get on your running shoes. Flash loves the fenced yard and I think she has a fairly strong prey drive. But all in all a great, great little love bug, Flash is easy on your eyes and easy to love.
She is being fostered in Georgia and will be available for adoption soon. Please be sure to visit our website to check out all of the cairns we have available for adoption.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Please help welcome our newest rescue, Paige. This gorgeous 5 year old girl earned her freedom this past weekend, from a life in a commercial breeding facility. She is very friendly, happy, and loving. Paige doesn't know a stranger and loves and kisses every person or child she meets!
This week she will have her spa treatment, and this weekend she will head to her foster home for the next leg on her journey.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
The First Annual Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast Fun Day was held on May 15th of this year. Maeva and Kerby L. hosted the event at Qualicum Beach. A great time was had by all and the group raised over $330.00 for CP.
All of the Cairns met in a neutral area, the Qualicum Beach off-leash dog park. The dog park is a large fenced field that is partitioned into two separate areas. Maeva and Kerby booked the larger area for the cairns. We played there as other dogs lined the fence trying to figure out how to join in the fun. It is a great facility, with running water and a nice covered seating area.
Note from Blogger: We hope you enjoy this video that shows how much fun was had at the park by our Cairnadian friends!
You can become a CP Volunteer too by following this link. There are many ways to help including transport, intakes, matching prospective homes with our cairns and even helping with Promotions or our blog! You will meet many likeminded people and their cairns! Thanks for considering making us part of your lives on a regular basis.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Jester is an 8 year old stray that came into a Midwest shelter. When his time was up CP was called to take him in.
This little guy is a tad under weight as he weighs only 14lbs. It was discovered he was in need of some long overdue dentistry. Poor little guy, wants to eat, but he just hurts! Jester will receive all the vetting he needs and be on his way to his foster home soon!
Let’s all give a big CP welcome to Jester.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Parasol is a 6 year old cairn princess who found herself abandoned. Her owner had asked acquaintances to watch Parasol while he had a medical procedure. It turns out he really wanted to fly home and leave Parasol with a family. However, this new family had a landlord, and when asked, Parasol was not allowed to stay with them. Col. Potter was notified, and Parasol was surrendered to us.
Parasol is reportedly a whopping 12 lbs, quiet, and loving. Please give Parasol a great big CP welcome!
This will help many little Cairns find love, happiness and freedom in the loving arms of Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network!
We will be trying to win more money during the next Challenge and hope we can count on your support. But, for now, it's time to CELEBRATE!!!!!
Congratulations to the All-Star Shelter Challenge Winners!
The Grand Prize, a $10,000 grant to help animals, goes to:
Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network-GL of Medina, OH.
Second Prize, a $7,000 grant, goes to:
Best Friends Animal Society of Kanab, UT
Third Prize, a $5,000 grant, goes to:
The Oasis Sanctuary, of Benson AZ
A big shout out to Gabby for being the Wacky Wednesday model this week!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
CP Volunteers bring a cairn ambassador to their booth at the Pawsitively Yours Event in Southeast Michigan in July.
What a day to be a Col. Potter volunteer! Sunny skies, a green pasture full of animal lovers and dogs!!! The Pawsitively Yours event was a first time rescue event for dog, cat and horse rescues. The Belleville Pet Resort and Loving Arm Rescue Ranch were the sponsors.
Since it was the first year and way out in the boonies it didn’t have as much traffic as one would hope. However, there were many vendors and other rescues in attendance so it was a fantastic opportunity to get the word out to them. It’s always good to have eyes in the shelters and referral sources. If someone is looking to adopt a cairn they won’t likely forget the Michigan CP crew.
The Col. Potter booth location was perfect and seemed to attract more serious inquires about fostering, volunteering and adopting. We had one woman tell us that her friend recently adopted from us. We gave her a little postcard (a Toto postcard with my Abby’s face on it), thanking her for adopting and to stay in touch. Hopefully, she will become a happy member of our volunteer force.
The event was set up beautifully and organized in a large area that was normally used as a dog park. It was a gorgeous sunny day in southeast Michigan with no harsh weather except some wind that picked up later in the day.
Our booth was hosted by Toby D, Susan D, myself and the oh-so-charming darling girl Chicago aka Chica. Chica is a real sweetheart of a little girl. She is 8 going on 2 with so much joy and curiosity. Susan has done so well with this sweet survivor. There was not a dog or person that Chica didn’t like.
The biggest downside was the fact that there were train tracks directly behind us. Chica wasn’t too terrified of loud noises, she just snuggled her Fosser Mama. Chica was a fantastic cairn ambassador!
All in all, it was a worthwhile day. I spoke to Toby afterward and we both felt that we made at least 2-3 solid volunteer contacts and/or potential adopters. The day of the event we took in $40, with donations from the public, a few bucks from the CP volunteers and 20% of my measly Avon earnings . The Monday following the event, Toby’s intern threw in another $20 to round us up to a respectable $60.
A special thanks to Susan D. for driving all the way down to this event. It took 2 hours with the construction along the route. Without a cairn in attendance, we wouldn’t have had as many people stop! Thanks to all who helped us make this happen.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Silk is 8 years old and she was rescued last year and had her last litter of pups in the loving arms of Col. Potter. She is currently being fostered in Virginia and you can go to our website to learn more about her and all of the wonderful cairns we have that are available for adoption.
She came to B&B with us last month and despite her fears she seemed to thrive on the change so we decided to foster her.
Silk is so sweet and is learning that humans CAN be good - especially when they give you body rubs and ear scritches. She absolutely loves Ed and the feeling is mutual. The first day we had her he was sending me pictures of her on the phone with the caption "The little princess."
But Silk is MOST happy when she can run around outside. Unfortunately we live in a townhouse and have a very small yard, but on our recent visit to West Virginia she was able to take advantage of our big fenced area there and she ran and galloped and cavoted, all the time with a big doggie smile on her face.
I managed to capture some of it on video (she's afraid of the camera) and will be sending to be added to her web listing. I really hope this touches someone willing to give this little mill mama a chance. She's the first "typical" mill mama we've fostered and I have to say that we all (including our sons) rejoice with every new brave step she takes.
Silk is the wheaten in the purple harness running around and doing a little dance. Chewy is the larger wheaten doing his Eeyore shuffle.
DISCLAIMER: It may look like the dogs are running loose in the middle of the woods, but actually we were on a "trail" right next to the cabin (the cabin was directly to the left I just never got it in the shot) and there's a wire fence through the trees on the right side of the trail and then across behind where Ed is standing in the red shirt. If we take them any further up the trail we then put a leash on them. Believe me - I would NEVER let them run loose in the woods of West Virginia!!
It's that time again. What time? 2011 Calendar time. What - it's already the last week of August- how can it be CP Calendar time now?Well - this thing takes work work work. And it needs to go to the printer in just a few WEEKS! So, I am asking everyone here to please help me.
As I am sure all of you know and can see from this picture of last year's calendar page,we always have a Rags to Riches page where we show the stories of 4 or 5 Cairns who went from Rags to Riches while in CP. There is a catch here. There are many many Cairns who came in with behavioral problems but who seemed to look OK. They had a full coat, bright eyes, etc. As touching as many of these stories are, they do not do well in a visual format. So I need PICTURES and stories of CP rescued Cairns who underwent both an external as well as internal transformation. And truthfully, for the calendar, the external transformation is really more important.Anyone remember the treats (I think Stollen, and Babka and that group but I could be wrong) who came in with such matts that it was unbelievable. Those would be great Rags to Riches dogs. Last year I used poor Servus. He was a MESS! So, are you currently fostering a potential Rags to Riches dog or did you foster one that was in the system after 9/15 of 2009? If so, please send me before and after pictures as well as the dogs story.
I will be most grateful.I am also looking for pictures of Cairn Mischief. Really good pictures showing your Cairn in the middle of a mess he or she made. If you have one of those, please send it along. Deirdre - please send me the one of Miracle getting into the cookie jar. I want that one for sure. Also, I am looking for Cairns in Costume as well as Silly Cairns (I have no idea what I mean by silly but I know that I will recognize it when I see it. ALL PICTURES MUST NOT HAVE A HUMAN IN IT. This is important for legal purposes. I have no idea what the legal ramifications are but I know what I was told and I question not the grand pooh-bahs of the world. Also, the pictures I will choose from the ones I get (please send me pictures) will probably have the dog against a contrasting color background that is not full of other things like cords or toys or other dogs. A wheaten dog on a beige carpet is way too difficult to work with so no matter how cute they might be these pictures rarely get included.
So if you want your dog in the upcoming calendar (aside from all the dogs who will be in it because they were in the Col. Potter system from 9/15/09 -9/01/10) please send me your pictures as soon as possible. These do not have to be pictures of this year's dogs. I just want pictures to fill the bill. As you may have just noticed I have pushed back the date from 9/15 to 9/01. I have done this so it can get to the printer sooner and up on eBay sooner. If we want to sell lots of these, eBay needs the calendar by the last week in September at the latest. So I need these pictures SOON.
Also, either get down on the floor or put your dog on a chair or table so your dogs eyes are mid level in the picture. Thanks so very much. You help is most appreciated. And I am unhappy to inform you that should you submit a picture it might not be used. It might be the cutest picture ever taken but if I doesn't fit into the scheme of what is going on I will not be able to use it. So I thank you in advance for your understanding if I do not use that absolutely amazing shot you sent to me. It will not be discarded and will probably show up in some CP production sometime in the future. I am super busy trying to get this calendar ready for press and even 10 seconds is precious.So you have a great picture/story (Rags to Riches) and want to send it to me. I have created a new account just for these pictures. Please send all pictures and related stories to: CPCal2011 @ GMail.com Thanks so much for reading this and for perhaps sending me THE picture.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Lummi's owner had a reversal of fortune and was no longer able to care for this precious boy. On top of that, at 11 years old, he was in desperate need of a dental. Col. Potter was contacted and a foster home was found.
Lummi had a way to continue the meds he needs, and was given his dental. Last week his owner, heart broken, gave Lummi to CP.
Everyone give Lummi a big CP welcome and keep his former owner in your thoughts and prayers as this was such a selfless act of love for this cairn.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Several people have e-mailed me to see how our first foster, Sainted Riley is doing.
He has come a long way from me having to take off the top of the crate to get him out his first afternoon here!!! He is a precious little guy and we ARE making progress.
I'm sorry my voice is so low on the video but he's still very sound sensitive so I was really trying to talk softly so as not to scare him.
I REALLY need to vacuum but keep putting it off because I don't want to freak him out.
website to see all of the cairns that are ready for adoption now and to check on him when he is available.
Bored Cat? Not Anymore!
1. Create a room with a view. Cozy up a windowsill or get your cat a perch that allows him to sit and observe the world. You may find discussing the weather boring, but that’s cat entertainment!
2. Hang toys. When you can’t play all day, rescue your bored cat with a ribbon on a doorknob or a mouse attached to a shelf.
3. Get your cat some company. Consider a kitty playgroup or daycare once or twice a week for your cat, or take the plunge and get a second cat. If you go the playgroup route, your cat will get a few hours a week of companionship while you’re at work. And if you get another cat, that’s constant companionship—and twice the love and purrs for you!
Tons-of-Fun Dog Activities
1. Hide snacks. The only thing more exciting than getting a treat is finding that treat. Invest in a puzzle-treat ball, so your dog can play with the toy while working toward a snack. His mind stays active and he has fun!
2. Try doggie day care. Your dog will love day playing with an assortment of canine and human friends. The belly rubs and daylong attention is great for him.
3. Stimulate his senses. If you’ve noticed that your dog likes TV or radio, consider low-volume media stimulation while you’re away. If only he could brief you on the news!
4. Hire a private friend. A dog-walker or neighbor can visit your dog in the middle of the day—this choice is great for older dogs or pooches that have accidents.
Remember, though, the majority of the time that you’re away, your pets probably won’t even notice. For the most part, if they don’t have a reason to do otherwise, pets sleep all day.
Plus, dogs prefer to be active at the beginning and end of the day—in other words, the times when you are home—and, although cats are more active during the day, they are better than dogs at amusing themselves.
If you focus on giving your animals quality time when you are there, taking good care of them, and making sure their food, exercise, and attention needs are well met, they’ll be happy to spend the time you’re out of the house taking a well-deserved nap.
Don't you wish that was how you spent the work day?
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Get this: pharmacists are required to attach a one-year expiration date to all of the drugs they dispense, and they're legally enjoined to do so regardless of the manufacturer's expiration dates. Which means the same is true for veterinarians, seeing as we're required to comply with pharmacy laws, too.
That’s just wrong! After all, the drug manufacturers are required to test the safety and efficacy of their drugs under warm, humid environments for years beyond their manufacturing date. So why then does the FDA feel justified in placing limits where they previously did not exist?
But if you're like me, you look up the manufacturer's expiration dates and you follow those instead of the pharmacy's.The expiration date is always one year out unless the manufacturer's expiration date precedes it. This being the law and all that.
OK, so I'll concede to the second point. But then, there are plenty of times a vet at Town & Country Veterinary Clinic asks an owner to stop a med and start it again. So why make them come in again for a "fresh" round? That's wasteful! It's wrong! And it's not consumer friendly.
So what do I recommend YOU to do? I recommend that you follow your veterinarian's instructions. But I also recommend that you ask for the manufacturer's expiration date on meds that might need to be administered again in the future. Why waste?
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
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 email@example.com! (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.)
A big shout out to Chewy for being the Wacky Wednesday model this week!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Today we welcome CP's newest furkid Rosso. Rosso is red in Italian and that is a perfect name for this 3 yr old red wheaten boy. Big brown eyes that will melt you. Our new boy is a little round but his foster mom will take care of that.
Life changes affect everyone and Rosso was a victim of those changes. He has been well loved since a puppy and CP will find him the perfect home to continue his good life.
Welcome little man!
Sometimes fate works in mysterious but fortunate ways. Another purebred rescue (non-cairn) was in the process of securing the future of two furkids at an animal shelter. The rescuer noticed Hennna with her sweet face and big dark brown eyes. One look and she knew Henna couldn't be left behind knowing what her fate would soon be. Henna had been an unclaimed stray and her time was up. The shelter was overcrowded and euthanizing. So Henna got a reprieve and a start to a new life that day. The rescue that pulled Henna gave her the spa treatment and groomed her matted, dirty coat. Col. Potter was contacted to help get Henna further on the road to a new life.
Henna is a young girl, estimated to be 2 years old, loves to sit in your lap, and knows some commands (sit, come, no, & crate). She's smart, quick and can give any leash a good test for 'chewability'.
Please welcome Henna, the girl with a coat of many colors.
Please give a warm welcome to our newest sweet treats- Tira and Misu. These two beauties joined our family due to the loss of their own family. Tira is a beautiful 2 year old wheaten girl, reportedly sweet and friendly. Misu is a handsome 4 year old red wheaten boy, a bit more shy and laid back than Tira. They are having a spa treatment this week, and will be ready to move to their foster homes next weekend.
Welcome Tira and Misu!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Found on the streets in a rural area on the east coast, a matted and dirty terrier was deemed unadoptable due to his “poor condition”. CP was contacted to take him, and less than 24 hours later, this little man made his was to the vet’s office. His poor condition turned out to be a nothing more than a course antibiotics and a good bath to cure him of his “unadoptability”.
Stooshie is an old Scottish name meaning “A little bit of trouble”. Thankfully, this little man is not living up to his name. Stooshie has stole the hearts of every person in the vet office. Reportedly, he’s the perfect house guest, loving, friendly, funny, full of personality. He’s brought nothing but joy to their office.
Everyone please give a big CP welcome to our newest intake, Stooshie.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Recently, six little Cairns made their way to freedom, out of the heat, humidity and oppressive conditions they have been enduring this summer and into the care and comfort of Col. Potter's loving arms! We have little in the way of details on them and will have to rely on our vet to provide that. My thanks to our CP volunteer for making the trip to pick them up, get pictures of them and gave them a place to spend their first night in freedom before heading to the vet this morning.
Four of these furkids have names from our Name a Mill Cairn Program. It doesn't have to be a special occasion to remember or honor someone and the Name a Mill Cairn Program is the gift that lives on.
Please help me welcome our newest CP family members:
Welcome to the good life, welcome to CP!