Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Written by CP's VP of Intakes

Please extend a hand of welcome to CP's Plymouth Rock:

Mayflower, F, wheaten

Puritan, F, black brindle

When the Pilgrims set sail for the new world, it was to find a better life. They didn't know what to expect or what they would find. They landed on the shores of this new continent at a place named Plymouth Rock. It was here they started their new lives. It was here they found freedom.

Two little Cairns have set sail for their new world and the promise of a better life now that they are in the loving arms of Col. Potter. Right now, they don't know what to expect or what will happen to them being taken from the only life they have ever known. Once their paws touch the soil of this new world, they will know they have a whole new, happy life ahead of them ... a life of freedom.

Just as the Pilgrims gave Thanks on their first Thanksgiving in the new world for the bounty they had found, please take a moment during this holiday season not only for Plymouth Rock, but for all of the CP kids that have found freedom this year thanks to this group.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Reflections on adopting an older dog...Wesson (RB)

Written by Wesson's adoptive mom

Since it is senior month, I have to say a little on the subject since it makes me think of my special angel Sparky/Wesson at the Bridge. I took Wesson in as a foster knowing she was coming to me for a little love and dignity before helping her to the Bridge. She had spent 11.5 years in a puppy mill and when she arrived I could see her little body was so broken and fragile. But after only one day, I saw something else as well. Wesson's soul was strong.....perhaps what helped her survive so long in the mill. As the days went by I could see Wesson had no intention of giving up quite yet.

In fact I found Wesson to have a strength and attitude that was inspiring. I eventually adopted her, not knowing if she had much time left or not, but I really did not care. She was my determined inspiration and I wanted her to be my girl for as long as she could stay. Wesson did not ask for much....a soft bed, lots of food and some scritches. She did require a lot of care for her skin, eyes, and ears and had potty accidents, but even with all health needs she gave back so much more. Every time I looked into her beautiful eyes, I could see her wise old soul and the young sassy cairn of her youth. One of my favorite memories is of Wesson strutting across the yard with her tail held high as if she owned the world.

So many people are afraid to take a chance on a senior....afraid they won't be around long and it will break their heart to love them. You can lose a loved one at any age....I have lost several friends and our cairn heart boy way too young. If I had known I would lose them too soon, would I have not wanted them in my life? Not a chance. My life is richer for having known and loved them even for a short time.

Rogers, AR

Seniors have a special place in my heart....four and two legged. They have paid their dues and deserve no less consideration and perhaps even more.

Welcome Trudel!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Trudel is a senior girl who was her owners beloved pet since she was a puppy, but as she grew older, so did her owners. Trudel had to first deal with one of her owners passing. And if that wasn't bad enough, her other owner was then forced to move to an apartment due to age and health where she could not take Trudel along. The owner found a couple to take Trudel in, but it was not meant to be her forever home due to changes in the couples' situation. Trudel's original owner was contacted and she immediately went to work finding a friend to keep Trudel for a few days while she contacted Col. Potter for help.

The plea for help with Trudel came in about a week before Thanksgiving......not much time and close to a holiday when everyone is so busy. But as always our wonderful CP volunteers rose to the challenge, from Trudel's foster home to the transporters and the person who B&B'd her. Plus a few others that stepped up to help if the need arose. Trudel and I Thank You!!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Welcome Slugger!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Slugger is an 8 year old male and for 8 years he enjoyed the kind of life every cairn dreams of. His family brought him home when he was a mere pup of 8 weeks. He was very loved and enjoyed his life growing up in a rural area with lots of room to zoom and vermin to hunt. He became friends with all of the resident animals including horses, chickens and even cats!

But current economic conditions required the family to move to a new city and into a small apartment in order to find new jobs. The new jobs meant Slugger was at home alone for long hours everyday. Slugger became very sad and depressed and wasn’t adjusting to his new lifestyle. His family contacted Col Potter to see if we could find Slugger a new family who could provide the love and lifestyle he had become accustomed to -- and hopefully, put that smile back on his face.

Sunday Sweets

Sunday is full of SWEETS! Each week we will showcase the sweeter side of Cairns. If you have a sweet filled cairn and would like us to consider YOUR picture for an upcoming "Sunday Sweets" send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com! (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.)


Missy & Mari


Maestro Billy




Saturday, November 27, 2010

Please welcome Wahoo and McKenna!!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator



Wahoo and McKenna lived their lives with a loving woman who catered to their every need. These two girls were not little mates, but sisters just the same. After several happy years, their Owner became ill, and was no longer physically or financially able to care for her little Cairns. Finally, the heart wrenching decision was made, she loved her girls, and wanted to see them go to loving homes. She contacted CP, and we agreed to take them in.

Our first little girl is Wahoo, 5 years old and weighs 18lbs. She's good with children, other dogs, chases cats and is housebroken. Wahoo is a sweet girl who likes to be loved and petted. She is easy to bathe and groom, and likes to bark at other dogs and cats. It has been determined Wahoo is Heartworm positive, and will need extensive foster care. She will be in our guardian angel program, anything we can do to help with her mounting vet bills will help us continue to take cairns in need.

Our second little girl is McKenna, who also 5 years old and weighs 19lbs. She is also good with children, other dogs, chases cats, is housebroken, good riding in vehicles, and had no basic obedience training. McKenna likes to hunt, and will keep your yard free of "critters". Thankfully, McKenna’s heartworm test came back negative, but this will be doubled checked at her foster home, just to make sure she is free of those nasty worms.

I’d like everyone to give these two girls our warmest welcome.

Please welcome McNabb!!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Into each life changes must come. Unfortunately a wheaten 10 yr old boy no longer fit into his families plans or future. McNabb is a bright eyed well mannered gentleman who wins hearts where ever he goes. At 10 you would think he would be traumatized by the changes but thanks to some very sweet devoted CP volunteers his transition was smooth and uneventful. Col Potter has the best volunteers I have ever had the priviledge of working with.

Without CP's help Mr. McNabb could have ended up at shelter with no hope and no future. This boy deserved better and CP gave it to him. If you havent thought of fostering you are missing out on the McNabbs of the world. Give it a try it is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Look into the eyes of a senior kid like McNabb and say there isn't room for him.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Welcome Dany to CP!!

Written by CP Intakes Team Volunteer

Dany is a tiny 13lb, 2.5 ish year old cairn beauty. She was a stray cairn originally and adopted out by the shelter. There was a skirmish with another resident dog and cat at the adoptive home. Sadly, Dany was returned to the shelter. Dany was temperament tested and passed with both dogs and cats.

Since because there was a skirmish on record, Dany was deemed adoptable by Rescue only. CP was called, Dany was pulled, after a week long spa stay, will reside happily with her foster home. I’d like everyone to give Dany a warm CP welcome.

Friday's Funnies

Raising Duncan

by Chris Browne

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Written by CP's VP of Intakes

Unger - M, DOB 3/13/06, wheaten

Jensen - M, DOB 5/11/05, wheaten

Denise G. - F, wheaten, DOB 5/4/02

Susan D. - F, red wheaten, DOB 7/4/10

Cindy U. - F, DOB 5/18/02, wheaten

Kowalski - M, wheaten, DOB 7/4/10

One of the toughest things about working Intakes is knowing when our resources are low, when we are full up and we just can't take any more Cairns, that we will have to say NO, possibly sending Cairns to their death. We aren't like the Federal Government that can levy a new tax, impose a draft or condemn property to suit their needs. CP can't crank up the printing presses and make more money, commandere foster homes or highjack volunteers.

And so, this introduction is personal from me, from the bottom of my heart, to those who raised their hand to help the furkids that found their way to freedom this past weekend because of them. When I put out that plea last week, I didn't know how many would step up, could step up, to help. I was hoping we would be able to help all that had an opportunity to know freedom and WE DID IT!

These six Giving Thanks have been named in honor of those that raised their hands to help.

We also have a few others that I have to thank who stepped up to help, Kay R., Deb H., Barb C., and Chris C. for fostering, also Carolynne M. and Paula F. for transporting.

I am Giving Thanks that these six little Cairns, Anya and Plymouth Rock are going to enjoy their first Thanksgiving in freedom and have a wonderful life ahead of them. We have a lot to be thankful for!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Marisela wants a HOOOMMMMEEEEE!!

Contributed by Mari's foster mom

Here I am all dressed up in my mink collar with my beautiful pearl necklace looking for an invitation for Thanksgiving dinner and of course, a HOME for Thanksgiving. Foster Mama says I look beautiful and I'm such a good girl. But I haven't gotten any invitations and I am getting very sad. Won't you invite me into your home and your heart?? I will love you forever!

My poor sweet little Mari so wants her own Forever Home. She's going to great lengths to try to get some attention.

Marisela is being fostered in Ohio. She is a sweet girl and would love to be part of your life. Won't you consider offering her your forever home? Click here to learn more about her and the other cairns that are available for adoption.

Wacky Wednesday!

Wednesday is the day to be WACKY! Each week we will showcase a terrierific cairn picture with an appropriate caption. If you have a terrierific cairn and would like us to consider YOUR picture and caption for an upcoming "Wacky Wednesday" send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com! (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes. )

A big shout out to Rambler for being the Wacky Wednesday model this week!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Written by CP's VP of Intakes

All of us that volunteer and support Col. Potter have a personal story, a history. Some of us have lived what could be considered a privileged life, while others of us have had to fight and work hard for everything we've ever gotten. The same can be said for the Cairns that find their way to the CP family. The important thing about Col. Potter is it doesn't matter if you're a human or a Cairn, if you've come from privilege or hardship, we open our arms to all to become a part of the CP family.

This little girl has come from hardship, but that has all changed for her now. She is sleeping in a warm building on a soft blanket tonight and will enjoy probably her first soothing bath to get the dirt and filth off her body. She doesn't know it yet, but she has gone from hardship to privilege.

Anya is a red wheaten female, estimated at 4-5 years old. Her name comes from our Name a Cairn Program, donated by Bonnie W-C in memory of her mother who died too young, was a redhead, loved her kids, loved animals and always had a flock of people around her. It's nice to know CP's Anya has such a special Guardian Angel watching over her.

With the holidays right around the corner, the Name a Cairn Program is a wonderful gift idea for that hard to buy for person on your shopping list. You know, the one that has everything and needs or wants nothing. What a wonderful, unique and caring gift that truly gives the gift of life to a little Cairn like Anya.

Sleep tight tonight little Anya with wonderful dreams of what a happily ever after will be like ...


Written by CP's VP of Intakes

For many of our CP kids, life has been one battle after another just to survive. Imagine having no control over your own life, or destiny. That's exactly the situation this boy found himself in. Picked up as a stray with no identification, no microchip and no one coming to look for him, his time had run out at the shelter and it looked like not only had he lost his final battle to find a home, but he had lost the war and was sentenced to death for the crime of being unwanted. Scheduled to be PTS as of 5:00 PM Friday, we scrambled to find a volunteer to do an in-person ID and negotiate with the shelter for a stay of execution for this boy until we could get there. FINALLY, he had won a battle ... he got a reprieve and was granted a little additional time.

Yesterday, this boy not only won the battle but the war when he became a member of the CP family! General Sherman was sprung from the brig thanks to Kim and Donald and now has a chance to take command of his life and look towards a happily ever after.

We don't know much about General Sherman, only what Kim has been able to observe. We're guessing him between 2-4 years old, and seems to have had a hard life, but that's all changed now!

Please help me welcome General Sherman to the CP family!

Monday, November 22, 2010

It's Hard To Bite With A Squirrel Clamped Firmly In Your Jaws! CP's Sibley finds her inner cairn...

Submitted by Sibley's forever mom
(via her former foster mom)

This was so funny,... but when did I start thinking dead squirrels are funny. sigh. I only wish you could have seen it. Sib has the grip of death (even for a piece of poop), and she was very reluctant to give that squirrel up, as in 'make my day'. She snarled and growled loudly but did not bite, I think it's hard to bite with a squirrel clamped firmly in your jaws, and her heart is not really into biting her moms anyway.

I heard the barking, and then heard the squirrel squealing, and I expected to walk out and see Yams with another trophy (she bagged her 5th just the other day). But no, there they all were, Yams, Parker, and Patt watching Sibley with the squirrel in her mouth. I got there just in time to see Sib give it a mighty shake and that was that. Sib tried to walk away from me but I picked her up kind of hoping she'd drop it, but she didn't. I stood on the patio for a few minutes, holding dog-with-squirrel-in-mouth and finally called Lynn who was in the house getting ready for work. She came out and saw the situation and immediately went back in the house to get her camera. You know the rest.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Welcome Dizzy!

Contributed by CP Intakes Coordinator

Dizzy is a 2.5 yr old, 15lb cairn princess whose owner was recently divorced and had taken a new job that kept her away on travel most weeks. She was forced to board Dizzy for the time she was away. In addition, she was moving into an apartment. Realizing this was not the perfect life for Dizzy, CP was asked to help Dizzy find another home.

Dizzy is good with children and other dogs, but chases cats. She likes car rides and knows basic commands. Dizzy loves to play, cuddle next to you and have belly rubs. She is a funny girl, she likes to bark at animal food commercials on TV. Let’s all give Dizzy a warm CP welcome.

Sunday Sweets

Sunday is full of SWEETS! Each week we will showcase the sweeter side of Cairns. If you have a sweet filled cairn and would like us to consider YOUR picture for an upcoming "Sunday Sweets" send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com! (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.)

Belair as a puppy, nka Tess

Wookie & Miri

Sainted Riley

Lucy & Miri

Anna & Duke

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thanksgiving Safety for your Pets

The Wellness Blog

The holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together and give thanks for what we have. Today pets are a significant part of our families and are included in the celebration. If you are like us, the Thanksgiving feast is one that you look forward to all year long. While we may be able to throw caution to the wind once a year, we must be careful of what our pets receive on that day. Both dogs and cats are not used to some of the indulgences of the day and can have serious problems.

Here are 10 things to consider to keep your pet healthy and happy on Thanksgiving.

1. Many of the traditional foods contain large amounts of fat which should be avoided. Gravy, turkey skin, the drippings from the turkey pan and other foods should be avoided. Excess fat can create problems with the pancreas and further aggravate an already overweight animal.

2. Pancreatitis is a very painful condition most commonly brought on by an excessively large meal or a meal with increased amounts of fat (there are other causes, but during the holiday season this is the most common cause). It stimulates the pancreas to produce large amounts of the enzymes needed to digest the nutrients. If there are increased amounts in the pancreas, sometimes these enzymes can’t get out of the pancreas fast enough and begin to actually break down the wall of the ducts and leak into the abdomen. This can cause vomiting diarrhea, restlessness, weakness, discomfort and can even be life threatening.

3. Bones should be avoided at all cost, especially the bones of birds as they are hollow and can break into very sharp pieces which will wreak havoc with the digestive tract.

4. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate should be avoided as there is a toxin, theobromine in all chocolate.

5. When it comes to our beloved family pets, the key word is moderation. Be careful that everyone is not slipping the pets a few tidbits from the table. Set the rules early on for who feeds the pets and when.

6. Watch out for dropped food, especially by our younger family members.

7. Make sure all garbage is secure and not left to tempt a pet when we aren’t looking. Cats and even some dogs can easily get on counter tops when we are enjoying our meal in another room.

8. Pets are also attracted to aluminum foil, wax paper and plastic wrap that has been used to cover foods. These items can cause digestive issues and even obstruction.

9. Some pets become nervous with all the excitement and may need a quiet refuge away from all the noise and excitement.

10. If you have a large family and there will be lots of doors to the outside opened and closed, be careful that there are no escapes into the wild that could ruin the day.

Thanksgiving is a great day full of great food and companionship. Make it the same for the pets in your family by planning ahead for a Thanksgiving turkey meal your pet will love.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Protecting the family dog as Flu season approaches


Canine influenza, or the dog flu, first hit the scene in 2004 when an unknown respiratory illness began showing up in racing greyhounds in Florida. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an investigation showed that the illness was caused by the equine influenza, which has existed for more than 40 years. In 2005, it was officially identified by experts as "a newly emerging pathogen in the dog population" in the United States.

Dr. Michael Good has yet to see a case this season, but he treated several cases last winter, one which required a dog to be hospitalized due to the severity of the illness. The dog came down with pneumonia. He said a pet owner has to look no further than the symptoms of a human with the flu to realize that their dog may have the canine form.

"You’ll see coughing, respiratory type symptoms and sometimes they may get a fever, decreased appetite and lethargy," said Good.

Dr. Good knows that many shelters and doggy daycares are beginning to require the only canine flu vaccination, the Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health Nobivac Canine Flu H3N8 vaccine, but he only recommends it to clients as a preventative measure. The canine flu vaccine is readily available in abundance. It requires two shots, about two to four weeks apart.

Friday's Funnies

Raising Duncan

by Chris Browne

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Foster Rosso's aka (Trusty-Rusty) latest adventure!

Written by Rusty's foster Mom

Nope - he didn't escape, and no he hasn't killed any more critters (though a mouse had a near miss last week when hubby flushed one out hiding under the bird bath).....while I was walking him this morning he stuck his muzzle into a clump of burrs. The little itty bitty ones that stick to everything....especially doggy fur. I didn't see it happen but on the way back (we were in a field next to the house) he rubbed his face on the ground.

I thought he found something stinky! When we got back in the house I was giving him his biscuit and see the little nasties all around his mouth and nose. Yikes - right down to the skin. Amazingly (after I put him on the washing machine) he let me pull each one off. There was no way to cut them out b/c it was too close to his eyes and not even enough room to get the scizzors underneath. I was afraid I would be sending out an SOS for ideas to get these off of him!

I think I know where he found them so we will be avoiding that corner from now on.

It's never a dull day with Trusty-Rusty in the house.

Russo is being fostered in Michigan. You can click here to find out more about him or the many cairns that CP has available for adoption.

K Pax has a bed and biscuit on the way to his foster home!

Submitted by CP Volunteers

KPax had a Bed and Biscuit here last night. He is one precious boy. he slept in the x-pen and stayed dry. I took him outside in the am and he did his job and wanted to come in immediately. He was cold and so was I. He was then kept in the kitchcn until it was time to go. During this time he met my cats, wagging his tail.

He met my granddaughter(8) and wanted to give her kisses, wagging his body while doing so. I then took him to go with Ron and off he went. I have to quit meeting these dogs I love them all. This was the first time I had seen a black cairn and he was just tooooo cute. we were supposed to meet at 11am but we both got there early in Galena, IL, we had a bright sunny day. Ruby and all of my fur kids.

This picture was taken by his new foster Dad in Illinois. You can click here to see all of the cairns that CP has available for adoption.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cleva has arrived at her foster home!

Written by Cleva's foster mom

Cleva arrived this weekend. Cleva stayed the night with Pk before coming here and she had the same first impression as as I do. Cleva is 13 yrs young, a very confused little girl, when she first arrived she wandered the yard and house, whining and coming back looking at me with the look of Why am I here????? When I first met her, all the way home, ok half the way home, Cleva told me her whole life story. Cleva also told me how thankful she was that Col. Potter took her in, she wants to thank PK, for letting her stay the night, and the transport coordinator and drivers.

This is a picture of Miss Cleva, See still seems confused, walks around crying, Then she comes and sits on my lap, and talks to me, still with the Question - why??? Then she will settle down for a while and go into her house (crate) to bury a biscuit for later.

Cleva is a senior girl being fostered in New Jersey. If you click here you can check all of the cairns that we have available for adoption.

Wacky Wednesday

Wednesday is the day to be WACKY! Each week we will showcase a terrierific cairn picture with an appropriate caption. If you have a terrierific cairn and would like us to consider YOUR picture and caption for an upcoming "Wacky Wednesday" send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com! (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes. )

A big shout out to Mayce Grey for being the Wacky Wednesday model this week!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Top 10 Pet-Owner Mistakes - Part II

from Yahoo Shine

Mistake 6: Skimping on Exercise

Why this is a mistake: Pets have pent-up energy that needs to be unleashed through physical activity. Otherwise it will be channeled into barking, jumping, or even hostile behavior.

How to avoid it: “Walk your dog at least twice a day for a minimum of 30 minutes each time,” says Cesar Millan, host of The Dog Whisperer, on the National Geographic Channel. “To your dog, that’s a primal activity―birds fly, fish swim, and dogs walk.” Pamela Reid, vice president of the ASPCA’s Animal-Behavior Center in Urbana, Illinois, recommends that dogs get at least 40 minutes of aerobic exercise daily. “Dogs need more exercise than people do,” says Reid. Try running or biking with your dog or playing fetch or Frisbee. With a cat, “you can’t take her jogging, but before and after work, give her 10 to 20 minutes of playtime,” says Reid.

Mistake 7: Neglecting to Keep Your Pet Mentally Active

Why this is a mistake: Bored pets are more likely to get into trouble.

Related: The Best New Pet Gear

How to avoid it: Give your pets something to do. For a dog, that can mean having him hunt for food. Place a meal or treats in spots around the house for him to sniff out, or “feed him out of a food-dispensing puzzle toy instead of his bowl,” says Andrea Arden. Keep a cat engaged with simple amusements, like a toy mouse dangling from a string. “You can stimulate your cat visually by placing a bird feeder outside a window, or setting a lava lamp on a shelf,” says Arden Moore, author of The Cat Behavior Answer Book ($15, amazon.com).

Mistake 8: Leaving a Pet Alone for Too Long

Why this is a mistake: A lack of proper companionship can lead to separation anxiety and destructive behaviors.

How to avoid it: “Don’t leave a puppy alone for eight hours,” says Reid. Hire someone to watch him or drop him off at a doggie day-care center. Your puppy will need to learn how to be alone for a few hours each day, however, so “teach him to self-pacify almost immediately,” says Andrea Arden. Put him in a crate (or leash him to a stable object) a foot or two away from you, then gradually increase the distance over the course of a week. Then make sure that he spends escalating amounts of time alone in his crate or confined to a room. Break up the day for dogs of any age with a visit from a dog walker or a neighbor, and give your pet access to toys and visual stimuli. Unlike puppies, kittens can be left alone, but they should have access to toys and visual stimuli.

Mistake 9: Failing to Make Your Home Pet-Friendly

Why this is a mistake: A cat without a proper litter box will just use the carpet. A dog without a cozy bed will end up on the couch.

Related: Pet-Themed New Uses for Old Things

How to avoid it: Location is key with a litter box. “A cat doesn’t want to travel a long way to go to the bathroom any more than you do,” says Mieshelle Nagelschneider, a feline behaviorist and a consultant at the Cat Behavior Clinic, near Portland, Oregon. Place litter boxes (one per cat, if you own a few, plus one box they can share, says Moore) in quiet areas throughout your home. Plug in a night-light beside each one so your cat can find it in the dark. Cats dislike strong odors (even air freshener), so use uncovered boxes and unscented litter and scoop out each box every day. Dogs are far less persnickety about where they relieve themselves, but do them the favor of regularly picking up the poop in the backyard. Cats and dogs also need spots where they can cuddle up and feel safe. “A dog needs a crate like a teenager needs a room,” says Dodman. Provide a crate or a cozy bed, and make it taboo for your family to pester the dog while he’s in it. Cats naturally want to climb to an optimal vantage point, so set up a place where yours can look out a window.

Mistake 10: Punishing Your Pet

Why this is a mistake: You might think Chewie knows you’re screaming at him because he ate the loaf of bread on the counter, but he won’t connect your behavior with his action.

How to avoid it: Never physically punish your pet; he’ll just learn to fear you. It’s OK to startle a pet out of a behavior, but only if you catch him in the act. Command him with a firm “No!” or “Down!” and he’ll connect the reaction with what he’s doing and learn that it’s not OK. Otherwise, the punishment should come from the environment. Teach a cat or a dog to stay off the counter, say, by arranging sheet pans in a pile that will clatter to the floor if he jumps up. The counter, not you, will become the thing to fear.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Top 10 Pet-Owner Mistakes - Part I

from Yahoo Shine

Mistake 1: Buying a Pet Spontaneously

Why this is a mistake: That doggie in the window may be darling, but he might not be the right fit for your family or lifestyle.

Related: How to Choose a Pet

How to avoid it: Fully inform yourself before you bring home a pet. Every dog or cat has its own needs, some of which are specific to the breed. Terriers tend to dig; Abyssinians explore and climb. If there’s a breed that interests you, read up on it (try the website of the American Kennel Club, at akc.org, or the Cat Fanciers Association, at cfainc.org), talk to owners, and get to know someone else’s Border collie or Persian. That said, not every dog or cat is typical of its breed, so “ask about the pet’s history, health, and temperament,” says Stephanie Shain, a director at the Humane Society of the United States. When dealing with a breeder, you should be shown where the pet was raised and meet his parents.

Mistake 2: Skipping Obedience Training

Why this is a mistake: Bad habits can be difficult to train out of a pet. So unless you have the know-how to school an animal, you need the help of a pro.

Related: The Best Pet Brushes

How to avoid it: Even before a puppy starts formal training, teach him simple commands, such as sit and stay. A puppy can begin formal training at eight weeks (and ideally before 12 weeks), after he has had his shots. “Between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks, puppies readily absorb information about the world around them,” says Andrea Arden, author of Dog-Friendly Training ($19, amazon.com). To help a dog stick with good behaviors, every few years take him for a refresher course. (Find one in your area at the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, apdt.com.)

Mistake 3: Being Inconsistent With the Rules

Why this is a mistake: If one child lets Fifi on the bed and another punishes her for it, the animal will be confused. Bad behavior is inevitable.

How to avoid it: Make sure everyone in your household knows―and follows―the rules, says Arden. “You want your dog to sit before eating a treat? You don’t want your kitten to pounce on your hands? Then figure out a system that will help your pet succeed.” Pets thrive with a sense of order, so discuss with your family when yours should be fed, exercised, and even given a treat.

Mistake 4: Dispensing Too Many Free Treats

Why this is a mistake: Treats lose their training value if your pet gets them for no reason.

Related: 8 Things Your Pet Shouldn't Eat

How to avoid it: “Think of treats as currency given to a pet to reward good behavior,” says Marty Becker, a veterinarian and a coeditor of Petconnection.com. Assign each type of treat a value, and pay according to how well your pet behaves. Kibble is worth a dollar; a chicken strip, five; bologna, 10. “But it’s important to not pay off the good behavior all the time,” Becker says. “That way, your dog will always hope he might get that piece of bologna, and he’ll eventually perform without seeing a treat.”

Mistake 5: Neglecting to Socialize Your Pet

Why this is a mistake: Pets that aren’t exposed to a variety of animals and people at a very young age can develop fears and aggressive behavior.

How to avoid it: Introduce your pet to adults, kids, animals, and environments so he’ll take every novelty in stride. It’s optimal for a pet to start the process before you bring him home, since the critical socialization period is early in life. “For a dog, it’s between the ages of 3 and 12 weeks. For cats, it’s between 2 and 8 weeks,” says Nicholas Dodman, director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, in North Grafton, Massachusetts. The breeder or the shelter’s adoption counselor can tell you how much socialization an animal has had.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010


Submitted by Max's worried owners

Hi! I see from your website that you rescue cairns. We lost a cairn terrier a few weeks ago (10/27/2010) and have been reaching out to shelters, websites, etc in search of him. He dug out of our fence...he is an escape artist, for sure. He had vet and city tags but no one has called this time. I didn't see on your website that you have a lost/found type posting but I thought I would ask if I send you information, would you keep it in case our Cairn would show up somewhere?

Our Cairn is Max. He is almost 2 years old (born 1/19/2009). He is wheaten. I have a picture attached. We live in Bonner Springs KS which is a western suburb of Kansas City, Missouri.

I have been looking at your site and others to see if we can find our terrier. I'm not sure what else you might need if you are willing to accept my request.

I appreciate your consideration. My contact information is below.Thank you.

Alison Hall
13109 Swartz Road
Bonner Springs KS 66012
home 913-441-5821
cell 913-568-3390

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