Monday, October 31, 2011

HAPPY HOWLOWEEN! SPOOKY CAIRNS Part 3

We hope you enjoy our Howloween edition of more costumed cairns!




Lucy, Rocky and Taz





Zoe






Jack Daniels




Baby Dumpling







Kayla and Sadie


Wookie


Nealie as the 'headless horseman'

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Spooky Sunday Sweets - Part 2

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.)


Jay and Bennett with CP Halloween bandanas

Tramp and Mollie

Gabby


Sydney


Abby


Kelsey

Spooky 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.)

Gem

Abby

Hawthorne


Saffy

Isadore Noelle

Bennett and Jay

Harvard

Friday, October 28, 2011

PLEASE WATCH CP'S 'MONSTER MASH' VIDEO OF COSTUMED CAIRNS!!

Shared by CP's founder

Hi friends: I couldn't help but share our CPCRN "MONSTER MASH" YouTube with you all again. I JUST LOVE THIS, and I know that you will also or can surely relate. These are mostly rescued fur kids, many who were commercial breeder dogs . . . . NOW WHAT IS IT THAT MANY PEOPLE STILL THINK about rescue or commercial breeder kids . . . . OH, that's right . . that they can't be rehabilitated and join right in. BOY, does this prove people wrong.

At our last West Virginia CRAP in 2009, we took pictures of all of the fur kids that participated in our costume parade, so you never know if in the future we will have another version of this great video to share.

Don't forget to send in ALL of your pictures of your fur kids that you may want in a video in the future to: CPCRNPhotos @gmail.com . . . your fur kid can ALSO be a star. Enjoy this and please leave feedback. Thanks.





Friday's Funnies!

Marmaduke


by Brad Anderson

Thursday, October 27, 2011

SURGERY UPDATE *** LOLETTE

Contributed by CP's VP of Intakes


Last weekbrought some big changes for our little Lolette ... she went to her foster home! And what a special foster home it is ... her foster mom just happens to work at the vet where Lolette had her closed reduction surgery and has been treated, so she will be in very good hands and be at the vet every day her foster mom works with lots of check-ups from our wonderful vet to make sure everything is going well.

This will be a long recovery process for Lolette and one where she will not be all that comfortable. She has an e-collar on and her right rear leg is in an ehmer sling position for 4-6 weeks while the healing process takes place to hopefully keep the femur in her hip socket. All of this does not include her fractured pelvis and the multiple fractures in her legs. Lolette pretty much has to be crated except for going outside and then she has to be carried in and out. Pretty boring for a young little Cairn girl to have to deal with, but if this works and her femur stays in place in her hip socket, it will all be worth it and she should be able to live a normal, pain free life.

Please remember Lolette is part of our Guardian Angel Program which you can find at this highlighted link.

We have more Cairns in need of rescue and our New Leash on Life Raffle is one of our major fundraisers of the year. There are some fabulous prizes and definitely something for everyone! You can participate in NLOL at this link.

Following are some photos of Lolette showing her now with her e-collar, ehmer sling and where they went in to perform the closed reduction surgery. She's lucky to have found her way to the Col. Potter family and we're happy to have her!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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 Kayla, for being our Wacky Wednesday model this week!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween pet safety tips and the hazards of chocolate

from the Petco newsletter



The Chilling Effects of Chocolate

Halloween. Children are let loose on the streets of their respective towns and cities in quest of their favorite tooth-decaying treasures. It's a night of sweets, treats, tricks, and scary costumes - everything strange and fascinating. Add your dog to the equation and you may have a truly frightening situation.

The possessor of a highly refined nose, a bottomless stomach and a well-practiced talent for ferreting out contraband delights, your dog is practically a Halloween time bomb waiting to go off. However, since he positively aches to be part of everything you do, how can you lock him safely out of harm's way? How can you turn him down when he begs for just that little piece of chocolate?

The good news is that you don't have to. Distraction works as well for dogs as it does for children, and by taking some preventive measures, you can head problems off before they make you both unhappy.

Choc-A-Holics Anonymous

Your first step on the road to a happier Halloween is to assume that a bowl of candy next to the door will not remain safely out of reach. Dogs are infamous for their love of sweets, and the word "dogged" doesn't do justice to the persistence of a dog in quest of food.

Chocolate, containing theobromine, is the most dangerous culprit, and can be deadly. A toxic dose for a 15- to 20-pound dog is between 8 and 12 squares of milk chocolate, or 1-1/2 ounces of baking chocolate. As a rule, remember that the darker the chocolate, the more concentrated it is - and the smaller the lethal dose.

Take these protective measures to avoid poisoning your pooch:

Dog proof your candy bowl in between trips to the door. Use a sealable container rather than an open bowl, and keep it behind a closed door or under supervision.


Prepare or purchase special dog treats so your dog can share in the fun. Stock up on pseudo-chocolate treats made with carob, biscuits, meat strips or anything else that your dog (and his friends) may particularly enjoy. Just remember not to let him overindulge!


Talk to the children, adults and guests in your household and explain how dangerous treats are to your pet. If your children are too young to be responsible, take over their candy supply and put it somewhere safe.


Caution children about leaving candy wrappers on the floor. These are a choking hazard, because your dog may try to eat them for the lingering taste of the treat.

Watch for the following symptoms of chocolate poisoning:

Excessive drooling
Excessive urination
Pupil dilation
Rapid heartbeat
Vomiting and diarrhea
Hyperactivity
Muscle tremors and seizures
Coma

If you catch your dog mid-raid, induce vomiting immediately. If he displays some symptoms but you haven't seen him eat any chocolate, contact a veterinarian immediately: this is a life-threatening situation.

Verrrrry Scarrrrry!

Unfortunately, chocolate isn't the only Halloween hazard. Masks, decorations and a constant barrage of strangers at the door can make even the most easygoing dog a little nervous. And a nervous dog is more likely to react in a dangerous way. Here's what you can do to make your Halloween a little less frightening.

If your dog has a history of aggression, fear of loud noises, or a habit of excessive barking, place him in a quiet room as far away from your front door as possible at least a half-hour before the first trick-or-treaters are due. Crate him if he feels more comfortable - this will also reduce chances of accidental escapes - and put in some toys, his favorite blanket, a piece of clothing with your scent on it, or whatever usually comforts him. Play soft music or a recording of soothing sounds. If he is very high-strung, the most humane thing to do may be to tranquilize him for the night. Always consult your vet before attempting to tranquilize your pet.

If your children are planning to dress up for Halloween, have them do a few dress runs with your dog watching, then talk to him and pet him so that he can get accustomed to their new, strange appearance. From a dog's perspective, masks, makeup, and costumes can be very frightening.


Keep jack-o-lanterns, open flames, and all Halloween decorations out of reach of your dog's probing muzzle. Keep in mind your dog's curious nature and tendency to chew and explore; many Halloween decorations are toxic, while others are potential choking or strangulation hazards.


Keep your pet indoors. Outside, he's vulnerable to any stray fireworks or malicious pranks that may fall his way.


Place a dog gate in front of your front door to block your pet's access in case someone inadvertently opens the door to the room where your pet is confined. Many dogs will run after trick-or-treaters. Also, in case the unthinkable happens and your dog does escape, ensure that he has an ID tag with your name and address on his collar.

Trick-or-Treating Pal

If your dog is well-trained and easygoing, you may decide to let him accompany your children on their trick-or-treat routes. If so, make sure that he is leashed and wearing an ID tag. The reflective type will do double duty, making your pet more visible to cars as well as providing an address to return him to. Glow-in-the-dark collars will add to nighttime visibility as well, and make your dog easier to spot if he escapes.

Monday, October 24, 2011

LOST CAIRN BARTER HAS BEEN FOUND!!

This is practically *unbelievable* but someone on a test drive of a new car caught her....somehow. They didn't know exactly where they were so asked me to have Sherri meet her at CarMax. Sherri just called and has the little SNOT!!!!! This girl was a MILE from home!!!

Thank you, God, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

LOST CAIRN - BARTER -GLENCOE, IL - CHICAGO AREA Can you help in the search?

Contributed by Bonnie Becker, Col. Potter Tags Program


Ron called to let me know that Sherri Kempel's relatively new and and very scared foster Barter got away from Sherri. I just spoke to Sherri and she's as panicked as Barter is. Barter is still a VERY scared dog and won't even eat with Sherri in the room so carrying smelly food around is not likely to help. Barter is wearing her collar with tags, harness and double leashes attached!

If anyone lives close and could go help Sherri right now here's her address:

175 Lake Street
Glencoe, IL 60022

Call me , Bonnie Becker, of the Col. Potter lost dogs tag program at at 440-835-8050 or 440-835-8548 to let me know if you're headed Sherri's way. Sherri can barely talk as she's
frantically looking everywhere and especially under things for Barter.

I also took a minute to check on where Glencoe is and it's about half an hour from the center of Chicago, straight up I-94.

Prayers are most definitely appreciated!!!

Col. Potter welcomes Merry Grace

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer



Sadly, we live a world where pets are too often thought of as possessions and easily discarded when they no longer fit into the family's lifestyle. Fortunately, there are some owners who care for their pets like family and who will go the extra mile to make sure the dog is taken care of. That is the case of our Merry Grace. She was surrendered due to changes in the owner's life. However, the owner lived in a state with no Col. Potter volunteers. Nevertheless, the owner waited patiently for CP to make arrangements for Merry Grace.

Everything finally came together and this gorgeous 2 1/2 yr old black brindle girl made her way into the arms of Col. Potter. Her name donated through the Name a Rescue Cairn by Charlotte K in honor of Mary Noll.



Welcome, Merry Grace!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

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.)

Ruby

Neha, Bea & Zander

Abbie & Gem

Ellie & Duffy

Dina

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Introducing our newest Angel....

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer


Can you imagine being scared, hungry, dirty matted hair filled with flea dirt, deformed left eye and in excruciating pain whenever you move? But you are a Cairn and don't give up easily, and so, it still took the dog warden two days to catch this little bundle of energy. Even though she is estimated to be only 2 years old, a mere 13 pounds and absolutely adorable, the shelter quickly deemed her unadoptable, leaving only two options; go to a rescue or be euthanized. Most rescue groups wouldn't even consider taking a dog with unknown, severe medical conditions, but Col. Potter is not most rescues!

Lolette would scream in pain when she was touched. Our vet immediately started her on pain and anti-inflammatory meds to ease her suffering and make her more comfortable. Even so, the pain was so severe, she still had to be sedated to complete the exam.

The exam revealed:

- Grade 1 Luxating Patellas on both knees

- Congenital eye condition called Congenital Microphthalmia, basically a birth abnormality where the eye did not complete its development thus resulting in an abnormally small eye. Her eye is hydrated, and thankfully not infected. This eye condition is something that will have to be monitored.

- Complete Iliealsacral fracture on the left side

- Partial Iliealsacral and possible Acetabular fracture on right side

- Pelvic fracture

No wonder this little girl was in so much pain!! Sadly, this was the good news...

Lolette has Subluxation of her right femur, in laymans terms, her femur is not resting in her hip socket, it is dangling by tissue. Options include:

- "Closed reduction", a procedure to put it back into place

- Femoral Head Osteotoectemy (FHO), a procedure that would have to be performed by an Orthopedic Surgeon where they cut off the head of the femur, pulling it down, which will allow the right leg to be weight baring again.

- Ampuation of her leg

If nothing is done, she will be in constant excruciating pain the rest of her life.

The decision has been made to try the least evasive procedure on Lolette’s femur first, the closed reduction. If this works, she will be in for a slow, long and painful recovery. If it doesn’t, open surgery will be required.

As you can imagine, Lolette's medical bills are going to be sizeable and this little beauty would really appreciate your help. She will be one of our Guardian Angel cairns, a program that allows CP to take in cairns like Lolette, in the most desperate need of medical care and assistance. Click here to donate to help offset the cost of Lolette's medical bills.

Your tax-deductible donation will help CP help Lolette on her road to recovery!

Also, don't forget the A New Leash on Life fundraiser . Lolette is only one of the Cairns that CP rescues that needs your help. There are so many others just waiting at the gate to open and let them in to have a chance like Lolette.

Despite her severe pain and suffering, underneath all the matts, dirt and fleas is a little sweetheart. This afternoon one of the vet techs carried her back inside from a potty break and laid down next to Lolette in her crate to give her some love. What did Lolette do? She tried to rollover and give her belly for a rub...

At this point I would normally ask for everyone to give Lolette a big warm CP welcome. However, this little girl is going to need so much more…… won't you please open your heart and your wallet to help Lolette?

Friday, October 21, 2011

McEban joins the CP family!

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer



Please give a warm welcome to a sweet gentleman, McEban.

McEban is a darling, yet a little tubby. He's 8 years young. He needed a new home without children, so his family worked with Col. Potter to give him a chance at a good life. He is going to lose some of his extra padding and attend boot camp to modify any inappropriate behaviors.

I expect he will do very well, as initial reports are glowing! He will be ready for his new family shortly.

Friday's Funnies!

The Daily Mutts


submitted by CP volunteer

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Introducting Atkins!

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer



Please give a warm welcome to a lucky cairn boy, Atkins. Atkins was found by a kind woman, who took him in while she searched for his owners. After having no luck, and absolutely not being able to keep him, she reached out to a small breed rescue who referred her to Col. Potter. The CP rescue team responded quickly to determine if he was cairn and to get the details about him. With hours to spare before she had no choice but to take him to the local shelter, CP jumped in to pick him up.

Thanks to Sheri, Joy, and Lynn who all played a huge part in making sure the shelter was not his fate. He will spend a couple of days getting his spa treatment, then head to a lucky foster home.

He is estimated to be 5-7 years old and is described as very friendly, sweet and quiet. He will need to lose a couple of pounds, but other than that seems to be a great boy.

Welcome, Atkins!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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 Roland , for being our Wacky Wednesday model this week!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Willoughby

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer


This adorable, little black brindle, 1-2 year old, male cairn found himself in a shelter and needed a place to go. Fortunately, Col. Potter was able to rescue him. He’s currently at the vet and will be heading to his foster home next weekend.

Willoughby’s name was chosen by Amy Robinson and Brian Antosh in the “Name A Rescue Cairn” fundraiser. They took up a collection at a Col. Potter Public Relations event they hosted, and collected enough to name a cairn. Thank you Amy and Brian!!

If you’re interested in naming a Col. Potter rescue cairn, click HERE for details.

It shouldn’t take very long to find this little cutie a new home! Welcome Willoughby!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Antire

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer



Antire is an adorable little 15lb, 1 1/2 year old female cairn terrier princess deemed unadoptable by a Midwestern shelter as she would bark and jump at the kennel’s wire as people walked thru looking for a pet. However, once the door of the kennel was open, all Antire wanted was to be loved and petted.

She is with a B & B (bed and biscuit) this week and so far is described as "a happy girl that's been in someone's home. She's keeping her ex pen clean, prefers to potty out on a walk, walks with a little pulling on the leash, likes to play with balls." Seems to me little Antire just needed a home.

Let’s all give Antire a big CP welcome!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

There's a New COLONEL in Town - Please Welcome Col. Sanders

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer



I think we have an answer to that age-old question “Why did the chicken cross the road?”

To get away from the cairn terrier!

I know it’s a familiar story, but this little guy was living in an outdoor pen and dug himself out and killed more than 40 of the neighbor's chickens. Fortunately, we became aware of him when a rescue team member noticing an ad that said “Cairn Terrier has 36 hours to live”.

Col. Sanders is 4 years old and reportedly gorgeous with a wonderful harsh cairn coat. He’s now safe, indoors, with no access to chickens and ready to start his new life.

So please welcome our newest Colonel!

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.)

Kayla & Sadie

Janna

Jammie & Mac

Gilly

Saturday, October 15, 2011

*** WARNING *** NEW CP BOY COMES WITH A CUTENESS ALERT!

Written by CP's VP of Intakes



Some of the Cairns that find their way to Col. Potter never had a chance to enjoy and experience puppyhood. Many are middle age and some even seniors when they finally get that taste of freedom. They never got to do and experience all the wild, crazy things and adventures that most Cairn puppies do. Now, I will agree with you that raising a Cairn puppy can be a real challenge, but would any of you ever want to deprive them of this time of carefree abandon in their lives?

One little male Cairn puppy got lucky this passed week and won his freedom joining the Col. Potter family. He has a special spot in my heart as his name was donated by members of the Rescue/Intakes Team in memory of my boy Hawthorne, who was one of those Cairns that didn't have a chance to be a puppy and enjoy puppyhood. Hawthorne didn't find freedom until he was 7 years old and was still taking baby steps to embrace it when he went to the Rainbow Bridge this passed May at 15 years old. I called Hawthorne my Brown Boy and so the name I chose to honor and remember by Hawthorne is Brownbee.

And so, I ask you to give a warm welcome to Col. Potter's newest member of the family--and certainly one of the cutest--Brownbee! Brownbee is just 4 months old and a cute litte boy. I think my Hawthorne is smiling down his approval that Brownbee will get to enjoy all the puppyhood Hawthorne never did.

If you would like to remember someone, the Name a Cairn Program is a wonderful way to do so. It also makes a great holiday gift for that hard-to-buy-for person.

Lastly, please don't forget our New Leash on Life fundraiser is running and we really need your support so that we can continue to help Cairns, just like my Hawthorne and his little namesake, Brownbee.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Sela joins the CP family!

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer



This adorable little 3 year old girl became a Col. Potter kid recently. Early reports are that she loves everyone, gets along well with other dogs, is housebroken, crate trained, loves playing with toys and getting her belly rubbed. Her only downside is she is a relentless squirrel chaser. Of course aren’t most self-respecting cairns squirrel chasers?

Sela is at her foster home, ready to begin her new life! So welcome to the family, little Miss Sela – we’ll find you a perfect new home!

Friday's Funnies!

Raising Duncan
by Chris Browne