Wednesday, November 30, 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 Lovie for being our Wacky Wednesday model this week! You can order your Cairn holiday cards by clicking this link to see all of the holiday choices available from Col. Potter including our 2012 calendars!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Welcome Fergie!

Contributed by a CP Intakes Coordinator


Would you believe yet another dark brindle cairn found her way to Col Potter? Please welcome Fergie, She was picked up as a stray, no tags or chip, and no owner to be found. But the really sad part is she was on the shelter’s euthanasia list just because she has some hair loss/skin issues– and she only had 3 days for a rescue to step up and take her. Fortunately we were able to take her in.

Fergie is estimated to be 2 years old and described as very sweet and just loves attention.

Welcome little girl! We’ll turn that frown into a smile in no time!

Monday, November 28, 2011

WELCOME CP's COATS OF MANY COLORS

Written by CP's VP of Intakes

There are many different types of coats and they all come in a wide variety of colors these days. Gone are the days of dull, drab colors. With winter fast approaching, at least in the north, the vibrant outside colors of spring and summer are gone and the only splash of color now seen outside is that of a colorful coat. Well, more than people have Coats of Many Colors! The little furkids that we all work so hard to help have some of the most colorful and beautiful coats found anywhere. Cairns truly have Coats of Many Colors.

Last week, seven beautiful Cairn Coats of Many Colors joined the Col. Potter family. Once again, a very special little angel with a passion for black brindles has been at work rounding up our Coats of Many Colors:




Cloak - Female, black brindle, born 6/13/02 and her sister






Cape - Female, wheaton, born 6/13/02, sister to Cloak






Jacket - Female, black brindle, born in 2006





Parka - Female, black brindle, born 7/4/09






Basque - Female, black brindle, born 2/12/08 and her sister






Toggle - Female, black brindle, born 2/12/08, sister to Basque






Slicker - Male, black brindle, born 6/30/06




My thanks to Marlene and Chuck and our very special vet who provided the transportation for the Coats of Many Colors to reach freedom.

Please help me Welcome the Coats of Many Colors, who I know will have more than just their coats to keep them warm this winter. They will also have the loving arms of Col. Potter wrapped around them.

Sunday, November 27, 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.)

Hunter, Cassie and Defi

Aphra

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Please Welcome "SPIFFY" to the CP Family!!

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer



Life can sure make some changes in our lives that we just don’t expect! This is what happened to “Spiffy” girl who is 5 years old.

Spiffy's owner got sick and went into the hospital. Sadly, while there she died. Can you imagine one day living with your mommy that loves you and the next you are dropped off at a strange place that is very scary for a cairn?

Yes, the owner's family dropped her off at a shelter because they did not want to care for her. On the up side the shelter contacted Col. Potter to help and Spiffy was able to join the best cairn family around!

Col. Potter can only save cairns like Spiffy through the generous support of all the volunteers and donations. With the Holiday’s approaching please considering giving a gift of life to another cairn by making a donation or volunteering.

Welcome Spiffy girl!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday's Funnies!

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 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 Bea for being our Wacky Wednesday model this week!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Please Welcome Keely!

Written by Intakes team Volunteer


Please welcome this adorable little, 12 lb. 1.5 year old cairn princess. Her former family decided to seek our help when they realized she was not safe in their busy home. With several young children in the home, Keely would sometimes play too rough with them and on several occasions managed to escape from their back yard, with the children running after her.

Fortunately each time she made it back home safely with no injuries to Keely or the children. Keely has arrived at her foster home, ready to begin her new life.

Welcome little girl!

Monday, November 21, 2011

FDA Continues to Caution Dog Owners About Chicken Jerky Products

FDA website

November 18, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is again cautioning consumers that chicken jerky products for dogs (also sold as chicken tenders, strips or treats) may be associated with illness in dogs. In the last 12 months, FDA has seen an increase in the number of complaints it received of dog illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported from China. These complaints have been reported to FDA by dog owners and veterinarians.

FDA issued a cautionary warning regarding chicken jerky products to consumers in September 2007 and a Preliminary Animal Health Notification in December of 2008. After seeing the number of complaints received drop off during the latter part of 2009 and most of 2010, the FDA is once again seeing the number of complaints rise to the levels of concern that prompted release of our earlier warnings.

Chicken jerky products should not be substituted for a balanced diet and are intended to be fed occasionally in small quantities.

FDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products: decreased appetite; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; increased water consumption and/or increased urination. If the dog shows any of these signs, stop feeding the chicken jerky product. Owners should consult their veterinarian if signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine). Urine tests may indicate Fanconi syndrome (increased glucose). Although most dogs appear to recover, some reports to the FDA have involved dogs that have died.

FDA, in addition to several animal health diagnostic laboratories in the U.S., is working to determine why these products are associated with illness in dogs. FDA’s Veterinary Laboratory Response Network (VLRN) is now available to support these animal health diagnostic laboratories. To date, scientists have not been able to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses. FDA continues extensive chemical and microbial testing but has not identified a contaminant.

The FDA continues to actively investigate the problem and its origin. Many of the illnesses reported may be the result of causes other than eating chicken jerky. Veterinarians and consumers alike should report cases of animal illness associated with pet foods to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their state or follow this link.

Sunday, November 20, 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.)

Baby Dumpling


Lottie, Nickie, Husker, Charlie Brown


Ruby


Chrissy, Grady and Parker


Kuri

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Why Rescues Make One of the Best Resources When Looking for a New Furry Companion

Dog Obedience Training Blog
November 14th, 2011 by Minette

Rescued dogs are HAPPY dogs!

I LOVE animal rescues, at least most of them! Most animal rescues have the animal’s best interests in mind and are run effectively and by good and loving people.

I have spent a good portion of my career working with numerous animal rescues and getting to know just what is involved in the processes that they deal with daily!

When I hear people complain about adoption fees, my whole body cringes. I wish that the average person or naysayer had to spend just a week watching the intricacies involved in animal rescue.

Did you know that some rescues, fully anesthetize spay or neuter, and clean teeth of older dogs that are in need? Good rescues also make sure their animals are vaccinated, heartworm negative, and not in need of regular medication. Thousands of dollars are spent on dogs that need surgeries, or heartworm treatment. They don’t charge $1,500 for the 10 year old dog that went through treatment, so they have to make up some of the differences for their compassion in other places.

These rescue workers scour dog shelters to rescue dogs on the last days of their lives. If not for these rescues, hundreds of thousands of dogs would be euthanized!

Most rescuers work FULL TIME to fund their rescues as there is really no money offered in saving animals!

The amount of money these rescues save the new owners is not even close to the minimal amount that they charge to find a good home.

Most rescues only charge to ensure that people are willing and able to pay. If $100 or $300 or whatever the adoption fee is, is too much for the prospective new owner how can that person expect to pay for dog food, toys, or an emergency vet visit?

And, most of the hoops they make people jump through are to ensure that their dogs go to forever homes and do not end up back in their care, or worse at an animal shelter or testing facility.

Yes, unfortunately there are sick people out there that adopt animals and then sell them to animal testing facilities or use them for dog fighting. But the application process and home visits usually deters the sickos and better ensures the safety of the dogs that they love and are placing.

What I Really Love About Rescues?

Most rescues house their dogs in REAL homes. They don’t have a large kennel where the dogs are left day and night, and so these dogs live with people and families.

Rescues Pay for Medical Treatment

Why does that matter to you?

Because real people know the best environment for certain dogs. These foster families know if the dog is good with children or cats because they are living in an environment with kids and cats.

Foster families know how much exercise certain dogs need, or if the dog would prefer to be a couch potato and sleep under the covers with their new owner.

They get an idea of what the dog is good at or scared of and what the temperament of the dog is.

People say “Foster families can lie about the dogs in their care because they want to get them adopted” and whereas that can certainly be true it is not usually the case. Most foster families don’t want to see the dog returned so they try FOR THE DOG to find him or her just the right living scenario.

I have cats, and so I know the fear of bringing an adult dog into my house. It is much easier to contact a rescue and tell them I only want a dog that has been tested with and has been successful living with cats.

I would also want this assurance if I had small children!

Most people are better suited to integrating an adult dog into their already busy lives. So rescues take the pain and unknown out of the situation.

That is not to say that you let your guard down when the dog comes home! I would never bring a dog in and turn it loose with my cats or children “hoping” the foster family was right. But it certainly eases my mind if I know the dog has lived in a similar scenario!

It also takes away the factor that ruins most dog/human relationships; which is simply based on looks. We see a picture of a dog and “fall in love” we think at first we don’t care what the personality of the dog is we just love how “cute” he is or how “fuzzy” or how much he looks like our last dog; when this shallow factor should be eliminated completely to help us find a successful relationship!

Yes, it is true you can still pick the dog rescue by breed and by general looks. In most cases, the rescue will still be selecting the dog that it thinks best suits you, not the one with the prettiest fur.

There are also plenty of mixed breed rescues out there for those of you who love the personality and style of your mutts!

Another Best Reason?

The World would be a Sad Place without Rescues!

A rescue will take the dog back if you deem he is not the right fit for you and your family, and that promise usually lasts a lifetime.

Most rescues would rather take a dog that has been successfully homed for the past 5 years back than have it go somewhere else or to a shelter.

I don’t believe that animals are disposable, but I also haven’t had a huge traumatic event in my life so I try not to judge. If I lost my home or had to move overseas this would be a good thing to know.

So if you are looking to add a furry face to your montage I suggest you do your homework and employ the help of a good rescue, you are almost guaranteed to succeed! You can’t get that anywhere else!


Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday's Funnies!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

PLEASE WELCOME A DIFFERENT KIND OF VETERAN TO CP

Written by CP's VP of Intakes



This passed weekend we honored, saluted and thanked all the men and women of the Armed Forces that have served and protected the United States of America, allowing us to live in freedom. We thank all active duty and veterans for their sacrifice and contribution.

But there are other veterans that serve in a much different manner that never get to feel protected or know about freedom. Much like their human counterparts, they make huge sacrifices of their lives and contribute to something they do not get to share in or enjoy. That is until their enlistment is up and they are discharged from the life they have been forced to live. Finally, they find the protection and freedom they have never known ... in the loving arms of Col. Potter.

One little male cairn Veteran received his discharge papers yesterday and marched right out into freedom!

Please raise your hand and give a welcoming salute to:

Veteran - male, black brindle with red highlights, weighs 13lbs. Born 6/20/04--he served more than 7 years.

Veteran will be receiving a much needed spa treatment this week before heading to his next assignment - as a pampered foster furkid awaiting his forever home. We salute you Veteran and welcome you home to Col. Potter!

Wednesday, November 16, 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 Simon (fka CP foster General Sherman) for being our Wacky Wednesday model this week!

Please follow this link to order your own 2012 calendar from Col. Potter!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Say Hello to CP's Sisters!!

Written by CP's VP of Intakes

"What's the good of news if you haven't a sister to share it."

Truer words could not be spoken...

These absolutely gorgeous little girls got the best news of their lives and got to share their chance at freedom together, as sisters! What could possibly be better?

Both of their names are donated from our Name a Rescue Cairn Program. With the holidays fast approaching, this is truly the gift that keeps on giving and is a "living" gift. It is perfect for that hard to buy person, or someone that has everything. It's wonderful for older people who can track their "namesake" on our website. Most importantly, it helps a Cairn in need and what could be better than that!

It is my pleasure to introduce Sisters:

Quatse - born 5/11/07, 12lbs of dark brindle beauty - her name was donated by the Vancouver Island Group who collect coins to help the Cairns. Quatse (pronounced Kwatsey) River is just outside Port Hardy. The Quatse River Campground is a favorite place to camp. The campsite is right on the river and is run by the salmon enhancement group.



Rhoda - born 5/11/07, 13lbs of black brindle beauty - her name was donated by Geri P. in memory of her grandmother. Geri says "She was the best; she was my grandma and she gave me the courage to be what I am."


Please help me welcome these beautiful little SISTERS!

Monday, November 14, 2011

From Dumpster to Col. Potter--Finn MacCool

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer



FOUND IN A DUMPSTER!

This very handsome little 3-4 year old cairn boy was found in a dumpster -- dirty, matted, stinky, half-inch long nails, infested with worms, and covered with fleas. All attempts to locate his owner failed and one of our volunteers was contacted to see if we could take him. Thanks to Julia, he’s now cleaned up, being treated for his ailments, and safe and warm while waiting to move to his foster home next weekend.

Finn is named after an Irish folklore hero who battled a Scottish giant and in so doing the channel between Ireland and Scotland was formed.

So welcome to Col Potter you brave little warrior!

Sunday, November 13, 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.)

Charlotte

Zander

Baby Dumpling

Ticonderoga

Kenzie, Jack, Bristol, Hamish

Saturday, November 12, 2011

New man Murray joins CP

Written by CP's VP of Intakes



If only they could talk ... If only they could tell us what happened to them and how they ended up in a shelter ... If only the shelter didn't have a euthanasia rate about four times higher than the adoption and rescue rate combined ... If only Col. Potter wasn't here and didn't open our arms to this little boy, he would be dead right now ... If only we lived in a perfect world where rescue was no longer needed!

He has absolutely unique, gorgeous markings and is reported to be so very sweet and friendly to all. He is estimated to be about 5 years old. Please help me welcome Murray to the Col. Potter family!

My special thanks to Sheri K. of the Rescue Team who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to monitor his countdown to the death march and keep me informed of when we needed to act to insure his safety. My thanks also to Monika R. for providing the transportation out of the death camp and into the loving arms of CP.

Murray, it won't be long before your sad eyes and submissive ears will be alive with Cairn attitude. If only more furkids were able to get a second chance like Murray ...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday's Funnies! We remember all of our veterans today

Red and Rover


by Brian Bassett

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Introducing Aphra

Written by CP's VP of Intakes



The parade of beautiful, little black brindle Cairns finding their way to the loving arms of Col. Potter continues!

Please help me welcome Aphra, an adorable 5 year old female who is very sweet and quite friendly. She has a lot to learn about freedom including what grass is and what are collars and leashes and walks. She's also camera shy of that strange little box with the flashy thing on it.

With a face like hers, I'm sure this it is just the first of many pictures that will be taken of this little black beauty. Aphra is currently enjoying her spa treatment and lots of extra special attention before moving to her foster home.

Let's all give a big CP welcome to Aphra!

Introducing Tiki!

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer



Tiki is an adorable 5-7 year old male cairn that was with an all-breed rescue. He was originally a stray and was with them for a very long time. They were having no luck finding a new home for him and contacted us for assistance. I’m happy to report that Tiki will be arriving at his foster home later today – ready to begin his new adventure and find his forever family.

Welcome Tiki!

Wednesday, November 9, 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 Rommel and Dobri, for being our Wacky Wednesday models this week!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Wheldon zoomes into CP!

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer



It was only a few weeks ago that Indy car driver Dan Wheldon was on top of the world, with a loving family, a dream job, and his future was bright. He loved by everyone who knew him. A horrible accident and twist of fate ended the life of Dan Wheldon leaving a big hole in many hearts. Today a handsome 9 year old black & silver brindle cairn joined Col. Potter named in honor of Dan Wheldon.

CP Wheldon also had a loving family and everything a cairn could want. He had been with his family since puppyhood and was a beloved only dog child. He did have a cat sibling to keep things interesting. A twist of fate changed everything. With great sadness and heavy hearts, his family sought out Col. Potter to ensure Wheldon found a new home to love him as much as they do.

Wheldon loves baths, tennis balls and belly rubs. If a lap is available, Wheldon will be there. His B&B hostess said he is very endearing, asks for belly rubs and takes treats with a 'soft' mouth. Wheldon is wondering what happened to the wonderful world he knew. Soon Wheldon will know the family of Col. Potter and all the goods things that will bring!

Please welcome the very handsome Wheldon!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Gunn rescued by Col. Potter

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer



What happens when a cairn pup decides the best pastime is to chase cars?

Leash him?
Built a secure fence?
Build a kennel run?

NOPE.

Take him to the vet to be euthanized.

Luckily for our new baby Gunn, the wonderful vet would NOT do that to him. He immediately called a cairn owner client, who he knew worked with Col. Potter, and asked for HELP!

CP jumped into action and said YES, we can help!

Today was truly Gunn's lucky day, not PTS, not left with an owner and at risk for 'catching' that car, and ending up with a group of people who will be certain he has a LONG, happy, safe life. Sweet Gunn will B&B until moving to a foster home.

Welcome, Gunn! And THANK YOU to the vet for saying NO!

Sunday, November 6, 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.)

Tootsie

Tasha

Abby and Gus

Magda/Molly, Nettle and Kizzie Marie

Abbie and Gem


Emma and Brodie