Monday, April 30, 2012



I just moved to RI from AZ and Tai got out of the house today, April 30 about 4 p.m..

I am DEVASTATED and sick to my stomach and need help from CPCRN folks and anyone in the area.  She was NOT wearing her collar though she is microchipped.  We've left word with all of the shelters and left notices on Craigslist and Home Again (her microchip is registered there).

PLEASE put out the word for anyone in the area of 170 Central Avenue, Johnston RI.  My cell is 401-527-3746 and I will pay a reward.

Please let me know of anything you need from me.  Please let me know if there is anyone in the area who can help.

Video of Carolina's pups playing in the kitchen!

Contributed by Carolina and her puppies' foster Mom

 These kids have changed so much in the last week - they're looking more like little dogs than the babies they were just an instant ago This is a video of the crew playing in the kitchen.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

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! (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.)



Kayla  Sadie


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Please Welcome Denny!

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

Please welcome Denny to our clan. Denny is a spunky 5-year-old out-going wheaten boy who comes to us with some serious skin problems. Denny's family was no longer able to carry the financial burden of trying to get him cured, so they surrendered him to his veterinarian, expecting Denny to be euthanized. Instead, the good doctor took Denny in and started him on treatments for his skin. The clinic then contacted Col. Potter to see if there was a home somewhere out there for this sweet boy. You better believe it! Our equally spunky CP volunteers were there in a flash to bring this little guy into the fold.

Let's give Denny a solid CP welcome!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Salisbury's pups 'in action' video

Contributed by Salisbury and her pups' foster mom

The puppies have definitely discovered toys!
 We hope you enjoy this look at the pups playing in their expen.

Friday's Funnies!

originally seen on Lovadog

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Salisbury, mom to the 8 pups!

Contributed by Salisbury's foster Mom 

 I haven't written much about Salisbury since she was so sick for the first part of her stay here. Libby (Salisbury) is an amazing and special girl. I believe she was someone's loved pet and somehow ended up in the puppy mill. Princess Libby has always gone outside to potty and will let us know if she needs to go out. She has given kisses since day one of being here. Rolls over and offers her tummy for a rub. She also likes to scratch her back out in the grass while groaning with pleasure. She reminds me a lot of our Tootsie.

Salisbury was accustomed to everything in the house...doors, steps, noises, etc. She asks to come up on the couch as she isn't quite strong enough to jump at this point...lack of proper nutrition and exercise in the mill I am sure. As you will see in the pictures, Libby makes herself right to home on the couch. Libby has taken treats gently from our hands from from the day she arrived also. She listens better than my kids:) Whoever is lucky enough to be approved to adopt this girl will be getting one loving, silly sweet girl.

Salisbury is being fostereed in Arkansas along with her puppies and she will be available for adoption at a later date. You can learn more about her and her puppies at our website by clicking on Available cairns.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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! All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.

 A big shout out to Zander for being our Wacky Wednesday model this week!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Introducing Zeppo!

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

This 9 yr old cairn boy was surrendered to a shelter by his owners because the husband was very ill and they were unable to care for him. When he was in danger of being PTS, the shelter reached out and Col. Potter answered the call.

While Zeppo looks quite forlorn in his photo, he is reported to be a very handsome, happy and friendly boy. In fact, he was so excited when he was being rescued he barked with joy!

Zeppo is currently at the vet for his spa treatment and will join his foster home next week.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Meet DeDee

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

Please welcome DeDee to CP. She's a little 4 yr old sweetie whose mom thought her prey drive was a little too much. She decided to surrender her so that DeDee can have a better life.

DeDee is now with her foster mom and in the loving arms of Col. Potter.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

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! (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.)


Banjo & Candi



Saturday, April 21, 2012

Video of Salisbury's puppies at 5 weeks!

Contributed by Salisbury and her pups' foster Mom

Chopper joins CP!

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

Please welcome this adorable little 3-5 year old male cairn. He reportedly loves people, toys and belly rubs.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday's Funnies!

Contributed by a CP Volunteer

shared on facebook

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Video of Carolina's pups at 5 weeks!

Contributed by Carolina and her pups' foster Mom


 Here they are playing today. They no longer want to walk, they scamper! LOL We're feeding them a gruel mix twice a day now, and they've all got fat little tummies, but Beaufort is still the "tugboat" of the group. Today's weights were - Hatteras 38.3oz, Beaufort 46.6, Bodie 45.1, Banks 42.7, Mayberry 43, and Appalachia 41.7.

Today they learned a new word. OOWWWW!  I had 3 of them attacking my bare ankles while I was in the pen changing out the pads on the floor, and they were trying to use me as a teething toy! We've moved them to the big side of the ex pen, and mom has the smaller area for a retreat. They are capable of getting over the 1x10" board we've got as a divider if they really want to - Mayberry was the first to scale the wall to be in with momma. Hatteras is our shy girl - she likes to retreat to the corner of the bed when things get too crazy. She's a corner type of girl - she also goes to a corner to poop :-) Banks is also a bed lover, except he likes to go chew on the blanket edges or play with a toy by himself, all stretched out like a little stud muffin. He also likes to give a little bark if he thinks he's missing out on something, and then he comes running to be a part of the action. Appalachia and Beaufort are middle of the road kids - they might be joining in the wrestling matches, or they may be trying to find a spot to nap. Mayberry and Bodie are the adventurers and the first to greet you and check things out. It's funny they've buddied up like this because if I had to pair them up on looks, this is how I'd pair them up on looking alike! 

 Momma continues to be a 5 year old puppy herself. We have toys we can only put in the pen when she's outside, or she gets too crazy with them and forgets about being in with her puppies, jumping in and out of her area right onto them and bowling them over. She's got a couple toys she tries shredding (pulling their parts off, really), and then there's the little plastic squeaky ones she carries around squeaking constantly, and the puppies actually run away as if they think there's something wrong and they're scared. We've got a little red rubber goldfish that the puppies love to chew on (they rarely make it squeak yet), but it's the one that causes the most problems - Carolina tosses it FEET up into the air and charges after it, knocking puppies over as she goes. We thought for a minute maybe she was just teaching her kids to play, but we couldn't stand the roughness so make sure it's out of the pen before she's back in again.

 Auntie Gayla made them camo fleece bone toys, and the puppies love them - they're light enough but big enough that they enjoy wrestling with them one-on-one :-) It's fun watching them try to shake the stuffing out of a toy at this age!  Oh, and Barney's really had a kick watching them pee - something someone is doing literally every five minutes when they're awake - because even at this age, they're developing the terrier scratch/kick instinct after pottying! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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! All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.

 A big shout out to Barbara Shisler's pup for being our Wacky Wednesday model this week!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Please welcome Kenyon

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

Please welcome Kenyon to CP.

He is known to be very laid back and easy going and really friendly. He is now in the safe arms of his foster Dad to start his new life with CP.

Monday, April 16, 2012

CP's foster Alize and the dreaded 'C' word

Contributed by Alize's foster mom

It's one of those things that at just the thought of it,  you want to push to the back of your mind. You don't even want to say it - it's more evil than any cuss word. Cancer. And it came to terrorize us right in the excitement of whelping Carolina's puppies. Foster Alize had her spay/dental/updates the day that Carolina started showing beginning signs of labor. And when I'd dropped her off that morning, I'd mentioned to them that while they had her out, there was a funny bump on her back/left hip that I'd like for them to take a look at just in case. It was about the size of a lima bean and grey. I'd kind of blown it off thinking it was probably a reaction to a tick bite or something, and it had a scabby spot like Alize would scratch it or bite it occasionally. But when I picked her up that evening, she had a shaved spot about the size of a softball, with a puckered, ugly incision about 2.5" long in the middle of that bare area.

 It took me by surprise because of how crooked and sunken yet puckered and just so nasty looking it was - it made me hurt and my heart sank. My vet had thought it looked suspicious, had removed it and plenty of tissue surrounding it, and it was being sent in for biopsy. I wept for her when we got home and just kept telling myself it COULDN'T be - she's not even THREE years old! So we waited. Alize couldn't leave the stitches alone and had to wear the cone of shame for 2 weeks until the stitches could come out. A week after her surgery, my vet called to tell me the results had come back - it was a mast cell tumor and cancerous. She'd talk to me more when she took out her stitches. There are 3 grades - grade one being the lowest, and they are usually contained and nothing further is needed. I was told grade two can go either way - it might be a one time deal, or it could re-occur or be an indication there may be cancerous cells elsewhere.

 Grade three requires aggressive treatment of chemo as the cancer is almost always in multiple places in the body, effecting major organs, the lifespan of most shortened to a few years at best. Alize was a "high" grade two, with a high mitoses rate(how fast the cancer cells can split - a 4 on a scale of 1-5). But she's not even THREE YEARS OLD! WHY?!!! My vet's office referred me to an Oncologist. Another wait for almost a week.. Wonderful office - wonderful staff - wonderful veterinarian. The walls have framed "scrapbooked" pages/pics of dogs and cats that have been patients there, with thank you's for their help in caring for them. The counters had framed pics w/word of praise. What a show of the caring nature of this office - it was a reassuring display that we were in the right place.

 Alize was on her best behavior, and she had them all wrapped around her cute, short little carrot-shaped tail . The Dr. did a full exam, especially slowly feeling all over her body for any signs of any new tumors. She was worried about a knot at the end of the incision, so she wanted to draw some it out via needle to check for cancerous cells as Alize's type can rapidly re-appear at the same site, but also all over her body. Her plan of action was to do an ultrasound of her belly to look at her groin lymph nodes, liver, and spleen. If any of those looked abnormal, she'd do a needle aspiration of tissue to see if there were cancer cells. She needed a platelet count in case of needing to do the aspiration, so blood was drawn first. I approved her plan, and she left with little Alize trotting down the hall beside her, tail wagging. The 30-45 minute wait started. Thankfully my last Auntie left had gone with me, and we tried to find other things to talk about while we sat. A tech came out with Alize trotting right along side of her - told me she'd been giving kisses to them all in back, and she'd been a great patient. They'd given her a couple of treats because of her excellent behavior (I gave her a couple more I'd stuck in my pocket since she'd had nothing to eat/drink since midnight.) The Dr. would be out shortly.

 She came out with great news - the sample drawn from the knot at her incision was only blood/fluid still not absorbed from her initial surgery - no cancerous cells. And the ultrasound showed her liver, spleen, and lymph nodes normal! She was worried about the "clear margin" taken when the tumor was initially removed, and she was going to contact the pathologist in that lab and ask for actual measurements to make sure there had been enough tissue removed around the tumor to ensure that all it's "feelers" it sends out from the mass had been removed. So she might have to have another surgery to take more tissue from the site.

 But she said for right now she felt it safe to say that Alize was cancer free and ready for adoption. Her new family will have to be vigilant about feeling/checking for any signs of new growth, and if any lumps are found, they'll need to be biopsied immediately as she's at a pretty high risk for a re-occurrence. And it's such a blessing this girl wasn't pregnant as first thought, or all this probably wouldn't have been done for a couple of months until the puppies would have been weaned and she was ready for a spay. It probably would have spread to other places by that time, and we'd be looking at a very sad prognosis for this girl. I got a call from her this afternoon letting me know she'd spoken with the pathologist, and the margins my vet took around the tumor were HUGE, well beyond the measurements needing to be safe. So Alize, for now, is a healthy girl, ready for her Forever family to find her and adopt her. We can now celebrate a HAPPY birthday for her on the 19th! Next time I see my Dr. Stuart, she's getting a big hug.   I've got to torture - I mean groom her - and get some good pics of this cute little thing.  She has the best little shaped 14# body, great coat, and the best, short little naturally carrot-shaped tail of any Cairn I've ever had here. I've attached the best pic I've got of her so far.

 She's let it be known that she's an alpha  and would do best in a home with previous terrier experience. Probably easiest in a home as an only dog or with a mellow male that will let her be the boss. When she first met our pack almost 2 weeks after being here (because she wasn't vetted/she was supposed to be pregnant), it was one of the wildest introductions we'd ever had. Some of the kids she'd knock to the ground in a split second and be on top of them giving them her rules. Some fought back and we'd have to end the conversation by taking her out of it. Little mill momma Sitka waltzed right up to her face, must have told her something, took another step back and smelled her, and walked off.  We had to watch/listen to her constantly the first week or so, and at her first nasty word, she'd get time out. Harnesses sure make a great handle for taking a dog right up/off their feet! She's been a little scrapper, for sure. She has found her niche in the pack now and is getting along much better in our pack, but she has her moments that someone looks at her wrong and she explodes and gets a time out. At the vet's offices, she's wanted to take on every dog in sight, no matter how small or LARGE!

 I've had looks thrown at us because of her outbreaks of wild behavior - it's all that big dog attitude in a little dog's body, and she's got a sailor's mouth that rivals the best of them! LOL She loves to play with the 2 yr. old Norrie brothers, chasing and wrestling, and she also loves her foster daddy, spending hours in his lap in the evening if she's allowed. With more everyday lessons on how to be a good dog, she'll learn to be a great little girl for someone, despite having a bit of a 'ttude. And you can't NOT think about how this would have turned out had Col. Potter not rescued this girl. This cancer would have progressed quickly, turning into a grade 3, and she wouldn't have had a chance at seeing her fourth birthday, as dogs with a grade 3 have a 10% chance at living another year. Fate and Destiny knew where she needed to be. Please visit our website to learn more about her. She is being fostered in Missouri.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday Sweets



Simon fka General Sherman



Thursday, April 12, 2012

Please welcome Minx

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

Please welcome Minx to the Col Potter family!

Minx is a charming 3-year-old cairn girl who is very sweet natured and playful with good energy. This beautiful little girl was in a shelter fighting off skin and ear infections when she started out on her journey towards the arms of CP.

Let's welcome her in and let her know that here at Col. Potter it's okay if girls just wanna have fun.

Two cuties join CP!

Written by CP's VP of Intakes

This introduction comes with a rating of "C" for cute, Cute, CUTE!!

How many of you are familiar with the Stevie Wonder classic "Isn't She Lovely"? The opening words are:

"Isn't she lovely
Isn't she wonderful
Isn't she precious"

Stevie is describing his newborn daughter and the love he has for her.

Many puppies born into this world don't have that show of love or affection and if there is a genetic or medical issue with them, they are cast away.

Such was the case with two little girls who found their way to the Col. Potter family today. Their parents had produced other puppies that developed Craniomandibular Osteopathy otherwise known as CMO or lion's jaw. These puppies were lucky enough to find their way to a local rescue who sought breed specific help for them and turned to Col. Potter. Currently, neither little girl is showing any real signs of CMO, but both are very young, only 3 months, and the symptoms generally appear between 3-8 months of age.

After taking just one look at their pictures, I think you will join me in a chorus of Stevie's song and agree aren't they lovely, aren't they wonderful, aren't they precious. I think you will also understand how I then came up with the names for these two little girls:



They will be visiting a vet shortly for xrays of their jaws to determine the degree of CMO they currently have and started on medications to keep them comfortable while they go through this period.

My VERY BIG THANKS to Marsha and Dennis T. for fostering both of these baby girls and to Dennis for making the long drive to pick them up today.

Isn't She Lovely indeed! Please help me welcome the Baby Dolls!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Benedict bounds into CP.

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

Please welcome Benedict, a sweet little 1 year-old, to our clan!

Benedict is a great little guy who found himself in a pretty hot and not so tempting situation a while back, hanging out in the backyard sun all day. But he's a cool dude now and settling in for better days ahead with Col. Potter!

Let's give him our blessing and welcome in Benedict!

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! 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 and Sadie for being our Wacky Wednesday models this week!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Introducing Merryn

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

Merryn is a 15lb, 8 year old female cairn whose owners decided they no longer had the time or money to keep her anymore. She has skin allergies and even though she is said to be housebroken, her owners kept her outside all the time.

Fortunately for Merryn, her owners found Col. Potter. Merryn was surrendered to CP this week and taken directly to a vet clinic. She is now inside, bathed, and will spend the next week at the “spa” until she is transported to her foster home.

Let’s all give a big CP welcome to this little girl.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Cheerwine joins CP!

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

Cheerwine is a 3-4 year old, 18lb sweet girl that found herself in a high kill shelter in North Carolina. During her stay there, she was put into caged runs with both large and small dogs. This didn’t phase her at all. Cheerwine hasn't met a dog or person she didn’t get along with!

During her time at the shelter Col. Potter received several pleas to help this little bundle of joy. When her hold time was up, CP was able to pull her and get her to a vet. Cheerwine has continued to impress the vet staff; she is indeed a sweet wonderful loving girl.

Let’s all give a big CP welcome to Cheerwine.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter pictures of Carolina's puppies at 3 weeks old!

Contributed by Carolina and her puppies' foster mom

 Here's Carolina's puppies at 3 weeks. We decided to go with the Easter theme. Of course,by the time I'd gathered up the baskets and stuff, we found the camera battery was low, so I had to send Barney to Wal-Mart late in the evening to get batteries since there wasn't a spare in the house when we got ready to take pics :-( The last two pics I found my basket wasn't long enough for six puppies. It's hard for us to get pics of Carolina feeding - she comes flying out of the puppy area as we open the den door, excitedly wanting to greet us at the ex pen gate and get attention. She's always been that way. I only know they're nursing well because they're all still gaining weight at a nice rate.







It's a basket full of puppies!

Hatteras weighed 28.9 oz, Beaufort 31.6, Bodie 30.4, Banks 29.2, Mayberry 26.1, and Appalachia 30.5 at tonight's weigh-in . Beaufort should be hitting that TWO POUND mark tomorrow, and possibly Bodie and Appalachia will, too. Mayberry is the smallest, but she's the most inquisitive. For her pics, she wanted to wander around in the basket and check out the plastic grass instead of holding still.
 She's also the most mobile .Appalachia is the fretter - she was whining and worried where everyone else had gone by the time we were done with her in a few short minutes. Banks is the model and not at all camera shy. They are all starting to develop their own personalities. They are peeing more at will instead of mom having to stimulate them - the pads are starting to be saturated and really need changing a few times a day instead of lasting multiple days. Mom's still taking care of the pooping department.

 They are becoming more vocal in their play and will give that purr of a puppy growl if they're disgusted that you've given them skritches or picked them up. Last night, I think it was Beaufort that was sleeping soundly when I was in weighing, and I startled him when I picked him up, and he gave me a big scream like he'd really been got! Next time I'll remember to give them some skritches and wake them up a little gentler if I think they're asleep instead of startling another. I usually enter the room and call puppy, puppy, puppies, and they all start scrambling now to be alert and see what's happening.

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! (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.)





 Keegan & Kipper

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Meet Gomez!

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

CODE RED – Will be euthanized tomorrow morning. That’s the message that came in to Intakes about 4pm EST. Even under optimal conditions, that’s not much time to act. Three Intakes Coordinators got busy pulling out all the stops – checking databases for volunteers in that area, making phone calls, sending emails. We found a volunteer 4 hours away from the shelter who said “I’ll do whatever you need me to.” (Bless you Charlene!)

GREAT! Next step – call the shelter and put a hold on him and a note that our volunteer will be there tomorrow morning to pick him up. WRONG! Col. Potter is not an approved rescue at that shelter and cannot put a hold on him.

NOW WHAT? Pray that some other rescue saves him? Find an approved rescue that will get him for us? More phone calls, emails, searching the internet for local rescue contact information. Finally at 1:42 am, received an email reply from a local rescue saying she could get him for us. Next problem – he had been “rescue only” as the shelter had marked him as aggressive. We needed to know the facts before making the decision to take him. This rescue angel temperament tested him and said he was just a scared little guy. She had no problems handling him and he even allowed her to pick him up. She agreed to pay his get-out-of-jail fee and pull him under their rescue’s name and then turn him over to us after he was neutered and vaccinated by the shelter. Our other 4-hour-away rescue angel, drove to the shelter Friday, picked him up and delivered him to the vet for his spa treatment. And believe it or not, there’s yet another rescue angel waiting in the wings, who volunteered to drive him 1300 miles to his foster home. There truly are angels among us!

Without further ado: Please welcome Gomez – named after his first rescue angel. Gomez is estimated to be just 1 year old. We’ll know more about him over the next few days while he decompresses and settles in with the vet staff.

Corbin Charges into CP

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

Recently, Col. Potter welcomed a little 1 yr old boy. He had already been in two different homes with no cairn experience. The second owner decided to turn him over to us.

He is now with his foster dad and will start his new life with the amazing Col. Potter family.

Please welcome Corbin!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

Please welcome Rita to our clan! Rita is a vivacious 4-year-old world traveler who had her puppy beginnings in Merry Old England. She crossed the pond with her people and landed in the US.

Unfortunately, though she was much loved in the new world she found herself in, that world was not big enough for both her and a small child. Rita has once again packed her bags and has come to stay with Col. Potter until she finds her forever home.

Let's give her a Cheery-O welcome!

Salisbury feels better and puppies are 3 weeks old!

Contributed by Salisbury and her pups' foster mom

 Foster Dad bottle feeds Patterson

 some of the puppies

chubby puppies

Salisbury had her last IV treatment . Tomorrow morning she will go to the vet for a recheck. She seems to be feeling much better now and is acting like her sweet happy self, wanting attention from both of us and tending to her puppies.

 The puppies are growing like weeds, but Patterson is still struggling, so he is now getting supplemented with a bottle every few hours to help him catch up. He goes for the bottle like a little piggy. Foster dad seems to have the touch with the bottle and is the one doing all Patterson's bottle feedings. He also tends to Libby(Salisbury) like he is her personal attendant.