Thursday, October 31, 2013

Spread the Word about the Importance of Heartworm Prevention


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A Win-Win Experience with PupsEtc.com!


What a joy it is to work with Cathy at PupsEtc.com!  The passion she puts into her beautiful creations is only exceeded by her generosity to the Rescue groups she works with.  Your dogs will love their new furnishings, and you will feel great about having your purchases help such a wonderful cause – a true Win-Win situation!

Thank you for helping to support our efforts to fund the critical treatment needed for rescued Cairns who have tested heartworm positive, and please help spread the word about the importance of prevention.

Please follow this link to the American Heartworm Society website to learn more about this awful disease, including prevention, and to see graphic photos of adult heartworms in a dog’s heart.


An average of six to eight times each year, Col. Potter rescues a heartworm positive Cairn, giving them the chance to overcome this dreadful condition and live a happy, healthy life.  The prescribed treatment program runs an average cost of $1,000, and is not for the faint of heart, requiring a dedicated Volunteer to be there for a three or four month duration, managing every aspect of every day for the dog undergoing treatment.

PupsEtc is pleased to offer Col. Potter a special Heartwarming Tails fundraiser to help offset the cost of our current stable of four Foster Cairns undergoing this expensive heartworm treatment.  Beginning Saturday, October 19th through Friday, November 1st, a full 20% of all proceeds taken in by PupsEtc during this two week period will be donated to Col. Potter.
 
NEW!  The Picaboo Square Bolster bed with Removable Center Pillow in honor of CP Picaboo, currently undergoing treatment for heartworm.

Watch Col. Potter’s Heartwarming Tails with PupsEtc.com: http://youtu.be/txDDM0ThF1E

PupsEtc
Heartwarming Tails
Ends Tomorrow! - Friday 11/1/13
20% of all proceeds during this time will be donated to
Col. Potter’s Cairn Rescue Network!


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Tricks & Treats for Col. Potter!

Contributed by CP's VP of Intakes


Tricks, a sweet 13.5 lb. Black Brindle Female
 
Treats, a tiny little 10.9 lb. Wheaten Female

It's Halloween -- the day that children can live their fantasy as super heroes, princesses, mythical creatures, or spooky spirits.  Your doorbell rings and you're not quite sure what to expect standing at your door yelling “Boo!” and demanding "Trick or Treat!"  You graciously and happily hand out treats to all comers, reminiscing back to your childhood and reflecting on special memories of Halloweens gone by.

Halloween came early for two Cairns this year.  These two little girls were passed over several months ago and didn't get that chance to live out their fantasy of life in Freedom.  But, this time when the Col. Potter doorbell rang, there were no tricks for them, only treats as they waited at the door.  This past weekend they got to don the costume of Cairn Princess - as that is surely what they will become!

Let's give a big Halloween greeting to:

Tricks - F, Black Brindle, 13.15 lb., a friendly girl who loves to give kisses!

…and of course

Treats - F, Wheaten, 10.9 lb., just a little sprite of a girl who is very sweet, but a little scared of her new frightful world.

We're waiting on our vet to give us an estimate of age for these girls.

Happy Halloween to all, but especially Tricks & Treats!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Adopting a Cairn with Heartworm Disease


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Why do dogs with heartworm disease often face death in a shelter?  Money.

Most shelters do not have the financial resources to treat a dog with heartworm disease, and potential adoptive homes face the same dilemma, therefore, unless a rescue group steps up to accept and treat the infected dog, it will be put to sleep, even if it is otherwise a healthy, wonderful little dog.

Thank you for helping to support our efforts to fund the critical treatment needed for rescued Cairns who have tested heartworm positive, and please help spread the word about the importance of prevention.

Please follow this link to the American Heartworm Society website to learn more about this awful disease, including prevention, and to see graphic photos of adult heartworms in a dog’s heart.


An average of six to eight times each year, Col. Potter rescues a heartworm positive Cairn, giving them the chance to overcome this dreadful condition and live a happy, healthy life.  The prescribed treatment program runs an average cost of $1,000, and is not for the faint of heart, requiring a dedicated Volunteer to be there for a three or four month duration, managing every aspect of every day for the dog undergoing treatment.

PupsEtc is pleased to offer Col. Potter a special Heartwarming Tails fundraiser to help offset the cost of our current stable of four Foster Cairns undergoing this expensive heartworm treatment.  Beginning Saturday, October 19th through Friday, November 1st, a full 20% of all proceeds taken in by PupsEtc during this two week period will be donated to Col. Potter.

NEW!  The Picaboo Square Bolster bed with Removable Center Pillow in honor of CP Picaboo, currently undergoing treatment for heartworm.

Watch Col. Potter’s Heartwarming Tails with PupsEtc.com: http://youtu.be/txDDM0ThF1E

PupsEtc
Heartwarming Tails
Saturday 10/19/13 - Friday 11/1/13
20% of all proceeds during this time will be donated to
Col. Potter’s Cairn Rescue Network!


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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 Sadie, for being our Wacky Wednesday model this week!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Preventing Heartworm Disease


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What is the best way to keep your own sweet little Cairn girl or boy from getting heartworm disease?  A single monthly pill will do it.

HeartGuard, Iverhart Max, Canimax, and other veterinary-recommended preventative medications in tablet form are available to give your pet on a monthly or every-6-week basis, as a rule.  They may be chewable and you might get lucky and have a dog that will take it like a treat, but even if you have to wrap your little Toto in a towel and push the tablet to the back of the mouth, then stroke the throat with one hand while you hold the mouth closed, it is a great deal less costly and, without a doubt, less painful than having to treat your dog for that one infected mosquito bite.

Heartworm has been reported in all 50 states of the United States, so please check with a reliable vet for the best recommendations for your region, and don’t take a chance with your dog’s health and well-being.  Remember: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Please follow this link to the American Heartworm Society website to learn more about this awful disease, including prevention, and to see graphic photos of adult heartworms in a dog’s heart.


An average of six to eight times each year, Col. Potter rescues a heartworm positive Cairn, giving them the chance to overcome this dreadful condition and live a happy, healthy life.  The prescribed treatment program runs an average cost of $1,000, and is not for the faint of heart, requiring a dedicated Volunteer to be there for a three or four month duration, managing every aspect of every day for the dog undergoing treatment.

PupsEtc is pleased to offer Col. Potter a special Heartwarming Tails fundraiser to help offset the cost of our current stable of four Foster Cairns undergoing this expensive heartworm treatment.  Beginning Saturday, October 19th through Friday, November 1st, a full 20% of all proceeds taken in by PupsEtc during this two week period will be donated to Col. Potter.
 
NEW!  The Picaboo Square Bolster bed with Removable Center Pillow in honor of CP Picaboo, currently undergoing treatment for heartworm.

Watch Col. Potter’s Heartwarming Tails with PupsEtc.com: http://youtu.be/txDDM0ThF1E

PupsEtc
Heartwarming Tails
Saturday 10/19/13 - Friday 11/1/13
20% of all proceeds during this time will be donated to
Col. Potter’s Cairn Rescue Network!


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Halloween Safety on Pinterest

contributed by CP's Pinster
image via Green Valley Vets
Pinterest isn't all fun and games.  Col. Potter also pins information on safety, health, behavior and training.   Here are some important tips for keeping your pet safe this Halloween.

















Please share these safety tips with your fellow animal lovers.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Understanding Heartworm Disease


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How does a sweet little Cairn girl like Aubrey get heartworm disease?  A single mosquito bite will do it.

An adult female heartworm, living in a host animal, will lay their eggs (microfilariae) in the animal’s bloodstream.  A mosquito, drawing blood from the same animal, will become infected with the microfilariae and, within two weeks’ time, these microfilariae mature into infective larvae, after which the mosquito will infect any dog, cat, or other vulnerable animal it bites, passing the infective larvae through the bite wound.  In six months, the worm will mature into an adult and can then live in a dog up to seven years.

Please follow this link to the American Heartworm Society website to learn more about this awful disease, including prevention, and to see graphic photos of adult heartworms in a dog’s heart.


An average of six to eight times each year, Col. Potter rescues a heartworm positive Cairn, giving them the chance to overcome this dreadful condition and live a happy, healthy life.  The prescribed treatment program runs an average cost of $1,000, and is not for the faint of heart, requiring a dedicated Volunteer to be there for a three or four month duration, managing every aspect of every day for the dog undergoing treatment.

PupsEtc is pleased to offer Col. Potter a special Heartwarming Tails fundraiser to help offset the cost of our current stable of four Foster Cairns undergoing this expensive heartworm treatment.  Beginning Saturday, October 19th through Friday, November 1st, a full 20% of all proceeds taken in by PupsEtc during this two week period will be donated to Col. Potter.

NEW!  The Picaboo Square Bolster bed with Removable Center Pillow in honor of CP Picaboo, currently undergoing treatment for heartworm.

Watch Col. Potter’s Heartwarming Tails with PupsEtc.com: http://youtu.be/txDDM0ThF1E

PupsEtc
Heartwarming Tails
Saturday 10/19/13 - Friday 11/1/13
20% of all proceeds during this time will be donated to
Col. Potter’s Cairn Rescue Network!


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Keeping Pets Safe on Halloween!

Information taken from Halloween Safety Guide, HSUS, Pet Safety on Halloween.
Zander is all set for a Safe Halloween!

Jack-o'-lanterns, trick-or-treaters, haunted houses and costume parties. Halloween is full of fun things for you and your family to enjoy, but it's one of those holidays that is enjoyed more by people than by pets.


Keep the following precautions in mind when preparing for the frightfully fun festivities and help ensure that everyone in your family—including your pet—has a safe Halloween.


  • As much as your dog or cat may beg for some of your Halloween candy, always remember that chocolate may be deadly to them even in small amounts.

  • Keep your pet in a quiet place, away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities. You may know that the miniature monsters and goblins who come knocking on Halloween aren't real, but pets don't. Dogs and cats are creatures of habit and could become frightened or agitated by the unaccustomed sights and sounds of costumed visitors. In addition, frequently opened doors provide a perfect opportunity for escape, which can go unnoticed during all the commotion. Be sure all pets are wearing collars and ID tags in case of an accidental getaway.

  • Dogs can have lethal tails, wagging all over the place. Don't leave any lighted candles or Jack-O-Lanterns where they could be knocked over by a swinging tail or by a curious cat. Not only could your pet start a fire but they could severely burn themselves in the process.


  • If you are having a indoor party, make sure that you put your dog or cat in a room where they won't be disturbed. Unless your pet is ultra friendly and doesn't mind loud noises, music and lots of people you should keep them separate for the night. Also, be careful your cat or dog doesn't dart out through the open door as you hand out candy. Best bet is to just put them in a crate with some food and water for the night and check on them once in a while to let them know everything is fine.


  • Candy wrappers, such as tin foil, can get stuck in your pets digestive tract and make them ill or cause death. There are plenty of recipes for making homemade dog and cat treats, you can always make them their own Halloween treats.

  • Don't let the family dog accompany the kids on their trick-or-treat outing. Children may have a difficult time handling a pet during the festivities and your pooch could get loose, especially if your dog is scared by the strange sights and sounds of trick-or-treaters.

  • Don't leave your pet outside on Halloween: There are plenty of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen, even killed pets on this night. Plus with all the things happening that evening it can be more than a little frightening for our animals.

Col. Potter wishes everyone a Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Beating Stage 3 Heartworm Positive


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Houston came into Col. Potter in early 2010 as part of a group of 28 Cairns called The City Slickers.  A handsome seven year old Black Brindle boy, Houston was determined to be was Stage 3 (severe), so his neuter and dental were postponed as he started treatment right away to stop any further progression of the disease.  He had a series of 3 Immiticide injections, following the course of medications and supplements, again with forced inactivity.  With Stages 4&5 (Critical) vets will try the Immiticide injections first, but then may have to revert to surgery to remove the worms, so Houston was lucky we were able to treat him when we did.

My mid June, Houston was declared heartworm free and was then able to have his neuter and dental, before settling down to the business of learning how to live in a home.  Seven years as a caged stud for a commercial breeder had not prepared him for dishwashers and carpets and such, but thanks to being cured of his potentially deadly condition, Houston had the opportunity to learn the finer points of Freedom, and he did eventually find his perfect Forever home!
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An average of six to eight times each year, Col. Potter rescues a heartworm positive Cairn, giving them the chance to overcome this dreadful condition and live a happy, healthy life.  The prescribed treatment program runs an average cost of $1,000, and is not for the faint of heart, requiring a dedicated Volunteer to be there for a three or four month duration, managing every aspect of every day for the dog undergoing treatment.

PupsEtc is pleased to offer Col. Potter a special Heartwarming Tails fundraiser to help offset the cost of our current stable of four Foster Cairns undergoing this expensive heartworm treatment.  Beginning Saturday, October 19th through Friday, November 1st, a full 20% of all proceeds taken in by PupsEtc during this two week period will be donated to Col. Potter.

NEW!  The Picaboo Square Bolster bed with Removable Center Pillow in honor of CP Picaboo, currently undergoing treatment for heartworm.

Watch Col. Potter’s Heartwarming Tails with PupsEtc.com: http://youtu.be/txDDM0ThF1E

PupsEtc
Heartwarming Tails
Saturday 10/19/13 - Friday 11/1/13
20% of all proceeds during this time will be donated to
Col. Potter’s Cairn Rescue Network!

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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 D

 Darby

 Graham Cracker

 Jaden,  Rook, Georgi and Tavish MacDuff

 Kenzie

 Lucy, Missy, Gabby, Tess and Rocky

 Mollie

 Peggy Sue

 Rabbie

Smudge

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Beating Stage 2 Heartworm Positive


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McQuinn was Stage 2 (moderate) so he had a series of 3 Immiticide injections, following the course of medications and supplements.  With Stage 2, McQuinn had his first Immiticide injection and then waited a full month before having the next two within a 24 hour period, so he had 3 months of strict inactivity.

The protocols used by Col. Potter are very effective, with the initial medications killing the microfilaria (small eggs/worms) and the injections killing the large worms (11 - 14" long).  The inactivity is difficult, but essential as the bloodstream must absorb all of the dead worms.   Activity or anything that makes the heart beat faster can cause a dead worm clot to be thrown (like a blood clot) and that can be deadly for the dog.

The good news is that once McQuinn got through his successful treatment, after which he too was able to romp and play, he now has the chance to live a normal, happy and healthy life with his Forever family!
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An average of six to eight times each year, Col. Potter rescues a heartworm positive Cairn, giving them the chance to overcome this dreadful condition and live a happy, healthy life.  The prescribed treatment program runs an average cost of $1,000, and is not for the faint of heart, requiring a dedicated Volunteer to be there for a three or four month duration, managing every aspect of every day for the dog undergoing treatment.

PupsEtc is pleased to offer Col. Potter a special Heartwarming Tails fundraiser to help offset the cost of our current stable of four Foster Cairns undergoing this expensive heartworm treatment.  Beginning Saturday, October 19th through Friday, November 1st, a full 20% of all proceeds taken in by PupsEtc during this two week period will be donated to Col. Potter.

NEW!  The Picaboo Square Bolster bed with Removable Center Pillow in honor of CP Picaboo, currently undergoing treatment for heartworm.
Have enough beds?  Get a Sack!  These beautiful PupSacks are great to cuddle with your little one while on the sofa watching t.v. or snuggled in bed!
Watch Col. Potter’s Heartwarming Tails with PupsEtc.com: http://youtu.be/txDDM0ThF1E

PupsEtc
Heartwarming Tails
Now - Friday 11/1/13
20% of all proceeds during this time will be donated to
Col. Potter’s Cairn Rescue Network!


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Friday, October 25, 2013

CP’s Weekly Pinteresting Picks!

Contributed by CP's Pinster
Jay and Bennett - image via cairnrescueblog.com
There are SO many cute Halloween costumes on Pinterest, I just had to share some more!   Just click on the links below to check out each pin.  Enjoy - and feel free to re-pin your favorites!  Just click on the red "Pin it" button right on the pin.

Please check us out at: http://pinterest.com/cpcrn/boards/  and follow us on Pinterest!  CP has over 60 boards covering a variety of subjects from the useful, such as behavior and training, health and nutrition, and cool pet products, to just plain fun, like great pictures of all kinds of dogs - especially Cairns!

Happy Pinning!
Your CP Pinster

P.S. If you are not familiar with Pinterest or have any questions, please leave a message in the comments and we'll try to help you out!









Recovering from being Heartworm Positive


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Harv endured a 2 month protocol of medications, supplements, and 2 Immiticide injections in a 24 hour period, along with almost total inactivity.  The inactivity is essential as the bloodstream must absorb all of the dead worms and anything that makes the heart beat faster can cause a dead worm clot to be thrown (like a blood clot) and can be deadly for the dog.

You saw Harv yesterday, following his injections, and here he is the day he was declared heartworm free!  What a joy to be able to romp in the yard again without being restrained by a short leash!

Harv now enjoys a happy, healthy life in his loving home, playing to his heart’s content with his two Cairn sisters.  A perfect ending for this special little boy!  
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An average of six to eight times each year, Col. Potter rescues a heartworm positive Cairn, giving them the chance to overcome this dreadful condition and live a happy, healthy life.  The prescribed treatment program runs an average cost of $1,000, and is not for the faint of heart, requiring a dedicated Volunteer to be there for a three or four month duration, managing every aspect of every day for the dog undergoing treatment.

PupsEtc is pleased to offer Col. Potter a special Heartwarming Tails fundraiser to help offset the cost of our current stable of four Foster Cairns undergoing this expensive heartworm treatment.  Beginning Saturday, October 19th through Friday, November 1st, a full 20% of all proceeds taken in by PupsEtc during this two week period will be donated to Col. Potter.
 
NEW!  The Picaboo Square Bolster bed with Removable Center Pillow in honor of CP Picaboo, currently undergoing treatment for heartworm.

Watch Col. Potter’s Heartwarming Tails with PupsEtc.com: http://youtu.be/txDDM0ThF1E

PupsEtc
Heartwarming Tails
Saturday 10/19/13 - Friday 11/1/13
20% of all proceeds during this time will be donated to
Col. Potter’s Cairn Rescue Network!

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