Friday, February 28, 2014

Weekly Pinterest Picks - Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz

Dorothy & Toto 

Welcome to this week's "Pinteresting Picks" with some of our favorite Wizard of Oz pins.  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!

Friday's Funnies!

Off the Leash

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I’m Not Sure we’ve been Properly Introduced!

Contributed by a Col. Potter Volunteer


The Scarecrow, Toto, and Dorothy, post-introduction in the Wizard of Oz!

Are you thinking about adding a new Rescued Cairn to your family?  There are many things to consider, and lots of planning to do.  You can expect to get many great tips to help you integrate your New Cairn into your home, so it is good to know that some of this advice will also apply to your current resident dogs.  Introductions is a great example.

Think Ahead about All Introductions!

Whether making introductions to family and friends or other dogs, it is important that you have your calm, secure, Alpha attitude firmly in place so that you can communicate to your New Cairn that this is all under control and there is nothing to worry about.  Remember: your New Cairn is a body language expert, so you communicate everything you project.  Be sure to send the right signals to your Cairn!

Whenever possible, plan ahead when your new Cairn is first meeting a family member or friend, especially if they also have a dog.  Arrange to have both dogs walking outside, in a neutral setting, moving in the same direction, towards a meeting point.  If you imagine a wide “V”, you each start out on opposite sides of the wide end and walk towards the narrow end at approximately the same pace.  Walking in the same direction allows both dogs to get closer and closer while not actually presenting the threat of facing a “new” dog.  When you get close enough to talk to the other person, speak in a happy, positive voice so both dogs know this is a friend.  Avoid handshakes or hugs, at this point, so you don’t accidentally communicate that either dog should feel the need to defend their human. 

You should expect the two dogs to scope each other out.  The best situation is where the dogs sniff one another, without any signs of dominance by either one, and, after a few minutes, they basically ignore one another and begin sniffing the grass or acting as if they want to continue their walk.  Sometimes this happens. Often it doesn't. 

Sometimes one dog may really want to sniff and sniff and sniff, and the other dog feels that he or she has been sniffed enough.  Use whatever words you use around the house to calm the other dog down, like "EASY", stated firmly as “Ease-eeeeeeeeeee”, and it helps the dogs to back off each other.  Then you should continue your walk, as you would normally.

Be calm and observant, always prepared to act quickly if needed.  You will know by your Cairn’s body language how to proceed in a natural manner that communicates “All is well and under control!” 

Rescuing one Cairn will not change the world, 
but it will surely change the world for that one Rescued Cairn


Read More About It:

Toto: The Other Side of the Story!

And the Oscar goes to…


Col. Potter Needs a Few More Introductions! 
Please Volunteer to Foster and help us help every Cairn in need!

Please  Consider being a CP Volunteer!

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CP Transport Volunteer Driver form:

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Col. Potter’s Name a Rescue Cairn Program









Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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 our Wacky Wednesday models this week!

Monday, February 24, 2014

And the Oscar goes to…

Contributed by a Col. Potter Volunteer


Dorothy & Toto in the opening scenes of The Wizard of Oz

The many Volunteers with Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network work tirelessly, every day, across the USA and Canada, in sunshine, rain, snow, or in the wake of tornadoes, and in response to all kinds of natural and human disasters, rescuing Cairns in need and lovingly showing them “there’s no place like home!


"Over the Rainbow" won an Oscar for Best Original Song

We are thrilled to learn that the 2014 Oscar program on March 2nd will pay special tribute to the 75th anniversary of the classic 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz."  If you have not seen this production recently, you are sure to enjoy many wonderful scenes that are bound to be on display during this Oscar presentation - and you will not need a pair of Ruby Shoes to capture the magic!  Winning an Oscar for Best Original Song ("Somewhere Over the Rainbow") and Best Original Score, "The Wizard of Oz." lost the Best Picture Oscar that year to "Gone With the Wind", another enduring classic.

Watch the Oscar Tribute here:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH59OioDdLk

Watch the movie again, from beginning to end, and you will be in awe of Toto, aka Terry the Cairn Terrier, who is in nearly every scene, representing her breed exceptionally well with her remarkable performance.  Oscar worthy in every sense of the word!



How could we not want to save each and every Cairn in need?

Col. Potter Needs a Few More Ruby Shoes! 
Please Volunteer to Foster and help us give every Cairn in need the tools to find their way Home!

Please  Consider being a CP Volunteer!

CP Foster Home Application form:

CP Transport Volunteer Driver form:

CPCRN Volunteer form:

Col. Potter’s Name a Rescue Cairn Program







Keets Finds a New World at Col. Potter!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Keets, a sweet, friendly, and very lucky 2 year old Wheaten Female


Once again, Col. Potter comes to the rescue!


CP's Rescue Team searches far and wide for Cairns in need.  When the team learns that a Cairn life is at risk, the search shifts to volunteers who can help rescue the Cairn from danger.  CP's newest little girl landed in a shelter where many dogs are immediately placed on death row after their reclaim period ends.  While they may officially be considered “adoptable”, their lives are dependent upon how much space is available at the shelter.  

Keets had just three days - total - for her owner to find and reclaim her.  The shelter was full, so she was immediately at risk.  A wonderful CP volunteer, Jamie D., learned of Keets' plight on the eve of her last day.  The following morning Jamie drove straight to the shelter and welcomed Keets to the CP family.  Jamie confirmed the reports that Keets is a very sweet and friendly Wheaten girl.  Keets is estimated to be just 2 years old and weighs in at just under 14 lbs.  She is currently enjoying a spa week which will include a much needed grooming.  

A big thank you to new CP volunteer, Terry W, who volunteered to drive through challenging traffic to collect Keets and get her on her way to her Foster home.  The name Keets was the nickname for a much loved CP Cairn named Kitsune.  CP rescued Kitsune from a puppy mill at just 9 months old and he was adopted by Jamie D.  This very happy Cairn lived life to the fullest.  He loved exploring and his adventures included living in numerous cities across America, and even some time in Peru.  Thanks to Jamie's help, another CP Cairn has had the world opened to her!

Col. Potter Needs a Few More Cairn Hotels! 
Please Volunteer to Foster and help us give every Cairn a place to rest and recover as they start their journey to a New World!

Please  Consider being a CP Volunteer!

CP Foster Home Application form:

CP Transport Volunteer Driver form:

CPCRN Volunteer form:

Col. Potter’s Name a Rescue Cairn Program








Sunday, February 23, 2014

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.) 


Francy

Fletcher

Knute & Goober

LB

Wicket, Cindel & Caruso


Friday, February 21, 2014

Weekly Pinteresting Picks

via Owley on Etsy

Welcome to this week's "Pinteresting Picks."   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!

Friday's Funnies!

Off the Leash

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dooley & Tadd Travel Different Roads to Find Safety at Col. Potter!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator


Tadd, a sweet little 8 year old Wheaten Male
 
Dooley, a handsome 5.9 year old Wheaten Male

The sun was shining this past weekend, maybe not everywhere, but certainly where it was needed.  Two handsome little Wheaten Cairn boys, from two different families, in two different locations, found themselves needing a safe haven at the very same time, and, for each of them, the sun was brilliant, offering the promise of a bright new day.  Thanks to the many wonderful Col. Potter Volunteers, located almost everywhere, both little boys made their journey to safety, love, and restoration, simultaneously, yet oblivious to one another’s plight.

The truly handsome and sweet-as-can-be Tadd joined the CP family when his previous family had work and family issues that left him in the dark.  A charming Wheaten boy, Tadd is 8 years old and weighs a healthy 17 lbs., and is soaking up the sunshine as he prepares for a new life!

Elsewhere in a far away state, Dooley, a real good-looking Wheaten boy, weighing in at a trim 18 pounds, and sporting that “yeah, I work out” look, teamed up with Col. Potter to put some order back in his life.  Dooley had a really good home, and things were going very well for a long time, but recently his human family started having some problems, and Dooley got kind of nervous when things began to change too much for him.  First he lost his Daddy, then everybody moved to a different house.

Dooley checked the Col. Potter website to see if there was room for him!

In time, he realized that, by his standards, his new living quarters had become too cramped for him and his fur siblings.  Dooley thought it might be time to go out and be his own dog - well, as long as somebody would provide a bed and some good dog food that is!  So, he checked out the Internet and surfed over to Col. Potter Cairn Rescue.  With the help of some wonderful CP volunteers, Dooley was able to see his way to a second chance at a good life.  He kissed his sad and loving Mama good-bye, and he headed to the southwest - to the warm country - and into the welcoming arms of his Col. Potter Foster Mom.  We know that he will revive now and thrive until he’s ready to go to his forever Forever home.

At only 5 11/12 years old, Dooley is a strapping young guy with lots of energy for tennis-ball-fetching and rock-climbing!  And yes: Dooley’s birthday is coming up on March 19!  Dooley noted!  Happy Birthday, little man!

Let’s all give a big Col. Potter Welcome to Tadd and Dooley!

Col. Potter Needs a Few More Sun Rooms! 
Please Volunteer to Foster and help us bring a little sunshine to every Cairn in need!

Please  Consider being a CP Volunteer!

CP Foster Home Application form:

CP Transport Volunteer Driver form:

CPCRN Volunteer form:





Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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 Cindel and Wicket for being our Wacky Wednesday models this week!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Korbinian Settles on his Perch at Col. Potter!

Written by CP Vice President of Intakes

Korbinian, a handsome 6 year old Red Wheaten Male

Korbinian is a popular name in Europe, especially Germany, and this handsome boy was named by his Foster Mom whose great nephew is named Korbinian.  The meaning of Korbinian is Raven - a bird who is known to follow wagons, sleds, hunting parties, or anything else where they think they can find a quick meal.  They are among the smartest birds, gaining a reputation for solving ever more complicated problems.  Ravens are confident, inquisitive birds that strut around or occasionally bound forward with light, two-footed hops.  In flight they are buoyant and graceful, interspersing soaring, gliding, and slow flaps.  They do well around people.  If you didn't know that I was describing a bird, you might think I was describing a Cairn!


CP's Korbinian had a Mom who loved him very much, but due to her health issues, she could no longer care for him and decided he needed to find a new Forever home.  He's a big boy weighing in at 20 pounds, and is a youthful 6 years old with lots of play in him, but he also loves to cuddle.  Korbinian is a little strong willed, but what Cairn isn't?

Please help us welcome Korbinian to CP where, much like the Raven, he will be able to flap his wings and soar into a new Forever home!

Col. Potter Needs a Few More Perches! 
Please Volunteer to Foster and help us give every Cairn in need a safe place from which to take flight!

Please  Consider being a CP Volunteer!

CP Foster Home Application form:

CP Transport Volunteer Driver form:

CPCRN Volunteer form:




Sunday, February 16, 2014

Hubble Has Been Found! was Lost Cairn in Indianapolis, IN

Hubble, 1.2 year old Lost Cairn

Many thanks to the woman who Found Hubble and reported him so Foster Mom could bring him back home!  Happy Ending!

Hubble is a 1.2 year old, 14 lb., Male, Cairn Terrier, Light Wheaten with Black ears and muzzle.  He is very friendly and loves people. He's wearing his Col. Potter tag and a Foster Home address tag.

If you see him, Please call our TOLL FREE LOST DOG LINE at: (866) 506-7461 immediately.

Hubble’s CP Foster Mom is out driving around looking for him.  He escaped his fenced yard thanks to the excessive snow giving him a boost.  He is in the Indianapolis 46219 zip code area, between N. Ritter Ave. and N. Emerson Ave., and between E. 10th and E. Washington Street. 




Hubble is very friendly

Please call our TOLL FREE LOST DOG LINE at: 866-506-7461 if you have any information about Hubble.







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.).


Tori fka CP Toronto and sister Pebbles
Jasper and Madison
Baby D
Cammie
Jonesy
Quixote
Zander, Bea, and Neha
Bea
Buddy
Wiigii aka Luigi Earl














Saturday, February 15, 2014

Toto: The Other Side of the Story

Written by Michele Stadnick
 
Toto aka Terry

So, "The Wizard of Oz" is your favorite movie, you just LOVE Toto, and have always wanted a dog just like him? A dog who's small, cute, lovable, and doesn't shed all over your couch? 

You've done your research and learned that Cairn Terriers are (take your pick):


  • Good with children
  • Friendly
  • Loving family dogs
  • Adaptable to living in small apartments as well as large homes
Well, YES and NO…
Emma Lou and Friend
Probably NO ONE ever told you that Cairns will almost INVARIABLY:

  • Chase squirrels
  • Chase bunnies
  • Chase bugs
  • Chase bikes
  • Chase paper fluttering down the street
  • Chase anything that moves
  • Chase things that aren't moving, just to GET them moving so they'll have something to chase
  • Bark at cars
  • Bark at bikes
  • Bark at birds
  • Bark at trikes
  • Bark at trucks
  • Bark at the phone
  • Bark at fireworks
  • Bark at thunder
  • Bark at the doorbell
  • Bark at the doorbell on TV
  • Bark to hear themselves bark
  • Bark just to get your goat -- or your attention
  • Or both
  • Bark sometimes just cause it feels so damned GREAT
  • Dig up that mouse hole
  • Dig up your tulips
  • Dig up your roses
  • Dig up your lawn
  • Dig under your fence
  • Dig under your shed
  • Dig up your linoleum
  • Dig up your carpeting
  • Nip at people's feet if you haven't redirected their intense prey drive
  • Nip at your hands too, if not trained properly
  • Try to control their universe and everything in it -- INCLUDING YOU
  • Will succeed at this unless YOU intervene. And even then, they'll try again. And again. And again and again and again and again.
  • Lunge at other dogs on leash
  • Lunge at people, unless trained not to
  • Lunge ‘cause it feels good and they're in a hurry to get where they're going, and you're the only thing holding them back from experiencing the next exciting adventure around the corner or around the world.
  • Bolt out any open door in the blink of an eye
  • LET ME REPEAT THAT: THEY WILL BOLT OUT ANY OPEN DOOR IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
  • And won't return until they're good and ready.
  • Sometimes not even then
  • Refuse to come -- unless they want to
  • Refuse to sit -- unless they want to
  • Refuse to stay -- unless they're bored silly, and if so, that's the BEST time to move around to stir up the action anyway
  • Refuse to stop barking -- unless there's something in it for them...like a fabulous treat
  • Refuse to do what you want at the PRECISE moment that it's most important that they do...like when you're trying to show off how obedient and well-trained they are (which is, of course, a grand delusion on your part).
  • Nor, it seems, has anyone told you:
  • A Cairn can never, ever, ever be trusted off-leash, EVER.
  • Not even for a second. Regardless of how well-trained you have deluded yourself into believing he is
  • That all the dogs you've had before and have trained so well don't matter...if they weren't Cairns.
  • Because Cairns are different.
  • Very different
  • That they're generally NOT the best breed for a home with small children.
  • That one bears repeating: Cairns are generally NOT the best breed for a home with small children.
  • That Cairns WILL shed a little (or a lot) if you don't groom them properly.
  • That they're relatively resistant to housebreaking (don't expect them to be housebroken in a week, or even a month)!
  • And even when you think they're housebroken, if they've got something else on their agenda at the moment, they're likely to conveniently "forget."
  • That they are affectionate -- on their terms, not yours.
  • That they are stubborn and hardheaded, not to mention incredibly independent
  • That obedience training is a necessity, not a luxury. And that it's just the FIRST step in the process.
  • That you should read the previous sentence again, and forget everything you think you know.  If you haven't owned a Cairn, it doesn't apply.
  • That they were bred to hunt and kill, and their intense prey drive can NEVER be trained out of them.  Toto may not have KILLED those flying monkeys, but that's only because Toto KNEW they were fakes.  Otherwise, they'd have been dead, not merely outwitted.
Wiggles
What they SHOULD have told you is:

  • They're wonderful for THE RIGHT OWNER
  • They're loving -- IF YOU LOVE THEM, TREAT THEM WELL, AND HAVE EARNED THEIR RESPECT
  • They're smart -- PROBABLY SMARTER THAN YOU
  • They're sweet -- WHEN THEY WANT TO BE
  • They're funny -- VIRTUALLY ALL THE TIME, IF YOU ENJOY DEMENTED, DEVIOUS, DEVILISH HUMOR
  • They're good with GOOD, WELL-BEHAVED CHILDREN WHO HAVE GOOD, RESPONSIBLE PARENTS.  And if they haven't had a bad experience previously with ill-behaved kids. Otherwise, it's a recipe for disaster.
  • They're strong
  • They're hearty
  • They're brave
  • They're relentless
  • They're devious
  • They're insightful
  • They're indomitable
  • They're energetic beyond description
  • They're intelligent beyond belief
  • They're the BEST dog you'll ever own
  • BUT...they just may be the WORST dog you can imagine.
  • THAT PART IS ALL UP TO YOU!
Abbie and Gem
Oh, and by the way, Toto was actually a GIRL!