Sunday, October 18, 2020

Sunday Sweets!


Sunday is full of SWEETS!  Each week we showcase the sweeter side of Cairns.  If you have a sweet filled Cairn and would like us to consider YOUR photo 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.).

Gus and Sesi enjoy some quiet time together

Fleet is fall-ready with his orange harness

Sweet William enjoying some couch time

Mr. Wallace got a second set of teeth (not really)

Miss Gigi.......sees a squirrel

Mr. Grover and his serious side

Doris says "I'm ready, are you ready?"

Chester strikes a pose 

Zach (CP Mr. McGregor) celebrating his 5th Gotcha Day

Friday, October 16, 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Dog Pack Dynamics

Dog Pack Dynamics

When you have multiple dogs you will always have dynamics within your pack.  Much of the time your dogs will work things out amicably.

As a long-time dog trainer and dog owner, I have always been observant of my dogs' interaction.  I have always been pretty confident about my knowledge, until recently.

When I had my female Cairn Terrier Whitney, she was the alpha in the pack, paws down.  My male Cairn Terrier Smudge and male Australian Shepherd Ty always respected her and maintained their passive positions.  Ty would be at the water bowl drinking, and Whitney would walk out and bark loudly into his face.  Ty would immediately back up and allow the princess to drink, with no opposition.  However, one time I had company.  Both Smudge and Whitney were vying for the attention of my guest.  Energy was high, and they suddenly began to battle.  I stupidly reached in (NEVER try this at home) at got a very bad bite of my forearm.  It was not intentional, I simply got in the way of two frantic dogs.  Neither dog was hurt although I required treatment.

My pack now consists of Cairn Terrier Smudge, 11 y.o., Cairn Terrier Swayze, 2 y.o., and Border Colliemix Rue, 1 y.o.  Although the senior of the pack, Smudge has remained the alpha, and both much younger boys have respected his status.

Smudge can be very bossy with his younger brothers, and he enjoys intimidation.  Although Rue is much younger, larger, and faster than his older brother, Rue will not cross him.  Smudge will go to the bottom of the ramp, bouncing and barking at Rue, who is standing at the top.  I must go out and removeSmudge before Rue will make his way down the ramp.  

Rue always comes in out of the yard when called.  But Swayze has the habit of running along the fence, always on guard for critters on the other side, and will ignore my calls.  Smudge always feels compelled to assist me in getting Swayze inside.  He will charge at Swayze, excitedly barking and nipping at his butt.  Swayze will submissively roll over or cower against the fence, finally dashing into the house ahead of charging Smudge.

I have allowed this behavior to continue because I wanted Smudge to be alpha.  Looking back, I never considered Swayze's feelings in all of this.  By nature Swayze is a very sweet and submissive little guy, always bullied by his older and younger brother.  

One early morning a week ago I called Swayze to come in.  Typically he ignored my calls, and Smudge went tearing across the yard to herd him inside.  Suddenly Swayze abruptly turned and went after Smudge in a full-blown attack.  Swayze grabbed Smudge by the neck.  Not fighting back, Smudge was desperately trying to escape while screaming.  I was hysterically running across the yard shouting “NO!!”  I could not believe what I was seeing.  I would have bet my life that Swayze would never behave in such a way, that he did not have it in him.

When I reached them Swayze had Smudge pinned  and was holding onto his neck. Smudge continued to struggle and scream while Rue hopped around excitedly at my side.  I gave Rue one poke, and he backed away.  Thankfully at 1 y.o., Rue still has a puppy brain, and he did not engage in the melee.  In the zone, Swayze did not even realize that I was standing over them.  I kicked at his hindquarters and successfully got Swayze off Smudge.

I was obviously very shaken after this incident, and very angry at Swayze.  I closely examined Smudge and did not find any holes in him.  I was shaky all day and very disappointed that this event had occurred.  I never saw it coming.

The dog trainer in me knew exactly what happened, and why.  At 2 y.o. Swayze had reached full maturity.  After many, many episodes of bullying from his brother, Swayze had to take matters into his own paws to defend himself.  His intention was obviously not to hurt Smudge, but rather to gain respect and status within the pack.

After the incident I talked to my good friend, a canine behaviorist.  She validated what I knew already.  She stated that Swayze was the same sweet boy I knew and loved.  But he had tolerated Smudge's bullying for a very long time, and everybody has their breaking point.  Swayze had reached his.  My friend agreed that Swayze could easily have injured Smudge if that was his intention.  The most powerful words she said to me was that I never had Swayze's back, which was absolutely true.

In hindsight I realized that I could have allowed Smudge to maintain some dominance, with restrictions.  The dogs had to know I was ultimately in charge and controlled the situation.  I allowed Swayze to feel helpless, no longer safe and secure.  And I empowered Smudge's behavior.

I began taking Smudge outside on lead while his two younger brothers were loose.  They would potty, and play, while Smudge was happy to observe.  Interestingly enough, I discovered that Swayze would come in right behind me when exiting the yard.  All of this time I thought that Swayze was being disobedient when he would not come to me when called, when in fact I now believe he was in avoidance, anticipating the charge and attack from Smudge.

Both dogs are fine and getting along as normal.  I am a little wiser.  We often think we know our dogs very well, and we tend to humanize them. But the primal genetics are still present, as in Swayze no longer being low status within his pack.  Never say never.  Be diligent about your dogs' interactions and act accordingly.  Accidents can happen, as in my case, but they can be avoided through education and insight.

Dog bless, Judy Endo

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Sunday Sweets!


Sunday is full of SWEETS!  Each week we showcase the sweeter side of Cairns.  If you have a sweet filled Cairn and would like us to consider YOUR photo 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.).

Django says "Oh that's soooo funny"

Keely - side sleeping 

Gus and his new toy (wonder what it looks like now?)

Merry Anne and her harem of kitties

Baxter likes the cat bed too!

AlleyBean the poodle princess

Kaper and Ginger (cause she has a boo boo foot)

Zelda loving the beach

Momo (fka Joop) pondering what might be coming ashore

Friday, October 9, 2020

Friday Funnies

 Captain Scratchy

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by Chuck Ingwersen (@captainscratchy) 

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Thursday Training!

Bringing Home The New Pet

We all know the depth of our pain when we lose a beloved pet.  They are family members, loyal friends and companions.  Oftentimes we are closer to them than we are to our humans.  We can never replace a furkid, never.  The joyful memories remain in our hearts forever.

Such is the case of my good friend Doris Conner.  She had two lovely rescue dogs, Scottie Bonnie and Cairn Terrier Cooper.  Both were exceptionally sweet and gentle.  Doris always had dogs throughout her lifetime and cherishes the contribution they make in her life.  Months ago her beautiful Scottie Bonnie developed cancer, and she had to say goodbye.  This left her with Cairn Terrier Cooper.  Cooper was adopted from Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue, and Doris always described him as “perfect.”  Cooper was gentle and friendly with every person and animal he ever met.

And a few months ago Cooper became ill.  Doris's veterinarian Dr. Kutish performed surgery, believing he could buy him time, along with a quality of life.  And he was successful, if only for too brief of a time.  Cooper began to decline due to the reoccurrence of his aggressive cancer, and Doris had to say goodbye to him as well.  
This hit Doris very hard, as it was the first time she was without a dog.  She could not let go of the loss of Bonnie and Cooper, and the impact it had on her life in the worst possible way.  No more wagging tails and liquid-brown eyes looking up at her.  No more walks and loyal companionship.

I actively began a search to find Doris another Cairn Terrier.  My intense mission was through friendship and concern for Doris's loneliness and sadness.  When I personally had been searching in the past for an adult Cairn Terrier, there was none to be had.  But, as luck would have it, this time I found a young male Cairn Terrier in the Philadelphia area that was being re-homed.

About a month ago Doris and I made the trip to Philly to meet this boy.  “Larry” was a little piece of heaven rolled into a furry little body.  A gorgeous red wheaten boy, one year old.  Sweet and friendly, playful and adorable!!  It was love at first sight for Doris (and me).

Doris was cautiously excited.  Would she and Larry be compatible?  How long would it take him to adjust and feel safe and secure??  I believe that these concerns are very real for folks bringing a new pet into their fold.  You are strangers to each other, and of course there will be a period of adjustment.  But I personally have found that, in the end, it always evolves without you realizing it has even happened.  Soon you and furkid are in tune with each other.  They are effectively communicating with you, and vice versa.  They are looking at you with loving eyes and following you around the house.  You are loving them, recognizing and appreciating all of those little quirks that endear them to us.

There is no timetable on how long it takes the bonding process to occur.  Each person, and animal, is different.  But if you can think less and open your heart more, it will come.  Relax and let it happen.  I remember when I brought Smudge home at 13 weeks old.  I had adult Whitney, who could be very ornery and unaccepting of other dogs.  Typically I would have introduced them on neutral ground.  But after two flights from Iowa, with a five hour delay in Chicago, I walked into my house at 3:30 a.m.  Both Smudge and I were exhausted, and I carried him in, said “here he is.”  Not the proper introduction, but it was all I could muster at the time.  Thankfully things worked out fine.  Whitney recognized that Smudge was a baby and had no intention to hurt him.  But she let him know the ground rules from the very beginning.  I remember Whitney having a drink of water, and clueless puppy Smudge merrily trotted up to the bowl.  Whitney stopped drinking and whipped her head around, roaring like a lion!  That was the only correction that I every saw Whitney give Smudge, but it was loud and clear.  Even at such a tender age, Smudge recognized that Whitney was the alpha and 
respected that fact throughout their lives together. 

Today I accompanied Doris to Philly to bring Larry home.  We had a wintry mix on our drive there, plus heavy fog around the turnpike entrance.  Thankfully Doris's son Robbie drove and got us there safely.  Seeing Larry again was a joy for both me and Doris, and Robbie was very excited to meet him for the first time.

Doris received instructions about Larry's feeding schedule, favorite games, and how to give belly rubs.  All were grateful that Larry would have a loving home where he would be treasured.  Having been crate trained, Larry was an angel in the car.  But when we stopped at the rest area to let him stretch his legs, his anxiety was obvious.  Who were we, and where were we taking him?  Larry was reluctant to come out of the crate, and he was shaking.  But with gentle encouragement he was soon prancing around the grounds, willing to befriend the many people he saw coming and going.

Upon his arrival at his new home, Larry explored his new yard carefully, checking out each item in the yard as well as the surrounding fence.  He also did some marking of his new territory!  Again, Larry was reluctant to enter the house.  This whole experience was new and scary to him.  He was encouraged to come inside and then proceeded to explore the house as well.  At one point Robbie sat on the floor and held Larry on his lap to give him some loving reassurance.  I was able to capture this wonderful moment with a picture.

As I mentioned last week, there are always bumps in the road with any relationship.  Nothing is perfect, and you must get to know each other's strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes.  And this too evolves.  As we spend time together this naturally happens, with humans and pets.  Sometimes humans are not what they seem, but with animals what you see is what you get.  How great is that?  

When I brought baby Swayze home from New York at 13 weeks old, he screamed in the car for about the first fifteen minutes.  I had ripped him from everything that he knew, and the poor little guy was very frightened.  I cannot even remember the process, but Swayze was soon a happy and secure member of the Endo animal house.  He had a GREAT mentor in big brother Smudge.

I am wishing Doris and Larry many healthy and happy years together.  Swayze can't wait to play with you, Larry!!  When you bring a new pet into your household, remember to accept them as an individual.  They will not have the same character traits as the pets before them, but they will have a wonderful way of  sneaking into your heart when you least expect it!  Enjoy the experience, and be grateful to have the love and companionship that your new pet will offer you throughout their lifetime.

Dog bless, Judy Endo

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Sunday Sweets!


Sunday is full of SWEETS!  Each week we showcase the sweeter side of Cairns.  If you have a sweet filled Cairn and would like us to consider YOUR photo 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.).

Vinnie Dee is such a good boy

Such soulful eyes Captain Seymour

Tom Terrific all tuckered out

Is that a smile Popdart?

Jack, Hannah and Chester celebrating.  Look at those party hats!

Sweet William......waaaaaants a TREAT!

Catania posing oh so pretty

Bridgie Bear and Barrett Bear - thick as thieves

"...and to all a good night" says Aunt Veronica

Friday, October 2, 2020

Friday Funnies

 Explaining Cursed Animals

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by Ben Herd (@pet_foolery) 

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Sunday Sweets!

Sunday is full of SWEETS!  Each week we showcase the sweeter side of Cairns.  If you have a sweet filled Cairn and would like us to consider YOUR photo 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.).

                                                                Gabby is living her best life!

                                              Aunt Veronica is looking for a belly rub - puhleeze!

                                                Gnocchi is looking forward to his forever home!

                                                Mr. Wallace's intake - this shaggy boy needs haircuts. 

                                                 ARRGH - BUTT Fin I was here first says McKinley!

                                              Here's Shep and he is so adorable and has a gangsta past! 

                                              Dottie's life as a runaway in her rear view mirror!

                                              Tornado's blown into town and happy CPCRN rescued him!

                                                      Ms. Gigi's intake photo - what a sweet pea!


Friday, September 25, 2020

Friday Funnies

 Real Things My Pet Has Done

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by Marissa Xiong (Daily Texan Comics)

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sunday Sweets!

Sunday is full of SWEETS!  Each week we showcase the sweeter side of Cairns.  If you have a sweet filled Cairn and would like us to consider YOUR photo 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.).

                                               With fall in the air, Whittier is soaking up Vitamin D! 

                                                 Millionaire is feeling every bit his name since his rescue! 

                                                  Molly says the ball count is 2 and 0, what will pitcher do next? 

                                      Loretta thinks fall is a ball when she's in her comfy lounge spot :)

                      Noble Ralph, Raquel, Carlos, Shorty Long and Ross soaking up some late summer sun.   

                                        Lovely Ada protecting her pink ears from sun in the shade. 

                              Shep is a little wary, but he's in good hands with CPCRN and this little cutie 
                                                         will soon be someone's best pal - Woof!  

                                                  Who knew Biggio was a horticulturist? 

                                                Super cute and scruffy Chapulin is ready for fall! 

                                                    CP Radio demonstrating his equestrian skills - so cute!

     It's fall and all and a perfect time to open up your home to one of CPCRN's pooches who are still looking for homes - you won't be sorry and thanks to all of you who have done.  It's truly one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do.  Until next Sunday .... stay safe and enjoy your pooches!  

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Thursday Training!

Mental Activity

Physical activity is very important for your Cairn Terrier's health and well being.  But mental stimulation is also very important and often overlooked or forgotten altogether.

I had previously submitted a blog about teaching tricks for your reading pleasure.  But I want you to be creative in teaching your dog tricks and fun behaviors.

Oftentimes there are natural behaviors that your dog does, such as sitting on its haunches and begging.  My Cairn Terrier Toby was an expert at this balancing act.  I put this behavior on cue by asking him to "sit pretty" and rewarded when he would strike this pose.  Since this was something that Toby did naturally, he quickly learned to do this willingly and happily when I asked, resulting in a beautiful professional portrait of this gorgeous boy.

My current rescue Cairn Terrier Smudge can also execute the beg position with a prolonged pose.  However, as with any dog, he has added his own signature move to the sit pretty trick by placing both of his turned paws under his chin, resulting in many oohs and aahs from any spectators.  It is absolutely adorable.  And I easily taught this trick to both of my Cairns because it was something they did easily and naturally.

A Cairn Terrier friend of mine had two adorable Cairns named Scotch and Demi.  She did clicker training with these clever twins, and she taught them to wag their tails on cue!  Again, both Cairns were happy tail waggers, and Cindy simply put a word to this action and rewarded it.  This was a great crowd pleaser at dog shows!  Too cute!!

I enjoy doing performance sports with my Cairns such as obedience and rally.  I also love the sport of freestyle, dancing with your dog, and did competition with my Cairn Terrier Toby.  In one national competition I won first prize for the most comical routine!  I was dressed as an English bobby in full costume, and I had a billy club and was chasing Toby around the ring as he circled me and merrily barked, ran through my legs, etc.  We had GREAT music for this number!  A top freestyler told me afterwards that she loved watching us in the ring because it was so obvious how much fun we were having together.  Bonding at the highest level.

Each dog is an individual, and you can find things to put on cue that your dog does naturally.  Training your dog is valuable time that you spend together.  And when a dog is mentally stimulated it is much less likely to become frustrated, resulting in undesirable behaviors and actions.

My female Cairn Terrier Whitney was a diva in every sense.  She was outgoing and confident, but she could also be extremely stubborn and bad-tempered.  Whitney was not at all impressed by my credentials as a dog trainer, ever.  So, obedience was not her forte, but that girl LOVED to dance.  And dance we did, for many years, at nursing homes and community events until her retirement.  Whitney loved the applause when she performed, and she thrived on being the center of attention!  I found something that we could both enjoy doing, and we made great memories together.

Cairn Terriers are very intelligent and clever, and they do have a sense of humor!  So capitalize on this, be creative, and have fun with your dog!
I would appreciate receiving feedback from members.  And if you have a topic you would like me to write about, please contact me.

Dog bless, Judy Endo

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Sunday Sweets!

Sunday is full of SWEETS!  Each week we showcase the sweeter side of Cairns.  If you have a sweet filled Cairn and would like us to consider YOUR photo 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.).

Baxley is ready for some football - he's all padded up!

Vinny Dee is offensive coordinator! 

Spartacus is ready for some wide receiving!

Not to be outdone (outrun) by Django - he's unchained you know! 

Sadie Joe is ready for some tailgating! 

Papa Joe is ready for some water breaks and chasing footballs!

Krebber is ready for some serious tackling of some tailgating treats!