Friday, July 10, 2020

Friday Funnies

A Dog's Life

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Thursday Training/Tips

Casey's Journey

You think it is challenging to train a Cairn Terrier?  You bet it is!  Terriers are very intelligent but can become quickly bored.  They are loyal but also independent.  This is what I love about the breed.  And Cairns are just so darned cute I never could figure out how we could not get extra points in the ring just for that!

My first Cairn Terrier Casey was also my first dog.  I was a young adult, and Casey was the typical puppy – not housebroken, destructive, etc.  I contacted a trainer from a newspaper ad with the goal of just getting this little guy to listen!  When I began private training classes it all just seemed overwhelming.  So many instructions and assignments that I kept messing up!  I felt very inadequate, discouraged, and frustrated.  I only wanted this puppy to listen!  Training was much more work for me than I had anticipated.

My trainer Cheryl and I became good friends, and she began to drag me to dog shows to help her handle her many dogs (13 beagles, one standard poodle, and one chihuahua!).  She did not show them all at the same time, but even two can be very challenging to handle, especially if there is a conflict and you are scheduled to be in two rings at the same time!

Cheryl kept encouraging me to show Casey in obedience.  There was no way I could even consider such a scary venture, and I thought I had no desire to do that.  But Cheryl was very forceful and never acknowledged my hesitance and lack of confidence.

Suddenly I was entered in my first obedience trial with Casey.  Cheryl was at ringside to cheer me on.  It was a very cool and overcast day.  This kind of weather made my very hyperactive and distracted little dog even more energetic!  Outside of the ring Case was pulling, wild, excited, and not paying any attention to my very presence.

I entered the ring and try to do the heel on lead exercise.  Casey had a constantly tight lead (points off), nose to the ground (points off) and did not sit when I stopped (more points off).  Now in this particular class I also had to heel OFF lead.  This was not looking good, I thought.  Oh, I forgot to mention that our judge on this day was a very senior, stern-looking woman who did not smile.  I took off Casey's leash and began my heeling pattern.  Casey took off, following me at a distance, stopping frequently to lift his leg merrily on the gates surrounding the ring (disqualification)!

Then it was time to do the stand for examination.  The dog must stand and stay while the judge touches their head, shoulders, and back.  This senior judge was creeping up to Casey like he was going to explode and do who-knows-what to her!  Casey did successfully complete this one exercise.  He had an “oh yeah, I am supposed to do this” moment.

The judge walked over to me, and I remember her exact words like it was yesterday.  She said “Honey, not all dogs are cut out to do obedience.  Just take him home and love him.”

I traveled the two hours home sobbing the entire way.  My heart was broken.  I was so disappointed, embarrassed, and feeling like a total failure.  After I was home for awhile, deeply contemplating the events of that day, I got mad!  And I thought “How dare that judge insult my dog!!”

I continued my training regime, diligently and consistently.  I knew that Casey was very smart and capable, and my goal was to prove this by earning an obedience title.  In obedience you must qualify three times under different judges to achieve a title.  I entered competitions again, still scared and nervous, but determined to reach our goal.  As for Casey, he was having fun along with attaining better focus and executing desired behaviors more accurately.  We competed and qualified in two shows, one to go to get that title!

On the day of this trial it was a summer day, very hot and humid.  We were scheduled to be in the ring mid-day.  Dogs were going into the ring and not performing.  One black lab opted to lie under the judge's table rather than walk around the ring.  Now, this is not dog abuse!  Their time in the ring is actually brief and manageable.  But the majority of dogs were not having it.  However, this hot weather was actually a positive force for my hyper little dog.  We went into the ring, and Casey obediently walked at my side and completed each exercise with calm and deliberate precision.  And on this day Casey and I reached our goal of getting our obedience title.  But, wait for it, we also got first place in the division!!  This was one of the proudest moments of my life, and I have the picture with pride all over my face, and Casey's face as well.

And this is how I got hooked on doing performance sports.  It became my lifetime passion.  I can attribute this to my friend and mentor Cheryl, who would not take no for an answer.  And the judge who told me to go home and forget competition.  At such a low moment in my life I achieved the courage and strength to carry on, and succeed!

Dog showing is not for everyone.  But the time that you spend with your friend and companion is invaluable.  Cheryl always told me that when you step into the ring to always remember that you are representing the breed, and for this reason when I enter  the ring I am always wearing a big smile.  Because, as we all know, Cairn Terriers Rock!

RIP Cheryl Javer.  I am forever grateful to you.

Dog bless, Judy Endo

Sunday, July 5, 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.).

Oliver Elorza and his friend Gumby

Fosters Bouquet and Ada (ut this the grooming table?) with Cooper looking on

Wheels (aka WeeLee) in her formal wear

Van enjoying the cool grass

Cassandra's closeup

Hazel (aka. Bedelia) enjoying the lazy hazy summer day
Riddick (I like the harness with the tag ON) and Miss Wiggle
Kendall, Daisy, Rocky, Rosie.....or are we seeing double?

Friday, July 3, 2020

Friday Funnies

The Oatmeal

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by Matthew Inman

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Thursday Tips/Training!

My introduction to dog training.

My introduction to dogs and the world of training began at a very young age. You never know what your life's passion will be, and this became mine. Today I want to share this journey from the very beginning. Some people have little or no recollection of their childhood years. I remember these days from so long ago like they just happened yesterday. I can remember the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings of individual moments, both good and bad.

My friendship with Elaine began in second grade. We lived blocks apart and became fast friends in elementary school. Elaine was a bit more daring than me, but we both shared a love of animals. Back in the twentieth century (or was it the nineteenth?!) mothers stayed home and raised the kids, and fathers worked to support the family. Elaine's case was very unique because she had a single Mom who was raising three girls, so it was necessary for her to work. Elaine would come to my house each day for lunch. One day, for whatever reason, Elaine's Mom surprised her with a puppy. We were both SO excited. She named the puppy Gidget. Yes, after the Sally Field “Gidget” that was popular then. What kind of dog was Gidget? We would guess, but to this day I do not have a clue. We thought she might have whippet in her because she was sleek and fast. But she was not as tall and small-boned as a whippet. Gidget was a brindle, short-coated so her striping was obvious. She had a black pointed muzzle and prick ears. Unusual looking pup.

We were outside playing all the time. No internet then. I am glad to have grown up in this era. Wherever we went, Gidget came along. She was our constant sidekick. During our long walks, talks, and games, Gidget was always at our side. She was zero maintenance, and one of the most brilliant dogs I have known. I honestly do not remember Elaine having routine training sessions with her dog, but learn Gidget did. I would swear she could speak English. In no time at all she knew so many commands and would respond to words, even in conversations. This learning process just seemed to evolve rather than to be deliberate. At seven and eight years old we were not wildly impressed by all that Gidget knew, but we surely should have been. Gidget would do anything that Elaine asked of her. If Gidget did not understand how to execute a behavior she would give it her all until she succeeded in order to please Elaine. Gidget's loyalty to Elaine was intense, and I loved Gidget very much as well. Although I did not live with Gidget, we spent many, many long days together.
In these days churches were always open, so Elaine and I snuck Gidget into church one day to baptize her. We even gave her a middle name “Gidget Bridget.”

I remember they were having a local “tricks” contest. I was unable to attend, but Elaine entered Gidget in the contest and of course she won “paws down!” I was so very proud, but certainly not surprised. I cannot remember what tricks Gidget performed on that day, she had such a repertoire. There was one experience that I can painfully recall that happened on a cool fall day. I have no idea why Gidget was not on lead. I absolutely cannot remember. She listened very well, but suddenly she was out in the street with an oncoming car, and the car struck her. I remember Gidget yelping, Elaine screaming. She was a block away from home, and she picked up Gidget carrying her home, wailing. Her white sweater was bloody. I ran home, horrified. Later that day Elaine's Mom called to let me know that Gidget had survived and would recover. Stupid kids, we were. A perfect example of how things could go wrong so quickly. Gidget's midsection was bandaged, and we carefully rehabilitated her on our walks.

I remember when Elaine and I wormed Gidget on her enclosed back porch. Isn't that a crazy memory? And when Elaine decided to eat a dog biscuit. We laughed and laughed. I was not so brave as to try it. So many wonderful memories and fun, fun times spent with Elaine and her wonderful dog Gidget, who turned me on to the world of dog training and the resulting strong bond and communication it opens up between you and your dog. When we went to high school Elaine and I drifted apart. Gidget lived to a ripe old age. Years later I remember going to Elaine's house and seeing Gidget. Her muzzle was grey, and she was moving slower. But she still brought me her ball so I would toss it. I loved you and will always remember you Gidget, the smartest dog ever. Elaine Potichko (don't know your married name), if you are reading this I hope it will make you break out in a big smile as it has done for me.

As a young adult I acquired my first Cairn Terrier Casey. We began our journey together of training and dog showing. My friend Cheryl Javer (may she rest in peace) was my mentor, and she guided and encouraged me into this exciting world, and I continue to walk the merry path to this day so many years later. As a young adult I was always prone to extreme enthusiasm about whatever my current passion was, only to lose interest in a short time. When I got Casey my brother Ed said to my Mom “I wonder how long this phase will last?!” My sister and I still laugh about this. I have since had Toby, Whitney, Ty, and now Smudge, Swayze, and Rue. I am older and physically slower, and puppies are surely a challenge! I am outnumbered and often outwitted, but I continue to enjoy the challenge, the trials and tribulations, and certainly the joy and loyalty. Back to housebreaking! Swayze was the easiest puppy I had to housebreak. Rue is the typically distracted, “oops” kinda guy.

<Butterscotch, my sister's mini horse, recently passed away. She was a lovely butterscotch color with a flaxen mane and tail. I saw her on that Saturday. As I passed the field while traveling up the driveway, I called her name, she picked up her head and both ears came up. I had no idea it was the last time I would see her. She was gone on Monday. I mourn the loss of my little equine friend, small in stature but big in spirit. Hope there are lots of carrots where you are.>

Dog bless, Judy Endo

First Published in the Citizens' Voice on Saturday, April 20, 2019.

Sunday, June 28, 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.).

Foster Bouquet sitting pretty in summer sun! 

Foster Joop can't part with his new found treasure! 

Foster Ada and her BFF Doris chillaxing.

Flares intake photo - Pick me! Pick me! 

Rocky fka Sousa enjoying a chilly dip!

Maisie is glamping with her family! 

Lucila is checking on her horticultural projects.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Friday Funnies

Choose Kindness 

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Teaching Your Dog Tricks

Teaching your dog tricks might sound like it serves no purpose other than fun, but nothing could be further from the truth.  Teaching tricks will help your dog learn to focus, concentrate, problem solve, and have special time with his pet parent.  Anything that you teach your dog is vitally important  to increase their brain power, willingness, and confidence.  And yes, it is much fun!

I have recently enrolled my six-month old Border Collie mix Rue in a tricks class.  I knew this would be right up his alley.  Rue is a party animal in every sense.  This boy's tail constantly wags, even when he has been naughty and is being scolded!  This afternoon I tried to get a picture of Rue to send to his foster Mom, and it was like trying to photograph a whirling dervish!!  Rue is in perpetual motion, and there is no keeping this boy down.

Today in the tricks class we introduced the dog putting two paws up on a slightly higher surface (i.e., an overturned bowl).  Speak on command (he does this).  Racing around a post and quickly returning to me.  Placing all four feet on a raised surface (dogs are hesitant to place their paws on unfamiliar surfaces).  Touching a wobble board (unsteady board) with the goal of banging it to the ground (Rue got this one quickly).  Of course in the beginning of the class we worked on attention, getting the dog to focus.  You must have the dog's attention in order to teach any behavior.  Each dog in the class had a different personality, but each one had an exercise that they enjoyed and excelled in.  Which exercise was Rue's favorite?  Absolutely everything!  But I must say that “speaking” on command takes Rue to an even higher level of joy.  He has much to say!!

You can earn a Novice Trick Dog Title through “Do More With Your Dog.”  My Cairn Terrier Smudge easily earned this title as he had several learned behaviors already.  There is quite an extensive list of behaviors that will qualify you for this title, and you must execute 15 of them successfully.  In Novice the dog need not be perfect.  Manipulation is not permitted and you can use treats, but only in 50% of the tricks that you perform.  Tricks must be taught through positive reinforcement methods.  This, of course will result in a happy working dog.

Some of the behaviors required in Novice are:
    back up in a chute
    balance a cookie on nose
    hand signals
    catch a toy in mid-air

But there are also behaviors that your dog may already know such as:
    leave it

Many, many years ago when I began doing dog performance there were only two primary sports in AKC:  obedience and conformation.  Today the world has opened up to a huge choice of activities available to you and your dog.  In addition to instinct tests such as herding, earth dog, and lure coursing, there is also Rally Obedience, and Canine Musical Freestyle,  Indeed, something for everybody.

To earn an A.K.C. Trick Dog Title you must successfully complete ten tricks on the list.  However, if you have achieved a Canine Good Citizen Title it counts as five tricks!  So it is only necessary for you to perform five on the list to obtain this goal.  Some exercises required are:

    High five
    Kennel Up

Just to name a few.  In the A.K.C. Novice Test treats are permitted, and you may also use a clicker as a training tool.

When I was participating in the tricks test with Smudge, one of the exercises I chose to do was “hide and seek.”  Your dog is taken aside out of your view, and you find a hiding place.  You may call your dog once, and then he must actively search until he locates you.  I was hiding on a porch behind furniture while Smudge had been led to a place in the yard.  I shouted “Smudge, come!”  I heard this little panting body and pounding feet running across the yard and up the porch steps.  As he dashed past me he spotted me and slid across the porch like a baseball player sliding into home plate!  Needless to  say Smudge passed this exercise with flying colors!  I still laugh when I think about it.  A great memory.

Teaching your dog to retrieve a ball is great fun.  But teaching him to retrieve other items can be a valuable tool for pet parents who are physically limited.  My friend's first Sheltie was so clever he could pick up a dime off the floor and drop it in your hand!  Service dogs are taught to perform such duties as to pull clothes out of the dryer, open the refrigerator, and turn on light switches in order to help their owners with daily life skills.  This allows the human to maintain independent living safely.  Therefore, the fun game of fetch can also become an integral and all-important part of every day living.

My former Cairn Terrier Toby had alerted me on the third floor of our residence when my mother had become stuck in the hospital bed on the first floor.  Toby had not been taught to do this.  But he had earned several obedience titles.  This had increased Toby's abilities, problem-solving, and communication skills with me.  And the end result was Toby performing this heroic act.

There are local qualified dog trainers who teach trick classes.  I encourage any dog owner to participate in an activity that can be enjoyed by both them and their canine partner.  I competed in canine musical freestyle with my Cairn Terrier Toby, and I did many routines with Whitney at nursing homes and community events.  Toby and I won a first place award at a national freestyle competition, recognized for the most comical routine. Whitney marched to the beat of her own drum, always.  Obedience was not in her vocabulary.  But Whitney loved to be the center of attention, and dancing brought much pleasure to her and the audience.  Canine musical freestyle is actually a string of “tricks” that are chained together, and as the pet parent dances the dog will perform behaviors such as jumps, leg weaving, circles, spins, and kicks.  The end result is poetry in motion.  I had the pleasure to take a workshop with famous freestyler Carolyn Scott when I was at a training conference in Texas. Carolyn and her dance partner, Golden Retriever Rookie, danced to “You're The One That I Want” from Grease.  Spectacular.  If you google this you can see the video and their unforgettable performance.  Rookie has since passed away, but he was a legend.  His back up across the ring will literally take your breath away.  It does mine, every time.

So sign your dog up for a tricks class.  You won't regret it!

Dog bless, Judy Endo

Sunday, June 21, 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.).

Rosie at rest!

Ellie showing off her green thumb! 

Lovely Ada's intake photo - someone will be a lucky hooman to adopt this beauty! 

Cassandra is listening for sounds of summer! 

Hazel (aka Bidelia) is a first class snugglebug and enjoying her forever home! 

Cooper is surveying his kingdom! 

Sweet Peggy modeling the latest in neckware! 

To Love Somebody and Pep are enjoying their summertime haircuts! 
Ripley, the Tiny Terror, is my assistant and has final say on all things Cairn related!

                                             this edition of Sunday Sweets posted by Carolyn Hart

Friday, June 19, 2020

Friday Funnies

Friday Nights

by The Square Comics

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Training Tips - Proper Manners


Every dog owner should commit to teaching their pooch proper manners.  It is work, not always easy.  Sometimes it is a struggle.  But the results are priceless.

The A.K.C.  Good Citizen Test is constructed to testify that your dog is under control and is a good citizen.  Each exercise on this test is as important as the next.  The purpose is that your dog behave appropriately in everyday life situations.  It is that plain and simple.

I enjoy doing performance sports with my dogs.  Now I am a senior and find that I have neither the stamina nor the patience that I possessed many years ago.  But I remain committed to training my pups, and I continue to enjoy this time we spend together.  To achieve that goal you have been working towards is a euphoria like no other.

Now I am actively training two dogs:  a one year old and a five month old.  That is challenging in itself.  Add to that working full time.  At times I have the best intentions, but I will fall short of my criteria.  When I am in a structured training class I am definitely more inclined to commit to the task at hand and do the required homework for the following week.

Both Swayze (Cairn Terrier) and Rue (Border Collie Mix) completed their A.K.C. Star Puppy class.  I continued to school Swayze to meet and successfully complete the A.K.C. Canine Good Citizen exercises and standards.  Although Swayze was settling, his attention span remained short, and he did demonstrate that terrier tenacity.  Each exercise was a challenge in its own way, some more so than others.

The dog is to comprehend and respond to a sit and down command.  Well, most of the time Swayze would sit.  However, some of the time Swayze would choose to have that selective hearing, just stand and ignore my request to "sit."  Swayze would most often demonstrate this defiance when I was being too gruff and commanding.  I had to keep it light and fun for Swayze to respond.  With the down exercise Swayze was much more resistant.  He would lock his legs in a battle of will.  I concentrated on getting Swayze to relax and comply by keeping it relaxed and highly rewarding with yummy treats. 

The dog must accept being touched by someone.  This includes petting, checking teeth, lifting and squeezing a paw, examining ears, brushing, and gently tugging their tail.  The dog should remain calm and accepting. Swayze's primary problem with this exercise was his friendliness.  Desirably the dog being examined should not maul the person or cover them with kisses, sweet as that is.  In these situations Swayze could not control his licker!  The way I practiced this exercise was to continuously socialize Swayze with several people. And one way I did this was by taking him to The Fine Arts Fiesta.  Everyone wanted to greet and pet the cute little dog, and I highly rewarded Swayze for remaining calm and not jumping.  By the end of our session at the fiesta Swayze had made many friends, and his behavior became markedly well-behaved as he realized he did not have to be frantic to receive the attention that he craved.

Another exercise was the greeting of a strange dog, where two people approach each other and have a brief conversation while both dogs remain quiet and controlled at their owner's side.  This was a hard one for Swayze as well.  His sweet disposition drove him to uncontrolled excitement when another dog approached, but he quickly learned what was expected of him.  And his reward was to have the opportunity to play with his canine friends at the conclusion of class.

The stay exercise was a tough, tough exercise for Swayze to execute.  He just absolutely could not sit still in one place for more than a second.  We worked hard on this one.  At home I decided to put Swayze just on the other side of the bathroom door.  I gave him a visual barrier of where I wanted him to stay, and then I would quickly return to him using his release word “free” with lavish praise/treats.  As we progressed with this exercise I was so proud to see Swayze's continued progress as his eyes were fixed on me, waiting for his release word.

Swayze did very well on the recall (coming to me) exercise, and this was reinforced by loads of praise, ear scratching, and a happy dance (by us both).  The key to training Swayze is to keep it fun.  When I become too intense and serious Swayze will immediately shut down.

The out-of-sight exercise is to demonstrate that your dog remain quiet and calm while you briefly exit the room.  Swayze did great with this one, unfazed by my exit and happily confident that I would return.

I am SO happy to report that today Swayze passed his A.K.C. Canine Good Citizen Test!  I am just so proud of him I could bust.  He gave it his best, and his best was phenomenal.  Now we shall continue our training, working towards the goal of therapy dog certification.  Swayze's official name is now:  Moonshadow's Dirty Dancing, C.G.C.

As for baby Rue, he will be in training towards the goal of passing his Canine Good Citizen Test, following in his slightly older brother's footsteps.  Rue is smart as a whip – problem is he usually is two steps ahead of me.  That Border Collie mind, and energy, can be intimidating and mind-boggling!  Each dog teaches us so much, and Rue is teaching me to persevere!  Before we continue our standard training I think I am going to enroll him in a tricks class, where I am sure he will excel.

In the meantime, big brother Smudge acts as a teacher in good manners while at home.  When Rue gets over excited and jumps on me, Smudge will race up from behind and nip Rue in the butt!  Funny, but this is actually an alpha dog telling a youngster that his behavior is unacceptable and that he needs to knock it off!

I continue to tell you about the training regime with my pups because I want you to know how important it is to teach your dog basic manners.  And the fun and bonding experience is treasured time spent together.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Dog bless, 

Judy Endo

Previously Published in The Citizens' Voice/Luzerne County, PA

Sunday, June 14, 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.).
Wiggles (formerly CP's Erin Renee) getting some beauty sleep! 
Foxy is looking for some hair products...

Gambler - you are such a handsome boy!

Gorgeous Gabby is ready for summer in Newport! 

Mr. Darcy is throwing off his centerfold vibe!

Daycab is very confident in his snazzy harness!
Tailgate is ready for a belly rub! 

Are you talkin' to me? Driver wants to know!

Posted by Carolyn Hart

Friday, June 12, 2020

Friday Funnies