Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Information taken from Halloween Safety Guide, HSUS, Pet Safety on 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!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Col. Potter Wants YOU!

Written by CP's Volunteer Coordinator

CPCRN is experiencing record numbers of incoming dogs needing foster homes and incoming applications needing to be processed. Our need for new volunteers in ALL AREAS is great right now. Even if you have only a couple hours a week free, you can help coordinator a home safety visit or drive a leg in a transport. If you have not filled out our Volunteer Forms, please consider taking a few minutes to do it. We always try to find the best fit for your skills, experience and time restrictions. We all have busy lives but the Cairns will thank you for any way you can volunteer.

Volunteer form:

Transport specific form (if you can help by driving a leg anytime in your area)

Remember if you are a CP Adoptive Home, that your dog came to you because people - many wonderful people, volunteered to rescue/transport, foster, check references, inspect, match and keep tabs on YOUR adopted Cairn Terrier. While fostering is always our greatest need (and Adoptive Homes can be approved VERY QUICKLY for fostering), there are many ways to help.

Thank you for considering volunteering!

"To the World you are a rescue person, to a rescued dog you are the World."

Warning for Canadians

With Halloween fast approaching comes a warning to parents and kids regarding Sherwood brand Pirate's Gold milk chocolate coins imported from China.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to eat, distribute or sell the candy.

It is sold across Canada by Costco and may also have been sold in bulk packages or as individual pieces at various dollar and bulk stores. The chocolate contains melamine which is the same chemical responsible for killing several babies in China, and sickening thousands more.

For more information please visit the following link: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

RECALL: Chicken Basted Rawhide Strips

The Hartz Mountain Corporation Voluntarily Recalls One Specific Lot of Nationwide Chicken-Basted Rawhide Chips Because of Possible Health Risk

John Mullane
(914) 712 9150

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- October 20, 2008 -- The Hartz Mountain Corporation, Secaucus, NJ is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of Hartz Chicken-Basted Rawhide Chips due to concerns that one or more bags within the lot are potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz is fully cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration in this voluntary recall.

For more information please visit the following link: Hartz Mountain Corporation


A New Little Man

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Joby is a 4 year old cairn that was in a shelter with only a limited time left before being put down. Because of the high rate of dogs coming in he was on the list only because he had been adopted and then brought back. The sad part is that his only “crime” is that he is not totally housebroken.

Col. Potter had some volunteers jump into action to go pick him up and take him to be vetted and boarded. The veterinary staff all say that he is a sweetheart. He will be headed to his foster home this weekend, thanks to many volunteers who are willing to drive transports. We can't thank all of you enough for saying yes when you are contacted to help and without the donations we couldn't keep rescuing dogs like Joby that need our help.

So, please welcome little Joby all 10 lbs. of him!

Xylitol (Artificial Sweetner) Toxicity

Written by Dr. Jon

Xylitol toxicity - which is an ingredient in sugar-free gum, candies and baked goods. I wanted to point out this is not just the sugar-free gum but also many of the commercial candies and baked goods also contain this ingredient. I know a lot of pet owners that take a bite of something and give their little friend a piece as well. This can be dangerous.

As I told you the other day - xylitol is toxic. Don't give your dog access to sugar-free gum or feed candies or baked goods with this ingredient. I know it can be fun to give a dog a treat but it really is best if you stick with dog food and dog treats.

An emergency vet friend of mine called me last night after she read the xylitol "Is chewing gum toxic" newsletter. She was happy that we are educating pet owners and prevent problems before they happen. I asked her how often she saw xylitol toxicity. She has seen it occasionally but fortunately the ones that she has seen have done okay with treatment.

The classic treatment is that they are admitted to the hospital, given intravenous fluids with dextrose (to help keep their blood sugar up since a common side effect of the xylitol is a low blood sugar level) and time. She said they had one not too long ago that left the hospital after 2 ½ days and did fine. The dogs name was "Sweetie" and had gotten a pack of gum off the coffee table. She came in to the clinic having a seizure caused by a low blood sugar level.

Welcome Bugsby!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Bugsby is as cute as a bug. He came into CP because his family just didn't think that they had what he needed. He's only 11 months old and is full of energy. He will need someone to help him run off that energy and to train him to be a gentleman. That's just what he will get in his foster home down in sunny Florida thanks to Tanya. There were many involved in getting this boy into CP and transported to his foster home. A big thanks to all of you, you know who you are! So please welcome Bugsby.

Your help and support are what allow cairns like Bugsby to find a new home and start their “happily ever after“!

Lost Cairn Alert

Cairn Terrier Small (10-20 lbs) Black Male
Last seen in: Braddock Hills, Pennsylvania
More Info:

Cairn Terrier Small (10-20 lbs) Black Female
Last seen in: Phoenix, Arizona
More Info:

Cairn Terrier Small (10-20 lbs) Gold/Yellow/Tan Male
Last seen in: Mulvane, Kansas
More Info:

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Freedom Fliers II Have Landed!

Written by CP's VP of Intakes

Last month a group of furkids flew the puppy mill coop with a safe landing in Col. Potter. We were told there would be more coming once nursing Moms weaned pups. Saturday the second group of Freedom Fliers took flight over the skies of Georgia heading in three different directions to safe landing strips within CP. In total 18 furkids enjoyed the flight to freedom including 5 puppies 3 months and under. Because of the size and ages of this group, some went to our wonderful vet in South Carolina, some are headed to Oz Project and the puppies, well let's just say Deborah C. and her husband are going to be enjoying a lot of puppy breath!

Let's meet our FREE BIRDS:

Skylark - F, Lt. Wheaton, DOB 1/24/04 - headed to Oz

Egret - F, Brindle, DOB 8/2/07 - in SC

Ibis - F, Cream, DOB 12/23/07 - in SC

Peregrine - F, Brindle, DOB 11/1/07 - in SC

Swan - F, Lt. Wheaton, DOB 1/14/04 - headed to Oz

Sora - F, Brindle, DOB 7/30/06 - in SC

Starling - F, Blk. Brindle, DOB 3/15/07 - in SC

Magpie - F, Cream, DOB 1/28/05 - headed to Oz

Mockingbird - F, Wheaton, DOB 12/15/07 - headed to Oz

Willet - M, Wheaton, DOB 2/14/06 - in SC

Kittiwake - F, Wheaton, DOB 11/24/04 - headed to Oz

Sanderling - F, Wheaton, DOB 1/5/08 - in SC

Nene - F, Black Brindle, DOB 3 months old - currently with Deborah C.

Darter - M, Wheaton, DOB 2 months old - currently with Deborah C.

Wren - F, Wheaton, DOB 2 months old - currently with Deborah C.

Jaeger - M, Brindle, DOB 7 weeks old - currently with Deborah C.

Peep - M, Wheaton, DOB 6 weeks old - currently with Deborah C.

Wigeon - M, Brindle, DOB 7 years old - headed to Oz

WE NEED FOSTER HOMES!!!!! If you haven't applied to be a CP Foster Home and you are interested in helping a rescue on the road to forever please check out our Foster FAQs!

An intake of this size and scope required a great group of people working together. I would like to thank Monika R., Susan B. and Susan C. for being our "landing crew", Susan C. and Carolynne M. for "layover" B&Bing the puppies and Oz Project bound kids Saturday night, for those helping “piloting" the transport of the Oz bound kids Saturday and Sunday, Stacey W. for setting up the "flight plan" to Oz, our "bird" photographers Monika, Susan C. and Carolynne M., Kathy C. of Oz Project, Deborah C. and our wonderful vet in SC for providing the safe "in-flight services" on their way to a happily ever after and most importantly to CP, which is all of you, for your support and providing them a "safe landing spot" within the loving arms of Col. Potter.

The skies were truly friendly ...WELCOME FREEDOM FLIERS II!!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Introducing Rosalie!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Last Saturday, Intakes was contacted by one of our Rescue Liaisons. She was offered a mill girl, no more information than that, and could Col. Potter take her - that day. Of course we would! So we snapped into action, and made arrangements to have her boarded and vetted.

Rosalie is now a Col. Potter kid, and won't look back! She is three years old, and has been described as very sweet and quiet - unless she is hungry! She was keeping her kennel clean during the week at the vet, to the amazement of all staff.

Rosalie is on her way home now with Foster Mom Catherine C., and on her way to a wonderful forever.

Thanks to all CP volunteers who have worked so that we can say YES to these most needy kids. Without your time, energy, dedication, and donations, Rosalie and those like her would have no place to call home.

Welcome, Rosalie!

More Columbus Voyageurs Arrive!

Written by CP's VP of Intakes

Two more Columbus Kids sailed across the ocean blue to the New World known as FREEDOM and found safety in the loving arms of Col. Potter. These will be the last to make the voyage for a while. There are others still waiting, but their ship has run aground until they whelp and wean puppies and are treated for heartworms. Let's all hope they will be afloat in the near future, safe and sound, and charting their course for their happily ever after with Col. Potter!

Thursday Nina and Pinta found safe harbor:

Pinta - Male

Nina - Female

Marlene T. has been so busy directing boat traffic, she forgot her camera Thursday when Nina and Pinta pulled into harbor. But Friday she took her camera with her. Pinta looks a little groggy in the pictures as he had just come out of his dental where he had 12 extractions and the tired little sailor just wanted to sleep.

As with any large group we are able to help from a puppy mill, we can only take them with your help and support. Our Col. Potter volunteers and supporters are what make this all possible and it's a constant struggle from the financial side. With everyone worried about the economy, please remember the furkids and do as much shopping as possible for the holidays from the CP Mall, our affiliate stores and IGive. These venues don't cost you a penny more, but share their proceeds with commissions back to Col. Potter. These furkids need you and THANK YOU for making this possible for them.

Please help me welcome Nina and Pinta to Col. Potter -- may they always have smooth seas ahead of them!

Friday, October 24, 2008

GAME TIME: Where in the World is Cairn San Diego?

CONGRATULATIONS SHERRY W. YOU WON! Our little Cairn was visiting Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire, England. Please email CPCRN at within 3 days to claim your prize!

Thanks again to Queen Isabella for being our Cairn model!




CLUE TWO ADDED! Scroll to the bottom of the blog, check out the newest hint, then post your guess in the comments. Remember to post the exact location of our wandering Cairn.

The last time we saw one of our little cairns she was visiting Boston and checking out the Common. Where, oh where could she be this week?? Got a guess? Add it to the comment section of the blog! If no one guesses correctly, check back tomorrow for the second clue.

Special thanks to Queen Isabella for being our wandering cairn this week! Once she finishes heartworm treatment look for her on our Available Cairn page. Do you need a ruler for your household? Isabella is going to be a great queen in her Forever Home!

Here's the required fine print:

The first person who correctly identifies and posts the exact location as a blog comment wins! The winner will be posted on the blog and must contact Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network by emailing within 3 days of the game completion or the prize is forfeited. If the correct location is not posted by Monday afternoon at 5:00 PM CDT, the game will end and the correct location will be posted. Be sure to check back for addition clues and to see if you are the WINNER!"


Our poor little dog had a terrible fright... She got so scared she almost bleached. Where in the WORLD could she be?


As I awake and rise are those the Carpathian's I see or perchance some other hills?


Ben & his sister did not graduate from Hogwarts.


Lucy.. are you home? May I come in?


Robin Hood & Botany

Did You Know ...

Did you know CP's cookbook - "Your Culinary Companion Volume II- The Cookbook for Cairn Terrier Lovers and Friends" was selected as one of the top ten, out of 462 entries, in the Morris Cookbook contest?

Did you know it has over 750 recipes and tips?

Did you know it has over 45 doggie recipes and other canine information?

Did you know it has a section devoted to CHOCOLATE??

Did you know it has a section on "Holiday Happenings"?

Did you know it is almost SOLD OUT?!?

Remember with the holidays approaching fast you'll need a new recipe for the family dinner or a great gift for the cook in the family. Or one just to leave out so everyone THINKS you cooked! ;)

Get yours before it is too late by clicking the following link: Your Culinary Companion - Vol. II

All proceeds help rescue, vet, foster and rehabilitate our cairns. The dogs thank you!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Welcome a Very Special Girl - Ellemir!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

A little over a year ago a beautiful little wheaten cairn girl was born. When the time was right she went to live with her very own human family. They loved and adored this precious girl. She was a young healthy cairn who enjoyed jogging with her humans. She had her own wardrobe, hair bows, headbands, bandannas and coordinating leash. She was already a princess!

But sometimes life isn't fair. Suddenly a few months ago she developed dry eye and corneal ulcers in both eyes. The progression of one corneal ulcer resulted in an emergency conjunctival graft in one eye at a University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. After surgery, this brave little girl started an intensive treatment program with special medications. Happily the medicines have been reduced to a manageable schedule but the cause of her sudden onset of dry eye has remained a mystery. The answer is out there but has yet to be uncovered. Her vision is intact but dry eye treatment must be ongoing. Her owners exhausted their resources trying to help their little baby. They made the painful decision to surrender her to Col. Potter so she can get the continued help and care she needs. In spite of all she's been through, this cuddly cute girl has remained a sweetheart.

Ellemir joined Col. Potter Wednesday. She is named after a character in a science fiction series. The people in this series inhabit another world, settled by space travelers from Earth who have strong Scottish influences. Ellemir is a compassionate healer with special powers and abilities. We're hoping the special powers and healing abilities of the fictional Ellemir will bring a mystical and magical end to CP's Ellemir's eye problems. Below are two photos of Ellemir, before and after surgery and a third photo of Ellemir's arrival at her B&B (Bed & Biscuit) with Kathy H. - all dressed for the occasion! She will soon be joining foster mom, Bonnie B. and her family. Please welcome this very special girl, Ellemir!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Another Columbus Kid Starts His Voyage to the New World of FREEDOM!

Written by CP's VP of Intakes

We were hoping to get a bigger group of these voyageurs all at once, but they keep sailing into the New World of CP in small groups and solo sailors. Today another LITTLE BOY CAIRN charted his course and made landfall in the loving arms of Col. Potter. He's quite a handsome LITTLE BOY CAIRN who will be finishing up his vetting before hoping to sail into a foster home to spend some time exploring the New World before setting sail on his final voyage to his forever home.

On Columbus' 4th voyage to the New World, he was accompanied by his brother, Bartolomeo and so, with this 4th pick-up of a furkid, I would like to introduce:


Marlene T. continues to be the welcoming party for the sailors as they come ashore.

Please help me welcome Bartolomeo. No more rough seas for him, just smooth sailing ...

Col. Potter is in need of Foster Homes for LITTLE BOY CAIRNS. If you would like to help start a LITTLE BOY on his voyage to FREEDOM, please check out our Foster Facts by clicking on the following link: I'LL HELP A BOY!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

It's TOUGH Being a Puppy!

Written by their Foster Mom

Us puppies had a hard weekend! Friday foster mom took us to the doctor and first she weighed us. That wasn't too bad. BUT then she stuck us with a needle and pawed us up and rude! Then on Saturday we were DROWNED by foster mom.....she claimed it was called a bath and we stunk! We smelled just fine. The only good thing that happened this weekend was that we got to play outside since it was sooooo nice out!

If there is a regulation against foster moms drowning puppies, please email us privately so we can take action.

Gospel 3.6 lbs
Jazz 2.8 lbs
Hymn 2.8 lbs
Dixie 2 lbs
Lulu 1.6 lbs

Four Freedoms For Col. Potter!

Written by CP's VP of Intakes

President Franklin Roosevelt delivered the Four Freedoms Speech to Congress on January 6, 1941. The four freedoms Roosevelt spoke of are the basic rights everyone in the world should enjoy: 1) Freedom of Speech 2) Freedom of Worship 3) Freedom from Want and 4) Freedom from Fear. Dogs that exist in puppy mills have no freedom, no voices, dream of a better life, live in fear and only want what they can't have.

We were contacted regarding some puppy mill dogs that needed rescue help, or they were going to be destroyed by the miller. They had reportedly tried to sell the dogs at auction but were unsuccessful. They gave rescue until this weekend to pick them up or they would be killed. Approximately 40 dogs including 4 Cairns achieved their basic rights and FREEDOM this weekend with the 4 Cairns finding their way into the loving arms of Col. Potter.

Introducing CP's Four Freedoms:

Speech: Female, one floppy ear, appears she may have recently whelped a litter of puppies, has plenty to say, thus she is Freedom of Speech

Worship: Female, with a menacing bark, but no bite, wishing for a better life where she doesn't have to defend herself

Want: Male, friendly and trusting, this boy just wants to experience life with a family to love him

Fear: Male, very fearful of people and what is happening to him, probably having difficulty seeing out of his left eye which doesn't help him with his fear.

The Four Freedoms have waited their whole lives to get to this point and achieve these basic rights. They will need time, patience and love to help them enjoy all that comes with these rights and freedom. They will need wonderful foster homes to help them fully achieve all that comes with freedom. If you would like to be one of these foster homes, especially for Want and Fear, please check out our foster facts by clicking on the following link: Sign Me UP! We have many foster homes that are willing to open their doors to the girls, but for some reason, not as many foster homes are willing to take in a foster boy. From my experience, the boys are more loving and easier going than the girls and bellybands work great for helping to teach them house manners.

My thanks to Marlene and Chuck T. for meeting the rescue caravan, picking up the Four Freedoms and for providing them weekend accommodations.

Please help me welcome the Four Freedoms!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Welcome the Wonderful Disney!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

On October 16, 1923 the Walt Disney Company was founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney. Over the years, Disney has brought magic and joy to so many people all around the world. Today was a day of magic for a special young cairn boy, Col. Potter's newest member, Disney!

Disney found himself surrendered to a shelter. Unfortunately, as with many of our kids, he didn't do well on his Behavior Assessment. But the shelter staff reached out to Col. Potter, asking for help for this little one. They saw his sweet side and knew that if they had space and time, he could be helped. The shelter had neither. So Col. Potter waved his magic wand, and Disney is now safe. He will get a chance at his own kind of magic, the magic of a wonderful forever!

Special thanks to Lisa B. and Kaaren J. who at a moments notice stopped to help him get pulled and moved to the vet.

A fine day for Disney Dog to come into the CP family, don't you agree?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Columbus' Son Makes A Solo Voyage To Col. Potter

Written by CP's VP of Intakes

Last week I was told they wouldn't have any more Cairns ready for us this week, but one little Cairn had other ideas! Where he was being housed was a "sinking ship" and so he was allowed to land in the New World of CP a little early to join the rest of the Columbus Family. Christopher Columbus had a son named Diego and that's who this little boy is named after.

My continuing thanks to Marlene T. for sailing over to rescue Diego from his ship and get him on board the SS Col. Potter and for the pictures of this very handsome little sailor. Please help me welcome Diego to the New World of CP!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

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Solid Gold Tiny Tots Dog Treat Recall

Tiny Tots Dog Treat Voluntary Product Withdrawal

October 13, 2008

Due to some instances of mold growth in a single batch of Tiny Tots, we have decided to voluntarily withdraw the entire production run from the market. We would like to assure our customers that there have been no reported serious health effects on dogs that have consumed Tiny Tots from this batch.

If you have a bag of Tiny Tots with a Best Before date of April 2009, please return it to your retail store for a full refund. No other batches of Tiny Tots or any of our other jerky treats are affected.

Solid Gold is committed to producing the healthiest food, treats, and supplements for your pet. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact us at 800-364-4863 or online at

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Welcome Gumdrop!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Last week Intakes was contacted by a breeder asking for help placing one of her girls. We've worked with this breeder before, and she speaks highly of the care Col Potter takes when placing cairns. She says it is the only way she can part with her dogs, knowing they will have a wonderful retirement.

Gumdrop is now a CP kid! She is eight years old, and very sweet, just like the candy she is named after. The vet staff are enjoying her, and say she is a happy girl. She is having her spay today, and will be heading to Canada for fostering this weekend.

Thanks to every CP volunteer who works hard so that Gumdrop and kids like her can have a wonderful forever!

Welcome, Gumdrop!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Foster Spotlight - Servus Update!

UPDATE: We are very pleased to announce that Servus has found his forever family! Are you looking for a TERRIFIC TERRIER? Check out our available cairns! Look for Servus and other "Happily Ever After" stories on our Post Adoption blog.

Written by his Foster Mom

Servus (nicknamed Sammy) loves his toys and is happy little boy, wagging his tail until his whole body wiggles. He is also very tolerant of foster mom dressing him up for Halloween. His weakness is squeaky toys, but he can’t resist going into foster mom’s purse to steal various items. He’s been known to look longingly at the kitchen trash can, but since he can’t get to it, no problems, but more than likely he would find a way to get into it if he could.

Servus/Sammy is a typical puppy mill breeder boy. He is not trusting of humans, feels competition with other male dogs, and is subservient to female dogs (he knows who is boss!). He has learned to trust his foster mom, and will learn to trust his new family. The more comfortable he gets, the more his true cairn personality comes out. He loves to play with toys, and been seen playing briefly with the resident female cairn. Since he’s been in his foster home for a good while, he’s gotten very comfortable with the other resident dogs. However, he considers cats as prey and he should only be adopted to a cat-free home. Servus was abused and not given a chance to socialize in the puppy mill, but you can see the sensitivity and need to be loved when you look deep into his eyes. I hope you enjoy this little video of a sweet little cairn who looks cute wearing horns, a wig, a pirate’s costume and a Dracula cape.

To adopt this sweet, fun-loving guy fill out an adoption application by clicking the following link!

Come on, you know you want to! :)