Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Catch the Changing Star on eBay!

Our star turned PURPLE on Dec-16-08 08:07 PST according to eBay's official time stamp!

And the winners are:

No. 1 - Corinne said... My guess is December 16, 5:05pm. Corinne Evans

No. 2 - Nancy B said... December 17th 9:42 p.m.

No. 3 - Angela Thorpe said... December 14th, 8:22pm

Congratulations to the winners!

The winners must contact us at ebay@cairnrescue.com. The first winner will choose her prize first, then the second, so we'll wait to hear from them to announce what they won!

Thanks for playing!

Our eBay Feedback has reached 480 and the contest is now closed to new entries. Please check back to see if you won one of the three prizes created by our Col. Potter Crafters! (Click here to see our feedback number or shop on eBay.)

Col. Potter's eBay STAR is about to turn PURPLE! Col. Potter is approaching the 500 feedback mark on eBay, and we're having a contest to mark the occasion! The top three guesses closest to the Date and Time of the feedback that pushes us to the 500 mark will win a wonderful prize!

First, a few ground rules:

1) No leaving feedback for us during the contest period if you are entering a guess in the contest! We love selling to you and invite you to shop with us on eBay, but if you happen to buy from us, please wait until after we hit 500 to leave us feedback so you don't skew the contest.

2) Only one guess per person.

3) Guessing stops when we hit 480 feedback. So don't think you can wait until the last minute and make a guess! Get your guess in early before we cut off the entries!

4) Leave your guess as a blog comment, so we have them all in one place.

5) Your guess must contain a Date and Time, a.m. or p.m. eBay uses PST (Pacific) as their standard time, so all times guessed will automatically be considered PST. No "Price Is Right" rules here; the top three winners will be the guesses closest to the date and time, whether you go over or not.

The top three people who come closest to guessing the Date and Time of our 500th feedback will win prizes! The winners will be posted on the blog and must contact Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network by emailing ebay@cairnrescue.com within 7 days of the contest completion or the prize is forfeited. Our prizes for this contest were all made by our talented and crafty Col. Potter volunteers! The top person with the closest date and time gets first choice, then the second, and the third will receive the last prize. To see the available prizes click the following link: SHOW ME THE PRIZES!!!!

The number of feedback we receive on eBay each month can vary from about 30 to 70 or more. To see our current feedback number click the following link: eBay Feedback But keep in mind, we may get sneaky and add extra items to our eBay store to generate more sales and thus more feedback! Or in this economy, our sales may turn sluggish and our feedback slower to come in.. who knows?! It's a guessing game, so give us your best guess!

Guess ONCE and make it count! Remember to check back to see if you are one of the winners! Good luck!

A Puppy Mill Cairn's Holiday Wish ...

Written by CP's VP of Intakes

Twas the first night of winter, when the chill really starts to set into their bones, the sleet and snow accumulates on their dirty, shaggy, matted coats, and they huddle in the corner of their cage trying to turn their back on what is just the start of another harsh winter to survive in a puppy mill. The little bit of fresh water they got is fast frozen and if they are lucky, maybe they can lick some snow to get some water. Hopefully the miller will venture out in the nasty, cold weather to even throw some food their way to help keep the little bit of body fat they have to help insulate them. They sit shivering in their cages watching the miller as they remove the dead dogs or those they just don't want or aren't productive anymore. When will it be their turn, when will the suffering be over? They don't even connect with the real world, they live in a daze - a haze of abuse, hunger and filth. Those strong enough will survive until spring to go through the cycle yet again, but the weak, the sick and the injured will perish in yet another puppy mill winter.

Here comes the miller, grabbing the Cairns out of the cage by the scruff of the neck, is this it, is it their time to finally die and be put out of their misery??? Wait, what's happening ... They are handing the Cairns to someone else who is stuffing them into different cages and they are being shoved into a giant box. A little time passes and all the Cairns are now moved to the new cages. Suddenly, they are no longer feeling the cold wind, the wet snow and stinging sleet. This giant box seems to be moving and they can feel heat. The little Cairns don't know what to think as they sit in their new cages shaking with fear. What is going to happen to them now?

Little do they know their Holiday Wish has just come true ... they have been released from a puppy mill into rescue. No more frostbit ears or tongues frozen to icy metal. They will be cleaned, fed, watered and vetted. For the first time in their lives, they will spend the holidays indoors, in someone's home, being warm, comfortable and loved. This is every Puppy Mill Cairn's Holiday Wish ...

Over the next two weekends, Col. Potter has the opportunity to make 15 Puppy Mill Cairn's Holiday Wish reality ... 15 little Cairns can come in out of the cold and snow. BUT, in order to make their Holiday Wish come true, they need that foster home where they can be warm, comfortable and loved for the first time in their lives, learning to enjoy the holidays and knowing they are safe and no longer have to wonder when their time will be up.

The holidays are already a tough time for us to find enough foster homes for those in need and with this many coming in, it really stretches our resources. Everyone has plans to either travel to visit family or have family visit them. There are parties to attend, shopping and decorating to get done, just not enough time in the day to get to everything. Everyone wants to wait until things settle down after the holidays before they take on a new foster.

These little Cairns don't get a choice of when they get their opportunity at freedom. They don't know or understand what holidays are or that people are busy and don't have time for them. They've never had anything in their entire lives and expect so little. Whatever you can offer them, is FAR better than anything they have ever had.


If you are able to foster one of these precious little Cairns, and help them get their Holiday Wish, please go to our website and complete the Foster Home Application by clicking here: I'll Grant A Wish!

My hope is that every one of these Cairns will be able to exclaim as they head to their foster homes ... HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

Please Welcome the Thanksgiving Pies!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Col. Potter was contacted by a woman who suffered a serious of strokes and was no longer able to care for her four cairns. She was heartbroken at the thought of giving them up. Yet in addition to physically not being able to care for them, she was unable to work, therefore unable to always provide enough food and medical care for them. So she made the very difficult decision to give them a chance at a better life. She selflessly contacted CPCRN, and after being reassured that we would find homes that loved her babies as much as she did, she agreed to surrender them. This was not easy for her, and in speaking with her I could hear the love in her voice.

We welcome the four Thanksgiving Pies. We give thanks that they have been put first, and that we were able to help.


Pecan - almost 3 year old male, father to Apple.

Apple - one year old male

Peach - 2 year old female

Cherry - 3 year old female - may be mother to Peach

Welcome, you are loved!

Rescued by an Angel!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

A few weeks ago we were contacted about a little girl that had been rescued from a shelter by her own angel.

Seems her rescue angel was walking through the shelter and spied a little girl huddled into a corner of her cage scared and sick. The angel adopted her knowing she couldn't keep her, but she also knew that she wouldn't be adopted in her current condition. So the angel took her to the vet and found out this little girls mouth was so infected from bad teeth that it was openly visible in her mouth. After recovery from an extensive dental where 9 teeth were removed and lots of love and care, her rescue angel contacted Col. Potter and asked if we could find this baby a new home.

Please welcome CP's Gracelyn! She is a 5 yr old Mill momma that was a previous confiscation by the state from a puppy mill. So by the grace of this generous angel and Col. Potter this little girl will have a chance at a new wonderful life. Doncha just love happy endings?! :)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Welcome Sweet Priscilla!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Sweet Priscilla found herself a stray, taken in by a shelter in Ohio. Priscilla is estimated to be between 8-10 years old, and she is adorable. When no owner appeared, the shelter contacted CP to see if we could help. So the wheels were put into motion, and we were able to say yes. Priscilla finished her stray hold Friday, and is heading to a vet for her boarding and spay.

Better days are ahead, Priscilla. We are glad you could join us!!


Please Welcome Ajax!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Ajax found himself the victim of the economy. He is a sweet boy of only 1.5 years old, brought into his family in better times. Hard times hit, and Mom had to return to work to help support the family. Poor Ajax was left alone for very long days. He was not happy, so the family made the very hard decision to find a rescue for him, where he would be safe and loved. Col Potter was that rescue. The family waited a few weeks, until a foster home opened up, knowing better care could not be found elsewhere for their beloved boy.

We welcome Ajax, and we are thankful we could open our arms to him. For his family, it is bittersweet. Their hearts are breaking, but they know that he deserved more than what they could give him and they are happy to know he will be in a better place. We thank them for putting HIS needs first, and promise to take very good care of their boy.

Welcome Ajax!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Lost Cairn in Walnut Creek, California


CPCRN is very appreciative of everyone's prayers and support! At the end of this Thanksgiving weekend, we once again give thanks that this little boy is HOME!

Franz has escaped from his Foster Mom in Walnut Creek, California. Franz is a male, wheaten cairn that weighs approximately 15 pounds that was recently rescued from a puppy mill. He is still very shy around people but likes other dogs. CPCRN is offering a reward for his return.

If you would like to help us search for Franz or if he is spotted or caught please call one of the following numbers:

TOLL FREE: (866) 506-7461


Prayers for Franz and the volunteers searching for him are very much appreciated!

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


Servus was participating in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Please email CPCRN at CPCRN-Media@cairnrescue.com within 3 days to claim your prize.

Thanks again to Servus for being our Cairn model.

From the Col. Potter Family to Yours - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!



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 Mount Rushmore. Where, oh where could he 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 Servus, for being our wandering cairn this week! Has this little guy wandered into your heart? Check out his updates on the blog, fill out your adoption application and he might be on his trip of a lifetime - to his FOREVER HOME!

Here's the required fine print:
The first person who correctly identifies and posts the exact location as a blog comment will win a $30 gift certificate that is good for one year and can be used in the Col. Potter Mall or in any CPCRN owner store with the exception of CafePress. The winner will be posted on the blog and must contact Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network by emailing CPCRN-Media@cairnrescue.com 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 CST, 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!


Emily Morgan and the star.


Johnny Jones wants to be remembered there.


Will be 84 this month.


Olive Oyl was the first female to show UP.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Little Girl Finds Safety Through Family Heartbreak ...

Written by CP's VP of Intakes

Domestic abuse is a terrible blight in US society. It tears apart families, leaving lifelong scars on children and adults alike from mental and physical abuse at the hands of loved ones. Those scars can go much deeper and include family companions who are displaced as a result of the abuse.

Such is the story of one little Cairn girl. Her family fled the domestic abuse taking place in their home and sought shelter in a safe-house. They also feared for the safety of their two family dogs and had them placed into boarding with their local vet, hoping that within a couple of weeks they would be resettled, either back into their home or another home, and could be reunited with their beloved dogs. But the weeks stretched on and it became painfully apparent they would not be going home any time soon. After consulting with their vet and some very difficult soul searching, they made the only decision they could, the one that placed the welfare of their pets first -- they surrendered their dogs to the vet for placement. Luckily for this little Cairn girl, this vet also happens to be the vet of our own Roberta E. who immediately got in touch with Intakes to see if and how we could help.

At first I wasn't sure we would be able to help or at least not immediately as we have a waiting list for owner surrenders to come into CP and this was just one more to add to the list. But, this little girl was so adorable, has absolutely no issues and is literally ready to find her new forever home. Intakes worked with the Matchmaker Team to find an already approved adoptive home that was willing to become an approved foster home with the intent of bringing this little girl into their home and making it her forever home. Who says dreams don't come true?

Please help me welcome Quincy Ann to the CP family and wish her and her foster/adoptive family good luck as they start down the path to their happily ever after!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Tick Tock

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Tick Tock.

That is the sound of time running out for two little cairn pups. Ten months old, with no place to go. Time was running out. If the sun rose on Saturday, November 15, and a safe haven could not be found, two little cairns would pay with their lives.

Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Tick Tock.

Could anyone HELP these two?

They were OH SO CUTE, and OH SO SWEET, and OH SO COMICAL as they played together. BUT there was just NO SPACE for them. NO foster home for them. NO room for them anywhere. NO one to take them in.

Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Tick Tock.

Could anyone HELP???

Enter COL . POTTER CAIRN RESCUE NETWORK! YES! We can help and then the clock starts to tick faster ...


Can we get there in time? Can we find someone to pull them?


Can someone, somewhere, anywhere, foster one of these kids?


Well, we will cross that bridge when we get to it, we can NOT let them die!


Please help me welcome Tick and Tock!

Tick is our little girl, standing in front of a bush.

Tock is our little boy, wagging his tail.

Yes, they are safe, yes, Col. Potter worked some magic once again for two little ones whose time had almost run out! If you are interested in fostering, please check out our Foster FAQs by clicking the following link: Tick Tock We Beat The Clock!

Please welcome Tick and Tock!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Col. Potter's Newest Boy Cheats Death!

Written by CP's VP of Intakes

Have you ever wondered what it must be like for animals that end up at shelters and especially HIGH KILL shelters? They have no say in what happens to them, they don't know where their families have gone, why they are there, what is that smell, why are other dogs crying, whining and barking, why they cold, where is their blanket and toys, but most importantly when are they going home. Many of them get that look of despair almost immediately. In HIGH KILL shelters where the dogs only have 3 days, they don't have to wait long until the Angel of Death comes to find them.

I was notified of a young male Cairn in a shelter in KS Wednesday. He had been adopted on Saturday, but returned on Sunday because the resident dog in the home that adopted him, didn't like the little Cairn. One day, no trying to work with them, give them a chance to get to know each other, just take him back to the shelter. This meant he could have been Put To Sleep immediately as he then became an owner surrender. The Angel of Death was lurking just around the corner for this little boy, but a local rescue group put a rescue hold on him Monday. However, by Wednesday, they realized they had nowhere to go with him and couldn't take him. They contacted me to see if Col. Potter could take him. We are extremely full right now, but how could I let the Angel of Death take this little boy??? OK, we'll work to get him pulled on Friday -- a little breathing room. But that was not to be ... I received an urgent message that he had to be out by Thursday afternoon or the Angel of Death would claim him before Friday as this had already happened to another little girl named Foxy (Cairn mix) who wasn't given an extension until she could have been pulled Thursday ... she was Put To Sleep Thursday morning. After a fast and furious 15 minutes on the phone back and forth with the local rescue, our vet and their representative, I had a plan in place to get this boy out and into the loving arms of Col. Potter before the Angel of Death could claim yet another victim.

After beating the Angel of Death at his own game, I thought this little boy could laugh in the face of death and would carry the name of Samael - the Angel of Death - as a constant reminder that he had WON!

Samael is estimated at less than two years old, very friendly and as you can see from his shelter picture is a little cutie. He will be boarded and vetted and then be looking for a foster home that will love and care for him until he can find a forever home so that he will never meet the Angel of Death in another HIGH KILL shelter for the rest of his life.

If you would like to foster Samael, please check out our Foster Facts by clicking the following link: Saving Samael!

Please help me welcome Samael -- THE GOOD GUYS BEAT THE ANGEL OF DEATH!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Columbus' Voyages Brings Us Another Voyageur!

Written by CP's VP of Intakes

Our 10th Columbus Voyageur sailed into the safe water harbor of Col. Potter!

Susanna - named after Columbus' mother, is a beautiful black brindle, weighing in at 10.3 pounds. This little cutie was wagging her tail as she landed in CP! She is very friendly, loves to cuddle with the new people she has met in the New World of freedom and is as sweet as can be!

She is being boarded and vetted and will be ready to start her new life next weekend. My thanks to Marlene T. for meeting Susanna's ship. We are in need of a foster home for Susanna. If you are interested in fostering for Col. Potter please check out our Foster FAQs by clicking the following link: Sign Me Up!

Please help me welcome Susanna to the New World of Freedom and Col. Potter!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Thanking Their Lucky Stars!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Last weekend, the Intakes team was contacted about four mill kids in a Mennonite puppy mill that were in need of rescue, or they would die. This particular miller releases their 'stock' to a local small rescue group. The group can only pull dogs when there are rescue groups committed to take them. The miller had a vet coming out on Monday morning to euthanize any remaining stock that was not 'needed' or rescued.

For years these kids spent their nights alone, out in the cold, or heat, or rain, or snow, wishing on the stars that they might be freed from their life of breeding. Three of them got their wish, and found freedom Saturday morning, when Col. Potter took them into the family.

The last little soul is still there, the miller realized she was pregnant. So she will have this litter, and with some more wishing on the stars, hopefully find her way to us. Our door is open for her, and I know I am wishing each night for her freedom.

Please help me welcome the three Lucky Stars kids:

Sterne - our boy, born in January of 2002. He weighs 15 pounds. His bottom was so matted with stool, that he was in pain. His mats were cut off, and he is feeling much better. He is the shyest of the group. His name means STAR in Middle English.

Tähti - a girl, is estimated to be between 5 and 7 years old. She weighs 18 pounds. She is friendly, yet shy. Her name means STAR in Finnish.

Sitara - a girl, also estimated to be between 5 and 7 years old. She weighs 20 pounds. She too is friendly yet shy. Her name means STAR in Sanskrit.

Thanks to Judy for helping move them to the vet on short notice and special thanks to our Rescue friend, who works to save all the dogs she can, may the stars shine down on her.

In this time of need as the winter closes in on all of us, and we gather our pups close, please think of the mill kids that will not make it out. Please do whatever you can to support our "New Leash on Life" fundraiser, so that Col. Potter can continue to shine on the ones who have a chance, by saying 'YES! Come join our family'.


Monday, November 10, 2008

Welcome Declan the Man!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Declan is an owner surrender, that's 3 years old. This is a sad story for him as we get many owner surrenders because the owners just haven't researched the cairn breed before they get them. He just had too much energy and needs someone that is willing to take the time to train him to be all that he can be as a cairn. The family felt that they just couldn't give him what he needed. Well, we have cairn experienced homes just waiting for the right cairn to be matched with them so, Matchmakers make "Declan" a match!

Thanks to all the volunteers that helped get him to Colleen D. who was willing to take this boy to foster until he has his forever family. He is one cutie and I'm sure he will be matched in no time!!

A Happy Ending for Queen Ranee!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

This is a sad story with a very happy ending for this 12 year old cairn. We were contacted by a friend of an owner that had cancer and had to give up her cairn. The friend took Queen Ranee and contacted Col. Potter to help find her a forever home. This wasn't the first time this girl had to find a home, she was originally a stray that the friend had found 5 years ago. Her friend with cancer became her owner after they were not able to find her previous owner. For 5 years she had a great home but, lost it by no fault of her own.

Now the great news is that we had an approved home that was looking for just the right cairn to add to her family and when she heard about Queen Ranee and read her information she said that she sounded like the perfect match! She is now in PA being fostered and I know we'll soon be seeing an adoption contact. This is a win win for both Queen Ranee and this home. When Queen Ranee got off the plane and I received the phone call that she was there I could hear the love in the voice on the other end. Queen Ranee is home.

Thanks so much to all the volunteers that made this possible, you know who you are! We could not do what we do without you all volunteering and giving donations! THANKS!

Welcome Mardee!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

We were contacted about a male cairn, est. to be 8-10 years old, in a shelter here without any hopes of being adoptable. Why? Well this boy's only crime was that he had a UTI and needed his teeth cleaned, lots and lots of tartar with possible extractions. So, Kathy B. jumped into action and went to the shelter that day and picked him up and took him to the vet for boarding and vetting. He was put on antibiotics for his UTI and is now on his way to his foster home in WI with Joellyn and Mike K. where he will get very good care from their vet. He will get his dental and be rechecked for the UTI. Thanks to Kathy for all her help and the transporters that carried him on his journey. And a very special thanks to Dyanna C. for B&Bing him and giving him a much needed bath, he had to feel so much better after that, Joellyn said he sure smelled good!

Thanks again to all the volunteers and donations that allow us to help cairns like "Mardee" that would have been put down if it wasn't for the Col. Potter Family.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Another Cute Little Girl Finds Safety and Freedom!

Written by CP's VP of Intakes

Another rescue group was picking up some dogs from a puppy miller. One Cairn was among the dogs the miller was releasing - could Col. Potter help by taking her? Normally, this other rescue would have been able to help this little Cairn, but not today. Every rescue is so full and there are more and more dogs that need rescue help, but none more so than those released from a puppy mill. And so, Friday afternoon Karin M. met the rescue angel and brought this adorable little girl into the safety and loving arms of Col. Potter.

Please help me welcome:

Esther - DOB 3/04 - Esther came to us already spayed as she had such a hard time whelping her last litter, the miller had her spayed and thus the reason for her release to rescue. She is shy, but not terrified and willingly came out of her crate and snuggled right into Karin's arms. Esther had even been given a bath prior to release and has a beautiful harsh, thick coat. She's going to be a gorgeous, sweet little girl in no time at all!

Little girls like Esther would never know safety and love without Col. Potter and without all of you, there is no Col. Potter. Our fundraiser - "New Leash on Life" is struggling, and as always, we need foster homes for these furkids. We are still in the midst of the busiest time for puppy mill releases. Couple that with the upcoming holidays and many foster homes preferring to wait until after the holidays to take on another foster and we unfortunately have a scenario none of us want to think about - Cairns being left behind to die.

To help provide the funds necessary to rescue puppy mill dogs, such as Esther, and possibly win some great prizes, click the following link to check out the prizes available in our "New Leash on Life" fundraiser: New Leash on Life XIII - Against The Tide

If you are interested in opening your home and heart to puppy mill dogs and helping them on the road to their happily ever after please click the following link and read our Foster FAQs: Count Me IN!

Welcome Dayton!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Dayton joined the Col. Potter family Saturday, after spending a month in a shelter. Poor Dayton was a victim of the economy. His family lost their home, and he could not go with them. Dayton was so scared in the shelter that they knew he would not be adopted as he cowered and shook whenever new faces appeared at his kennel door.

We were lucky once again, very kind shelter workers arranged to get him to a vet for us. This allowed us to get him out of there very quickly once we were notified.

The vet tech caring for him has been wonderful. Initially, when he entered Dayton's kennel, Dayton ran to the other end and shook. Johnson sat down and spoke softly to him, and held out his hand. After a while Dayton got up the courage to come over and sniff a bit, and get some love. He saw he was safe with Johnson, and climbed into his lap. This boy was just so scared, and confused, wondering how in the world he ended up in such a place as a shelter! Once he felt safe, his charm came out. Johnson said he is a gorgeous boy, and very sweet.

Thank you Col Potter, for being a safe haven for Dayton and kids like him.


Despair, Desperation and Hope - Jessica's Story

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Jessica Lynch left Palestine, West Virginia on Sept. 19, 2001 for basic training. In January 2002 word came that she would be shipping out to Iraq. Who can forget the story of the terrible tragedy when a Humvee of the 507th Maintenance Company came under ambush, Jessica Lynch, broken and battered was captured and her comrades perished. For nine days Jessica lay in an Iraqi hospital not knowing what had happened, if anyone knew where she was or if she'd survive her injuries. Jessica's injuries were not only physical but emotional. An Iraqi doctor saved her life and a local nurse became her personal protector. After her rescue, Jessica entered Walter Reed for a 100 day rehabilitation. She learned to walk as her broken bones slowly healed. She also had neurological damage and emotional trauma to overcome. Her rehabilitation continued after she left Walter Reed. Slowly Jessica Lynch overcame the adversities that were not of her making. What tenacity and spirit!

Saturday, Col. Potter welcomed Jessica, a 9 year old, reddish wheaten girl who needed rescued from her tormentors and demons. Jessica's owner got her as a young puppy - six weeks old as the story goes. Fast forward. Five years ago Jessica's tail was nicked by a groomer, a small nick. It healed but something was wrong. Jessica kept digging at her tail. She received vet care and everything seemed to be on the mend until two years ago. Her tail became a source of pain and discomfort. Her owner took her to a vet again. She was convinced Jessica had OCD and was obsessed with her tail. The owner wanted the dog "fixed" or she was going to put her down. The vet refused and offered a plan of treatment. Instead of receiving treatment for physical problems, Jessica was given Prozac and Valium. Jessica was still broken so she was taken to another vet to get "fixed". Options were discussed for physical treatment but once again behavior drugs won out at the owner's insistence. After four vets refused to put Jessica down, a vet tech at yet another vet clinic asked if she could have Jessica. With the help of the vet tech, Jessica received some physical relief and her behavior improved. The pain and demons would return from time to time causing Jessica to attack her tail. Different options were discussed but a wait and see plan was chosen. DESPAIR was setting in.

In the few months the vet tech had Jessica, many treatments were tried, each with some degree of success. Jessica had acupuncture, deep massages, T-touch, as well as many holistic and herbal medicines. Animal communicators were consulted. The story of abuse and suffering emerged regarding Jessica's past. The pain and demons returned with a vengeance last week. Finally out of DESPERATION, Jessica did what no one would do for her - she amputated her own tail. The small town vet clinic that was treating her did not have the resources or equipment to handle the situation. Jessica came rushing into Col. Potter with the HOPE of erasing the pain and demons. In spite of her pain, Jessica is a sweet girl who knows how to dance. Please send positive thoughts and prayers for Jessica. She will be at the vet first thing Monday morning for evaluation and treatment to make her whole. May her rehab be pain free and sweet.

Friday, November 7, 2008

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


Our little Cairn was visiting Mount Rushmore. Please email CPCRN at CPCRN-Media@cairnrescue.com within 3 days to claim your prize.

Thanks again to Addy for being our Cairn model.

The last time we saw one of our little cairns she was visiting England and checking out Whitby Abbey. 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 Addy, formerly known as Adair, for being our wandering cairn this week!

Here's the required fine print:
The first person who correctly identifies and posts the exact location as a blog comment will win a $30 gift certificate that is good for one year and can be used in the Col. Potter Mall or in any CPCRN owner store with the exception of CafePress! The winner will be posted on the blog and must contact Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network by emailing
CPCRN-Media@cairnrescue.com 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 CST, 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!


Named for a NY City Attorney

Candy Treats for Col. Potter!

Written by CP's VP of Intakes
A miller who we've received several other Cairns from contacted me last week wanting to release two more females from their life of breeding and give them a chance at a sweet life. As we've said many times, there really are different degrees of millers and the one these girls come from is definitely up towards the top of the better ones. They all have names, she knows their birthdates, they do get touched and handled by people and even get exercise and play time. But best of all she doesn't breed them until they are old and simply can't breed any more. She releases them when they reach middle age. At this point, with the economy the way it is and puppies not selling, she's downsizing and so these two got their chance at freedom and learning what a life filled with treats will be like.

Our Candy Treats are:

Praline: F, DOB 1/1/04, 15.8 pounds, red wheaten - she's quiet and friendly and was a little jealous wanting more attention when it wasn't her turn for bathing and grooming yesterday. She likes to sit and watch what is going on around her and really seemed to love getting her bath.

Nougat: F, DOB 6/12/05, 10/4 pounds, wheaten - she's a little live wire and ready to grab this new life with all four paws! She likes to talk and has already given kisses!

My thanks to Kathy H. for making the trip to pick-up our sweet Candy Treats.

Have you checked out all the great prizes available in Col. Potter's current fundraiser, A New Leash on Life? Help rescue puppy mill dogs and possibly win some great prizes too! Click the following link to check out the prizes available: New Leash on Life XIII - Against The Tide

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Insulin Syringes Recalled

Tyco Healthcare Group (Covidien) is recalling 4,710 boxes of the syringes -- with 100 syringes in each box -- that were sold at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club from Aug. 1, 2008 through Oct. 8, 2008.

The reason for the recall: possible mislabeling and overdose risk.

"The use of these syringes may lead to patients receiving an overdose of as much as 2.5 times the intended dose, which may lead to hypoglycemia, serious health consequences, and even death," states an FDA news release.

For more information call 866-780-05436, or visit the following links:

WebMD Diabetes Health Center

ReliOn Recall

Welcome Marla!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Intakes was contacted last week about a “senior” girl in a shelter. She was surrendered because her family could no longer care for her. Due to her age, she was in danger of being euthanized. The shelter reached out to a local senior rescue group, who contacted Col Potter.

With the help of another VERY wonderful shelter worker, Marla was brought to our vet for her boarding and vetting. The shelter worker drove over an hour to get Marla safe!

Marla is reported to be very overweight, weighing in at a whopping 31 pounds! She is housetrained, and very sweet. She will be heading to TN for fostering, and for a program to get some of that weight off!

Welcome Marla! Thanks to all of you who support the efforts of Col Potter to help these “seniors“!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Paid Euthanasia or Second Chance?

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Darra, an 8 year old girl, was brought to a kill shelter in Ohio, as a "PAID EUTHANASIA". Her owners were 'TIRED OF TAKING CARE OF HER'. NOT because she was terminally ill, or suffering from horrible injuries. But because THEY WERE TIRED OF TAKING CARE OF HER. Did they consider someone else might not be tired of her, might be able to love her, would be honored to have her as part of their family? Nope. If they didn't want her, no one would have her.

Her FIRST lucky break came when concerned shelter staff begged the administration to give them time to find a rescue group to take her - to NOT euthanize her. That bought her enough time for the staff and dedicated volunteers to find Col. Potter! Intakes was contacted Tuesday. We immediately told them YES! we can take her, just give us a minute to find help to pull her and get her to the vet.

And here it gets better for little Darra - her SECOND lucky break! Amazing volunteers at the shelter coordinated to get her moved to our vet the very same day! One of the volunteers picked her up and drove an hour to get her set and SAFE. From death row, to safe haven, in two short days! There truly are huge hearts everywhere!

Darra is already spayed. She is housetrained and very sweet. She does have some skin issues, and ear issues, which will be evaluated and she will begin treatment at the vet's. She is very confused, and I am sure sad at the loss of what family she knew.

Darra needs a foster home. She needs to find a safe place to lay her head, and gather her thoughts, before moving on to her wonderful forever.

Can you foster sweet Darra? Can she find her LUCKY BREAK NUMBER 3 with YOU??? If you have space in your home and heart for this senior baby, who was tossed aside, please check out our foster facts and apply to become a CPCRN Foster Home by clicking the following link: I’M LUCKY BREAK NUMBER 3!!

Welcome Darra, we love you and will take good care of you!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Welcome Col. Potter's Newest Couple!

Written by CP's VP of Intakes

These two won their freedom Sunday from an auction. They haven't had an easy life up until this point, but it all changed for them when they became CP kids! That's the great thing about CP, we take the broken, unwanted and displaced furkids, and then we nurture them, care for them and teach them what freedom is and give them that second chance.

These two furkids know freedom thanks to Kathy and Barney H. attending yet another auction. They are named in honor of someone very special to the them ... a teacher who taught their daughters and is now fighting a battle to survive of her own. Here's a little history on who our newest two furkids Senora and Hoffman were named after:

Senora Mickey H. taught Spanish for years at my daughters’ high school and taught both of my daughters. She taught my oldest daughter, Spanish 3 over the summer between her sophomore and junior year so that she could complete 4&5 while in high school. My daughter went on to get her degree in Spanish/Education. Not only was she an inspirational teacher, she's been a mentor for both my teacher daughters, and a dear friend to us all. The other Spanish teacher also retired at the same time Senora did, and they've been lifelines for each other over the years - the other had eye problems that Senora has helped her thru, and now Judi is helping Mickey thru this battle. She was diagnosed with lung cancer early fall of '07, and was optimistic about the surgery/treatment outcome, but this spring was told things weren't looking good and that she might want to get her affairs in order. A bunch of her former students spent a weekend this spring cleaning her back yard and planting flowers for her as she's loved gardening and spending time out on her patio. Right now she's at a nursing home/rehab center after a 9 day hospital stay. They are trying to get her strong enough to go home with hospice.

Please help me welcome Senora and Hoffman:

Senora: F, DOB 7/14/04, 12.6 pounds

Hoffman: M, DOB 8/27/05, 15.9 pounds

Sounds like these two little furkids were named in honor of a pretty special lady ...

Lost Cairn in Blythewood, SC - NOW FOUND!

Starling is safe, happy and HOME! CPCRN would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support!

Starling, one of the Freedom Flyers, has escaped from her Foster Mom's backyard. Starling is a female, 18 month old, black, shaggy Cairn that was recently rescued from a puppy mill and is still very afraid of people. She does not recognize her name and will not come when called. CPCRN is offering a reward for her return.

She was last seen at 6 Lakemor Ct, Blythewood, South Carolina 29016.

If you would like to help us search for Starling or if she is spotted or caught please notify one of the following:

Monika: (803) 446-6628

Nancy: (803) 318-5559

TOLL FREE: (866) 506-7461

Please reference tag number 3559.

Prayers for Starling and the volunteers searching for her are very much appreciated!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Kizzy Means ...

... FREE!

Although she is not a mill dog, she was born in a mill, sold to a pet shop, and purchased from there by her previous owner.

Kizzy was the name of Kunta Kinte’s daughter in the 70’s mini-series “Roots”. He named her that because of its African meaning: FREE

Kizzy is an owner surrender, who was headed for a kill-shelter before a very kind Cairn friend stepped in and took care of her for Col. Potter until we could get her transported and fostered.

She is truly a great little girl!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

September Video Winners!

You voted and we have winners!

Our first place winner is Pam V. producer of "The Chorus".

Second place goes to Deirdre B. producer of "Joplin: Looking for Love".

Thank you for your votes in last month's "Available Cairns" video contest and please vote again this month.

The REAL winners in these contests are our fosters that find their FOREVERS!

Welcome Col. Potter's New Royalty!

Written by a CP Intakes Coordinator

Last week, Intakes was contacted by a small rescue group needing help with two cairns. They received these two from a 'breeding facility', and took them knowing that without help they had NO future. They immediately contacted CP to see if we could take them. We were able to quickly get a plan together to get these kids moved, and on Thursday, Gail S. met with the rescue rep to pick them up. On Friday, Gail met Monika and handed them off. They are now safe with Monika's vet, being brought up to date on their vetting, and testing.

Please help me welcome Empress Sissi, and Franz. Named after the Emperor and Empress of Austria. They had quite a love story, and it seems as if their spirits have helped our two kids.

Yesterday, both had their surgeries. At the start of Franz's, the vet noticed that his scrotum was the size of a fist. She thought he must have a tumor. As she proceeded with the surgery, she found that he had a hernia which had grown into his scrotum. She had never seen one so severe, but it was successfully repaired. As she began his dental, at the touch, a tooth fell out of his mouth. He ended up with 5 extractions. Just think of the pain this baby was in, yet he would melt into Monika's arms when she held him!

Empress Sissi had her spay and dental and did very well.

When Monika visited them while picking up some of the Freedom Fliers, she saw them both in the kennel run together. She watched as Sissi comforted Franz, knowing he didn't feel well. Here she just had surgery too, but could sense that he was not doing as well as she was, and he needed her. What a true generous spirit!!

I am always amazed and humbled by the resiliency of our kids, and try to be as forgiving and live in the moment as they do. Sissi and Franz are an inspiration.

Thanks to all of you, who support Col Potter's efforts on behalf of these breeder babies. Without support, both financial and time, we would not be able to say YES! when they need us. Please spread the word about our NLOL (New Leash on Life), so that more kids can find a safe haven in CP.

Welcome Empress Sissi and Franz!!