Thursday, September 30, 2010

Col. Potter--Can You Feel It?

Written by CP's VP of Intakes

Have you ever stopped to think how any one of our rescue Cairns feel upon finding their way into the loving arms of Col. Potter? For some it means they have lost their family, their home, but for others it means a little lost Cairn has found their way out of the shelter and for many others it means they are enjoying their first taste of love and comfort in their entire lives. These furkids feel emotions just like we do. They twitch at the touch of a human, get the jitters when being picked up, shiver when being held and tingle all over with happiness.

Imagine four little Cairns finding themselves packed up in a vehicle, being taken out and dumped in an unfamiliar place, being left until vet staff found them the next day. What emotions they all must have felt. Thanks to the vet staff for taking the time to contact Col. Potter to ask for help rather than just euthanizing them, these four little Cairns will soon be enjoying all new happy feelings of freedom!

With great feeling, I present CP's CAN YOU FEEL IT!!

Tingle: Female, cream, estimated 5 years old

Twitch: Female, wheaten, estimated 5 years old

Shivers: Female, wheaten, estimated 8 years old

Jitters: Male, black brindle, estimated 6 years old

With the number of Cairns CP has rescued during the month of September, we are desperately in need of fosters for the CAN YOU FEEL IT Kids along with another group that came in this past weekend. CAN YOU FEEL IT ... it's the need for foster homes to help these furkids on their journey to freedom. If you want to help, please read about fostering on our website and fill out the foster application.

New boy in town!

Written by CP's VP of Intakes

As most young men do, this handsome Cairn boy found a way to "escape" his home, probably while he was chasing some "hot prey" and then couldn't find his way home again. Instead, he luckily ended up with a local rescue group, but had a little too much Cairnitude for them to handle. So, they called for the experts to help keep this boy safe and find him a wonderful new forever home that knows just what it takes to keep these Cairn boys at home without making another "Great Escape".

Oh, the girls are going to swoon when they get a look at Hilts, our new boy in town. He's estimated to be 4 years old and a real heartbreaker!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Welcome CP's Shape of Things to Come!

Written by CP's VP of Intakes

Col. Potter really didn't have the room for another large group of Cairns -- not the finances, not the support people and certainly not the foster homes -- but after you look at these THIRTEEN little faces, how could you turn them away? They've never known comfort. They've never known good food or clean water. They've lived outside in the elements their entire lives.

The most important Shape of Things to Come for these furkids is going to be a heart. We need people with a heart to step up and foster these Shapes. We need people with a heart to donate and be foster Grandparents to help support the expenses of these Shapes. We thank people with a heart for stepping up yet again to help transport them to their foster homes.

Please open your hearts to the Shape of Things to Come:

Square - M, DOB 4/5/06

Cylinder - M, DOB 6/17/09

Octagon - F, DOB 11/21/08

Sphere - F, DOB 6/2/07

Ellipse - F, DOB 6/2/07

Rectangle - M, DOB 6/18/10

Rhombus - M, DOB 6/18/10

Triangle - M, DOB 6/18/10

Oval - F, DOB 6/18/10

Polygon - F, DOB 6/18/10

Crescent - F, DOB 6/2/07 - Crescent and her two baby girls are already in a foster home

Circle - F, DOB 8/5/10

Cube - F, DOB 8/5/10

Crescent came into CP unable to feed Circle and Cube who were severely malnourished and tiny for their age. They both had open sores and abscesses on their bodies. Had Col. Potter not gotten to these baby Shapes when we did, they more than likely would not be alive today. Circle was the larger of the two babies at 2.2#, but still small for her age. Cube weighed in at 1.4#, or the weight of an approximately 2 week old puppy,not a 6 week old puppy.

Please show these Shapes what a heart looks like. If you would like to be able to foster any of these Shapes, please fill out the application online. If you are able to open your heart one more time to financially aid these Shapes, please consider becoming a Grandparent to one of these Shapes or just making a donation to CP to support the Shape of Things to Come.

Wacky Wednesday

Wednesday is the day to be WACKY! Each week we will showcase a terrierific cairn picture with an appropriate caption. If you have a terrierific cairn and would like us to consider YOUR picture and caption for an upcoming "Wacky Wednesday" send it to us at! (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes. )

A big shout out to Neha and Zander for being the Wacky Wednesday models this week!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Russo (Rusty is very Trusty)

Contributed by Russo's foster mom

So tonight I get home, let the pups out and soon Lexi and Heather come in but Rusty as usual stays outside. So I peek out and he is sitting under his favorite tree in the corner close to the birdhouse that he is obsessed with. So I take a picture - attached - and you can see the birdhouse in the upper right hand corner. For the past two+ weeks he has watched that birdhouse - barked at it, jumped against the fence at it and generally just made a fuss. I would check the b-house and see evidence of a nest being built with dead stuffy cotten left in the yard so thought he probably saw a bird fly in and out of it.

So when my husband gets home he decides to pull open the house and take the nest/stuffing out and holy cow there is something in there at the bottom under all the stuffy stuff! So he shuts it quick (I think it's a bird) and then he opens it up again - and it's a little squirrel in there making a nest!! It jumps out, scampers up the b-house to the fence and runs away. Of course now T-R (Trusty Rusty) really is frantic - because all this time there really WAS something in that house - he wasn't a crazy Cairn - he was protecting the yard from those dang squirrels that had the nerve to actually set up house right under his nose!!!

So the b-house is now sitting on the ground, stuffy stuff out where it will stay until T-R finds his forever home (not sure when that will be!!!) and he can no longer be tormented by the bold squirrels in my back yard.

I did throw extra wine into the chicken dish I made for dinner. Thought I deserved that even though it's a week night.

Rusty is being fostered in Michigan.You can check him and all of the available cairns on our website by clicking here.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Allergies and your Pet

Reprinted from the Wellness Blog

Dogs and cats can develop a wide variety of allergies causing them to lick their feet, scratch incessantly and develop ear infections.

At times scratching can become so severe the pet’s skin will become red and hair will start to fall out. Sores, welts and hotspots can also develop, which may lead to a secondary skin infection.

There are various types of allergies that may affect your pet.

Food Allergies

Dogs or cats with food allergies exhibit the same symptoms as pets with other types of allergies. This includes itchy skin, ear infections and red bumps.

What Causes Food Allergies?

Dogs and cats frequently develop an allergy towards foods they have been fed for an extended period of time. Some common pet food ingredients which are sometimes responsible for allergies include wheat, soy and protein sources, among others.

Food Allergy Verses Food Intolerance

There is a stark difference between food allergies and food intolerances.

A food allergy is when a dog or cat’s immune system reacts negatively towards a specific ingredient. If your pet is suffering from a true allergic reaction, he will develop excessive itching and skin problems.

Food intolerance is when a certain substance does not set well with your dog or cat’s digestive system, resulting in diarrhea or vomiting. No immune response is involved.

Controlling Food Allergies

If your pet has a food allergy, you will need to identify and eliminate the offending food from your pet’s meals.

“To help diagnose the presence of food allergies, you may want to feed a novel protein exclusion type diet for 6-8 weeks,” recommends Dr. Edward Moser, a board certified veterinary nutritionist. “Wellness® Simple Solutions® is an excellent choice.” This formula contains only one protein source and one carbohydrate source, minimizing the number of allergens your dog is exposed to at a given time.

A grain-free diet, such as Wellness® CORE®, can also be helpful in controlling allergies. The Wellness CORE formula is packed with nutrient-rich meat such as de-boned turkey, turkey meal and chicken liver. This diet offers your pet high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals in just the right proportions.

Airborne Allergies

Airborne allergies can include:


Dust mites






Controlling Airborne Allergies

Here are a few tips to help reduce the effects of airborne allergies:

Keep your house free from dust and mold.

Invest in an air purifier system.

Vacuum your carpet on a regular basis.

Turn the air conditioner on during warm days.

Keep your pet indoors if you are mowing the lawn, pruning shrubs or raking leaves.

Bathe your dog after walking him through a grassy area. Be sure to use a hypoallergenic shampoo.

If possible, only exercise your pet on the pavement or a gravel road.

Treatment options can include the use of antihistamines to help control itching.

Your veterinarian can also administer a series of allergy shots (immunotherapy) to help your pet build a resistance towards the allergen.

Environmental Allergies

Environmental allergies is when your pet has an allergic reaction to something he comes in contact with such as carpet, bedding, indoor plants, plastics, cleaners or other chemicals.

The most effective way to treating and preventing environmental allergies is to identify the offending substance and prohibit your pet from coming in contact with it.

If you suspect that your dog or cat has environmental allergies, use these precautionary measures:

Feed your pet out of glass or stainless steel bowl. Avoid any type of plastic.

Use mild, all-natural household disinfectants and cleaners.

Avoid spraying your lawn or yard with harsh chemicals or weed-killers.

Wash your pet’s bed regularly to remove any allergens that may have contaminated it.

The best way to keep your dog or cat’s allergies to a minimum is to consider all the different types of allergies that could affect them. This includes airborne allergies, food allergies and environmental allergies.

Keep in mind that your pet could suffer from multiple allergies simultaneously. So be alert, and take everything into consideration for the wellbeing of your pet.

How to Clean Kitchen Floors with chicken livers

Contributed by a CP Volunteer

Boil one pound of livers, cool, place on tin, place tin in freezer.
Put away groceries, do laundry, sort bills, return to freezer for evening cocktail ice cubes. Forget all about livers.

Curse as tin of livers shifts towards you, spilling onto JUST CLEANED floor.

Separate dogs before fight can occur. Pick up livers off every surface; get clean glass for cocktails.

Let dogs into kitchen, one at a time, to clean.
Gives new meaning to spit shine.....

Note from CP Blogger: Thanks for the laugh!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Heart of Col. Potter - Memorial's Second Chance!

Contributed by Memorial's foster mom

Memorial with her CP blankie

Memorial came to me last week via lots of caring volunteers! She had had a spay and an inguinal hernia surgery. This little one had to undergo another surgery. And I feel guilty for not taking her to the vet sooner. She has had trouble peeing more than a dribble at a time. Well, the vet did a dye test and found through the following x-ray, that her little Urethra is blocked due to a huge stone that is taking up almost half of her bladder. So she had to have another surgery to get this monster out so her kidneys won't stay backed up and her little bladder can be utilized again.

Memorial is out of surgery and resting comfortably, well as comfortable as she can after three surgeries in 10 days! She may develop an allergy to vets offices!The stone was bigger than a shooter marble. Think of the marbles you use to shoot the other marbles with when you're playing a game of marbles. Her bladder was pretty thick which the vet said was from the stone banging around in her bladder. She is on IV fluids as he really wants that bladder flushing well. The stone has been there for quite a while. Amazing how you don't notice till they can't pee! I am no longer kicking myself for not taking her in sooner. I thought part of her issue was the spay. And she will be okay, so foster mom is now breathing a sigh of relief! Thanks for the prayers. She sure has had enough! Now it is time to heal and get on with living the life of a dog!

If you would like to make a donation for Memorial or to help Col. Potter continue its work of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming cairn terriers, please click here.

Note from CP's founder: "little Memorial would give you all kisses if she could. YOU SAVED HER LIFE."

Sunday Sweets

Sunday is full of SWEETS! Each week we will showcase the sweeter side of Cairns. If you have a sweet filled cairn and would like us to consider YOUR picture for an upcoming "Sunday Sweets" send it to us at! (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.)

Starry Night

Robby & Mickey






Saturday, September 25, 2010

America's best dog-friendly hotels

By Sherrie Nachman
Travel + Leisure

The Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago offers pooches their own bed, gourmet treats, and a water bowl (with bottled water to fill it) while they check out the city views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Some lucky dogs not only go on vacation, they also get in-room massages, their own seasonal room service menu, and a welcome gift that they can chew on.

A record 65 percent of American families now own a pet, and many are taking them on vacation. Last year, more than 15 million Americans traveled with their pets, and 8.5 million stayed more than three times in a pet-friendly hotel, according to Pet Friendly, Inc. Hotels are responding to these travelers with dog-friendly perks that provide dogs and their owners with winsome extras, like yoga classes and practical necessities, such as clean-up bags.

Slideshow: America's best dog-friendly hotels

According to Len Kain, cofounder of, a website that helps connect dog owners with the most welcoming properties, hotels are becoming increasingly accepting of dogs of all sizes. These dog-loving accommodations don’t just tolerate dogs, they embrace them with first-class services. “Luxury properties are creating their own high-end brand of products that appeal to both dogs and their hotel concierge can always lead her to a reputable dog-sitter.

In addition to what is now considered standard fare at dog-friendly hotels — dog beds, dog bowls, etc. — certain properties are offering dogs the chance to have the same five-star experiences as their owners.

The Loews Coronado Bay Resort in California gives surfer dudes the chance to share the waves with their dogs during a doggy surfing lesson — a package that also includes doggy board shorts, a surf-and-turf dinner, and a copy of The Dog’s Guide to Surfing.

Mountain-loving dogs will no doubt enjoy the twice-daily hikes available at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Colo., especially since they can end their day with an in-room massage and light bath spritz. The Ritz-Carlton also provides an extensive room service menu with three sumptuous choices for dessert — including liver “kisses.”

After a stay in one of these canine-friendly retreats, your dog will be begging for more than leftovers when he gets home. Hope Schultz, who has been hitting the road for the last 12 years with her dog, Max, says that’s exactly what she likes about staying at a W Hotel. “They give you and your dog the same level of respect and are gracious whenever you make a dog-specific request.” Schultz, who is the editor in chief of, says that she and Max also like that they both get a treat on their pillows at night — and the fact that the hotel concierge can always lead her to a reputable dog-sitter.

In addition to what is now considered standard fare at dog-friendly hotels — dog beds, dog bowls, etc. — certain properties are offering dogs the chance to have the same five-star experiences as their owners.

The Loews Coronado Bay Resort in California gives surfer dudes the chance to share the waves with their dogs during a doggy surfing lesson — a package that also includes doggy board shorts, a surf-and-turf dinner, and a copy of The Dog’s Guide to Surfing.

Mountain-loving dogs will no doubt enjoy the twice-daily hikes available at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Colo., especially since they can end their day with an in-room massage and light bath spritz. The Ritz-Carlton also provides an extensive room service menu with three sumptuous choices for dessert — including liver “kisses.”

After a stay in one of these canine-friendly retreats, your dog will be begging for more than leftovers when he gets home.

Welcome Rupper!

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

Take a look at this handsome young wheaten boy, Rupper? Isn't he a teddy bear just waiting for a hug? Rupper is 1 1/2 years old, 24 pounds, wheaten, an owner surrender, and just as sweet as can be! He is a typical cairn just wanting to get at the squirrels, chipmunks and anything else of interest! His prey drive and cairn antics were more than his owner anticipated. The realization that he would be better with people who were more cairn experienced brought Rupper to Col. Potter. We are so happy to have this handsome boy! Everyone who has met him has been showered with kisses. He's been to the barber shop and is all spiffed up to make his Col. Potter debut!

Rupper is crate trained and knows the basic commands. Not only is he handsome but he's smart, charming and a good hunter. What's not to love about this big boy?

Please welcome Rupper (alias sweet BIG boy) to Col. Potter.

Friday, September 24, 2010

What's Twice as Nice? Tice!

Written by a CP Intakes volunteer

This time of year there's a bounty of fresh produce. Picture a nice sunny day. You decide to drive out to the country to find some fresh corn at a farmer's stand. Ah - there it is, you can almost taste the sweet corn! As you're paying the farmer you notice a young dog running around the property. Wait - it's a CAIRN! The dog has some missing fur and seems itchy. Being an animal lover you ask the farmer "Is the dog for sale?" Done deal. You head home with fresh corn and a rescued dog. What could be nicer??

Such is the story of Tice, a 2 year old wheaten boy who is now an official Col. Potter kid. The rescuer had an affiliation with a group that could help Tice find his way to Col. Potter. Tice was missing fur due to a flea allergy. His caretakers helped get him on the road to recovery and a new life. Tice is quite the boy at 20 pounds and all muscle. He is very polite knowing how to shake paws! He doesn't know a stranger - human or animal. Although Tice is a young boy and enjoys the antics of a typical teenage cairn, he's a pretty mellow fellow. During his transport he fell asleep in his crate, on his back with all four legs up in the air! Soon he was snoring. Not a care in the world for this happy go lucky kid.

This is the time of year a lot of cairns out on the 'farm' are needing to find refuge in rescue. Not all cairns are as lucky as Tice to have a guardian angel just happen to come along - all because of a craving for fresh corn. For just a little more than the cost of a dozen ears of corn, Tice's life changed forever. All donations, large and small, mean a world of difference in the life of a cairn. It's because of you that a sweet boy like Tice can be a Col. Potter kid.

Please welcome the twice as nice kid, Tice!!

Friday's Funnies

Raising Duncan

by Chris Browne

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Slowing down your food gulping dog

Contributed by CP Volunteers

Does your Cairn gulp down his or her dinner in what seems like seconds? One of our CP volunteers says that even after more than a year, her boy still hasn't figured out that he's being fed regularly and no one will take it away from him. He swallows his food down whole, doesn't chew a thing, plows through it, and many times a short while after, it all comes back up.

In this video, a Col. Potter volunteer uses plates with raised edges which allow the food to spread out making the dog slow down while eating.

Another solution for slowing down a gulper is the Water Lily Drinking system which is pictured below.

You can find these at the CP Mall in the eclectic corner. Thanks for checking out all of the wonderful items in our Mall. You can buy items that you need and support the rescue efforts of Col. Potter at the same time!

'People' Foods Your Dog Can Eat

By Pamela Babcock September 22, 2010
Excerpt from WebMD Pet Health Feature Reviewed by D. West Hamryka, DVM

As a rule, keep your food to yourself. But as a rare treat, these foods may be OK.

Looking for ways to help your
dog lose weight? Can’t resist throwing table scraps? You’re not alone.Most people know dogs should never eat things like chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, and garlic. As a rule, dogs should eat dog food. But there are some “people” foods that are OK to give to dogs.

Foods most dogs can safely eat in moderation include melon, berries, bananas, cooked chicken (with skin and bones removed), peanut butter, and cream cheese. Usually, it’s better to leave out the salt and other seasoning.

Bernadine Cruz, DVM, a veterinarian at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital in Laguna Hills, Calif., often recommends green beans, carrots, or fruit like apples for overweight dogs.“Some people are shocked to hear that it’s OK to give dogs some people food,” Cruz says. “People usually follow exactly the letter of the law -- by not giving any people food. Or they go to the other extreme, where all they give is ‘people’ food. And then there are those clients who only give “people” food as an occasional treat.”

General Guidelines

People and dogs can be emotionally close. But there’s a big difference between what humans and dogs can safely eat.

Human systems are designed to break down and digest complex carbohydrates and plants. Dogs do better when a higher portion of their diet is animal-based. In general, lean meat -- chicken, turkey, fish, and even pork -- is probably fine for dogs, as long as it’s cooked.

To help dogs lose weight, Lisa P. Weeth, DVM, Diplomate ACVN, a veterinary nutritionist with Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, N.J., has a list of recommendations. In addition to baby carrots and green beans, it includes plain, unsalted rice cakes; unsalted no-butter popcorn; vanilla or strawberry yogurt without artificial sweeteners; and even vanilla-flavored animal crackers.

“I have some dogs that love those and some pet owners who love to give them,” Weeth says.Other generally safe foods include squash, peas, sweet potatoes, and ice cubes made with diluted chicken or beef broth. One note of warning: Dogs can crack their teeth on ice cubes.

Don't Overdo It

Most veterinarians recommend a high-quality, well-balanced manufactured diet.
And for good reason, says Cruz, who is a member of the Iams Pet Wellness Council and is featured on the company’s nutritional consultant web site. “Commercial foods are generally more balanced, more nutritious, and safer for a dog than ever trying to feed home-cooked foods,” Cruz says.Moderation is key. “As long as it’s not more than 10% of the dog’s diet, a little treat here and there is probably going to be OK,” Weeth says.

That’s because commercial diets are designed to provide 100% complete and balanced nutrition. But when more than 10% of your dog’s diet is filled with other foods, you begin to dilute the essential nutrients in the commercial diet.The amount of “people” food you give also should vary based on your pet’s size. After all, “a little bit for a Great Dane is a meal for a Chihuahua,” Cruz says.

If you dramatically increase the amount of fat, you may see diarrhea, or worse, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas.). If you increase fiber with whole-wheat pasta or a complex grain, such as brown rice or barley, your dog may get constipated, or food may pass through undigested.

No Begging

Table scraps aren’t necessarily bad as long as you avoid fatty, sugary, and salty foods or foods with heavy sauces. About 40% of the dogs in the U.S. are overweight and we know that exacerbates diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes,” Cruz says.But it’s important that your pet realizes it’s a snack and not a regular meal.

Sharing your food with your dog may make for a finicky dog -- for instance, one that holds out for a bit of your steak, rather than its own dog food.If you give table scraps as a treat, Cruz recommends mixing a very small amount into your dog’s regular food and offering it when you’re not eating.

Sickness to Health

Certain “people” foods can help otherwise healthy animals. Like if your dog gets into the garbage and has a bout of diarrhea or vomiting.Cooked chicken breast or cottage cheese mixed with boiled white rice is highly digestible. It can provide nutrition and calories without being hard on the digestive system.A small amount of peanut butter or cream cheese to hide medication also is OK occasionally, Weeth says.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Written by CP's VP of Intakes

By now you all know the EIGHTEEN has turned into THIRTY ONE Cairns!!!!

Our littlest one, Cube, needs our support. This precious little baby is 6 weeks old and at intake ONLY weighed 1.4#. This is what a 2 week old Cairn should weigh, not a 6 week old Cairn. Cube, and her sister, Circle were literally starving to death as Crescent, their mama just didn't have the milk for them. In addition, Cube, also known as Sugar Cube because she's so sweet, has a sore on her side almost the size of a penny. Not very big you say until you consider you are talking about a puppy that weighs 1.4#!!! Attached is a picture of that sore on Cube's side. Little Circle had abcesses on her tiny body. How can a puppy only 6 weeks old have already had such a hard life???

Please help not only these THIRTY ONE Cairns but all the others just like Circle and Cube waiting at the gate.

I am THRILLED to announce THANKS TO YOUR HUGE HEARTS AND GENEROSITY ... we have hit the first challenge goal of selling 50 raffle tickets and have added a SECOND Toto Ornament!!! You will now have TWO chances to win an ornament with every raffle ticket you purchase . A BIG AROOOOO from the Cairns!


Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network has helped EIGHTEEN Cairns find love and freedom in the arms of our rescue in the last week alone. We all know freedom comes at a price, and it's no different for these Cairns.

Also, finding a temporary home with Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network is Run Toto Run Ornament from the Hallmark Wizard of Oz series. These are totally SOLD OUT in Hallmark Stores.

So, here's your chance to not only WIN the Run Toto Run Ornament, but HELP these Cairns! Raffle Tickets will be available through September 30, 2010.

Raffle tickets are $10 each. There is no limit to how many tickets one person can purchase. You can pay via check or PayPal (instructions below):

To request a raffle ticket send an email to Your request for tickets MUST include the following information:

Your Name:
Mailing address (street, city, state, zip):
Email address
#of tickets requested

Payment Instructions
You can pay by check or PayPal for your order. Make your check payable to CPCRN and mail it to:
CPCRN Raffle
c/o Amy Robinson
Mehoopany PA 18629

To pay via PayPal you will need to go to your PayPal account and click on SEND MONEY. In the “TO” area type

Amy will send you a confirmation for your request, verify your amount, fill out your raffle ticket(s) and they will go in a secure vessel. PAYMENT FOR YOUR TICKETS MUST ARRIVE TO AMY WITHIN 10 DAYS OF THE REQUEST. Tickets will be numbered and you will be sent your number in the confirmation email.


Wacky Wednesday!

Wednesday is the day to be WACKY! Each week we will showcase a terrierific cairn picture with an appropriate caption. If you have a terrierific cairn and would like us to consider YOUR picture and caption for an upcoming "Wacky Wednesday" send it to us at! (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes. )

A big shout out to Tootsie for being the Wacky Wednesday model this week!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Remember has some pups on board!

Contributed by a CP Volunteer

Remember or Remy as I have been calling her (think 'The Big Easy') has been visiting here in Arlington, Texas until today when we will be flying to Mississippi to take her to her foster mom.

She is a very sweet and scared little girl who had a big secret in her belly. It's no secret anymore and she will be having 5 puppies in a matter of weeks! Here is a little video of this sweet scared girl.

You'll be seeing a lot more of Remember and her puppies over the coming weeks. Thanks for getting to know her a little better and if you would like to make a donation on her behalf, you can click here.

Foster Rosso (Rusty) and his latest antics

Contributed by Rusty's foster Mom

Yesterday morning I took my foster Russo (Rusty) for his first daily walk before I leave for work and as he passed a tree (that last week had some sort of critter close to it so now he and Lexi always slow down by this tree) he grabbed something from the ground which starting squealing. I thought it might be a bird (which he chases out of the back yard) - but no it is a SQUIRREL!! I tried to get him to drop it which he finally does - and as it goes flying in one direction his harness slips off!!! EEEK - the squirrel is twitching (bad sign) and thankfully Rusty (now known in our house as Trusty-Rusty..... NOT) sits there quietly (for him) watching the squirrel die trying to figure out how to get back over there. I grab his collar (thanks goodness these kids come with both) and hold on to him managing to get the harness back on him. But he is good, I get the harness back on, we leave the now dead squirrel and continue on our way so he can do his job!!

He also managed to get into my daughter's back pack and chew on her retainer so I'll be replacing that. But so far he hasn't eaten any shoes or socks though he does love to steal them and play chase - everyone has been warned not to leave shoes on the floor.

So today's project is adjusting this harness again to make it more snug on this big boy. I included a picture of him celebrating after a recent stuffie kill in the back yard!!

Rosso is being fostered in Michigan and you can learn more about him and his adventures at our website.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Part 3 POOP (Pals of Our Pups) Pictures !

Contributed by a Col. Potter Volunteer

We can never get enough good pictures of our cairns and our cairns loving their humans! Thanks again to Beth Adams for these great shots.

Deb with Stella (photo by Beth Adams)


Brian with Rocky (photo by Beth Adams)

Nettie (photo by Beth Adams)

Miri (photo by Beth Adams)

Mandy (photo by Beth Adams)

Finny (photo by Beth Adams)

If you love these pictures as much as we do, you can visit Beth Adams' website, Candid Canine Photography.

Sherri comes in to the loving arms of CP!

Written by a CP volunteer

I was at work when a call came to my home. My husband got it. On the other end was an Animal Control officer from a nearby county. Did we work Cairn Rescue? She had an older cairn--about 10 years old--that been living outside for the past three years, flea bitten, and was due to be put to sleep (PTS) the next morning. Is there any chance we could help her? She's a sweet dog and let shelter workers do anything to her, great temperament. My husband said he'd let me know so we could contact Col. Potter.

I got home and got the news. I told him if CP took her in, I'd probably be asked to foster and I thought we had decided to just foster one at a time. He said that if CP wanted to save her, she'd have a spot here as long as she needed it. After all, it WAS a matter of life and death.

I started the ball rolling with an urgent email message to CP rescue. As expected I got a rapid response. Since we knew this shelter KNOWS its cairns (we've gotten 2-3 from them before), I was given the go ahead to go look at the dog, and take her as an intake IF CAIRN. I called the AC officer and could hear in her voice just how much this mattered to her.

It's a long drive to the shelter and the whole time all I could think was WHAT THE HECK WAS THIS DOG DOING OUTSIDE FOR THREE YEARS? This last year weather here in Maryland has been crazy. We had record snow and now we've had record heat and during this time a CAIRN was outside...This is just horrific to me.

I got to talk to the officer. Her story was even worse. Apparently they had to cut over an inch off the cairn's claws! With her claws that long, she couldn't climb the steps to the dog house and she walks badly. Well no wonder! So not only was she outside, but outside with no shelter. Grrrrrrr.

The cairn had been due to be PTS yesterday but, since the AC officer came in late, her boss saved the cairn for ONE day to give her a chance to find a rescue. And the officer did. She found us. Col. Potter.

Without further ado, let's welcome SHERRI! Her story is so compelling--she lived one more night, then another--and then was gifted by CP with the rest of her life.

Sherri wasn't alone in that yard - she had a companion, a Pomeranian. I'll bet our Sherri protected her little pal through the 4ft of snow and 100 degree heat. The officer is going back to the home to try to save her next. Let's all pray her buddy has her luck too. (Update--The Pomeranian was saved and sent to Pom rescue!)

Our Animal Control Officer was very thankful that we could be there for both of them (the officer and Sherri). I told her I'd keep her in the loop, letting her know when Sherri finds a home.

I headed home with Sherri in tow. During the drive, I sang to her...

Sherri(Sherri baby)
Sherri no more outside at night
(Come,come, come in tonight)
Sherri baby (Sherri baby)
Sherri no more outside at night

(Why don't you come in) To my cairn party
(Come in) Where the cuddles are fine
(Come in) We'll kiss the night away
I'm gonna make you shine

Sherri baby (Sherri baby)
Sherri can you come in tonight
Come, come, come in tonight)

We're find you a new Mama (Sherri baby)
Tell her everything is alright

(Why don't you come in) With your collar on
(Come in ) Mmm you look so fine
(Come in) Move it nice and easy
Girl, you gonna lose your mind

Sherri, Sherri baby
Sherri, Sherri baby

If you know a cairn in need, please email as much information as is available to CairnTerrierRescue@ (remove space after the @ symbol) . Someone in CP will contact you as soon as possible.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Part 2 POOP (Pals of Our Pups) Pictures !

Contributed by a Col. Potter Volunteer

For those of you who can't get enough of cairns enjoying themselves with their people at Amy and Brian's POOP (Pals of Our Pups), here are some more pictures to enjoy

Judy E. with Smudge (photo by Beth Adams)

Gabby (photo by Beth Adams)

Mo with Tink (photo by Beth Adams)

Halle and Gabby at play (photo by Beth Adams)

Pile of Cairns (photo by Beth Adams)

Halle (photo by Beth Adams)

JoAnn with Austin (photo by Beth Adams)

If you love these pictures as much as we do, you can visit Beth Adams' website, Candid Canine Photography.