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Friday, April 15, 2016

Boating Safety for Your Cairns

Contributed by Divinity's Dad

Maggie and Riley enjoy Safe Boating the way Divinity would have loved!
Now that Spring has sprung, Boating Safety will be important for many lucky dogs in the months ahead.  Divinity's Blog has posted a great rundown of tips - with lots of photos - and a fun video at the end.  Divinity loved to look at boats but never quite had the opportunity to take a ride.  This  informative post was put together with Miss Divinity's passion and safety in mind.

Miss Divinity continues to inspire awareness for the good of our Cairns!

Remember:  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!













Friday, March 25, 2016

Understanding Dementia in Dogs

Contributed by Divinity's Dad

Miss Divinity continues to inspire awareness for the good of our Cairns!

In the last year of her life, Divinity suffered from a form of dementia.  Divinity's Blog has posted the first in a series of articles to help you understand dementia in dogs.  Divinity loved her life with her Dad and her decline was difficult for her as well as everyone who loved her.  This  informative post is presented with Miss Divinity's passion for life in mind.














Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Divinity Remembered

Contributed by a CP Volunteer

Divinity is remembered for her gentle nature…

It is hard to believe that it has been three months since Miss Divinity bid us all farewell.  Her Dad has been generously maintaining her Blog and doing what he can to help other Cairns in need, and for this we are all grateful.

…and for her achievements as a certified Therapy Dog

Divinity was always ready to help others - two or four-legged!

Today Dad’s post was especially touching.  Pet Partners honored Divinity with a special tribute, simple and well worth the read.  Divinity lived in a wire cage for nine years, but blossomed in her freedom, becoming a certified Therapy Dog and a gentle ray of hope to humans and other animals in need.

Read Divinity’s Blog Post about the Pet Partner’s Tribute:

Read Divinity’s Tribute in Interactions on Page 10:

Read about Divinity’s Farewell:

Read about Divinity’s 4th Gotcha Day:

Read about Divinity’s 2nd Gotcha Day:









Sunday, November 30, 2014

Trigger Celebrates 2 years in Forever!

Written by CP Trigger

CP Trigger enjoying two years Forever in Maine!
Howdy, flatlanders!  What’s that, Mom?...  Oh, ok…  Well, I guess you all might not qualify for that nickname.  I’ve been a Down Easter now for two full years, but I guess I still have some things to learn.

Anyway, you might call me a “Maniac” now, but I prefer “Down Easter” – even though some people think you have to be born here to get that title!  I don’t know where I was born, though, so I think I get a pass on this one.  See, Col. Potter rescued me way back in July, 2012, and sent me up to the wilds of Minnesota.  My skin and coat were in really bad shape, but after Foster Mom got my coat all ship-shape and healthy, Mom adopted me and flew me over to Maine.  It is just about the same kind of weather here, though Mom says the Atlantic Ocean gives us a little better range of temperature than at Foster Mom’s house.

Winter is still a great time to hunt…
…but Spring, Summer, and Fall are much better!

She might have a point because I do get more hunting time out here in the yard, even in the Winter.   Mom is always watching me, of course, so I don’t ever really get to catch anything, but it sure is fun to chase squirrels and chipmunks – and to dig big holes!  I also get to go to the beach sometimes!

I love to go to the beach with Mom!

Sometimes Mom lets me come to work with her, and I go to meetings and sit patiently in a chair, just like a real executive.  That’s OK, but what I really love is to go to dog camp once a week and play with all of my dog buddies!  Of course, I have my BFF Titan at home to cuddle up with, and that’s special too.

It’s nice to have a Special BFF, even if it’s a cat named Titan!

I am so happy that Col. Potter Volunteers were there to help me when I needed help.  Between Foster Mom and my very own Mom, I truly, truly know what it is like to be very well loved and cherished!


Read my Intake Story here:








Friday, November 28, 2014

The Natural!

Written by CP Reenie

At 9 years old, I'm the baby here!  Mac and Molly are 14!

Foster Mom, PK, I have such good news to tell you!!!

You are Not going to believe this!  Well, actually, maybe you will!

You know, I had that really long, long ride the other day and after we said goodbye and I went off with that nice man, Bill, then I finally met my new Mom.  She brought me home and I met Mac and Molly and Dandi and Allie and Gabby and Ashley and Bridgett and Riley and Grace, and Emma.  I might have forgotten someone, but that was a lot to learn!  Everyone was really excited to meet me and I was really happy to find out that they were all my brothers and sisters now.  Mac was my very special new brother, sticking with me like a guide, making sure I got to meet everyone and see all the fun stuff in the house.  I haven’t decided if I like the sofa or the pretty chair best, so I’m just using them both!  Mom got me a new Winter coat and a new bed and some new toys – it was like Christmas!

So, anyway, the next day Mom took me to the vet to get everything checked out and she found out that I am only nine pounds now!  Taking off a leg is a sort of extreme way to lose weight, and I don’t recommend it, but I have to say that I love the new, trimmer me and I am feeling better and better every day!

I really like this chair, but I Love Mom's lap much better!

Well, the next day Mom took me to the “spa” and got me all spiffed up, and then the next day she took me to “specialty” and emergency vets – really just to show me off, I think.  I mean, I didn’t get poked or prodded or anything, but everyone fussed over me and made me feel very special!

But then something special happened! 

Three little children came out of one of the exam rooms and they were all crying and sad.  They saw me and came over and said their dog had just died, so Mom said if they wanted to sit down, I could visit with them for a while – and that’s what I did!  They sat on the chairs and I jumped right up into their laps and let them all pet me while Mom told them the story of my past and how I lost my leg.  It was very interesting because the Mom and Dad of these three kids were both deaf so Mom had to make signs with her hands.  Mom and I spent about a half hour visiting with this family and by the time they decided they needed to go home, the children were not crying anymore and their Mom and Dad did not have that worried look on their faces.

Mom was very proud of me and told me I was “a natural!”  I guess I’m not 100% sure I know what that means, but I loved being the center of attention, and, even more than that, I really loved that I made everyone feel better - and it took no effort at all!  If that’s what Mom meant, then I agree!

I’m a Natural!

Thank you to the wonderful Volunteers of Col. Potter for rescuing me and giving me the opportunity to spread my wings and discover how easy it is to help others.  Thank you Foster Mom for helping me recover and for believing in me!  You did good!

Reenie enjoying her 1st visit to the Lap Factory!

P.S.  I think I found the Lap Factory!  Mom took me to a new place called "Assisted Living" something or other and you would not believe how many laps I found there!  Woohoo!


 




Saturday, October 18, 2014

Berman Believes in Forever Love!

Written by CP Berman

CP Berman, now Blissful in Forever!


They’re in Love!!!  They are so “crazy” about me (whatever that really means…) and they really seem to be enjoying spending time with me!

Ha!  I bet my Foster Mom is gonna’ be surprised to hear this!  She was like all, “Berman!!!  That’s enough!!!” and that sort of thing, but I have made excellent progress!

I've pretty well figured out that this is my permanent home – Forever! - and it makes a difference, knowing that Mom and Dad will always take care of me.  I mean, it was confusing at first because, almost right away, they up and took me off to some strange place they called “Florida” and I was sure they were going to dump me off somewhere – but they didn’t!  They kept me right with them and then brought me back home – and now I am one contented little camper.

Don’t believe me?  Well, just watch my little movie!  You can’t get much more contented that that!  Mom and Dad love to watch me when I am totally relaxed.  They say I am “a hoot to watch” which I think means I make them laugh! 



Making your Mom & Dad laugh is a great thing to do, and it’s really very simple:  I just roll on my back with a toy bone or ball in my mouth, kick my hind legs out, take the toy out of my mouth with both paws and drop it back in my mouth again – They think it's hysterical!  Unfortunately, I killed the squeaker on the bone in the film, but when I have one with a squeaker, I really get going!  It's so cute to watch Mom and Dad giggle!

Foster Mom’s description of me on the Col. Potter website said I had “the potential for being an awesome dog” and I have to admit, she got that absolutely right!  All it took was an Awesome Mom & Dad!

Oh!!  I think I must be in Love too!

Thank you Foster Mom and Col. Potter!


Read my Intake Story Here:
 




Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Dandelion in October!

Written by CP Dandi

Mom is always watching me!

Have you ever had Dandelions in October? 

Well, I know my name is Dandi, but Mom calls me “Dandelion” so she has a dandelion every month of the year!  Some people do all kinds of things to get rid of dandelions, but my Mom does just the opposite!  Works for me!

You may remember that I came here with a big problem.  My heart wasn’t put together right at the factory so…  What Mom?...  Oh, I was born with a “congenital heart defect” Mom says.  She called it “Tetrology of Fallot” and it is pretty bad.  However it happened, my heart is not hooked up right, and that means I don’t get the right amount of blood flow, and that means I don’t get enough oxygen to really live.


I like to supervise Gabby, Allie, and our friend Luca in the pool

Well, I am living pretty well, though, right Mom?  Mom is always here, or some other nice person is here, all the time, just to make sure I don’t get into trouble with this oxygen stuff.   They always have an extra supply of oxygen that I can have whenever I need it.  I also take special medicine to help keep things working right.

Sometimes I get to visit with sick children, but not too much.  I like this special little girl who calls me her “Furry White Angel” and I make her smile, even though she has problems with her heart too.


See!  I'm in charge of the play room!

When I go to the hospital with Mom, which I really like to do, I spend most of the time in the special play room.  All of my brothers and sisters and friends come there too, and we have a great time!  Sometimes Allie and Gabby, Ashley, or one of the other Therapy Dogs go off for thirty minutes to visit patients, but then they come back and play with me.

Now, the other dogs only come to the hospital two days a week for only half a day.  It’s really only four hours, so I think that isn’t really a half a day, but Mom calls it “half a work day” so I guess she knows what she’s talking about.  The point is, I get to come every day, and this means something very important: I get to control the room, and what fun that is!  I have all of my own favorite toys, but I also get to steal my friends’ toys, and that’s the best!  I love being in charge!


We have a nice patio at home...

...and a nice big yard - with lots of toys!

We have a lot of fun finding things in the grass...

...and we like to team up to keep the squirrels up the tree!

Of course, at home, I like to run things there too!  We have a beautiful yard and lots of fun toys, and critters to hunt and chase!  That takes teamwork, so I am glad to have the help.  I guess I don’t always have to be the boss!

My big sister Ashley has a heart problem too, but her problem is different.  Mom explained it to me, but I still don’t really get it.  The important thing is that I look at Ashley as a good role model, and she gives me lots of encouragement.  We both might have what Mom calls “uncertain futures” but we are here right now, living every day to the fullest, one day at a time.  I’m OK with that, you know, because each day we know we are loved more than I bet you can imagine!


I get lots of encouragement every day!

Thank you Col. Potter for rescuing us and helping us find the very best Mom!  What’s that, Mom?...  Oh…  Mom says I should thank Col. Potter for my Freedom...  Well, I’m the boss right now, so I’m sticking with my own ideas!

Thanks for finding me the very Best Mom!

Read my Intake story:

Read Ashley’s Intake Story (CP Highway):




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Today is our “Triple Gotcha Day!"


Written by Mom
 
Bea, Neha, and Zander Celebrate their Triple Gotcha Day!


We adopted Bea and Neha together on 9/24/2008 after they bonded in foster care.  Bea was an owner surrender and her family could no longer afford to take care of her and Neha belonged to an elderly woman who died.  They were fostered in Virginia.  Neha was grief stricken for several months, barely lifting her head to eat and not interested in much around her.  Bea changed that and when she came, Neha got back her vitality.  Neha chased the soccer ball around her foster mom's yard and Bea bounced into her and played with her and her foster brother.  Six years later, Bea is 14 1/2 and blind and Neha is 12 1/2 and they are still fast friends.  Bea still manages to find Neha to bump into and play with.


Zander found his way to us as our first foster on 5/4/2009, I saw his picture on the CRM page and actually asked to foster him by name.  We were told he was a puppy mill rescue and estimated to be 7-10 years old.  He was in such bad condition that he barely survived his transport to us.  He weighed under 11 pounds and had a severe cough when he arrived.  Our housecalls vet put him on medications and he was diagnosed hypothyroid with chronic yeast issues.  He suffered from fear aggression, resource guarding, and fear biting.  He had a failed 19 day adoption and we took him back and decided to adopt him.  We saw a behaviorist and worked on his issues.  He still needs a muzzle at the groomer and the vet, and lacks bite inhibition, but we are one and a half years out from the last bite.  We dated his paperwork 9/24/2009 so they could share their gotcha day.  At the time we were sure that we would wake up one day and he wouldn't.  He has really beat the odds and our vet re-aged him and she thinks is close to 10 years old now.  They are wonderful additions to our 'furmily'.



Read About our 1st Triple Gotcha Day!



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fife Strikes up the Forever Band!


Written by his New Mom

Fife and New Mom

Fife is home and everyone is doing fine!  He is chasing my Miniature Schnauzer around the coffee table and they are both loving it!

Thank you so much Col. Potter for bringing him into my life.  He is an absolute doll and my Forever Best Friend already!








Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Miss Divinity Bids Farewell...

Sweet Miss Divinity, 12/1/1999 - 09/10/2014

We have been much blessed to be able to follow the wonderful exploits of Miss Divinity and her Dad for several years, but she has now folded her tent and begun her final journey, and we must, sadly, let her go.

Divinity loved to go camping with her Dad!


Divinity spent her first nine years in a breeding facility, so the Freedom to play with toys or roll in the grass came very late in life.  Divinity and her Dad kept a truly lovely Blog with many stories and photos that we can still enjoy, as the lessons she teaches are timeless:  There is no age limit on Love and there is no limitation to what a determined little Cairn can do with the Love and support of a caring human being who can look at a “worn-out” working girl and imagine only great adventures in her future!

Safe Journey, Miss Divinity, and God Bless You, Divinity’s Dad...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

CP Kessler has No Komplaints!

Written by CP Kessler nka Kepler

Look at me!  I got a New Mom!!!


You know, it seems like just the other day when those people over at Animal Services rescued me from that awful situation, out in the freezing cold, but then said I was “unadoptable” because I had so many things wrong with me.  I remember looking up at the pity in their eyes, thinking that I was about to have a rendezvous with my maker…

But look at me now!!!!!

That passionate Intake Coordinator over at Col. Potter just wouldn’t give up on me!  Col. Potter to the Rescue!  Nine years old?  No problem!  Sick?  Very sick?  No problem!  Intact?  No problem!  To be fair, they didn’t ask me on that one, but that’s fine.  A sacrifice I was willing to make!

So Col. Potter Rescued me, for real this time, and then my Foster Mom and Dad did an unbelievable job, following the doctors’ orders and getting me healed and healthy again.  I even got my hair back!

Then these really great people - really, really nice! - decided they wanted a mature dog, just like me, to keep Darwin company, and what a great deal that turned out to be!  Darwin, as far as I knew, was a stuffy old scientist of some kind.  I was a little worried because I even think he might not be actually living anymore, so I wasn’t sure what kind of company I was supposed to be keeping, but it turned out that Darwin is a dog!  Another Cairn just like me!  He is great to keep company with!  He will clean out my bowl, even, if I don’t feel like finishing every bite, and he is very good company at the groomers where Mom took us to get cleaned up.

I know this looks bad, but it’s just my new brother Darwin and me waiting for our bath – no problem!
See!  Darwin will clean up my bowl for me - what a guy!

And I have a new name!  Mom and Dad decided they needed another scientist in the house, so they named me “Kepler” after the astronomer, Johannes Kepler.  Now, in all fairness, Darwin and I did keep our eyes on the Super Moon this week, but I don’t think we are going to get carried away with scientific activities.  After all, Darwin and I find keeping our focus on our family and our bright future is more than satisfactory, especially since that’s all about the science of Love!

Thanks to everyone at Col. Potter who put the “R” in Rescue!

Read my Intake Story Here: