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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Raleigh Dee fka CP Tingler Enjoying Life to the Fullest!

Raleigh Dee relaxing at home after a busy Summer!

When I first read about Tingler, now known as Raleigh Dee, I knew I wanted to adopt her.  There was something about her story that touched me.  I chose her name both because I flew to Raleigh, NC to pick her up, and because it’s Celtic for brave and courageous, which fits her perfectly. 

Raleigh is mostly blind from untreated congenital cataracts.  She was picked up in Delaware as a stray in the bitter winter of December 2013.  How she survived on the streets is a mystery, but this little girl is as determined as they come.  She easily learned her way around my home and yard; if she encounters an obstacle, she simply finds a way around it.  She is fiercely independent and wants to navigate on her own rather than being picked up.  She uses a pet door, jumps in and out of the car, and climbs a few steps to get on my bed in the evening.  She found and used the steps on her own.  For months she slept on a dog bed in the living room when one morning I woke up to find that she had gotten onto the bed to sleep.  
Raleigh Dee and Mom escape the heat at the beach
Raleigh has been on trips to the mountains and the shore.  She’s waded on her own into shallow streams and gone camping.  She readily adapts to her situation and her needs are not unlike any other dog.  She loves food and stands up on her back legs for treats.  She’s always willing to roll over for a belly rub. Her medical needs are down to a yearly visit with a veterinary ophthalmologist and drops every other day.  She occasionally plays with toys and tries to chase her brother and sister when they play.  She doesn’t know she’s different from other dogs, and I’m not telling her.
Shaney (CP’s ShyAnne), McKenzie (CP’s Beckett) and Raleigh after hiking to Annie Creek Falls

Raleigh brings joy into my life every day.  I’m grateful that her namesake and Rescue Angel, Marlene Tingler, guided her into the loving arms of Col. Potter.  I hope my experience with this remarkable little girl will encourage others to adopt a less than “perfect” dog (if there is such a thing).  The rewards far outweigh the effort.
On a camping trip in the Cascade Mountains – Raleigh is on the left with Shaney (CP’s ShyAnne) in the foreground
Summer is a glorious season in western Oregon.  I hope you enjoy these pictures of Raleigh’s adventures over the past couple of months!

Contributed by Raleigh Dee's Mom, Suzanne
Raleigh Dee and Mom at Newberry Crater in Central Oregon

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.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Monty fka CP Moffat at Home in Paradise!

Written by Monty fka CP Moffat
Monty fka CP Moffat is quite at home in Paradise!

It is so hard to believe that I have been “Monty” now for two whole years!  They have been pretty good years too, I know, because Mom and Dad call me “our happy little boy”!  Dad has been a dog lover his whole life, and I often hear him telling friends that he has never known (or owned) a dog who was as inquisitive as me - about absolutely everything!

Curious Monty up on the bed, checking to see what Dad was doing!

Some people call where we live “Paradise” and I’m not quite sure what they mean, but I think it’s because this is a very nice place.  We do lots of interesting things too, like taking wonderful long walks.  I especially like to have my Best Friend come along, and we can count on Dad having great treats in his pocket when the walk is done!

Monty and his Best Friend, the Pomeranian, finish up their nice long walk with treats from Dad!
Last October my Dad organized a Canine Costume Party for all of the dogs in our condo development.  What a lot of fun!  I was dressed as a convict, but not in that orange thing.  My shirt had black and white stripes and it said "I'm a really bad dog".   That was a joke, of course, because I’m really never bad!

Pilgrim Monty all dressed up for Thanksgiving, a nice departure from his pin-striped costume in October!

There were so many dogs and people, I lost count after a while, but Dad says we had 22 dogs and probably 50 people attend.  All the dogs got along great with no issues of any kind.  I think everyone knew it was for a good cause, so we were all on our best behavior.  See, Dad asked everyone to bring a bag of dry dog or cat food, which he would then deliver the next day to Ana's Animal Angels, a local No Kill animal shelter.   Dad delivered well in excess of 200 pounds of dog and cat food and they were thrilled to get it!   The costume party was such a hit, Dad has already been asked by many to do it again this year!   Dad hopes to get even more dogs, people, and donations this time around – and I hope he comes up with a great idea for a costume!

Monty loves to visit his Best Friend, an elderly Pomeranian – and the neighbor’s sofa!

Well, I am looking forward to a third happy year here in Paradise, and I want to thank everyone who helped rescue me and match me up to the Best Mom and Dad I could imagine!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sprout is Healthy, Happy and in His Furever Hiome

Forever Mom Val Rae wrote:
Ann personally delivered Sprout with her daughter Sommer yesterday (02/21/15).
From the moment he entered our home, our cairns were happy to see him and have accepted him as part of the pack.
Sprout is quickly integrating into the family and has been busy exploring his new home and finding his favorite spots.  He doesn't seem to mind the cold MN weather at all and spent a little time exploring the yard today on one of our coldest days of the year so far. 
Here are the photos I took this weekend. 

He is such a sweetheart, so full of love, and has the most beautiful soul. I know this is thanks to the loving care he received in his foster home.
In just 6 days we are celebrating the 1 year anniversary of Pippa's adoption! Thank you to all of the volunteers, the foster homes, and Col Potter for brining so much joy to our lives.
Barrett, Val Rae, Sparky, Pippa and Sprout!

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: