Tuesday, April 29, 2008

CRM Advice on "InterDog" Aggressive Behavior

Most readers here are familiar with "CRM" or (if you are not, then here is an open invitation to join). On CRM, cairn lovers (who are all multi-talented and love all canines, felines, equines, and all other 4-foots) discuss many diverse topics, offer support to one another, and in general form a loving community.

Recently, a member posted about her two male cairns fighting and asked for advice. And she got some great advice that I want to share here. If you want to read the entire thread, visit CRM and "i need help....donnie getting aggressive with newie".

While the two cairns mentioned are males, I can attest that females display similar behavior. In my house, their names are Kiara and Ruthie and 99.9% of the time Ruthie the younger and larger is the instigator. To her chagrin, Kiara is treated as the alpha over Ruthie. I of course am the benevolent alpha two-foot.

So if you have this behavioral issue in your home, try the great advice give by true cairn experts. Then post to CRM and let us know how it is working out.

The Issue
We have had a few episodes of Donnie getting aggressive with Newie. Last night Donnie was teasing Newie with at squeaktoy and then got mean and grabbed newie by the ear/neck. Tonight when feeding he did the same thing. I'mnot sure what to do....dont want to have dogs we cannot leave together. Will he out grow this or will it get worse?

The Advice
Donnie is probably going through a dominance stage and YOU need to step in. Obviously Newie is not taking care of himself and you are the ALPHA in the family, not the boys. Donnie has to have very very limited privileges when you are going through a stage like this. There are alot of things you can do to teach him who is the boss - YOU!! For instance, when he is aggressive with Newie with the toy, you pick Donnie up by the scruff and you give him a resounding NO BITE and you put the toy away. PERIOD. When you are feeding them, the oldest and or one that was there first should be fed first. You put their bowls down about 10 feet apart and you stand right there. The minute that little Mr. Dominance makes a move towards Newie you intercede and correct him. You do not allow Donnie up on the couch with you or in your bed with you - do nothing that allows him to escalate his dominance - for now, he doesn't get to have these privileges. Make him sit and wait when you go through a doorway, start working on very exact manners for him. The more obedience you can start using with him, the better. And formal classes are best. I would not give up on him - I would TEACH him the right kind of behavior. He needs you to give him that much of a chance. Chances are good that he has not learned any of this yet. - Charyl

Establishing yourself as pack leader as soon as possible. Dogs (even cute cairn terriers) that get mean and grab other dogs by their necks shouldn't get to play with toys. They must earn every privledge from now on. I don't think he is going to grow out of this behavior - if anything is could get worse unless you intervene. On our CRM yahoo page is a file called NILIF. I would start following that as soon as possible. Donnie is a puppy who is looking to you for leadership, not knowing what is right and wrong. It is your job to teach him. If you haven't done so, I would also sign up for an obedience class as soon as possible. Make sure Donnie is getting plenty of exercise so he can burn off some of his energy and he doesn't take his frustration out on another dog. - MaryJean

I recommend you feed them separately and have a squirt bottle on hand for when they are playing with toys, otherwise you will need to take the toys away and only let them play with them alone. - Liz

I know what you're going through... I have two boys, Clancey and Jack. Jack was my first CP foster, and I flunked. My were getting along famously, and suddenly - BAM, Jack was getting quite aggressive with Clancey. I think it comes down to Jack suddenly deciding he wanted to be the "alpha" male. I made a few changes in the house...both my boys shared by bed, now no onesleeps with mom. When Jack initiated a fight, he went into his crate for a time out. He was also told in a very "stern" voice that he was a bad boy...and mama was ashamed of him. This has seemed to work, although we still have a few arguements...when that happens, they're both confned to the kitchen area to think about their actions. I believe my Jack has insecurities...he's a lover boy and now that he's found a home, he wants to make sure he won't loose it. Jack will push as hard as he can - a real cairn...but he now knows that Mom has the "last word".

Some great advice with more on CRM! Thanks to all those who posted!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Gracie's (fka Gravel) Loving Forever Home

She has settled in quite nicely. And really, she's not that shy. We had a couple of friends stop by unexpectedly and she went right up to the female, sat in front of her and put her paw on the woman's leg. My older son came home from fishing with his two friends and she was fine with them all. They are all quiet so no one scared her but she was fine. When we ate dinner I put her in her crate to give her a little quiet time and she just took a snooze.

I'm trying to follow the Col. Potter sheet and keep her away from the action but she really doesn't seem to mind it all. In fact, she's a little nosy. If one of us gets up she immediately follows to see what's going on. I love that.

I put her toys in a little cloth-lined basket and she even dragged a little monkey out and played with him for a brief moment. I keep looking for signs of overload but she seems to be taking it all in stride. Do you think it's all ok for her?

She's spoiled already. I tried to put her in her crate for quiet time this afternoon but my husband felt sorry for her. Said she's been a cage too long so, her favorite place - already - seems to be on the couch between John and I (totally relaxed with her feet up in the air - and snoring!). And you (Doreen) are right, she took to John right away. All the work I did and she's daddy's girl. I took her outside and she kept pulling me in a different direction. I couldn't imagine what she was looking at so I went. Well John was under my son's car looking at something and she walked right over there and sat next to his legs.

And she does love to eat. She ate her food with lightening speed and never turned down a treat! It may force John and I to lose some weight as you cannot sit down with any type of food or she's on you immediately! Anyway, we just love her and she seems to be adjusting fine.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Mischievous Minnie at Home in Colorado

Well, it's been a week. One thing that has helped a lot is that Minnie is a little sweet girl. She listens and is trying so hard to fit in. She's had a few pee pee mistakes but all in all is very well potty trained. (Thank you Foster Mom Christy!) (of course as I sat writing this she just peed on our carpet and was caught 2x eating through my coat pockets which had treats in them---that will teach me!)

Scarlett, (our first Cairn 10 years old) on the other hand has taken to her four poster bed like a great southern lady, lying on her back, with her paw over her forehead and I'm pretty sure she was saying ...."Why Me?" She has had a very bad case of the vapors, just like Aunt Pity Pat. I thus, put a leash on her and made her come into various rooms with me and out of hiding. There is the constant of making sure everything is first with Scarlett. A few times she's let Minnie lay on her favorite bed in the computer room. Once, however Scarlett growled.

I swear if I wasn't looking Scarlett would say "come on Minnie lets play," but as long as I look she will hang back in the corners as if to say, "I'm watching everything Mom....everything, and don't you forget it." Slowly, one week later, Scarlett's vapors are getting lessened. I look forward to the time that this is all just a fleeting memory and Scarlett takes down the four poster bed and really accepts quiet Minnie. (well not so quiet really)

When I've gone to Physical Therapy Minnie is in her x-pen and Scarlett in her crate by x-pen. Minnie has taken to pulling the bottom of the tarp in through the x-pen (about 8" of it--this is no easy task) and tearing off pieces, thus dumping the water bowl all over her toys, towel, bed, pee pad etc.

Every night Brian and I have a "let's straighten out the x-pen" time, where we pull the tarp out of the trapped bars, lift the now 50 LB toys since they are wet and put them outside to dry and wipe down everything and put fresh towels and flip the bed. Minnie and Scarlett just run through the x-pen now on it's side while the Human slaves are at work.

Meanwhile, perhaps today I can breath easier and even get some housework done. Everything has gone to the dogs....pun intended! Hope your week has gone well.
Colleen, Brian, Scarlett, Minnie, Willie, Frida

An Update on Ceylon

Ceylon is doing well. I have been amazed at her progress since being here not quite a week. She is laying here beside me chewing on a bully stick while I finally get to my e-mail. She makes a step forward almost every day. I had know idea how delicate, but resilient this sweet little furkid is. We love her dearly and are so honored to have her in our family. Bear thinks she's OK. He seems to wait around to show her how and where to pee. Funny to watch and we look forward to them playing together. They both have their toys and seem to be sharing.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Poem - When I got My New Dog

I asked for strength that I might rear him perfectly;
I was given weakness that I might feed him more treats.
I asked for good health that I might rest easy;
I was given a "special needs" dog that I might know nurturing.
I asked for an obedient dog that I might feel proud;
I was given stubbornness that I might feel humble.
I asked for compliance that I might feel masterful;
I was given a clown that I might laugh.
I asked for a companion that I might not feel lonely;
I was given a best friend that I would feel loved.
I got nothing I asked for,
But everything I needed.
[author unknown]

Thank you Joanna in Las Vegas, NV for sharing this with us!!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Layla's Kong Toy Recipe

I just received an April newsletter from the Kong Company. It has lots of great information! To get it, go to and click on Free Newsletter.

Here is a KONG Toy Recipe from the newsletter, submitted by Kendell Jones and his dog Layla.

Layla’s KONG Toy Recipe

Spoon a small amount of peanut butter (either smooth or chunky) into your dog's kong. Add a layer of your favorite "goodies." I like to use cut up baby carrots, bananas, apples, small treats or dry kibble. Spoon more peanut butter and another layer of your favorite additive. Feel free to alternate and mix and match goodies. Add bananas one layer, apples next and then kibble. Top it off with peanut butter and pop it in the freezer for a few hours or over night.

This is sure to be a favorite for your dog - the peanut butter is a great source of oil to keep your dog's coat shiny and healthy and is a great way to get some fruit and veggies into your dog. The frozen treat will last hours as your dog has to lick the KONG-cicle until it thaws and figure out a way to get the treats out!
Kendell Jones & Layla
Rochester NY

Warning on Nutro Pet Food

This is an indirect report - I have no firsthand knowledge of pets getting sick while eating Nutro.

String of Illnesses Afflicts NUTRO-Fed Pets
Company insists its food is '100% safe'

By Lisa Wade McCormick

April 18, 2008

A worrisome health trend among dogs and cats across the country has surfaced in the past few months. Scores of pets from California to South Carolina have experienced sudden and recurring bouts of diarrhea, vomiting, and other digestive problems.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

ALERT: Potential Danger of Promeris Flea & Tick

I have no experience with this product but received a request to crosspost with permission - kg.

This is Jo and this is a very important message to my family & friends who have dogs-cats--and to alert you to the hazard of using anew Flea & Tick Preventative called ProMeris .

This is a new product designed to be a more effective product than other flea/tick treatments that was just released this year. It is available thru a vet and not currently on-line. I got ProMeris this week for my 7 dogs (6 Huskies & 1 Golden-Airedale) , and the results were debilitating for nearly all of them-including me. Since my incident this week, my vet has pulled it from distribution and alerted the manufacturer, Fort Dodge.

Here are my results: Within less than 2 hours after applying, 4 of mydogs had vomited from 2-4 times, 3 were disoriented and stumbling, 1 was dragging his back leg, 1 was salivating. I had very similar symptoms like an allergic reaction-my lips were swollen, eyes very red, mucous membranes such as eyes, nose, and mouth were stinging. I was very disoriented- dizzy equilibrium and not able to drive. To make this a short story-all 7 of my dogs were admitted to the hospital for veterinarian care, and 3 of them remained for care, IV fluids and observation for 24 hours. I was in the emergency room. I'm home now and so are the dogs. We're all feeling much better. Vet bills were over $2,500 and Fort Dodge is paying for these. Not only can the product cause this reaction, it has a highly noxious odor that permeated the house and is just starting to dissipate after 3 days.

Your dogs/cats might not have the same reaction, but given my experience-I wanted to help you all become well-educated about the product.
--Cherie Boice

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Should Rover Sleep With You?

This is an article from Please answer our Poll on whether your dog)s) sleep with you and I'll post the results next month.

Is your dog the king of the mountain when it comes to your bed? Dogs know a good thing when they sleep on it.

You look forward to the comfort of your bed every night, so it's only natural your dog would as well. After all, it's warm, cozy and it's where you, the pack leader, are. So, should you let your dog sleep in bed with you, or are you unintentionally sending your pooch a message that could end with a power struggle nightmare?

In or out?

Many dog owners feel strongly that their dogs should be allowed to sleep in their bed with them. Others are firm believers that dogs belong in their kennels. Regardless which side of the bed you fall on in this debate, one thing is undeniable: certain dogs make better bedmates than others. Some dog experts are adamantly opposed to dogs sleeping with their humans, but others aren't. So when even the experts can't agree, what's a dog owner to do?

Bedmate or bed ruler?
Whether your dog should sleep in your bed or not boils down to one very important factor - your dog. Simple as it may seem, some dogs make great bedmates, happy to sleep with you, but also willing to leave upon your request. As a course of habit, you should periodically tell your dog to get off the bed, even if you're going to let him right back up, if only to reinforce that you're in control.

On the other hand, if you have a dog that seems to think he rules the roost, including your bed, you have a problem. Through a dog's eyes, the bed is the most desirable place for the pack leader to sleep. So if your dog refuses to leave the bed, or even worse, becomes aggressive to defend his area of the bed, he's essentially challenging your standing as the leader of the pack. The only way to remedy this is to teach him that sleeping with you is a privilege, not a right.

Would you please roll over
Reshaping a dominant dog is not easy, especially if your bed dog has turned into a bed hog. Chances are your dog has been conditioned to a certain bedtime routine since you brought him home. If your dog has slept with you since puppyhood, then it's only natural that he's going to expect the same royal treatment as a grown dog.

On the other hand, if your dog has been sleeping in a kennel since arriving at your house, then that's probably just fine by him. For those who have or may be close to bringing home a new puppy, please take note: the temptation of letting your new, adorable, frightened puppy sleep with you may seem overwhelming. However, training a puppy to sleep in a kennel is actually beneficial for the both of you.

Placing the kennel next to your bed helps a puppy feel safe and secure, but also lets him know you're the pack leader. That will only make him easier to train and more willing to listen to you. As your puppy or dog grows accustomed to sleeping in his kennel (and you'd like him to sleep in bed with you), begin inviting him onto the bed for short durations, perhaps in the morning while you're hitting the good old snooze button a couple of times. As he becomes accustomed to this, extend the periods he's allowed to curl up with you. Just remember, even for dogs that have great bedtime manners, occasionally reinforce who's the boss by commanding them to get off the bed. Be sure to praise them when they do, and invite them back up if you'd like a few minutes later.

Sweet dreams
You may be a person that's simply not comfortable letting your dog sleep on your bed, and that's absolutely fine. Kennel-trained dogs often prefer their private den over even the bed. But if you do want to catch some Z's with your pooch, make sure he knows you're the leader of the pack. Teaching your dog the ground rules of the bed will ensure that you can both enjoy a relaxing night's sleep.

Edison - the "Bright" Cairn - but of course!!

Edison's forever family writes: Edison is a great little boy. He is extremely loving and happy and a wonderful addition to our family. He is adjusting to his new environment and receives lots & lots of love.> We are working on his potty habits (he has had several accidents) but is improving. We are very patient with him & understand that in time he will learn (Edison is a very bright cairn although we are prejudice because we love him). I signed him up for beginner training classes starting May 8th. I also registered him for dogie day care (only 1/2 day). We will take him twice a month where he can have fun with canine friends and visit dog parks so he will get plenty of exercise.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Free Kit: Providing for Your Pet's Future Without You

This is from the Humane Society of the United States website:

Knowing that pets usually have shorter lifespans than humans, you may have planned for your animal friend's passing. But what if you are the one who becomes ill or incapacitated, or who dies first? As a responsible pet owner, you provide your pet with food and water, shelter, veterinary care, and love. To ensure that your beloved pet will continue to receive this if something unexpected were to happen to you, it's critical to plan ahead.

Learn what steps you can take to plan and provide for your pet's future without you by following the links below.

NOTE: The following information is intended to provide a general overview and to stimulate your thinking about providing for your pet in the event of your incapacity or death. It is not intended to provide legal advice and is definitely not a substitute for consulting a local attorney of your choosing who is familiar both with the laws of your state and with your personal circumstances and needs, and those of your pets.

The site offers a six-page "Pets in Estate Plans Fact Sheet as a PDF to read and/or print.
You can use the online text below that is divided into sections or you can read or print PDFs.

The website was last updated March 14, 2008

Cicero: A Cairn with a Toy Hangover!!

Foster Mom: Once again, the matchmakers did an amazing job of matching just the right Mom with the right kid AND this particular Mom specifically requested Cicero and had already researched dry eye before she talked to me and that touches my heart more than I can begin to explain here. I loved this...Cicero adored his stuffy toys, but because my golden, Phoebe, destroys all stuffies, he could only play with his toys after Phoebe went to bed in the evening. If he's doing the belly up...he's feeling very comfortable in his new home!

Forever Mom: "He's adjusting well to his new home. The other night, I came out from my closet "office" and he had managed to bring all 8 of his toys up onto the bed. He was passed out on his back in the middle of them like he had a toy hangover. It really was precious. We do 4-5 two mile walks per week and he's already got it down that I am Momma."

More on Cairnadian Cere

I have a wonderful bit of news that I wanted to share! We think Ceres has decided we're her forever people. I have to give you a bit of background first. Mart's daughter had a Cairn who went everywhere with Mart, and when the girl left to go live on Vancouver Island with mom, she took the dog, and broke Marts' heart. So, I got him Bronson, who was one of those dogs one has once in a lifetime, and Mart truly adored him. On occasion, when Brons was exceptionally excited, he'd tuck his tail between his legs, and go ripping thro the house, around the couch, past the chairs, thro the kitchen, out into the hall, over and over. It was hilarious, and Mart really missed that act when Brons died 3 years ago. Fast forward to Weds evening, I come home from work, Ceres little back end is just vibrating, her tail's going in circles as we say hello again. I stand up to take off my coat - all of a sudden Ceres takes off like a Bronson rocket - tail tucked between her legs, she goes ripping thro the house past the couch, around the chair where Russell the cats' laying, into the kitchen out into the hall , and around again! She did it for about 5 rotations before she came back to me (where she got major praise). Mart had a tear in his eye and said "that was just like Bronson, I think she's finally arrived". And so do I - I believe she's finally decided she's safe, and loved here, and could relax enought to let go and whoop it up a bit. And she did it again last evening to a lesser degree. I shall call you a bit later, I have a couple of chores to get done, and I'll need to take the princess on "walkies" soon. talk to you later, but I hope you agree this is a major breakthrough! Pat

Funny Fort - Puppy Antics

Fort has a talent for disappearing swiftly and silently, so stealth are his maneuvers my reading, crocheting, or writing goes undisturbed. Never certain of the time now lapsed, I begin to feel the weight of a thick fog rolling over the morning lawn. So still. So peaceful. You could hear a rabbit raiding a nearby garden. As quiet often does, it stirs me to glance over my shoulder to see Master Fort’s bed empty. For an instance, I wonder what sock will now be laden with a hole, or has he found another bra to violate beyond wearing? Worse, he’s gotten himself behind the TV cabinet and is gnawing through an electrical cord. I go searching for Fort and find him sitting, patiently by his bowl. He looks quite jolly at the sight of me, now aware of his need. It’s past his evening meal. Master Fort reminds me of a Hobbit. Bright eyed, merry, small bodied but sturdy, thick curly hair, apt to laughter, and to eating and drinking. Fort joyfully dances and prances about, eager to be feed but not too keen on helping with the chore. I fix his fare and serve him like the Prince he is … wondering who is training who.

Only a puppy can achieve a full throttle run in the span of two feet and two seconds. The real trick comes in the directional changes that take place within this very short, action packed trek. Fort moves with the same precision as the elite athletes showcased in “O” on the Vegas Strip. His athleticism is impressive; however, shadowed by his natural showmanship. Once he hits “full throttle” he launches off his air ramp and completes a perfect freestyle Gainer any jumper would envy. The dismount is especially stellar with a solid landing in the perfect pee stance; whereby, Fort promptly urinates with great satisfaction. I dutifully give the appropriate puppy praise and sound off with “Hurry, Hurry” and “Good Potty!” He beams and bows. I clap. We head back in the house. On the way in, he manages to receive a bouquet of flowers from each shrub …I’m so proud.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

WARNING: Poisonous Plant!!!


According to a recently published study by Dr. Safdar Khan,veterinary toxicologist for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center(APCC), dogs seem to be particularly attracted to the seeds and berries of the Brunfelsia plant, commonly known as "morning, noon andnight" and "yesterday, today and tomorrow." In fact, canines are most susceptible to poisoning by this gardener's favorite, aptly named for its fragrant flowers that bloom in vivid purple and gradually changeto lavender before fading to white.

From 2001 to 2006, the APCC treated 38 cases of Brunfelsia poisoning involving 42 dogs. One California hound experienced stiff limbs and excessive drooling after ingesting several seeds from the plant. A terrier puppy from Florida developed life-threatening seizures after consuming another part of the plant. With help from the APCC and the services of a local emergency veterinarian, the puppy eventually made a full recovery. However, three of the cases proved fatal. (emphasis mine - kg)

"Brunfelsia toxicity can progress very rapidly to a potentially lethal situation, so it's critical that pet parents seek immediateveterinary care," says Dr. Khan. "If pets consume any part of the plant, they can become ill within hours and develop gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting and diarrhea, as well as tremors, seizures and muscle rigidity that makes the animal appear to be in a `sawhorse'stance."

The most commonly affected breeds are Labradors and goldenr etrievers, who, because they tend to be very active, may be more likely to get to the plant's seeds and leaves. If you have Brunfelsia in your home, please keep the plant in an area where pets can't reach it, or replace it with a nontoxic alternative. Pet parents should remember to take precautions against the many plants and flowers that can prove harmful to their animals.

BY Gerald Reiser in Dutchess County, New York

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Casatta's Letter

Dear Aunties and Uncles,

Did you hear the great news about what happened to me this weekend? I went to my forever home! I'm having lots of fun here.

Mama took me to Petsmart to have my hair done and she bought me FOUR new dresses! And Daddy thinks I'm the sweetest thing he's ever met. I sleep between mama and daddy's pillows. (hehe!) There's a little boy cairn named Toby that will do anything for me. When I was napping in my crate, he came and napped by me. My sister Molly and Grandma's cairn, Bonnie are ok. They don't really play as much. But Toby does! Mama says it's just like I've always been here. I belong!

Here's a link to my album. My foster mom stayed up late to get all the pictures in so you could see me from start to finish. That way you can see me from when I FIRST came to CP until today.

My new mama is the best. She asks my foster mom LOTS of questions to make sure she's doing the best thing for me. And she sends LOTS of pictures. I think she and my foster mom and getting to be good friends! That makes me happy, too. I'm trying to get mama to join CRM so she can meet all of you too. I think she's a little shy about it, maybe she's just busy with me coming home, but I bet she'll do it soon. She's so excited to find out there are a whole bunch of people that love cairns the way she does! Thank you so much for loving me so much and praying so hard that I'd get better. Now, with my brand new butt, I'm just like everyone else! I run and play and wrestle and poop. Check out the pictures of me running along the fence and playing with my friend Sampson. I was the leader of the pack!

I'm having a great time now in my forever home and that wouldn't have happened if CP hadn't been willing to take a chance on the surgery for me and all my aunts and uncles hadn't prayed so very hard for me.

Lots of loves and kisses,
Princess Casatta

p.s. Mama's going to keep my name. She's been using it since I very first saw me on the website when I first came to CP . I'm so glad she waited for me.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Thanks to "Scratchings and Sniffings"!!

The blog "Scratchings and Sniffings" kindly mentioned this blog in the 04/08/08 edition. Thanks Pal!! Your blog is so fresh and diverse - love reading it! Go check it out - you'll enjoy it too!

B-Naturals April, 2008 Newsletter

Stress and Anxiety
By Lew Olson PhD, Natural Health

This month’s topic will cover the more generalized stress and anxiety, including motion sickness, thunder storm phobias, mild separation anxiety and stress from travel and change. Usually these conditions take a multi-task approach, including behavioral, remedies and some nutritional tips. Always remember, dogs do best with a regular routine of feeding times, physical activity including training classes and spending time with the people they love!

Motion Sickness
It is always best to start training puppies young in conditioning for car rides. This means introducing them to the car as a pleasant place, by using treats and toys. Crates work best, as they offer a safe, confined area for your dog. Start with short trips, maybe just up and down the driveway, and then to the end of the block. Try to plan these first trips on an empty tummy!

Not all of us get to start with puppies, and motion sickness can be harder to work with in older dogs than puppies. Ginger can be good remedy. You can use plain ginger capsules, or the
Tasha’s Traveler Tummy (comes in a liquid with a dropper top, give ½ hour before the trip) or even ginger snap cookies. For very small dogs, a small amount of chamomile tea can be effective. Use a few drops for toy breeds.

Prescription drugs for motion sickness include Meclizine (Dramamine less drowsy), but check with your veterinarian on dosage.

Thunderstorm Phobia
This can be very frustrating for dog owners. Dogs can become frightened and panic during and even before a thunder and lightning storm. One of the best remedies used for this is melatonin. Melatonin is an amino acid, and has been found to have a calming influence. Dosage can vary on the size of the dog, from one to three milligrams, at least one hour before the anxiety provoking incident. It is important to give it *BEFORE* the anxiety causing event occurs.

For more information, here are websites with more information:

Separation Anxiety
This is a multi-task problem. This anxiety needs a strong behavioral approach. There can be many causes for separation anxiety that require modification of the owner’s behavior as well as the dog’s. While the dog may come with this problem, it can accelerate from our own reactions to the behavior.

It is important to give a dog plenty of exercise before we leave them alone for periods of time. This can include walks, throwing a ball for them and taking them for a run at a dog park. Dogs need activity while we are gone as well. This can include leaving a radio on, stuffing kong toys with treats for the dogs, having chew toys available and crate training the dog to feel secure in their own ‘den’.
It also means taking the dog to obedience class to help learn good communication with the dog and put order in the dog’s life.

Melatonin may help with separation anxiety, but it needs to be coupled with training and activity. Rescue remedy may help (Rescue and Relief), as well as Anxiety Wrap. This is something the dog wears, which can help calm and give them comfort.

If these tips don’t help, do consult with a canine behaviorist.

Dogs can also pick up stress when traveling, or when their human family members are having stress in their lives or during a move. It is important to help keep continuity in our dog’s lives. Crate training is great for this, and the dog’s crate is something we can use on car trips, in a new house, at a motel and is a place dogs can feel safe and have their own place. Always use comfortable bedding, provide toys and treats and use it for meal times for your dog, so they can feel safe and comfortable eating.

If you know a stressful event is going to occur, the herbal product
Easy Does It is a good choice to give a week in advance of the event. Easy Does it contains Skullcap, Passion Flower, Chamomile and Flower Essences. These help to keep a dog calm and relaxed during stressful times. It is a liquid and can be given in the gum line, twice daily
Adding Probiotics (bacteria that is good flora and fauna) is helpful when anticipating stress events, such as travel, surgery, boarding or a move. The Bertes Ultra Probiotic Powder is very helpful in keeping stools firm and preventing gas. Give twice daily with meal at least two weeks before the event, and during the stressful time.

Nutrition can play an important role to prevent anxiety and stress. The first step is to try and keep a consistent schedule for feeding time. Dogs like routine (just like us!) and rely on a regular schedule to keep calm and relaxed. Just having to wait for meals can make a dog more anxious. Sometimes offering a small treat first thing in the morning and last thing at night (besides the two regular meals) can help settle an upset stomach for your dog. Some good choices might be hard boiled eggs, cheese cubes or beef jerky.

Protein plays an important role. Diets that are high in starches and grains are carbohydrates, which are sugars. Feeding a dog a diet high in sugar can cause hyperactivity and mood swings. Diets high in animal based proteins (meat, eggs, dairy) provide the amino acid profile dogs need, and can provide a more calming influence. A raw or homemade diet usually provides this, but if you feed a dry dog food, you might want to look at adding a good quality canned meat product, or adding fresh food that is protein based. This would include foods like unflavored yogurt, canned salmon, mackerel or sardines, eggs and meat.

For more information on mixing fresh food with kibble:
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Monday, April 7, 2008

Briggy "Bogeys" in Kansas

After losing our dear pals Pooka and Haggis, Pearl and I were delighted when we were approved to adopt our new "prince," the black brindle Cairn terrier shown here during his first snow. He flew in from his foster mom's in California, and he has fit right in. We named him Bogey, because he's "one over par" for us. He turned 8 just after Christmas, and Pearl will be 8 in April, so they're a well-matched pair--in many ways. We are thrilled to have him with us." They're moving to Lawrence, KS, from Ottowa, KS, for a new job, and Charlotte says, "So there ya have it-miracles do happen! I'm delighted with my career challenge, my new doggie "son," and my new home in the greater KC area.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Cats and Dogs Living Together

This article was written & copyrighted by Vicki DeGruyand; it appears here by permission. For permission to reprint, contact the author. For more information on achieving harmony between dogs and catsvisit

Most dogs can be taught to tolerate cats if their owners are willing to be patient and consistent. Some dogs take longer to train than others and the difference is usually due to the dog's level of "prey drive" - a dog's instinct to chase and catch something

Throw a stuffed toy for a puppy and watch his prey drive in action as he chases it, catches it, then shakes it to "kill" it. Breeds and individual dogs vary in the intensity of their prey drives. Breeds created specifically for killing other animals - most terriers, for example, were intended to kill rats - have very high prey drives. In other breeds, the prey drive has been altered to suit an entirely different purpose. In the Border Collie, a herding breed, the instinct to chase and catch animals has been modified to chase and gather them together. Prey drive can also be modified by training.

Drug sniffing and arson detection dogs have high prey drives that have been redirected toward objects - these dogs are taught that illegal drugs and fire accelerants are "prey". Although we think of the Greyhound as a racing dog, it was originally bred for hunting, using its great speed to chase down hares and other fast creatures. Consequently, it has a high prey drive and is inclined to chase cats.

There are several effective ways to train a dog with a high prey drive to live peacefully with cats or other small pets. I prefer to teach these dogs that cats are off limits altogether and are not to be disturbed. Using a friend or family member to help you, set up several short daily training sessions. With the dog wearing a training collar and leash, put him on a sit/stay beside you. Have your friend hold the cat on the other side of the room. Your dog will probably be very curious and even excited at seeing the cat, but insist that he remain in the sit/stay position. Praise your dog for sitting calmly.

Have your friend bring the cat a few steps closer. If your dog continues to stay quietly at your side, wonderful! Praise him for it. If he tries to lunge at the cat, though, give him a stern, fierce-sounding "NO! LEAVE IT!" along with a short, sharp jerk on the lead and put him back in the sit/stay position. As soon as he is sitting calmly again, praise him sincerely. Continue bringing the cat closer, a few feet at a time, repeating the corrections as needed and making sure to praise the dog when he sits quietly and ignores the cat. Have patience - depending on the intensity of your dog, you might only be able to gain a few feet each session.

When your dog is able to sit calmly even when the cat is right next to him, you're ready to proceed to the next step. Release the dog from his sit/stay and let him walk around the room with the cat present. Leave his lead on so you can easily catch him and give the necessary correction if he gives any sign of wanting to chase the cat. Your supervision at this point is critical - to be effective, you must be able to correct the dog each and every time he even thinks about going after the cat. If he's allowed to chase her, even once, he'll want to try it again and you'll have to start your training over from the beginning.

Some dogs learn quickly, others may take weeks to become trustworthy around cats. Until you're sure the dog will remember his training, don't leave them together unsupervised!

A Siberian Husky owner combined a dog crate with the "LEAVE IT!" command to help introduce her cats and dogs. Sometimes the dog was crated with the cat free in the room, at other times, the cat was crated while the dog was free. The dog was allowed to investigate the cat but not to harrass or bark at it.

Another owner uses a technique that's often practiced to help dogs adjust to a new baby in the household. By giving the dog extra attention and even special treats when the cat (or baby) is in the room, the dog soon learns that having the cat around means very good things are going to happen to him!


A CRM Member shared this:

I want to share with you something heard on Paul Harvey not long ago. It's entitled, Ten Commandments for a Responsible Pet Owner as dictated by the pet.

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments but I have only you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me I will never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand and yet I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long or my heart might be getting old or weak.
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old.
10. On the difficult journey, on the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there because I love you so.

Take a moment today to thank God for your companions. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful thing without God's critters.

We do not have to wait for heaven to be surrounded by hope, love and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four feet.

Recipe for Treating Wet Dog Odor

This one is from Auntie Damyell who knows EVERYTHING about cairns, including how to run a great rescue group for over 7 years!!
Here is her "absolute best and least inexpensive fixes for doggy odor":
Get 1 good spray bottle [you don't want one of those tiny psspt ones, you want one with a nice fan spray].
Put 1/2 GOLD Listerine mouth wash, and 1/2 water [note: it MUST be GOLD!].
Spritz your wet dog [after he's been playing in the snow, walkin in rain, after a bath].
Rub in with your hands, then rub off with a dry wash cloth.
Not only is the scent refreshing, but this is antibiotic as well.
This is good to use on dog's with fungal skin infections - it MUST be GOLD Listerine (generic's ok!) Try dipping their paws in a slightly diluted solution, rinse then dry.
P.S. Auntie Damyell loves adjectives almost as much as she does Cairns!

Winnie's Win

Amazingly, two Col. Potter kids now live in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio where I was born and raised! And they are fur siblings living with Mom Katie and Dad Joe. They are really enjoying their second cairn (Winnie) who is really getting along well with sister Lue. They love to walk side by side on their leash. Winnie is doing pretty good with her potty training. Lue her older sister is showing her how it's done. Katie and Joe are in the process of building a fenced area so the girls won't have to be on leashes all the time when outside. Sounds like these two lucky Cairns have found a wonderful forever home. (Well yeah - Cuy Falls IS one of the "24 nice places to live in the United States"!!)

Puppia Harness Orders

A CRM Member has a great source for the Puppia Harness. For those of you interested in purchasing these puppia harnesses for your own dogs...the lady she ordered Jock's harness from is willing to sell them to any CP folks for $14.99 which is a GREAT price. Her regular price is $16.99 with $2 shipping. Most of the others on Ebay charge $19.99 for the same one. Her email addie is and you will need to put puppia2 in the subject line and she will know to discount it for CP. She also said if you are interested in any of her higher priced harnesses or leashes just to let her know and she will give you a better price on those too. I've ordered from this lady before and she ships very quickly.

Briggy's Happy Dance

Briggy is doing great! The first few days he was sort of nervous, but he has really settled in. He loves his walks and goes a couple of times a day. He has gained a little weight since he has been in his forever home. He knows where the doors to the outdoor/yard are and he goes to the door when he wants out. He now sleeps on the bed with Mom & Dad, snoozing securely until about 7 - 7:30 AM. He does the 'happy dance' for Paula, but not yet for Ron. Ron is hopeful! They had people over on Sunday. Briggy was on the couch and did not run or seem afraid. Ron & Paula are so happy with Briggy - he was meant just for them! They have had cairns before, and are just so glad that Briggy came to them and know that as each days goes by that Briggy with settle in more and more.

Report from Tigger's Forever Home

Tigger's forever mom reports that he is settling in quite nicely. Tigger enjoys walks outside and each day ventures further. He has done a couple meet and greets with other furkids in the neighborhood and those went very well with no barking or lunging. He is a little skittish still on walks but we talked about ways to get his attention diverted from his anxiety. Tigger met her adult daughter tonight and was very relaxed with her. Tigger loves to sit on the couch with Larry and Michele's permission and snuggle with them. Michele has a call into our local humane society (we live in the same area) for obedience training because she feels Tigger is ready and I would agree. He is already bonding well with her and this will only enforce that bonding. From the sounds of it, Tigger is doing very well. :)


29 Lucky Furkids were united with their Families, including 2 Cairnadians!

Arabella in KS
Aussie (Ozzy) in ALBERTA CANADA
Briggy in AZ
California in MN
Cicero in VA
Curling (Lilly) in NH
DeDe in MI
Dyzio in CA
Fort in WA
Fripon in OK
Gershwin in MA
Hanalei (Harriet) in ND
Holiday in IL
Jackson's Blakie (Buie) in TN
Jolie in OK
MacClaine in MA
Phoenix (Brucie) in OH
Pirouette in MI
Rian in MI
Skadi (Maggie) in NY
Skating in WA
Sprite in LA
Tigger in MN
Voulu (Uber) in OK
Wimogene (Lily) in NY
Wreath (Gracie) NY
Wynonna (Winnie) OH

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Ceres- Canadian Cairn Delight

Hi, here is an updates on our angel, and she really is just that. Every day is a new and delightful experience for all of us. She joins us on the bed for a morning cuddle, and off she goes roaring down the stairs to see what awaits at the bottom. Her little bottom absolutely vibrates as she wags her tail, which happily, is almost always. She's so eager and bright, she's totally got the house checked out, and has "her" spot, with her special Cairn blanket on thecouch. She and Russell the cat are getting along incredibly well. I'm now convinced he thinks that Ceres is Echo returned to him, for he sits by her and puts a paw very gently out to reach - but not touch - her. then he sits nose to nose awaiting Ceres to wash his face, as Echo used to. She touches noses back, then goes about her business. She loves her squeaky toys, andI 'm not sure who I mentioned this to, but we took away the plastic bottle for fear she'd cut her mouth.She definately needs obedience, for she's clueless about how to walk on lead, so I'll do that as soon as a class comes up. Meanwhile, as she becomes more accustomed to us, I'll try some prelim obedience simple commands like "sit" and maybe "stay". Did I mention my (husband) Martin is totally enamoured with her, and showers her with affection that she can't get enough of! All in all, we couldn't be more thrilled and amazed with her. Pat