Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Col. Potter kid Vinny recently flew to meet his Texas dad from the little airport in Sullivan, MO to Searcy, AR via a Pilots n Paws volunteer.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
The staunch process for adoption almost did us in though. Patty didn't want to let a stranger in our home for the inspection. If I knew then what I know now......Sister Bubbles was the Carol setting up our home safety visit. We live in a remote area, and as fate (?!) would have it, Carol has a friend just "down the way" from us. OK, can you get much more safe than the friend of a former nun coming to your home? A couple of the kindest people we'd ever met, and therein lies the beginning of meeting my Col. Potter family.
We next met Karen and Tony, and Karen is so much more than Addy's foster mom. She has become a friend. In the past year, I've started volunteering on the Post Adoption and Updates teams, went to a Cactus Cairn Roundup in Phoenix to meet other Cairns and their people, adopted another CP Cairn (Zelda), and we're having internal negotiations (me and Patty) about fostering. Since Addy's adoption, I've felt that kinship with the Col. Potter family, and I hope to meet many more of you over the years. Thanks for being there!
It's been baby steps for Addy. She was in a mill for the first 5 years of her life. She's made a lot of progress in the last year, and she's doing great. We love her so much!! Here are some of her tremendous accomplishments:
Learned to play with toys.
Learned to play with dogs, and I mean PLAY!
Loves to go for walks, and is starting to walk out in front.
Will come for scritches.
Goes up and down the stairs (in the past month).
Every night she'll put herself in her crate, and when I reach in to pet her, she licks my hand.
Here are some pictures of our girl Addy's first year in her new life:
Show Low, AZ
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
My dog Chad and I have moved!
I've attached a cute pic of Chad testing out our new couch in our newliving room!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
How to make the Kool Dogz Treat!
1 or 2 hot dogs sliced; 1/2 cup green beans; 1/2 cup sliced frozen carrots; 3/4 cup largely diced apple - 1 apple is usually enough; 1 can of Swanson's low fat chicken broth; treats.
Put some treats on the bottom of your bucket; add a layer of crushed ice - about an inch to 2 inches thick - put another layer of treats on top of the crushed ice; continue to do this until your ice cream bucket is about 1/2 full. Mix one can broth and one can water; pour over top of your treat bucket; add more water if needed. Freeze. Dip in warm water for about 30 second. Flip onto a plastic dish and set out in the yard! Your fur kids will love this Kool Treat!
You can also make these using small containers such as cottage cheese, sour cream, or other small containers. Just do the same thing on a smaller scale. This will give each of your fur kids their own treat. This is great for those kids who do NOT like to share!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Richard was immediately smitten with the cairn princess and later took Katydid for a walk. But he fumbled with her leash and the little skamp ran off to explore the neighborhood.
More than a day and a half later, "Katie" was found, safe but tangled around some bushes barking her head off. Her rescue angel had seen the lost posters so quickly called the 1-800 number. Richard and Katie were reunited amidst tears of joy thruout CP-land.Richard sent this note: Thank you and your tremendous organization for the assistance and tools in locating lost Katie. I was so freightened and depressed when she disappeared. Thank God she is back and safe. I will keep you informed of her progress.
Everything has gone very well so far. Because Kiki came in on a late flight, we had to meet at home. But absolutely no dustups. Butchie was a little interested, but mostly stand-offish. Got Kiki fed and watered and out for a walk around the backyard on her leash and then we investigated the house. We stayed up for awhile, but were in bed by midnight. I had her crate in my room with the door open and she went in on her own and slept well.
We get up early around my house, but slept in till almost 6am on Wednesday. Out into the yard on a leash to see it in the daylight and then in for breakfast.
After that, the leash came off and Kiki was free to investigate the very secure backyard. We had a good day checking everything out. Butchie slept most of the day, so didn't really interact with her until after dinner. Late in the day, we took a car ride to KFC and that went well.
Kiki had a lot of fun playing with me and the fuzzy toy I have and once she got going, she tried to encourage Butchie to interact with her, but he was kind of grumpy. She actually jumped up on the couch a couple of times to talk to him, but then he did get more aggressively vocal. But no snapping or lunging. And Kiki is very good about backing off quietly.
We had another good night with Kiki sleeping in her crate with the door open. She wanted to sleep with me on the bed, but I'm not good surrounded by dogs, so until she can sleep on the same side with Butchie, we'll have to make do with the crate.
Yesterday and today, she laid on the bathroom rug while I took a shower and this morning, she stayed on the rug with me while I got ready for work.
We took another ride in the car this morning as I brought both dogs to work with me. I work for a small non-profit in a small office building that allows dogs. I have a baby gate across my office door and only a couple of women work in the office and they are all very nice and low-key.
Considering how little time Butchie and Kiki have spent together, I am not comfortable leaving them home alone just yet so they will come to work with me again tomorrow.
Butchie already has his pillow and blankie in my office and now I have a big towel folded for padding with the very colorful little blankie that Tina sent along with Kiki for her office bed.
She really is a very well-mannered, beautiful little girl and I feel very lucky to have found her!
Thank you all again for your help and thanks so much to Tina for all the wonderful transition work you did with her.
Betsy was born on August 30, 2003 and resided in Portland Oregon. Unfortunately her owners were no longer able to care for her, as they were travelling a lot and leaving her in a kennel was not an option, so they surrendered her to Colonel Potter Cairn Rescue.
She weighs in 16 lbs and is very friendly, loves to play and give cairn kisses. She is a great mentor and sister to Ceilidh. Already Ceilidh is becoming more trusting and is letting us occasionally pet her. She and Betsy love to run through the yard at full speed - you can actually see them smiling.
We all would like to thank all of the wonderful people in Col Potter who helped Betsy come to our home! You are all terrific!
Please join us in welcoming Betsy to the Arberry Clan.
Iris, Brian, Ceilidh
Boots, Shadow and Skeets
Monday, June 15, 2009
If you have done a blood panel on your dog, make a copy and put it in the glove compartment of your car. Actually if you have more than one vehicle put it in the glove compartments of every one. Also put a copy somewhere safe in your purse.
We all know that dogs get very sick or have accidents only when our regular vet is closed. That is just the way is goes . In an emergency, when rushing to the emergency vet, having a copy of your dog's blood panel gives the e-vet something to compare to the bloods he or she probably will be taking at the time of the emergency.
I say put it in your glove compartment because in a panic we can forget our purses but we can not forget the glove compartments of our cars. So we will have the info to give the e-vet. I keep, in the same envelope, one of the insurance reimbursement forms as well. This way in my panic I will not forget that also.
Kathie - Long Island, NY with Spanky (Iz a 4 eba corn terror enna wurk n prah gess) with The D ruling with a velvet paw at the Rainbow Bridge
I am so very proud of our little man. He got his Rally Novice title in just three trials. Now the hard part starts - learning Rally off-leash!
Nancy B-- Lake in the Hills, IL and Mom to Roary, Callie and Rebel
Saturday, June 13, 2009
A recent update on Reuben, formerly known as Couivre.
Reuben is doing quite well. He is such a joy to have around. He is playing with toys and running all over the house. He is still scared of loud noises, but is getting used to the regular noises around the neighborhood. I just love him so much. He is my pride and joy. I bring him where ever I go. Loves to ride in the car. I have brought him to work with me, and has loved meeting new people and the other pets that visit with their moms too. He is right by my feet right now at the computer, waiting for me to make my next move.
Thanks for everything. If I had to do this adoption again, I would in a minute, no questions asked.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Oh, she has had her “issues” for sure but we have worked through them. My husband and I look at her from time to time and realize how far she has come in this past year.
The fears she has overcome are many - from the can opener to a full flight of stairs. Thunderstorms are still the worst but we just have to accept that and move on.
She pretty much owns the dog park and must tell anyone and everyone hello.
Oh no one is allowed to touch her but she still must bounce up to them, tail wagging, to welcome them to her park.
Today, however, it was also quite apparent how comfortable she has become. My parents came to visit. Maggie has obviously met them before and has always respectively kept her distance. She might give them a conciliatory sniff and once even allowed my Mom the very brief opportunity for a quick pat on the head but that is about it. But today—what the heck—she crawled up on the sofa right next to my Mom, completely stretched out and took a nice little nap. We were all amazed. Not even the resemblance of an evil eye! Nope!
No more hiding in the corner for this one. The little accomplishments that make us all smile! We are so proud of her!
Mom to Maggie and Star
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
It's once again storm season and many furkids are experiencing severe storm anxiety - and their families searching for ways to help them.
Others have used the Anxiety Wrap. available http://www.anxietywrap.com/
Charlotte wrote on CRM:
THANK YOU to whoever posted the link for the Thundershirt. After reading your post and a few endorsements on the site, I took the leap of faith and ordered a shirt... Twice
now, my nine year old Bogey (aka CPCRN's Brigey) has relaxed enough to sleep
through storms. I consider this a minor miracle -- what a find! We love it! http://www.thundershirt.com/
Charlotte in Lawrence, KS (where it's thundering just now), Mom to Bogey and Pearl (rescue Westie)
Then Pam in FL has been using Melatonin:
We also are having some whopper thunderstorms with lots of
noise and lightning flashes and my terrier mix Charlie gets quite frantic, so I
tried it on him - I think its making a difference! Its fast acting, so I have
been giving it to him at the first rumble. It just seems to 'take the edge off',
but doesn't knock him out. I have the Schiff's Melatonin Plus w/ Theanine
(http://www.walgreens.com/store/product.jsp?CATID=100182&id=prod3189678) and give one pill. And Sheryl in Winthrop, MA suggests:
You might try a combination of 2 of the Bach Flower Remedies:Here is a link to an article by Dr. Jon on PetPlace.com: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/fear-of-thunder-sounds-or-noises/page1.aspx. Dr. Jon also offers melatonin dosage http://www.petplace.com/dogs/advice-for-big-dog-with-thunderstorm-fears/page1.aspx
Rescue Remedy and Mimulus for "Fear of worldly things, illness, pain, accidents,
poverty, of dark, of being alone, of misfortune. The fears of everyday life.".
10 drops of each in the water bowl. Effectiveness varies from dog to dog, but
might be worth a try.
I hope you find a solution to your furkids storm anxiety - so you can both enjoy these seasonal light shows!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Pictures will be forthcoming when I figure out the technology :-)!!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
But when she became a Col. Potter kid, she was sent to a foster mom and dad who have a lot of experience with frightened cairns and know just what they need - lots of love, understanding, patience and time to adjust. Soon they were calling Castor the Celtic name "Bree" and falling more in love with her brave spirit.
Two weeks ago, on foster mom's birthday, Karen and Tony officially adopted Bree. We call this foster "flunk"ing and it's the 3rd time Karen & Tony have flunked in 4 years of fostering - lucky furkids!! Bree joins fursibs MacKenzie, McDuffy, Starry Night, and Holly.
Here is Karen's latest update and a link to more photos:Well, Bree (Castor) has officially been a part of our pack for almost 2 weeks, and everyday, Tony and I fall more and more in love with her. She is such a special little Cairn. It's so hard to get good shots of her outside, because she is always moving, and so focused on our door, so she can escape back inside the security of the house. I do have to say that she is doing better when it is dark outside and will even zoom in the yard, but during the daytime hours, she is on full alert and doesn't enjoy herself. She will get there, though. Bree fits absolutely perfect into our Cairn pack and definitely respects her elders. She and McDuffy have a little love affair going on right now, it is just so sweet to watch the two of them together. I was home sick for 5 days and little Bree discovered that she loves to lay on my stomach and nest her head on my neck. Did I say that I love this girl?? We feel truly blessed that Bree found her way into our home, and we have high hopes that with a lot of love and patience, she will overcome her fear of the outdoors. In these pictures I took this evening, you can see that she IS a part of the pack. Oh, and Starry Night said that she didn't want to be left out, so I included a cameo of her, too!
I have long thought that AZ is actually OZ - that magical place where the rainbow ends and a little cairn can find love! Congratulations to Bree and your forever family.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I received a very sweet and thoughtful email from Angel Wells in Martinsburg WV. Angel wrote a poem about her dog that I'd like to share with you. Angel wrote, "All of my dogs are shelter dogs, but I wrote this poem about one of them in particular. He is my chihuahua/papillon mix that has become my therapy dog. He is very special to me and I couldn't live without him. Fate brought us together, and I think if other people would take the time to look in their local shelter, they might find their soul mate as well."
All good dogs deserve a chance. Here is her poem: :
Once upon a time, you see,
There was this little pup
For reasons unbeknownst to me,
His family gave him up
Maybe it was chewing
Everything that he could find
Maybe they were busy and
Just didn't have the time
They took him to the shelter
And they just left him there
Outside, alone, in the cage
Shivering and scared
Even though they knew inside
If he went through those doors
He may never have the chance
To find a home like yours
He sat there crying silently
Wondering what he did
That was so bad that they just
Had to leave him like they did
However fate was smiling
On that little pup that day
Because a lady saw him
And she whisked him right away
He got a second chance at life
That others may have not
And now he's in a loving home
With everything he wants
Every day he gets that love
That he was looking for
And silently is thankful for when
She walked through that door
Others may not have this chance
So open up your heart
And adopt a shelter dog to take
And give a brand new start