Friday, December 31, 2010

Dempsey is Adopted

And the response is simple: "We are in LOVE" said adoptive Mom Barbara C.  Dempsey's new name is Charlie and all is well!  Isn't he handsome!!

Lucy Dell Update

Lucy is turning into a really good girl .  We moved from our Fifth wheel to a double wide with a fenced in yard and she LOVES IT .  Potty training finally kicked in !!!  She is sweet!

Gouda now Buddy Finds a Home and a Sister

Gouda is doing great in his forever home. He takes his job of squirrel patrol quite seriously no matter what the weather. He loves chasing and wrestling with his cairn "sister" Christy or just hanging out and napping. His mom is amazed at what a wonderful boy he is.

Rogers, AR

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ladder Visits the FireHouse

Over the past 2 months, Ladder has done very well!  He is only wearing his belly band while we are at work and when we visit our family.  He has made huge progress.  Here is a picture that we took of Ladder and Aaron and me on the fire truck.  Hope you enjoy it.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Ciao arrives in Texas!


In Oct we lost a very dear friend.....our sweet Matty.
She was our 3rd Cairn Terrier to own in the past 30+ yrs.
She had just turned 10 & we were very surprised & sad
when she went very quickly with cancer.

Immediately our grown girls & their husband's began
looking for us a dog.Our older daughter has 2 Cairns & our
youngest daughter has 1 cairn. WE WERE in NOOOO hurry!
As they looked they found several precious Cairns...
and our path's kept crossing dogs at Col. Potter.
So after the application was done the process moved quickly!!

We were introduced to several adorable Cairns through
emails between our Matchmaker & The Foster parents,
but when all was said & done we fell in love with a
beautiful 2 yr black Brindle named CIAO living in PA.
in a wonderful Foster home.
She had 2 foster siblings & had only been there for a couple
of weeks. She was rescued in MO in mid October along
with 5-6 other Cairns & arrived to her Foster on Halloween!

After 2 very intense days of consisting of a home visit and
many emails we were chosen to be Ciao's new Furrever Family
all the way in TEXAS !!
We were very excited & looked so forward to her arrival.
We decided to change her name to DARBY!

The weather between Tx & PA that time of year was very unpredictable
so arrangements were made to fly her to us!
The only flight they were able to get her on as direct as possible,
arrived on the Sunday after Thanksgiving weekend.

She arrived Safe & Sound!!

A Bit scared but very happy to see meet us &
see her new home!

We were told she loved her Crate in Foster care so we made
sure she had 2 comfy crates with soft & cute blankies!!!
She has become very acquainted with her newhome, family & back yard.

She has even become a COWBOYS FAN, much to the dismay
of her Foster Daddy who is a HUGE Eagles Fan!!

Daddy took her for her 1st harness walk a couple of weeks
ago & she did so GOOD!!  She is very curious !!
She does the cutest little dance up on her back legs
flapping her front paws!
We figured out she wants to be picked up & LOVED on!!
We love that!!  She is a real cuddlier & lap buddy!

She loves her ears & tummy rubbed!  WHAT A SWEETIE!!
Darby is still a bit shy around other people,
but she is learning our friends, kids & grandkids.
She has met our youngest daughters Cairn & they played
together really well.

Xmas was A Blast & Darby was quite the Santa Dog!!

Darby loves her new mommy & daddy.
She as come A very long way in 4 weeks!
It's hard to  believe she is ours!
She loves to eat & is very polite when she eats.
We have received a lot of good advise from our Post Adoption Coordinator
and we continue to communicate with her foster parents.
She has found "safe places" to go when she doesn't want to be social
with strangers.  She found her bark her 3rd day here! 

We Thank everyone at Col. Potter for all the hard work they do
& the great job they did holding our hand through this whole process!!




Codita now MacTavish Moves to NE Florida

This handsome boy recently moved from North Carolina to Jacksonville, joining Mom, Dad, and fursib Deuce.  His nickname is "Tav" and he gets lots of playtime, wrestling with Deuce, and cuddling with his parents.  Lucky kid!

Cairn Judy's Empathy Shared

I thought that I would share this Christmas email from the family who adopted Seraphim (now Judy) about two years ago.  This little girl was a very scared mill dog who has overcome so much with the love and patience her home has given her.  As you will read from the email below that Judy is now able to show extraordinary empathy for a little human girl who lost her kitty.   Mary (KS)

Mary; Merry Xmas!! from Kevin, Chris, Jack, and Judy. Sorry still no pictures, one resolution I didn't keep - still don't know how to download pictures. Jack and Judy just continue to thrive. Judy has mastered jumping up on to Chris' bed on her own,with the help of a footstool. (My bed is still too high) We are now working on jumping down..She will, but takes some coaxing.

She has had a few health issues. A couple months ago, she was experiencing some dental/gum problems. The vet had to do some dental work, mostly on the gums, they had to put her out, but she was able to keep her teeth. Last week she was bitten, by an insect, or small rodent. Her rear right paw had a swollen spot on it. I took her to the vet to clean and lance it. She still has a dressing/bandage on it, but it is healing.

Yesterday I took her to the vet to change/check the dressing. While we were waiting , a family came in with an emergency. Their cat (Coco) was deathly ill. Coco died while we were there. Their little girl (Summer- about 6-8 yrs. old) came over and sat down next to Judy and me, while her parents settled business with the vet. She was very somber, and spoke quite frankly, but in a soft voice, holding back a few tears. She started petting Judy as we chatted. At one point, Judy looked up at Summer, with her sad eyes, and scooted over next to her on the bench, and started to lick/kiss her. It was a touching moment. I think it was theraputic for both of them. I almost melted. I knew you would like to hear about this.Hope all is well for You and Yours and all the pets.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Darby, Finn and a Toybox

Darby & Finn (CP's Shooter) wore their CP holiday bandannas for their photos with Santa, and then on Christmas Eve, Santa made an early delivery with a beautiful place to keep all their toys. As I told that pair of Santa's elves that live in NE Pennsylvania, I'm a fan of the American and English Arts & Crafts movement and firmly believe in the William Morris statement: 'Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.' Brian's toy boxes meet that criteria and save lives.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas Col. Potter

I'm really enjoying my new home!

My people have been acting strange lately though. There is now a tree in the living room and they got me this ridiculous hat to wear. There's even talk of a man in a red suit coming down the chimney with toys. Could they mean dog toys?


Love, Abbie (American)

Jojo is a Sweet Girl!

This is a long overdue message from me. This is beautiful day with the birds working the feeders and the dogs sleeping. JoJo is doing well. She has become a sweet old girl. She is so set in her ways and so predictable in her ways you can set a clock by her. 4 o'clock is feeding time never to be missed, but morning may be when she is ready.
Often after everyone else has eaten.

Last summer was so hot and for a few days she wouldn't eat. I thought that we might be losing her, but I added some wet food and she regained her appetite. (No matter what I do, she will not lose a pound)

A year ago we rescued a male Cairn which is a long story. I did it part to get the bonding that comes with a puppy. He's going to be a sweet heart if he ever grows up. I had forgotten how much work a puppy can be. The good news that it ended up being good for JoJo. She finally is getting exercise that she never would have gotten otherwise. Beau bonded with her immediately, and I thought this might be the puppy she never got to raise. He prefers playing with her to Mack. Sometimes he can be out of hand, but before you know it she will use her weight and put him on his back. We are sending some pictures which I hope you enjoy. As you can see, JoJo is getting a little gray but then what can I say. She has been a blessing and we thank you for rescuing her for us.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Read All About It: CP Girl Bella Makes Headlines!

RESCUED PUPS - Bella, age 4 and Abby, age 2, pose with Santa Paws at the Central Aroostook Humane Society on Saturday as proud 'parents' Jackie and Carl W, of Mapleton, stood by and watched.  Both are 'rescue dogs, with Bella coming from the Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network (edited - kg) for Cairn Terriers and Abby having been rescued from a house fire at the coupe's home about a year ago.  Jackie said she and her husband lost everything, but Carl saved the most important thing in the house when he got her pup out safely.

The Star-Herald December 8, 2010 issue

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Annabelle is a BIG Winner in Agility Trials!

Annabelle's (fka Kiss #4041) big agility trial debut at the Indian River Teacup Agility Trials in Palm Bay, FL.  She had a great time, with 5 qualifying runs and earning her very first title!   I've attached a pic of her ribbon haul! 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Star Burns Brightly and Celebrates Her Gotcha Day

In November 2008,  we participated in a transport for CP Tick and offered the 1st night B&B.  We were in the process of a CP search for a new dog but I told my husband when we agreed to the B&B that she was a puppy (10 mos) and we agreed we didn’t need a puppy so do not fall in love.  When she got here, Bob set up her accommodations and gave her some toys.  She picked up the 1st one and dropped it by his feet, he threw it, and before you knew it, the toy was back.  Say again with me Bob, “we do not need a puppy”.  We were both pretty amazed at how important people were to her and her fetching skills were already remarkable.  Star pretty much did not leave Bob the entire time she was here.  But he reluctantly said good bye the next morning and I continued with the next leg of the transport.  She ended up in Wisconsin in the middle of winter.  We continued our search for a new family member, and Tick constantly entered our conversations but we were concerned that her personality might be a little much for our current CP resident, Maggie.   When she was listed on the available Cairn page, I told Bob and he just lit up.  OK fine.  She had left an impression on both of us.  December 5, 2008, we traveled to a very cold and snowy Minnesota to meet her foster parents and retrieve Tick renamed Star Bright in honor of the Christmas season.   As it turned out, Maggie could not be more thrilled.  She was very happy to see Star and Maggie immediately assumed the Alpha role.   Star had no interest in leadership.  Star would rather be the class clown.  These two could not be better matched.  Bob and Star remain pretty much inseparable.  She is exceptionally smart and very loving.   She is a tad OCD which either provides our comedic relief or downright frustration because she can’t forget about that bunny that may or may not have been on the other side of the fence.  Thank you to all CP volunteers that brought Star into our lives.

Bob, Cindy, Maggie & Star E
Emporia, KS 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Pencil "Penny" Found Her Furever Home for the Holidays

Hooray for Penny! She has been adopted by a very nice couple from Milwaukee, who drove all the way to Arkansas this weekend to get her.

I know she will be well-loved and spoiled, but it was still hard to let her go. The house seems empty without her.

Here is a pic of her with her new parents. I wish them a very long and happy life together. 


Cassie's Gotcha Day

is today....5 years ago we picked her up about halfway between Houston and Dallas and brought a beautiful, scared, black brindle girl home.   Then she made her great escape and went on the lam for 30 hours, and our hearts were so invested in her by the time we got her back safely, we adopted her...and we are so very blessed having her in our lives.  She's made such huge strides in this 5 years...we're so very proud of our girl.
Diane P - Needville, TX
Cassie - Cairn Princess
Hunter - Cassie's Servant
Hector - New Fosser in Town

Friday, December 3, 2010

Great Name for a Great Cairn! Tolley Buck Werth Kelly III

I’m sure you noticed the name change, we thought long and hard about his name, we wanted to keep his original name, but we also wanted to include where we adopted him from too. Hence, Tolley (Toledo), Buck (Buckeye State), Werth (original), and the III (Kelly’s 3rd cairn).  We call him Tolley for now but one day it could be Buckie or Werth or whatever. 
He is GREAT!!!!  He is everything you said he was and more. We have only had a few minor scuffles between him and Jesse, they are just figuring out who is who. The cats are figuring out if they don’t run, he doesn’t know what to do with them. Winking smile And even the young cat is starting to ambush Tolley around corners. So all is good there.  Monday, when Jesse and Tolley were out in the yard together, they started chasing each other around. That is great. First time for that.  Something else that is incredibly funny that Tolley does is, you know the laser pointers that cats like to play with? Well Tolley LOVES it, we can get him all the exercise he needs with just that, it is sooooooo incredibly funny watching him chase that little red dot.  Jack loves to do it for him. And then even funnier, Tolley will keep looking for the red dot long after we have quit playing. If we get that on video we might just win $10,000!
Tolley is doing great on potty training, we had a couple accidents the first few days, but we put that to stress and newness. 
Sunday we went to Pilot Mountain to go hiking, and Tolley had a great time climbing up and down the rocks. It is so much fun having a young dog that can do that kind of thing again. Jesse goes too, but since she went blind in one eye she doesn’t go as far and as crazy. When it gets warm again we have lots of great places we can take them to get wet in streams and creek beds.
We are so very much enjoying him, he is the best thing we could have done.  We originally got Tolley to replace Tucker who was Kelly’s dog, but he has adopted me, it mostly has to do with I am here all day and have to alpha them.  Thank you soooo much for fostering him and allowing us the opportunity to adopt him, he is fantastic. 
Will send more updates later.

Ruby and Ollie say "Happy Holidays"


Michelle (loyal servant) here just wanting to wish all happy holidays!  It was Ruby's (fka Shirley) 1st gotcha day on November 26, 2010! It seems like just yesterday Dave and I took the road trip from Massachusetts to Missouri in 22 hours (rose colored glasses now)!!  I got to meet Kathy Hunt and discovered that not only was she my darling “fur daughter's” foster momma but she was also the foster mom to Oliver (fka Tenacious)!  It was a nice reunion and also fantastic to meet someone in person from CPCRN, but I don’t think the hubby will allow me any more road trips for quite some time! I just wanted to take the time to say a big THANK YOU for all that you do and say Happy Holidays!!

Michelle, Dave, Ollie and Ruby… Norton, MA

Thursday, December 2, 2010

New Photo from Cassy fka Cassada

Cassy is fine - so precious. We were so blessed to be able to adopt her. I'll include a pix of her. I was holding her and she was looking at my husband as he took the picture. She'll be four the 17th of this month

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Salute to Sally Mae


It is with great sadness that I'm writing to let you know that one of your Col .Potter kids has crossed the rainbow bridge.  Our little Sally Mae (originally known as Willow) came to us on December 27, 2003 and passed on August 10, 2010.

We knew something was not quite right with Sally.  Never very steady on
her back legs, she always seemed to have a bit of a hitch in her
"giddy-up".  Double Luxating patella surgery was a brief reprieve but not a cure for her problem.  Many visits to conventional and holistic vets proved frustrating.  We tried any number of possible solutions to try and find an answer.  Special diets and vitamins, acupuncture treatments, water therapy, CT scans, MRI's, and finally a specialist out of Portland, Maine ultimately diagnosed her with a progressive neurological disorder.  No real cure was available, but we decided to concentrate on helping her stay strong and independent as long as possible.  Over time adjustments had to be made and a little doggie wheelchair was purchased for Sally.  She adapted well and life carried on.

Sally Mae developed into a happy and confident dog.  She loved so many things, but adored walks on the beach, road trips, soft laps, cookies, watching Animal Planet, and her cairn brother Buzzy McDuff.  Her dislikes were few.  The sound of clanging metal, the rattle of keys, a jangle of coins in pocket, and whistling were all hateful noises to her.  No doubt they triggered residual memories from her puppy mill days.

She became certified to visit a local nursing home for Alzheimer's patients and did so for years.  Sally was the only service dog which the nursing staff would say to me, "Just let her go!".  So I'd clip her into her "go-cart", and off she'd roll, stopping into room after room and visiting everyone at her own pace in her wheelchair.  Sally knew she was special.

For the past several months Sally had become quieter and not quite herself.  The vets assured us that she was never in pain, yet the disorder seemed to be catching up with her.  She who had embraced life and enjoyed every minute of it was wearing down.  So much love and personality trapped in a little body that could no longer support her. We worried and agonized over what to do, but in the end it was her eyes that spoke volumes. It was time to let her go.

Sally passed away as she lived - brave and loving to the end.  With the help of her favorite doctor, she gently slipped away from us as I held her in my arms and whispered her name and sang her favorite little Sally song.

Companion, friend, mischevious girl, pal, giver of laughter and joy, and gentle little sweet pea of our hearts.  We loved her so.  It's been weeks and we still listen for her familiar little snoorkles.  We'll hold her memory close to our hearts forever.

Our sincere thanks to the Col. Potter family for entrusting us with Sally Mae these past seven years.  She enriched our lives and for that we will be forever grateful. The photos I've attached range from when we first got her, then to her wheelchair days, and the final photo is of her much earlier this spring.  She was a sweetie with crazy hair.  I finally just let the hair around her ears grow out because was so very "Sally".


Camille  and Chuck
New Hampshire

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Artie Gives CP a Gotcha Day Present

Dear Everyone at CP,
Tomorrow will be Arties first happy Gotcha Day!!!!

It doesn't seem possible that almost a year has gone by since I took the journey of flying 4 airplanes in less than 18 hours to meet my little fella then known as Scorpion tag #3366 and his wonderful fostermum Tina W and bring Artie to his forever home.

This very special dog has bought our family so much joy and happiness.
His big sister, Ruby, 11 years old and a non CP cairn has gotten in on the is always a constant competition (in a good way) who can meet and greet in the loudest and most possible friendly way, and get the attention. Before Artie arrived, Ruby would act like a cat . So lazy!!!!! just sitting on the sofa, no hellos,..........a younger man was the answer in this case.

So in honour of Artie, and all the work you all do at CP, I cannot think of a better way to say thank you, and it is our pleasure to send CP a check for $500 so that some other Cairn can indeed have the home he or she so rightly deserves.

Thank You again for all the work you all do at CP, and a very special thanks to Tina his foster mum who made this happen and nursed Artie back to health when he was very sick.
Much Gratitude

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bodhi Celebrates One Year in His Furever Home

Today is exactly a year since Foster Mom Donna brought Bodhi (fka Bodacious/Bodie) into our lives.  We changed the spelling of his name to Bodhi, which means “awakening” or “enlightenment”, and he has certainly transformed our lives in the past year.  He really is the center of our little family, and he brings us joy and laughs every single day.

In the past year we’ve traveled with him to TX and AZ by plane and WV and SC by car (not to mention all the rides around town!)  Our parents are constantly asking when Bodhi is coming to visit (oh, and we can come too, if we want...)!  Bodhi does great on the plane in his little carrier under the seat, except for a few weeks ago when we had a jail break!  He nosed the zipper open and took off down the aisle.  Luckily some fellow passengers helped to grab him and get him back in his carrier right away.  Bodhi enjoyed Arizona, but he was pretty confused by the fact that there wasn’t any grass to go on.  He would go out to the yard, look around and then sit down and whine, clearly saying, “I don’t know what trick you’re trying to pull on me, but I’m not allowed to pee here!”  Once we got him on the leash and took him around the block he found lots of vertical surfaces to water.

Over the summer we went to a mountain house in WV and he got to swim in the river, chase after fish and other things in the water, and lay in the grass in the sun and sleep.  There were 4 other dogs there, which was a little rough, but we put him on a long lead and he did better than expected.  On walks and in the water he was perfectly fine around the other dogs, but around the house he was territorial and a bit grumpy.  He’s still very fear aggressive, so we can’t take him to regular doggie obedience classes because he barks at almost every other dog and tries to bite them.  We have taken him to the dog park a few times, and he does well hanging around the outside, and even inside for part of the time.  But he’s always on full alert and any sudden sounds or movements cause him to startle and start barking and lunging.  He watches and whines like he wants to go play with the other dogs, but he just doesn’t really know how.

We’ve been able to manage Bodhi’s skin issues and have determined that when it gets the worst he’s usually also developing some sort of infection. A quick trip to the vet and some antibiotics knock it right out and he’s a happy camper once again.  He still gets a bath at least once a week with his medicated shampoo, which he doesn’t love but tolerates because it then means he gets to run around the house at top speed, wriggling on the ground or couch like an alligator. After he calms down he gets brushed and rewarded with treats.  Speaking of treats, there is almost NOTHING that he won’t do for food.  His favorites are banana and string cheese.  He can wake from a dead sleep and be at the fridge in 2 seconds flat when he hears the sound of a string cheese package.  

Food is the center of two of our favorite  “incidents”:

When we first got Bodhi we were told he had a wheat allergy, and we’ve always been very strict about making sure none of his food or treats have any kind of wheat in them.  He was still having his skin issues anyway, so we did sort of wonder in the back of our minds if he really was allergic to wheat.  We got the answer one day when Todd made himself a nice “breakfast for dinner” of scrambled eggs with cheese and two pieces of wheat toast with butter and marmalade.  I’m sure you can see where this is going...Todd got up to answer the door and within a few seconds, Bodhi had jumped up on the coffee table and wolfed down almost the entire meal!  Within just a few hours he was ferociously licking and scratching at his skin. He spent most of the next 2 days laying on the floor like a beached whale.  We don’t wonder about that wheat allergy any more.

The second story is my favorite, and in a way I’m strangely proud of our little guy.  A friend of ours was over one night and left a closed jar of crunchy peanut butter on the table when she left for work in the morning.  An hour or two later I woke up to the smell of peanut butter in the bedroom.  I went out to the living room and the jar of peanut butter was on the couch, open!  I looked at the jar carefully expecting to see a hole in it somewhere, but instead there were little teeth marks all around the lid of the jar.  Bodhi had unscrewed the lid and eaten as much peanut butter as he could reach with his little muzzle.  His head was covered in oily peanut butter and he had peanuts stuck in his beard.  We wanted to punish him, but he had such a look of illness and shame that all we could do was laugh.  It took him two days of brown rice and boiled chicken to recover, but it hasn’t diminished his love of peanut butter one bit!

Bodhi has been such a wonderful addition to our lives, and we are thankful every single day that we have him.  We’re excited to come home and see him after work and he now sleeps with us on the big bed every night.  People literally stop us on our walks all the time to tell us how cute and sweet he is, and we’ve had several offers to “take him off our hands.”  As if we could give up our little guy!  We’re hoping one day to add a Cairn brother for Bodhi (or maybe five?)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Lexie Lou - Interior Designer

HGTV here she comes...

At 5 1/2 months and 9.8 lbs, some one is always busy at my house.  However, this is not my idea of a white Chrismas!
with Lexus/Lexie Lou/previously Polygon

Friday, November 26, 2010

Gracie with Fiyero and Nick in SD

Oval now Olivia Learns to Play and Trust

Olivia is doing great! She is here a month today! She is very comfortable in the house now with all of us. She made a friend down the block who she has "play dates" with. Her name is Layla, she is a maltese/yorkie mix. They are so cute together. She is now walking around a very long block for me (15 - 20 minutes). She will only walk a few houses away with my husband and prefers to stay in the backyard when my sons walk her. She is still very nervous and uncomfortable when someone comes over. She gets excited and wants to go to them but seems scared. Hopefully this will continue to get better. She is very curious and gets into everything! It is hysterical to watch her. We love her so much and are so happy to have her!

Bodie Has His Own Comic Strip!

Is there no end to the talents our CP Kids have?!?!  Check out this wonderful update from a furever Mom:

A lot has happened to Bodie since he was first adopted in July 2008. He has 2 fur siblings, and is a star in a new comic strip drawn by my mom, Elena Steier.

Fall is Bodie's favorite season. The leaves are changing, the walks are longer, and the pine cones are ripe for the picking. Every afternoon, we go out for a walk, and he collects as many little pine cones he can fit into his mouth and brings them home. If he's lucky, I'll forget that he picked up two or three and he'll bring them into the house to gnaw on. But a real treasure for this little guy, is moments after a big rainstorm. He'll pull and pull until he reaches the puddle and he'll run through it splashing water up. Sometimes, after he darted through for a couple minutes, he'll gaze up at me with his big brown eyes wishing that I'll splash in the puddle a little bit too. Pine cones, and puddles, that's all this little Cairn needs to be the happiest dog in the world.

All Divas Love to Shop - Even Daisy!

Diva is now Daisy. The bags on the floor contain  all of Daisy's new stuff including TOYS!  Foster Dad says that this sweet girl is a toy destroyer so we'll see how that goes.

Happy Furever Daisy!

Ladder Tours the Fire Station with His Furever Family

Ladder is heading for Indiana with his new mom and dad. Abbey said her firefighter brother has already arranged for a photo shoot with Ladder at the fire station. Great family! Her parents also have a cairn and actually suggested Col. Potter to them when they decided they were ready for a dog. Yeah Grandma!

Cylinder Takes Shape as Chaffee

Chaffee seems to be settling in to his forever home. Introductions to the other cairns has gone fairly well, and He is soooo cute. We just finished playing fetch with a ball...He is a pretty good fetcher. He is now curled up on a soft bed beside my desk as I sit at the computer.
Take Care, Margaret

Teddy Finds All the Loving and Gives it Too

After a few setbacks, Teddy finally met his new family. Ted is a happy, rolly-poly guy. He was an owner surrender that came in at 28+ lbs and during his stay here lost 4 1/2 lbs (AND has a ways to go stilll!). He learned a few manners and some tricks, too! I'm happy to report that it seemed like a perfect match! His new Mom has a lot of challenges right now - caretaker to her Mom who has Alzheimers (Granma and Teddy were immediate friends), and her husband in hospice care, so I think Teddy will be a big comfort to all and vice versa!

Pam in So Fl

Munchie Delights One and All

Munchkin is delightful!!! She had such a good visit with my girls today, and she was a perfect little cairn guest. I can not believe she is the same dog as the pictures you posted on CRM - what a beautiful coat she has now. They were here for a good 4 hours and they behaved great!! Each waiting their turn for treats, attention, toys, etc.
I have attached some pictures (which also include my Kipper [greybrindle] and Nealie [wheaten]), but since neither of us had a videocamera, it was VERY difficult to catch them standing still. They zoomed around the backyard and finally exhausted themselves. Munchie did find the Cairn Toy Box and jumped right in to get to the toys at the bottom
You can rest assured that she is very loved, and is the center of Marie's world!!
Click here for photos:

On Behalf of Hiz Honor Judge Murphy

The public relations representative for Mr. Murphy Esquire has requested that I forward this press release and picture to our list.  It seems that we have quite a talented member in our midst.

Murphy and Huckabee LLC announced the closing of their Fort Wayne offices effective December 15.

As one of his last acts in office, "the current occupant" in the White House appointed MrMurphy Esq to the bench. Hon.M.Murphy will be serving in the Northern Indiana Federal District Court. The soft spoken barrister was heard rehearsing "off wif his hed". In a brief interview Judge Murphy indicated that he would be handling "da ez casis. Dwugs, interstate fwight, kidnappin, terrowism, and animal abuce. Since dey all gilty wez can sabe lotz of time n muney." In addition to being the only Cairn Terrier attorney in the world, Murphy brings an impressive record as prosecutor; 300 wins and several gone missing during the trial. He has been the center of some controversy surrounding his habit of "marking" defendants after the verdict is read. "I don make dem gilty, I jes make dem pay."

His former business partner MrHuckabee CPA states, " We stil be partnerz. I tiwed of acountin and have accepted a position with Homeland Security. I will gard hiz oners fuzzy butt.
P.S. If you need help deciphering these canine quotes, please write this blog and we will translate.

Flooding New Jersey with Cairns ... What a Great Idea!

Here is a photo of a Cairn Meet Up earlier this month in Jersey City, NJ

From left to right: Setta and CP Daisy, Michael and CP Emerson, Mary Ellen and Foster Hola.
Quite an attractive group!!

Mai Tai Shortens Her Name to Tai

Tai is doing so well! What a time we had today! We had some initial issues with potty in the house if you recall but I solved that by taking her to the dog park. We go twice a day now and she loves it (I guess she trained me pretty well!). She has progressed so much and now is familiar with the regular people there and will go right to them for pets and friendly talk. When we first started going she stayed right with me but is so much more social with people now. I take her to work with me a couple of times per month and she enjoys that - at first she would stick with me and now she will wander out of my office & look for someone to give her attention.

We have taken in a whippet - I posted a question in the Yahoo group a while back about it - and things are going well there. When we first took him in Tai's behavior seemed to regress BUT I believe the real cause was the beginning of the rainy season here. As you know she is scared of thunder and she can easily sense the approach of a storm. The best way to deal with that, I found, was just to sit with her on the couch and cover her with a pillow. The new dog arrival happened at the same time we were getting storms several days per week. Once that period passed, her nervousness disappeared. I took the advice from the Yahoo group and we set up the new guy (Pedro) in a pen in the living room. That is where he sleeps and Tai sleeps in our room. He is young (3 yrs) and though interested in her she showed no interest in him. There are no problems with aggression on either side.
That is how things progressed until today! We went to the dog park as usual and brought Pedro along (he usually goes with Gary later in the day). Tai and Pedro played with another dog there! I wish I could express how happy this made me and how unexpected this was. She has shown virtually NO interest in other dogs - at the park she & I would run around together or she would roll on the grass. Today the three of them were playing (and sniffing and peeing LOL). Then later today at home she and Pedro played together in the house, which hasn't happened since we took him in back in July. She is displaying a true & feisty Cairn spirit. I'm thrilled!

Oh and though I am Mom she adores Gary. He gets all the dog smiles and the bouncing up & down excitement - I get that when I come home from work but he gets it just by walking into a room. I tell him she is flirting with him as she is all smiles and wiggles.

It's difficult not to send a ton of pix! Here is the queen on her couch with our shared boyfriend. The second pic is something new that started up the last couple of days - Miss Tai has decided that during the day she likes to snooze on Pedro's pillow occasionally rather than in her own crate. So here they are sharing the pillow.

The final pic is just because she is so pretty :)

Tracey & Tai

Jambo Got the Right "Chance"

Hi, Monika,

Just wanted to thank you so very much for taking little Jambo in and caring for him after he was rescued. He is an absolute doll - and he and Tess get along very, very well. It was not love at first sight; I think she put him in the squirrel/chipmunk category when he first arrived. She went after him a couple of times and scared me to death. But they are now the best of friends, although when he gets in her face a little too much she does discipline him...she permits him to do things that our fosters last year were NEVER allowed.

He can drink out of her water bowl, sleep in one of her many beds, sit on my husband's lap (as long as she's there too)'s amazing. We will have toy issues, since she is very toy aggressive, but that will work itself out.

He's growing like a weed - I've never seen a dog eat with such joy - and is very smart. He learned "sit" in just 4 five minute sessions, almost has "down", knows "out" and "house"...walking on lead is another matter; he hates the leash and makes no bones about it. Definitely has that "you are not the boss of ME!" attitude when it comes to that. I'm doing home training, but formal obedience classes will start for him in January.

In short - he will be a much loved family addition. I cannot imagine a better match for us and for Tess. You probably know his new name - I figured that since his fire ant bites allowed him to escape from the mill and have a chance for a real life, that "Chance" fit him quite well. He answers to it readily, especially if a Cheerio is involved!

Again, Monika, thank you for him and for all that you do.


P.S. Little Jambo, came in with the "Say Hello Group" and is the little boy who's tummy was eaten up with what we suspect were fire-ants.

A "Tucker" Celebration

Dear Col. Potter,

We just wanted to give you guys yet another update on our "sweetest" of boys, Tucker fka Canada. Tucker celebrated his 2nd Gotcha Day with us on November 8th and his 4th birthday today, November 14th. We can't belive it's been two years already. My how time flies when you're having fun. And believe me, fun is what we're having with our precious little happy-go-lucky Cairn boy and his bossy Westie sister, Zoe. They are the perfect pair. We had never had two dogs at the same time prior to adopting Tucker, and didn't really know what to expect. But, I have to say, adopting Tucker from Col. Potter was a great decision. He and Zoe are just the perfect balance of sassy and sweet, and we cannot even imagine our life without them. Col. Potter saved Tucker's life and Tucker has forever changed ours. Thank you again to all the Col. Potter volunteers who give endlessly of their time and talents to save and rehome this precious pups. It's because of you and our Tucker that we are now volunteering with a rescue group in our state. Keep up the good work. You guys rock!

Patte - TN

And Meatloaf's Too!

The Binns kids are celebrating Meatloaf's 4th birthday today.

It's Somebody's Birthday!

…Happy Birthday dear Lucy Goosey, happy birthday to you.
11 today!
First week in December is her FOURTH gotchya day with us.
Amy & Brian

Dusty and Dougie - Together again

The day was beautiful - a little nippy for Florida, but nice and sunny. Kelly, Devin and Dusty were already in the back fenced area when Dougie (fka Moonshine) came out. Dougie was a little confused, not knowing why there were strangers (and their dog) in his back yard, and why he had to be on a leash. Once the leash came off, he felt free to be himself. He soon realized that the people were really nice and their dog was his brother that he hadn't seen in a month, and probably thought he'd never see again. Shyness was soon replaced with happiness and the little white tails of the little white boys looked like helicopter propellers for the rest of the morning.

Below are two clips of the reunion. The first link is the keeper (although it is really Part 2) and the second link should be considered the Prequel.



Saturday, November 13, 2010

Jaymee: Where There's Love, There's Room for One More

Jaymee's permanant address is WV! She had been making little changes, gaining confidence, playing more, but when she decided my lap was her morning ritual, I knew in my heart she wasnt going anywhere.

Jaymee sleeps more, but oh so calmly, not skitterish or jumping and running at slight movements. I think it is a combination of age, plus she is more active with the pack during the day and she just wears herself out a little more.!

And then she started just walking up and laying down beside Darby and Ripley, sort of chilling out with them, touching ever so slightly, that never happened before. (NO one touches Alpha Queen Duncan, unless she decides to sit with/on them!)

I have always called her Jaymee Beth and that is what she answers to.
Jaymee is home in my Heart! And the gang knew it before I did!

Terri, Duncan, Darby,Ripley and Ms Jaymee Beth