Thursday, May 27, 2010

Yuki: Beginning to Walk the Walk

Well now, here is Yuki with his new dad, Steve. According to Steve, Yuki is beginning to claim his new backyard as his very own. Though he started out a little shy, after a few short practice walks, "...he at least piddles on every walk, and now he has begun to 'mark” his territory.'" So, Yuki is getting used to being Lord of his Domain. Go, Yuki.

Yuki also likes to travel to strange and exotic places like the local park. Steve says that Yuki is becoming quite the "terrier tracker"  and actually "ran toward rather than away from a rustle in the bushes the other day (a rabbit, we think)." Good boy, Yuki, we knew you had it in you.  

But Yuki likes his house too, and  he has his safe places at home. "He likes quiet spots, and will sit in our office with Bill during the day. At night he used to sleep in the hallway, but now wanders into the bedroom and sleeps on the floor next to the bed." So this little doggie is making great progress.
And Steve says that at night, "when we go upstairs, Yuki carries his favorite squeak toy with him, puts it down and looks at us. One of us will pick up the toy and squeeze it a couple times, then carry it to the end of the hallway. When we walk away, he “sneaks up” on the toy, picks it up and carries it back to his place. We have to do this 4 or 5 times each night – it’s become “expected”.
It seems that this little guy has surely landed in clover, and he knows now, "if I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own backyard."

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Star of the Class!

Here is a picture of Wilton at his first obedience class with his new Mom. Wilton just graduated last Saturday as his Mom says: "The Star of the Class". He went with his friend, Mia, another CP dog and the fur daughter of one of our Matchmakers.

Wilton's story is so special. He was found as a young stray roaming a farm and sleeping with the barn cats at night. The family loved him, but felt he needed more attention than they could give him. He has had many experiences in his young life. The vet estimates that he is between 18-20 mo. He loves his cat siblings, and especially Sylvester. While Mom is at work, he and Sylvester roam the big house they live in rearranging the rugs and hiding things in Wilton's toy box.

Wilton has brought great joy to his Mom, and she to him. Wilton's home is in Boston, but he also has a summer home in NH that he will be spending time at this summer with his Mom. Whether Sylvester goes on these weekend outings is yet to be determined based on his ability to control his mischief and influence on Wilton. Wilton was named by the Intake Coordinator to honor another little cairn (shelter name of Will) who was killed by a vehicle just before finding his freedom. Wilton will keep his name. His Mom loves his name, and it truly fits him.

Monday, May 24, 2010

CPCRN 1st Annual Vancouver Island & Sunshine Coast Fun Day

On May 14, 2010, adoptive families and foster moms from Vancouver Island and Canada's Sunshine Coast gathered for an enjoyable afternoon at the home of Maeva and Kerby Lowen's.

We had 22 cairns in attendance and 16 of those were Colonel Potter Cairn Rescues. We raised over $330.00 for CPCRN and introduced half a dozen people to the CPCRN who are interested in adopting a cairn. It was a super day!

A huge thank you to Maeva and Susan for organizing this fun-filled event! Hats off to you both!!!

Click here for some event pics:

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Omaha Moves to New York

Little Miss Omaha went home to New York on Saturday with her new dad, Tad.  Her new name is Zoe and she is showing typical cairn antics and joy to have her own furever home.  This link has additional pictures   The black brindle is Zeus, her foster brother, who loves to participate the adoption festivities!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Tender Heart of a Rescuer

One of our volunteers sent this very sweet, true story:

I am in the midst of iris sales & Sunday a young couple brought thier daughter, Dottie, with them to see the iris and buy some starts. I always have "plant orphans" that people can adopt in return for a small donation to CPCRN.

The couple chose to add a little donation to their bill and commented to Dottie, who appeared to be 7 or 8 years old, that I rescued Toto dogs. Dottie had a dollar of her own - possibly her allowance - and she insisted on donating it too. Danielle has agreed that Dottie should receive her own donation receipt and thank you.

We also plan to use the Orphan Plants for Orphan Dogs money this year to purchase the name Dottie in the "name a cairn" fundraiser, so Dottie can follow her namesake throught the Col. Potter proces from intake to adoption.  Watch for future stories about Dottie and her Cairn namesake.
Kaaren J - Tecumseh, KS
Sow a thought and you reap an action;
sow an act and you reap a habit;
sow a habit and you reap a character;
sow a character and you reap a destiny.
---Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

You're a Dog's best friend!

Love to our Fur Moms, our Foster Moms and our Furever Mommys
(not forgetting all the Aunties!!)

From Each and Every CP Kid
(ok, and our fursibs too!)

Announcing the CPCRN Cookbook – Volume III!

Make 2010 a year to remember by supporting CPCRN and ordering "Your Culinary Companion Volume III", our unique and lovingly-created cookbook of treasured recipes. This cookbook is our third book in our series.

Book I, "Your Culinary Companion" won TOP 10 honors from Morris Press, our publisher. We are very proud of this this accomplishment. Morris Press ONLY publishes cookbooks and they publish thousands every year.

We knew that our second book would be equally wonderful, and it is. It took 3rd place in the Morris Company’s contest, over 462 contest entries, and 10 finalists; for books published in 2007-2008! Each Volume II comes with that award medallion on the front! These books also truly make wonderful gifts! THESE are in very limited supply, but some are still available (see order form).

In addition to wonderful, heartwarming canine artwork, included in our Volume III, is a chapter on canine recipes, facts and healthy feeding tips, collected by Cairn Terrier lovers and their friends and relatives from all over the globe, as well as wonderful recipes in categories such as Bread & Breakfast, Appetizers & Snacks, Soups & Salads, Beef, Pork & Lamb, Poultry & Fish, Sides, Desserts, Budget Meals, Crock-Pot Cooking, Casseroles, and This & That which has a host of tips and gift ideas, beverages and specialty items.

Our Volume III is currently in PRE PUBLICATION sales and you can be among the very first to place an order. This book is very impressive in size and is a one-of-a-kind 3-ring (expandable) cookbook. It measures 8" wide, by 9-1/2" tall by almost 3 inch thick! The cookbook is professionally printed, including padded covers and approximately 750 carefully selected recipes. See below for more information on ordering. We expect shipment of your orders to be as early as September 2010!!

This is sure to become one of your favorite cookbooks and it benefits Cairns in need. And don’t forget, these are also great gifts for cooking friends or non-cooking friends, as the recipes are all tried and true family favorites. AND we will ship them DIRECTLY to your designated gift recipient for you. What more could you ask for?

Click here to order:

Friday, May 7, 2010

Happy Birthday CP Kids

Finley Brent, Annabelle, and Saratogo are 2 today!!!

Emerson and a Cairn Meet-Up

What do you do when you love cairns (and who reading this blog doesn't?) and you live where there a lots of cairns?  Have a "Meet-up"!!  CP Kid Emerson reports with photos:

Hi--Seems like there are a lot of Cairns in our area, and someone pulls together a Meet-Up every several weeks. This was the first we could attend, and it was held at my favorite dog run. There were 11 other Cairns there, and of course, Mom said I was the handsomest!  We were all on our best behavior and displayed our best barking!  I'm hard to see in the group photo, but that's me on the left with a Cuzin who also has wheaten coat and dark ears.
Hey, if you have a "Meet-up", why not send your update and photos to this blog?

Bunnie Hops into Hearts and Home

Bunnie found her furever home and now has a cairn brother Bandit, and a devoted Mom and Dad who she loved instantly. They all live in the mountains of Georgia. Bunnie explored the whole house, walked all over the golf course and now is playing with her tennis ball. So all in all she is great.  Here is a photo of Bunnie and her new parents.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Fun and Rewards of Agility Competition

I thought you might be interested in some happenings in our busy Cairn Agility life.  Attached is an article that was in the NY Daily Times and AOL's Paw Nation last week - boy, all this celebrity is going to Charlie's
head! And Miss Annabelle (CP's Kiss) continues to amaze me! She and I flew to Eau Claire, Wisconsin last weekend for Puppy Camp with one of the most renonwned Agility competitor/instructors in the world (Ann
Braue, I have to say, my little pup is INCREDIBLE - THE class superstar! We had a ball!! I attached a picture of her bythe Chippewa River. She is as cute as a bug and as smart as a whip -
she is even learning to ride a skateboard (now if we could just nail that potty-training :) )!

Here's the link to Charlie's article if the pictures don't show up:

Love to you all!
Pam in So Fl

How Love Transforms - Both Cairn and Owner!

I have always been a cat person. Please don't get me wrong, I have loved my dogs. Cats, however stole my hearts.

Enter Vito....

Vito (fka Zucchini) is a Col Potter rescue pup. He went through his first six years in a sad lonely pup mill. He reached the home of his foster Mom because of the efforts of Col Potter. Chris and her family gave Vito a great start. Was I looking for a six year old pup with missing teeth, not house trained, who had no idea of a world outside a puppy mill? No, but I saw his picture, read his bio and knew that sometimes the universe knows best.

We brought home a tired scared pup. He was my shadow. It took a few days, but Vito started to trust that life really had changed. I followed the advise from the blog and tethered Vito to my waist. He was smart and eager to please. House trained in a week. His growling and snapping problem started shortly after. I called my post adoption coordinator. She helped me to understand life from Vito's point of view. I gave him time and some space. Problem solved.

Digestion and breathing problems came next! After lots of visits to Dr. Goma, Vito was diagnosed with IBS. He had had multiple untreated respiratory infections during his internment. It left his lungs scared. A small dose of steroids and prescription food solved the problem.

Vito is making progress. He is learning to be a dog thanks to his cairn cousin Puck and his "fitness hounds" friends.

Vito gives me gifts of love every day. Last night I got the best gift of all! Vito let me snuggle up to him while he slept. His love is given with abandon.

I will always be a dog person.

Maryellen F
Rehoboth, Ma
Adoptive Mom of Zucchini~Col Potter Pup