Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Padraig Toto Lee Moore aka Mr. Handsome

Padraig came into Col. Potter as a sad little fellow who lost both his owners within several weeks of each other. I loved having him as a foster and he played well with my Kiara while Ruthie disdained him.  But Col. Potter kids don't stay sad for long because they always find the most perfect furever homes.  Padraig, now called Toto, lives in North Carolina and has a "Weemie" furbro as well as a Mom who loves him dearly. Just look at this recent photo - be still my heart!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Tess of Mehoopany - First Christmas for a PuppyMill Survivor

Tess seems to have loved her first Christmas in Freedom – not being one to “play” with toys, she sure liked this little guy.

Ramsay the Reindeer!

Just thought I would send you some updated photos of Ramsay.
Happy Holidays,
Bryan, Michelle, and Ramsay

Hecate, now Catey, Thanks Foster Mom

This is from foster Hecate. adopted 1/2010. Another happy ending.
Former Foster Mom Lynn B. in KC, KS

Dear Lynn,
Catey wants us to say Thank You for the blue dog.
She hasn't put it down since she opened it, only to eat.
Catey has been a joyous addition to our house.
She has learned so much in the last two years.
We have taken her on several trips, to the mountains and sea.
Last year we traveled to the sea shore in Oregon and this
year it was to Colorado for a week with family.

We are sending you a picture of her with her new dog.
She has yet to de-stuff any animals but loves to de-squeak them.

All our Thanks and Love,
Anita, Bill and most of all Catey

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Fergus (fka Barlow) and his new parents

This is our holiday card photo for 2011. We are so delighted with Fergus! 

He loves everyone he meets and is just the happiest little boy. I can’t say enough wonderful things about him.
Thank you for everything and happy holidays!
Christine & Tom
Boston, MA

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Hello from Coco's family fka Mudslide

Furever Mom Kristis sent this great update to Mudslide's Foster Mom Chris:

Just wanted to give you an update on Coco with some pictures. We're getting ready to drive home to Kentucky next week. Coco and Peanut are both coming along for the long drive. She really enjoys going home with us. It gives her a chance to get even more attention than she already gets! She loves visiting her grandparents and her fur cousins. Lots of playtime during the holidays for her!

Coco starts basic obedience next month. We have already taught Coco "sit" on our own and it only took her less than a week to learn! I thought it would take longer since she can be a bit stubborn, but she learned very fast. She will even sit without a treat and when our friends tell her to sit. Good to know that we will not necessarily need to use treats to train Coco and that she will do tricks for a nice head rub. This is the complete opposite of Peanut who is VERY food driven. We always say that Coco eats to live while Peanut lives to eat.

We were going to try and train Coco on our own, but she is VERY stubborn when it comes to the command "come". She hears us when we tell her come, but she acts like she can't hear us and doesn't see us and continues to patrol the yard for geckos and frogs. She sees keeping the geckos and frogs away from the house as her job. If she sees one, there is no getting her attention back to you unless you walk over and pick her up. We have had to fish her out of the bushes many many times.

Other than the training issues Coco is doing great! We are sooo happy to have her and couldn't imagine life without her. She is such as sweet dog and has such a funny personality. She can bark/howl in all sorts of ranges. It's funny to hear the noises that come out of her mouth sometimes. We're not sure whether to call the noises she makes a bark or howl or groan. Very funny sounds! It makes us laugh.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Foster Mom Karen M sent this happy match story:

My foster boy, Brooks left a little while ago with his new Mom! Just look at that smile on his face. He is going to be one happily spoiled little boy! He’ll be an only dog and Mom is retired, so he’ll get lots of lovins and undivided attention.

Happy forever, sweet Brooks! Frosty, Opie and I will miss you very much, but we are so very happy that your new Mom found you!

Huge thanks to MM Lisa for finding Brooks a perfect home!

Karen M
Parrish, FL

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Turkey Day Poem

T’was the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn't sleep.
I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep.

The leftovers beckoned - the dark meat and white,
but I fought the temptation with all of my might.

Tossing and turning with anticipation,
The thought of a snack became infatuation.

So, I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door,
and gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.

Gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,
pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.

I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,
'Til all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky,
With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.

But, I managed to yell as I soared past the trees....
Happy eating to all - pass the cranberries, please.

May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes 'n gravy have nary a lump.

May your yams be delicious. may your pies take the prize,
May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all !!!

This was sent to me by Bob D, the furever Dad of my former foster CP boy extraordinaire Crockett.

Lubs Kayla la and Sadie jo

Happy Thanksgiving!

Abbie's Thanksgiving Message

I arrived in my forever home on the 13th of November last year.
Tomorrow will be my second Thanksgiving here. Last year I sent CP a message telling them how grateful I was to have been rescued, fostered, and put in such a loving forever home. I thought life couldn't be better. Then in April, my mom and dad adopted Gem. Life with my sister has been wonderful. This year I am especially grateful to have Gem in my life and for all the good care I receive from my human family. I am
also eagerly awaiting a taste of that delicious turkey. Won't Gem be surprised! 
Thank you again CP for all the wonderful work you do saving dogs like me. 
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Love, Abbie (Susan's girl)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mary - Cairn Sweetness and So Much More!

Today, my adopted Cairn Mary turned 12 years old! In the fall of 2005, she was liberated and the wonderful people at Colonel Potter gave her the care she needed (and the name Mary, which I didn't change) until she found her forever home with me and her sometimes-grouchy Cairn sister, Ginger, on November 6, 2005. She was fostered in Wisconsin and adopted when I lived in Chicago, and now we all live in Dallas, where the winters are much kinder to little dog paws.

I thought today was a good day to give you this update and thank you for the opportunity to have such a wonderful little Cairn be a part of my life for the past six years. She just had a check-up at the vet two weeks ago, and is still going strong, albeit a tiny little bit slower. A clean bill of health, and a sweet disposition to boot - what more could a proud Cairn parent ask?

I am attaching a picture, just in case you would like to have another happy ending to add to your lovely list of successes.

Thank you again for allowing me the chance to have Mary be a part of my life.

Barbara S

Arkie Fox Sends an Amusing Update

Hi mom. Thanks for the birthday wishes. It was a great birthday even though Dad was out of town. I got a birthday muffin and a new toy. And yes I'm sharing my toy with Merlin and Lady G.

Later that week I snuck up and got Mom's new earmuffs. Merlin was chasing me, Lady G was chasing Merlin and Mom was chasing all three of us. It was a blast.

This morning I had to drive off those pesky deer again. A backyard warrior's work is never done.

Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving. It's my second one here and Mom & Dad are going to celebrate with just us this year. Mom's soooo excited. They're not traveling and it's her first time to make Thanksgiving Dinner all by her self.

Well gotta go and make sure those pesky deer haven't come back.


Arkie Fox

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Kerry - and FurSis Kyna - Stop to Smell the Flowers of Furever!

Kerry is slowly intergrating herself into her new home. She is so funny because she will seek me out, but then when I look at her and give her a big HI, she goes running. But the kisses keep coming. When I lie on the couch, she even kisses my toes!

She is becoming more and more brave each that I mean, exploring her new home. She has three "safe" places, the couch, the corner of the office, and her bed. However, my Cairn, Kyna, learned how to break out of that thing years ago, and the first day that I left them alone, Kyna free, and Kerry in the "bed"...we actually call it the "pup tent..." I arrived home and Kerry was out and sitting on our bed and Kyna was on her bench. Both of them looking like...what? we didn't do anything. Very, very funny! And a couple of times we've both gotten up in the morning and left the dogs in the bedroom and Kyna will be sitting by the pup tent waiting for Kerry to come out!!!

She has almost mastered going up and down the stairs...all 14 of them, and she does really well with it. Last night she was a hoot. For some reason when I sat on the couch, she got really feisty and we started "wrestling." We were laughing so hard at her!! Just about every morning we sit down on the floor with both of them and have fun "wrestling." And she is even responding to her new name. I say Kerry, and she looks at me with those big brown eyes...heart melting!!!

Kerry is an absolute joy, and more and more of her personality shines each day. I'm thankful for Colonel Potter and this lovely addition to our family. And thankful for all of you that made it possible.

Cathie W

Chester - or is it Pele? - Playing Soccer

Chester (his original name) has been a part of our family for over ten years. He was adopted via the Col Potter Cairn Rescue network, and as you can see from this YouTube link. Chester is enjoying being part of the Schneider family. You guys can certainly take pride in putting together a safe and happy environment for one of your rescued Cairns.

Charles S

Monday, November 7, 2011

Belly-up is a Happy Sign for Teagan now Marley

Thanks to Deb S for this update and photo:

I got a call late last week from Teagan's new mom. They absolutely adore their new little girl and Jan "claims" they're showering her with love and attention. I don't know though. From the looks of this picture, she's scared stiff! (Teehee!)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Tale of Two Doggies...or Four

A quick update to those of you who know that the Krebs Kennel has gotten delightfully out of hand.

My first-ever foster, Cyrano of the Famous Lovers, was an absolute doll. As I told my mentor, if he had been my third or fourth foster, I might have known not to ever let him go. But I was new and idealistic and I did...however his adoptive home did not work out. Happily Col. Potter allowed me to bring him back to Kansas and he is now Mulligan, my "do-over" dog.

It quickly became clear that, at age 3, Mulligan has far more energy and orneriness than my 11-year old pair -- Bogey (CPs Brigand) and Pearl (a rescue Westie). I set out to find a pal for the new boy and Col. Potter graciously allowed me to adopt "Amazing Grace" or Gracie!

Little 3-year old Gracie has had quite a lot of turmoil in her life and was a bit spooked when we shuffled her again. But she has bonded like glue to Mulligan and has special relationships with each of the oldsters. It's all helping her to sublimate her timidity and enhance her assertiveness!
So now we're headed into the winter months with a houseful of furry friends. We couldn't be happier -- THANK YOU, Col. Potter!!!

Charlotte in Lawrence, KS

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gustav - now Gus - is a Jersey Boy

Gus here,

This will be quick 'cuz Mom helped me write a long note and we lost it when we tried to add some pictures.
Had a good day, up early when Mom went to check on Sami, but she is sick so didn't go to school. So...we got to go outside and eat early and then go back to sleep for awhile. I've been good with my potty stops, no accidents in the house or crate and if asked to go out I run right to the back door, and I've gone to the door a couple of times myself. I even went through the doggy door a couple of times. Mom gave Abby and me brand new Kongs with kibble and peanut butter in them. Of course, I had mine in a crate, because I've been told that Abby is the boss and will steal stuff from me. Mine was great and I think Abby's was too.

So, besides the fact that Mom says she didn't get anything done today because of watching us and reading on the computer, it was a good day. Sami's playing with us now. She just had us in a tug-a-war with socks tied together, but Abby's smarter than me and won, getting a little to close for Mom's comfort so that was the end of the game for tonite.

Gotta go, all of my human family is sniffing and coughing and need some rest. Check out the great pictures that Mom got of us today. Abby's the biggin' and I'm the little guy.


Gus (the newest Jersey Boy)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Kesy's Gotcha Day - PM to Princess!

Today is Kasey's Gotcha Day - one year ago John and I drove to New Jersey and picked her up from Denise and Andre. I can't believe it's been a year already! 

Kasey was originally known as Backpack (from the Back to School Intakes Group) and was a puppy mill mom. Because of her background, she had some issues that we needed to overcome. For the first few months she was here, we had to carry her in and out of doors. She didn't really like walking very far and was hesitant when greeting other dogs. She also had some issues with men and, at times, I felt badly for John, who spoiled her even more than I did :)

Last week John and I went away and couldn't take Kasey with us on this trip. So we had to use the DREADED KENNEL. Though I don't want to do that too often, I think she really benefited from her stay. Since she's been home, she seems a little more lively than before. The other
day John opened the front door, and she tore out to greet our neighbors' dogs, Sierra and Nevada - she never would have done that before (although that can also be a bad thing :) 

She loves to take two or three-mile walks now. The biggest change was the other day when I wasn't home - she went down to the basement where John has his office and laid on the sofa while he worked at his desk. That really made his day! Right now she's standing at the top of the basement stairs "talking" to John because he's not moving fast enough - I keep telling him not to say the word "ride" until we're ready to go out the door.

As I mentioned before, while we were recently visiting our daughter, Kasey got swatted on the head when she tried to play with Pete, their very large cat. Their resident chihuahua also is not a "player" - so Harriet and her CP adoptee, Zoe, came to visit one day. It was great meeting
them, but Zoe was not inclined to play either. We're planning on trying that again. I've attached a photo of Kasey and Zoe and also one of Kasey sitting in her favorite chair (we love how she props herself up on the arm of the chair :)

Since we adopted Kasey, we've helped out with a few transports. I'd like to encourage everyone to do that - it's so much fun transporting the dogs and seeing the different personalities. And it's also great meeting other people involved in CP. 

Adopting a dog from Col Potter is quite an amazing process and I just want to say thank you again for all you do. 

John & Donna B, Baltimore


Attachment(s) from Donna Bennett

Sunday, October 23, 2011

CP Kids MeetUp: Dobri and Rommel now Furever Fursibs

Rommel's new family stayed up late last night just to send this to us.  Here's Rommel meeting his sister for the first time.  They did this in the park (on neutral ground) and it looks like it was a good time.
Can't you just hear Dobri (CP's Pencil) saying:  "Wow, look what Mom and Dad got me!  Thanks, Mom!! Thanks, Dad!"
Marie mentioned that it looks like Rommel will be Daddy's boy, and since Dobri is Momma's girl, Dad would be elated to have a Daddy's boy.  Dobri is a little shy and Momma's girl, Rommel is bold and Daddy's boy.  Perfect!

Central Florida
Foster Mom Becky says: 

I just heard from Chain's new family. He met their resident girl and they at first sort of ignored each other, but has now had one play session which went well. Chain has been a good boy and pottied outside (as opposed to inside). He is very curious about his new home and yard, and is learning new limits and house rules. They are really looking forward to bonding this weekend and taking lots of pictures. I really like this family.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Regenbogen's Adoption Day

Foster Mom Mary reports:

This little girl has a wonderful new family who already adore her.  They are staying in KC tonight, and heading back to Louisville tomorrow.  She will have much more individual attention, and will only have to share with one fur brother.  Happy forever to my wee little foster girl.

For Adonis Foster is Furever!

Adonis, of the Famous Lovers group, has gotten a mom that loves him for who he is, who loves him regardless of his issues. That would be me! 

Adonis didn't want to be touched when he got here and I've had to learn to not do that, to learn to respect his boundaries. There have been a few nips and a completely apologetic Adonis, but most people just wouldn't understand him or love him as I do. As with Nettie, who was a resource guarder, she would go on attack when she saw any other dog and I was touching her, and I love her dearly. Now she rarely has these tendencies, tho they do occur on occasion and without warning.

Adonis does well with the resident dogs, looks out for Nettie, and plays a little with my boy, Kenzie. I have loved this boy from day one, he's so handsome and just too smart for his own good. We will continue to work with his issues. He's such an important part of my life and I'm so thankful CP rescued him this year from the Ohio hoarder in February (they had 200 dogs stacked in crates inside the home).

Adonis is about 5.5 years old, but is such a independent thinker (like the girls) and almost like a grouchy old man. Vet exams/tests have shown no reason for his touchiness. He's had marvelous breakthroughs at my home and will continue to get better.

I so thrilled to be approved to adopt a second foster....didn't take as long to be approved as the first one in 2002, lol. There are some fosters you just don't want to live without and now I've got two of them. I would never have met them if it hadn't been for CP coming to the rescue of these precious babies. Please remember to play NLOL and donate what you can, either funds or be a foster home or a volunteer on another team. Without all of you, there would be so few cairns enjoying the good life they deserve.

Sandy A in TX

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Bradshaw is a Real Lovey!

I adopted the sweetest boy from CP recently! His name was Bradshaw, but we have gone back to his previous name, Lovey. It so fits him because he is such a LOVE! He is housebroken, gets along with everyone, won't get on furniture or our bed unless invited (wish my cairns were as well behaved!) & never barks in the house! 

His favorite activities are bird watching (hopefully not catching), playing with toys & long walks with his Mom. This guy is as close to perfect as a cairn can be! He does have some skin issues, but my vet has prescribed meds that are working well & he is on grain-free food.

My 3 year old CP girl Mia is so happy to have a buddy to play with & my old cairns are happy that she is leaving them alone! We took a trip to the beach last Sunday. Lovey enjoyed swimming with my sister's golden Sadie. Many thanks to Chris Co for being such an awesome Foster Mom & to my friend Mary N for helping to complete my pack.

Lisa, happy new Mom in MA
Max--We have a new dog? I hadn't noticed, I only have eyes for Mom.
Mia--I love my new buddy!
BZ--I'm 15, don't play too close to me, I'm napping.
Lovey--Good food, treats, toys, fenced yard, long walks, doggie buddies--what more could a cairn want? Thanks CP!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How Angus (and Mary) Saved a Human

Macy and Angus
Mary, Mom Dee and Angus

I am Mom to 2 Cairn Terriers, Macy and Angus. I've had my rescue, Macy, for almost 4 years. While at the dog park one day, I met Mary S, a foster mom for Col. Potter. 

I had never heard of your organization and we talked for quite a while. She has since been a wonderful friend and Cairn mentor to me.

I have viewed the CP website pretty much every day since because I love to see 'adoption pending' and 'adopted' next to these sweet babies. And I've made a few donations along the way. I saw Angus listed as a cross posting for the Houston SPCA and fell in love with his picture. I was so afraid something bad would happen to him in a shelter and emailed Mary as fast as I could. She checked and said that CP was standing by if they needed to take him. I couldn't get him out of my mind. I thought about him and felt anxious because he was at a shelter. I even dreamed about him. I first saw him on the website on a Tuesday, went to see him twice on Wednesday and adopted him on Friday. Mary was so sweet and met me at the SPCA when I adopted Angus. I think CP foster moms must be the best!! I know Mary is for sure!

My wheaten Cairn, Macy, is still adapting to her new brother, but I see progress every day. She and Angus are night and day in looks and personality....except they both LOVE people.

I just wanted to thank Col. Potter for cross posting with shelters. If not, I would not have the sweetest little guy in the world.


Dee T

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Gotcha, Gotcha, Gotcha Day!!!

Today is Bea, Zander and Neha's Gotcha Day - a triple celebration for 3 cairns in SC. 

We adopted Bea and Neha together 3 years ago as they had bonded in foster care and when we decided to adopt Zander 2 years ago we had the contract dated for 9/24 so they could share the date! 

DH helped but he needs to get some pointers from Tony O. 

Bonnie in SC

Scout Turn 18!

We have cause to celebrate today.  Scout turns 18!!  Talk about Cairntude, this guy has it.  He's had Cushings over half of his life and has heart problems on top of that, he's lost most of his eyesight and hearing, but his nose works great and he still loves his food.  

We carry him up and down the steps as he can't see to navigate them (he took a tumble down an entire flight one day; scared me to death!)  He still loves to go for car rides and roam around the yard with the breeze blowing thru his hair.  With winter a few months away, hopefully he'll be able to play in the snow once again and make snow angels.  My husband has had Scout since he was a puppy (I'm sure he's a mill dog) and fell in love with the breed as have I when we got together.

Besides Scout, we have Cali, 6, Cubbie, 10, and Wrigley, 3. Cubbie and Wrigley were fosters of mine that showed up on our doorstep and never left. So, here's a toast to Mr. Scoutie -- hopefully you'll be with us to see your 19th! I've attached a photo of the herd and Bill all piled on his chair. Scout is the wheaton on the left, Wrigley is the redhead, Cali has her head on Bill's leg and Cubbie Bear is in Bill's left arm. Our kids. How dull our lives would be without them!!

Roberta in WI

Teagan Has a New Home

On Friday, I drove the lovely Miss Teagan to Memphis where I put her into the arms of her new family. It was a happy day. Here are a couple of pics. The first was taken on adoption day. The second is one of her at her new home today. As you can see, she has settled right in!
Foster Mom Deb in Arkansas

And a story from Deborah C who did the home safety visit:

This is so great, I did the HSI for Jan and David and they are wonderful folks and are already totally in love with this girl. 
The back of the couch is every cairn's favorite resting spot!

Jan was so funny when she called to tell me they were home. She said that Teagan was accustomed to getting a treat after going out and Jan not completely aware after only adopting her a few hrs before "forgot" this important deed. It seems that Miss Teagan went to her bag of important things foster mom Deb had sent along with her and removed the box of treats and brought them to her new mom and dropped them at her feet and looked at her as if to say, you need to get with the program! lol...Jan said she promptly gave Teagan the treat and then told her husband that not only do they have a car that is smarter than them, a phone that is smarter than them, they now have a cairn that is smarter than them too! I got a big chuckle out of that one cause it is soooo true...these kids are incredible!

Have A Blessed Day,
Deborah C

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Rothko goes HOME!!!

It actually happened last weekend, but read on and click HERE for more photos.

This afternoon my sweet, shy foster Rothko met his forever Mom & Dad. They drove 3 hours to get this shy boy at my house to help Rothko be comfortable. Well, it was love at first sight for all three of them! Rothko now Roscoe greeted all with open paws. His mom gave him a new toy which he destroyed with delight in no time at all. His foster sister Gabby joined in the carnage adding to everyone's entertainment. The cairns played while we all laughed at their antics. Roscoe's new mom said "He's more than I expected. He makes my heart sing!" to my ears!

Roscoe has a new brother Reggie, a schnoodle, who has been depressed since the death of his cairn brother. Roscoe & Reggie would have none of the planned slow introduction and are best buddies. I've had two updates already!! Roscoe has a new nickname - "Roscoe the rascal"!! The little guy emptied the toy boxes and has run laps through the house. Apparently he forgot he was shy! His new parents had been following Rothko/Roscoe on the website for some time and picked him out as the boy they wanted to be part of their family. How lucky all of them are!!

I'll miss you Rothko-Roscoe and all your hugs. You now have a family all cairns dream of! Happy forever my sweet boy!!

Ft. Wayne IN

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Foster Flunking is Fun!!

Foster Mom Joleen McC tells us:
Well I sent the paperwork to adopt Starlite yesterday, first foster "failure" for me, but that was the idea when she came since I LOVE black brindle girls.

She is really doing wonderfully, plays with Marion (CP Ann - adopted her) and Echo (CP foster). 

Just wanted to share a little VIDEO of Starlite I took yesterday. She is really learning to love toys.

Joleen McC
Starlite (CP)
Marion (CP)
Echo (CP foster)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Foster Frannie Finds Furever!

An adoption story from Foster Mom Allison in BC:
This lovely little girl has an amazing new home.
Frannie will live an hours drive away from us, with her Mom and Dad, and Cairn sister.
New Mom's friends threw a "Frannie" shower and I'm very certain she is going to enjoy becoming a Cairn Princess! 
New Dad asked me how Frannie would address future correspondence to me.. I replied "foster Mom" would work.
This reminds me of why I foster.. so many amazing homes out there, waiting for a Cairn to cherish.  
The Cairns have a chance because of CP and all the incredible volunteers behind the scenes. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Here's Zoe - Playful, Smart and a Fashionista!

Our beautiful Zoe, the former PM Momma known as "Goldenrod", has been home with us for one month and we are so in love with her it brings happy tears!! She is an amazing and wonderful little girl...happy, affectionate, playful and brave about trying most new things. She is filled to the brim with Cairnitude, tho usually listens when told "No" if trying things like my camera or shoes for chewability and taste.

She has been increasingly brave about exploring the house....has climbed the stairs several times, tho still prefers to be carried....well, she is a Cairn Princess, after all! 

Has navigated the yard in ever expanding paths instead of staying close to the front door, as she did in the beginning. Has met several neighbors and their dogs with some reserve, but much curiosity and tolerance.

Zoe's play repertoire has also grown. Her Dad taught her the joys of tug-of-war using a stuffed long-tailed skunk. Sadly, the skunk lost and is awaiting medical attention and stitches from Mom. But Mom's are nothing if not resourceful, so a new tug-of-war toy was fashioned from a tube sock and a chew Zoe's favorite. She recently started playing ball, tho it's never certain if she will bring it back or just pounce on it and try to chew it...either way, it's fun for can actually see her great big grin!

Like all Cairns, she loves to chew....sometimes that included Mom if we were playing too hard. She now has many chew toys as alternatives, including a nubby bumpy ball she favors most. I also looked for another form of entertainment and, voila!...the little red rubbery treat gripper was discovered! Zoe worked that little toy every which way...including tossing it around to try to get the residual treat bits to fall out...well, i did tell you she was smart.

Zoe has a lovely little wardrobe since we are continuously dealing with little skin bumps and occasional scratching. The Vet says the bumps are hives probably caused by grass allergy, which Zoe loved rolling in til this news. I apply hydrocortisone cream to any bumps and dress her in something that covers her front legs/chest, where the problem areas are most prevalent. She is also wiped down with unscented baby wipes every time she returns from the yard/grass, as well as eating a limited ingredient diet.

We want to again thank everyone at CP for bringing us our Zoe....she has truly brightened our lives and brought great joy back to our home. Next on the agenda is a Cairn sibling to play with Zoe...and us!

Harriet K in Baltimore

Celebrating Harvard's Most Excellent Life

Though much too short, Harvard, or just "Harv", had a wonderful life as a CP Kid!

Harvard was born January 2, 2005 and spent his first 17 months in a puppymill. He came to Valerie as a foster. Harvard could not handle crating at all, I remember Valerie loosing a lot of sleep the first few nights due to Harv's letting her know how unhappy he was in his crate!

Some of us had the pleasure of meeting Harvard just recently at WI POOP. He was a very sweet, happy boy, one that you couldn't help but be drawn to; a handsome black brindle, more black than brindle.

He had many, many interests on him while in foster care. The first four matches all would have required him to be flown in a crate. Knowing he could not handle this, they were not approved. When the fifth match came, Valerie told John, Harvard's Dad, and John replied "I'll have to kill them". Valerie asked who he was talking about, and he replied "Anyone who tries to take Harvard". So the decision was made that Valerie and John could not let Harvard leave, and he was made a permanent forever furkid. Harvard could not have had a more perfect match!! He found his bit of heaven in the WI Dells.

Harvard made his way to the rainbow bridge after bravely fighting a short battle with pancreatitis.
Harvard is gone far too soon, far too quickly, and leaves a huge hole in Valerie's heart. Valerie adores her boy. Please hold Valerie and Harvard in your hearts while they take this journey. Please light a candle for Harv so he can find his way to the Rainbow Bridge, and in honor of his short life. Please always remember him, and the joy he brought to Valerie and John, and all who met him. He will be deeply missed.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day!

Today is Labor Day, the first Monday in September and the official end of summer. 

Today we celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers.

AAAAH, Abbie, today I'm resting. We've done enough work all summer! Chasing all those birds really tired me out! Happy Labor Day everyone!

Love, Gem (Susan's girl)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Maisie at the Shore

Foster Mom Karen O says:

I just had to share these pictures Sheryl sent to me of my former foster girl, Maisie. She is actually smiling!!!!

Some of you who were at the NY CRAP will remember meeting Maisie, Sheryl, and her mom. Maisie was originally featured on the blog "From a Pauper to a Princess". Click the link to read her story.

Click the Video that Lynda G put together. I cry every time I watch this. She was the most terrified mill foster I had, and I laid in an expen with her in our backyard for hours, just trying to get her used to my closeness and touch.

She was here for over 9 months and required a VERY special home. Sheryl had been following my foster reports for 3 months on the available Cairns page, before she applied to adopt her. It was just meant to be and Sheryl has continued to work miracles with Maisie. I am absolutely thrilled with how much Maise has progressed.

Recently, Maisie visited this lakeside for a relaxing stroll and cooling dip. What a new wonderful life she has!

Sarut's New Dress

You may remember Sarut, who exceeded puppy mill pitifulness when she came to Col. Potter.  Well, look at her now in this sweet little dress - Cover Girl gorgeous!

Now, Sarut could not have a better life. She lives in NE Ohio splendor with a Mom & Dad, fursibs (including Sasha the rescued Greyhound), and several kitties who are Sarut's best friends.

Doesn't get any better than that!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sister - now Scout - has a Brother!

Furever home to Foster Dad:

Ron, She's here! and is the sweetest thing! We're calling her Scout. She was a little nervous at first, but is getting over it pretty well.

Potty in the run, meeting Max, checking out the house - all went well. She has already learned how to go out the dog door. Coming back in is a little harder, but this is just day 1. We are so happy and in love. Thank-you for all you've done.

Here is a pic of the 2 of them. 
Thanks again,

The Gift Named Midori

Thank you Colonel Potter for bringing this wonderful little muffin into my life seven years ago! She is still everything I wanted and more! Having been a sad, scared, neglected mill momma for the first five years of her life, I am truly amazed at where she is now! She has taught me more about love, bravery, and loyalty than any human being I have known.

Thank you for giving her such a wonderful start to her new life, and for allowing me to be the forever mom to such a special little girl. My life is much richer today, because she is in it! She turned twelve years old just yesterday, and while I can see signs of her slowing down, and we are dealing with a lesion on her spinal cord that can not be cured, I am hopeful that we still have many happy days ahead of us. I am ecstatic to say that she has had more happy days outside of that mill now, than she had sad ones inside of it. Every day of freedom is a gift, and I can see how grateful she is mirrored in her beautiful eyes whenever she looks at me.

I love my little peanut more than words can express. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! I've attached a picture of Midori - such a princess she has turned out to be!

Courtney S
Woodstock IL
With Midori and Jack Daniels

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ramsay Update

Foster Mom Mary sent this recent update and photos:

Hi Mary,

Just writing to tell you that Ramsay is doing great. He doesn't have accidents anymore in the house, we still have to keep an eye on him because still chews a bit. He has been great on his walks, basically he has been just a joy to have around. Here is a couple updated photos. Thanks again for picking us to be Ramsay's parents!

Ramsay relaxin'

Ramsay chewin'
Bryan, Michelle and Ramsay