Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Divinity Celebrates her 4th Gotcha Day!

Contributed by a CP Volunteer

Beautiful Divinity celebrates her 4th year with Dad!
A dozen Cairns, all filthy and matted, were rescued in late November, 2008, coming into the Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network (CPCRN) as a group whose members were deemed past their useful life at the commercial breeding facility...

11/29/2008, Divinity finds Freedom with Col. Potter!
CP Divinity was the second oldest of the group, being nine years old, at the time.  Having been bred many, many times, living in a wire cage for all those years, Divinity was also timid and had very tender paws that hurt when she walked.  Still, her loving Foster Mom helped this little lady tiptoe into Freedom (see her video from January, 2009), and then her Dad came along, four years ago today, and brought her Home, where they could embrace her Freedom together!

Divinity is ready for all kinds of adventures with her Dad!
Dad helped Divinity become a certified Therapy Dog!
Divinity and her Dad keep a truly lovely Blog and there are many stories and photos there that you can surely enjoy, but it all boils down to this: 

There is no age limit on Love! 

There is no limitation on what a determined little Cairn can do with the Love and support of a caring human being who can look at a “worn-out” Puppy Mill Momma and see only great adventures in her future!

Happy 4th Gotcha Day! 

Best Wishes for Many more, Divinity and Divinity’s Dad!!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

CP Mystique nka Zeke & Zoe on the Jersey Shore!

Contributed by Zeke fka CP Mystique

Zeke fka CP Mystique

Hello Springtime!

Well, I know it’s coming any day now!  I’ve been living down here along the Jersey Shore and Winter gets old, after a while!

Zoe is a wonderful Best Friend!
Anyway, Zeke here with my very Best Friend, Zoe!  You might remember me as CP Mystique, but Mom thought that Zeke and Zoe sounded much better – and she didn’t have to worry about the monogrammed towels!  “Z” works for both of us!  Even more exciting, we discovered that we do our Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzs lined up like boats in the harbor or synchronized swimmers!  Pretty neat!

Synchronized sleeping – almost an Olympic sport!
I can sometimes be a little “Mama’s Boy” - following Mom around all day and sneaking kisses and cuddles - but I also love to go out with Dad, especially for our early morning walks, and I find my new human sister is also great to cuddle with!

A little Mystique for the ladies… Well, O.K., I was sleepy!
Zoe is a true friend, letting me come in and share her wonderful home, and I have given her a wonderful gift as well!  Mom stopped feeding her that diet stuff and switched her to Wellness Core like me, and she never gets sick anymore!  No more UTI's and antibiotics for her!  She even gave me a kiss for that one - and she does not do that very often!  I helped her out and gave Mom an extra kiss for Zoe for being such a good Mom!

I really Love my new home!  Standing ovation!
Well, as you can see, I am enjoying a wonderful life with my new family and Zoe, and all I need now is Spring!!!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Remembering Miri fka CP Lena on Mother’s Day!

Contributed by her Forever Mom

Miri fka CP Lena immortalized in pastels!
From time to time a puppy mill rescue includes a pregnant female and the Col. Potter Volunteers provide the only medical attention the mother-to-be has ever had.  Lina, for example, arrived at CPCRN at about eight years of age, estimated to be within about two weeks or so of her due date, exhausted and shaking.  

CP Lena at intake
Her CP Foster parents watched her very closely and observed that she seemed to be having a problem urinating, so they whisked her off to be examined on an emergency basis by their trusted vet, and the results were sobering.  There was a huge stone (size of a quarter) in Lina’s small bladder that was preventing urination, and her calcium level was perilously low.  The puppies had turned and were lined up to drop into the birth canal, but the lack of calcium indicated that the contractions would not be strong enough to push the puppies out, and there was the issue of the canal being blocked by the bladder stone.

Thanks to Col. Potter Lena’s puppies…
To save her life and the lives of her puppies, Lena had emergency surgery to deliver her five puppies by C-section, remove the stone from her bladder, spay her, scrape her teeth (her lower front teeth were all missing and her back teeth were green, and five more teeth just fell out as they were cleaned), and extracting a back molar with a painful abscess.


…were born into Freedom and Love!
It is almost certain that Lena and all of her puppies would have perished cruelly had she been left to deliver in the puppy mill.  As it was, the puppies were taken from her about a week too soon so they were all about half the weight they should have been at birth, and the smallest survived for only two days, in spite of everyone’s best effort to save them all.  Thanks to the dedication of her CP Foster parents, and the love and support of so many Volunteers, Lena recovered from her ordeal and was soon ready to start over.

On Mother’s Day weekend, 2006, after spending eight long years in a puppy mill, Lena went to her Forever Home where she became Miri Lace “with the pretty face”, a treasured member of the family who learned to love life completely, giving it all the gusto you can imagine!

Miri running across her yard, enjoying her Freedom!
Puppy mill survivors have many scars, seen and unseen.  At eight years of age, Miri Lace may well have had as many as fourteen or fifteen litters, and anyone who has been pregnant even once can appreciate the terrible physical stress these puppy mill mommas are forced to endure, even if they are kept in clean cages.  Sadly, within five short years of her rescue, Cushings disease ultimately crept in to take this precious little girl from those who loved her.  Miri lost her battle on November 22, 2010, but only after she filled the rest of her short life up with everything she could gather.

Miri filled every day with Love!
We have other dogs we love, we have other dogs we loved, we have been loved by many dogs, but few have ever made an impression on so many as Miri did.  She touched us all with her strength, love, and endurance, and our hearts still ache for her.

Miri said farewell far too soon…
On Mother’s Day and every day, we love you, Miri Lace with the pretty face – and we miss you more than you can imagine...

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Barley Brews up some Flavorful Forever Moments!

Written by Barley fka CP San Giorgio

Barley fka CP San Giorgio – Cute face, right?
Barley here!  Remember me?  Well, you might know me as CP San Giorgio, the lizard chasing youngster who liked to "decorate" my first home with, um, well, the “spoils of war” I think they call it?

I just Love my new lookout, errrr deck!

Anyway, now I have a Fantastic new home with a Spectacular back yard – and it’s all mine!  I am, as they say, the “King of my Dominion” - namely the back yard.  I also love my deck where I can observe the whole yard from up above, plotting my next patrol!   I truly LOVE it!!!

Patrolling the yard is a big job…
…requiring lots of detailed investigation!
“What a character!”  Can you believe that is what my Mom keeps saying?!!  What does that even mean?  Anyway, every day brings new adventures!  Today I found a black snake climbing up the tree in the yard!  Wow!!!  I was fixated! 

I have Mom and Dad pretty well trained already.  When I am stalking prey, or potential prey (as far as they know, I haven't actually caught anything yet!  Let’s keep that way for now, O.K.?), I am totally fixated on the task at hand.  I will NOT be lured away, and trying to get my attention at that point is a lost cause!  Of course, when I lose interest, I am one adorable and obedient little boy, and I expect them to pay attention to nothing but Me!  They are pretty quick students, I’d say! 

Oh, I have transitioned from sleeping in my kennel to sleeping in a dog bed at the foot of Mom & Dad’s bed.  Very nice!  The first thing I did, however, was go back to my kennel and pull out my Col. Potter fleece blanket that I brought here with me.  I put it in my new bed, and I sleep with my head on it.  Thank you Col. Potter for all the sweet dreams!

I am a much later sleeper than my predecessor, according to Mom and Dad, and I love to go to my pad in the sunny breakfast room to continue my slumber after Dad and I go for a walk, get breakfast, and retrieve the newspaper.  When Mom gets up, a bit later, I always get a nice chew, sometimes a brushing, and, once the grass dries a little, I go outside for my first patrol.  

Work, work, work!  Don’t expect to see my face again anytime soon!
 Ahhhhhhhhhhh!  Life is Good!!!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

CP Blaiser nka Dude finds his Special Someone!

Contributed by Duderbug the Cuddle King

CP Blaiser nka Dude loves his new yard!

This is the most unbelievable thing!  I have this place all to myself!

WooHoo!  I’m the only dog in this yard!

Well, not exactly, if you count my New Mom and the cats, but close enough!

I have no problem with the cats, by the way, but at first, even though I wagged my tail and trotted right over to the glass door to say “Hi!”, that young cat just stared back at me, then hissed and arched her back!  The other cat just ran and hid in the closet!  We finally, after a few days, got to sit together (well, in the same room, anyway) and watch t.v. with Mom, and I got to cuddle with Mom, so fine by me!  I didn’t have to compete for Mom’s belly rubs and skritches!  It was Great!

The neighbors have noisy dogs, but…

…Mom has a great fence to keep intruders out!
As you may recall, I spent the first eight years of my life in a cage, pretty much, with so many other, nameless dogs, and then I got sprung from there by Col. Potter and ended up with a name - CP Blaiser – and a new thing called “Freedom” and a bunch of dogs running around, chasing squirrels, playing with toys, getting belly rubs and skritches – so many options, it was enough to drive me in circles!

“Beware of Dog!”  That’s Me! He! He! He!!!
My Foster Mom, Kim, is probably missing me, having basked in the glow of my charming, sparkling eyes for three years, but I know she is happy for me, having my very own home now!  She always called me “Duderbug the Cuddle King!" and my New Mom liked that, I guess, because she decided to call me “Dude”.  I already love to cuddle with her, and now I just wait patiently, laying upright looking at her with my gorgeous eyes, crossing my front legs, just so, until she can not help herself, and picks me up to cuddle!

I loved my Foster Home…
Well, I have lots of things to get used to here, and Mom has to get used to me, but I have to say, I really think I have found my own Special Someone, and I plan to give her a special cuddle on Mother’s Day!

…but I LOVE my own Forever Home!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

CP Brador nka Toffee Continues to Bloom!

Written by Cairnadian Toffee

Toffee fka CP Brador enjoying a Cairnadian Spring!
Toffee here!  Cairnadian Toffee, that is!  Sweeter than Cairnadian Bacon!  He! He! He!

You might remember me as CP Brador, but my Forever Mom found me and brought me North to Toronto, so now I am an official Cairnadian!  I heard they recently had more SNOW back in Kansas, so I thought my Foster Mom would appreciate a few Cairnadian Tulips!  Aren’t they Beautiful?

Toffee puts his new toy through the paces!
My Mom bought me a New toy today, and I spent a good amount of time testing it out, and then she took me to the Special dog park and I got to run and run!  WooHoo!! I am fast as the wind!  I just Love running free in a “safe” fenced park – whatever “safe” is!  What fun!!!

Yes, a tired Cairn is a Good Cairn!
Now we are back at Mom’s work.  Mom keeps saying, “A tired Cairn is a good Cairn!” but I am not sure what “tired” means?  Yawwwwwwn!!!  Maybe I’ll look it up on Mom’s computer…  Yawwwwwwn!!!  …After I catch a few Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzs…