Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Enjoy Thanksgiving and Keep Your Pets Safe!
The Wellness Blog

The holiday season is upon us!  Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together and give thanks for what we have.  Today pets are a significant part of our families and are included in the celebration.  If you are like us, the Thanksgiving feast is one that you look forward to all year long. While we may be able to throw caution to the wind once a year, we must be careful of what our pets receive on that day.  Both dogs and cats are not used to some of the indulgences of the day and can have serious problems.

Here are 10 things to consider to keep your pet healthy and happy on Thanksgiving.

1. Many of the traditional foods contain large amounts of fat which should be avoided. Gravy, turkey skin, the drippings from the turkey pan and other foods should be avoided. Excess fat can create problems with the pancreas and further aggravate an already overweight animal.

2. Pancreatitis is a very painful condition most commonly brought on by an excessively large meal or a meal with increased amounts of fat (there are other causes, but during the holiday season this is the most common cause). It stimulates the pancreas to produce large amounts of the enzymes needed to digest the nutrients. If there are increased amounts in the pancreas, sometimes these enzymes can’t get out of the pancreas fast enough and begin to actually break down the wall of the ducts and leak into the abdomen. This can cause vomiting diarrhea, restlessness, weakness, discomfort and can even be life threatening.

3. Bones should be avoided at all cost, especially the bones of birds as they are hollow and can break into very sharp pieces which will wreak havoc with the digestive tract.

4. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate should be avoided as there is a toxin, theobromine in all chocolate.

5. When it comes to our beloved family pets, the key word is moderation. Be careful that everyone is not slipping the pets a few tidbits from the table. Set the rules early on for who feeds the pets and when.

6. Watch out for dropped food, especially by our younger family members.

7. Make sure all garbage is secure and not left to tempt a pet when we aren’t looking. Cats and even some dogs can easily get on counter tops when we are enjoying our meal in another room.

8. Pets are also attracted to aluminum foil, wax paper and plastic wrap that has been used to cover foods. These items can cause digestive issues and even obstruction.

9. Some pets become nervous with all the excitement and may need a quiet refuge away from all the noise and excitement.

10. If you have a large family and there will be lots of doors to the outside opened and closed, be careful that there are no escapes into the wild that could ruin the day.

Thanksgiving is a great day full of great food and companionship. Make it the same for the pets in your family by planning ahead for a Thanksgiving turkey meal your pet will love. 



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Sweets!

Sunday is full of SWEETS!  Each week we will showcase the sweeter side of Cairns.  If you have a sweet filled Cairn and would like us to consider YOUR picture for an upcoming "Sunday Sweets!" send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.).

 Happy Thanksgiving!

Tess


Sonny Boy!


Molly fka CP Myra

Bella fka CP Esther and Benny fka CP Smiley


Tess, Chance, and Beverly


Arrow


Corkie and Friend


Bailey Mae and Jasper


Foster Belgium


Foster Australia


Foster Firth

Zac fka CP Zodiac


Foster Trip


Foster Tyke

Sadie Jo and SkyLa


Eraser and Odie

Ernie!





Friday, November 21, 2014

Have You Seen the Lynch Creek Farm Wreathes?

Please Feel Free to Cross Post!

Lynch Creek Farm is pleased to partner with Col. Potter again to bring you a special Fundraiser Campaign Col.Potter Cairn Rescue Network Giving Green!  Now through Sunday, December 14th, you can order any beautiful, high quality wreath, centerpiece, or other decorative item for the Holidays, as a Gift, or for your own home, and Lynch Creek Farm will donate a 20% of your purchase to Col. Potter to help save another Cairn in need!  You can order now for December delivery, easy as 1.2.3!  Not ready to shop?  You can make a straight-up donation via the Lynch Creek Farm campaign and 100% of all donations will go to the Cairns!  100%!!!  A fantastic opportunity to donate or to give a gift that gives twice!

Lynch Creek Farm Presents
Now - December 14th
20% of all proceeds and 100% of all donations
during this time will be sent to

Check Out the Results of Our 
2013 Lynch Creek Farm Giving Green Campaign

LB was rescued by Col. Potter last year and had a severely damaged leg which may have cost his leg, or his life.  Through Col. Potter's Giving Green Lynch Creek Farm Campaign, we raised all of the money needed to give LB the delicate surgery needed and the physical therapy.  A year ago, he couldn't walk, but thanks to the great generosity of so many people, LD can now zoom around the yard with ease!  That's Giving Green!



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Friday Funnies!

Raising Duncan

by Chris Browne

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Crate Training Essentials for Your New Cairn

Contributed by a Col. Potter Volunteer

When life is a little stressful, it’s nice to have a place to call Home!

Are you thinking about adding a new Rescued Cairn to your family?  There are many things to consider, and lots of planning to do.  You can expect to get many great tips to help you integrate your New Cairn into your home, so it is good to know that some of this advice will also will apply to your current resident dogs.  Learning to use a crate effectively is a great example.

Crate Training Essentials

Your new dog has been Crate Trained, and is accustomed to sleeping in his or her crate.  He or she is also accustomed to spending some "down time" relaxing in the crate.  This is a practice that we HIGHLY recommend you continue.  Crate training is definitely NOT "cruel" as many people believe.  Numerous studies have shown that, contrary to being cruel to dogs, it's compassionate and caring.  Canines are, by nature, pack and den animals.  They feel safe and secure when they have their own den-like containment area.  A cage/crate serves as such.  Maintaining a positive pattern of regular, daily crate time will serve you well and will provide your new Cairn a safe and familiar place of his or her own.

Another helpful hint is that we often give the new dog too much attention at first in an attempt to make him or her feel welcomed, secure, and loved.  Please be aware that your new Rescued Cairn will be on emotional and physical overload for at least a couple of weeks.  Give them time and space to "decompress."  To become familiar with and comfortable in your home and with your family, on his or her terms.


A wire crate lets your Cairn feel like part of the activity
in the room, and a sheet or blanket can be draped over it
to give a more den-like feel when a more quiet time is desired.

Keep in mind that your little one has experienced at least TWO major disruptions in life already: being rescued from whatever his or her original environment was, then leaving the safety of the Foster Home to become your adopted dog.  Just think about your new Cairn’s story and imagine yourself in the same situation… Changes – even for the better – can be very stressful.  It's no wonder they experience a bit of overload.  Quiet time in the crate will help your Rescued Cairn adjust more easily - and more quickly.

Crate him or her at night and while you are away to help him or her feel secure.  Also, give him or her "time outs" in the crate whenever you sense the beginning of a little over stimulation or overloaded.  Sometimes everyone - human and canine - needs a chance to catch their breath.

Take it Easy and You’ll Get it Right!

Basically, TAKE IT EASY with your new Cairn!  We recommend that you not take the new dog into a lot of new situations right at first.  Many mistakes are made because the new adoptive home is so excited about their dog that they want to share their new little one with all their friends and family.  This new dog has NO CLUE that the adoptive family is their new family, nor will they have a clue who these new people are - especially new people who have dogs.  Give your New Cairn time to adjust to you, your immediate family, and your home before taking him out to visit friends or relatives.  If your friends and family cannot wait to meet your new family member, please introduce them to him or her slowly and allow time to adjust and welcome each member one at a time.  A large number of unfamiliar humans descending on a newly adopted Cairn has the potential to be overwhelming and can cause them to react in a negative way.

You cannot go too slowly...  but you can move too quickly by exposing your new adoptee to too many new people, places, sights, sounds and smells at first.  Be sure to use the crate wisely to give your new Cairn time to relax a few times each day, always making it a gentle, positive experience going in and coming back out.  Little bits of cheese in your hand help in any crating exercise, and it will reinforce the absolute goodness of your hands!

Good luck! And thank you again for opening your heart and home to a rescued Cairn!

Rescuing one Cairn will not change the world,
but it will surely change the world for that one Rescued Cairn


Read More About It:

It’s Always Best to Start at the Beginning!

I’m Not Sure we’ve been Properly Introduced!

Toto: The Other Side of the Story!

And the Oscar goes to…


Col. Potter Needs a Few More Beginnings! 
Please Volunteer to Foster and help us help give a new start to every Cairn in need!

Please  Consider being a CP Volunteer!

CP Foster Home Application form:

CP Transport Volunteer Driver form:

CPCRN Volunteer form:

Col. Potter’s Name a Rescue Cairn Program








Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wacky Wednesday!

Wednesday is the day to be WACKY! Each week we will showcase a terrierific cairn picture with an appropriate caption. If you have a terrierific cairn and would like us to consider YOUR picture and caption for an upcoming "Wacky Wednesday" send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com! All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or out reach purposes.

 A big shout out to Tess, our Wacky Wednesday model this week!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Skip-ping Tuesdays!

Contributed by CP Skip in CA

CP Skip is No Longer Available for Adoption in CA!!!


Do I look Content?  Well I am!! 

I'll be going Home soon!!!

That's right!  I looked and looked so long, and then suddenly they were right there!  Very soon, I will be getting on a big plane and flying off to my Own New Home!  I love my Foster Mom so much, but I am really excited to get my very own family - kids and everything!

OK!  Let's help my friend Fritter now!   He's waiting over in South Carolina... 
 

Here’s the Link so you can Apply to Adopt him!

Wouldn't you just love to look here next week and see that Fritter has his own home too?  It could happen - especially if you can help!

Are you Thankful?

I am!  I'm so thankful for my Foster Mom and all my toys.  I'm thankful to know Love and kindness, and I'm thankful for a new beginning!  Take a look and let me know what you think…








Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Sweets!

Sunday is full of SWEETS!  Each week we will showcase the sweeter side of Cairns.  If you have a sweet filled Cairn and would like us to consider YOUR picture for an upcoming "Sunday Sweets!" send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.).

Foster Tracey
Foster Katelyn

Skye La

Foster Josie V

Simon and Zoe

Foster Glacier

Georgia Sunshine

Buzzbee

George

Juneau fka CP Joanne

Livie and Twinkle

Friday, November 14, 2014

Check Out Lynch Creek Farm for the Holidays!

Please Feel Free to Cross Post!

Lynch Creek Farm is pleased to partner with Col. Potter again to bring you a special Fundraiser Campaign Col.Potter Cairn Rescue Network Giving Green!  Now through Sunday, December 14th, you can order any beautiful, high quality wreath, centerpiece, or other decorative item for the Holidays, as a Gift, or for your own home, and Lynch Creek Farm will donate a 20% of your purchase to Col. Potter to help save another Cairn in need!  You can order now for December delivery, easy as 1.2.3!  Not ready to shop?  You can make a straight-up donation via the Lynch Creek Farm campaign and 100% of all donations will go to the Cairns!  100%!!!  A fantastic opportunity to donate or to give a gift that gives twice!

Lynch Creek Farm Presents
Now - December 14th
20% of all proceeds and 100% of all donations
during this time will be sent to

Check Out the Results of Our 
2013 Lynch Creek Farm Giving Green Campaign

LB was rescued by Col. Potter last year and had a severely damaged leg which may have cost his leg, or his life.  Through Col. Potter's Giving Green Lynch Creek Farm Campaign, we raised all of the money needed to give LB the delicate surgery needed and the physical therapy.  A year ago, he couldn't walk, but thanks to the great generosity of so many people, LD can now zoom around the yard with ease!  That's Giving Green!



Please Feel Free to Cross Post!

 

 

Friday's Funnies!

Off the Leash

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Reasons Not to Use Electronic Fencing

Secure, sturdy fencing keeps your Cairns Safe!


Electronic Fencing:
Fourteen Reasons 
NOT to Use One for a Cairn


Electronic containment systems or "electric fencing" as they are called are big sellers these days to busy families.  They sound like an easy and convenient way to teach your dog to stay in a given space.  Think again.  They are not for all dogs.  In particular, they are NOT for terriers.  


Potential problems of using an electric containment system include:  

1.  They may not work as promised.  Equipment failure or improper use (e.g., collar too loose or tight) can render them ineffective.  Terriers, in particular may burst through the barrier in pursuit of something, willing to endure the consequences, to get to the reward on the other side of the barrier.  The dog may simply learn to tolerate the shock, rendering it ineffective, particularly likely with a terrier breed whose tendencies are to be fearless, pain tolerant and tenacious in their pursuit of that squirrel or rodent.

2.  Most systems correct the dog as he crosses or comes near the barrier no matter which direction.  The result is a dog who doesn’t come back for fear of getting shocked again on his return home.

3.  None of the systems keep anything out, including vicious dogs, wild animals and teasing children.  A small, feisty dog, such as a Cairn, can easily be killed by an aggressive dog. 

4.  Some dogs can be frightened to the degree that it affects their willingness to go into the yard and, most importantly, eliminate in it.  

5. Dogs can develop a fear of anything that remotely resembles a training flag.

6.   As a result of having to be fearful of the affects of something they cannot see, dogs can develop a generalized fear of all unfamiliar places or situations.  An unstable temperament can be the result. 

7. They make some dogs extremely aggressive at the territorial boundary. The dog can’t “get out” but feels vulnerable to a person or animal that can “get in.”  Dogs who are already territorial, such as terriers,  may exhibit an exaggerated response. This aggressiveness can generalize to other situations and places, again contributing to an unstable, untrustworthy or even aggressive companion.

8.  The dog may perceive a person or animal on the other side of the barrier as the source of his discomfort, such as a neighbor or neighbor dog, and direct aggression toward it.  

9.   Because territorial aggression is generally self-rewarding, the dog may learn to use an aggressive response to other stressful situations.

10.The collar can be activated by other equipment on the same frequency, shocking the dog without reason.

11. The collar probes can cause physical injury to the dog’s neck if the collar is left on for long periods of time.

12. Studies reveal that electronic containment systems have been shown to affect dogs in the same way shock treatments affect humans, possibly causing neurological as well as behavioral side affects.

13. The dog may start exhibiting compulsive displacement behaviors such as rubbing its face on the ground to rid himself of the collar or the affects of it.

14. Those who use remote trainers, used primarily with hunting breeds in field work,  may find that an electronic fence may negate their effectiveness by creating a negative “place” response.

There are many alternatives to electronic control systems, even for those who cannot construct a conventional fence.  Ask your breeder or local dog training club or center for suggestions.



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wacky Wednesday!

Wednesday is the day to be WACKY! Each week we will showcase a terrierific cairn picture with an appropriate caption. If you have a terrierific cairn and would like us to consider YOUR picture and caption for an upcoming "Wacky Wednesday" send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com! All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or out reach purposes.

 A big shout out to Docha, our Wacky Wednesday model this week!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Skip-ping Tuesdays!

Contributed by CP Skip in CA

CP Skip is Available for Adoption in CA


Can you see me?  I'm looking really hard, but I don't see You!! 

How I wish i could find you, and sit in your lap, so i could gaze up at you all the time!  I just know you would be very, very happy if I was your very own little boy!

It's so easy! Here’s the Link so you can Apply to Adopt me!

Wouldn't you just love to look here next week and see that I have my own home?  It could happen - especially if you can help!

Are you a Calm and Gentle?

I am!  I'm that way with people and other dogs, and even with my toys.  I think you would love how calm and gentle I can be!  Take a look and let me know what you think…