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Adeline's Story

Hi, my name is Adeline and I am a senior lady, about 12 years old. I was picked up as a stray wandering the streets of New York City. Lucky for me the shelter knew to contact Col. Potter so I could get the help I need. I don't have much hair because I have Cushing's disease and it was left untreated. What little hair I have left is grey. My foster Mom tells me that my body produces too much of a hormone called Cortisol. I have to be on medication for the rest of my life, which I hope can be a longer time now that I’m getting some help. But that isn't all; I picked up Kennel Cough out on the streets, so I have to be kept separate from the other resident dogs here until I get better. I've lost the vision in one eye, and I also have a mammary mass, which needs to be removed when I am feeling better. When they do that, I will probably have a dental done, which I need really bad too, because my mouth hurts.

When I was rescued from wandering the streets, my fur was all matted and my toenails were so long that some were in a complete circle and were hitting my paw pads. But my foster mom had that taken care of for me and now at least my skin isn’t being pulled by the mats, and it’s a whole lot easier to walk with those overgrown toenails out of the way. I think I love her! When she pets me for a while then stops, I have to nudge her hand with my head to let her know she should keep on going!

Did you look at the top picture of me when I was first picked up by the shelter, and the bottom one after Foster Mom got me cleaned up and those mats shaved off? If you want to see more, just click on the links to more pictures of me when I first got picked up: http://tinyurl. com/2ahvce And some after a bath and trim: http://tinyurl. com/2xmsv3 Stay tuned to see how I bloom with more love and medical care.

In my foster home I have my own crate to sleep in and a nice soft, warm bed. That is where I usually spend my time because I am tired a lot from the Cushing’s Disease. Once I get through the initial period on the medication, I should have more energy. I walked around in the whole yard today though, and boy - was that fun!

Sounds like I have a lot of problems doesn't it? My foster Mom said I am still sweet and loving in spite of feeling pretty bad. She says I have that special ‘Cairn spirit’.

Foster Mom says I need a couple more Guardian Angels. If you can find it in your heart to donate a little so that I can get the medical care that I need, I would be so grateful. Just click on the Guardian Angel link by my pictures. If I could give you hugs and kisses, I sure would.
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Altgeld's Story

This little girl came into rescue about as pregnant as she could be and whelped on 9/21 - just a few days after arriving at her foster home. Fortunately, her foster Mom has had experience helping bring puppies into the world, so she’s in very good hands. Isn’t she adorable? Altgeld is nicknamed Ally by her foster Mom, and has shown herself to be very sweet and loving.

She won’t be available for adoption until her puppies are weaned and she can be spayed and put her breeding days behind her. Stay tuned for more photos of Ally and her puppies. She’s had two little girls so far, and that may be all she was carrying.

This little Mama does need a little bit of extra help because puppies are expensive to raise! Won’t you click on the Guardian Angel link above and let Ally know her puppies will have a good start in life?

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Amaretto's Story

Courage, grace, and a heart of gold all describe Miss Amaretto of Texas. Released from a breeding facility, this petite 6-yr-old suffered long-standing, severe ear infections that could have easily been avoided with proper veterinary care and antibiotics. Once in the care of CPCRN, Amaretto was aggressively treated with antibiotics to try to clear the massive infections, but the damage was already done. Since her ears were devastated beyond salvation, a total ear ablation surgery, an excruciatingly painful procedure, was required to clear the massive infections. The chronic infections, subsequent damage and ablation surgery resulted in the total loss of her ability to hear. Her little head was horribly swollen with drain tubes on all sides, and her jaws hurt so badly that eating was nearly impossible. Her ears were left crumpled from the damage of infection.

During her vetting, she recuperated at Camp Lone Star and was later transferred to foster care. In a short time, her intelligence, adaptability and good nature were so apparent. Through all the pain, and all the changes, Amaretto remained sweet in disposition. While very timid and watchful, Amaretto wanted so desperately to be loved and to be close to her people. She integrated extremely well with the resident Cairn in her foster home and even while she was recuperating, she began to show a bit of playfulness and cautious adventure. She was a clever little thing and quickly learned to respond to hand signs of COME, GOOD GIRL and GO OUT. With her intelligence, personality, and some time to regain her strength, Amaretto’s loving foster mom and dad predicted she was “a Texas rose bud ready to bloom!”

And bloom she did! Amaretto made steady progress during her next month in foster care. Her foster family delighted in her accomplishments – learning to accept skritches and belly rubs, loving her walkies – up to 2 a day, delighting in trips to the park to happily approach other dogs and people, discovering the pleasure of her very first toy!

By mid-June there was increasing concern about the excessive tearing in both of her eyes. Attempts to relieve the symptoms with antibiotic ointment and antihistamines (in case allergy played a role) had been unsuccessful. So Amaretto made another trip to the vet. Unfortunately the news wasn’t good. It was discovered that Amaretto’s facial nerve was paralyzed on both sides resulting in her inability to blink her eyes. The facial nerve paralysis was most likely related to the previous severe, chronic ear infections she endured while living in the puppy mill. But the biggest blow came 2 weeks later when the vet received more test results. Amaretto was in liver failure – again her chronic ear infections had probably destroyed her liver too. The vet explained that she was not in pain but very weak and would only get weaker as she rapidly declined in the weeks ahead. Everyone was devastated. She had been doing so well and a wonderful family had applied to adopt her. It was too painful to think that after so many years of suffering and such courage to come back, it was all going to end so soon.

Amaretto’s last 6 weeks were up and down. As amazing as it seems, she had some very good days – days when her strength and energy returned long enough that she could zoom and play and smile her open-mouthed, happy-sappy little smile. Those were the days foster mom and dad hoped for a miracle. But the miracle wasn’t to be. It was August 9th when Miss Amaretto of Texas made her journey to the Rainbow Bridge. She went peacefully, wrapped in the love and caring and comfort of her Colonel Potter family. After 6 long years of suffering, the little Texas rosebud only had a few short months to bloom. But bloom she did, and those months of freedom were the happiest, most wonderful time in her life. Huge thanks go to the many Guardian Angels whose donations made such a difference in Amaretto’s short life. For those of us at Colonel Potter, a rose by any other name is ... Amaretto! To read more about Amaretto’s story, follow go to the Memorial Wall.
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Amoris' Story

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Andre's Story

Foster Dog Andre' decided he needed more "minerals" in his diet and ingested some rocks. Unfortunately, because of the size and being so large and solid -- they were larger than golf bolls and totally stuck - not moving through his system -- they caused a blockage and Andy got very sick, very quickly. Emergency surgery had to be performed on Andre and was successful. However because it happened during the holidays and this was EMERGENCY SURGERY, his surgery costs were huge due to being in two areas of his body. His very life was in question at one time. We can use some Guardian Angels to help defray the cost of Andre's surgery.

His foster mom sent this message:
I brought the stones home, one of them is huge! We are all amazed that he could even swallow it. I did see the xrays and the rocks weren't going to be moving anywhere. The one in the stomach was just too big to pass through and the one in the small intestine was at a place where it wasn't going to move along to the large intestine and pass out naturally. Had either of these been smaller we would not have had to do the surgery, but that wasn't meant to be. Time was very important and Andy was starting to have some pain along with the dehydration. Needless to say I am watching him anytime he is outside.

Thanks for your support in helping pay for Andre's surgery. We are all glad he survived and is on the road to recovery.
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Antoinette's Story

Antoinette is my name, but everyone calls me Toni. Somehow, I got lost from my home and ended up in an animal shelter. My family was called but they did not come to pick me up. However, I am very lucky because now I am a Col. Potter kid. They discovered that I was heartworm positive and I received my first heartworm treatment about two weeks ago. I will have to go back to the vet for my second treatment in two weeks.

I am currently visiting two cute little cairn girls in Texas while I am looking for my forever home. I am the cutest little brown brindle cairn mix that you have ever seen. I have a pretty white blaze on my chest and on my front feet. I am three and a half years old and only weigh twelve pounds. My foster mom is trying to help me gain weight. I am very sad because I have to get lots of rest each day and can not run to chase the squirrels with my cairn buddies. Hopefully in a few weeks I will be well so I can run and chase squirrels too.

My foster mom thinks I am a sweetheart because I am so loving and I love to be a lapdog. Sometimes when she sits down on the sofa in the sunroom, she has three dogs trying to be lapdogs at the same time but I do not mind because I know how to share. I am so good about sleeping in my crate. I am potty trained and had no accidents since I got here. The other cairns and I have been buddies ever since I arrived.

Foster mom here: Toni will make someone a wonderful dog. She looks very much like a little cairn and definitely acts like one. She is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever been around. She is so smart and well behaved.

With the help of donations from her Guardian Angels, Toni endured the long and difficult heartworm treatment and eventually recovered. Antoinette, now called Rosie, lives in New Jersey where she is being spoiled by her new mommy and fur brother MacDuff. Rosie’s mom says that she is just about the smartest girl ever! Rosie loves all of the doting she receives! She even gets to sleep on the bed with her mom and brother. Everything is turning up roses for this sweet girl!
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Argyle's Story

They are the worst phone calls in Rescue: worse than puppy mills, dog auctions, owners that just don't want their dogs anymore. They are the phone calls that break your heart and challenge your faith. They are the phone calls from a vets office that start with the words "he is in really bad shape."

On Wednesday of this week, Erica from Scottie rescue contacted CP - There was a little dog in a shelter that was originally thought to be a Scottie, but is really a Cairn. Argyle is a three-year-old brindle who has some problems with a back leg, so the shelter did not think they could place him quickly enough to avoid him being PTS. Scottie rescue had been told that a vet had evaluated him and the leg was thought not to be broken, only bruised. So - we started to plan. A Scottie Rescue volunteer was going to take pick him up from the shelter and take him to the vet to get a full evaluation, and then he was going to be transferred to CP.

So the dog was pulled yesterday afternoon and taken to the vet. About 7pm last night Monika calls with the vet on the phone and the first words I hear are: "he is in really bad shape." WHAT?? I thought he had a bad bruise?? NO - Aly, it is much worse! Argyle's pelvis is broken in five places, his femur (where the leg meets the hip) is smashed, his leg is broken and he has an old spinal injury. Tears start rolling down my cheeks - and all I can think is OMG, OMG - this dog has been sitting in a shelter like this for 5 days. Can you imagine the pain this dog endured. So now we have to make a decision. Can we save this dog? My question is: IS THERE HOPE?? - The answer is: Minimal.

Rescue is all about second chances. We don't know at this point if his quality of life has been compromised, but we are going to try. We are going to give Argyle his second chance. So, here is the deal. Argyle will probably lose the leg that is so damaged, and depending on the injury to his spinal cord he may be paralyzed from the waist down; the vet is not even sure if he has control of his body functions. There are huge costs involved, whether we are successful or not. And if we are successful, there will be after care & rehabilitation that could take several months.

So on this day where my faith is shaky at best, and my head says: Where was God?? My heart tells me that God has been with this little guy the whole time. I just had to look. He was with the shelter worker that asked for help from rescue. He was with Erica and the Scottie Rescue Volunteers that believed this dog was worth a second chance. He is with the vet, who against the odds - saw a glimmer of hope, and is willing to take the road less traveled and give him a chance. He was with the decision makers at CP who will once again take a leap of faith without any guarantees, and with the hundreds of people who will pray, light a candle, and send good thoughts for Argyle.

Argyle's surgery is tomorrow, and because of the intensity of the procedure will probably take all afternoon. I will keep you posted. Saturday, January 31st is Argyle day, please say a prayer, send a good wish, and light a candle. Please let him know that he is part of a wonderful family.

I don't know how this journey will end for Argyle, but I do know for sure that no matter what happens he is no longer alone, and he is much loved. I will forward two pictures of this sweet little guy.

UPDATE: I just got off the phone with the vet and Argyle made it though the night. He is in a lot of pain today because of the trauma of the surgery. He is getting pain medication, but the vet does not want to over medicate him and then he tries to move and do more damage.

The left leg (removed) was smashed. I can't believe that any of the bones were not poking through the skin. On the X-ray it didn't look anything like a leg, it looked like a million toothpicks that had fallen out of the box, and when he would try to stand it just hangs there.

His pelvis is in 4 very separate pieces, with two more breaks that you can see, and she will try to repair that once he is more stable. His whole body is swollen and bruised. I have never seen a dog in that much pain before. He would try so hard to stand (which of course gave me a heart attack) or sit and then he would just sigh and lay down a close his eyes for a minute. He scooted himself far enough forward to have his chin on my lap, so I could pet him.

He is very cute (chubby) and very sweet; I really believe he got loose and then got hit by a car. He really likes people and is not head or hand shy like Ainsley was, and he really has a zest for life. He was alert and curious and what a beautiful coat! The Scottie rescue folks (very, very nice people) are checked in on him yesterday after the surgery and the vet's husband came in too.

Today he is drinking, not eating yet, but the vet is confident that his lack of appetite is from all the medication, she said he moving his "good" leg today and felt that was very positive. I took him Vincent's quilt by Barb, and the Moon and Stars blanket by Corinne. I just wanted him to have some thing(s) that were made with love.

Thanks for the prayers, and good thoughts.

Happily, Argyle recovered from his surgery. Although his leg had to be removed, all of his body organs continued to work and he won the battle to live! His rehabilitation was a success – he learned to walk and run again. He was adopted by a wonderful woman and moved across the country to Virginia where he learned to use a dog door and climb onto his mom’s bed. Argyle went on to enjoy a couple more wonderful years living in freedom with his loving family before eventually dying quietly and peacefully in his sleep.
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Asher's Story

Asher is one of Col Potter's newest family members. Asher means Lucky, Blessed, and Happy. Why is Asher Lucky? He is now part of Col Potter's loving family. Why is he Blessed? He is blessed because he can now get the medical care he so desperately needs. Why is he Happy? He is happy because he is now wanted and loved, and will never be turned away again.

Let me tell you his story: Asher was picked up as a stray in Alabama by Animal Control and taken to their High Kill shelter. At the shelter, they found that he had a Rabies Tag on his collar. The shelter called the name that the tag was registered to, and was told that he had been adopted out because they didn't want him anymore. They gave the adopter's name to the shelter worker. The new family was called. They told the shelter they didn't want him anymore either.

A rescue angel, saw Asher at the shelter, recognized the breed having had Cairns as a child. She contacted Col Potter, pulled Asher from the shelter for us, and arranged vetting and boarding at her rescue discount rate.

Asher was tested for Heartworm. Sadly, he is Heartworm positive. He somehow survived neuter surgery, even being Heartworm positive. It turns out that the adoptive family knew he was Heartworm positive, and chose not to treat him, but to let him loose, free to go.

Asher will be heading to another rescue angel, who has agreed to nurse him back to health during the dangerous and long treatment and recovery. She has promised to give him the love and nurturing he so rightly deserves.

UPDATE by Asher’s Foster Mom:
Asher was my first foster after Hurricane Katrina. I LOVED that little boy. He was so special. Caring for him through his heartworm treatment, and then finding a way to get him to his special perfect forever home way up in Maine caused me lots of worry. That little Tuxedo boy has a piece of my heart, and always will. As hard as it was to let him go, I knew it was for the best. I still worried about him, and eagerly read updates from his new forever mama’s Anne & Maria. Finally, after seeing a picture of Asher sleeping in a crate TOGETHER with his new cairn sister Katie, my heart was OK. The picture of him sitting on his forever mama's lap in her wheelchair, looking so happy as she petted him, and finally, the picture of Asher sitting on their nephew's lap, happy as can be - then, I was finally O.K. I knew my little Tuxedo boy was finally home, and he was REALLY O.K.
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Basil's Story

BASIL came to us through an auction at the tender age of 16 weeks. He only weighed 3.75 pounds, very underweight, and you could feel all his little ribs. He also had noticeable congestion, and his breathing was labored most of the time. While we have gotten his weight up to 5+ pounds (still underweight), the congestion persists even after 3 rounds of increasingly stronger medications. Radiographs show the lungs themselves are clear, but seem to be floating in excess fluid in his chest cavity. Lung taps removed a little fluid, but did not relieve his breathing. Further diagnosis is beyond the capabilities of the local veterinary clinic, so he now had been referred to The Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine. Diagnosis alone is expected to range between $500 and $1000 and any treatment possible increases the cost even more. Little Basil eats well and tries his best to play. Bare toes are especially attractive to him so toe protection is required at all times. However, after a little running and barking he is soon laboring to get enough air and becomes content to be cuddled while he recovers.

UPDATE from Basil’s Forever Mom:
It's hard to believe that it has been 1 year since we picked up Basil. Basil turned 2 on July 6th which is the same day that his dad Bob turned 51. They share a birthday and the desire to sit on the couch and "rest their eyes". Basil is doing really well. He has a raptor sound when he's getting crazy and wild but most of the time he is just fine. He handles the heat well and seems to have no breathing problems as a result of it. Actually what Basil has for lungs are good, he's just missing some. His heart has shifted a little to fill the void but it is good and strong. He plays hard and loves everyone. He is also so good natured and loving that we are thinking of getting him certified as a therapy dog. He is so BEAUTIFUL right after he is brushed but doesn't stay that way long at all, with all the chasing and carrying on. We wouldn't have this beautiful boy if it wasn't for the care and sharing of the Colonel Potter Network. If you ever feel that saving a dog with health problems is wrong just think of Basil and all that you've accomplished since he first came into your care. Thank you to the whole team and all the people who contributed to his medical care.
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Basque's Story

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Beacon's Story

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Belker's Story

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Benson's Story

UPDATE 1/5/09 : Benson continues to be a sweet friendly little guy. Unfortunately, he suffers from chronic allergies and ear infections. We are working our way through trials of various medications and food changes but it may be that he will end up having to have a skin test to find out exactly what he is allergic too. Because these tests are expensive, Benson sure could use your help. Won't you consider becoming a Guardian Angel and helping Ben on the way to a healthy, itch-free life? All you have to do is click on the link above this write up and fill out the form. I'm sure that if he could, Benson would thank everyone with a big kiss! Despite his allergies, Benson continues to enjoy life in his foster home but I just know that he would love a home and family of his very own.
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Berwick's Story

UPDATE 12/06: Berwick has just spent the last 24 hours at the vet undergoing unexpected but necessary treatment. He came to his foster home a few weeks ago with only 5 teeth left in his mouth and itchy ears. His poor, sore gums from extensive dental surgery, his neutering, and one ear had all healed up with the loving care he discovered in his foster home. Unfortunately when he went to the vet this week to see why he was scratching his other ear, it was discovered that he has been in much discomfort. The vet tried to examine his ear, which had been scratched raw, but no luck. Mild sedation was used, but the ear needed deeper work, so full anaesthetic and endoscopy was administered. The deeper the vet went, the more difficult the task became, until he was finally able to remove a nasty plug that had obviously been there for a long time, and which had impaired his hearing. While Berwick was anaesthetized the vet checked his 5 remaining teeth, only to discover that they too were so rotten they also needed extracting. The end result is that Berwick had to undergo an unexpected surgery and remain at the clinic overnight for observation and stabilization due to the length of time he was in surgery, and the need for pain management.

It is stunning to consider how much pain he had been in recently, and still present himself to the family as the happiest, cuddliest foster dog they have had in 2 years.

This was a totally unexpected bill for Colonel Potter and so we are designating Berwick as needing some generous, compassionate Guardian Angels to help him financially, so that we can continue to use our regular funds to bring more needy Cairns into care. Take a look at his photo, and consider making a donation to his Guardian Angel Fund as a Christmas present for someone who would be happier knowing that they had helped alleviate his pain, than receiving another gift they didn't need at all.

UPDATE 11/14: Berwick is making the most of the good life here in BC! He spends his time playing with the male Cairn in our home, lounging on the sofa, or cuddling with the closest human. Berwick is a good natured, quiet, laid back sort of fellow who gets along well with everyone. I believe our 12 yr old son is his favorite buddy though. Berwick lost many of his teeth from a lack of dental care, but having fewer teeth doesn't seem to get in the way of his appetite or ability to tug on toys.

If you are in need of a loving fellow to share a cozy spot on the couch with, then Berwick just may be the Cairn you've been searching for.
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Bliss' Story

When you think of Bliss you think of calm, almost heavenly, quiet. Well meet Bliss, the loud and vocal tornado. Little Bliss came to us at 2 lbs. 10 oz. on August 8th, 2009. She had such a severe heart murmur that it could be felt through her chest, yet she was feisty and playful. The vet we saw said that she was between 6 and 8 weeks old. We were referred to the cardiac department of the Madison veterinary teaching hospital for further evaluation. Our appointment was on August 25, 2009. Bliss traveled for 2 1/2 hours and then wowed them in the waiting area with her cuteness. The initial exam went well with her kissing the doctor’s nose while her lung sounds were listened to. For the next four hours, she was poked and prodded. The cardiologist gave us the bad news that she was diagnosed with pulmonary stenosis. There is a narrowing of the path in her heart valve going from the right ventricle to the pulmonary artery. She has had this since birth. The right side of her heart is at least twice as large as it should be because it has worked so hard to get the blood through this hole. The cardiologist is convinced that she is three months old (not 2 months) due to the extent of this heart enlargement and that this condition could have caused a delay in her physical development. (Her Cairnitude is fully developed, believe me!) Her condition can be fixed and her best option is open-heart surgery. This comes with an estimate of approximately $3,500 on top of the $500+ to date. She will have to grow to be 11 lbs. before they will even begin to consider her for surgery, and right now she is only 4 lbs. 1 oz. There are many factors that will enter into whether she will be able to have this surgery, with overall cost being one of them. She will have times of fatigue, and possible episodes where she may just collapse. The vet says that the dogs that have these episodes generally shake it off and go back to what they were doing. The problem that Bliss's foster parents really have to watch for is water retention as a result of this condition. Right now she is fine. The difficulty will come in trying to keep her quiet. She wants so much to run with the other dogs, and should be able to if she has the surgery. She just hates to be told she needs to calm down when she feels the need to zoom around the yard. Be sure to tune in to “the Adventures of Bliss” because this puppy is going to take us for a crazy ride on her way to being healthy. This little girl is not available for adoption due to her health but she is in need of some angels to help defray the cost of her medical bills. Please look at this adorable face and decide if you aren’t being called to be one of her Guardian Angels. If you can find it in your heart to sponsor Bliss, please click on the Guardian Angel icon in the top left corner.
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Blondie's Story

Blondie came into rescue from a breeding situation already very pregnant. Unlike Blondie's previous litters, this one will be born in the comfort of a home with plenty of good food and medical care, thanks to Col. Potter. Blondie just turned 3 yrs old and this is her fourth litter that we know of, but it will be the last for this sweet girl. Once Blondie's family is raised, she will get to enjoy being the pampered, Cairn princess she deserves to be.

UPDATE 8/7: Foster Mom has been tracking the puppies' progress, and storing the pictures online so everyone can go take a peek. Follow this link to get to Webshots, then click on the blue 'search my albums' link at the top right of the photo window to see all the pictures:

UPDATE 07/29: Saturday the 28th was Blondie's due date and she appeared to be getting ready to whelp. Twenty four hours later and no puppies, her foster Mom took her to the vet's office where she was given a shot to start contractions. After a reasonable wait to see if the puppies would come naturally, a Caesarian section was performed and Blondie delivered 8 puppies!

All are healthy and active and appear to be doing well. The first week is crucial though, and even though they came right home and foster Mom fed them for their first day, we won't take it for granted they'll all survive until a full week has passed. Blondie took over and began nursing her pups the second day, but if this little dog had remained in a commercial breeder's pen, little attention would have been paid to her predicament until it was too late; mother and all 8 puppies would likely have died.

Once again we are asking if you would be kind enough to click on the Guardian Angel link above and help our little Bumstead family with the additional expenses presented by the Caesarian delivery and such a LARGE family.

Welcome Blondie and Dagwood's family by puppy name, gender, weight and color:
Baby Dumpling - female - 5 5/8 oz. - lightest wheaten
Cookie - female - 6 3/4 oz. - wheaten w/ more black on back
Cora - female - 6 3/8 oz. - lightest brindle
Tootsie - female - 6 oz.- black brindle w/ pink nose and lip
Daisy - female - 6 3/4 oz. - dark brindle w/ white on chest
Beazley - male - 6 1/2 oz. - brindle w/ tiny white on chest
Dithers - male - 6 3/4 oz. - wheaten
Radcliffe - male - 6 oz. - brindle w/ large white on chest
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Bows' Story

Bows is the newest member of the Col. Potter family. Bows is a lovely female wheaten who has a very serious groin hernia which has become serious because of repeated abuse her body took whelping puppies from the time she was a puppy herself. Had she been someone's loved baby, this situation would have been easily corrected when she was spayed at an early age. Right now her bowel and bladder are housed in the hernia which protrudes visibly from her body. The opening or hole of the hernia is the size of a quarter that has effectively trapped her bowel and bladder in the hernia; they cannot be "pushed" back out of the hernia and into place. Also, because of the size of the opening or hole, it will require to be closed using mesh grafting material. The extent of her condition is such that our vet is not comfortable performing the surgery on Bows and she will need to be referred to a specialist. Bows is lucky considering the severity of the hernia that her puppies were not falling into the hernia and being strangled or that her bladder and/or bowel were not strangled by the hernia. Bows would surely have died if she had remained as a breeder.

Update from Bows’ Foster Mom:
Ms. Bows asked me to let everyone know that she has now completed her journey to freedom. She now has a new mommy and fur sister called Ashes. Mama Debbie and Ashes drove all of the way across the state of New Mexico to meet us in Tucson to pick up Bows. Debbie is completely in love with Bows and I think Ashes is happy to have a new fur sister, too.

I want to thank CP for giving me the opportunity to get to know this very special cairn. She had the odds stacked against her when she was rescued with a huge hernia protruding from her little body. If it wasn't for CP and the lovely people who donated their hard earned money to help Bows, she might not have had this opportunity at a new life!
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Bradford's Story

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Brooke's Story

Our new little girl, Brooke is an 11 year old female who was recently surrendered to a shelter. According to the shelter, she has conjunctivitis, fleas, and she had many ticks removed. The shelter chose not to spay her because they felt that, due to her age, they did not have the proper equipment to monitor her during surgery. They did do a heartworm test and she is, at least, heartworm negative.

Once in Col. Potters care, Brooke was taken to the vet where they found she still had more ticks on her even though they did put Frontline on her. When we got into the examining room the first thing they did was to start picking off the ticks. I thought it was disgusting. And she sat there all relaxed and happy. She knew she was in good loving hands. And they picked and they picked and they picked. I could see some of them still wiggling. She is on doxycillin right now to deal with whatever she may have gotten from the ticks, and she will need a series of medicated baths. Her teeth need some work and she has lateral luxating patellas in both hind legs. She is about as close to blind as you can get from untreated dry eye. Her tears were zero in both eyes. I think she can see shadows but that is it. She also has a very bad case of seborrhea and her coat and skin is super oily. In the future she will be spayed, have a dental and some extractions.

Brooke is super sweet. When I picked her up and put her on my lap in the vet’s waiting room she relaxed, snuggled in and then stretched up and pushed her face against mine. She was once loved, that is for sure.

I went to see Brooke today and learned that she had a good night and is loving up on everybody. They gave her a medicated bath yesterday so she is finally tick free.

Brooke is in need of everyone's help with the extraordinary medical bills that Col. Potter will have to be able to restore this little girl back to the shining star that I know she is inside. And, I have a feeling that she is a real rip. She has spunk and, is not an "old" 11 year old but is "just" 11 and waiting to be reborn into a loving forever home, where, thanks to Col. Potter, she can once again perform her Cairn antics, steal someone's heart, and be their spoiled baby.

Happily, with the help of donations from her Guardian Angels, Brooke recovered from her fleas and ticks and seborrhea. And, despite her blindness and with lots of support from her foster mom, Brooke learned to navigate the house and yard without much difficulty after just 2 ˝ weeks. Foster mom found that by clapping and calling her name, Brooke developed the confidence and trust to come running directly to her. It also wasn’t long before Brooke was climbing into foster mom’s lap for a tummy rub, doing the happy dance for minty treats, and using pet stairs to get off and on the sofa. Brooke is now adopted and living happily ever after with her forever family. Following the examples set by Murphy, Clancy, Chloe, and Molly, her 4 fur brothers and sisters, Brooke has finally become the Cairn Princess she was born to be!
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Bubbles' Story

UPDATE 12/11: Bubbles has several large lumps on her lower breasts and needs to have them removed. She had an x-ray to verify the cancer had not spread to her lungs, but that same x-ray showed 'something' different near her heart. Bubbles then had a sonogram done to verify there was no damage to her heart. The good news is that her heart has some thickening on one wall, which would be 'normal' for a dog that has been in a high ammonia environment found in a commercial kennel but her heart is functioning very well and she would be fine to have her surgery. She does not need any cardiac medications, she can continue all normal diet and activities. She's now scheduled for surgery on Tuesday to have her lumps removed. They are HUGE so I'm glad that everything else looks so good.

UPDATE 12/10: Bubbles is still the sweet soul she was when she first came to us. She loves to interact with my dogs and they love her. She is nervous about people so she prefers to just watch us. Just recently it was discovered that Bubbles has some lumps on two of her breasts. She is going to be x-rayed soon to see if they are suitable for surgery. Until the x-rays are complete we will not know what challenges she faces. Let’s all pray this sweetie can be helped. If you are able to make a donation to help with the medical expenses for Bubbles, please click on the Guardian Angel link at the top.

10/03/2008: Bubbles must be the Mae West of doggiedom. Both male Cairns in her foster home are DELIGHTED she is here - prancing, dancing and showing off. At 26 pounds she waddles with magnificent composure between her adoring fans. Even my most distracted boy is eager to play and romp with her! I have taken her into the yard for some leash work. She was NOT thrilled. With her voluptuous proportions she can be quite an anchor! We worked it out and she got better as the day went on. She is still afraid of the leash when I am holding it though. When I let her run loose in the yard a bit, she went off on trails of discovery, and managed to fall down the 4 concrete basement steps. I've had dogs who didn't know how to traverse steps before, but they just stopped when confronted by them. Bubbles kept right on walking! Needless to say, there is now a gate across those steps. I have a ramp down from the deck and she really appreciates that. Bubbles is a sweet, very overweight girl, who may never be called 'Tiny Bubbles' - at least not ‘til she loses a good bit of weight. Her muscle tone is not good yet - possibly due to confinement in a crate for long periods of time. She's very playful with all the dogs here - boy and girl, but gets tired quickly. This will improve as she loses weight and plays more with her foster siblings. She seems oblivious to toys so far. Bubbles has a mournful howl that only shows up when she is lonely. It’s cute, not jarring, and gives me a chuckle. It’s very effective at getting the boy dogs to go to her. She is a fairly quiet girl other than the one or two howls for attention.
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Caine's Story

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Carthage's Story

Carthage made it to freedom after spending all eight years of her life in a breeding facility The years at the breeding facility had taken their toll on Carthage. She is heartworm positive, stage 3, which is the highest level of infection. But that's not the worst of it for Carthage. She also had a very large breast mass which our vet was certain was cancerous. Normally, we would not consider doing surgery on a stage 3 heartworm positive dog. However, in Carthage's case, we couldn't wait for her to undergo heartworm treatment. She didn't have much time left if we didn't rid her of the cancer.

She has spent her first days of freedom at our vet's in Missouri enjoying a bath, a soft, warm place to sleep at night on cold winter nights, her own dish of good quality food and plenty of clean water to drink. Carthage has been a model patient, letting the vet staff do whatever is needed without one bit of a fuss. This little girl so deserves her chance at a happily ever after!

Our little girl's ALP blood levels continued to climb into dangerous levels despite every effort to help her liver bring the results down. Carthage's time was short unless we took some of the load off her overburdened little body. So the decision was made to remove the tumor. It's her only chance.

Carthage is one tough little Cairn! Surgery took more than two hours. The mass was huge; more than 4" long and tightly adhered to her muscle walls. She has 4 incisions throughout her abdomen and chest, the longest being more than 9" long to be able to get at the tumor from all angles and detach it from the muscles and other organs. Carthage held her vitals throughout the surgery. Her liver looks very pale and swollen. Hopefully getting the cancerous mass out will allow her liver to heal.

The next 24 hours are critical for Carthage. She is on IV and someone will be watching her most of the night,but, SHE MADE IT!

Her surgery was amazing, but didn't come without cost. If you are would like to help cover the cost of Carthage's surgery and heartworm treatment, please click on the Guardian Angel link at the top to make a donation.
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Casatta's Story

Casatta is 9 months old and weighs only 6.75 pounds. She's so small that we originally assumed she was only 4 months old. On closer examination, she looks to be about 9 - 10 months old. Even though she's tiny, she's a feisty little pixie with her little pointed chin and ears, and her dainty little feet.

When we first brought her home, my daughter picked her up to cuddle her and Casatta dove down to wiggle her face under Rachel's elbow. It seemed she thought that if she couldn't see us, we couldn't see her. Over the past week, she has started to come out of her shell and will prance and play and stomp her feet at us. When you come up to her ex-pen, she will pounce her front feet at you with a little growl, ready to play. But she still loves to snuggle. When you pick her up, she will press every cell of her body as close to you as she can, and tuck her little head under your chin, pressing it into your neck. When she is put back in her crate or ex-pen, she will sit and stare at you with big eyes and then raise her little chin to the sky and aroooooo to the moon! Her foster sister, Agatha, loves her and follows her around like Casatta is an angel.

Over the weekend she has been learning about diapers. By Monday night, she'd figured out how to wriggle out of them, so Tuesday night we put a onesie on her over her diaper. She managed to get out of the onesie by morning, but the diaper was still on!

Cassata, the Italian ice cream treat she was named for, is a round slice of ice cream cut from a roll, about 5" in diameter. The outer ring is frozen cream and the inner rings and center are different ice cream flavors: strawberry, chocolate, and pistachio. Our little Casatta is pale cream on the outside, too, and as sweet as the treat she is named for. But we're discovering that what's on the inside isn't the same as what you see on the outside, just like the Cassata ice cream treat.

Here's what's happening on the inside of our little girl, Casatta. She was born without a working anus and so she poops and pees through her vagina. I took her to the University of Missouri vet hospital yesterday to be examined, to see if her plumbing can be rearranged. Right now, they can tell that she doesn't have an opening in the anus, and so her rectum has made a right turn and is dumping her waste into her vagina to get rid of it. They want to operate to reroute her rectum and open up her anus. The vet was very hopeful that they could be successful. They have begun a series of tests to decide if they can help her.

For the next few days they will be running blood tests, taking x-rays, doing contrast imaging to see where her plumbing actually goes, and an EMG to see if she has any nerves/muscles in her anal sphincter. Casatta's tests will be sort of like an elimination rally; if she passes the blood tests, they will do the x-rays. If the x-rays look good, they'll move on to the contrast imaging, and so forth.

After all of her tests are completed, her condition will be measured in stages. Stage 2 is if all tests come back normal and they would just need to reroute the plumbing. Stage 3 is if she has a mega colon. This happens when her colon becomes so impacted with waste that it is very enlarged. When that happens, it damages the colon and it may not work as well in the future, even after surgery. Stage 4 is if there is no nerve/muscular response in the anal sphincter. If there is muscular/nerve response, she can be a continent puppy after surgery. However, if there aren't any nerves or muscles in that area, she may be incontinent after surgery.

The stage she is at will determine if she is a good candidate for surgery. As you can imagine, this surgery is expensive. They have estimated it could cost as much as $2,500.

She's such a tiny little thing. She survived a breeding facility for 9 long months by herself. I know, with our help, she can get through this, too. She needs our prayers and donations now, to give her the chance that she so desperately deserves. Won’t you consider clicking on the Guardian Angel link above and joining us in our efforts to help this special girl?

Here is a link to a video taken of her the other night: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=pt8jaLxOoaU and a link to the album of pictures we have taken so far: http://picasaweb. google.com/Cairngirls/Casatta/photo# s510656077122568 4882 . Take a look at her sweet face. Turn up the sound on the video. She growls!
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Celebrate's Story

We had a very special name we wanted to give to a very special furkid and he has finally arrived - Celebrate!

His story is a sad one - he was picked up as a stray by Jacksonville Animal Control after being hit by a car. Once he arrived at the shelter, he was examined by a vet and determined not to have any broken bones and they stapled his open wound closed and sent him back to the shelter. This is where he sat for eight long days waiting for his owner to claim him and we sat waiting for the hold period to expire so we could get him out of there. Finally, the hold period expired and we were able to get Celebrate out. But, his bad luck wasn't finished yet. He tested positive for heartworm.

Once he was out of the shelter, we had him taken directly to a vet who was waiting for his arrival. Unfortunately, he arrived too late to have xrays done that day to determine the extent of his injuries. So another day went by with just meds to ease his pain. Finally we had a diagnosis on Celebrate. He has a broken femoral head that is the ball around the leg that connects to his hip. Celebrate will need surgery as quickly as possible to repair this.

Now, however, is a time for celebration for Celebrate! Sometimes things happen for a reason. Maybe Celebrate was meant to find his way to Col. Potter so we could help to make this little boy happy and whole again. Celebrate could easily have died from being hit by a car, or would have died on the streets if not treated for heartworm disease. Instead, he was picked up and brought to the shelter where the Cairn Rescue Angels found him and now he will be in Col. Potter’s Guardian Angel program.

UPDATE 10/3/06:
Foster Mom here: Celebrate's leg is healing nicely, he has toe down on the floor and does apply some weight to it. Celebrate has a tough road he must travel still. Before him is a steep hill that he must get over. He is currently taking medication to kill the parasite that lives along side the heartworms and in a few days he will start his heartworm treatment. The shot is a painful deep muscle injection. The heartworms are zapping him of energy and not allowing him to gain much weight. For several weeks Celebrate will be isolated and kept calm while he receives the heartworm treatments. PLEASE keep Celebrate in your thoughts. He is a young Cairn and the isolation, inactivity and injections will be hard on him. Thoughts of encouragement from everyone will get him through this, he'll hear you!

UPDATE 01/8/07:
Celebrate is going HOME! Celebrate has found his forever home and would like to thank everyone that has kept him in their thoughts while he was on the road to recovery. Take it away Celebrate.

Hi everyone, Col Potter found me a forever home; I'm so excited. Foster mom told me about all the people wishing the best for me. She didn't have to tell me I already knew; we dogs have extraordinary senses! I want to thank everyone for their love and kindness.
Thanks everybody, Colonel Potter rules!
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Celeste's Story

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Chanel's Story

Chanel has recently been diagnosed with demodex, a form of mite. She has been taken to the vet twice in the last two days since starting her treatment for demodex. Chanel is currently lethargic, in pain and covered with pustules. She has several ulcerated spots that are draining blood and serum. Chanel has developed a fever and has received subQ fluids for the last two days and baby aspirin has been added for the fever. The Inceptor that she has been receiving has been decreased from two pills to one pill per day. The vet her foster family uses in Pittsburgh and the vet derm in Cleveland have consulted over the phone and are coordinating and adjusting their treatments accordingly. Both vets are of the opinion Chanel is having a reaction to the proteins released by the mites when they die. Given she already has a weakened immune system, she doesn't have much in reserve to fight off this either.

Her foster family is monitoring Chanel very, very closely and her foster Dad, who is a physician, will be giving the subQ fluids at home as needed.

They are also soaking her ulcerated feet in Epsom salts. For other areas, they are soaking 3x3 gauze in the Epsom salt solution and laying it over various parts of her body.

Chanel's greatest risk right now is from superimposed infection from all the open sores on her skin. We are hoping that if we can avoid infection, she may turn the corner in the next few days. Donations are needed to cover her vet bills and home care. Please consider helping this little girl.

UPDATE from Chanel’s Foster Mom who became her Forever Mom:

Since the day we picked Chanel up until a few weeks ago we focused on the fact that Chanel was our foster girl. It is hard to believe that it has now been over a year since she entered our lives and our hearts. She was a terrified little girl when she came to us and she has overcome many obstacles this past year. She almost died when treatment began for her demodex mites and she continues her treatment to this day. There is much uncertainty at this point about whether she will need to be treated for her entire life just to keep the mites in check or whether she can achieve a "normal" level and maintain that without further treatment.

Although we continued to see Chanel as our foster girl, we realized that she has an incredible bond with us and we have an intense bond with her....perhaps because she has been here a year, maybe because we are the first people she has been able to trust....or maybe because we fought with her when she became so ill when the mites began dying off in huge numbers.

Chanel flies through the air running with such joy in our home. She often does a pirouette in the air turning a total 360 degrees. She is mothered by our gentle giant, Fergie the lab, who is so patient even when Chanel pulls on her lips or ears. Chanel acts like a puppy next to Fergie, squirming on her back as she tries to get closer. It is as though Chanel is making up for a puppyhood not lived. Inspite of all of the uncertainty that lies ahead for Chanel, we decided that she deserves a forever home NOW and applied to become her adoptive parents. In honor of that, Chanel now has a very special new collar and leash that is pink and says "LIFE IS GOOD". Our deepest gratitude to CP for allowing us to foster this special little girl and make her a permanent member of our family.
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Chloe's Story

Chloe is my name. Chloe in Gaelic means "play" and more than anything that is my foster mom’s wish for me - to finally be able to run happy and free...to play for the first time without pain. I am 18 months old and foster mom says I am just the sweetest thing. I love everybody: people, kids, dogs, cats, it doesn't matter to me! Everyone is a friend. You know what my favorite thing to do is? I love to sit in a lap and snuggle. That is just the best thing in the whole world. I have excellent house manners, and love to go for walks. I can only walk for a little while and then I get tired and my legs start to hurt. My foster mom said that I am going to have an operation on my legs so that they don't hurt anymore, and I will be able to run, jump and play like all the other kids my age. Well all I can say to that is YIPEE! My operation is on 11/11, so I will have to stay with my foster family until I am all better. I am going to be very brave, and by Christmas I will be all better! So if you have a special place in your heart that needs filling, tell Col. Potter that you need Chloe.

UPDATE 11/22/2002: Dear Guardian Angels and all others who have been watching Chloe's progress and wishing her well. Your prayers and your wonderful thoughts have TRULY been listened to. We so much appreciate your being Chloe's Guardian Angels. Chloe is doing truly fantastic. The Board of CPCRN could not have done this without your financial support, so please take pride that you are making for a happy and healthy continued life for this special little 18-month-old sweetheart. The day prior to her surgery, the Orthopedic Surgeon even had second thoughts as to what the surgical team might run into once they fully evaluated her x-rays and work up history. YES, we were all quite nervous here waiting for the results. IT WAS A GO, and Chloe went in for a long surgery. She literally had no ball sockets left for the leg bone to go into and obviously there was damage done here also. The surgery was a wonderful success, and the surgeon feels that there is no reason why Chloe should not lead a full and active life once rehabilitation and healing have taken place. Chloe spent five days at the Vet's and then into Foster Mom Aly and Foster Dad Kurt's home (Aly is on the Board) for recuperation and rehabilitation. Aly reports that Chloe is WALKING, yes she is WALKING now. She has stopped crying during the night which she did for the first few days, and you can surely tell that her little Cairn terrier "get me out of here and let me run" attitude is taking over -- a great sign to be sure! Chloe probably isn't quite sure why she has to wear her **crown** (foster dad says it's because she is a princess) or why she came home with a French Poodle haircut, but she truly is doing wonderful now, and you all made this possible.

Angels guard the footsteps
Angels hold the hands
Of all God's precious children
All across the lands.

UPDATE 12/4/2002: Dear Guardian Angels:
Please take pride in what you all have done for little Chloe. Chloe is WALKING on her own now, without pain because of you all, into a new life of love and warmth. YOU made this walk possible, and we are so greatly appreciative of your warmth and compassion for a wee little one who has so much life to live yet. Please watch our website for updates on Chloe. We will be adding a new link under our Success Stories "Guardian Angel Updates" so that you can continue to watch the success that your special little girl is making. What a wonderful gift you gave Chloe, the ability to have a much-needed surgery and the gift of walking without pain. You all are Angel's, indeed.
Thank you so much.

UPDATE 1/1/2003: CPCRN's first adoption of 2003 took place on New Year's Day. Chloe was adopted and she went to her "forever home." We are so excited about this placement and so appreciative of the help Chloe received from so many loving people. Col. Potter thanks all of Chloe's Guardian Angel's for being there for this special little girl with your love and financial support.

PS. Chloe’s story is truly a special one because she was CPCRN’s first Guardian Angel dog. When Chloe was rescued in 2002, CP was still a young organization and had never taken a dog in with such complex medical problems. But, with a little ingenuity and a lot of dedication and hardwork, the Guardian Angel Program was born and Chloe became its first happy recipient!
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Chopin's Story

This week began with the arrival of 13 Cairns from a puppymill, six adults and 7 puppies - each of them named for a composer. One little 5 month old Cairn girl from this group was named Chopin. She was a last minute addition to the group, undoubtedly because she was so sick. When she arrived in Col. Potter's care on Monday, she was near death and was rushed to the vet. Her temperature and heart rate were dropping. Chopin had hung on as long as she could and couldn't hang on any longer. She was severely dehydrated and her eyes were so infected, they were crusted over and swollen shut. Her body was emaciated. I don't know how long she had been without sight and too weak to walk. Here is her progress during her first week at Col. Potter:

Monday: Chopin arrived and was rushed to the vet. Her eyes were cleaned up and medicated and she was given intravenous fluids. When Chopin came home that night she still couldn't open her eyes very much and she was too weak to hold up her head.

Tuesday: Chopin stayed at the vet all day for more fluids via IV. It was determined that she also has dry eye. Whether this is because of her dehydration and is reversible has not been determined, but she is receiving additional treatment for her dry eyes. She is able to hold her head up a little today, but can't stand for very long.

Wednesday: This morning Chopin was standing at the door of her crate when I went in to get her up. She was able to walk around a little and ate a good breakfast. At lunchtime she was drooling excessively and grinding her teeth. She hasn't lost many of her baby teeth, even though most of her adult teeth have come in. She has a double row of teeth. She seemed to be in a lot of pain. She went back to the vet Wednesday night and x-rays were taken for possible CMO. This is a painful condition where the bones of the jaw do not develop in the normal way. Puppies usually grow out of it after several months, but it is very painful in the meantime. The x-rays were inconclusive. However, she was unable to maintain her footing and the vet suspected she might have a liver shunt. A liver shunt is when one or more of the vessels leading to the liver for cleansing bypasses the liver and grows/develops outside of the liver. The blood passing through these vessels does not get cleansed and the toxins continue through the system and back up into the brain, causing neurological symptoms.

Thursday: Chopin returned to the vet in the morning for a bile assay test to determine if she has a liver shunt. She also had a urinalysis and full blood panel done. Chopin is not showing the behaviors that are symptomatic of a liver shunt, but the test is the best diagnostic tool. Chopin explored the kitchen and living room tonight. Her eyes are open and are getting much better. She is walking better and even trotted around a little.

Friday: Chopin starting wagging her tail today. The vet also called today with the results from the tests. The tests indicate that she may have a liver shunt. We are scheduling an ultrasound for her as soon as possible to see if there is a shunt and what it looks like. She is beginning to trust us and will come to us and let us pick her up.

Going forward, Chopin will need the ultrasound and possibly surgery. She will also need to have her baby teeth removed. Chopin hung on for 5 months until we could be there to help her. These procedures are costly and Chopin needs our help. Please help Col. Potter bring this little girl back to health by donating whatever you can. Click on the link above to become a Guardian Angel to Chopin - every little bit WILL help!
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Colada's Story

Colada came to Col. Potter from a shelter. She is clearly a mix, but her Cairn face, sweet temperament and the dire straits she found herself in all spoke to the hearts of the Col. Potter family. Colada was on the streets for a long time if judged by her condition. She is stick thin, came in matted from head to tail, covered with fleas and ticks, and the tips of her ears are fly-bitten. In addition to the outward physical signs of her life, Colada has a collection of other health issues that will make the next 4 months a challenge for her. She has already overcome a number of hurdles including a life-threatening case of pneumonia, surgery for a grapefruit-sized hernia that contains a significant portion of her colon, and treatment for giardia (an intestinal parasite. Colada is on the mend from those afflictions, but will still need to go through a lengthy process for getting rid of the dreaded heartworms. We will also be ruling out infection with any tick-borne illnesses. Needless to say, Miss Colada will need all of the support, prayers, and well wishes we can muster. Please consider becoming a Guardian Angel for Colada and help us nurse this sweet girl back to complete health!
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Corcoran's Story

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Cotton's Story

Her name is Cotton, but we've been calling her "Candy", as in "Cotton Candy". She's one of the "Fabrics To Keep You Warm" group of pups brought into Col. Potter two weeks ago. She's small in stature, but big in heart. She's wheaten in color with dark ears. She makes funny little "snuffling" noises but can also bark with the best of them - a kind of raspy bark. She's sweet, gentle, playful and she's been a commercial breeding dog for her entire life. But now she's free and ready to begin her new life and find a forever home to love and protect her.

But she has some MAJOR medical issues going on right now so she is not yet ready for adoption. When rescued, Cotton underwent extensive surgery to repair two inguinal hernias as well as being spayed. According to her initial vetting report, Cotton's uterus was attached to scar tissue throughout her abdomen. It appears the surgery to repair the hernias has failed, and Cotton is now facing additional surgery to see if the damage can be repaired. She has a large hernia protruding from the right side of her belly, and it appears her bladder is inside the hernia. There is also an area above that which appears hard and swollen. It is not clear whether it is fatty tissue or some internal organ trying to pop through. Only surgery will tell.

In spite of all this, Cotton is making good progress in her potty training. She urinates frequently and in small amounts, but last night she kept her exercise pen clean and dry, with some help from foster mom, who got up at 3:30 a.m. to take her outside. She trots around the backyard with her tail held high and does happy dances when foster mom is preparing her meals.

Please help Cotton on her journey to her forever home by becoming a Guardian Angel. It's easy – just click on the link at the top. To look at her, you would never guess what this little angel has endured in the past - or what she's going through now.
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Cove's Story

Cove is a beautiful red brindle girl who came from a commercial breeding situation. She came into rescue with a large lump on her abdomen which turned out to be an inguinal hernia, and her uterus had prolapsed into the hernia. She underwent a long surgery, and her uterus was removed and the hernia was repaired. If all that wasn’t enough for this little girl to go through, a mass was found in her throat. The mass is large enough that it affects Cove’s voice, ability to eat and even breath. Even with all she has been through and how uncomfortable eating and breathing is, this girl is as sweet and friendly as can be.

Cove will need surgery with a specialist to remove the mass due to its location and size. We are making Cove a Guardian
Angel dog order to help with her surgical expenses and aftercare. She has lots of years left to enjoy being a cherished pet, so let’s get this little girl all taken care of and find her a loving forever home!
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Crete's Story

UPDATE 4/28/10: On Thursday April 22, in the wet state of Colorado, our own Col. Potter 's Crete came up missing. All of his 4 legged brothers and sisters were still in their crates or beds but, one blind, 11 year old, red wheaten was on the lam. Calls were made to Col. Potter , surrounding shelters, animal control, and neighbors. Foster Mom started walking, calling, banging the bushes, looking under cars, trucks, sheds, even stacks of lumber. At 10 pm the flashlights came out and the dogs came along to check the green belt, and down the side streets calling, calling, calling. Friday morning more alerts were sent out, Fed Ex, UPS, US Post Office, more time spent talking to neighbors, people walking by, area Vets, boarding facilities, and area groomers. All have posters, and posters are hung on every street within 5 miles. Another trip to the shelter aisles, looking into the sad eyes of the dogs who didn't have a loved one to search for them.

We get a call from the shelter - a Cairn has been picked up, but not our Crete . Saturday, Sunday, Monday more of the same. Finally on Monday out of the blue about 3:15 in the afternoon, a golden boy shows up in the front yard. He is scared, and has black dried spots on him. At first we thought he had been bitten, and the spots were dried blood. His leg is hurt and he won't put any weight on it. Into a crate and off to the vet we go. On exam he hasn't lost an ounce of weight, there are no puncture wounds, and it's not mud or blood in his coat just FLEAS. So he got an immediate application of Frontline. No injuries to speak of except the leg. So off to the emergency vet for an x-ray. It's clear the little guy is hurting and he has bruising on the inside of his leg all the way over to his groin area. He has deep purple bruising, the real "owwie" kind, but being a Cairn he doesn't whimper or whine. After a shot of pain reliever, he relaxes enough to give foster mom a kiss and heads off to x-ray. The vet comes in with the films, and says his pelvis is fractured in one place and maybe two. So we call an orthopedic surgeon, and the first estimate is $3000. Okay, we get a second estimate of $2000 to $3000. Crete stays overnight with the emergency vet, where a blood test is given. He has low potassium, gets an IV and pain meds. We check in with two other orthopedic surgeons and the best plan is still going to cost $1500. So we called the regular vet to let them know what was going on and luck had the traveling orthopedic surgeon is in to do surgery on another rescue girl. He offers to take a look at the films. Dr. Ed says he can fix Crete's pelvis. He loves Cairns and knows he's got another rescue pup on his hands, so his is estimate $1100 to $1500.

So our little recovered Cairn boy says "I need more prayers and some donations 'cause the Col. says they will fix me up. If you could help out with a buck or two by clicking on the Guardian Angel link at the top, then my bill won't hurt any of my cousins chances for a new life - like Col. Potter is giving me".
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Darra's Story

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Deuce's Story

Deuce McAllister is a record breaking – and inspirational - running back for the New Orleans Saints. Deuce suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee in October, 2005, and returned to the roster for the 2006 season. On September, 2007, during a game against the Tennessee Titans, Deuce tore the ACL in his left knee. Deuce has since undergone surgery to repair both knees. He is a role model to underprivileged kids and has created his “Catch 22 Foundation” to benefit those kids.

So it’s only fitting that we name our new golden Cairn boy "Deuce" He has a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee. Deuce cannot use his right leg, and hops around, holding it up. Now that he has been rescued by Col. Potter, our Deuce will one day be able to run and play in a forever home.

His previous owner surrendered him to a small local rescue which was going to euthanize him because they could not afford the surgery and they felt he wasn't adoptable since he also had marking issues. I’ve only seen the preliminary marking most dogs will do (that includes females!) when they find themselves among new dogs.

A group of dedicated volunteers will move Deuce from Houston, TX to Carthage, MO for his ACL surgery. Deuce is one sweet, sweet boy and full of personality - and look at those eyes! I've discovered he can catch a tossed treat and that he has a water "fetish"; so I have to shut him out of the bathroom when showering or bathing or he will try to get right in the tub! It follows that he loves to catch the water from the garden hose. He is a great snuggler, so he'll get to do that a lot while he's recuperating.
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Dice's Story

Dice is an 8-year-old male that was released by a breeder. Dice has been diagnosed with steroid induced Cushings Disease. He is being weaned from medication so more testing can be performed. In addition, because of the extensive steroid intake and no exercise Dice has extensive muscle loss in his back legs. He is slowly building up some muscle and on Sunday, he lifted his leg for the first time! This may not seem like a big deal to some, but considering his condition, that one step brought tears to his foster mom's eyes. Dice is one of the sweetest little boys you will ever meet and all he wants is to be loved. Dice is not ready for adoption at this time while is medical issues are being addressed and he has been designated as a Guardian Angel dog.

Colonel Potter designates some dogs with above average medical expenses as Guardian Angel dogs so that Cairn Guardian Angels can be alerted to help in the effort to "nurse" a Cairn back to good health. Calling all Guardian Angels, Dice needs your help, so please click on the Guardian Angel icon and help us prepare Dice for a forever home. Keep checking the website for updates on Dice.
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Dina's Story

Please welcome Dina to the Col. Potter family. She arrived in serious need of loving care after a hard life. She had surgery to remove dead, infected skin last week and has just arrived at her foster home. Please help us by keeping Dina in your hearts and in your prayers. Dina will be up to date on her shots this week, she is spayed, and hasn't had any accidents in the house. She is quite shy of humans as a result of her past. We're working to win her over with gentle care and food. I have managed to get her to take a bite of scrambled eggs and ham from my fingers, so I'm confident that with the tincture of time and loving care, Dina will be ready to enjoy a wonderful family. She has an amazingly strong spirit to come through years of abusive living conditions and be as gentle and sweet as she is.
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Durango's Story

Please welcome Durango to the Col. Potter family! He is a year and a half old male whose owner could no longer keep him. He is a typical young Cairn - very busy and curious, but also very sweet, loving and affectionate. He is a beautiful color, one you don't see very often in Cairns; silver wheaten with black ears and muzzle.

So why has Durango been designated as needing a Guardian Angel? He came into Col. Potter with a broken leg. The break is a fracture of the tibial crest and will require surgery to repair, and needs a screw to be placed in his leg. His surgery is scheduled for June 11, so please keep him in your thoughts and check back for updates on his progress.

Durango has been neutered, is up to date on his vaccinations and is heartworm negative. Once he has recovered from his surgery, he will be ready for his own special forever home. Could that be you? Would you like to help with his surgery costs? Just click on the Guardian Angel link to the right of his pictures, and know that any amount will help put this boy back in tip top shape!
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Ellemir's Story

Hello, my name is Ellemir and foster mom calls me Ellie. I am a real cutie, right? Everyone says that I am. I'm mostly really good. I potty outside with all the other furkids. I get along with everyone here and I like the toys that are provided. I love everyone and everything- except when foster mom puts vitamins in my meals, and medication in my eyes.

Foster Mom here: Ellemir came into rescue not because she wasn't loved. She was deeply loved and turned over to us in the hopes that we could provide the eye care that her family couldn't. Suddenly this last spring, Ellie's eyes stopped producing tears, so she has dry eye. She needs meds put in her eyes at frequent intervals during the day. Her former family worked all day and her eyes had to go without meds for long periods which made her very uncomfortable. She's now fostering here with Berwyn , who also has dry eye. Berry does wonderfully with someone to put meds in her eyes and we're seeing improvements in Ellemir's eyes already. She's up to date in every way and if you are the special person who would like to adopt Ellie and take care of her eyes then let us know. Ellie is only a little over a year old, and wouldn't mind being the spoiled princess who gets lots of attention and lots of walks, once again. If you can't adopt her, but would like to help with her expenses, please click on the Guardian Angel link at the top.

Ellemir started developing ulcers due to the abrasion from her eyelids moving across her eyes with no lubrication. She's already had to have a graft on one eye from the ulceration. We need to take Ellemir to a good veterinary ophthalmologist to see what he can recommend to help Ellemir. While her eyes are doing somewhat better with the drops being administered at regular intervals during the day, it's evident that she's still in pain. She spends a lot of time with her eyes squinted almost closed so she's also receiving daily medication for pain. We need to determine if she's a candidate for a surgical procedure to move a salivary gland up to an eye so she can be more comfortable. Specialty vet's are very expensive and her daily meds are not inexpensive either. We would greatly appreciate any assistance offered for Ellemir's extraordinary medical costs. If you can contribute any small amount toward Ellemir's care please click on the Guardian Angel link.
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Elyse's Story

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Eowyn's Story

Hi everybody! My name is Eowyn, but my foster family calls me Miss Molly Mae. They say I have that "Unsinkable Molly Brown" attitude, whatever that is. All I know is that I like being part of the Col. Potter family. I have a nice crate and a comfy bed of my very own and I even get really good food, clean water, fruit and snacks! I have a big yard where I can run and play in the grass, and my foster mom even throws balls for me to chase! I tell you, this is the life! Foster Mom here. Eowyn is a doll baby and she is so sweet with people. It's hard to believe she has so much trust after her terrible beginnings. Eowyn was picked up as a stray on busy city streets, lost and fending for herself. As you can see by her photos, Eowyn has serious skin issues on her rear legs, belly, bum and tail. This is from long periods of poor nutrition, flea allergies, infection and no vetting. It is going to take many months to get Eowyn's skin cleared up, healthy, pink and growing her beautiful fur again. Eowyn will also need a major dental procedure to remove most of her front teeth that have broken off and worn down to the nerves. Her skin and mouth may hurt, but you would never know it by her sunny disposition. She is always smiling, wagging her tail and trotting around the house looking for the next person to give her lovies. Miss Eowyn was obviously somebody's pet at some point in her life. She is housebroken and never jumps on the furniture. She loves car rides and all of the attention that she can get. We don't know how she came to be homeless, but we sure are glad that Col. Potter rescued her and gave our family the opportunity to help her get back to the life that she deserves. Keep an eye on Eowyn as her health returns and she gets ready for a lifetime of love from some lucky family. And please, consider becoming a Guardian Angel to this sweet little girl.
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Fireworks' Story

We all have heard the dangers to dogs around the 4th of July. We've all heard the horror stories. We have seen it in our own resident dogs and many of our fosters. While we as humans love to watch the beautiful fireworks, the loud booms and whistles are totally frightening to a dog. They start to panic and go crazy; running, pulling, jumping -- anything to get away from the noise. How many dogs are lost, injured or killed each year due to 4th of July festivities is unknown, but I would hazard to guess the number of casualties is sizable.

At 10:00 PM on July 4, a young, frightened dog is hit by a car, but the car continues on. The injured dog manages to pick himself up and step right out in front of another car, but this time, the driver sees him in time and stops. The dog stares up into the headlights of the car as if to say "Please help me". He has just met his Rescue Angel! She took him to a vet who determines he has injured his right knee and will require surgery. Now comes the tough part, waiting to see if his owner comes looking for him. But no one comes despite intensive efforts on the part of his Rescue Angel to find his owners. The Rescue Angel cannot afford the surgery for him, and if he doesn't have the surgery he will be PTS as unadoptable. The Rescue Angel starts to contact local rescues to find help to save this little boy, and the information makes its way to Col. Potter.

Yesterday, Fireworks officially became a CP kid! He is estimated to be 2 years of age or less. He is a cute, friendly little guy who was obviously someone's baby from the looks of him - and his personality. My thanks to his Rescue Angel, Susan K., who has just been approved as a new foster home and who will be fostering Fireworks!

Fireworks had surgery yesterday to repair his knee. He had torn ligaments in his knee that were repaired and a torn meniscus that had to be partially removed and the remainder repaired. He is doing well this morning with some swelling of the knee which is to be expected and he's carrying that leg right now, but that will change as he goes through therapy and the leg starts to feel better.

Fireworks would greatly appreciate it if you would become another Guardian Angel for him by clicking on the link at the top. I know after looking at his pictures, you will find it hard to resist this adorable little boy.
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Fletcher's Story

My foster family went away for a vacation and I went to "camp" with my Auntie Karen. My silly foster mom called several times to find out how I was doing and Auntie Karen told her to relax as I was doing great at camp and adjusting well. I had fun investigating Auntie Karen's house all over. She said I was a very smart boy because I learned real quickly where I needed to go to get outside and where my food was kept. I showed her how well I sit for my meals and made her laugh because I get soooo excited to eat that I wiggle while I sit and wait for her to put my food down.

Last time I was there I had to stay in an x-pen because I couldn't be counted on in the "bathroom dept". I still had to wear my belly band but I showed off on how well I go potty outside and then go right back in the house. Auntie Karen said I was way better than her girls who fool around and fool around outside and won't come in when they are called. Well, I *know* I do that really well 'cause I love coming back in for a treat and a "good boy". I enjoyed looking out her windows and cuddling up in her office while she worked. And I made Auntie Karen laugh some more because I love back scratches so much I do a little standing march with my back legs and I love belly rubs so much that I smile and sigh! Don't all dogs? I heard her tell my mom that I was "such a good boy and no trouble at all"!

Hey, just because I have a condition called IBD doesn't mean I'm hard to get along with. It's all under control and even Auntie Karen who's not great in the kitchen had no problem preparing my meal of Wellness Fish and Potato kibble and canned food -- yum yum! I guess this means I'm ready for bigger and better things now that I've gotten good grades at camp. Won't you invite me over? I promise to be a good boy for you too.

Fletcher has come a long way since he came into Col. Potter! He's up to date with all his vaccines, neutered and heartworm free.

UPDATE 04/19: THANK YOU EVERYBODY! Thank you to all who contributed to help CPCRN take care of me until I could be strong, healthy, and *handsome* so I could get myself a wonderful forever family! That day has come and I've moved away from my foster home to a great family that I think I will be able to twist around one of my toenails. My new family thinks I am a gorgeous fellow and loves me already. My happiness would be complete if I could just find the kitty that meows every hour! Here kitty, kitty.
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Flurry's Story

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Frisco's Story

Early June 2005

Our little Frisco now weighs 8 pounds and has so many health problems that seem to be intensifying each day. He is now at N. C. State undergoing many tests and procedures which are costing a great deal, and keeping him going for now. He's being given oxygen which is costing $200-$300 daily not to mention the bloodwork and ultrasounds being taken to decide how to proceed with his many problems. His chest and abdomen are now filling with fluid and his body doesn't seem to be able to provide oxygen to his blood. Frisco is in the best place possible where he is receiving 24 hour care. But he needs everyone's prayers and donations for us to continue to keep him alive and help the vets through the task of deciding how to fix his poor frail body, which houses the true spirit of a scrappy and normally happy little cairn.
We feel surgery is in his future and then hopefully one day soon, he'll return to his foster home to heal while waiting for his "forever home" so he can live the life of a happy puppy as he deserves. Frisco is a 5 month old adorable little guy who steals your heart the minute you meet him. He didn't ask to be born with these health problems which appear to be due to the poor nutrition and neglect of his mother, and the lack of medical care he should have been given when he was born. This little guy wants to live and is fighting hard, so please help him by donating to help pay his medical expenses. We don't want to give up on him and he doesn't want us to.

A Week Later...

Frisco is exhausted tonight after a 2 hour vet visit and again, nothing we heard was good other than "NO, you don't want to put him down, he's not in pain and can live a good life." Dr. W concurs this is a problem Frisco has had from birth and his lack of nutrition and the proper care BEFORE BIRTH is the reason he is this way. At this point North Carolina State University had not added the surgery (when it occurs) charges to our bill, so as of right now without the surgery and any post-op work, we have spent approximately $1,800.00

Monday - June 13, 2005

Good news! The vets at NCSU bumped his case up to the top of their rotation & surgery is planned for Tuesday June 14 at 12:00 noon. The doctors are somewhat concerned of the anesthesia due to his small size and the 3-4 hour surgery ahead for him. The entire left lung will be removed! They will also perform a biopsy on the lung after removal to determine exactly *what* is in there, if it's cancerous or just mucus or scar tissue, etc. They were quite blunt in saying they still aren't certain exactly what it is. The results of the biopsy will be back 2-3 days after his surgery. They estimate recovery at NCSU to be about a week post-surgery.

At this time the estimate for Frisco's surgery and post-op care is being predicted between $3,000.00 to $5,000.00 dollars

Tue Jun 14, 2005 5:17 pm

Miracles DO happen. They are closing him up now, should be in the operating room another 40 minutes, but they feel the surgery was a success and he's still with us. They told me earlier he had less than a 50% chance of pulling through this....but he DID. Continued prayers for his recovery would be appreciated and keep those donations coming in. Thank you for your support and donations for Frisco's care. Updates will be posted as he progresses.
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Gianna's Story

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Glacier's Story

2/26/10: Glacier came to her foster home very pregnant see that second photo?), and about to whelp. She gave birth to 5 adorable babies on February 23rd. All the puppy's names are derived from Alaskan Glaciers, except for Lucy's. They are Byrn Lare, Coal Spencer, Logan Taylor, Tyndal Reid and Princess Lucy Dell.

Mama Glacier is very sweet, she absolutely LOVES people, and she likes our cats and the other Cairns here. She's also smart as can be; she's learned how to use the stairs and she goes potty on a pad when I can't get her outside for a while. Would you like to be a Guardian Angel for this little girl who should have been retired from breeding when she was 5 – not almost 8! It's expensive to get a mama dog through the whelping and raising of her litter, so any amount you can help with will be greatly appreciated!
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Gloves' Story

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Griff's Story

Please welcome Griff to the Colonel Potter family! He was picked up as a stray and dropped off at a shelter. No one came to claim him. Griff would not be alive today if Colonel Potter had not rescued him. He has been diagnosed as heartworm positive, and that is a death sentence for a shelter dog. Shelters cannot afford the expense to treat them and cannot adopt them out. Their only option is to euthanize unless a rescue group will take them. Griff must first be neutered before beginning his heartworm treatment. He has been designated for our Guardian Angel program to help with his treatment expenses. Please consider making a contribution as Griff's guardian angel. It will be greatly appreciated. Please check back here for future updates on Griff!
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Grimaldi's Story

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Hampton's Story

UPDATE 1/10/09: Hampton has just finished a round of antibiotics, in the hope that the blood in his urine was only a urinary tract infection. But alas, the antibiotics didn't clear up the blood, so an x-ray was taken to see if the source could be identified. Sir Hampton has a 1˝ inch bladder stone! Amazingly, he has not had one accident in the house in spite of the discomfort he must be feeling. He also has advanced recession of his gum tissue and needs to have about 9 teeth pulled. Removing the worst teeth will save him from more pain and disease process, and we're hoping the surgery for the removal of his bladder stone is uncomplicated so both procedures can be done with only one sedation.

It's hard for all the people who met Hampton during his rescue and transfer to his foster home to think such a sweet, gentle little fellow didn't have owners who were willing to provide him with the medical care he needs, so we're going to assume they just couldn't afford it and by leaving him outside the police station, they hoped someone would come into his life to help him.

Because of the economic downturn we are seeing more dogs coming into rescue - and with greater medical needs. Please look into your heart and become a Guardian Angel with whatever donation you're able to manage. No contribution is too small – they add up! Help us help Hampton live the remainder of his years loved, cared for and pain free.

01/02/2009: Welcome Mr. Hampton to the Col. Potter family! This handsome gentleman was surrendered to a New York police station, then sent to the pound. If no one had claimed or rescued him within a couple of weeks he would have been euthanized. He was clean and wearing a collar, so it is believed that he had a home and family. However, he was in desperate need of dental care and with an enlarged prostate, has been needing treatment. Luckily, he came into the loving arms of his foster family where he is getting much needed veterinary attention. Hampton was recently neutered, and is receiving treatment for his other medical needs. Even through all of this hardship at 12 years young, he is adapting well in his foster home and enjoys the company of the resident furkids and humans. Hampton can often be found rolling over for a belly rub, or watching you intently with his big brown eyes. I'm sure Hampton is confused by all the recent changes in his life, but he is taking it all in stride. Hampton would like to let everyone know how much he appreciates the opportunity to live out his golden years in comfort, as a shelter is not the place for such a distinguished, loving fellow.
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Harper's Story

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Haviland's Story

Due to the trauma to Haviland’s ear canal, she will be having some surgery to correct it. The plan is to salvage Haviland’s left inner ear canal by ablating the inner canal and reattach it with the horizontal middle ear canal. Her ear canal has been completely torn apart from some sort of head trauma. Since the middle ear has not been able to drain, due to its detachment from the inner canal and x-rays indicate the need, the vet also wants to do another procedure which will entail using a curette to clean out this round bone and free it from infection. There are risks involved with this procedure, because the bulla bone is close to the facial nerve and if nicked, it could cause partial paralysis to the face. The veterinarian Haviland will be going to has done several of these procedures with great success, so we are hopeful that the results will be positive.
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Highway's Story

Please watch for more information on this little girl who needs your help.
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Honora's Story

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Ivan's Story

UPDATE 12/29/08: Ivan continues to make baby steps of improvement in Medical Respite. His symptoms are currently under control - no liquid stools in the past 3 weeks. He has gained 5.5 lbs in 5 weeks - still skinny, but he's no longer skin and bone. He's gotten four B-12 shots and will get the fifth this week. Next week, he'll have repeat blood work drawn and sent to the Gastroenterology Lab at Texas A&M University. He's still getting 11 pills each day.

The final stool culture result showed he has a germ called E. coli in his gut, but we were thankful to learn it's not one of the strains that produces a deadly toxin. He was started on antibiotics and is so far tolerating it without a recurrence of diarrhea. His first foster Mom said he was quite a talker and he's started that here. He states his opinions in a growly voice and he has an opinion about everything, so he's definitely feeling better!

Thank you to those who have become his Guardian Angels! His next set of lab tests are going to be expensive, so PLEASE consider donating to his fund! Your generosity is helping this sassy little man on his road back to health!

UPDATE 12/06: Ivan came into Col. Potter after going without veterinary care for 17 months when he clearly needed it. Due to that long period of neglect, he has developed a major health challenge. This sweet little man has been diagnosed with inflammatory disease of the small intestine and pancreatic failure. These conditions make him unable to digest or adsorb his food. He developed severe diarrhea and lost 25% of his body weight. His hair is coming out in clumps and he is skin and bone. He was moved from his first wonderful foster home into Medical Respite (with another CP foster mom who has a medical background and access to near-by specialists). In Medical Respite, Ivan is under the care of a specialty vet who is in frequent contact with the Gastrointestinal Clinic at Texas A & M University Vet School . He has required injectable fluids to reverse his dehydration, extensive blood testing, x-rays, and medications. In addition, he was found to have dry eye and will require eye medication every 4 hours for the rest of his life. Current medical expenses total approximately $500. He will require further tests which may include endoscopy - putting a tube into his stomach and small intestine to look around, a biopsy, pancreatic enzymes - which cost $149 for a 4 month supply, medication, and easily digestible prescription food. Over the next few months, his medical costs may reach $1200. The good news is, intestinal disease and pancreatic failure can be medically managed. In two weeks in Medical Respite, his diarrhea has almost completely resolved and he has gained 12 ounces. In the last couple of years, Ivan's life was terrible. Now he's battling to regain his health. At this time, Ivan will continue to need daily and monthly medical attention, and he still has a long road ahead of him. Your being his Guardian Angel would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Ivy's Story

Ivy came to us last week from an older couple who were dealing with disabilities. They were going to go into an assisted care facility. The week Ivy was going to come into rescue, her family was evacuated due to the fires in southern California, so she had to wait another week.

When we first got her, we fell in love quickly, but right away we knew something was not right. She was having urinating accidents and needed to go very frequently (like 4 or 5 times an hour). Every time she would go, she would really be straining and she was in obvious pain. She saw the vet and it was confirmed that she had an infection and a very large bladder stone. The size of the stone takes up about 90% of our poor girl's bladder, so she will be undergoing surgery soon to get rid of the stone. Despite all this, she still loves to play, run, and is so affectionate. After her surgery, she will be the sweetest pet for some lucky family.

Please consider clicking on the Guardian Angel link above and joining us in our efforts to help this special girl.
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Izzy's Story

You know how those prison movies keep us on edge waiting for the message from the Governor to call off the inmate's pending execution? Actually, it was a call from the Colonel who stayed one dog's execution. In mid-December, Izzy was a stray on death row (the euthanasia list) at a pound in the Midwest. Another rescue organization scooped her up and called Col. Potter. No one told us what might have made this 2-year-old cutie pie seem like such a hopeless case at the pound. Maybe no one knew. She is just about the friendliest girl you would ever want to meet. A living doll baby of Cairn sweetness, she's a tiny one at 12 1/2 pounds. So what could have been the catch? She should have been the Princess of the Pound! Well, Izzy had a little "hitch in her giddy up". She walks on three legs every once in a while. "No problem!" you say, "All of us have a few imperfections". But it gets worse! If you take her for a short walk, this little girl spends about 60% of her time only using three legs, and then she limps the rest of the day. Watch Izzy explore the yard: tinyurl.com/ybglxaw

So she went off to the vet for an X-ray, and we got the very bad news. Izzy has Aseptic Necrosis of the Femoral Head (Legg-Calve Perthes Disease, or LCPD). This is a disorder that is fairly common in some small breeds like terriers. Once the process starts, the blood supply in the hip joint fails to keep the bone alive and the bone dies, which causes lameness. Without a very expensive surgery (about $2,500) Izzy will be condemned to an increasingly more and more painful life. With a fairly simple but miraculous surgery, Izzy can enjoy a full and entirely pain-free life. The orthopedic surgeon will remove the affected bones, and during two weeks of bed rest and one month of normal activity, Izzy will develop fibrous tissue that will allow her to run and jump with the best of them. She may be able to recover without even a limp! Izzy has no muscle wasting, so this process must have just started. According to the regular vet and the surgeon looking at her X-ray, our Little Izzy should be in absolute agony. We won't tell her that because she looks very happy playing with her stuffed toys. We have to watch her because the bone is so flimsy she could easily break her hip. At that point there would be no real choice for Izzy.

Izzy is sweet and friendly to every two- and four-legged being she meets. She is incredibly smart. In the two weeks she has been our foster, she has learned commands such as off, stay, and sit. Before we knew she had a problem, she used to dance and beg on her hind legs for treats! Please make the decision to become a Guardian Angel. Help Col. Potter save this sweet girl with a donation toward this urgently needed surgery. Without your help, Izzy can't become the Cairn Princess she deserves to be!
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Jaycee's Story

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Jaymee's Story

UPDATE 4/18/10: Jaymee got good news last month! It was time for her eye exam and medicine renewal. The glaucoma pressure in her eye has dropped from forty to seventeen! She was so good for Dr. A.! They were so surprised at the pressure drop that it was done twice to double check the reading. And Ms Jaymee sat peacefully through the whole exam and ATE the TREAT from the vets hand! That was a first. Until now she has only taken treats from me. She has been prescribed the same medical regime and will continue on the current three drops a day. Our routine is one with breakfast, one with dinner and one with bedtime treat. When I set her bowl down, she quietly waits for me to administer the drop and then begins to eat. She has been quieter this winter, sleeping sounder and longer. I have startled her several times now walking up on her, when before she was always on alert when I entered the room. She doesn't run when I walk by, just stops and watches me. And frequently I feel her nuzzle my ankle or leg as I pass her. In the evenings when I am on the computer I feel her lying under the chair and little licks on the back of my leg. If seems a show of appreciation or affection - it is so gentle. Dr. A reminded me she is getting older and had led a rough life, that she may require more rest, but I just laughed and said I think she rested enough before! You should see her run with the pack now. Jaymee goes out the door with the group for morning potties and revelry! When a neighbor dares to walk their dog by the yard she is in the pack running back and forth - no longer watching from the background. When we play in the evenings she is full force on the run, stealing a toy whenever it gets near her! Having one eye is not a disability for her! Then her rest is calm and peaceful, spread out, and relaxed, not tight and tense. Jaymee appreciates her guardian angels help with her medicine, it has made the biggest difference in her life! Thank You!
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JB's Story

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Jenner's Story

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Jett's Story

Jett landed safely in Col. Potter's loving arms after spending her first 4 years in a breeding facility. Jett's story is very disturbing and upsetting. When she arrived, it was obvious she was missing her right eye. An untreated injury and subsequent infection resulted in the loss of that eye. She has extensive scarring on the right side of her face and nose. The injury was deep because the scarring extends down to the muscle layer that controls the movement of her lip and eye, so that when she blinks, her lip pulls up on that side. We will never know how she sustained these injuries, but the lack of care after it happened is truly disheartening.

Further, during her spay and eye surgery, a mammary tumor was discovered which was removed and sent for biopsy to the University of Pennsylvania and just came back today. The tumor was a malignant mammary Adenocarcinoma. We're hopeful the entire tumor was excised. Because of her age and the small size of the mass, Jett's prognosis is good. At this point, no further treatment is recommended although we will keep a careful watch on Jett while she is in our care. Jett spent several weeks at 'camp' before she could come to us to foster. Many thanks to Patty B. and her family for their love and care of Jett during that time.

Despite all that she has endured in her young life, Jett is a sweet and loving girl with beautiful wheaten, gray, and black brindle coloring. She gets along well with the resident Cairns and has a favorite stuffed toy (a squirrel, of course! ) that she loves to carry around while she's exploring the house. Jett is a quiet little girl but can bark if she feels it's necessary. She willingly approaches foster Mom or foster Dad for treats and loves her meals. She has added a pound or two to her small frame and now weighs 13 pounds.

Jett sleeps peacefully in her crate at night, which she keeps clean and dry. Jett still has much to learn, such as how to go up and down stairs and that a human's touch can be comforting and full of love. We will be working on her potty training outdoors but Jett does consistently use potty pads in the house.

Jett has had her teeth cleaned and is up to date on all her vaccinations. She is heartworm negative so is now on a monthly preventative. Jett is not yet fully recovered and available for adoption but we wanted you to meet this precious soul.

Her condition has required substantially more help than most of the pups that come under Col. Potter’s wing. Won’t you consider becoming a Guardian Angel for little Jett?
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Jitters' Story

Meet Jitters, a little guy who spent 7 years as a breeding stud, probably living most of that time in a small cage with a wire floor. A life like that has to leave scars -- but the amazing thing is that he loves people and only wants to held and cuddled. But that life did leave a legacy. Jitters walks in small circles when he is not being held, and every time he sees a water dish he drinks it dry. At first we suspected diabetes or kidney failure and so he had some expensive blood/urine tests. The good news is all those tests told us nothing is wrong physically. The bad news is that the results lead us to believe the problem is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Medication and ongoing behavior modification are going to go a long way toward helping this sweetheart have a better life. But he needs your help with his vet bills. Won't you please consider becoming Jitters' Guardian Angel? Jitters sends doggie kisses in advance!
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Joby's Story

Please meet Joby. He was rescued from a kill-shelter that was getting ready to put him down because they had too many dogs. He only weighs 10 lbs and you can feel every rib and bone in his little body. We are working on putting a few pounds on this little guy. He is neutered and current on all his shots. Joby is a very, very sweet little boy. He LOVES to cuddle and be everywhere you are. He also loves to play with his foster brothers. He's outgoing and will bark when he wants your attention. He's got tons of Cairn personality, and he's mostly potty-trained. He goes to the door, so if we can get ourselves trained to pick up his signals he should be 100% in no time!

It saddens me to this little guy might not have made it, because as I write this, he is curled up on my lap sleeping. You might have noticed from his photo, that he has a growth in the corner of his left eye. We hope to provide Joby with surgery to remove the growth so it will not get worse and bother him. If you are able to help with his surgery, won't you become a Guardian Angel by clicking on the link at the top of this write up?

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Jockey's Story

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Joie's Story

Joie is a 4 year old Cairn who came into Col. Potter pregnant. She had her last litter of puppies just 9 months ago and here she is, delivering another litter. She's a sweet little girl who always has a tail to wag and kisses to give. She's just happy to be here and glad she has good things to eat with a warm place to sleep and have her puppies. Joie is safe now, and her puppies will grow up safe, too.

Joie had her puppies Monday, November 16th. She had 2 boys and 2 girls. They have happy names
like their mother: Mirth, Merriment, Glee, and Jocularity. Merriment wasn't strong enough to
survive and didn't make it through the birthing process but Mirth, Glee, and Jocularity are
growing up strong.

Pregnant moms and puppies cost money. There are tests and x-rays, equipment needed for having
puppies, good food and supplements to provide Joie and her puppies as much nourishment and
strength as possible, and all the medical expenses that come with having babies. Can you help Joie and her puppies with their many expenses? Think about becoming a Guardian Angel by
clicking on the link at the top, and help to give them the good start they deserve.
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Jonesy's Story

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Jordan's Story

Jordan was rescued from a breeding facility, where he had spent his life without medical care, human affection, warmth or good food. He came into Col Potter with Sarcoptic Mange suffering severe hair loss on his face and body. He was underweight, and filthy. Although this boy was in terrible shape, all he wanted was some human caresses. He wags his tail whenever anyone passes his cage, wanting attention.

His face suffered the most damage from the mange. He still says it is pretty itchy, as he continues to shake his head and try to rub his face on anything he can reach. However, with treatment it is much improved, and hair is slowly beginning to grow. The skin on his face will more than likely always be black/dark colored - as these areas are pretty scared. What is encouraging is that his hair coat is coming back in even over the scaring.

His ears also suffered damage; the tips are dark colored from the scaring and do not have much hair. His hearing does not seem to be impaired. He responds to his name "Jordan" being called, and especially to the sound of kibble being poured in the bowl.

Jordan thinks grass is really cool and he has made up his own game of acting like he is chewing on your hands or arms but never touches all the while he is wiggling and wagging his tail and it is so cute to see him try and play. He also gives very affectionate kisses. Regardless of all he has been through, his Cairn spirit shines through. He is going to make someone a wonderful companion.

Colonel Potter designates some dogs with above average medical expenses as Guardian Angel dogs so that Cairn Guardian Angels can be alerted to help in the effort to "nurse" a Cairn back to good health. Calling all Guardian Angels, Jordan needs your help, so please click on the Guardian Angel icon and help us prepare Jordan for a forever home. Keep checking the website for updates on Jordan.

UPDATE 10/05: Jordan has made a lot of progress in the past few months. He can wait his turn for his treats and can do a straight sit to show he'd like his share. He weighs 22 pounds, but looks bigger because his hair has grown out and his coat is looking quite full. It's a beautiful red color, thick and full to the touch. He can manage one or two stairs at a time, but doesn't climb more than 2 in a row. He also has a strong prey drive, so his forever home needs to have a fenced yard to keep him safe and he probably wouldn't get along well with cats. He is just beginning to discover toys and has been seen playing a little bit of gentle tug of war with his foster brother.

Jordan absolutely loves puppies and is very good with young dogs. There have been 2 puppies in his foster home this summer. One was 8 weeks and one was 5 months old. With both puppies, at their first meeting he gently rolled them over on their backs and let them know that he was in charge, and then he let them get up to play. They have played together all summer, with the puppies jumping and climbing on Jordan. We have never had a problem with them listening to him since then.

We had five 8 week old puppies visit us in August and Jordan could hardly his contain his excitement. He waded into them with joy and abandon, tail wagging and feet dancing; with a great big smile on his happy face. As they began to throw themselves at his large head and body, he laid down and let them climb all over him, wiggling, wagging, and chewing on him happily. I'm not sure who had more fun, Jordan or the puppies. Because of Jordan's experiences in the breeding facility, he is wary around adult male dogs. He is comfortable with adult females and young dogs of either gender, but he would not do well in a home with another adult male dog. He does not have to be the alpha in his forever home--his foster sister is the alpha in our home and he is very supportive, helping her with the younger dogs. However, he could be a great alpha for a home with younger dogs. Because he is social, he would be happier in a home with other dogs. Jordan is still uncomfortable being picked up, so he doesn't get up on the furniture, but is happy to lie beside your chair or the couch and enjoy your loves and cuddles from there. He doesn't move at a very fast pace, being rather careful and thoughtful, but he will trot across the yard or strain eagerly at his leash and wag his tail if he sees a rabbit running by. Jordan is a quiet dog, happy to be out of the breeding facility and looking for a new life in his forever home.

UPDATE 07/05: Jordan has decided he's the protector of the yard. The neighborhood hoodlums were setting off firecrackers last evening. He's very patriotic! Every time he hears one he jumps up and then jumps in circles (like if you spun a carousel horse). Then he runs off to find the noises and bark, bark, bark. Luckily, barking from Jordan isn't hard to listen to; it's low and raspy. And he looks so happy! Now here's Jordan to tell his part of the story.

It's Jordan here again. Those firecrackers are really exciting. I know I can catch them, if I can just find them! They make me feel happy inside. How often do we have the 4th of July?

Guess what my foster mom has! A raspberry patch. Every morning when I go out to do my business, I wander over to the raspberry patch to pick raspberries. They are very tasty and it's good for me to add fruit to my diet. Yum, yum! Besides, I'm just the right height to walk into the patch, look up, and find all of the berries under the low hanging branches. My foster mom loves her raspberry patch because she likes to eat raspberries, just like I do, but she loves me more. She says there will be more raspberries next year. She'll wait until then. Maybe next year when she picks raspberries, she'll think about me, happy in my forever home. Does anybody need some help with the yard work? can pick raspberries!

UPDATE 06/24: Hey, everybody! This is Jordan, and I'm ready to find my forever family. I really enjoy being out in my yard. I run after the ball when my foster mom throws it, and I love to listen to the birds. I perk right up when I hear the birds calling in the morning. I found a cicada on the porch this morning. Boy, was that interesting!

When my mom calls me, I come running to her with a big smile on my face. I just love my foster family. I just love everybody. It's not hard to please me. I love to eat, and I love to lie on the floor, chewing on the toys. When I'm playing with my toys, if my foster mom calls my name, I look up at her and cock my head to the side, just like Cairns are supposed to. I look right at her and I'm not afraid at all. Mom says I look the cutest when I do that.

I love to cuddle, too. I could cuddle and give loves all day long. If one of my foster family is sitting down, I'll always come up and lean against them for loves. I can tell they need my soft head on their leg or knee.

I always pay attention when my mom talks to me. Sometimes I don't want to do what she says, but I always listen to her! If I listen really hard, she'll give me treats and I love treats. I even do tricks for her. I can jump up like a circus puppy. It's hard because my legs are just getting strong, now, but I always try to jump up for my treat.

I like to play with my foster brother and sister, too. Sometimes they're kind of noisy and I'm kind of a quiet boy. If they're running or wrestling too close to me, I kind of crouch down. But I like having them around. When I play with them, we're very quiet. We wrestle, but I don't bark or growl, like they do. I just like to roll around with them, and play. I like toys, too, all kinds of toys. I chew on them, or squeak them.

I'm working on growing a mustache. Mom says it's very dashing. They clipped my coat before I came to my foster family, but it's starting to grow back. Now I have a soft, short coat all over. But I'll have a nice new coat, soon.

Well folks, if you want a good, sweet, quiet dog to be your forever dog, here I am! I'm quiet and calm, so I won't make much fuss. I hardly ever bark and even when I do, it's a low, raspy bark, so it's not loud. I get along with other dogs, and because I'm so calm, the children I have met aren't afraid of me, either. I'm a friendly chap that needs a forever home. I'm looking for you. Are you looking for me?

UPDATE 06/13: Did we tell you Jordan has big brown eyes and a very cute smile? When he looks at you with those big eyes and gives you a grin, you know he's happy to be here. When he's especially happy, he does a little dance with his back legs, first one foot and then the other, and wags his tail.

The other day he saw a bunny running through the yard. His ears and tail went up and he ran after it until it escaped through the chainlink fence. Ever curious, he spent the rest of the time running up and down the fence line looking eagerly for his lost prey in the next yard. He will stand listening intently with his ears up whenever a noise attracts his attention.

He's also discovered how fun a good squeaky toy can be and has one he takes to bed with him. He always sleeps through the night, but he can be heard squeaking his toy before he goes to sleep.

Jordan takes a little time to wake up in the morning. When we go out to go potty, he will stand and look at the birds and watch the yard for several minutes before he's ready to go do his business on the lawn. Afterwards, he's ready for a good breakfast and then some playtime before he naps in his crate for the morning.

He is a sensitive dog who takes gentle correction well. Harsh words spoken around him upset him, but he responds well to kind, yet firm, guidance. From his former years, he will still cower if approached suddenly or with loud noises, but a kind voice reassures him quickly. He isn't afraid of people and seems to generally trust them. It's the loud and sudden noises that frighten him.

Jordan is friendly, enjoys the company of other dogs, and isn't timid with them. In playing with a puppy, he rolls over on his back and bats his feet back and forth until the puppy comes over and climbs on him to wrestle. He is very gentle when playing with the puppy, too.

A thoughtful little dog, he thinks about a problem before he acts. However, once he decides on something, he is single minded about doing it, not aggressively so, just steadily moving forward regardless of the obstacles. This is why a firm hand is needed to help guide him.

Jordan is a sweet, amiable dog. He hasn't had a lot of exposure to children, but the few we have met he has approached easily. His first greeting to anyone will sometimes be with his mouth open to lick you with his large tongue. He is learning that not all people want to be licked, though and so he needs to close his mouth and put his head down to be petted. Petting and loving are his favorite things!

UPDATE 06/06: Jordan is the sweetest boy you'll ever meet. He's a red brindle who is up to date on his shots and is heartworm negative. He's been neutered, weighs 21 pounds and will be five years old in August. Jordan had a bad case of mange, but his coat is growing back quickly. You might be able to see some evidence of his mange from the thin hair that's growing back on his face.

This little dog is easy going and slow paced with a low, raspy bark. He hardly ever barks, except at the resident cockatiel and the neighbor's dogs. (The cockatiel barks back, though!) Otherwise he's very quiet. He loves to give kisses and is very gentle. He loves people and asks for loves and scritches whenever someone is in reach. His favorite thing is to lie on his back and let us brush his tummy and paws and anywhere else we can reach!

Jordan eats well and he and his foster sister shares everything; toys, food dishes, crates, and potty time! He's happy to go in his crate when it's time to go to bed, and chews happily on toys to amuse himself at other times. He's also been seen stretched out on the rug in the family room for an afternoon snooze. Going for walks is fun for Jordan, as long as his foster sister is in front of him to show him the way. We don't go very far, though, because he wears out quickly. But he walks well on a leash.

Jordan's housetraining is going well, too. He goes potty outside with encouragement and keeps his crate dry at night. There are still some accidents, but he can stay dry if he is taken out frequently.

Loud noises and fast movements startled Jordan. This little boy needs a quiet home that already has another dog. He follows his foster sister's cues for everything and learns quickly from her. He follows her happily and seems to really enjoy the companionship. Lots of love is required for all of the cuddling and loving you'll get from this sweet and loving boy.
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Kallie's Story

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Keely's Story

12/29/2002: Keely is my name. I am in a safe harbor now, but I have been in rough seas for a long time. Here is my story:
I am between the age of 8 and 12 yrs old. It is hard for the vet to tell any closer because life has been so hard on me. Doc looked at my teeth and told foster Mom they are in great shape, but my body isn't doing so good right now. While I was in the shelter they did surgery on me to remove a large cyst on my shoulder. I have a crooked scar, but I'm going to comb my hair so it doesn't show! I came into rescue with severe pancreatitus. All I wanted to do was sleep. I didn't really care to eat, just drink a lot of water and I couldn't control my urine. I was too sick to get up or to tell my foster mom I had to go potty. Dr. Greenwald, my vet, found out right away what was wrong with me and I was in the hospital for five days. Foster Mom and Doc discussed me being touch and go, but I'm not sure what that means. Doc says my body temperature was already down several degrees. They fixed me up with a nice warmer for my little body and I couldn't have anything to eat so that my pancreas could rest and the inflammation and infection would go away. So I slept and drank for five days. Then I started to feel better! I started to get hungry and Doc said that was a good sign. The problem is that I don't have any health insurance and my hospital visit was $200.00. I have to eat a special diet to make things easier on my pancreas. It is Science Diet K/D and costs $32.00 for a 24-day supply. This really tastes good and it makes me feel better! I will need this special diet forever. Doc says I have reoccurring pancreatitus. This means that I could have flare ups in the future, so I have to be watched to make sure I eat right and get plenty of fresh, clean water. I have to finish a round of antibiotics, but I only need those if my pancreas is flared up. Now that I am feeling better and not "touch and go" Doc says we have to work on some of my other conditions. I am heartworm positive and in a couple of weeks, I will be strong enough for the treatment to kill those nasty things. But that is expensive also. Then I need to have x-rays taken of my pelvis, hips and legs. I have trouble getting around; sometimes I get my feet tangled up and fall down. My little legs look funny and they hurt sometimes. I don't really like you to touch them. As if all that isn't enough, I am deaf! Yep, can't hear a thing. One of my ears is a little lazy because I had a big sore in it that caused it to fold over. Foster Mom says it does not detract from my beauty! In order for Doc to take x-rays of my legs and to treat the heartworm, it is going to be over $400.00. Do you think that you could become a Guardian Angel or a Grandparent for me? They took me in when I had no place else to go and they are treating me great! My foster mom says I am a good investment cause I have lots of love to give! I really enjoy being snuggled and I love to have my hair brushed. I do not like other dogs, but don't mind the cats! I am not food aggressive with people, but I will get very upset if you are eating and another dog comes around. I have very big teeth and I'm not afraid to show them! I like to chew up old socks and absolutely love to eat paper. I snuck some tissue paper Christmas morning and things were very colorful in the end! Life has been hard on me so far, but my future is sure looking brighter with the love, care and kindness of these people that were once strangers. Now they are my family and you can be a part of my family also. You can become my Guardian Angel or my Foster Grandparent and know that you are one of the reasons I will be healthy and happy in a new forever home!

UPDATE 1/28/2003:
Dear Friends,
It is with a heavy heart and streaming tears that I must tell you that Colonel Potter lost a little soul today. Keely was put to rest today after all possible options had been exhausted. This is a bit of her history.
Keely came to us from Indianapolis. She was a stray in a shelter when a wonderful lady adopted her. The lady was already in the adoption process with Westie Rescue for a Scottie. She contacted CPCRN and we took little Keely. Thank you Lori for giving Keely the chance to know love and care.
When Keely came into my arms, she was suffering with severe pancreatitus. She was very sick and we weren't sure we could restore her health. True to her Cairn nature, she fought back and was soon on her feet and feeling better.
Unfortunately, she had something painful in her head and heart that prevented her from being able to relax and absorb the love and care we were surrounding her with. On five separate occasions she bit me. The first bite occurred when I attempted to take something away from her. The subsequent bites were unprovoked, unexpected, and unpredictable. One bite occurred after she had initiated attention from me and I was loving her and holding her in my lap.
Keely's back legs were not quite right and we were holding out hope that she was in pain from some condition that was making her turn on me. However, in pain or not, she was alpha rolled several times. While on her back she would continue to thrash about and strain to bite me. It was as if someone flipped a switch and she was a different dog. She loved to lay in my arms while I brushed her. She would sleep on my lap for hours and I would pray that she would be in loving arms of her forever home very soon.
This was not meant to be. This morning she went to the vet to have a complete physical exam to see if we could find something to explain her behavior. They sedated her in order to take x-rays and check her teeth and the rest of her little body. Please let there be something wrong.
Her little body had suffered before. Her hip had been dislocated and the femoral head had been removed. It was impossible to guess her age because of the wear and tear on her body. Untreated ear infections had caused her right ear to fold over. Her vision was diminished and she was completely deaf. She was very isolated in her little world: she was fighting her demons alone.
Keely turned on her Doctor today. She had to be carried from the room by her scruff: gnashing her teeth and growling, whipping her head and straining to bite. I then found out that when she was hospitalized for pancreatitus she had bit the Vet Tech 2 times.
I left her with the vet for evaluation and tests. Dr. Greenwald just called and gave me the bad news that there is nothing physically wrong with her that could explain or justify the viciousness she has displayed.
His educated opinion is that she is dangerous and no amount of behavior modification or love would reduce these episodes. After speaking with Danielle, the impossible decision was made to give her release from this life: to let her stop fighting and know peace. No longer will she have to fear being touched: fear being loved and cradled in the arms of love.

I wish I had known you before you had given up on humans. I wish with all my heart that my arms could have protected you from the pain and suffering that has ravaged your soul.
Run free Keely, your time is now. Shake off the shackles of a worn body and spirit. You are forever loved and held in my heart.
A bright light will shine from Heaven tonight and forever; the light of love that was dimmed by this life. Shine on and know the light of our love, my Keely.
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Kuri's Story

I'd like to introduce little Kuri to everyone. Kuri was recently rescued and is thrilled to be living in a home and enjoying good food and love. Kuri is a special little girl - because she is heartworm positive. This means that she needs to go through some rather expensive treatment. It is not without risk and it will be painful when she gets her Immiticide injections. Please keep Kuri in your heart and in your prayers for the easiest passage through treatment possible. It will be a couple of months before Kuri is ready to be adopted but I wouldn't wait if you are interested in her. She's as cute as a button and oh, about umpteen times as sweet! She is a cuddle bug and just loves to lie draped across my lap or my chest. She gives kisses and, let's face it, we're pretty much toast when she turns her big brown eyes on us. She has been spayed and is up to date on everything but heartworm protection and that will be started after she's through treatment and been thoroughly tested once again. Kuri is already doing a great job of going outside and pottying with the resident Cairns. She's good, and sweet, and if we hadn't promised ourselves to stick with our two Cairns we would add her to our family in the blink of an eye. So get your application in as soon as possible. Kuri is part of the "Squash Blossoms" group. A Kuri squash is a bright orange winter squash with a gentle sweetness and a slightly nutty aftertaste. Other than the color, this sounds like our little, precious Kuri.
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Lane's Story

Lane is a lovely 6 - 8-yr-old Cairn mix who was picked up animal control. She weighs 18 lbs, has been spayed and is in good health since her recent bladder surgery. Lane has been a very "laid back" girl in her foster home but wag her tail much more now than when she first arrived. Her foster family has to be aware of the level of their voices as Lane scares easily from loud sounds, voices, and household appliances such as vacuums, food processors, or the can opener, otherwise she has settled in to her foster home very nicely. Lane does a little "happy dance" with her front feet (bouncing back and forth on them) just forcing a smile when she is trying to get your attention. Lane is very loving and loves to tag along; she's good in a car and loves to go for walks. She may be a mixed breed, but she's pure in her intentions to make someone very happy and be by your side. She's personable and gets along great with other dogs, cats especially, and children. You just can't be with her and not adore her as her foster family does.

UPDATE 02/03: Lane has gone full circle from being a sick and sad mature girl, to one who is healthy and the epitome of happiness. She's very well mannered, socialized so well she loves dogs, cats, children and everyone she meets. Lane appreciates a tummy rub now that those stones are gone and just dances with pleasure when she gets excited. She has gone from dancing on her front legs to sitting up and "paddling" with her front paws, still amazing us at her happy attitude and youthful actions after being so sad for so long.

She is completely housebroken (uses a doggie door), sleeps quietly each night on her gifted bed, and is very gentle and affectionate. Lane loves to ride, go for walks, and sit by your side, truly appreciating even the smallest affection you show her and returning it three fold. She is wonderful and will be a great companion for someone who needs love and a constant reminder of "what true happiness is". She shows much enthusiasm for life and has a strong need to please making a wonderful addition to any home.

UPDATE 02/22: Lane is an adorable girl who has obviously been an outdoor dog most of her life, loving to be outside to the point we have to bring her in during storms. She comes in when invited, but shortly heads back through the doggie door to sit under our tree beside the deck. She's housebroken, very calm and gentle with our other dogs, people, and children and loves to have personal affection, nudging your hand when she thinks it's possible to get your attention. Lane adores my cat, and is the guest of honor when we go about feeding her daily. She dances and bounces all the way there and loves having my cat rub against her. Lane has good manners, does a few little dances when excited and loves to sleep on her dog bed at night. She's a great companion and loves to please, hoping for an active home, with someone who will shower her with affection. All it takes to make her day is to receive respect, affection, and acknowledgment that she is special - which goes without saying.

UPDATE 04/06: Lane is the essence of loyalty and devotion. She is one of those dogs who would "walk through fire" with you and enjoy it because you are there. She's very loving and will nudge you to continue her petting if she feels she been dismissed too soon. Lane is healthy and perceptive, and very obedient to verbal commands. She is housebroken, adores going for rides and being the "co-pilot", and just waits for you to sit so she can be asked to join you. She does a happy dance before feeding and loves to have her tummy rubbed now, plus she has become a bit vocal -- not annoying but cute. Once Lane learns to trust and love you, she will do anything to make you happy. She's somewhat of a "couch potato" but can be motivated to play right along with the other dogs. She loves attention, companionship, and every person she has ever met. She is ready to share her love with some lucky person who needs a good friend and someone to share their time and love with.
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Laurier's Story

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LB's Story

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Lena's Story

For many rescued Cairns, the yellow brick road that leads to their forever home is not an easy one. Some struggle with health problems and others face trust issues. The road for CPCRN newcomer Lena in VA was even more difficult because she was fighting not only for her own future, but also for the lives of her five as-yet unborn pups. Lena traveled 1,350 miles from Carthage, MO to Portsmouth, VA via Little Rock, AR. When Lena arrived at her foster home in Portsmouth, it was estimated that she was at Day 45 of a typically 63-day pregnancy. Although Lena was trembling and weak, it was hoped that her difficulties were due to her pregnancy and her long trip to her foster home. However, it soon became evident that something was wrong.

Lena was finding it almost impossible to urinate, and on what was only Day 48 of the pregnancy, it also looked as if Lena was going to have her puppies within the week. She was taken to the vet who discovered that Lena had a large bladder stone that was shutting down her system. Her calcium levels were also dangerously low. He determined that it was unlikely Lena would be able to deliver the puppies. The only option was to do surgery immediately.

Within hours, the vet’s entire team was involved in effort to save Lena and her five puppies. After a C-section delivery, Lena was spayed and her bladder stone was removed. Since all of Lena’s lower front teeth were missing and her back teeth were green, the vet decided to scrape her remaining teeth while she was till sedated. But her teeth were in such bad condition that one after another, they just fell out of Lena’s mouth. She lost a total of 6 additional teeth, including an abscessed molar that must have caused Lena incredible pain when eating.

Lena and her five pups were given the thumbs-up to go home, but there were concerns about her firstborn son. Although all the preemies were about half the size of full-term Cairn puppies, weighing only about 2.5 to 3 ounces each, little Leif was even smaller than his tiny siblings. After three days of bravely struggling to survive, Leif, whose name means “Dearly Loved,” crossed the Rainbow Bridge despite the efforts of his heartbroken foster parents.

Meanwhile, Lena and her remaining son and three daughters continue to improve daily under the loving care they are receiving. Lena is a model mom despite everything she has been through. Although still noticeably weak, Lena is able to feed all four puppies on her own. She is taking calcium supplements and is being nourished with soft foods; she is beginning to regain her strength now that she does not have to struggle to chew food. Lena is enjoying her newfound life of comfort and showers her adoptive parents with grateful affection. For an 8 year old dog, this journey has not been an easy one, but Lena continues bravely on, after leading her four puppies toward a happy life in a forever home.
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Leona's Story

Can you imagine being a 3 month old puppy and facing death? That's the situation Leona found herself in. The breeder suspected there might be something wrong with Leona because occasionally she wouldn't eat, would just lay around and would whimper softly. She was taken to the breeder's vet who gave her a clean bill of health. So, little Leona was sold to a pet home where she lived for over a month. But the pet family also noticed that on occasion she would not eat, would just lay around and cry. They also took her to their vet, who could only determine there might be something wrong with her jaw. The pet family decided to return Leona to the breeder for a healthy puppy.

This was almost the end of Leona. The breeder didn't know what was wrong with Leona, but knew she couldn't sell her, so the only thing left to do was euthanize her. The breeder had only had Leona for a day when she decided to give Col. Potter a call before taking her to the vet to be PTS, on the off chance I could help. As she described what was happening with Leona, it reminded me of another little dog we helped. It sounded like CMO - Lion's Jaw. It's not uncommon for vets to miss this diagnosis as many have no experience with this condition. Col. Potter agreed to bring Leona into the family.

We don't know yet how long or difficult Leona's journey will be, but do know with the support and love of her CP Family, Leona will have a bright future. Her new foster home chose the name Leona, which means Lion in Irish. Little Leona will be joining our Guardian Angel program and would greatly appreciate your support. Please keep Leona and her foster family in your thoughts - it could be a long, tough journey ahead of them.
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Leprechaun's Story

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Lolette's Story

Meet Lolette who will be one of our Guardian Angel Cairns, a program that allows Colonel Potter to take in Cairns like Lolette, in the most desperate need of medical care and assistance.

Lolette has Subluxation of her right femur, in laymans terms, her femur is not resting in her hip socket, it is dangling by tissue. She will be having closed reduction surgery in an attempt to put the femur back in place.

If you are able to contribute towards Lolette's long recovery, please click the Guardian Angel icon and make a tax-deductible donation.
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Lovemuffin's Story

Lovemuffin came to our home on July 27th after having been found on the streets, rescued by a shelter, and then turned over to Col. Potter. He's our first foster and I would never have imagined we would be so fortunate to get such a wonderful little dog for our first! Despite all he has endured, his friendly, affectionate personality shines through. His happy, spunky demeanor delights all who meet him, and he has surely stolen all of our hearts in his foster home! He has made fast friends with our resident Col. Potter dog, Zoe, and is very respectful of her. Recently they have even begun to play and enjoy each other’s company. He is full of energy, but also likes to curl up on your lap or beside you on the sofa and chill out after a busy day of exploring his new surroundings. “Muffin” has truly been amazing and is making himself right at home using perfect house manners. He sits on command, goes to the door to signal his need to potty, comes running when he hears the word "cheese" and sits patiently for this special treat. As you can see from the photos, Muffin still has some weight to put on his petite frame, and needs a lot of TLC while his wound heals. The vets believe he sustained this injury when crawling under a barbed-wire fence. Muffin has been receiving costly laser treatments and is on antibiotics. Even if there is some residual scarring on his back, that will never change the fantastic personality and spirit this little dog has. Given a chance, Muffin will steal your heart too! Please consider becoming a Guardian Angel and donating for Muffin's expensive treatment, to ensure that this sweet boy has the best veterinary care possible.
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Luise's Story

Update 6/28/07: In January 2007 I was asked if I would foster Luise, a Cairn female being surrendered by her owner. My current foster was about to get adopted so I jumped at the chance for another Cairn foster kid to fill that void. Her arrival here was delayed because of weather, so another Col. Potter volunteer graciously offered to keep her for a week.

Col. Potter knew this little girl had allergies to wheat, corn and grass, but I soon received emails from the other volunteer outlining her poor condition and obesity. Our volunteer did a wonderful job of cleaning her up and removing the mats from her coat, but Luise had a raging yeast infection on her skin and the powerful odor filled our car on the drive home. Dealing with a yeast infection was not new to me but the severity of Luise’s was like nothing I had seen before.

On her first visit to the vet, the vet brought up the possibility of Cushing’s Disease because of her appearance. The initial test showed elevated Cortisol but was not conclusive, so Col. Potter authorized the additional test; luckily it was negative. I put Luise on a corn and wheat free diet and started giving her a medicated bath every week. After about 10 weeks on the new diet and bath regimen, the yeast condition improved tremendously and she had hair growth over her entire body. But in late April Luise started to scratch again and she was losing hair around her hindquarters. Her skin became red and very warm, and she licked and chewed at those areas. Col. Potter’s knowledgeable volunteers offered advice for several things to try but I saw no improvement. I was instructed to get her to an allergist to discover what was causing this condition.

On June 23rd, Luise went to her all day allergist appointment. She was on her best behavior for such a long day. Her appointment was at 8:30 a.m. and I received the results at 4:30 p.m. The results were shocking.

Luise’s tests showed she is allergic to 43 - yes 43! - different items; fleas of course, but other insects too, as well as dust, grass, wool and many other things. I was stunned when I received the list. There was a very long list of substances, and most had a numerical level of reaction alongside. I had a hard time finding anything she wasn’t allergic too. Her reaction to many of the items was extremely high.

Can you imagine being allergic to 43 items and how uncomfortable and itchy that must feel on the skin? The vet had never seen such results and Luise's report was a topic of discussion for the entire staff.

The allergist can only place 12-16 different antigens in one vial so Luise’s treatment for the allergies will have to be contained in three separate vials. Her series of injections will alternate between the three vials. She also has a staph infection and still has small areas of yeast on the areas of her body that tend to stay moist. I received a 30 day supply of antibiotics to combat the infection and was asked to give her a pre-wash bath every week with a one shampoo, followed by another bath with the medicated shampoo. This I am more than willing to do for Luise.

However, Luise’s medical bills are tremendous. Col. Potter has been very generous on Luise’s behalf. But some dogs require so much more care than others that I now come to you to ask if you would be willing to click on the Guardian Angel link above and proudly post your name under her photos by making a small donation for Luise, so we can finish up her treatment. All those wonderful small donations add up - and together we can give her a better life!
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MacNaughton's Story

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Magic's Story

It happened in an instant - he ran across the street and was hit by a car. The car never stopped. He has no collar, no identification, no microchip - and no one has come looking for him. Luckily for him, someone saw him get hit and called the local animal warden. The warden called a local rescue group who came and picked up the little Cairn and immediately took him to the vet to be treated for shock and pain.

The x-rays show his right leg that was shattered and fractured in multiple places and has severe nerve damage that will need to be amputated. His pelvis on the left side has 4 fractures and will need to be plated and pinned. He's estimated to be 3-4 years old.

If you can help Col. Potter find the financial resources, in these tough economic times, to pull off another miracle for this young Cairn who finds himself in dire straits please click on the Guardian Angel Link above.
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Mardee's Story

Hi, ebereebodee, my name is Mardee. I iz a berry gud dog. Um, ‘scuse me, I meen, I iz a berry hansum, sweet gentleman! I shure lob my fosser mom an dad. And I lob all ob my fosser brudders and sissers. It’s preddee cold out here, so I reelly jus go outside tu do my duties. I do not like doing dem in da house! Fosser mom says I am a sweetee!

Foster Mom: Mardee is new to Col. Potter. He is currently undergoing treatment for a bladder infection and bladder stones which may require surgery, so Mardee is not ready for adoption yet. He is looking for some guardian angels to help him with his vet expenses. If you would like to be a guardian angel for this sweet boy, just click on the link and fill out the form. Mardee would appreciate it!

Mardee is completely housebroken! Well, except for the leaking due to the bladder stones. I can really tell it bothers him if he leaks a little bit in the house. He is quick to let us know when he has to go outside. He loves to follow us around and just sit on our laps for love, scritches, and kisses. As soon as Mardee is free of his infection and his bladder stones, he will be ready to adopt! He does very well with people and other dogs. He has not been around any children, so I do not know if he would do well with them. If you want some true sweetness in your life, fill out the application to adopt Mardee. He's not ready yet, but once he is, he will not be with us very long. Pictures will be up on Mardee soon.
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Marsha's Story

Marsha, aka Fluffernutter Puppy, is doing well here in her foster home. Marsha is one of the happiest Cairns ever! She is a high-energy girl who loves to play fetch, even if the toys are much bigger than her. She encourages the others to zoom through the yard, with sheer joy radiating from her face. A typical Cairn puppy, she will steal dropped socks, jump in the magazine basket and dig, and get into the smallest places. She does need constant attention, making us laugh all the time. She is working hard to learn to potty outside and does keep her crate dry, even over night. She sleeps quietly through the night, until the time she sees you approaching her crate to let her out. Then the wagging starts and kisses are freely given as she starts her day. She loves the resident dogs, and knows how to play with each of them, respecting their likes and dislikes. She loves all people, giving kisses freely, and snuggling up for a short nap.

Marsha is also learning that her crate during the day is a good place for a nap. She will bark her discontent to let you know she'd much rather be playing, but settles down after a few minutes.
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Marvel's Story

Please welcome Marvel to the Colonel Potter family! When you look at her photos you will see that it will be a while before she is ready to be adopted. She has a yeast infection on her entire skin and no hair. But, Marvel has a great terrierific spirit and she WILL get over this! We're treating the yeast infection and her coat will grow back and be beautiful before we know it. She's a small girl but she's all muscle which is really good. She was eating poor food and had no vet care or even flea protection before she joined the Colonel Potter family. She is now eating excellent food and being treated for fleas and for her yeast infection. We will be sharing photos frequently to show her improvement.

She moved to a foster home with three other dogs and is getting along fine with all of them. She has not been spayed or had her dental as yet due to her health issues. These things will be done before she is available for adoption. Would you believe that a little dog who looks as if she's in such poor shape would give kisses? Well, she does! She's quite the friendly little sweetie.
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McCoy's Story

McCoy was pulled from a shelter, after being found wandering the streets of Fort Worth, Texas. He was released to rescue because of "yeasty ears".

McCoy is handsome fellow, and looks like a distinguished Scottish gentleman and I guess he is. Both ears look fine on the outside, but the interior looks like a cauliflower gone wild, both ear canals completely swollen shut, trapping dirt, debris and infection to the interior, toward the ear drum. Who knows what is growing there?

This is horribly, constantly painful, and McCoy has likely lived with this problem for years, perhaps life-long. Possible causes include food allergy, perhaps corn, which has now been removed from his diet. McCoy still has hearing in both ears, but should this condition continue. He will have constant, severe pain and possibly permanent hearing loss.

Under the care of Col. Potter, McCoy has been treated with antibiotics and anti-fungal ointments and now Prednisone, a steroid, has been added, to reduce the extreme hypertrophy (swelling and overgrowth of tissue) within the ear canals. While the swelling has lessened slightly in the last couple weeks, his regimen of Prednisone will continue for at least another few weeks before swelling is reduced sufficiently within the ear canals. McCoy can then have a surgical procedure to scope and clean out his ears and end his long time suffering. The procedure may also include incisions in his ear drums to drain infection behind the ear drums; but this can't be known till he is in surgery and anesthetized, since the ear canal cannot be visualized. There is presently no way for a scope to be inserted, and McCoy screams in pain, when the ears are manipulated. Nonetheless, the visible interior portion of the ears has lost the black, nasty appearance, so gains have been made; but there is still a road to travel.

In spite of the daily treatments and meds, McCoy has remained sweet natured and increasingly interactive. He seems to know we are trying to help.

His ears need to be cleaned out, as soon as we can get the swelling reduced down to where it is possible. Col. Potter has made such a difference in McCoy's life. He has made large steps on his road toward health and healing. Thank you for helping him make those steps.
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Memorial's Story

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Mignonne's Story

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Miracle's Story

Please meet the newest member of the Colonel Potter family - Miracle. We were contacted by a local rescue group in Kansas that there was a Cairn in the local shelter that had been attacked by two Pit Bulls and surrendered by the owner. We only had sketchy details and weren't able to get back in touch with the local rescue group. After some investigation and several phone calls, we found the Cairn in question.

This poor boy had been at the shelter with no medical care as the shelter can't afford such amenities. The shelter vet had been in and said that if a rescue group didn't pull him immediately and get him medical attention that he would need to be put down due to his injuries.

We immediately made arrangements to get him pulled and taken directly to a vet who was standing by to examine him and give us a report. Initial exam had to be done while he was put under in order to be able to fully evaluate his injuries without causing him any further pain. First report received was that he has a 3" diameter hole on the front of his left front leg and 1" hole on the back of his left front leg that at some point, probably intersect and that his wounds were all covered by maggots from being left untreated and dirty. The vet asked did we want them to continue on, or just stop now and PTS. They hadn't even had a chance to examine too much else of him or do any internal examination because of the dirt, filth and maggots on him.

Col. Potter will give this boy every chance to make a full recovery, get to a foster home and eventually to a forever home that will love and care for him like he should have been.

Colonel Potter designates some dogs with above average medical expenses as Guardian Angel dogs so that Cairn Guardian Angels can be alerted to help in the effort to "nurse" a Cairn back to good health. Calling all Guardian Angels, Miracle needs your help, so please click on the Guardian Angel icon and help us prepare Miracle for a forever home. Keep checking the website for updates on Miracle.
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Miss Tinker

Miss Tinker's Story

Miss Tinker just arrived at her foster home Saturday night. This poor little girl lived in very dirty conditions before she was rescued. She arrived at the intake vet's with dog lice. This is something the vets had never seen before. She's been treated to kill the adult lice and continue to kill those which develop from eggs already laid in her hair shafts. Some of her blood work was not the way the vets would have liked so Missy will need further vet visits and more testing to be sure we identify and treat any possible health issues. Most likely her blood work will be fine with good, clean conditions and healthy, nutritious food! But, I ask you do dog lice (not transmittable to humans) define this little girl? Heck NO! She's a tiny frightened little sprite who is already wagging her tail, giving kisses, and letting us know when she wants to be taken out by the resident staff (that's us). She's probably not going to be available for adoption for a month so please keep watch here for news on this little angel. I can already tell that she's going to be a joy to have around.
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Moresca's Story

Introducing Moresca! Moresca is an 8-year-old "pretty-plus" wheaten/strawberry blond female. She is a bit full-figured, weighing in at about 23 pounds. (Well, who wouldn't have matronly contours after birthing puppies constantly since age 11 months?) However, at present Moresca is enthusiastically participating in a "Health Spa" routine to attain her ideal weight, to ease her enlarged heart, and to strengthen leg muscles unused by years of 24/7 crating.

Moresca has an extremely pleasing personality and does not get into mischief. It is amazing how quickly she has adapted to normal family life. She instantly accepted and enjoys walking on a leash and is making great progress with potty training. Moresca even already understands when her Foster Mommie tells her to go into her crate at bedtime. SMART GIRL!

Moresca is respectful of her Foster sisters and peacefully coexists with them. However, she does occasionally emit a low grumbly sound if they crowd her when there is excitement in the house. Yet any dogs (or people) she meets on walks are always greeted with a wagging tail.

Moresca is primarily a people lover. She likes to keep an eye on her Foster Mommie at all times and follow her all over. So Moresca will sleep quiet through the night (except she does make a gentle low snoring sound) if her crate is someplace near her people. Her favorite activity is sitting on the sofa with Foster Mommie and having her ears scratched and her tummy rubbed while she drifts off into a nap. Moresca takes a lot of pleasure from tossing toys in the air and shaking them and gathering them into her crate. She particularly likes to steal socks and play tug-o-war with them when you try to re-claim them. Moresca also seems to enjoy sitting on a footstool in front of a window and watching for her Foster Mommie to come home from work. Sometimes she will warn her Foster Mommie by barking if she sees anything outside the window that she feels is "interesting." She does not bark to excess and she is paying attention when her Foster Mommie says "NO BARK"!

Moresca is currently up to date on all her immunizations and she is heartworm negative. Moresca has NOT yet been spayed because of her weight and enlarged heart. Her surgery has been postponed for a few weeks so that Moresca can be observed and stabilized. At present Moresca does not require any medications. She does have arthritis in her left hip but she is doing well with exercise.

Moresca is a real LOVE and so very willing to please she just seems to have more than the usual amount of Cairn charisma.
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Newman's Story

Newman is a 5 year old, wheaten male who was surrendered to Colonel Potter by his owner last week. He comes from a family with young children and he apparently was abused. Newman can barely stand and can only take a few steps and those steps are pretty wobbly. He has spent most of his short life in this condition. We went to the vet today and it was confirmed that he has serious neurological problems which will require that he see a neurologist. We know this will be expensive involving X-Rays, and/or possibly a CAT Scan to see if we can even help him.

Newman has been with me for a week today, and even with the problems that he has, you couldn't find a sweeter, little boy. That tail wags and he does that Cairn head tilt when you come home and greet him. He keeps his area clean and dry and never a complaint.

This little boy deserves a chance. Please consider becoming a "Newman" Guardian Angel so that we can try to help him become a NewMan.
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O'Donnegal's Story

O'Donnegal (aka "Danny Boy") is being fostered in Kansas. Before he is available for adoption, he will need to undergo surgery for a ruptured cranial cruciate in his left leg. This is equivalent to a "meniscus" in a human. Similar injuries in people would be those suffered by football players. It is a sheath between the cartilage of the knee joint. When it ruptures, as in the case of Danny, it requires surgical repair. The surgical procedure consists of replacing the rupture cruciate with a prosthetic ligament. The medical costs are extensive and include preop x-rays, prep, hospitalization, surgery, and post-op therapy and pain control. With surgery and proper care, Danny will make a full recovery and will require no limitations. Terriers in general and cairns in particular are susceptible to these injuries. Danny was more prone to this injury due to his being overweight. Danny is responding to weight reduction diet and has lost 4 lbs. in less than a month.
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Peach's Story

Please welcome Cairn Princess Peach to Colonel Potter. Princess Peach is a tiny little thing, weighing in at 13 pounds. Her little ears do not stand up, but she is cute as a button! Peach loves to be held and given love and attention all day and night. She is currently undergoing treatment for heartworm. This is a very expensive procedure and Peach sure could use some guardian angels to help her with her vet bills. Just click on the link and sign up to be one of her angels! Peach is exactly what her name implies, a thoroughly sweet little Peach. She will be looking for her forever home as soon as she has successfully completed her heartworm treatments. If your home is without a Princess, you may just want to fill out that application so you can have a Peach of your very own to serve!
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Pebbles' Story

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Picaboo's Story

Picaboo (pronounced Peek-A-Boo) is a doubly lucky little girl. She was found in a shelter with only 2 days left before she was scheduled to be put to sleep. Why did a forever family not take her home? It isn't that she is not an adorable, loving little girl, because she certainly is! Little Picaboo is heartworm positive, which is a very dangerous and expensive disease to cure. Col Potter to the rescue again! Picaboo is now in the early stages of heartworm treatment. On September 9, she will begin the very painful and toxic Imiticide injections. She will receive one injection every 30 days for the next 3 months. This little girl is so thin that every rib, vertebrae and bone in her body can be felt. Her muscle tone is not much better. Thanks to Col Potter, Picaboo is now receiving the best nutrition, medicine and medical care available. She is even beginning to gain a little weight! Picaboo will remain crated for the entirety of the treatments. She is only allowed out long enough for some love and to go outside to potty while on a short leash. While this sounds cruel, getting her heart rate or body temperature up during this time can kill her. Any sudden or jogging movements of her body can create and dislodge a blood clot, which would also be fatal. Please consider becoming a Guardian Angel to Picaboo and help Col Potter provide for her extensive medical needs. And please keep her in your thoughts as she goes through this very scary, painful and dangerous time. Let's make sure Picaboo has her happily ever after!
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Polly's Story

UPDATE 8/16: Polly came home today, but she doesn't have a stricture. The Endoscope of her colon was done and 2 senior clinicians did not find a stricture. What they did find were several ulcerated lesions. They took 8-10 biopsies which will be back in a week. Quite frankly they don't know what is the causing the problem and don't know where to start to fix it until the biopsies come back. At this time they suspect anorectal mucosal disease. They stated they have seen this in German Shepherd's called perianal disease, but it is not normal for Cairns.

I just don't know what to think, and neither do they at this time. She has been put 2 additional medications in conjunction with those she received during her first visit last week. They want to try and clear up the severe dermatitis in the meantime, until her biopsies come back and if her skin infection can be successfully treated, then it’s hoped her immune system can focus on her anorectal disease. We'll just have to wait until the biopsies return and go from there. To say the least we are dumbfounded, as are the Doctors at NCSU. I was hoping for some better news.

UPDATE 8/15: Polly went in to NCSU Monday morning for testing and I’d love to report they did the procedure Tuesday and all went well, but her intestines didn’t clear out from eating nothing but fluids all day Sunday, so it had to be delayed until today, Wednesday. She’s so tiny it was very, very hard to withhold all solid food, but she’s doing okay just on liquids, and I have heard from NCSU twice today. She is all cleared out now and will undergo the procedure this morning. They said her bloodworm and urinalysis came back fine and she is very healthy. This will aid in her recovery and doesn't pose any new problems to watch for. She's made everyone fall in love with her and ALL the doctors at NCSU are very proud to be working with a rescue group compassionate enough to give this sweet girl a chance at a good life. They are confident this will work - by all they have seen so far. I'll post any new news as soon as I can and hopefully we will be headed home with our healing little girl in tow, but if not, surely by Thursday morning.

UPDATE 08/11: Polly went to NCSU this week for an assessment of her stricture, enlarged secum and infected skin on her rear. It was determined Polly was not a good candidate for the surgical removal of this stricture due to it's location, just on the back side of her anus because it would most likely leave her incontinent. That would make it impossible to find a home for her.

She is returning to NCSU this Monday, August 13th, for blood work and preparation for a procedure called 'Bougienage' , which will be done on the 14th. This treatment involves inserting a tool inside her rectum to stretch the stricture and applying an antibiotic ointment to prevent the stricture from growing back together. Hopefully, this one treatment will solve her problem, but if not she will return in a week to have the procedure done one last time. Once the colon is open and she can drain properly, the other problems created by this condition should resolve on their own. Polly is on antibiotics and we are treating the black, infected skin on her rear with medication. It is unbelievable that this small girl has lived this way all her short life. Polly's cries of pain tear our hearts out. She seems to understand we are making an effort to help her so she runs to us with those big eyes staring up, begging for the immediate help which we can't give. We can only comfort her during these episodes – and feel helpless.

We pray this will solve her problems. It is her only good option. This little girl deserves to have a life free from this misery, and to spend time in the arms of someone who will return all the love she has to give. The soft desperate sounds she makes from the suffering she has to endure make us very, very anxious to see this end for her. Prayers are greatly needed here and any donations would be appreciated because the bills continue to grow as we move forward to help her.

UPDATE 8/6/07: Polly continues to have good days and bad ones, yesterday being a fairly difficult one for her. Her stools always hurt and continue to make us cry as she screams in pain. Sometimes, she just doesn't seem to feel well at all. She moans and whines a bit, pants a lot and seems to alter her breathing as she just lays about and rests. She acts a little more needy, yet doesn’t want to be handled, and she's a bit more unpredictable, and "snippy". We know her moods now and can tell better when she's uncomfortable. She's more trusting of us so we don't worry about her biting, even though we sense she wants to. Her initial vet visit discovered a "swollen appendix" and that may be causing this discomfort but we don’t know for sure, and are hoping this is something that can be easily addressed by the doctors along with her intestinal stricture.

Today Polly seems to feel good, moving about the house more and with a comfortable look about her. We always enjoy these days. They let us see more of her personality, as she is just SO sweet and affectionate when she’s feeling better.

NCSU has passed her case from the Internal Medical group to the Surgical Team. They have moved her appointment up to this Thursday, Aug 9th when they will have all her medical records, X-rays, and the summary from Dr. Wickman. Then NCSU will be able to examine her themselves and give us a prognosis of her condition now and after the surgery, plus an estimate of what her medical bill will run.

We would appreciate any donations for little Polly. We already know this will be expensive, especially if 2 surgical procedures are needed. Wayne will be taking Polly in while I stay home with the other 5 dogs. He knows I will be a basket case during the wait because I want so badly to be with her too. But I know she's in good hands and cares very much for Wayne. We continue to ask for prayers and donations so Polly has a chance at a good life without pain - and full of love. We pray mostly that the vets determine she CAN have the surgery to repair her stricture as well as whatever has to be done with her appendix. Everything depends on the prognosis of what her life would be after she has the surgery if it's even possible.

Polly continues to leak constantly, and we know that if this is not "fixable" with the surgery, we can never expect to place her in a home. We give her as much freedom as we can which means everything in our home is covered with towels, blankets, and pads, changed many times during the day. She loves being with us and can't help that she leaks. It requires extra effort to give her this freedom, but we want to make her life as happy and comfortable as we can. She is only a little over a year old, so we are hopeful there will be a new beginning - the best part of her life - shortly ahead.

Polly is only 13 month old; an owner surrender whose family was unable to deal with her physical problems and was going to turn her in to a shelter to be euthanized. She was fortunate to have had an "angel" who was helping the owners, and contacted Col. Potter to jump in and help. This Angel did all she could to help Polly, but it was apparent her needs were very complicated. Col. Potter quickly stepped in and arranged an emergency transport to get her moved to her present foster home in Virginia.

Polly has an anal stricture which makes all her stools very painful, and apparently she has been sick most of her life with giardia, hook worms, and ear infections. Polly only weighs a tiny 11 pounds , but can never have a normal life until this colon problem is sorted out and the pain is eliminated. Polly holds her stools until she just can't hold them anymore. She seems to understand that food is good, but eventually causes pain. What a way to live!

Because of her health issues, Polly seems unsure as to whether or not you want to fuss at her, or pet her. She has the biggest eyes (although they are sad) and looks at us as though she just doesn't understand why life has to be so hard. She's just adorable and was dealt a very bad hand in life, so we're hoping she can be treated and given a chance at a long and happy life.

She needs our prayers and donations now, to give her the chance that she so desperately deserves.
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Pratt's Story

This is Pratt, he is estimated to be 6-8 years of age. He has a massive yeast infection, dry eye, hookworms and a minimal heart murmur. On the plus side he is heartworm negative, friendly and very tolerant of the care his problems require. He is currently being treated for the yeast and dry eye.

When first arriving in his foster home, he had terrible mats. The terrible mats in what hair he has left have been removed and some of the dead hair in the bald spots has been stripped. When we gave him his first medicated bath, he tolerated the first lathering and massage fairly well, but he began to moan during the rinse. The moaning and crying increased as the length of the bath increased until at the end of the half-hour he was really howling, but at no time did he show any aggression. After Pratt was dried off, spots that were oozing serum and some blood could be seen.

Pratt does not seem excessively itchy and will stop scratching if I tell him to on the occasions when he does scratch. He has fairly thick coat on his head and tail that I have marsed and the skin underneath seems healthy. I am glad to report that after a thorough cleaning by the vet and a couple days of medication his eyes are producing very little mucus to be cleaned out. I have hope that he does not truly have a dry eye condition, but instead will be back to normal tear production at the end of his medication!

Pratt is getting along with the resident dog, Taz and seems to like men a little more than women. He likes his crate, but is joining us more socially now than he was at first. He has had no accidents at all in the house. He does howl when he thinks he has been left alone during the day, but is quiet at night. Pratt seems used to a leash and he seems very trusting and affectionate.
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Rayna's Story

Rayna was discovered in an alleyway, inside a fence with a broken gate, where she and the other dogs with her would escape and run out in traffic. Rayna made this escape one day and was hit by a car, which caused severe damage to her back end and left leg. The owner said that Rayna had pups prior to the accident but since the accident could not care for the pups. Fortunately, Rayna was released to Col. Potter and taken immediately to a vet for the care she needed. Rayna's lab work was good, but x-rays showed damage to her pelvis. Rayna was seen by a surgeon in an effort to repair the fracture. It was learned that the fracture was healing on its own, but her pelvis is crushed and her left leg damaged probably beyond repair. The surgeon suggested physical therapy in an effort to get the leg functioning again. Rayna has also been having acupuncture treatments. So far there is no sign of progress with her leg, as she either drags it or hops so as not to use the leg. Rayna is to be spayed on May 31 and new x-rays will be taken at that time. If there is no sign of movement in the left leg by mid-June, she will likely lose her left leg which might help release some pressure from the damaged pelvis.

Rayna has a wonderful spirit and is full of love and determination. She would be a lovely little companion dog for someone. Our records indicate she is 5 years old, but her teeth, indicate that she may be only be 3 years old, and she acts like she’s younger than 5. This little girl needs our help. Won’t you become a Guardian Angel for Rayna?
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Rheita's Story

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Rooster Cogburn

Rooster Cogburn's Story

I would like to tell you about Rooster Cogburn, our soon to be foster. This little fella is going to need all the prayers and positive thoughts this group can muster. Rooster is a sad little guy who came from a shelter in FL with a very painful eye condition that requires enucleation (removal) of his left eye. His eye is much smaller than normal. He has no vision in that eye, tons of scar tissue (Old injury?), dry eye, and is experiencing a great deal of pain from it. Rooster spent over a month in the shelter, and was in danger of euthanasia due to the discovery of his severe eye condition. Luckily for him, Colonel Potter was contacted and was able to rescue him.

Rooster is currently at the vet's office in FL and will undergo surgery to have his eye removed. The vet staff has reported that despite the obvious pain and discomfort, and despite the hard life he has met, he is the sweetest boy. He wags his tail constantly, he plays with the vet techs, and has quickly become a favorite in the office.

Once his surgery is done he will be coming to GA to recuperate and to find out what life is supposed to be like for a Cairn. Rooster is an older guy (7yrs) and I'm guessing life has not been kind to him in the past. Boy, is he in for a surprise! He has no idea what it means to be a Col. Potter kid and the wonderful turn his life has just taken! Please welcome this sad little man to the CP family.
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Rooster Cogburn

Rooster Cogburn's Story

I would like to tell you about Rooster Cogburn. This little fella is going to need all the prayers and positive thoughts you readers can muster. Rooster is a sad little guy who came from a shelter in Florida with a very painful eye condition that requires removal of his left eye. He has no vision in the eye and there’s also tons of scar tissue, he has dry eye, and this poor boy is experiencing a great deal of pain from his condition going without treatment for so long.

Rooster spent over a month in the shelter, and was in danger of euthanasia because of his eye condition. Fortunately for him, Col. Potter was contacted and agreed to rescue him. Rooster is currently at the vet's office in Florida and will undergo surgery to have his eye removed. The vet staff reports that despite the obvious pain and discomfort, and how hard this has made his life, he is a sweet, sweet boy. His tail wags constantly, and he's willing to play with the vet technicians. Rooster has quickly become a favorite in the office.

Once his surgery is done he will be coming to Georgia to recuperate and find out what life is supposed to be like for a Cairn. Rooster is estimated to be 7 years old, and we’re guessing life has not been kind to him in the past. Boy, is he in for a surprise! He has no idea what it means to be a Col. Potter kid and the wonderful turn his life has just taken!

Please do what you can to make his future bright by clicking on the Guardian Angel link next to his picture. We thank you - and Rooster sends a tail wag and a kiss your way
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Rosemont's Story

Hi Everyone! I have been living with Foster Mom and Dad and my Cairn foster brother and sisters for about a week now. When I was first rescued I had a large bladder stone that had to be removed, so I am just now really "struttin' my stuff". I feel GREAT! When I get my stitches out and I get groomed "Look out world - here I come!" I'll be looking for that fabulous Forever Home soon.

Foster Mom here: Rosemont responds well to "Rosie". She has learned to go up and down stairs and is beginning to understand that the carpet is not for the same purpose as the grass outside! She is extremely smart, loving, playful - and it's a joy to watch her bloom. Although still a little shy, she loves to cuddle and follows me everywhere I go. She gets along well with the three resident dogs. Rosemont is very food oriented and will be easy to train. Come back next week to see a picture of this girl, after she gets her first beauty treatment!

Col. Potter has been overwhelmed with dogs with medical needs the last few months, at a time when financial certainty is anything but. We wish we didn't need to ask for help for these dogs, but the harsh reality is that we do. Ask your pup if he or she would be willing to forego that new toy and play with the unstuffed ones for a while so you can click on the Guardian Angel link at the top to help another doggie in need. They'll smile and wag their tail and say "Yes, yes, yes! Let's help Rosie get better!"
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Russell T.

Russell T.'s Story

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Salisbury's Story

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Sarut's Story

Sarut needs your help. She has not had an easy start to life. In her 6.5 years on this earth so far she has known nothing but filth, cruelty and abuse. Her tiny 12 pound body has endured more than it's share of neglect. Sarut is in danger of losing both her eyes. She is currently on expensive medication to try and save them. Sarut had a dental when she was spayed and was missing 5 missing teeth. She had to have 17 more teeth extracted and is on pain medication for this. As if her emancipated body had not had enough hardship she also has mange and is being treated for that.

This little girl is a fighter and wants to live a good life. She can't do that without your help, won't you please consider becoming a guardian angel for Sarut?

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Scoop's Story

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Sean's Story

Please meet Sean the other half of Sean and Connery. Sean is Connery's brother. He is as sweet as can be and loves to be in your lap. He gets along beautifully with the other dogs in his foster home and is very good with children.

His foster family never expected to foster but his sweet ways just won them over. His brother is just as sweet. He is housebroken and has not had any accidents in the house since arriving at his foster home. He slept in his crate next to his foster mom’s bed without a peep all night. His foster family said that it was their pleasure to have him as their guest.
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Servus' Story

Servus is one the rescued groups of Cairns called the 9/11 Heroes. He is named after one of the real canine heroes who served after the tragedy of 9/11. He is a hero in his own right, having survived 8 years in a breeding facility, and now looking forward to overcoming the mental, emotional, and physical problems he incurred in his former life.

He will now have the opportunity to enjoy so much more comfort than he's ever known in his previous experience. He can fall asleep in a soft bed, with fresh water available, and cool air. Just being able to give these simple things to such a sweet Cairn brings me to tears. I'm so thrilled to be fostering this guy, knowing that I am making a big difference in his little world. He is quite unsure of everything right now, but he's going to be fine and will be so handsome, once his coat grows back. He was badly matted, and the vet's groomer had to trim off most of his coat, including his muzzle.

Servus has heartworms and so I am keeping him quiet. So far, there are no signs of any complications with the heartworm treatment, but the next two weeks are the most critical as the heartworms start to break down/degrade. Dogs that have been treated for heartworms enter a critical stage as the heartworms die and degrade, to be reabsorbed by the body. We want to keep Servus' stress level to a minimum, as any activity will speed up the heart rate and possibly cause the dead heartworms to move through the arteries into the brain or the lungs, causing stoppage, which could be fatal. We are unsure how long Servus has had heartworms, but after 8 years, it could have been a very long time.

Servus has a heart murmur, which is often a side effect of heartworms. Some heart murmurs will resolve once the heartworms have been killed and reabsorbed. We can only hope that Servus will live through this treatment and will one day become the happy little dog that I can see waiting just beneath the fear.

Servus could use some financial help with his medical treatment. Won't you consider helping him by becoming his Guardian Angel and giving him a chance to know what life is supposed to be like for a good little Cairn guy?
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SimonRubin Paddy

SimonRubin Paddy's Story

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Skip's Story

Skip came to Col. Potter via his first Guardian Angel, who literally picked him up off the road - after she saw him bounce off another vehicle's tires! Although Skip wasn’t injured, this little road warrior was suffering the effects of a life on the run so he was treated to a mini-spa stay at a vet hospital. While soaking in the love and attention at his temporary digs, it was discovered that he had a deep ulcer in one of his eyes - especially bad news for little Skip as he has no vision in the other eye. He has since recovered from the ulcer, however will be undergoing a procedure soon to safeguard his vision for the future. Skip is one little contradiction: he is full of energy, loves to play, is very happy, but loves nothing better than to sit by his foster mom and take a snooze. Once Skip is cleared for takeoff (adoption) in the coming weeks, he will bring an abundance of sunshine to his eventual forever home. If you think you might need a funny, happy little boy in your life, please check back on Skip's status here on Col. Potter's website.
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Skip's Story

Skip came to Col. Potter via his first Guardian Angel, who literally picked him up off the road - after she saw him bounce off another vehicle's tires! Although Skip wasn’t injured, this little road warrior was suffering the effects of a life on the run so he was treated to a mini-spa stay at a vet hospital. While soaking in the love and attention at his temporary digs, it was discovered that he had a deep ulcer in one of his eyes - especially bad news for little Skip as he has no vision in the other eye. He has since recovered from the ulcer, however will be undergoing a procedure soon to safeguard his vision for the future. Skip is one little contradiction: he is full of energy, loves to play, is very happy, but loves nothing better than to sit by his foster mom and take a snooze. Once Skip is cleared for takeoff (adoption) in the coming weeks, he will bring an abundance of sunshine to his eventual forever home. If you think you might need a funny, happy little boy in your life, please check back on Skip's status here on Col. Potter's website.

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Slater's Story

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Sprite's Story

This last Saturday afternoon, we received word there was a 6 month old female Cairn with a broken leg that the owners wanted to surrender because they couldn’t afford the surgery to repair her leg. The leg was broken last Monday, so it was imperative that she be brought into rescue so she could get vet care to repair her injured leg ASAP. One of our volunteers made arrangements to move her to a temporary foster home and started the process of scheduling her surgery. She has a fracture of her right rear distal femur. Based on the x-rays, she will need to see an orthopedic surgeon to repair the damage. We're waiting to hear back from the surgeon, but we're hoping she can have surgery early next week.

Please welcome Sprite to the CP Family! This has been a costly year for Col. Potter. We have taken in far more than usual injured and ill Cairns. When the costs exceed our available funds, we need to ask for your help to get these hurt Cairn’s back to good health so they have a chance at a loving forever home too. If you can find it in your heart to make a donation – of any size – please click on the ‘Guardian Angel’ link next to the photo.

Thank you so much!
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Sprout's Story

Baby Sprout was the runt of his litter weighing only a little over a pound when born, and was often pushed away from Mom by his siblings until he almost perished. When taken to the vet for help, it was determined this little guy was born with a birth defect of liver shunt, and without the surgery to correct this, his life will be short and miserable. Colonel Potter never closes the door to those who are sick or injured, we just pull together and do what we must to help them. Sprout deserves a chance at life as much as the rest and with the surgery performed, his success rate is 95%. How can we not help him? He's a fighter with a true Cairn heart, but acts like a typical puppy even though so much is wrong. I marvel at his tenacity.

He also has bladder stones because of the liver shunt, adding another concern so his intake is closely monitored. He's fairly confined to prevent contamination because his system is too weak to have all the typical vaccinations he should have had by now. We want to get him healthy first and let the doctors guide us to get him on his feet and charging into life!

In spite of everything, Sprout is the most adorable little man, very well mannered (well as much as puppies can be), and loves to be held and cuddled. He adores his canine Mom and she's very good to him - teaching him all the important things puppies need to know. Sprout bounces around her and she rolls over on her back as he charges and tears at her coat and feet, all the while making the most vicious sound for a little pup. He doesn't care for much alone time and barks if you ignore him too long, but once he's in your lap, he will stay there for an hour. Sprout is doing fairly well with puppy pads and has a good appetite (fed every 3 hours to make digestion of his meals easier on his system) and he cleans his plate each time. Curiosity should be his first name, but he does use caution when Mom isn't near and he looks so sweet sleeping next to her at night in their crate. Sprout's Mom (Cauliflower) is a smart girl and I don't anticipate Sprout being any different. He already learned how to sneak out of the x-pen once (problem corrected immediately) and will turn a light weight water bowl over in a second. He always picks up his little dish after he cleans it, almost as if he wants to help clean. We are having a great time getting to know Sprout while caring for him. He seem a happy puppy and makes us laugh each day with his antics and playfulness. If ever a puppy said "help me" this one surely did and we would appreciate any donations for his medical care. It has already been costly and we are expecting another $4,000.00 will be needed. We know we can help this little guy - with your kind and compassionate donations.
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Stollen's Story

UPDATE 1/19/09: Stollen is a very sick little girl who can use all the help she can get. She has developed multiple health problems and has a long way to go before she can be a healthy girl. She had some testing which confirmed she has serious liver problems. She spiraled downward very quickly and needed to go to the emergency vet. They kept her overnight to give her fluids and medications to stabilize her.

Stollen is already in the Guardian Angel program because she is heartworm positive. As her medical needs rise, she needs all the support you can provide, especially your prayers and your dollars - her care is very expensive. Stollen is very very, sweet and beautiful. After surviving the hardship of life in a breeding facility, she deserves a chance at the good life we promised her.

Stollen is sweeter than the traditional Christmas bread she is named after. As a recent rescue from a commercial breeder, she is still very shy and feels most comfortable in her crate, but she's started to show interest in the household activities. Stollen loves to be held and loves belly rubs. Unfortunately, she contracted heartworms and will have to undergo the difficult treatment to get rid of them. She was scheduled for her first treatment today, but it has been postponed. Her blood work indicated a very low platelet count and we are waiting for the results of further blood tests. Stollen's treatment is very costly so she has been placed in our Guardian Angels program for those that need special medical care. It will take a couple of months to get Stollen through this treatment. Please check back to watch her progress and consider making a donation to help with her treatment. This sweet little girl deserves all the help she can get.
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Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear's Story

Teddy is a charcoal 14-yr-old senior Cairn. He's medium sized, but is somewhat overweight at 22 lbs. He's completely up to date on vaccinations and heartworm negative. Teddy is suffering from some minor ailments that come from having been neglected, but is healing well under the attentive care of his foster family. Teddy has some sight and hearing loss, but it does not seem to limit him much. Teddy is a typical older Cairn in that he remains adventurous, but is just slower and statelier about it! He walks slowly and well with a leash. He waddles around the back yard investigating every square inch. He loves being outside. Teddy gladly comes to me when I'm out and has been noted to even play a bit with his energetic foster. He does fine with our cat. Teddy's housetraining is still be evaluated and he is getting better by the day. A loving, perhaps lonely, person will have an ideal companion though Teddy's roughhousing; long-walk, fetching days are over. Teddy seldom barks, doesn't dig, lift his leg, or demand constant attention. Although he follows us around with a cheerful attitude, he doesnąt need those daily long walks that are necessary for younger Cairns. He is gentle, quiet and needs a quiet home with a yard and a person to cuddle. His person will laugh at his TeddyBear lovableness, looks and ways. Teddy's life is not over. He has some more to give a new human friend and still needs to experience more of life. Teddy can teach us to take old age with humor, love, acceptance, patience, courage, and to use all that God has left for us to enjoy life's simple pleasures.

UPDATE 07/26: Teddy Bear is happier and perkier since his dermatitis has healed (thanks to Karen Parrott's excellent treatment regimen). His hair is much shorter from stripping and trimming. His foster parents have been dutiful in not feeding him all that he wants. Thus, during the last 2 months he has slowly lost 4 lbs and is spunkier for it. It is heartwarming to seeing how an old dog can perk up as a result of shorter nails, non-itchy skin, and less weight to carry around. Because his skin is less sensitive, Teddy now responds with more enjoyment to petting and scratching. (Dogs need physical touch just like humans do!) Teddy has a stubborn infection on his head, but he does not seem the worst for it. "The Bear," as he's sometimes called, continues to love our back yard and cool shade trees. He likes to spend time at his foster family's mountain cabin. He likes to follow us around, smiling all the time. He is well mannered with his frisky young foster brother Cairn except for a certain time of day! Teddy has the patience and serenity of a saint, except if you mess with him during chow time. Finally, Teddy Bear has a message for us all: "Old guys are worthy of giving and receiving love, and they are very patient friends and teachers!"

UPDATE 09/24: Teddy is 15 yrs old and getting younger every day. Several weeks ago, the vet removed a small, sharp seed under his skin, and, subsequently, Teddy's sore head immediately healed up. Teddy is now as healthy as we have ever seen him. If kept on a regular schedule, he does all his potty business outside. Teddy has a calming influence on people and other dogs. He would make a wonderful loving companion for another dog. Teddy is not aggressive or territorial. He is active (just slow), alert, and friendly. He will teach good manners to another dog. Teddy will not join in with barking, jumping up, digging, chewing on non-food things, or aggression towards people. He is tolerant of most behaviors from other dogs and likes to lick and nuzzle, but he will not put up with excessive bullying. He'll put a hyper dog in his or her place. What better role model for an unruly puppy?

UPDATE 10/17: It is with great sadness and weeping eyes that I have to report that Teddy has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. Here is an excerpt from a message from his foster mother describing how much he meant to her.

Even though Teddy was old, he was a creature of worth, valued by God. We will miss Teddy badly. He was our old kid and Cambo's gentle, loving companion. I will put Teddy's dear old, worn-out body in the wooden box, which he stood in during his wagon rides, and bury him on a hill near our cabin that looks up to the mountains.
What a blessing Teddy had being a part of the rescue network. He would not have had 5 months of good health and happiness if there wasn't this opportunity. Jim and I would not have had this opportunity to love Teddy.

Teddy says good-bye and gives you a little lick. Perhaps if you look up to the clouds, you may see him playing and romping in the hills with the Good Shepherd.

We also would like to thank everyone for all your love, good thoughts, and financial support while Teddy Bear was cared for.
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Theo's Story

Theo is my name. I wanted to ask you a question, OK? Have you ever been told you are a SPECIAL person? Well, if you have, then you might be the person for me! I am a very special fellow that needs a VERY special person to take me into their home. I carry the scars from a troubled and tormented past. Both physical and mental scars, but my heart is filled with the love I have for the people that saved me, love me and care for me. I am almost 3 years old and have been in foster care for a few months. When I was a little boy I was very mistreated. I learned that if I trusted humans they would hurt me. Shoot me with BBs, hit me, kick me, tie me outside without changing my collar as I grew into a big boy;lots of bad things that caused me to always be ready to fight and bite. I didn't get medical care for eye and ear infections, so I have hearing and vision loss. Imagine being a little boy tied outside with people kicking and throwing things at you and you can't see, hear or protect yourself. I survived the best way I could. The good news is that CPCRN made a commitment to me and we are working very hard together to modify my behavior. To make me a calmer, more relaxed little boy. I am learning that not every hand is a bad hand. I am learning to trust the people that are around me: touching me and teaching me. I like being loved and being a part of a family. My foster mom wants to tell you some things about me so listen closely!

I am Theo's foster mom and Theo is right, he is a very special boy who needs a very special forever home. He was extremely abused and neglected as a pup, which resulted in biting behaviors. Theo and I have been to behavior modification classes that have been successful. Theo is realizing that he can depend on me to protect him and not hurt him; therefore he doesn't need to bite. He is learning that he can tell me what upsets him by warning me and I will help him through it. I can now actually watch Theo stop and think about how to respond when he is upset. He will pause, look at me and then come toward me wagging his tail and wanting to kiss my hand. Before, he would lash out, snapping his teeth and growling. The things that upset Theo are very easy to avoid. He does not like to be pushed or prodded with hand or foot. He will get into his crate very willingly, but if pushed in with a foot he will respond negatively. When he is concentrating on something he sees as prey, you cannot pick him up in an attempt to move him or make him stop. He must be distracted with a signal that it is time to LEAVE IT. This is something we are working on very hard. Theo is very intelligent and wants to please, but his previous treatment instilled his bad habits very deeply. I have learned to read Theo and if you have any Cairn terrier experience, you can too. Our family, through trial and error, has developed methods to handle Theo in a positive and non-threatening manner. This has allowed him to relax and absorb the love that we have for this little man. Theo gets over stimulated easily, so would be best in a home without other dogs. He never acknowledges the kitties. We have several of our own dogs, plus fosters, and Theo gets annoyed and exhausted with the constant swirl of activity around him. His crate is always open and he will snuggle in and take a nap when he is tired of being around the other dogs. He will do this whenever he needs to; he has learned to just take a break rather than act out. He doesn't interact with the other dogs very often. When he does, he is warning them to leave him alone. He is very happy having someone kicks his big kickball; he has to have a big ball so he can see it. He will push it all over the yard, fussing and growling at it. He loves to snuggle with us and has no problem being close us. He is affectionate and very loving. He so very much needs a family that understands his past, the hurt, fear and trauma he has survived and respect his as such: A SURVIVOR. Theo will always need special care, always need to be handled with his past in mind. He is never to be trusted with children as they can be unpredictable and Theo must know what to expect. Will Theo ever be a happy go lucky, life is great dog? At this point, I doubt it. But Love can do amazing things and he has come so very far; you might be the person to take him the rest of the way. If you are the person that can take Theo into your heart and gentle hands, continue to teach him to trust, and soothe his damaged soul, then we can share with you the methods we have used to reach Theo. I think of Theo as a canine Helen Keller; he is locked in a world that is mostly dark and silent, suffering alone. He needs people to reach into his heart and show him the way to break free from the restraints that hold him and come into the light: The light of our love he so richly deserves.

UPDATE 07/08: Theo here! Foster Mom took this photo last night. She was looking for me so she could tuck me in bed and she couldn't find me anywhere. Finally, she looked in my bed and there I was fast asleep! I'm a good boy to get in my bed whenever I am tired! I was wondering though, if you could mention to Mom that I am a boy and should not have a purple pillow? I'm a big boy with a heart of gold, but enough with the pastels!

UPDATE 08/18: We regret to inform you that Theo has passed on to the Rainbow Bridge.
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Timothy's Story

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Tohoe's Story

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Tolstoy's Story

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Tumnus' Story

Please say a big hello to Tumnus. He found himself in a shelter and no one came to claim him. He is a very sweet, active 3 year old male with beautiful brown eyes and a drop dead gorgeous black brindle coat. Unfortunately, Tumnus has been diagnosed with heartworms, so he will be needing treatment. This will take approximately 2-3 months and is very expensive. Tumnus needs some guardian angels to help defray his vet expenses. Please sign up to be his guardian angel and make a donation on his behalf. And if you think you might be interested in adopting Tumnus, please continue to check back on his progress and availability.
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Valentine's Story

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Valor's Story

Valor translates as brave and courageous in Spanish, and that's certainly what this little boy is. The Colonel Potter Rescue Team deals with heartbreaking stories every day, but once in awhile, along comes a very special one like Valor.

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, we received call from an emergency clinic in the Dallas, TX area. They had a young Cairn estimated to be approximately one year old that had been hit by a car, brought in to the local animal shelter, and then transferred to the emergency vet clinic for treatment. The local laws called for them to hold a stray for five days to see if an owner would come forward to claim him. During this hold time, all they could do was administer pain medication and try to keep the dog alive. If he wasn't reclaimed by his owner, he would be put to sleep due to the severity of his injuries.

We made contact with the clinic and received a list of his injuries: bilateral acetabular fractures of both rear legs, left tibia spiral fracture, and his right ischial wing (hip) is displaced and needs to be plated. The poor little guy can't walk and can barely even stand up. He was in excruciating pain and discomfort for six days, confined to a crate because they couldn't even take him outside for potty breaks. Even with the stress, confusion and pain he must have been experiencing, he was still very sweet, giving kisses and trying to raise himself on his front legs when someone passed his crate in his efforts get some extra attention.

When his stray hold expired, he became a CP Kid! We have been able to make arrangements for Valor to have orthopedic surgery to try and repair the damage done to his little body. From the x-rays, the orthopedic surgeon believes he has an 80% chance of being able to keep his left leg and regain use of it, but we won't know for sure until she gets in there and actually can see the damage firsthand. She is confident she can repair his right leg and put a plate in his right hip to repair that. Valor has had to endure much time with the pain and discomfort from his injuries, but hopefully the surgery will provide the start of a new beginning for him. He will have a long road to recovery, but he has youth and otherwise good health on his side.

When you look at the picture of this beautiful little Cairn, you can see the potential he has to make someone a happy, devoted companion. Can you find it in your heart (and your wallet) to help us get him the medical care he needs and a chance for a better future by becoming his Guardian Angel? Every little bit helps.
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Wassail's Story

I was fortunate enough to have made the acquaintance of a 2-year-old gray brindle boy named Wassail, who came to me just after Christmas. Wassail is the cutest bundle of energy! It's hard to believe that he has a problem – he's heartworm positive. Thanks to Col. Potter, I have been given the privilege of providing Wassail with shelter, love and anything else physical that he needs, but I can't provide the financial resources he needs to go through this long process. Would someone with a big heart please help Col. Potter to see this little boy through to his healthy days when he will be ready for adoption? He could then go to a loving home, where he can grow into the Cairn terrier we all know he can be. Wassail has the ability and desire to make his human a wonderful companion, but he really needs loving Guardian Angels to help him on his journey.
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Wesson's Story

Please welcome Wesson, our newest Col. Potter kid. At the age of 11 years she finally gained her freedom from being a commercial breeder. Unfortunately not before she paid an enormous price. Wesson’s unstinting years of producing litter upon litter of puppies was repaid by having to endure horrible living conditions, receiving no medical care to speak of, and all the while her health deteriorated. What price did she pay? Her list is long and painful.

Wesson has deformed ears due to severe ear infections that were left untreated prior to coming into rescue. Her ears are so badly infected that they look like a cauliflower inside. As a result she may have little or no hearing. Her teeth are severely infected and cause her a great deal pain. Because of poor nutrition and lack of exercise she is week and thin with no muscle mass. Wesson also has an irregular heartbeat, which may be worsened as a result of the infection in her ears and teeth. If these health problems were not enough of a price to pay, Wesson also has a dry eye and mammary tumors.

How can an innocent creature be abused so horribly? How can anyone be so cold and cruel as to not seek medical attention before the pain and suffering ever gets to this point? Fortunately, Wesson has an enduring Cairn spirit and compassion and help are at hand. Wesson is currently on medications for her congestive heart condition and infection with the hopes that they will improve her heart function. But there is a dilemma. Wesson is not able to have the desperately needed surgery on her ears and teeth at this time because of the weakened condition of her heart. With such a vicious amassing of problems, where does her pain stop?

Vet recommendation for Wesson is that she be kept on her heart medication for a minimum of one month and then retested to see if there is any improvement in her heartbeat. She is also on meds for her dry eye. Along with good nutrition, mild exercise and her meds, it is hoped that Wesson will become healthier and stronger and can have the surgeries she needs on her ears, teeth and also at this time she will be spayed.

Even with all Wesson's health problems, she has not given up. She is timid, but learning no one will hurt her. She enjoys gentle scratches and belly rubs, and wags her tail as soon as she sees you. She enjoys looking at herself in the mirror and wags her tail with excitement at the doggie she sees there, and what a beautiful doggie she is. Wesson has a good appetite if fed soft or ground foods. Soft food is absolutely necessary because we believe that due to her severe ear infection and/or lack of dental care it may be extremely painful for her to chew regular kibble. Wesson is a sweet gentle soul that will steal your heart. She has an amazing will to live and still has a love for mankind. She is triumphantly resilient and forgiving. With care and an abundance of love she will learn all that is good in life. It’s her time to heal.

Wesson is currently not available for adoption.

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Yvonne's Story

Please welcome Yvonne to the Col Potter family. She is a petite, sweet and timid 1 year old Wheaten female who was picked up as a stray and taken to the local animal shelter. A shelter environment is difficult for a lot of dogs, and Yvonne was no exception. She spent most of her time cowering in the corner of her kennel. Add the fact that she is heartworm positive and Yvonne was put on the list to be euthanized. But Col Potter came to her rescue before that could happen, and she is now enjoying the comfort of her foster home. Yvonne could possibly have been someone's pet at one time as she is housetrained and walks nicely on leash. She has already started her heartworm treatment. This treatment is very costly, so we’ve listed Yvonne as a ‘Guardian Angel’ dog. Please know that any donation you can make to assist with her treatment will be greatly appreciated!

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Zema's Story

Little Zema, the almost Warrior Princess needs her family's help, she needs you. Zema is just 2 years old and arrived in foster care last week. Zema promptly had her spay day and 17 of her remaining teeth removed. Zema's immune system is weak as evidenced by the number of teeth a 2 year old dog had to have removed besides the 5 that were missing already. Zema is very yeasty and her eyes and ears are infected. But that is not all that is infected on this poor little one. Zema's spay incision is popping open and her mammary glands are infected. This condition is called Mastitis. Zema’s wounds are weeping a bloody discharge and she is in terrible pain. If the incision tears open more or the infection worsens, she will need another surgery. On top of that when they removed her rotten teeth they left behind the root of one of her top incisors, it is exposed and may need to be removed when she is healthy enough. Little Zema needs round the clock care and might require a couple more surgeries on top of her huge vet expenses to date. Won't you please help Little Zema the almost Warrior Princess - by becoming her Guardian Angel?
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Christmas Soldiers' Story

THE CHRISTMAS SOLDIER STORY: This past Christmas season, Col. Potter was blessed to have FIVE little puppies from two litters born in a puppy mill. We say blessed since often puppies that have health issues or for some reason cannot be used as breeder dogs, their lives are generally quickly ended. This is the cheapest way that mills deal with their mistakes. While all of the pups initially had some minor health issues, one of them was very small and weak, requiring a heat lamp and being fed every 3 or so hours around the clock. The angel who found and pulled these pups has given her whole life and all her resources to getting the mill dogs out; she's a gift to this messed up world, for sure!

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John wrote the words and the clauses
St. Jude is the patron Saint of lost causes.
Five little guys on this Christmas Eve night
are in need of our love and our help in their plight.
Pray the hardest for Jude, he's in the worst shape
than the rest of his unwanted little litter mates.
I know we are all weary from the work that we've done
Their first foster Mom "Merry" is working hard to save each one
Col. Potter, we are all on our bended knees,
please send one of your Angels to help Merry, please.
These little soldiers are in need of your love
We ask you kindly for help from above!

JUDE 12/26: At 11:30 PM Christmas Eve, little Jude crossed over the bridge. He was not alone when he died; the foster mom was there to embrace him. In the two short days in foster care he was loved by many and prayed for by us all. What a shame that he died. This was so needless; if we only got him earlier, perhaps he would have had more of a chance. Bless you little Jude.

MARK & JOHN 1/20: Mark & John shipped out to their active duty stations. They got new families & new names. John got a bigger name: John Buddy & they call him Buddy. Mark got a name that sounds just like Luke’s, but it is spelled different; his mom calls him Lucas.

MATTHEW 1/25: Matthew crosses over to the Rainbow Bridge. Little Matthew has lost his valiant fight with a brain infection. He showed slow improvement through Thursday, but yesterday began to regress in the motor skills he had been gaining: unsteady on his feet & bumping into things. I was almost surprised to find him alive this morning, but he was. He slept for many hours in my arms, although he did rouse to eat twice. I wanted to take him to the vet before he closed at noon and he confirmed what I feared, that the little guy had run out of strength. So, I held him while the vet helped him to the bridge. He will lie beside Bailey, under the lilac bush.

Check out the boys in Basic Training.

LUKE: I am the last of the famous Christmas Soldiers left, and I want a home all my own! Luke is a fluff ball of a puppy who loves to cuddle when picked up and busies himself investigating the world otherwise. He has learned to sleep quietly by himself since his buddies have been adopted. He has already got the paper-training thing figured out. He is allowed access to much of the foster house and will go back to his x-pen on his own to use the papers to do his business. He was not left with his Mom long enough to get much socializing, but the adult dogs at the foster home are teaching him the things a young pup needs to learn. Auntie Tuff has taught him to play bow & wrestle a little. Auntie Mitzy has taught him to let sleeping dogs lie. Uncle Taz is teaching him charge & chase games. Luke was born in a puppy mill and was turned over to rescue because he was thought to have a birth defect that caused him to leak urine. This was found to be inaccurate, but after evaluation we have found that his prepuce (sheath opening) is wider than normal which could allow dirt or debris to enter & irritate the penis. This can easily be repaired at the time of neutering & usually requires a single stitch. We have also determined that his hip joints are poorly formed. The vet feels that he will be able to function quite well if he is not allowed to become overweight. A ranch style home with no stairs would also be helpful, as would a swimming pool for no-stress exercise to keep the muscles strong.

The last of the Christmas Angels is in the process of being adopted now. The memories of losing Jude and Matthew still hurt very much, however, the joy we feel with saving three special boys helps to ease the pain. Thank you to everyone who followed the story of the Christmas Soldiers.

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