Rossi aka Houdini

Jan 7, 2023 | 2023 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures, Lee Juslin, Pets

by Lee Juslin

Rossi, a little terrier mix, came to Col. Potter Cairn Rescue along with his buddy, Martini, also a mix. Both lived in a loving home with an older couple who had adopted them from a local rescue. Sadly, when the couple died, there was no one to take the two dogs.

A friend of the family stepped in to try to rehome Rossi and Martini. While with the friend, they escaped her yard. Luckily, they were both microchipped. They were found and went back to the original, local rescue. When the rescue called Col. Potter, Julie, one of their fosters, agreed to foster them until a home(s) could be found.


Rossi is about eight and a half years old and weighs about fourteen pounds. He has a curly tail and a soft coat. Julie thinks he may be part Pomeranian.

Rossi has a number of fears including some separation anxiety. He is terrified of thunder and hard, pounding rain. In fact, during a thunderstorm, he climbed a chain link fence. He is very fond of Don, Julie’s husband, and follows him around the house. He stays in Don’s home office when he is working. Having proven himself a competent escape artist, Julie kept a leash on him during his early days with her so she could grab him if he should try to make an escape. However, he has settled in and now does not usually try to run out when the door is opened.

Rossi is shy and needs time to adjust to new people. If a stranger were to try to pat him without an introduction, he might nip out of fear. This little pup is not into toys, but would rather play with his pal Martini. He is house trained, knows the “Sit” command, and sleeps through the night in his crate. He doesn’t need regular grooming, but he wears a muzzle for vet visits.

Left to right-Martini & Rossi

Col. Potter is hoping to place these two pals together, however, if that is not possible, Rossi, who is good with other dogs, would like a home with a new pal he could play and hang out with. Rossi is a cuddler with his special person. He would do well with someone who is home to give him attention. Most important, this Houdini needs a securely fenced yard.

If you would like to learn more about CP, volunteer, or make a very welcome financial donation to help dogs like Rossi, go to their website or FB page. Rossi is part of Col. Potter’s Mix-It-Up group of Cairn mixes and non Cairn rescues so his adoption fee is considerably less.

Remember, breed rescues like CP with an all-volunteer staff, depend on financial, tax free donations from individuals as well as support for their fundraising activities. They are also looking for good foster homes.

You can use your donation to name a rescued dog to honor a special family member, a friend, or a beloved pet. As you purchase gifts during the holiday season, remember rescues like Col. Potter and make a donation for breed rescue.


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Lee Juslin is a free lance copywriter living in North Carolina with her husband, Scott, and her band of misfits: Tarquin, a Wheaten Scottish Terrier, and three handicapped cats. They can be seen on their website: Hampshire Hooligans. She owns I B Dog Gone, a small embroidery business and is the author of the Nurse Frosty books for children and Frosty’s Story: Tales of a Therapy Dog. She supports a number of national and regional terrier rescue organizations.


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