by Lee Juslin
Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue Network (CP) is the largest breed rescue in the country. They have rescued nearly 4400 Cairns and mixes since their inception in October, 2001.
CP takes in mixes when they are called upon, and this includes some No Cairn mixes. But, as a Cairn rescue, it is difficult to place a mix, especially one with no Cairn in its make-up.
To give these mixes a better chance at finding a forever home and to compete with shelters, CP offers these dogs at reduced adoption fees: $100 for a dog six years old or younger and $50 for senior dogs. CP finds that like other breed rescues they need to take in these mixes when called because they are often the last resort for such dogs. Volunteers who go to shelters when called for what the shelter people say are Cairn mixes and then find a non-Cairn dog, simply don’t have the heart to leave these pups behind to certain death.
In order to give potential applicants an accurate idea of a dog’s background, CP does DNA tests on all the mixes they take in. Many of these shelter dogs are part Chihuahua, and this can be a problem because, as Sandy a CP volunteer and the organization’s Foster Home Director, told us, “people looking to adopt a Cairn or even a Cairn mix are not interested in a Chihuahua.Carlotta is a No Cairn Mix taken in by CP and currently residing with a foster home in Missouri. She is part Bulldog and part Miniature Schnauzer. When she came in to CP, she was heartworm positive, but has been treated and is now free of the disease.
Carlotta has a lot of bulldog attitude. That is, she is stubborn. Her foster mom says her bulldog feet are like springs, and she has been known to jump over fences. She does need a fenced in yard, but the fence should be at least six feet tall.
This little mix walks well on a leash except when she sees a squirrel or rabbit because she has a strong prey drive. In those instances, it takes a lot of strength to hold her because, though she is only twenty one pounds, she is solid and strong.
Carlotta has a bulldog bark, and like that breed, she is protective of her family. She does not get along with other female dogs, but she is okay with males. She would not do well in a home with young children, and she is a bit skittish especially with loud noises.
Carlotta is housebroken and has no health problems. Her foster mom says she has learned to sit and wait her turn and, though she is bull-headed, she is a sweet girl and would be a good addition to the right family. At only one and a half years old, Carlotta has a lot of love and companionship to give the right person or family.
Carousel is another young, No Cairn Mix looking for her forever home. Carousel was featured in her own article back in September and, though, this feature brought her some attention, she is still looking for the right forever home.
Carousel is what Sandy calls a “little white, phoo-phoo dog” who wants little more than her own home with her own person to love and cuddle with. At only fourteen and a half pounds, Carousel would be good for a retired person living alone or a retired couple. She walks well on a leash, but does need a fenced in yard with a fence of at least five feet tall.
She would be ok with another dog, but wants sole control of her human’s lap. Carousel needs no professional grooming and has no health problems. Sandy described her as just wanting to be loved. “She has an adorable face and is an absolute joy to have around.”
If you would like to learn more about Carlotta, Carousel, or the other mixes Col. Potter Cairn Rescue has available, or if you would like to donate or volunteer, visit the organization’s web site or their Facebook page.
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