Aunt Peggy: From Fearful Pup to Love Bug

May 8, 2021 | 2021 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures, Lee Juslin

by Lee Juslin

Little Aunt Peggy, as the Col. Potter folks named her, was in rough shape when she came into the Cairn rescue. She had a severe ear infection, bad skin, and she walked with a head tilt. As her foster Susan said, “She walked like a drunken sailor.”

Susan, an experienced foster parent for Col. Potter, said that Kiki, as she calls her, was a difficult challenge. She was in a lot of pain and would not let anyone touch her. In addition, she was very fearful, especially when someone reached a hand to her. Susan says she wonders if Kiki had been mistreated or beaten earlier in her life.


Kiki had lived with a woman who took her to the vet, but then did not follow through on the vet’s treatment plan. Eventually, the woman brought Kiki in to the vet to be euthanized. Fortunately, Kiki was handed over to Col. Potter and then to Susan as her foster parent.

Susan took her to the rescue’s vet where her ear infection was treated, although it took several visits. The vet also treated her skin infection and removed a small growth. It took a stay of two weeks at the vet clinic, but, as her pain disappeared, Kiki began to feel better and walk more normally. She had less of a head tilt and no longer walked like “a drunken sailor.”

Susan worked with Kiki every day. She touched her all over until little Kiki became accustomed to her touch. One day, to Susan’s surprise, Kiki allowed herself to be picked up. Then she advanced to sitting in Susan’s lap.

Kiki, under Susan’s care, has become a love bug. She is housebroken and walks well on a leash. She is not particularly interested in toys but does have a favorite lambchop that shares her bed every night. She loves to sit in Susan’s lap and watch TV with her. She barks for her dinner and also barks to direct Susan to do something she wants. Susan says she’s developed into quite a character and gives her at least one good laugh a day. “She’s really a wonderful, loving little dog.”

Kiki has a tendency towards vertigo and is on meds to control the dizziness. She also has trouble getting along with other dogs and is not good with cats. Susan has both and is working with Kiki to correct this. Walking Kiki with other dogs and allowing her to be around her own dogs, Susan says that Kiki is improving in getting along with others.

Kiki, that Susan feels is mostly Australian terrier, is about eleven years old. She has been with Susan since December, 2020 and is now, with her pain and behavior issues a thing of the past, ready for her forever home.

This happy little girl would like her own person to love and watch TV with. An older person who is retired or someone who works from home would be a good match for Kiki. She does not need a fenced-in yard as long as her person takes her on regular walks. An experienced terrier person is needed to understand Kiki’s background and all she has gone through. For the right person, Kiki will be a great companion.

If you would like to learn more about CP, volunteer, or make a very welcome financial donation to help dogs like Aunt Peggy (aka Kiki) with health problems, go to their web site or FB page. Remember, breed rescues like CP with an all volunteer staff, depend on financial, tax free donations from individuals as well as support for their fund raising activities.

You can also make a donation to name a rescued dog to honor a beloved family member like “Aunt Peggy,” a friend, or beloved pet.

Col. Potter will be celebrating their 20th anniversary later this year, so this is an excellent time to make a donation.

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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.


1 Comment

  1. A rose by any name…. Aunt Peggy/Kiki is adorable, and I hope she finds someone to love and care for her forever. Thanks for sharing her story.


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