Callie Mae: Bigger is Just More to Love

Jun 1, 2019 | 2019 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures, Lee Juslin

by Lee Juslin

When Callie Mae came into Col. Potter Cairn Rescue she was a pudgy, thirty pounder, had a UTI, seventeen bladder stones, and ulcers on her corneas. She had been owned by an older couple, and when the husband died, the wife could not stay in her home, so she had to give up Callie Mae. No one in the family wanted her, and she was sent to a shelter in Virginia. Fortunately, Col Potter became aware of Callie Mae’s situation and quickly pulled her from the shelter.

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Callie Mae styling her winter coat

Despite her many health issues, the couple obviously had loved their “little” girl. She loves to walk and is very good on a leash with no tugging or pulling. Sheryl, her foster mom who named Callie Mae after her grandmother, says this over-sized cairn has a very sunny personality. Col Potter had her thoroughly vetted, her UTI is gone, and her bladder stones have been removed. Her only issue now is needing eye ointment, but Sheryl says she is very good about having it applied. Her eyes have a cloudy look, and she has a problem with depth perception, but, overall, her eyesight is good. She has also gotten back to her girlish figure having dropped down to twenty-one pounds.

Callie Mae is not good with other dogs so Sheryl keeps her Cairns separate from her. However, outside she sees the neighbor’s dog through Sheryl’s fence but does not bark or act aggressively. Regular trips to the dog park are helping as well.

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Callie Mae 10 days after eye surgery

Callie Mae seems to love children. There is a playground next to the dog park, and Callie Mae enjoys watching the children, tail wagging.

This larger Cairn girl loves her toys, especially the squeaky ones. She is often seen strolling about carrying a tennis ball. Always ready for a game. She also enjoys sitting and cuddling with her person.

Callie Mae would like a home with a fenced yard, though she does like walks. She would also like a family, couple, or single person where someone is home at least part of the day. She would like to be an only dog, but she would be good with teenagers who could take her for walks and play with her.animal 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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