by Lee Juslin
Broderick had been on the mean streets for a while when he was picked up and sent to a local shelter. That’s where Col Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue found him just hours before he was to be put down.
Julie, his foster mom, says they think he is about ten years old and, in addition, he has some health issues like cataracts that have caused some vision loss. He was so matted when he came into rescue that he had trouble moving. Broderick was going to be a challenge to place in a forever home.
Adding to his problems, Broderick does not get along well with other dogs. “He’s okay with my Westie”, Julie said, “but that’s mostly because she’s used to fosters coming in here and the two ignore each other.” However, before finding his way to Julie, Broderick was first fostered with a CPCRN volunteer in South Carolina. It didn’t work out because there were other dogs in the home. So, the all volunteer rescue group moved him to a foster home in PA where he could be an only dog. Unfortunately, when the family welcomed a new baby, Broderick had to be moved again.
Meanwhile, Judy and some of the other CPCRN volunteers began to wonder if Broderick really was a Cairn or even a Cairn mix. While he looks like a Cairn, he doesn’t have typical terrier behaviors. “Doubts were really raised when I noticed he had no interest in squirrels. Chasing the bushy tails is always high on a terrier’s to-do list.” The group decided to do DNA testing on Broderick to see just what his heritage was and imagine their surprise when Broderick turned out to be a Schnoodle, part Schnauzer and part poodle.
Now, they had to decide if Broderick would stay in Cairn rescue or if they should find a Poodle or Schnauzer rescue that might be better suited for him. “The problem”, Judy said, “is that people come to us looking specifically for a Cairn. We were afraid that by keeping him, we were limiting his chances of finding a good home.”
On the other hand, Brodie, (her pet name for him), because he had been moved around, had become leery of people. “When he came to me in May, he didn’t even want to be patted. I’ve worked with him to get him to trust us and now he will snuggle. And he definitely wants to be where the action is! I’m afraid if we moved Brodie again, it would set him back. Being a senior, he is already in the difficult-to-adopt-out category and, though he’s a good companion, he has some odd behaviors.” Chief among these is his obsession with tidying up. Brodie firmly believes that all toys belong outside, and he will determinedly carry each and every toy he finds in the house out to the backyard. “He can clear a room all by himself, and we’ve lost a number of nice toys because they were left outside.”
Brodie is also difficult when he goes to the vet. “He’s the only dog I’ve ever had to muzzle. It was an experience.”
Despite all his problems and little idiosyncrasies, Brodie behaved very well when Judy hosted a family reunion in July. “He even allowed my father-in-law to pick him up which has always been difficult.” In addition, Judy says she has had at least one family recently inquire about Brodie and she’s got her fingers crossed that he will find a home where he can be the only dog and tidy up to his heart’s content.
Col Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue Network (CPCRN) is a registered 501c3 organization and the largest Cairn rescue in the world. Run completely by volunteers, CPCRN has a network of local and regional members who stand ready to come to the aid of any Cairn terrier in need. Often, they will also aid in the rescue of Scotties, Westies, Cairn mixes and other terriers in need if there is no other breed rescue available.
Dogs are thoroughly vetted, including neutering if necessary, and evaluated as to on-going health needs and temperament issues. They are placed in a foster home until they are ready to be listed on the group’s web site and put up for adoption. If you would like to volunteer with CPCRN, contribute financially, or learn more about the organization, go to their website: Cairn Terrier Rescue.
Check out some great videos of the Cairn rescue’s adoptables on YouTube.
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