How a Shy, Fearful Little Girl Became a Cuddle Bug

Oct 5, 2019 | 2019 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures, Lee Juslin

by Lee Juslin

Moreno Blue Too found herself in a California shelter. Because she was very shy and nervous, the shelter felt she was not a good candidate for adoption. Thinking she was at least part Cairn, the shelter called Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue.

Moreno was pulled from the shelter and placed in one of Col. Potter’s most experienced foster homes. Claudia and her husband have been rescuing and fostering for twenty years. In that time, they have handled a lot of challenging cases, and Moreno Blue Too definitely came with challenges.

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Fortunately, Claudia has two experienced helpers in fostering: her Cairn Twink and her mixed breed Lacey Jane. Both have taken MB, as Claudia calls her, under their “paws.” Twink has taught MB to roll in the grass, and Lacey Jane encourages MB to trust people. As Claudia says, “She needs to learn to be a dog, and my assistants, Twink and Lacey Jane, are helping with that.”

MB is only two- to three-years-old, but, when she came to Claudia, she was leery of people and cameras. Claudia saw right away that she needed to gain self confidence. At first MB would run from people, but, under Claudia’s tutelage, she is blooming and actually enjoys greeting visitors. She has also grown to love being cuddled and loved. Claudia says she is now a sweet, cuddlebug who sits on Claudia’s lap and gazes into her eyes as if she is the most wonderful thing in the world. “It’s definitely humbling,” said Claudia.

MB was a chunky little girl at twenty pounds when she came to Claudia, but she has lost some of that extra weight. No doubt, running and playing with Twink and Lacey Jane has helped her weight problem. Claudia has a variety of dog beds, and MB has picked out her fav, and, at bedtime, she climbs in and waits for Claudia to tuck her in. Then, she sleeps through the night. MB is learning basic commands and walks well on a leash but wants to have another dog with her. Claudia says MB would like a forever home with a fenced-in yard because Twink has taught her to hunt, and she enjoys running around Claudia’s fenced-in yard investigating.

Moreno and Twink rolling in the grass

MB is a loving, gentle soul that needs someone to carry on her training. She would be a good companion for a retired person or a family with older children. She would probably enjoy the company of another dog as long as that dog is confident and accepting.

If you would like to learn more about MB or the other pups at Col. Potter Cairn Rescue, apply to become a foster parent, or make a donation to help this all volunteer organization keep on rescuing sweet pups like MB, contact Col. Potter on Facebook or their web site.



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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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