Shaken, Not Stirred

Dec 31, 2022 | 2022 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures, Lee Juslin, Pets

by Lee Juslin

Martini is a Cairn mix that came into Col. Potter because his elderly owners died. They had originally adopted him from a local rescue and, over the years, provided him with a loving home. Martini at about twenty-five pounds is larger than the Cairn standard and has longer legs. He is about five years old.

When their humans died, a family friend agreed to take both Martini and his buddy, Rossi (watch for his story next week), with the idea of finding them good home(s). Both dogs managed to escape from the friend’s home, but, fortunately, they were recovered by the same local rescue thanks to their microchips. At this point, Jill, from Col. Potter, was contacted and arrangements were made for her to foster both dogs for Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue.

Left to right-Martini & Rossi

Martini is fairly well-behaved. He knows the command, “Sit,” walks well on a leash, does not jump on people, and does not get up on the table. He is also housebroken and crate trained. However, Jill says he needs encouragement to go into his crate at night. Once in his crate, he stays quiet and sleeps through the night.

Not into toys, Martini would rather play with his housemate, Rossi. He is independent and resists being picked up but does like to be next to his human on the couch for snuggles. He likes to be out in the yard to explore and chase squirrels. If he can get hold of cloth or napkins, he will chew on them, so these things need to be kept out of reach. His new person will need to work with Martini to learn the command “Drop It” to help correct his chewing.


Martini would not like to be an only dog. If he and his buddy, Rossi, are not adopted together, he would like another dog in the home to be his new buddy. Since he enjoys being outside, he needs a home with a fenced-in yard. He chases squirrels and seems to have a strong prey drive, so he might not be good living with a cat. He does get along well with other dogs, but perhaps not with an older dog that does not enjoy play and would like to be left alone.

Martini would like a family perhaps with older children to play with in a fenced yard.

If you would like to learn more about CP, volunteer, or make a very welcome financial donation to help dogs like Martini, go to their web site or FB page. Martini is part of Col. Potter’s Mix-It-Up group of Cairn mixes and non-Cairn rescues, so his adoption fee is considerably less.

Remember, breed rescues like CP with an all-volunteer staff, depend on financial, tax-free donations from individuals as well as support for their fundraising activities. They are also looking for good foster homes.

You can also use your donation to name a rescued dog to honor a special family member, a friend, or a beloved pet. As you purchase gifts during the holiday season, remember rescues like Col. Potter and make a donation for breed rescue.


Check out more animal rescue stories in our Pet Perspective section & watch for more stories. You can also keep up with our pet articles by joining our KRL Facebook group.

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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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