Cairn Rescue USA (CRUSA) lists Cairn Terriers and mostly-Cairn mixes that are available for adoption from many other organizations, shelters, and rescue groups as a courtesy to help find them homes. All Cairn Terriers and Cairn Mixes that are in CRUSA’s program can be easily identified by the CRUSA logo located in the "Notes" portion of their listing. For Cairns in CRUSA’s program, please complete our Adoption Application. For all others, please follow the link provided in the listing, as each shelter/rescue group has its own requirements for the adoption of their dogs. To keep our list of adoptable dogs current, we would greatly appreciate your notifying us of ANY non-CRUSA dog listed below that has been placed already.
All dogs are listed by state, and the states are in alphabetical order. This listing is rarely complete as we often have Cairns that have just come into our program and are undergoing evaluation prior to being listed. Please check the listing often as it is updated on a regular basis and at least weekly. All CRUSA dogs are up-to-date on their shots, have been tested for heartworm and parasites, are on heartworm preventive, and have been (or prior to adoption will be) spayed/neutered.
Maddie is a young and active 8 year old, 19 pounds, female Cairn Terrier. She is very sweet and is potty trained, she even uses pee pads if you put them down. She was surrendered to CRUSA due to the terminal illness of her owner.
Maddie loves people and will sometimes jump on them when they first come in the home. She loves to play with her toys and if they go underneath something, she will bark to let you know "hey I want it and can't get it".
Maddie loves children and if they call her she will come, but if an adult calls her, she says "no way", lol. She understands Stay and No, but just like a cairn, she ignores them.
When feeding Maddie, it would be best to feed in a crate, as she does not like to be bothered when she is eating and may snap at you.
She isn't happy about rain or snow, she says “I'm a girl and I don't like getting wet"
Maddie has gotten along with the cairns in her foster home and is doing just fine settling in. Her favorite toy is a pig. She loves to lay on the back of the couch too.
Maddie’s owner was her second owner. She obtained Maddie from a situation of abuse and reports that Maddie does not like to have her head touched suddenly nor her feet. In addition, sudden movements tend to make her a little skittish.
Maddie is spayed, up to date on her vaccines, microchipped, has tested negative for heartworm and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. She is located in a private foster home in Richmond, Kentucky. She is such a sweet girl and does need to live in a foster home, she is waiting for her new parents, won't you please give her a home?
To adopt Maddie, please complete our Online Adoption Application
12-to-13 year-old Boots is an adorable purebred Cairn Terrier that is "anything but senior". This Toto lookalike has plenty of spunk and "terriertude" and appears far younger than his years would suggest.
Boots has been on quite a journey. His 102-year-old owner recently passed away and Boots suddenly found himself transplanted to a new home with new people and animals. But Boots is an adaptable boy and he made the transition like a real champ.
Boots has got it all! He is housetrained and has not had one accident in his foster home. He loves his crate and will sleep peacefully in there at night and go in for an occasional nap during the day.
Boots enjoys everyone he meets and is an equal opportunity lover. He gets along great with the other dogs in the foster home and will tolerate cats as well. He walks beautifully on a leash but also enjoys the freedom that his foster home's fenced yard offers.
Even though Boots is in his twilight years, he is a healthy and robust boy and has many years of love and happiness to offer a family. This would be an ideal companion for a single senior or retired couple who are seeking a faithful companion to snuggle with on the sofa or take for walks. Boots loves the water and will jump into the water without regard for his own safety. For this reason, we cannot consider homes with an in-ground pool unless it is enclosed with a secure fence.
Boots is up-to-date on all his shots and had a dental within the past couple of years. He has had a thorough examination and has been declared to be in great shape!
Pretty Molly is a "super senior" who brings joy to her foster family each and every day. This darling 16-year-old came into Cairn Rescue USA from an Indiana shelter where she was taken when her owner could no longer afford her care.
Molly is a somewhat timid, low-key gal who spends a good deal of her day napping. When awake she follows her foster dad around the house and lets him know when she has to go out and when she is hungry. This is an even-tempered, slightly reserved little lady who has a great deal of love to give.
There are a total of four Cairns in Molly's foster home and she gets along well with all of them.
Molly is crate-trained but her foster family gives her free reign of the house and she'll tend to gravitate towards a favorite chair or pillow.
While Molly is 'mostly' potty-trained and will head for the door when she has to go out, she will leave a little "present" from time to time and is not 100% reliable. Molly would be a wonderful addition to a flexible, quieter home with a fenced yard and an owner who is home throughout the day. She would do best in a household with at least one other older dog as she seems to like canine companionship. Her future family must be able to commit to the emotional and financial responsibilities that come with owning and caring for a senior dog.
Molly is up-to-date on all her annual vaccinations and has tested negative for heartworm disease. Like many seniors she has cataracts and is somewhat hard of hearing. In the past, she had blood in her urine and although this condition has not re-occurred in quite a while, she is on a special prescription diet and her future home must be committed to maintaining her food regimen.
Below is a video of Molly:
If you cannot adopt Molly but would like to sponsor her, please use the paypal button before. You do not have to have a paypal account to use paypal.
Hi! My name is Devlin. I am a little 2 year old, cream-colored, male cairn terrier. I am just the cutest, sweetest little fellow you could ever meet. Foster mom thinks that I may have some westie blood mixed in me because I am so small and light-colored.
How I Got to CRUSA
I came to CRUSA from a shelter in Arkansas. Foster Mom says that is a long way from Kentucky. I was a stray and no one would claim me, so CRUSA stepped in and sent in a nice man to get me and bring me back in a plane so I could find a forever home.
I Am Small
I only weigh about 11 pounds now and my foster mom says that is wonderful. I came in very thin, probably from not eating while I was a stray, but my foster mom is feeding me some great food. I have gained a whole pound since she got me, and that has only been a couple of weeks. I could eat all day if she would let me, but she says I have to eat small meals, so my tummy won’t get upset. When I first came in, I would eat like it was going to be my last meal so my foster mom had to hand feed me, giving me 1 or 2 kibbles at a time, to keep me from gobbling up my food too fast and choking on it. I am doing better now with my eating and I am chewing up my food and not choking on it anymore.
From His Foster Mom
Devlin is the sweetest little guy you will ever meet. He has not met a stranger yet that he does not like. Devlin is great with other dogs, and does not even mind the resident cat walking around. Of course the resident cat wants nothing to do with Devlin, which is typical for the resident cat. Devlin always wants to play with his favorite resident cairn, Aidan who is 20 pounds, but that does not bother Devlin at all. Devlin also loves to play with toys. He is such a love bug too. He is your typical terrier when it comes to barking at the squirrels in the yard, but once you tell him to stop, he does. He has very good manners. He knows how to sit, come (yes, he actually comes when you call him the first time, wish my own would!), and stay, well sort of, he gets to excited and wants nothing more than to be played with and held, which is just fine. He also walks great on a leash. He loves playing in the fenced yard, so we would prefer that his forever home have one, but it is not a requirement.
I do not think Devlin has a mean bone in his body. He is not aggressive about anything, except when the resident cairns get too close to his food. He only growls at them and they know to leave him alone. He is always happy go lucky and even smiles at times. Devlin is also about 99% housebroken, he does have an accident once in a while, but I think that is more my fault for not letting him out more often. I forget he is just a little thing and cannot hold it as long as the resident cairns do. Devlin also loves kids, but they must be over the age of 7 and know how to be respectful of animals. If you have children that live in or visit your home and wish to adopt Devlin, please read our FAQs and make sure you meet our adoption criteria for families with children.
Devlin is crate trained and does not bark or whine when in his crate. Devlin also loves to sleep in the bed with me. Of course he thinks he has to play for a while before he or you fall asleep. He does not bark in the night, but he will wake you in the morning when it is time for him to get up. Thank goodness that is not too early!
Devlin is neutered, up to date on his vaccines, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is micro-chipped. He is also on a monthly flea and heartworm preventative. He is currently located in a private foster home in Louisville, Kentucky. Please won’t you give Devlin his forever home? He will give you more love than you can imagine.
Meet Nala: Enjoying The Simple Things In Life
Nala is a 7 yo female Cairn Terrier who came to CRUSA from a Pennsylvania shelter. The shelter reports that Nala came from a puppy mill. As former mill dogs, she is shy and is still learning to be a pet and to enjoy grass, good food, clean water, baths, grooming, walking on leash and playing with toys and other dogs.
A Special Sweet Soul
Nala's Foster Parents are still working on her house training and improvement has been made, but, it does take time for mill dogs to learn the ropes. Nala is such a sweetheart, when you look into Nala's big eyes you can see the fear she feels but now also a little happiness. Like most puppy mill dogs if you move too fast, she will bolt or freeze in fear so you have to move slow around her.
Just a Little More, Please
Nala likes to sit to the side and watch the other dogs most of the time. She is learning to play but she is cautious of what is going on around her. She does like to be rubbed and will let you know she is not satisfied yet by talking to you or tapping you with her paw.
Dinner Time Success
Nala has moved to eating in the dining room with her Foster Canine Siblings which is a big step for her. She gets so excited and even barks at her Foster Dad when she thinks he is not moving fast enough for her when it is dinner time. Nala is getting closer every day to coming when her name is called. Nala is also getting better with the walking on a lead but still needs work.
Like all CRUSA dogs, Nala is spayed, up-to-date on her vaccinations, has tested negative for heartworm disease, is micro-chipped and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Bowie is a female Cairn Terrier who just turned 11 years old on September 22. She came to CRUSA from a shelter. She is housetrained.
I Am Great with Children!
Unlike most Cairns Bowie LIKES and is very good with children. She is quiet and a laid back kind of girl, again very unusual for a Cairn.
I Am a Delight to Walk!
Bowie walks very nicely and gently on the leash. There is nothing more calming than taking a well behaved dog on and walk; and with Bowie you can do just that.
Other Dogs Are OK
Bowie gets along with other dogs as long as they do what she says. She might be happier in a home where she is the only dog or in a home where the other dog will let her be the Alpha.
Belly Rub Please!
Bowie loves to be petted and if you have the time she especially love belly rubs. Nothing better in life then relaxing and giving your new best friend a belly rub!
Where Is Bowie Now?
Bowie is located in a private Foster Home in Odenton, Maryland.
I Am Up To Date!
Bowie is up-to-date on her vaccinations, has been spayed, is microchipped, has tested negative for heartworm disease, and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Meet Sassy B. Dazzle!
Sassy B. Dazzle is an 12 yo female Cairn Terrier that was dumped at a local shelter by her owner because she was too old. Sassy was confused and terrified at the shelter and would have been euthanized, but a compassionate shelter worker called CRUSA and alerted us to Sassy's plea.
I Need Your Help!
Sassy is a sweet senior and a loyal companion but she has an enlarged heart and that has made it difficult for her to find a forever home. While in CRUSA, she takes heart meds, such as Enalapril, that are very expensive. Won't you please help CRUSA continue to procure Sassy her heart medications by making a tax-deductible donation?
I Am Up To Date.
Sassy is spayed, up to date on her vaccines, has been tested for heartworm disease, is on a monthly heartworm preventative and is microchipped. She has an enlarged heart as mentioned above and takes heart medications.
Where is Sassy Now?
Sassy is located in a private home in Odenton, Maryland. To see more photos of Sassy, click HERE.
CRUSA Saves Another Cairn
Duncan Sr. came into CRUSA from a kill shelter in WV as a stray.
A Little Sweetie
Duncan is 10 years old and is just a very nice little dog. During his physical the Vet detected a heart murmur. Duncan also tested positive for Lyme and he is being treated for it.
House Trained? YES
Duncan is house trained and walks very gently on the leash. He loves to be held and carried. He is just a real joy to have around. He takes a treat very gently from your hand.
Fatten Me Up Please
Duncan only weighs about ten pounds and loves to eat. He is underweight and needs to gain a pound or two.
Where Is Duncan Now?
Duncan is located in a private Foster Home in Odenton, MD.
Duncan is up-to-date on all vaccinations, has been neutered, has tested negative for heartworm disease, micro-chipped and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. If you are interested in adopting Duncan, please complete our Adoption Application.
Zuka is a 7 year old female Cairn Terrier. She came to CRUSA after her owner, who was dying of cancer, gave her to a shelter.
My Special Needs. Please Be Sure You Can Meet Them.
When we first got Zuka from the shelter, she weighed only seven pounds and you could see every bone in her body. As it turned out, Zuka had an undiagnosed pancreatic enzyme deficiency and was starving to death as a result of it. Her levels were 0.4 while normal levels are 5 to 35. CRUSA's vet brought her pancreatic enzyme deficiency under control with Viokase-V and she began gaining weight slowly but surely, to a normal level. She now weighs 15 pounds and requires a 1/4 teaspoon of the Viokase-V twice daily. She will need to stay on the Viokase-V for the rest of her life plus she will also need to take a daily Vitamin B pill and a multivitamin supplement.
I Am Housetrained! Plus I Am Good at Catching Treats!
Zuka is housebroken and will let you know when she wants to go out. She sleeps nicely in bed with her foster mom every night and does not leave the bed until the morning. Overall, she is a very happy little girl and loves the attention her foster mom gives her. She also is very good at catching bites when thrown to her!
I Walk Nicely on A Leash and Love Cuddling! I Like Children! I Also Like Other Dogs So Long as They Don't Live With Me.
Zuka walks nicely on the leash and she loves to cuddle next to someone. She is a really sweet little girl and likes children and other dogs. However, while she likes other dogs she meets and plays nicely with them, she is too alpha and will eventually intimidate them or even beat them up if they live with her, so she should really be an only dog. Zuka has been adopted twice to homes with other dogs and has been returned precisely because she ended up intimidating the resident dog (two labs the first time and a cairn the second time).
I Am a Goofy Dog!
Zuka is a sweet goofy dog, who likes to have fun and entertain you. She likes to wear t-shirts and will ask you to put one on her.
I Am Up To Date!
Zuka is up-to-date on her vaccinations, has been spayed, is microchipped, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. As noted above she does require Viokase-V twice daily, a vitamin B pill and a multivitamin supplement.
Where is Zuka Now?
Zuka is being fostered in a private home in Odenton, Maryland.
See More Photos of Me and Watch My Video!
To see more photos of Zuka, click HERE. Below is a short video of Zuka:
Please Sponsor Me!
If you cannot adopt me, please consider sponsoring me. Make a tax-deductible donation to help CRUSA buy the Viokase-V that I need to take twice daily by clicking on the paypal button below (I thank you!):
Otis is an 9 year old male Cairn Terrier who was surrendered to CRUSA by his owner after the owner became ill and could no longer afford to care for Otis.
I Am HouseTrained and Crate Trained
Otis is housetrained but of course if left alone for long periods, he may have an accident. Otis sleeps in his crate at night.
I Get Along With Other Dogs But Would Not Miss Them
Otis has been warming up slowly to the other Cairns in his foster home. However, since he lived for 8 years as an only dog, he does not appear to miss canine company and would do well as an only dog.
I Have Dry Eye and Need You To Put Eyedrops in my Eyes
Otis came to CRUSA matted and with severe dry eye that had not been taken care of in his prior home. He is now on prescription eye drops that need to be put in his eyes several times a day and will need to remain on the eye drops for the rest of his life as his tearducts no longer produce tears. A stay at home parent would be ideal for Otis.
Prefer an Adults-Only Terrier-Experienced Home
Otis sleeps in his crate at night, and his new family should NOT let him sleep in bed with them nor sit on the furniture next to them because if he falls asleep, he does not like to be moved or disturbed while sleeping. For that reason we also prefer a terrier-experienced home for Otis with adults only and no children.
I Am Up To Date!
Otis is up-to-date on his vaccinations, is microchipped and has been neutered. He has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. As noted above, he also requires eyedrops for his dry eye condition.
Where is Otis Now?
Otis is being fostered in a private home in Aberdeen, Maryland. To Adopt him, please fill out an Adoption Application.
See More Photos of Me!
To see more photos of Otis, click HERE.
Bella lives up to her name. She is a beautiful, loyal, fun loving, charcoal grey and silver Cairn with penetrating eyes that communicate and shine with intelligence and alertness. She had a skin problem in the past, but it has been under control with periodic medicated baths and benadryl during the allergy seasons. Bella is on a diet because she weighs about 24 pounds and should shed several of them. She was surrendered due to her owner’s health issues and the fact that she will be moving to a home where pets are not allowed.
I Can Act Like a Puppy, but I’m House Trained, I Don’t Chew on the Furniture, and I’ll Actually Listen to My Owner!
Despite her weight, Bella is very energetic and playful. She loves playing “fetch” and chewing on nylabones and squeaky toys (which she is very hard on). Like a puppy, she is very inquisitive, both indoors and out. When you talk to her, she looks straight into your eyes and cocks her head to the side, like a puppy, trying to understand. If you are not pleased with her behavior and tell her “no”, she will usually stop what she is doing and look chastened. She is affectionate and likes being with her foster parents; she will follow
them around the house and camp out next to them when they settle in. She is not a lap dog, though. She’s friendly with people. If you give her a belly or butt rub she will grunt contentedly. She goes into her crate on her own at night and stays there the entire night. She likes her walks with the resident Cairns, and while she enjoys a good sniff as much as the next Cairn, she is a walking sniffer, not a stationary sniffer.
I Live for the Day I Can Catch a Squirrel or a Rabbit!
If there’s squirrel or rabbit within the range of Bella’s senses, watch out! If she is inside, she will scratch like crazy to get out and get that critter. If outside, she will pull as if her life depended upon it, often without warning. When she is on a walk, she does a lot of looking around for you know who. She is likely do well in AKC earthdog trials. We do not know how she is with cats, but being so prey driven, there is a good chance she would not do well with one in her home.
I Can Have Problems with Other Dogs, and They Tell Me I Have to be The Lone Ranger in My New Home!
In her foster home, Bella has shown that she can be jealous of the two resident Cairns and eager to demonstrate who is Top Cairn. She has initiated scuffles with them over food, toys, attention, who gets to occupy certain space, who goes in and out the door first, and for no apparent reason. But she likes going on walks with them and will wait for them once she is out the door and at the end of the driveway, and then walk merrily with them after they catch up. She also got into a couple of scuffles when let loose in a dog park. Therefore, Bella must go to a home where she will be the only dog. That is not to say that she can never meet other dogs. She has met many dogs on her walks outside without a single problem, sometimes offering to play with them. But she must be closely watched and kept on a firm lead.
I’m Up-to-Date and Ready to Go!
Bella is up-to-date on all vaccinations, she has been spayed, has tested negative for heartworm disease, is micro-chipped and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Where Am I Now?
Bella is located in a private home in Aberdeen, Maryland.
Ella is a friendly, sweet one year old female Cairn mix who has a lot of energy and loves her toys. Ella is very intelligent and learns commands easily. She can sit, stay (kind of), and knows what get down means. Ella is a very high energy puppy and needs a fenced yard and another dog to play with or she will get bored. Trust us!
Ella is housebroken, but if left alone for long periods, she may have an accident, so CRUSA is looking for a new forever home for her where someone will be home most of the day or can come home during lunch, and is willing to work with Ella on keeping her housebroken.
On Dogs, Cats and Children
Ella loves to play chase and be chased by her canine brothers and sisters. Not sure if she likes cats, but the foster parents think she would do well with older children.
Sleeping & Feeding Arrangements
Ella is a very good girl and at night, she sleeps peacefully in her crate with her favorite toy, or on her foster parents’ bed. Ella is fed in the kitchen with the other dogs so she can learn both manners and to not eat the other dogs’ food.
I Am Up to Date
Ella is spayed, up-to-date on her vaccines, micro-chipped, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
See More Photos of Me!
To see more photos of Ella, click HERE.
Where is Ella Now?
Ella is located in a private foster home in Accokeek, Maryland.
Nemo is a very sweet 9 year old Cairn boy. He is still very energetic for his age. He loves to sleep with his foster mom and curls up like a little worm. He also loves toys and his dog bed. It takes him a bit of time to eat since he is missing a couple of his bottom teeth.
On Housetraining, Walking and Crating
Nemo is fully housebroken. He does excellent on leashed walks. He is not crate trained and does not like crates.
On Dogs, Cats and Children
Nemo does well with his canine foster sisters and brothers. Not sure about cats or young children.
Nemo rides well in the car. CRUSA asks all adopting families to either crate their dogs while riding in a car or use a doggie seat belt for the safety of both the dog and the owners.
I Am Up to Date
Nemo is neutered, up-to-date on his vaccines and microchipped. He also has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Where is Nemo Now?
Nemo is located in a private foster home in Odenton, Maryland.
Floorjte is a 3 yo female Cairn Terrier who was surrendered to CRUSA when the human baby in her home started to crawl.
Floorjte has Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI), which means that her pancreas does not produce the enzyme needed to digest food. She is on a special diet and the enzyme must be added to her food.
Floorjte is housebroken and will let you know when she wants to go out. Since she is housebroken, she is not being crated. She sleeps nicely in bed with her foster mom every night and never leaves the bed until the morning.
On Dogs, Cats and Children
Floorjte plays some with the other dogs in her foster home, but one can tell that she has been an only dog since she has a tendency to growl if another dog gets too close to her bed. She does not like little children, which is the reason she was surrendered but would do okay with children over the age of 10. Her foster home does not have cats, so we do not know how she would do with cats.
CRUSA asks all adopting families to either crate their dogs while riding in a car or use a doggie seat belt for the safety of both the dog and the owners.
I Am Up to Date
Floorjte is spayed, up-to-date on her vaccines, micro-chipped, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Where is Floorjte Now?
Floorjte is located in a private foster home in Odenton, Maryland.
Please Sponsor Me!
If you cannot adopt me, please consider sponsoring me. Make a tax-deductible donation by clicking on the paypal button below to help CRUSA buy the Viokase-V that I need to take twice daily and also the six B-12 injections that will get my B12 levels back to normal. Dogs with EPI like me will sometimes have a B12 deficiency and need these injections. I thank you!:
Abby is a friendly, sweet 13 year old Cairn girl who was returned to CRUSA by her adoptive family after 7 years because they did not want to deal with the incontinence that little Abby had developed as she aged. Abby does not bark but makes a rooing sound. She loves to be held and is very laid back. She takes treats very gently but is not the best when it comes to walking on the leash as she is all over the place. She spends most of her day sleeping.
Although Abby is housebroken, she does suffer from incontinence, but is on medication for it and is doing very well. CRUSA is looking for a new forever home for Abby where someone will be home most of the day and is able to take Abby out frequently to keep her housebroken.
On Dogs, Cats and Children.
Abby gets along very well with her canine foster brothers and sisters. Not sure if she likes cats, as the foster mom does not have any. The foster mom thinks she would do well with older children.
At night, Abby sleeps in her crate with the door open.
Abby is fed in the kitchen with the other dogs so she can learn both manners and to not eat the other dogs’ food.
I Am Up to Date
Abby is up-to-date on all of her vaccines, micro-chipped and spayed. She has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Where is Abby Now?
Abby is located in a private foster home in Odenton, MD.
Help CRUSA Buy My Medicines!
If you cannot adopt me, please help CRUSA buy my medicines by making a tax deductible donation clicking the paypal button below (you do not have to have a paypal account to use paypal so long as you have a credit card). I THANK YOU!:
Cairn Poodle Mixed Together - You Get Me!
Kobi is a 7 year old male. He is a Cairn mix, likely mixed with poodle from the texture of his coat.
I Am Fully Housetrained!
Kobi is fully housetrained.
No Special Diet Required
Kobi's only problem is that he eats just about anything he can get into his mouth, including paper, leaves, cigarette butts, etc. His new owners will need to be watchful on walks. When he gets something he wants he stands over it and guards it and growls. However, he knows the command "DROP IT" and when he walks away the object can be picked up. If he is a little stubborn to "DROP IT", a little squirt from a water bottle will do the trick.
I Am Very Loving!
Kobi is a very affectionate dog. He also walks very nicely on the leash, just watch out for those stray cigarette butts or trash! As for sleeping habits, he does like to sleep in bed with you.
Where Is Kobi Now?
Kobi is located in a private foster home in Odenton, MD.
I Am Up-To-Date
Kobi is up-to-date on all vaccinations, has been neutered, has tested negative for heartworm disease, micro-chipped and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. If you are interested in adopting Kobi, please complete our Adoption Application.
See More Photos of Me!
To see more photos of Kobi, click HERE.
Seamus is a 5 year old male Cairn Terrier who was surrendered to a local shelter by his owners because he was too high energy for them and their young child. Seamus or as he was called in his prior home, "Z", is a good-natured, healthy, energetic, and intelligent 17 pound Cairn. He was adopted from the shelter by a lady with a Briard but unfortunately the Briard did not like the newcomer and the 2 got in a fight and that is how Seamus ended up in CRUSA. In his foster home, Seamus gets along well with the resident terriers. He is easy to train and eager to please and looks for direction. His hunting instinct is strong and it can be challenging to get his attention when he is on the trail of prey but he is getting better at being redirected from his pursuit. His foster dad reports that Seamus is making rapid progress, turning into a model canine citizen. His energy varies from high to relaxed and mellow. He is not a big eater, more of a grazing eater, although he does favor treats once he gets settled in and adjusted to his new surroundings. He has NO issues about food, toys, or crate territory.
On Dogs, Cats and Children
Seamus likes to romp and play with other dogs, but has a dislike for squirrels and cats and a strong hunting instinct, so no cats please.
I Love Walks
Seamus loves to go for leashed walks and walks pretty well on leash.
Seamus is housebroken as well as crate trained.
CRUSA asks all adopting families to either crate their dogs while riding in a car or use a doggie seat belt for everyone’s safety.
I Am Up to Date
Seamus is neutered, up to date on his vaccines, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is micro-chipped. He is also on a monthly heartworm preventative. He is currently located in a private foster home in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Smoochie is an 8 yo female Cairn Terrier who was surrendered to CRUSA after her owner died. She is very playful with the other cairns in her foster home but her favorite activity is to think about her next meal. She loves to eat and it shows in her weight!
UPDATE: I HAVE GLAUCOMA! (and may have Ocular Melanosis, a genetic condition that affects Cairn Terriers only)
We took Smoochie to the vet because she was limping. Turns out that her legs were fine but her eyes are not. She has glaucoma in both eyes and requires eyedrops (Dorzolamide HCL 2%), twice a day, and will require them for the rest of her life. The drops cost $59 and last approximately 3 weeks. We need to take her to a vet opthalmologist to determine if the glaucoma is primary or secondary to Ocular Melanosis (OM), a relatively rare but inherited condition that affects Cairn Terriers only, in which both eyes start producing too much pigment, the pigment accumulates and causes the glaucoma. In OM, the eyes may eventually need to be surgically removed if they continue to produce and accumulate pigment and the eyedrops are not able to lower the resulting high Intra Ocular Pressure (IOP). The dog may also start losing its eyesight from the damage to the ocular nerve caused by the increased IOP. If you would like to make a donation towards Smoochie's eye drops, please use the button below:
I Am Affectionate and Laid Back
Smoochie is a doll. She loves running to you when you call her name or when you come home, tail wagging at full speed. She also loves going to the yard and sitting below a tree to watch the birds and squirrels. They fascinate her. She has a very good temperament, is affectionate and very laid back and loves watching TV with you, licking your hands (but does not give you kisses) and having her belly rubbed.
I Am Housetrained But Can Exhibit Submissive Urination
Smoochie is housetrained but can exhibit submissive urination when greeting you as you come home if you use a baby voice or a high pitched voice to greet her. This is a behavior where the dog leaks a little bit of urine out of excitement or to acknowledge that you are higher in the pack rank.
Smoochie Needs to Lose Weight.
Smoochie tends to gain weight easily and does not like to walk a lot, so it is difficult to lose what she gains. She will need to be put on a diet. She currently weights 25 lbs and should probably weigh only 17 lbs.
I Get Along With Other Dogs.
Smoochie gets along very well with all the other Cairns in her foster home and plays with all of them. Her foster home does not have cats, so we do not know how she would do with cats.
Smoochie would do best with a stay-at-home parent, perhaps a retiree or an owner who works from home or who works part time or who is otherwise home a lot to spend time with her and take her out for walks so she can continue to lose weight. We also strongly prefer a home with a fenced yard as it is likely that she will eventually lose her eyesight from the glaucoma.
I Am Up To Date!
Smoochie is spayed, up to date on her vaccines, microchipped, has been tested for heartworm disease, and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Where is Smoochie Now?
Smoochie is being fostered in a private home in Princeton Junction, NJ.
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Sasha is a small and very pretty 9 year old female Cairn Terrier, who was surrendered to CRUSA by her owners because of severe skin allergies. Despite her allergies, Sasha has a brave spirit and a very spunky and super-friendly personality. She loves to play fetch and will bring you a toy or a ball whenever she sees you and demand that you play with her. Sometimes she even forgets that she is the dog and will throw the ball for you to go get it.
I Am Housetrained
Sasha is fully housetrained. In her foster home, Sasha uses a doggie door to let herself out into the fully-fenced backyard and is also taken out for a daily walk. She walks well on the leash. She is also crate trained and at night she sleeps peacefully in her crate. She is not destructive and can be given free reign of the house during the day and even at night. If during her walk she sees a tennis ball on the sidewalk, she will go and pick it up and carry it in her mouth the entire way home.
Sasha gets along well with other dogs but her true love are humans. She loves and craves attention and would probably like to be the only dog in the home and not have to share her human(s). We do not know how she would do with cats since her foster home does not have any. Older children would be okay but young children would not, as she sometimes forgets to be gentle when taking her treats and can scratch your hands and fingers with her teeth if you forget to remind her to be gentle. This is because the steroids that she takes for her autoimmune disease keep her hungry all the time.
I Am Up To Date
Sasha is spayed, up to date on her vaccines, is microchipped, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. She is currently under the care of a vet dermatologist.
My Skin Condition
Sasha suffers from an autoimmune disease that causes her skin (body, face, neck and legs) to break out into crusty lesions that bleed, irrespective of what she is fed. This is likely the result of years of feeding a corn-based dog food. We are working with her vet dermatologist to find the right balance of autoimmune system suppressant and steroids to stabilize her skin and allow her to live a normal life. We hope to find that balance in the next couple of months. She also gets baths as needed with a medicated dog shampoo.
Please Help CRUSA Help Me.
Sasha’s dermatology treatment and meds have been expensive, costing CRUSA over $2,000 so far. If you cannot adopt Sasha, please consider making a tax-deductible donation using the paypal link below, so CRUSA can continue to provide her the treatment that she still needs. Sasha thanks you.
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Watch My Videos!
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Where is Sasha Now?
Sasha is being fostered in a private home in Princeton Junction, New Jersey.
Meet Charlie Brown!
Charlie Brown is an 11 year old, black brindle, male Cairn Terrier who thrives on attention.
I Am Fully HouseTrained and I Walk Nicely on Leash.
Charlie is fully housetrained. In his foster home, Charlie uses a doggie door to let himself out into the fully-fenced yard but in his prior home he did not have a fence and was walked. As he is a talker, he will tell you when he needs to go for a potty break. Charlie loves walks and walks nicely on the leash and does not pull. He is used to socializing with other dogs and when he sees another dog being walked, he wants to go say hello.
I Am a Talker and I Also Love Toys and Love To Cuddle!
If you have had Cairns, you know that many talk to you (you just may not understand them but they think you do) and Charlie is a talker. He also loves toys, especially the squeaky kind and he loves killing the squeaky. His favorite activity however is getting your attention. He thrives on attention! As soon as he sees you, he brings out a toy for you to play with him. And he loves cuddling! If you sit on the couch, he must sit right next to you, the closer to you, the better. He is not a licker, however, and is content just being with you.
I Like To Have a Routine.
Charlie is a dog that likes to have and follow a routine. Even with his harness, he likes wearing it 24/7 and feels naked if you forget to put it on him after a bath and actually asks you (by barking) to put it on him.
My Ideal Home.
Charlie Brown would thrive in a Cairn-experienced home or in a home that has experience with rescued dogs and preferably that has only adults and NO children under 12 that live there or that visit. Someone who works from home or who is retired (and therefore home a lot) would be best. He specially needs someone who will give him time to adjust to his new surroundings and get to know his new owners and who will not rush him to do things or to fit in. If he fears you, if you rush him, if you corner him or if you try to get him out from under a bed or a table when he is hiding during a storm, he may snap at you out of fear. It does not matter if there is a fence so long as he can be walked several times during the day. He is NOT however a city dog as he is too fearful and would not do well with all the cars and people that are typical of city living. A canine companion would be a plus but is not a must. We are not sure how he would do with cats. At the vets, he has seen and approached the kittens that are up for adoption, trying to smell them, but has not tried to hunt them or hurt them. In general, he does not appear to have a strong hunting instinct.
I Am Very, Very Afraid of Thunder and Firecrackers
Charlie is very afraid of storms and firecrackers and needs to wear a Thurndershirt whenever there is thunder or firecrackers. Even with the Thundershirt, he shakes. If he hides under a table during a storm, you need to let him come out of hiding on his own terms, whenever he is ready, and not force him out or reach for him, or he may snap at you out of fear.
I Cannot Be Crated.
Charlie does not like crates and will bark for hours if you crate him. He does not need to be crated during the day, however, as he is housetrained and is not destructive and does not chew things that are not his and stays out of trouble when by himself. On occasion he will go into a crate to rest or sleep but on his own terms and you must leave the door to the crate open or he starts barking.
I Am Up To Date.
Charlie is neutered, up to date on his vaccines, has been tested for heartworm disease, is on a monthly heartworm preventative and is microchipped.
Where is Charlie Now?
Charlie is located in a private home in Princeton Junction, New Jersey.
Dulie is a 2 year old, cream-colored, male cairn terrier, who weights approximately 16 pounds. He came from a shelter where he was surrendered by his family. His papers say that he is purebred but since he came from a petstore and therefore, a puppymill, it is possible that he has some westie blood in his lineage. His hair is soft (from being groomed with a clipper instead of being stripped) so he would NOT work out for a family prone to allergies.
I Am Housetrained!
Dulie is housetrained but may mark in the house if there is another male dog. He would do best with a well-socialized female cairn that can play with him and would also do well as an only dog, as he will play by himself with toys. In his foster home, Dulie plays hard and runs in the fenced yard chasing birds and squirrels. He also likes to play fetch but lets the other dogs in his foster home bring back the ball. He seems to have a strong hunting instinct and is likely to chase a resident cat, so no cats please.
No Apartments and No Crates For Dulie
Because Dulie has a very loud and high pitched bark, he really is not suitable for apartment or townhouse living. He does need to be walked frequently or have a fenced yard to burn off his abundant energy. He enjoys leashed walks and also likes to hunt birds and squirrels in the fenced yard, but has yet to catch one. He does not tolerate crating and will bark and soil his crate if you try crating him. He has a good appetite.
Still Mouthy and Very Much a Talker
Dulie is mouthy and needs to be corrected, so no children under the age of 7 please. When he starts mouthing, he will stop if you tell him No or if you otherwise let him know that he is hurting you. He is also a talker so we prefer a home with cairn experience as one without it could confuse his talking with growling. And he can growl over a bone or similar high-prized treat, so it is best to avoid those. In his foster home, he sleeps on a dog bed and loves to sleep with his four legs up in the air. He is an affectionate little guy and seeks attention and affection. He likes to give kisses and to lay on your lap when you sit on the couch.
Up To Date
Dulie is neutered, up to date on his vaccines, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is micro-chipped. He is also on a monthly heartworm preventative. He is currently located in a private foster home in Princeton Junction, New Jersey.
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Tracie is a very pretty 9 year old, cream-colored female Cairn terrier who loves food, attention and toys. She is looking for an adult-only, terrier experienced home where she can be the only dog.
Tracie came to CRUSA from NYC, from a situation of neglect, with elephant skin on her back and tail from untreated skin allergies, infected ears, and a urinary tract infection. She was found roaming the streets of New York City and when her owners were contacted (she is microchipped) they said that they did not want her back as she had been purchased for a son who was no longer living at home. We also found out that they kept her as an outside dog all year round (in Queen NY which has harsh, cold winters).
My Special Need: Atopica
Initially we were able to bring her allergies under control with medicated baths and a corn-free diet, otomax for her ears and antibiotics. Her skin healed, her hair grew back and she got over her UTI and ear infection. Eventually, however, her skin allergies returned and she developed crusty lesions all over her body. Changing food had no effect although the allergies seemed to worsen with chicken, so we now avoid feeding her chicken. The allergies are apparently due to an overreaction of her immune system and Tracie now requires Atopica (25 mg daily) to suppress her immune system and thereby keep her skin healthy. With the Atopica, her hair grew back and the lesions disappeared.
I Am Housetrained!
Tracie is 100% housetrained. She is also crate trained and will just as easily sleep in her crate, as in a dog bed.
I Am a Laidback, Yet Spunky Cairn!
Tracie has a spunky personality. She always appears to be laughing and enjoys being a little mischievous by, for example, going into rooms where she is normally not allowed to go. She also prances when her humans come home. With toys, she loves destroying the stuffed ones and will even un-stuff a dog bed if she is bored and alone. At the vets, she is very well behaved with the doctors but will bark at other dogs in the waiting room. Tracie can also be laid back and enjoys watching television with her humans and sitting next to them on the couch. She will actively ask to be petted, putting her head under your hand and loves to give kisses too. She also loves going for walks and walks nicely on the leash but she can be reactive to cars, buses, trucks, bicyclists and other dogs and needs to be corrected. It is best to walk Tracie at a time when there are not too many people or traffic outside, and her home should have a fenced yard for the times when the streets are too busy to walk her.
I Get Along With Other Dogs But Would Do Best as an Only Dog. Cats are Okay.
While Tracie has learned to get along and play with the other cairns in her foster home, she can still pick up fights over food, attention and toys and that is why we would prefer a home where she is the only dog. She has come across some cats and appears indifferent to them.
I Need Exercise!
Tracie is a little overweight at the moment and needs a new forever home that will walk her to lose those extra pounds. She has a very good appetite and is very smart and will work for treats.
I Am Up To Date
Tracie is spayed, current on her vaccinations, microchipped, has been tested for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. As noted above, she also take a 25 mg Atopica pill daily for her skin allergies.
Where is Tracie Now? (Local Adoptions Only Please)
Tracie is located in a private foster home in Princeton Junction, NJ. Due to her issues (see above), she can only be adopted to a home within a 90 mile radius of Princeton Junction. We also require that the home adopting her meet her at her foster home on at least 2 occasions and spend time with her during these meetings before taking her home so she will be familiar with her new owner.
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Please Sponsor Me!
If you cannot adopt me, please consider sponsoring me. The Atopica pill I need is expensive but I will break out in crusty lesions if I do not take it daily. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help CRUSA buy my pills. Click on the paypal button below:
Erin is a 7 year old black brindle female Cairn Terrier who came to CRUSA from a situation of severe neglect, with elephant skin and missing most of her hair. She (along with her sister Daisy who has since been adopted) was removed by animal control from a backyard breeder after she had lost most of her hair from months of being flea-infested. Erin’s hair grew back after roughly six months of medicated baths and creams except in 4 small spots where the hair follicles were too damaged. These 4 small spots remained bald, but that just adds to her cuteness.
I am House Trained and Love Playing Fetch!
Erin is 100% house trained. She is also very playful and high energy and loves playing fetch.
I am very Affectionate With Women Once I get to Know You. Men However Scare Me
Erin is very affectionate with women and wants to give you kisses and be petted, and enjoys watching TV with you. In her foster home, Erin wakes up super happy each morning, prancing around and coming to say hello. She is also a velcro dog and loves to follow you around all day and be where you are. With men, however, Erin is fearful and must be introduced slowly or she will take matters on her own and give them a quick bite in the ankle and run away to hide somewhere. For this reason, Erin will NOT be considered for active households or for homes with children. Her ideal home is a female-only household, where someone is home most of the time, that gets few visitors and where her new owners will take the time to introduce her slowly to visitors. Once the introduction is done, she relaxes with the newcomers.
Where Is Erin Now?
Erin is located in a private foster home in Princeton Junction, NJ. Due to her issues (see above), she can only be adopted to a home within a 90 mile radius of Princeton Junction. We also require that the home adopting her meet her at her foster home on at least 2 occasions and spend time with her during these meetings before taking her home so she will be familiar with her new owner.
I Am Up-To-Date
Erin is spayed, up-to-date on her vaccinations, has tested negative for heartworm disease, is micro-chipped and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. If you are interested in adopting Erin, please complete our Adoption Application.
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Toki is a 5 year old male Cairn Terrier who will be 6 in December. He is a very friendly dog and loves people, although he can be a little aggressive with his food dish with other dogs. In his foster home, the resident cairn is fed separately to avoid conflicts. Toki is very athletic (has long legs) and has no problem jumping up onto a high bed. He loves to play ball, and loves to go for a walk.
Where Did I Come From?
Toki’s family was deployed overseas and they put him up on Craigslist, where CRUSA saw him and rescued him.
I Am HouseTrained!
Toki is housebroken but had a few accidents when he first arrived in his foster home until his foster dad got him on a schedule. Toki is given free reign of the house during the day and does not bother anything in the house. He also gets along well with the resident cairn.
I Am Up To Date!
Toki is neutered, up to date on his vaccines, microchipped, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Where Is Toki Now?
Toki is in a private foster home in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, close to Raleigh.
Hi Everyone! My name is Eddie ….that is… I listen to Eddie but formerly I was known as Bandit. I was adopted from CRUSA by a nice family 5 years ago, when I was 2 yo. I am now 7 yo. Unfortunately things changed this year (thru no fault of my own) and my parents began working long hours and no longer had time for me, my human siblings moved out of the house and I was spending over 12 hours a day alone and confined to the laundry room, so my family decided that it was best to return me to CRUSA so CRUSA could once again find me a home that could provide me with the care and attention that I need. So once again here I am, looking for my true forever home!
I LOVE WALKS
In my CRUSA foster home, I get along well with Molly, the resident cairn. She is much younger than me and wants to play but I am not up to playing much any more. I prefer to take it easy. But I do like the long walks I am getting here. I am always ready and get very excited when I see the leash. I started to get a little arthritis in my front legs but I am taking joint medicine and am getting visibly better. Long walks are new to me but I do enjoy them very much. I am a good leash walker and usually do not pull unless I see something that really interest me. I also like to ride in the car. My foster Ma says that I am a little overweight but she is working to get my weight down and I have lost a couple of pounds since I got here. I am a food lover! I am always looking for a hand out; you can get to my heart through my stomach, that is for sure!
I AM HOUSETRAINED AND A GOOD BOY
I am a good boy and listen to my foster Ma. I am house trained and do my business when I am asked to do it, first thing in the morning, no problem. I sleep all night and have 2 beds I can use. But I prefer to sleep with my Foster Dad or Ma on their bed near their feet if I am allowed. I am NOT a barker but I like to join in when Molly starts up with it. When I meet other dogs I am mostly friendly but once in a while something tells me not to be trusting and I just have to bark. I also with get along with children but since I am somewhat of a couch potato I probably would not play with them very much. There are no children in my foster home and no cats. I am not sure how I would be around cats. Well this is my story….. do you still have a forever home for me?
WHAT DOES MY FOSTER MA SAY ABOUT ME?
Eddie is a sweet little dog who is easy and very agreeable to be around. He is a happy fellow and does not demand much from you besides a good bowl of food at night. His tail is always wagging like a pendulum any time you give him a little attention. He would make a great companion for an older retired couple or a single. He is not happy in a crate. He was confined to a laundry room for long periods of time when his former family had no more time to give to him.
I AM UP TO DATE
Eddie is neutered, up to date on all his vaccinations, micro-chipped and has tested negative for heartworm disease. He is also on a monthly heartworm preventative.
WHERE IS EDDIE NOW?
Eddie is currently located in a private foster home in Cary, North Carolina.
I Am a Special Little Boy
Hi! My name is Waggs but my foster mom calls me The Wagster. I am a purebred wheaten Cairn and I will be 7 yo in September. I was adopted from a shelter when I was a year old but the people just could not take care of me any more, so I was taken back to the nice people at the same shelter and that is where CRUSA got me from.
I Just Needed The Right Medicine
I was having seizures and the Vet told my foster mom that I have epilepsy, but the GOOD NEWS is that my epilepsy is now under control thanks to some little white treats that my foster mom gives me with my food, which I LOVE. I also had some skin problems when I got here but my foster mom put me on a good quality dog food and my skin cleared up and my hair came back.
I Am HouseTrained!
I am HouseTrained but I really need to go out first thing in the morning when I wake up and right after I eat. Just follow these two simple rules and we will both be happy campers.
I Like Other Dogs
I love all the cairns and the westie that live in my foster home. We get along just fine.
Foster Mom Here
Waggs is a precious little thing. He is good natured, likes to talk and has a great personality. He is not aggressive towards anything and gets along well with all of his foster siblings. He does have epilepsy and is doing very well on Phenobarbital. This will be a lifelong commitment and he will always need to take the Phenobarbital. It makes him sleep quite a bit but he also has a lot of energy. He will sit on the couch, and like a little kid, will try so hard to stay awake. Then he finally just has to give it up and take a nap. He would do very well with a retired couple who wants a mellow boy.
Leash, Walks, Vet and Bath Time…No Problem For Me
Waggs has a good appetite and gained weight when he was on the steroids for his skin issues that needs to come off. He walks very well on a leash, does great at the Vet and even likes bath time.
Where Is Waggs Now?
Waggs is located in a private foster home in Mt. Juliet, TN.
I Am Up To Date!
Waggs is neutered, up-to-date on his vaccines, and microchipped. He has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. He also takes phenobarbital for his seizures. If you are interested in adopting Waggs, please complete our Adoption Application today. Waggs cannot wait to meet you!
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It's hard to imagine a more inspiring dog than this wonderful little senior named Sadie. When her beloved owner became seriously ill and was forced to give her up, Sadie suddenly found herself in new home for the first time in her 14-year-life. One would have thought that such a sudden change of circumstances would have been upsettling to Sadie. But this resilient little girl took to her new lifestyle like a real champ!
Sadie's foster mom says that she is "blessed with a lively spirit" and is extremely outgoing and affectionate and loves to give kisses. And like a true Cairn, she doesn't like to be restrained for too long; she likes to get busy seeking out her next adventure. Although Sadie has allergy issues, these are kept in check with a special diet and regular medicated baths. Sadie is in a home with two male Cairns and she has encountered children and even cats and appears to be an "equal opportunity" lover. She likes everyone!
She also likes food and has a VERY hardy appetite. She can be a little "over enthusiastic" when it comes to taking treats from a hand and her foster mom is working with her to help her adopt a more gentle approach.
Sadie was never well trained on a leash and tends to pull; her leash etiquette needs a bit of work. And because she is a little arthritic she walks with a stiff gait. But she walks at a brisk pace and can easily keep up with the much younger dogs in her household!.
When taken out on a regular schedule, Sadie exhibits excellent potty habits. But
she is on a daily medication for her allergies and a side affect is increased thirst. Because of that, Sadie needs to "go potty" very frequently, as often as every 20 to 30 minutes. When she goes out, she does her business right away.
Sadie is completely crate-trained and with a "go crate" command, she'll hop right in. She will sleep for 7 to 8 hours without so much as a peep.
Despite her "senior status", Sadie has so much to offer the right home. Because she needs to go potty on a very regular schedule, it's important that her future family have someone who is home all day. A retired "homebody" who is seeking a devoted companion would be ideal. In her previous home, Sadie was an "only child" and did not have a fenced yard. But in her foster home, she has both. She seems to enjoy the company of other dogs and she loves exploring the fenced yard so ideally, her "forever home" would offer both although it's not a requirement.
Sadie is up-to-date on her vaccines and has been spayed. She recently had a dental. She is on a daily allergy medication and required a medicated bath every three days.
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Name: SMOKEY In Wisconsin
Age: ~8-10 yrs;
Location: Foster home; New Berlin (Milwaukee Area)
SMOKEY REQUIRES: TERRIER EXPERIENCE, A FENCED YARD, AN ADULT-ONLY HOUSEHOLD WITH A "MOSTLY AT HOME" OWNER.
If you think Smokey bears an uncanny resemblance to a stuffed animal well, you'd be right! This adorable 8 to 10 years old boy was picked up as a stray by a suburban Chicago rescue group who, in turn, surrendered him to Cairn Rescue USA. He is completely housebroken so we suspect that he was part of a family at one time. Smokey is a large, big-boned Cairn and a beautiful example of the breed.
For the most part, Smokey is an easy-going guy who loves to be with his people. This is a lower-energy little man who delights in spending quality time with his "special someone" on the sofa. But that is not to say Smokey is a push-over. Far from it! He requires a terrier-savvy owner who is not afraid to set boundaries and let Smokey know "who's the boss"!
Smokey's foster mom describes him as "sweet, smart, friendly and affectionate". But true to his terrier heritage, he is also stubborn with a capitol "S"! If he isn't pleased with what you are doing, he may growl. For instance, he does does not like to be approached from behind and picked up and this is one trigger for his growly demeanor. But his experienced foster parents found that with a stern "no", his growling ceases and today, just a few weeks since coming into his foster home, it has almost completely stopped. However, his future family will need to be equally committed to setting boundaries and following through with firm, consistent reminders.
Smokey is fearful of steps. His future home must realize that he needs to live on a single level. He is a big boy so carrying him up and down is not a simple task.
Smokey is a couch potato but he does love going for walks and does beautifully on a leash. He seems to like everyone he meets but is a little reserved in many situations; this is a likely a result of having been abandoned by his owners. He will play with his foster parents but isn't particularly interested in toys. He gets along fine with the other small dogs in his foster home but would likely enjoy being the "center of attention". He does not seem to like bigger dogs. He has met older children and accepted them without incident but he would be best suited for an "all adult" home.
Smokey is housebroken and also crate-trained. He will sleep peacefully in his crate throughout the night and also go in there to nap during the day from time to time.
Smokey's foster family has a fenced yard which he enjoys and his future home must also have a fenced area (no electric fencing please!). Smokey's future home must be one where someone is home for the vast majority of the day. He would be ideal for a more mature family with terrier experience who is looking to shower time and affection on a loving little guy who needs a bit of fine-tuning. As mentioned above, he would be fine with another small dog but would also excel as an "only child". He would not be appropriate for a home with children.
Smokey is up-to-date on on vaccinations and has tested negative for heartworm disease. He is on a monthly heartworm preventative and has been neutered.
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Shaggy is an adorable 7 year old Cairn who has been through a great deal of change in his life but who has proven to be a true survivor!
Several years ago, Shaggy was dumped at a suburban Chicago animal control by his owners for no known reason. He was eventually adopted out to an elderly couple but when the wife suffered a stroke, Shaggy was passed along to a family friend. When the friend's landlord announced "no dogs", Shaggy was surrendered to Cairn Rescue USA. One would think that with all this change, Shaggy would be a sad little dog . But nothing could be further from the truth.
Now in a loving Cairn Rescue USA foster home in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Shaggy has proven to be an absolute delight. His foster mom reports that this "teddy bear of a dog" is perpetually happy and just a great, easy-going guy.
Shaggy gets along with humans and dogs alike. There are three other dogs in his foster home--including a 5 month old pup--and Shaggy loves to play with all of them. True to his breed, he is lively and energetic and loves to play in the yard and go for walks. He loves car rides as well.
Shaggy has displayed excellent potty habits since in his foster home. He hasn't had a single accident and he lets his foster parents know when he has to go out.
In the evenings, Shaggy likes to cuddle next to his foster mom on the sofa and is happy to relax with the family for an evening of TV. At bedtime, he sleeps quietly on a dog bed alongside the other dogs. Shaggy is also crate trained and during the day he will often wander into his crate for a nap.
Shaggy is very adaptable and would fit into a variety of households. His foster parents work during the day so he would be suitable for a working family is there was another small canine companion at home. He would be ideal for younger retirees or a "work from home" dog parent. A fenced yard would be preferred but a family committed to frequent walks would also be acceptable. A family with older children (older than 7) might be considered and as always, terrier experience is preferred.
Shaggy is up-to-date on all vaccinations and has tested negative for heartworm disease. He has been neutered.
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5-year-old Heather has been on an extraordinary journey. Just a few weeks ago, this beautiful little Toto "look-a-like" was a "brood bitch" in a Missouri breeding facility. When the kennel owners decided to retire, Heather and 35 other breeding dogs were suddenly displaced. Heather found herself on a long transport and within a few days she was in a foster home in Kenosha.
To understand Heather, one must appreciate what her life was like before coming to Cairn Rescue USA. As a brood bitch, she would have produced a number of litters and was likely an excellent producer and mother. She would have lived in a kennel or some sort of enclosure but not inside a home. For all intents and purposes, she was used as "livestock". She was not given a name or cuddled or loved as we would expect to love our own pets. She would not have been given toys or have been tossed a ball or taken on car rides. She would never have been taught proper house training habits as she would have not lived indoors.
Today, Heather's life is much different and she is learning what it means to be a cherished pet.
When she first arrived at her foster home she was very skittish and weary of strange sounds but in just her first couple of weeks in foster care, she is showing marked improvement.
Although reserved, she enjoys sitting on the sofa and taking in the new world around her. She wants very much to be loved and to give affection back and will easily bond to whomever gives her time and attention. She is eager to learn and takes correction well. She's a smart girl and with time and patience, she will continue to blossom.
As a breeder dog, Heather would never have been taught "potty etiquette". However, in her foster home she has shown an ability to "stay dry" for long hours. She dutifully follows the other Cairns outside to "go potty" and then trots right back in to reclaim her spot on the sofa. Having said that, her future home should be prepared to deal with accidents and be patient and supportive as Heather refines her housekeeping skills.
At night, Heather sleeps on the sofa in her foster home and seems very content there. But she also loves to "be close" to her special someone and enjoys taking an afternoon nap with her foster mom on her bed. Ever the "easy going gal", Heather would be happy to sleep anywhere you put her. While not specifically "trained to a crate", she has no aversion to spending short periods of time in one.
Heather would not be a suitable companion for someone looking for a "finished dog". She will not run after a ball or take a brisk hike with her family. This is a quieter gal who will thrive in a quieter household with patient people who can accept her for who she is and not expect her to progress on a timetable. She would be ideal for a retired couple or single. She would also be suitable for a working person who has a flexible schedule and is not away for long stretches of time. As previously stated, we would like her to have at least one other smaller canine companion. Heather has never been trained to a leash and would do best with a fenced yard.
Heather is up-to-date on all vaccinations and has tested negative for heartworm disease. She is on a monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventative. She has been spayed and had a dental with multiple extractions.