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Sunday, March 21, 2010

March 2010 Puppy Match Photos

On a gorgeous first day of Spring at Karen and Jack Smith's lovely backyard dog ring we enjoyed lots of fun at the March Puppy Match. Click the link for photos.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Joy of Rescuing a Cairn

I came across this letter online, and it was so eloquent in expressing the special love for Cairn Terriers in general, and the joy of rescuing a Cairn in particular, that I thought I would share it with all those who feel a lifelong bond to these special little dogs.
Ernie Slone
CTCSC vice president, webmaster

Saving a life

Recently, we lost our 14-year-old Cairn Terrier, and now must decide whether at our age if we should get another dog. I remember when we got Maggie (that was her name) I wondered if I would outlive her, and now the odds have changed considerably.

Even so, we have a daughter and son who both love dogs so it could be part of their inheritance.

The next question was what to get, and because we had enjoyed the peculiarities of Cairns, we decided to get another. As luck would have it, our daughter found a lost Cairn in our very own animal shelter, and to make certain we got on the ball, she said they were going to put it down tomorrow.

We called immediately and found out they open at 9 a.m., so we were there at 8 just in case they might have a fast clock. They were very busy and suggested we go into a back storage room and see if we could find the dog we were looking for.

It was a large room with dozens of dog cages stacked on top of each other all the way to the ceiling and each one had a very unhappy dog in it barking for attention.

However, by chance I happened to notice one way off in a corner on the floor and in it was a small dog not barking but standing on its hind legs and reaching up as far as it possibly could to me as if saying, “please pick me up and take me home,” so I did. As to whether it was a true Cairn or not didn’t really matter, but if you saw her running across a field you would have sworn she was a fox.

The process of getting a dog from the shelter includes them insisting the animal be checked for heart worms and have current shots, plus be spayed. I was very impressed with these people, for they are kind and gentle with the animals in spite of there being so many of them, and I can only imagine how difficult it must be when they have to put some down.

Of course we loved Maggie but can’t help to compare the two, especially their temperament and personalities.

Maggie’s charm was to let us pet and love her; but the new dog had been neglected for so long it begs to be loved and held.

Also Maggie would only go to the door if it was a stranger, but Ginger (that is our new dog’s name) is always there wagging her tail and glad to see me.

Of course we all brag on our children and how smart they are, so I want to tell you Ginger already knows “walk,” “bye-bye,” “yum yum,” and I am desperately working on “potty.” As you are aware, we have no regrets as a result of getting our dog from the shelter and find it interesting that I don’t know which gives me the greatest pleasure, the love our dog gives us, or the fun of loving her.

Who knows, your new best friend might be down there right now hoping you will come before its time runs out. P.S. They have cats too.

Bill Miller
St. Joseph, MO

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Puppy Match & CTCSC Meeting March 20

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 20, because by then Spring Has Sprung and we will have a fun day of activities, with a puppy match, delicious lunch and CTCSC board and club general meeting.

See this year's prize pups strut their stuff.

Puppy Match entries and lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Puppy Match judging begins at 1 p.m.

CTCSC Meeting to follow at 2 p.m.

Download the Puppy Match flier and entry form, click here.

Download the meeting notice and directions to Karen and Jack Smith's house, click here.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Submit Photo, Info For Awards

Members of the CTCSC who earned an American Kennel Club title for their dog in 2009 are eligible to receive a CTCSC annual award.

To get your award you must submit a print of the dog that is 5 inches by 7 inches or can be cropped to 5 inches by 7 inches.

Please DO NOT send it via email; this must be a photo print. The photo does not have to be a show photo.

You also need to send a copy of the AKC Certificate, which shows the date the title was won, the correct spelling of the dog’s name and the owner’s names.

This must be received by Awards Chairman Kathleen Spelman no later than MAY 1. Any photos received after that day will be processed but may not be done in time for presentation at the Annual Meeting in June. If you cannot be present at the Annual Meeting please arrange to have someone accept it for you.

If you have any questions email Kathleen at

The mailing address is:


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Friday, January 29, 2010

Cairn Claims World's Oldest Dog Title

Watching the news, a family in Wales saw a story saying the oldest dog in the world had died at the age of 20. Then they looked down at their dog and realized she was 21!

The O'Brian family rang up Guinness World Records and soon it'll be official: the world's oldest dog is a Cairn Terrier mix named Gracie.

The family adopted Gracie when she was 16, turned in to a shelter because her longtime owner could not afford the dental treatment she needed. Now, five years later, Gracie is on the verge of becoming a canine celebrity.

She even has her own Facebook page.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Happy Tale: From Dog Lover To Dog Editor

For a decade I have shared news and information on the CTCSC website and blog about our club, taken and posted more than 3,000 photos of the shows and events we have enjoyed together, served as an officer of the club and together with all of you celebrated a love for our wonderful Cairns.

But this is a personal note, something I want to share with my fellow club members. This week the dog world and my everyday working world came together: I am the new editor of Dog Fancy magazine, the website, and group editor directing Dog World magazine, and the annual publications, Dogs USA and Puppies USA.

It is exciting to be able to spend the workday doing something that is my passion. I have had a lifelong love for dogs, but only truly began to become an enlightened and capable dog owner when I came to the CTCSC and began showing dogs, learning about and loving Cairn terriers. Jack and Karen Smith were invaluable mentors to Vicki and me, and we also can thank many of you for what we know about dogs in general, and Cairns in particular.

We have been active in many facets of Cairn rescue, but what many of you may not know is that for years Vicki and I have also been active in greyhound rescue, volunteering each week at a shelter. In the past year we got ourselves and our younger Cairn terrier, Gordon, certified to do Therapy Dog work, and take him to Children's Hospital of Orange County every week. It is true therapy for these sick and injured children to have a loving dog calm their fears, inspire them to sit up in bed after back surgery, or take a first important walk after heart surgery. Dogs save and improve lives in so many amazing ways.

From the show ring to the shelter, I have a passion for dogs. To be able to share that passion in some of the world's most widely read dog magazines is indescribable. It is challenging and not all fun and games, but I have to say there is really nothing quite like spending a work morning getting your face licked by a 10-week-old dachshund at a puppy photo shoot.