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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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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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Palm Springs Show This Weekend

One of the top dog shows of the year, the Palm Springs Kennel Club show, is being held this weekend, Jan. 9-10, 2010.

Not only is this a wonderful dog show, but it is a great event held in an absolutely beautiful spot at the nicest time of year, with awesome weather, views of the mountains and the wonderful high desert.

There are 14 Cairn terriers entered for both Saturday and Sunday.

Click here for the Saturday, Jan. 9, judging details and directions.

For the Sunday, Jan. 10 judging details and directions, click here.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Dog Theft Warning, Prevention Tips

The American Kennel Club is warning dog owners about an alarming rise in the theft of dogs across the nation.

"Each week I am reading about reports of pet theft from all around the country," said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Some owners, desperate to find their beloved pets have contacted us, wanting to know what they can do to help get their ‘family’ members back. It’s not just about the financial value of the dog for any of these people. It’s an emotional attachment that can’t be replaced by getting another dog."

In response to this continuing trend, AKC offers the following advice to prevent your "best friend" from being the target of a crime.

  • Don’t let your dog off–leash – Keeping your dog close to you reduces the likelihood it will wander off and catch the attention of thieves.  
  • Don’t leave your dog unattended in your yard – Dogs left outdoors for long periods of time are targets, especially if your fenced–in yard is visible from the street.  
  • Be Cautious with information – If strangers approach you to admire your dog during walks, don’t answer questions about how much the dog cost or give details about where you live.

 On the Road 
  • Never leave your dog in an unattended car, even if it’s locked – Besides the obvious health risks this poses to the dog, it’s also an invitation for thieves, even if you are gone for only a moment. Leaving expensive items in the car such as a GPS unit or laptop will only encourage break–ins and possibly allow the dog to escape, even if the thieves don’t decide to steal it too.  
  • Don’t tie your dog outside a store – This popular practice among city–dwelling dog owners can be a recipe for disaster. If you need to go shopping, patronize only dog–friendly retailers or leave the dog at home.  
  • Protect your dog with microchip identification – Collars and tags can be removed so make sure you have permanent ID with a microchip. Thieves will not know the dog has a microchip until a veterinarian or shelter worker scans it so keep contact information current with your microchip recovery service provider. 
  • If you suspect your dog has been stolen – Immediately call the police / animal control officer in the area your pet was last seen and file a police report. If your dog has a microchip, ask to have that unique serial number, along with the dog’s description, posted in the "stolen article" category on the National Crime Information Center. 
  • Canvass the neighborhood – Talk to people in the immediate vicinity where your pet went missing for possible sightings of the actual theft. 
  • Have fliers with a recent photo ready to go if your dog goes missing – Keep several current photos (profile and headshot) of your dog in your wallet or on an easily accessible web account so that you can distribute immediately if your pet goes missing. 
  • Contact the media – Call the local TV station, radio station and newspaper and ask to have a web post put out about your missing pet.

  • Don’t buy dogs from the internet, flea markets, or roadside vans –There is simply no way to verify where an animal purchased from any of these outlets came from. Web sites and online classifieds are easily falsified, and with roadside or flea market purchases not only do you not know the pet’s origins but you will never be able to find or identify the seller in case of a problem.  
  • Even newspaper ads may be suspect – Adult dogs offered for sale at reduced prices, for a "relocation" fee, or accompanied by requests for last minute shipping fees are red flags. Dog owners who truly love their animals and are unable to keep them will opt to find a loving home without compensation for re–homing the animal.  
  • Seek out reputable breeders or rescue groups – Visit the home of the breeder, meet the puppy’s mother, and see the litter of puppies. Developing a good relationship with the breeder will bring you peace of mind when purchasing. Contacting breed rescue groups can also be a safe alternative if you are looking for an adult dog.  
  • Demand proper papers on your purebred puppy – Ask for the AKC Litter Registration Number and contact AKC customer service at 919–233–9767 to verify registration authenticity of your purebred puppy. 

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Beware of Breed Fraud

Many Cairn terrier owners can attest that while out with their dogs they are asked if it is a Norwich or another similar question: "Is that the dog breed that won in the movie Best in Show?''

No, that dog was Winky, a Norwich terrier.

A Cairn terrier is not a Norwich. But unscrupulous breeders are trying to pull off this switch. Why? Because the Norwich breed is popular, relatively scarce and available dogs go for premium prices.

Recently in the United States, there has been significant pedigree fraud, especially involving Cairn terriers. According to The Norwich & Norfolk News, published by the Norwich and Norfolk Terrier Club, unscrupulous people have been selling docked-tail Cairn Terriers or mixed-breed dogs to unsuspecting buyers. Sometimes these fake Norwich Terriers are sold over the internet.

Buyers can protect themselves from fraud by working only with reputable breeders recommended by breed societies. It is highly recommended that you visit the breeder and the dogs in the breeder's home.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Cheer: Cairn Pups and Santa

Thanks to CTCSC Treasurer Dennis Broderick for sending along these great shots of his Betty and her four new puppies with Santa.

In the photo, from left to right, are Vero (Veronica), Decker (Deck Boss), Ace (Rogue Wave) and Joi (Fat Girl). What a great shot!

The pups are with Mom Betty, shown in the second photo, where they were born in Oregon. Two pups are staying with the breeder, Marie Quarles, and two will be headed to new homes.

Mom Betty returns to Dennis on New Year's Eve.

Thanks for sharing these great shots, Dennis.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Meet The Breed Booth Takes 3rd Place

Thanks to all who helped transport, set up, decorate and staff the Cairn Terrier Club of Southern California's Meet the Breed booth at the AKC national championship show in Long Beach.

Our booth took 3rd Place. That means we have won a ribbon every year of the event, including taking the grand prize one year.

Special thanks go to Dennis Broderick. This year, as he has many, many times in the past, Dennis transported items from the storage center, packed them up to the show site, helped assemble everything, staffed the booth both days with his wonderful Cairn Deuce, and then dismantled everything and transported it back.

The CTCSC members thank you Dennis for all your efforts.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Dog Event Of A Lifetime!

If you live in Southern California and love dogs, you have a rare opportunity to attend a spectacular dog event that may not come again for a very long time.

The American Kennel Club will celebrate its 125th anniversary with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. Top show dogs from across the country and the world will descend on Long Beach Dec. 12 & 13 to compete for the prestigious title of AKC/Eukanuba National Champion. In addition, the AKC Meet the Breeds® event will have all AKC recognized breeds on display with puppies and adults ready to greet the public with wags and puppy kisses. And if that is not enough, don't miss the world's smartest and most agile canines who will be competing in the AKC National Obedience Invitational and AKC Agility Invitational!

After this year's show in Long Beach, the event will rotate to different locations around the country! Don't miss an opportunity to see one of the dog world's greatest events!

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Riley and Lily On The Hunt

Thanks to Butch Wilson for this fun photo of Riley and recently passed Lily going "on the hunt'' during a walk. They have a Gecko, mouse or maybe a bird cornered in that rose bush.

Two centuries ago owners of small farms in Scotland prized their sturdy little working Cairn Terriers. Bred to rid their properties of vermin, these early Cairns would "go to ground" to hold or bolt otter, weasel and fox.

They worked in pairs or small packs and possessed great hunting instincts, focus and persistence. Such a working terrier was one of the farmers most prized possessions.

Many Cairns today participate in Earthdog competitions, and in agility and other activities. But everyday Cairn owners get a glimpse of the keen instincts when, out for a walk, their Cairns catch a scent, hear something scurrying around in the brush, and on the chase they go.

To find out more about Earthdogs, click here.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Join The Fun At Our Christmas Party Dec. 5

Save the date and don't be late! The CTCSC annual Christmas Party is being held on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. at Carol Roemer's house in Long Beach.

We'll enjoy spaghetti dinner and all the fixins, no need to shop for food, but desserts are welcomed. There's room for all, and any Cairns you might want to bring along.
Click here for a map, directions and more information.

This year we do encourage you to bring donations for a very worthy cause. Operation Santa Paws aids pets in Long Beach shelters. Click here to see how you can help an unfortunate dog, or even a cat! Hey, it's the holidays!

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Cairn 6-Pack Rescue Update

Back in September the CTCSC rescued six Cairn Terriers. Last week Keith went to a new home, adopted by someone who had rescued a Cairn from the CTCSC 15 years ago!

The only remaining Cairn is Debbie, a lovely little girl.

In addition to the Cairn 6-Pack, the club has been busy placing three additional Cairns as well, one from San Diego, one from Buena Park and one from Fallbrook.

If you would like to know more about Debbie or help support our rescue program, please contact Karen Smith, or 760-728-7133.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

In Memory of Easter Lily

Butch and Jani Wilson's precious Lily has gone to Rainbow Bridge, after a rich life of fun and love for almost 18 years. Here are some of their memories of Lily.

Easter Lily ”She’s a Dilly”

Jan. 3, 1992 - Sept. 2, 2009

Lily was our “vintage Cairn” and passionate about guarding her family and territory. Lily was a dedicated huntress too and she had an unmatched work ethic. Lily never clocked out! We will miss your leg kisses and your “little sergeant” demeanor. It warmed our hearts; and kept us in line at the same time!

We love you Lily and are grateful for your unconditional love and so much fun for almost 18 years!

Your family ~ Butch, Jani & Riley

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Animal Planet Profiles Cairn Terriers

In case you missed it, the Animal Planet series, Dogs 101, featured the Cairn Terrier this week.

But thanks to our blog, you can view the video online just by clicking here.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Photos of Montgomery Show Winners

Thanks to Suzee Bidegain for sending along photos of the big win by Walker, taking Best of Breed on Sunday, Oct. 4, at the 2009 Montgomery County All Terrier Show, the nation's largest terrier dog show.

Judge Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine, shown holding the winner's ribbons and plate, picked Suzee's Champion Zalazar Walk the Line best of breed.

Also shown in the photo holding the winner's trophies is our own Jack Smith, president of the Cairn Terrier Club of Southern California.

A second photo shows Suzee and Walker in the show ring.

Thanks also to CTCSC members Lisa and Dave Tuttle for sending along shots of Auggie's big win.

Champion Cobblestone Consigliere Di Capo won Best Stud Dog and an Award of Merit.

The CTCSC is proud of our winners.

Thanks for taking time to share.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

CTCSC Winners At Montgomery

Congratulations to Suzee Bidegain and Walker, her Champion and Crufts breed winner, for their latest big showing, taking Best of Breed on Sunday, Oct. 4, at the 2009 Montgomery County All Terrier Show, the nation's largest terrier dog show.

Suzee's Champion Zalazar Walk the Line was picked top Cairn Terrier by Judge Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine.

The CTCSC also was well represented by Lisa and Dave Tuttle. Their Auggie, Champion Cobblestone Consigliere Di Capo, won Best Stud Dog and an Award of Merit. That includes a ribbon and an invitation to Crufts, the world's largest dog show, where Suzee and Walker won the breed last year.

Way to go Suzee, Lisa and Dave.

For full results, click here.

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