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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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 9, 2009

The Rescue Cairn That Starred With Sinatra

Everybody knows that a Cairn Terrier starred in one of the greatest movies of all time, "The Wizard of Oz.''

But did you know that a Cairn was rescued from a dog pound and ended up starring in the movie "Pal Joey'' with Frank Sinatra? The scruffy little Cairn even joined Sinatra at the movie's press preview.

You can see the Cairn in action in a few video clips. Just click here.

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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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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Two Special Cairns: Angus and Broady

In September Tom and Mimi Hilberg of San Diego lost a very special friend. Angus was a Cairn terrier they had acquired from Karen Smith in 1993. He lived to be 17 1/2 years old, and as you can see from the video above, he was still active in his later years.

Here is how they describe this very special Cairn:

"Angus had so much character and humor stuffed into such a small body! He had been our companion on numerous long trips in the USA, Canada and Alaska. He's been a smart, funny presence who endeared us to him in many ways.''

After their loss, Tom and Mimi contacted the CTCSC about rescuing a Cairn.

"Cairns are individuals with a special intelligence, attitude and sense of humor,'' said Tom and Mimi. "Now that we've lived with Angus we find that his absence leaves a hole only another Cairn can fill.''

No dog can ever truly replace such a special friend, but now they have adopted a new Cairn, Broady. Here is what they have to say about the new family member.
"Broady is open, happy, warm, active and funny. A real pleasure to know.''

Like many rescue dogs, Broady is wary of strange men, but they are working to get him acclimated to his new life and he is happy with his new family.

"We're hitting it off every way."

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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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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Brag: Rocky Makes Dog of the Week

Congratulations to Anne Dove for her Cairn Terrier Rocky being named Dog of the Week at the Los Angeles State Historic Park.

Here is what Anne says about the recogition:

My friend works for LA State Historic Park near downtown LA and their blog has a regular "dog of the week" feature. I took Rocky over there at lunch earlier this week and now he's DOTW! He especially enjoyed meeting the goats that were there to do weed abatement.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Toto in High Def, 1 Night Only

Next Wednesday, Sept. 23, for one night only theaters around the country are screening a special high definition presentation of The Wizard of Oz, to celebrate the movie's 70th anniversary.

As any Cairn Terrier owner will attest, thank goodness for Toto, the answer to the constant question: What kind of dog is that?

This one night event will take place in over 440 movie theaters nationwide on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7 p.m. local time.

You can view a list of theaters here. Ticket purchase info is available here.

This is part of a promo for the release of the movie, remastered in Blu Ray high def, on Sept. 29. A fun video promo is here:

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cairn Terrier Rescue -- Times Six

Most days in rescue, you get a call, you go to a shelter and you pick up a single dog. But then there are those days when the challenges are greater. Rescue gives glimpses into the worst and best, in people and animals.

The call came in: Six Cairn Terriers at risk. Can we help? We rushed to first secure the dogs. As is often the case, they lived in cages, were covered in excrement and urine. Nails grown out and over. These are not dogs taken for walks. A groomer was contacted, and she rushed in assistants. A club member paid for all the grooming out of pocket. The worst situation, the best in people.

After cleanup, the dogs are taken to a vet, some trembling and scared. There are no major issues, but just dealing with teeth and ears and general care will cost us $3,000. The vet gives us a break and does it for $2,100. It is the best you can hope for with this sort of situation, no major problems and young, happy Cairns.

At this writing people have opened their homes and hearts to four -- Carrie, DeeDee, No Name and JoAnn. Debbie and Keith are still waiting.

We can answer these calls only because of your generous support, your donations to rescue, and contributions to fund raising. There are happy endings for the worst cases only because of good people like you.

If you would like to support Cairn Terrier rescue contact Karen Smith at

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Final Salute to Captain Hercules

He sailed the ocean blue, cruising the California coast. If you came upon the ship, you would see him standing lookout. Captain Hercules was in charge, in command of all he surveyed and ever vigilant for action.

Owner Evans Hughes Jr. got Capt. Hercules a life vest because he found out early that the Cairn liked the water and would jump in to pursue small fish and even ducks.

The renowned Cairn sailer has now passed over the Rainbow Bridge. All who met him on his voyage, or heard about his exploits, salute him.

Is it your Cairn's birthday? Can we pay tribute to your special little guy? Do you have a photo or news to share, whether it is large or small? Please send your brags, new puppy photos, notes on passing, pics or just general Cairn info to
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