Thursday, November 8, 2007

Simon Cowell's Cairn Terrier

Simon Cowell has cairn terrier, Buster, featured in a recent PDSA fundraising calendar (pic). Love the blue collar on black coat.

Note PDSA has good resources on site too.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Can any little dog breed act Toto?

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (NY) newspaper features story of tryouts for a local children's theater production of "Wizard of Oz". Includes photo of Snowball the Maltese hoping for the role (pic by Jay Capers/staff photographer). Snowball bolted from basket, and cairn wanted nothing to do with it. Here's 1-minute video of Toto Auditions from online article.

Attention cairn terriers: don't lose the Toto role (although certain mine wouldn't cooperate in basket on stage either).

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Cairn Wolf

Watching Amazing Race and teams having trouble making donkeys move. So I googled how to do it .... and ran into this info about companion animals in taking care of donkeys:

"One big exception is dogs; keep them away from donkeys as dogs tend to scare them (dogs are too similar to wolves). "

Similar to wolves? My cairn terrier is like a cat, mountain goat, snake, rooster, and any number of other animals ... but would a donkey think a cairn is similar to wolf (pic)? Other breeds, yes ... cairn .. maybe not?

Saturday, November 3, 2007

OMG - Cairnoodle

Was wondering if there was a cairnadoodle, like labradoodle ... and learned on Google the correct term is cairnoodle ... cairn terrier / poodle hybrid/mix. Today's new word.

Pic here from this site also has cairnoodle looking more like cairn.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Traveling without your Cairn Terrier

It's lonely to travel without a cairn terrier. Once discussed missing Baxter during business meeting, and a woman pulled small figurine of cairn (pic) out of her purse saying made it happier on the road.

Other ideas:
1. Make cairn your laptop screen saver;
2. Carry picture;
3. Exercise in t-shirt that says "got cairn?" - someone might ask, or talk about;
4. Icebreaker: so what breed of dog does everyone here have?

Recently heard some hotels have "canine ambassadors" - can walk, etc. I completely understand why someone would want to do that.

Cairn Terrier Halloween Hell

Three things my cairn terrier doesn't like about Halloween:
1. Ringing doorbells - more than 100 times;
2. Costumes;
3. The door opening and closing without being able to investigate.

Anyone found a solution to barkers on Halloween?

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Liza Minelli's Cairn Terrier

Singer/Actress/Entertainer Liza Minelli once owned a cairn terrier, Lily. Makes sense because of Toto connection. Below is a quote from 2000, given to Interview magazine. Cairns are something to be grateful for. Liza also cited to Slate she left David Gest because among other reasons, he wasn't nice to her cairn.

Lily passed away a few years ago. Apparently she now owns another breed; so if I ever meet Liza, I'm asking why.

SN: What are you grateful for?
LM: I am grateful when I wake up in the morning. I'm grateful that I've made my iced coffee and it's in the refrigerator. I am grateful that Lily's there. [Lily is a Calm terrier] I am grateful for my sobriety.