Cairn Terrier
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Age: 24 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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Oj, Grampa, Fatty Cakes, Buddy

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:

August 28th 1992

I like sleeping! No question about it. I also like eating and I like my dad. And occassionally I like playing with my foster brothers.

I do not like anyone waking me up when I'm sleeping. Please do not do this.

Favorite Toy:
I like whatever toy one of my foster brother's is playing with the very best.

Favorite Food:
My dad just put me on a new prescription food for my liver. It is canned and I LOVE IT! I also love Charlee Bear treats.

Favorite Walk:
I like to walk to my bed and to my food bowl. What can I say, I'm old and tired.

Best Tricks:
My best trick is not losing my patience with my foster siblings. Now THAT is a trick. They can be such little pests.

Arrival Story:
I'm one of the lucky few. My dad got me when I was a puppy and I have been with him ever since. I didn't realize how good I had it until he started fostering homeless dogs who have had a tough go of things. I had an older brother named Toto but we lost him several years ago. Now I have a new sister, Snappy, and lots of little foster playmates. Finally, I am the big dog and the one in charge. I like this.

I'm getting older and slowing down. I also have a liver dysfunction so I am on medication and special food. I was pretty bad off there for awhile but I have been feeling better lately.

Forums Motto:
Excuse me, I'm trying to sleep here.

The Groups I'm In:
LL Dog Rescue Alumni, Soul Kitchen- Yum!

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Weekend Update & Welcome Waggin\': Who and What\'s Ne

How I'm feeling:
Sadly, my liver is failing. I was pretty sick there for awhile but I've been feeling better recently. I still have a good apetite, drink fluids and look and act perky. (For me.) I really like the new prescription liver food and I'm taking my medicine.

Thank you:
I would like to thank LL Dog Rescue for bringing my sister, Snappy, to us and helping out all my foster siblings. That is very nice of you.

Please help:
There are far more dogs than there are people to take care of them. Please pick an area shelter or rescue group and show your support by donating your time, energy, talents, services, goods or funds. It is very important and they need your help.

Consider adoption:
If you are thinking of getting a pet, please consider adoption. You can save a life.

Spay and Neuter:
Please spay and neuter your pets. Having lived in a puppy mill and fallen into rescue, I can tell you there are too many homeless dogs in the world.

I've Been On Dogster Since:
October 16th 2005 More than 11 years!

I Was In The:
2006 Valentine's Day Party!
Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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In memory of Ojo:

December 10th 2007 7:28 pm
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My Ojo passed today, Monday, December 10, 2007. He was a very good boy and I miss him.


Our friend Elaine sent us this poem. Thank you for the beautiful sentiment.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am the song that will never end.
I am the love of family and friend.
I am the child who has come to rest
In the arms of the Father who knows him best.

When you see the sunset fair,
I am the scented evening air.
I am the joy of a task well done.
I am the glow of the setting sun.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!

-- author unknown


SPAY/NEUTER: Facts to Share

August 25th 2006 10:36 am
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You should have your pet spay/neutered before 6 months of age.

You can spay/neuter your pet as young as 8 weeks with NO ill or adverse effects.

It reduces the amount of unwanted litters, strays, and abandoned animals.

It is estimated 70,000 in pets the KC area and 5-8 million pets nationwide are euthanized each year for lack of homes.

It decreases the chances of three types of cancer in males and two types in females.

At least one (if not more) of every litter will be abandoned, abused or euthanized no matter how hard you try to find and place them in a good home.

Reduces aggression, roaming, fighting behaviors, and unwanted suitors visiting.

Reduces marking by males.

Virtually eliminates the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

Eliminates the messy heat cycle in females.

All low-kill or no-kill shelters have a waiting list that are months long.

Many shelters are at an 80% kill rate, so abandoning them at an area shelter is not the answer.

Litters are expensive. Costs include, food, medical, shots, worming and a lot of time. And just hope one doesn't become sick that requires extensive medical treatment, or having to deal with its death.

It is estimated that if no cat or dog gave birth for seven years, only then would we empty our shelters.


It is natural and better for a female if she has one litter. (Truth: giving birth is stressful to the pet and extreme caution should be used when they are pregnant and when they are with pups/kittens. It can actually make them more aggressive. Greatly increase the chances of breast cancer in females.)

My pet will get fat. (Truth: there is a hormone change, but overweight is caused by over feeding).

They will get lazy. (Truth: It does calm an animal down but that doesn't mean they lose all their energy.)

The majority of pets euthanized in shelters are mixed breeds. (Truth: at least 50% are pure breeds, and the majorities are young animals.)

All shelter pets have behavior problems. (Truth: the number one reason for relinquishing a pet to a shelter is because the humans were moving and didn't take their companion(s) not because of behavior problems.)

It is un-natural to neuter a male. (Truth: They don't notice or miss it. It does allow them to be a more social animal by lessoning aggressive behavior.)

My pet is so good; I want to pass on these traits. (Truth: Personalities are usually NOT "passed" on, and without extensive lineage and genetic knowledge, you could be passing on faulty genes such as cancer, aggression, and accidentally inbreeding your pet.)


Letting your children experience the birth process might seem like a good idea, but females become aggressive during this time, and the heat cycle is messy.

If you feel it is a learning process you want them to experience, then first take them to an area shelter and let them experience where one from your litter will end up and be euthanized. That breeding and having to give away the litter is upsetting, and breeding for a profit is a poor example to set.

Wouldn't it be better to teach your child about giving, caring and responsibility instead of breeding?

Offer to foster a pregnant pet from a shelter instead of adding to the over population.

An un-neutered male or un-spay female is more likely to be aggressive which is not a positive trait to have around children.

Courtesy of the Pet Connection:
http://www.pet-connection.com/TPC_SpayNeuter.ht m


To Grandmother's House We Go:

May 7th 2006 7:41 am
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On my recent trip to Grandma's house, I guess I was a little grumpy. I have always had a bit of a stubborn and grumpy side to me -- but as I get older, more set in my ways and accustom to my space and routine -- I guess it is bringing out the grumpiness in me. These days, I sleep a lot and I don't like to be disturbed or startled. So if you wake me, or bump into me, or surprise me, I tend to growl. I did quite a bit of growling while I was at Grandma's house. Dad thinks I'm getting a little senile and that I don't see or hear so well anymore -- which is why things startle me so easily and make me growl. He's probably right. After all, I'm getting up there in years. But I have been feeling good and still have bursts of energy when I'll carry around a toy or play with my foster siblings. I think I'm doing pretty good.

– Ojo, head of the household

PS: I got a haircut before going to Grandma's house. Dad calls it my "Chihuahua cut" cause I get all my hair shaved off for the summer. It feels great and I am so soft and now I look like all my foster siblings. Only bigger. And rounder.

PPS: One other thing. All the dogs have new pictures posted of them and I do not. It is not because Dad doesn't want to take my picture, rather I don't like to have my picture taken. Every time he gets the camera out, I leave. I use to love to get my picture taken and even did some modeling in my younger days. I guess as you get older you don't like to have your picture taken so much. – Ojo

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