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    • Toto-lee Cairn
      What a darling photo!  Thank you so much for sharing it!
    • Dogcoat lady
      Some dog people are born….others are rescued!  That is a wonderful tail tale.
    • Toto-lee Cairn
      You can easily become involved in rescue groups for any breed you might choose.  With the exception of this Toto I have now, ours over the years have come to us from all sorts of situations, including the rescue of a box of (3) puppies left alongside the highway.  (How can someone be so cruel?)  Cosmos, we adopted from the local Humane Society -- one of the women I taught with at the HS knew we were looking for a JRT for our daughter, and when one came into the shelter, she let me know.  There were 2-3 of us interested in the little fellow, who was just over a year old (and quite a handful).  We lived on a large tract of land in the middle-of-nowhere where Cosmos could run free, and have someone in George's family around 24/7.  He was the perfect dog, once he learned he could trust us not to abuse him like he had been, and we delighted in his antics.  With all that he initially destroyed around the house, he was easily the most $$$ dog we ever adopted, but the entertainment and love he provided was priceless. George found one dog, a young Black Lab, in the swamp.  His family always participated in the Audubon Society bird count each January.  I think if he hadn't stumbled upon Annie when he did, she's have surely drowned or had some other horrible mishap -- gator, water moccasin. No one claimed her, and she was as sweet as she could be.  That Summer, Hilary and I found the box on the side of the road, homed (2) of the puppies and kept Sydney for the long-haul.  She was sweet, too, and good company for Annie.  The two of them were a pair -- a Black lab, and a blonde lab mix. The family kept the pair when work took us away from what I had come to call The Compound.  Cosmos went with us, and George was called to see if he wanted to make a home for a Weimaraner.  He had had Weimaraners most of his life, having been given a puppy as a young boy.  The breeder happened to be a friend of his family, and he figured he had to gift George a dog to call his own if he wanted his dogs 'back.'  Didn't quite work that way -- he had two of the man's Weemies, and the puppy he called 'Lady.'  Lady had 11 puppies in her first and only litter, and George, now at 74, still talks about those puppies as 'the cutest he has ever seen.'  Over the years, we have always had a Weimaraner; always a rescue and who we found are almost as misunderstood as poor terriers. I grew up with a few dogs, but always wanted a 'Toto.'  Didn't know it was an actual breed, until I stumbled upon one and learned about Cairns.  The owners had gotten theirs from the group I adopted the first one from, and worked for -- doing correspondence and occasional transport.  He was a delightful little Cairn, whose two previous owners had died (an elderly gentleman, and then his grown son who died from a heartache).  He was fairly traumatized, having been let out to potty, and watched his 2nd owner 'go down' just on the other side of the glass door.  He never left my side, and at the time we had Maxx, a Weemie, who'd been left tied to a tree; an older Cosmos, who has been sorely abused because he did not 'act like a Lab,' and then, my Toto. There are plenty of poor dogs (and cats, and ponies, and horses, and cows, you-name-it) looking for homes.  We have loved them all, and been glad we could take them in.  About the only thing George's sister didn't 'drag home' and offer a stall in the barn to, was a human -- I think that was largely because she didn't like people. And another, long-long-long tale . . .
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