Celebrating Remarkable Pets – Claire

Natural Balance dog food is celebrating “Pets with Personality.The Blind Dog Rescue Alliance’s Forever Foster, Claire is one of these celebrated pets.


Previously, I published a post on Claire, Claire, a 14-year old Chihuahua, receives help from the Grey Muzzle Organization.

From Claire’s Foster Mom: Claire is a former hoarder victim whose character shines through! Now 15, she’s been here for almost two years. Claire loves to toddle through the house and loves to eat, even with only one tooth! She has been through so much, but she never lost her zest for life. Claire is a Blind Dog Rescue Alliance forever foster.

To “Like” Claire:

1) Click the following link
2) Scroll down the page to the “North East” section
3) Click “Learn More” under Claire’s picture
4) Click on the “Heart” in front of likes

How to "LIKE" Claire

Photographer Says Last Goodbye To his Dog

In a touching tribute, a Portland-based photographer shares his final goodbye and the age old story of man and man’s best friend. The man’s sentiment is striking a chord with dog and cat lovers alike.

From OPB.org in Portland, Oregon:

Ben Moon originally hoped to tell the story of his love of the wilderness and the ocean, but with his dog trailing him during initial production, his friends saw a different narrative unfolding.

“In its essence, it’s a love story,” said Moon of the film named after his dog, Denali. “It’s a true friendship and the love that you have with a pet — there’s not the baggage that we have a lot of times. It’s pure. You’re there for them and they’re there for you, and that’s it.”


The short video told from the perspective of Denali took 15 months to produce, starting back in January 2014. It debuted this April at the 5Point Film Festival in Carbondale, Colorado and won the Best of the Festival and People’s Choice awards. Recently, the film was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick, causing it to go viral this week.

Moon got Denali after a relationship had just fallen apart. The then 24-year-old and his dog hit the road, living in a van for three years as they traveled the West, taking photos for Patagonia and other clients. The pair spent a lot of time bouncing between Smith Rock in Central Oregon (Moon’s “home away from home”) and the coast.

“He was just my travel companion and such an adventure buddy,” said Moon. “And he gave me the courage to start over in a lot of ways.”

Five years later, Moon was diagnosed with cancer and spent a lot of time stuck in hospital beds. Denali was never far.

“When you’re going through all the cancer treatments and surviving all that, you really don’t have the energy to give on a human level a lot of times,” said Moon. “It takes energy to just hang out with your friends, but with a dog, they don’t expect anything. He was just that constant support by my side.”

Before Moon began shooting the film, Denali was in his final days and taking things slow, but Moon said bringing his 14-year-old dog to their favorite spots one last time was rejuvenating. Shortly after filming wrapped, Denali passed away.

“Towards the end of his life, he taught me so much patience, and when he was an older dog and couldn’t do everything he could, I felt like he helped me slow down and appreciate those quiet moments,” said Moon. “But I think the most important thing is he always taught me that nature was a preferred place to be.”

Moon said since the video’s release, he’s been overwhelmed by messages from people who also had a dog get them through rough period in their lives. He’s also heard from cancer survivors and people who have lost loved ones to cancer.

“People have had that one special dog in their life that saw them through some crazy experiences,” he said.

Ten Dog Breeds That Love to Dig

Few of us cheer when our dog digs up our garden. However, we should keep in mind that if a dog has digging genes, in many cases we humans developed that natural trait to serve our purposes. It’s not the dog’s fault our objectives have changed.

While all dog breeds have some instinct to dig and may scratch or dig at the floor, carpet or bed, as he looks for the perfect spot, there is no doubt that some dogs take their digging a little more seriously than others.

To read the article, click the following link: Ten Dog Breeds That Love to Dig

And what was the first breed they posted a picture of? You guessed it!

Cairn Terrier digging

Favorite Posts from our Fourth Year Together

It has now been nine months since my little lady was euthanized. This month I celebrate Divinity’s love of life, with some of my favorite photographs & movies taken during our fourth year together.

Second-Time International Traveler

To read about Divinity becoming a Second-Time International Traveler, click HERE

Divinity at Thunder Bay

Officially Retired as a Therapy Dog

To read about Divinity retiring as a Therapy Dog, click HERE

Therapy Dog Retirement

Fastest Ocean-Racing Cairn Terrier on the Planet

To read about Divinity becoming the Fastest Ocean-Racing Cairn Terrier on the Planet, click HERE

Volvo Ocean Race Certificate

Divinity in Black & White

To read about Divinity’s Black & White photo’s, click HERE

Divinity in B&W

A Big Mac Attack

To read about Divinity having a Big Mac Attack, click HERE

Big Mac Attack

The Fourth Annual – Mid-Winter, Indoor Camping Trip

To read about Divinity’s Fourth Annual – Mid-Winter, Indoor Camping Trip, click HERE

The Fourth Annual – Mid-Winter, Indoor Camping Trip

Visit to the camera shop

To read about Divinity’s visit to the camera shop, click HERE

Trip to the Camera Shop

Handmade Dog Tag for Dad

To read about the Handmade Dog Tag for Dad, click HERE

Dog Tag pendant


Remembrance Quilt for Col. Potter’s Departed Cairns

Divinity's Paw Print Square

Lynne, a member of the Col. Potter Post-Adoption forum is making a quilt as a remembrance for the Cairns that Col. Potter has saved, but who unfortunately, are no longer with us. Lynne said, “It’s for the little Cairns that have gone to the bridge.”

This quilt has squares with a “Paw Prints” design for each Cairn, with their name embroidered in the square. These squares will be 5×5 inches, with a total of 48-squares.

The first square will be one that says, “Cairn’s leave paw prints on our hearts.” The last square in the quilt will have “Col. Potter Cairn Rescue” embroidered on it. These squares are all embroidered paw print appliqués with the departed Cairn’s names on them.

Initially, Lynne estimated the quilt would be around 50″x70″, or lap size. However, the response for names of departed Cairns was so great, that Lynne increased the size from 35 to 48 squares.

Note: After receiving names of departed Cairns from foster parents & adopters, Lynne realized that there is a need for more than one quilt.

Col. Potter volunteers rescued Divinity in November 2008, along with 11 other Cairn Terriers. This group was affectionately called the “12 Holiday Confections.” Among the 12, there are currently four that I know of, that have left for the bridge (Divinity, Stollen, Tink, and Shortbread).

Previously, I have written on the rescue of these 12 Cairn Terriers, and have published specific posts on Tink, Stollen, and Shortbread.

Note: To read more about the “12 Holiday Confections,” click the following links.

* Shortbread – Rest in Peace

* Stollen – Rest in Peace

* Tink, Divinity, and the rescue of the 12 Holiday Confections

* An update on Tink, Divinity, and the rescue of the 12 Holiday Confections

* Tink – Rest in Peace

The following image shows ten nearly completed Paw Print Squares for this quilt.

RIP Quilt Square

Update: Here is a photograph of the completed top half of the quilt. Click on the image to view this photo full size.

Completed Remembrance Quilt

Completed Remembrance Quilt

Shortbread – Rest in Peace

Divinity was rescued along with eleven other Cairn Terrier’s in late November, 2008. This group was affectionately called, the 12-Holiday Confections.

One of these rescued Cairn’s was named Shortbread, and he was about 3-5 years old at time of rescue. Sadly, I’ve learned that Shortbread went to the Rainbow Bridge only a short while after his adoption.


Shortbread 12/1/2004 – 2009


Animal Communicators Help You Understand Senior Dogs

A Summers Day Walk

Note: The following is an excerpt from an article by Jennifer Kachnic.

Quality of life is no doubt your number one goal for your senior canine companion. But as your dog ages, physical and emotional changes can leave you questioning how she is truly feeling.

You may wonder if the walks are too long, or if the level of play is sufficient. Questions such as these can be explored with the services of an animal communicator.

Now, on to what senior dogs have to say…

Animals are very skillful at living in the present moment. They don’t worry about the past or fret about the future. Although their past can affect their behaviors, they are not thinking about it over and over the way humans do. They are living in the now and encourage you to join them.

Often, senior dogs find it disturbing when their human companion is worried or anxious about his or her state of being. They wonder why people focus on what might happen in the future rather than what is currently occurring. Your dog’s desire is to encourage you to concentrate on the fun you could be having together, rather than on being upset unnecessarily. He thinks in the positive and does his best to get you there, too. Perhaps he brings you toys, nudges your arm, or looks soulfully into your eyes. His message to you is stick to the moment.

Another insight I have gained from my communication with senior dogs is that their perception of pain may not be what you imagine. I remember working with a dog named Bud, a big, handsome, Chesapeake Bay retriever mix who had just undergone major knee surgery the week prior. I asked him, “How is your knee?” He replied, “Which one?” I smiled. That was the day I learned to never assume a dog is living in his pain.

Moving on to an important topic…

Within the loving relationship between you and your dog lies the reality that he or she will leave some day. No one likes to think about it ahead of time, but when the senior years approach, death becomes a glaring certainty. Dying is very difficult to contemplate for humans. This is not usually so for dogs. They do not fear their impending transition. Instead, they embrace it.

Animals teach that death is a process. Aching joints, weakening muscles, and digestive issues are common occurrences for elder dogs. Illnesses can also be components of preparing for end of life. Although they can be challenging for both of you, physical changes are a necessary part of the experience. This process allows your dog to slow down and accept the deterioration of his body so he can begin to welcome the completion of his life.

A senior dog does not view a disease as a problem. She embraces anything and everything as a part of her journey. Through my experience, dogs have shown me that they gracefully accept all that is going on within their bodies.


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