This is a Hold-Up, Leave all of the Treats on the Floor…

This was posted on Twitter by the Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network and I thought readers of Divinity’s blog would enjoy it themselves.

This is a Hold-Up


Note: It was from Col. Potter that I adopted Divinity in May, 2009. Since that day, Col. Potter has rescued many Cairn Terriers, and Cairn Terrier mixes.


Col. Potter - Rescue Number


* Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network – Webpage

* Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network Facebook

* Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network Twitter

* Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network All Available Cairn Terriers for Adoption

Four Month Old Black Bear cubs – playtime before breakfast

I thought it would be nice to start this day with a light-hearted post.

Rollo Bear & Otto Bear are two four month old orphaned Black Bear cubs currently residing at the Appalachian Bear Rescue in Townsend, TN. Later this year, when Rollo & Otto get big and strong, they will be released back into the wild.

Here is a photo of Rollo Bear & Otto Bear enjoying some playtime before eating their breakfast.

Rollo Bear & Otto Bear

I previously featured Appalachian Bear Rescue in a post on the rescue of Noli Bear from the Nolichucky River in September 2015.

Noli Bear during rescue

Drug increases survival in dogs with cancer

University of Minnesota has announced the breakthrough trial of a new drug that improves survival rates in dogs diagnosed with a cancer called hemangiosarcoma (HSA). The research and results were published recently published in the journal of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics.

“This is likely the most significant advance in the treatment of canine HSA in the last three decades,” said study co-author Jaime Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D. professor in the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and member of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.

Antonella Borgatti, D.V.M., M.S. and Copper

Lead study author, Antonella Borgatti, D.V.M., M.S. and Copper


Canine HSA is a common, aggressive, incurable sarcoma, and is remarkably similar to angiosarcoma, which affects humans. Both cancers typically spread before diagnosis and the survival time for affected patients is extremely short, even with aggressive treatment. Only 50 percent of humans diagnosed with angiosarcoma live longer than 16 months; the prognosis for dogs with HSA is similarly dire. Less than 50 percent of dogs will survive 4 to 6 months and only about 10 percent will be alive one year after their diagnosis.

The study tested a drug called eBAT, invented by study senior author Daniel Vallera, Ph.D., professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Masonic Cancer Center.

“eBAT was created to specifically target tumors while causing minimal damage to the immune system. HSA is a vascular cancer, meaning it forms from blood vessels. eBAT was selected for this trial because it can simultaneously target the tumor and its vascular system,” Vallera said.

Traditional cancer treatments have side effects that can be very hard on patients. “In this trial we aimed for a sweet spot by identifying a dose of eBAT that was effective to treat the cancer, but caused no appreciable harm to the patient. Essentially we’re treating the cancer in a safer and more effective way, improving quality of life and providing a better chance at survival,” lead study author Antonella Borgatti, D.V.M., M.S., associate professor with the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine said.

eBAT was tested on 23 dogs of various breeds, both large and small, with HSA of the spleen. Dogs received three treatments of eBAT after surgery to remove the tumor and before conventional chemotherapy. The drug treatment improved the 6-month survival rate to approximately 70 percent Furthermore, five of the 23 dogs that received eBAT treatment lived more than 450 days.

Not only is that good news for dogs, it’s good news for people too. The similarities between this cancer and angiosarcoma in humans, and the fact that many other tumor types can be targeted by eBAT, make a strong case for translating this drug into clinical trials for human cancer patients. The researchers want these results to bring hope to those touched by this disease.

“This drug was invented here at the University of Minnesota, developed here, manufactured here, tested here and showed positive results here. We would also like this drug to achieve positive outcomes for humans here,” Modiano said.

“The ultimate goal for all of us is to create a world in which we no longer fear cancer,” he added.

H/T: Veterinary Practice News

Gordee – Rest in Peace

Gordee1998 to September 23, 2016

This is a bereavement post about the passing of Gordee, who was Divinity’s foster-home brother. Gordee helped teach Divinity to learn about being a dog in freedom.

Gordee came into the Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network late in 2005 at the approximate age of seven. Gordee was found as a stray in Iowa and released to Col Potter. Gordee’s foster mom was Marge, the same person who fostered Divinity. Marge fostered Gordee, fell for him and adopted him.

Gordee was a very vocal guy, he would look out the window and howl. Gordee loved to play fetch with a ball and would have done so for hours if someone was willing to keep throwing the ball. Gordee’s favorite spot was on top of the sofa were he could see what was happening all around him.

Gordee passed from this world in his own home in him mom’s arms on 9/23/2016 at the approximate age of 18-years from cancer. Even though he came to his mom with some baggage, she loved him dearly, and will miss him terribly

Bob’s House for Dogs has two dogs as Senior Dog Prom Finalists!

Pups are People too! wrote a sweet story about the Grey Muzzle Organization’s #SeniorDogProm.

Well Divinity’s friends from Bob’s House for Dogs have two of their senior dogs as Senior Dog Prom Finalists!


Libby and Rusty



Life can be ruff sometimes. But when you have fur and have a chance to go to prom, life cannot be any sweeter or rather cuter.

A homeless shelter for senior dogs called the Grey Muzzle Organization in North Carolina needs your help to decide who will be crowned king, queen and cutest couple. But guess who’s a finalist to win cutest couple? Libby and Rusty of Bob’s House for Dogs in Eleva, Wisconsin!

Nikki Ristau with Bob’s House says the organization sent out a Facebook post for their senior dog’s prom photo contest. Nikki chose to enter a variety of photos and the two made it to finals.

The contest has gained so much popularity; it’s made its way to and

You can vote once a day for Libby and Rusty to take home the top prize until May 31st. Rusty is also up for adoption at Bob’s House for Dogs.

See all the Grey Muzzle’s Senior Dog Prom Finalists


May & November are Pet Cancer Awareness months

It was 2-1/2 years ago that I lost my beloved Divinity to cancer.

Divinity’s friend’s at the Grey Muzzle Organization have published a post filled with links on cancer awareness. Their Cancer Wellness section offers tips and resources for caregivers and their senior dogs with cancer.

“According to Morris Animal Foundation, over half of our dogs will be affected by cancer. It is the most common cause of death in dogs over 2 and age adds to the risk.” “Our Cancer Wellness section offers tips and resources for caregivers and their senior dogs with cancer.”

Topics in this post include:

* An On-Call Holistic Vet

* A New Kind of Lifting Harness

* A Hospice Workshop with Heart

* 8 Creative Ways to Budget Your Dog’s Cancer Treatment

* A Integrative Vet Talks Canine Cancer

* Free Lymphoma Webinar

* Cancer FAQ: Find Answers Fast

* Learn from the Vets: Cancer Basics for Caregivers

* After a Cancer Diagnosis: 5 Go-to Resources


Know the ten common signs of cancer in small animals

According the AVMA, common cancer symptoms are as follows:

  • Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
  • Sores that do not heal
  • Weight loss
    Loss of appetite
  • Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
    Offensive odor
  • Difficulty eating or swallowing
  • Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
  • Persistent lameness or stiffness
  • Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating


Here are a few links to informative articles on Pet Cancer

* 10 Signs of Cancer in Dogs by Dr. Phil Zeltzman, DVM , DACVS, CVJ

* North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine – May is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

* After a Canine Cancer Diagnosis: Five Go-to Resources by RD Moreno

* PRNewswire: Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo Foundation Surpass $11 Million in Total Contributions for Pet Cancer Research and Treatment


Senior Sunday – The Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network

Recently, I read a few posts on Twitter by several rescue groups that were labeled Senior Sunday. It was after reading these Tweets that I decided to publish Senior Sunday posts myself. These posts, like the ones I read on Twitter, will highlight senior dogs that are available for adoption from various rescues.

My Senior Sunday posts will hopefully help find furever homes for these wonderful seniors from rescues around the U.S. and possibly other countries. I envision publishing Senior Sunday posts on one or more weekends each month.

To start the series, this post will focus on the Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network from whom I adopted Divinity in May, 2009. Col. Potter rescued my little lady in November, 2008. I was told that three people had submitted paperwork to adopt her, however, all three changed their minds due to Divinity’s age.

Seniors have a lot to offer, we just need to be willing to watch, listen, and learn… (Divinity’s Dad, 2012)

Note: Please share this post on your social media so that others can learn about these wonderful senior dogs. It’s the only way to spread the word about these seniors who need homes.

Here are some, but not all of the senior dogs currently available for adoption from the Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network.

Sam Malone

Sam Malone

Sam Malone is 11 years-young, and weighs 17 lbs. Sam is being fostered in Portland, Connecticut.

To learn more about Sam Malone, click the link to his Col. Potter web page – Sam Malone




Mcgraw is 8.5 years-young, and weighs 19 lbs. Mcgraw is being fostered in Essex, Vermont .

To learn more about Mcgraw, click the link to his Col. Potter web page – Mcgraw

Update: McGraw has been ADOPTED!




Nolan is 12 years-young, and weighs 9.4 lbs. Nolan is being fostered in Auburndale, Florida.

To learn more about Nolan, click the link to his Col. Potter web page – Nolan




Neilan is 12 years-young, and weighs 15 lbs. Neilan is being fostered in Cleveland, Ohio.

To learn more about Neilan, click the link to his Col. Potter web page – Neilan


Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network contact links

To learn about all the dogs, both seniors & youngsters that Col. Potter has available for adoption, click the following links:

* Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network – Website

* Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network – Facebook

* Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network – Twitter


Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs

Note: This map is presented with kind permission from Senior Pups

Click the “Brackets” on the right-side in the Map Header below to view the full-size map