Little Patriot was found as a stray. His rescuers have been looking for his owner for some time but finally surrendered him to us after they could not locate an owner. He is so sweet and loving! Were hoping to find this little guy a great home!
Foster Update: Patriot, AKA « Squirt », is the most lovable, sweet little fellow. He is potty trained, gets along well with other dogs and cats and loves to sit with you all the time. He gets so excited when you get home from somewhere his tail wags about 100 mph! He wants nothing more than to please you and will make someone a wonderful lap dog. He does, however, like to escape and will run from you. When you do catch up to him and call him, he will then listen and come to you. He is much better at listening when you tell him no while opening the door and won’t try to get past you. But you must tell him no before opening the door or he will attempt to get out. He may be a small little guy, but it doesn’t stop him from playing with the big dogs! My two dogs are approximately 30 pounds and he jumps right in to play with them. He tries to play with my cats, but they just hiss at him and he leaves them alone. Patriot is one of the sweetest dogs and would be great with an individual or a family. He does beautifully with my 8 and 11 year old daughters and loves pets from them as well. He has never nipped, bitten or shown any aggression towards any person or animal. He’s a little love bug with a big heart!
Foster Update: Patriot is a sweet and energetic little dog. He’s a great snuggler and rides well in a car. We think Patriot would be good with kids of all ages, and we know he is good with both cats and dogs. His only issue is that he doesn’t like to share his toys or bones with other dogs, but is fine with people picking them up. He is not food aggressive. Patriot will sit on your lap with just as much enthusiasm as if you were going to play with him. He likes to be carried around. Patriot is known to dash out the door if you’re not careful, but he will come to you if you can in front of him and call to him. As far as other training goes, Patriot will sit for a treat and most of the time without one. We are working on teaching him some other basic commands. Patriot’s favorite activity is jumping. He loves to jump up to catch a toy or chase after a flying tennis ball. His favorite toy is a green rubber rattle that is tied to a string. (You can see it in some of the pictures.) Patriot would be perfect for a family that will play with him, take him on walks, and give him lots of love.
Foster Update: Patriot is the sweetest dog. He loves everybody and refuses to be ignored. He is certain that you were put on earth to pet him and entertain him. He does need training and activity though. I think that he is just so little and cute that noone has ever made him mind and you are tempted to let him get by with anything. I would be cautious about putting him with very small children as I feel that he would walk all over them and snip or growl if they pick him up if he doesn’t want that. He jumps up on the coffee table and will snatch what he wants to play with up there. We are working on fixing that. He is super smart and very trainable. He just needs the actual training and consistency. He is going to be a great pet for someone. He loves to snuggle and cuddle and he is totally adorable.
According to www.dogbreedinfo.com, this dog, known since 1500, was first publicly presented in 1909 and became popular after 1930. The Cairn is one of Scotland’s original Terriers, probably a contributor to today’s Scottish, West Highland White and Skye Terrier breeds. Named for the piles of small stones used to mark Scottish farm borders and graves, the Cairn Terrier’s job was to rout small animals from their lairs in these stone piles. Though used for such purposes for centuries, the Cairn Terrier is now primarily a companion dog. He also excels at Terrier (Go-To-Ground) trials. Everyone remembers a Cairn called « Toto » in the film « The Wizard of Oz. » Some of the Cairn’s talents are hunting, tracking, watchdogging, agility, competitive obedience, and performing tricks. The Cairn Terrier is a spirited, hardy, restless little busybody – a big dog in a small dog’s body. Alert, loyal, merry, lovable and mischievous. They are somewhat independent, but friendly. Females tend to be more independent than males and some breeders feel that males are more affectionate. They are very curious, fearless and bold. They are easily trained and like to do tricks. Naturally patient with children and very playful. Cairns adapt well to their new homes. They are sensitive, and need firm, but not harsh, training and discipline. Without attention and training, the Cairn can become destructive and/or bark excessively. Cairns like to dig searching for vermin, so it is not wise to leave them unsupervised in a landscaped yard! This breed can be a chaser and should not be left off its lead in an unsecured area. Never leave a Cairn tied out, as he may fight larger dogs to protect his turf, sometimes with tragic consequences. They have a life expectancy of about 12-15 years.