Our New Homes 2020

Here are some of the Cairn Terriers re-homed in 2020.

Here is where we will showcase some of the Cairn Terriers re-homed in 2020. We wish them all the best of luck for their futures in their forever homes.


Initially Humbug was fostered by his new owner when the lockdown started.

Once he had his paws under the table he was not going anywhere.

He loves his walks by the river Thames.

We love a foster failure.

Thank you to our trustee Chris Hewitt for the update.

* Posted 11th November 2020


Thirteen year old Torquil needed a new home due to his owner passing away. Helen our Trustee had the perfect couple on her wait list so we didn’t need to advertise him.

He has been in kennels since July when his owner was first taken ill along with Chloe also a Cairn. Sadly Chloe passed away last week due to illness so he’s had a bad time of it lately. He was very well looked after and much loved in the kennels but he really needed a home to call his own.

He was safely taken to his new home today in the countryside, following the recommended Covid guidelines. He will be on the usual one month trial. We wish him well in his new home. Be happy Torquil

The photographs on the right are of the kennel staff saying goodbye and Torquil meeting his new owners.

* Posted 14th October 2020.


Some Cairns rehomed by CTRF are not advertised on the website or Facebook page because the relevant trustee already has a suitable applicant on their waiting list. This was the case with Copper and here is her story from our trustee John Francis:

“Copper, a 4 year old, needed to find a new home through no fault of her own. We didn’t need to advertise her as fortunately we had someone waiting for a dog with her exact characteristics.

However a name change was needed as, if she needed to be recalled, standing and shouting COPPER may not always be the best idea so she is now Cooper.

She’s certainly a live-wire and soon found the pond which is covered with netting. A great feature to explore until it became clear that the floating plant pots around the edge would support the weight of a plant but not of an inquisitive Cairn Terrier.

Have a long and happy life Cooper.”

* Posted 27th August 2020.


Hope – update 3rd September 2020:

Here is a welcome update from Hope’s new family:

“That’s us into the fourth week with Hope and we feel she has settled well and now used to a routine with us.

We keep her downstairs at night in the room you were in.  Did let her upstairs into our bedroom but she was not happy there as wanted to be in the bed.  

Couldn’t jump it’s height, didn’t give up like our last dog and was too upset and agitated. Only other problem is that she won’t sleep in her own bed and insists on the sofa.   

Anyway we don’t mind it that much and will try to get her into her own bed but she’s a stubborn wee thing.   

We are no longer getting startled when she jumps onto the top back of the settee.  She’s either dozing between us or up on the top.  Did find she’d  peed a few times during the first week but we’ve now got a routine that stopped that.  Not a happy bunny being put out at night before we leave her.  She takes the more peaceful protest method of a limp body, non participating, not meeting your eye, leave me alone, I’m very comfortable as I am approaching.   

Now beginning though, very grudgingly gives in.   

Never heard her bark until one day she startled us, launched herself through the air off the back of the settee, snarling, barking, charged at the back door to find our son had arrived unannounced.  That over, then licked him to death. That’s when we decided she considered it HER home. 

She loves her walks and get her out twice a day.  We notice her age more then as now more a leisurely lady who just loves to explore sniff and then continue exploring and sniffing.  Absolutely loves meeting other dogs and people who usually say what a lovely youngster.  We think perhaps she maybe  did not get as much exercise lately with the last owners changed circumstances and now we feel she’s building that up a bit.  

Derek was used to adjusting to Ranna as she slowed down and keeps an eye and judges how far to let her go.  Often take her away in the car and she absolutely loves being taken out and is like an excited pup as we try and give her another walk in new surroundings.   

Adjusted her food to more a twice a day feed and changed her dry feed to a smaller senior kibble as we thought she was having trouble with the size of dry feed she came with and now add a more normal senior wet feed. We’ve been giving her the dreaded dog cleaning chews and her teeth are not quite such a worry now as they’ve gone from brown to a more normal colour.  Not so concerned about the heart murmur as she’s very agile and just gets on with it.  Since the weather has cooled and the humidity has dropped she is much happier and livelier.  Still working on the dry skin with the special shampoo but it’s much better. 

Follows Derek around absolutely everywhere he goes which annoys him a lot but she’s gradually training him to accept it.   

Did get startled the first time he was showering to see her the other side of the dripping shower screen glass lying on the bath matt waiting him coming out.  Then to add insult to injury started to drink the last of the water disappearing down the plug hole as he dried himself. Thinks he’s the best cook in the world and tries to stay close to him to steal his culinary secrets. 

Hope is a happy wee loving dog and the rest of our family and we are very fond of her.  All she wants is to be fed and have stimulating sniffing walks and a constant routine and company.  She’s definitely elderly but young in heart and mind and happy to be with anyone who can give her that. 

As you have no doubt gathered we are both smitten with her and are only too happy to give her a home.  

No doubt you will have some paperwork to sort out but we’ll wait to hear from you.  

All the best 

Sheena, Derek and Hope.

PS  She thinks Pets at Home is a wonderful place to visit with low shelves specially adapted for a Cairn to stretch out flat with legs straight out backwards to wriggle under and retrieve biscuits.”

We thank Hope’s new family for sending us this heartwarming account and wish them all the best for their future together.

Hope – update 10th August 2020:

Hope has gone to her new home on the usual 1 months trial.  Here she is,  meeting her new family (bottom picture on the right).

Hope – 8th August 2020:

Hope is an elderly lady in her ‘teens’ – she was previously rehomed so we are not sure of her exact age. Her owners are unable to give her the time and tlc she needs so have asked if we can find somebody willing to give her cuddles and company and love!
She has no known health issues and is fine with other dogs. She does not like cats! She is still energetic and able to get out for walks.

In view of her age, she needs to find a home – foster or permanent – in Scotland so she does not have to travel long distances. Any health issues will be covered by us the Cairn Rescue.


Bonnie – Update (11th July 2020):

Bonnie has gone to her new home now on the usual 1 month trial.


Bonnie (2nd July 2020):

Bonnie is a seven year old bitch who is looking for a new home. She is presently in a foster home in Perthshire Scotland.

She has had a number of different homes in recent years (through no fault of her own) and as a result is showing fear aggression.

She needs a quiet home where she is the only dog, preferably with a lot of open spaces around where she can relax.
Her behaviour is a bit unpredictable – she can be very cuddly and loving (and spoilt!) but at times snappy when she is uncertain. This should improve in time given the right encouragement and training.

She has not been used to other dogs so needs to the only one and an owner with the time and patience to work with her and restore her confidence.
She would not be suitable for a home where there were young children.


This is Teddy and he is 10 months old. Teddy came to us when his heartbroken mum wanted him to live his best life and that wasn’t to be with the already established family dogs and cats.

So she asked our trustee Chrissie, one of our trustees to find Teddy a new home with no cats or other dogs.

Teddy wasn’t advertised as his new mum was already on the waiting list.

A few days ago Teddy went to his new home where he can fulfill his ambition be the only one.

Happy new home little man.


* Posted 27th June 2020.


Cherry (update 30th May 2020):

CTRF has received this lovely update from Cherry’s new owner:

In January this year I was asked by one of the Trustees if I would take on a 15 year old female, whose owner had been unable to look after her for some while at home.  The owner’s carers and a neighbour were helping out.  I was happy to, having a 14 year old male Cairn (from a puppy), a rescue female Pomeranion (4) and a rescue female cross-breed (6), all with gentle temperaments.   

As we progressed with the paperwork my old Cairn became rapidly unwell and after a mixture of outpatient and inpatient care and with the aid of some serious medication, he enjoyed a last walk, chicken dinner and a few hours of stroking and dreaming before going to sleep for good.  It was quite traumatic due to the sudden onset but I made the decision to honour his memory by doing my best for this new girl, Cherry.   

Cherry arrived with little sight due to chronic dry eye and a skin problem that was responding well to bathing, quite chirpy in herself, and proceeded to settle in with my gang.  She looked a lot like Toddy, which was quite unsettling for my neighbours, who had seen me through my loss!  She had come from a bungalow to a modern semi so I was concerned about the stairs and set up a gate.  In typical Cairn fashion she made it clear that she wanted to explore everywhere and demonstrated an ability to deal with the stairs.  She quickly became attached to my elderly mum, who lives with us, and who made a fuss of Cherry.  There are dog beds around the house and my two sleep in my bedroom at night by choice but Cherry frequently relocated to mum’s bedroom so now she has her own bed and water bowl in there too and each night she decides where to settle.  

I update the kind neighbour who helped Cherry, with her progress, and she relays this and the photos to Cherry’s previous owner. 

Of concern to me was the state of her mouth.  She had a vet check on arrival which confirmed a very low grade heart murmur and infected gums, but otherwise a clean bill of health.  The neighbour had taken her to the vet locally for treatment for dry eye which we continued.  She was a bit overweight which I wanted to address before any anaesthetic.  We eventually agreed on 1st April for her dental, which was subsequently cancelled due to COVID-19.   

She has been a delight.  She tolerates well having her eyes bathed and treated and her rear inspected for hygiene.  She allowed me to clip her claws, in particular her dew claws which were in need.  She loves walks and picks up quite a pace when she wants to.  She loves her food and gets very excited at mealtimes.  She drinks well.  So I felt that in spite of her age she was having a good quality of life, except for the mouth, which was bothering me increasingly.   

I persevered with telephone updates to the vets and I’m delighted to say that they agreed to go ahead with her procedure on Wednesday 20th May.  She had 4 extractions and a good clean and has made a full recovery; a tough old girl.  She now sleeps through the night and appears very contented with life.  I’ve noticed in this lovely weather that she spends more time sniffing about in the garden and enjoys lying in the shade under the washing line.  My back door is open from around 6am until dusk pretty much so all the dogs can wander in and out.  

I’m so grateful to the Cairn Rescue for giving this old girl the chance of a happy retirement, long may it continue.

CTRF would like to thank Cherry’s new owner for giving her such a lovely life in her senior years. 


* Posted 30th May 2020.


George (27th May, 2020):

George was not advertised and was adopted from one of our trustees’  waiting list. Here is an update from George’s new family:

George came to our family as a shy, quiet dog who jumped at everything. He was one of a pair but it was thought that he would thrive better as an only dog to let his personality come through.

It took him a while to get used to us and his new home and was very anxious to start with. Now he’s part of the family, he loves to be around people and is a very friendly dog. He has such a vibrant personality and loves to run around free in the park.

He’s become quite mischievous and is slowly learning how to pose for pictures! He loves cuddles and just to be played with. We love to play fetch and he’s become a very big part of our family, we wouldn’t change him for the world.


CTRF thank Keira for sending us this update and for giving George a loving new home. We love hearing about our rescued Cairns and are so glad that everything is going well for George and his new family.


Toby (23rd March 2020):

10 year old Toby needed a new home due to the ill-health of his owner. He was initially surrendered to the Ohana Dog Rescue in Manchester who contacted the CTRF as a breed rescue. After a short holiday in Chorley it became clear that Toby would be very happy as an only dog.

John, our Trustee in that area had someone on his wait list who wanted a dog like Toby so, before any enforced ‘lockdown’ he took a journey across the Pennines to West Yorkshire, on the usual month’s trial, where he made an excellent first impression. Good luck Toby and your new owners.

Thank you to Toby’s new family for giving him a lovely home.

* Posted 23rd March 2020.


Lady – Update (29th May 2020):

We have received this lovely update about Lady from her new family and just had to share it:

“We had been registered to adopt a Cairn for about four months, because we had lost our wonderful Cairn last year.  Previously we have owned three Cairn Terriers.

 We suddenly received a call from our local representative, John Francis who lives in Chorley, Lancashire.  He said he might have a Cairn bitch that would suit us, but he hadn’t seen her because she was in South Wales.  He told us that the people who owned her in South Wales could not look after her anymore because of illness, so they had taken her to the lady who bred her and who still had the mother. 

Her name is Alison Hargreaves who very kindly offered to bring her up to Preston and everyone would meet at our house.  She did this the very next day and we all met at our home.  For this kind act, we shall be eternally grateful.  As soon as we saw ‘Lady’ we knew we wanted her.  After introductions and happy discussions, we were able to adopt her.  She is a wonderful pet for us and we can tell she has been looked after very well by her previous owners, who I know were very sad to have to re-home her.

She is a very happy dog who loves her walks and her food and has settled in nicely.  We are so happy we adopted her.”


Lady (2nd March 2020):

Lady needed a new home as her owners had become too unwell to properly care for her.

Fortunately someone was waiting for a dog just like her and the introduction to her new family was a joy to watch.  Our Trustee John reports that within 20 minutes she had jumped on her new Mum’s knee and stayed there.

From John: “Lady is the most gentle dog and I have no doubt that I will be getting the ‘Adoption Call’ before the month’s trial is up.”

* Posted 3rd March 2020.


Dexter (2nd March 2020):

Some of the Cairns who come into the care of the CTRF are not advertised because the trustee already has a potential new owner on their waiting list. This was the case with Dexter.

Adorable Dexter went to his new home on Sunday, 1st March 2020 where he settled in really quickly.  John our Trustee has had an update from his new Mum and everything is going really well and she adores him already.

Apparently he’s none too keen on buses and going for a walk in the dark (he had to be carried home).

Have a long and happy life in your new home Dexter.

* Posted 3rd March 2020.

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