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New foster Cairn

I got up early this morning, gassed up the car, put air in my tires, and set off for East Texas to meet the last leg of the transport for our new foster. His name is now Ajax and he is just as cute as can be!!!! He is an owner surrender, rather than a puppy mill dog, so he doesn't have the social or grooming issues they do. His main problem is that the owner didn't 'have time' for him and never housebroke him! Yikes. That's my job to get him ready for adoption, and if it weren't for that, I would say he was ready to go today.

I had to meet the transport in Mount Pleasant, TX. It's about 1 1/2 - 2 hours from here, but it's a nice, easy drive. I left around 10 and had a good time laughing at some of the strange sites you see, like the buffalo ranch. The coordinator called to say that the last leg of the transport was running about 60-90 minutes late, so I got to hang out in the bustling metropolis that is Mt. Pleasant. Wow. I felt like I was in Mayberry.

To kill time, I started looking for unique little shops. I found a children's consignment shop with the nicest lady working the desk. I lucked out and got a LOT of clothes for the boys to grow into, and they were also having a 75% off sale on some things. I ended up with 22 items of clothing (pants, shorts, polos, button-downs and sweaters) for just $48!!!! SCORE!

Just down the road, I found a 6000 square foot antique store. I could have stayed there ALL DAY!!!! I got a pair of fleece houseshoes, a GREAT leopard print rolled hat, a milk-glass hen on a nest and FOUR different miniature HOAN's. I have NO IDEA why I've started collecting these things. They make me crazy and have no relevance to my decorating style. It all started with the carnival glass one my mother gave me and now I have three big ones and four little ones sitting on top of the TV receiver. Blue carnival glass, amber glass, milk glass for the big ones, and light blut, orange, black and blue for the little ones. Wheee!!!

Has anyone that lives around here been up to Princeton Village? I have to go back there when I have more time - it's only about 30 minutes from here. Imagine a vast trailer park fronted by what looks like a long line of u-store-it garage door type things. Maybe about 40-50 units long. It seems there are a group of people who live there (I'm assuming) and spend their weekends selling stuff out of their storage unit. Some have gone so far as to create storefronts just behind the garage door. Once the door is open, there is a wall with windows and an entry door just behind it. It's a great big flea market setting. It is also prime for haggling as NOTHING appears to be marked with prices.

Oh well, on to getting the house cleaned up a bit and resting from a very active day.


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Nov. 23rd, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
What are HOAN's?

And could you trigger some memory into my brain and remind me some of the big things I need to be asking to be tested for? If all goes well and we can scrounge some money up, we'll hopefully be heading to a specialist. I know, you've said these things to me at least twice now, and I'm a total irresponsible person and can't seem to remember to save them or anything. SORRY!
Nov. 23rd, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
Ask them to test for APS/antiphospholipid antibody syndrome/hughes syndrome/"sticky blood". If they are worth their salt, they will know what you are asking. There are things they can look for that go with the lupus anticoagulants that will lead them to confirm or deny an APS diag vs. a Lupus diag.

HOAN (or more recently just HONs) are Hen on a nest dishes. This is like the Milk Glass one I got today
Nov. 23rd, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)
Mt. Pleasant is a great town--and so are Mount Vernon and Sulphur Springs. Lake Bob Sandlin, near both the mounts, has great woodland hiking. I like Princeton Village, because on the right day, anything is on sale for nothing.
Nov. 23rd, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Mayberry is in real life, a cute little town called Mount Arie in North Carolina. And it sounds just like the town you described. Small stores and a huge antique shop that takes up 3 floors. Did I mention we love Mt Arie and stop on our way to and from the Ocean each year.
I have about 15 hens packed away. I love depression glass, and collect it. I have an amber hen you can have if you want hun. I have no attachment to them.
Good Luck with Ajax, sounds like a darling.
Nov. 24th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
We're looking for a puppy for our little man now that he's completed *his* potty training. I was leaning towards miniature schnauzer because I have tons of experience and I just love the little guys, but the Cairn's have piqued my interest. How are they with little kids? And are they shedders?
Nov. 25th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
Cairns are pretty low maintenance - they don't really shed, this guy is really good with kids, and they are very devoted. We've had our Cairn for over 9 years and I can't imagine life without a Cairn around. My husband grew up with a Cairn and we had to get one when we got our house.

Ajax is amazingly sweet. All of the 'problems' that the owner said she gave him up for were because he was just left alone. I put a belly band on him because they said he was not housebroken. He had one accident but hasn't had one since, so I haven't put the band back on him. No accidents. I think he had to be trained at one point and just 'lost' it because he was cooped up all day.

He's so sweet. He has to stay with us for at least two weeks, but I'll post the link to his adoption blog with the Col. Potter's Cairn Rescue in the next week, and we'll have lots of photos and stories on there.
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