You have a decent career job, friends who are good enough to throw back a few beers with on the weekends, and a nice home in a state you love. You may or may not be single, but it’s fine either way because there’s always Tinder. Yet, despite your apparent success, there’s something missing. Ah! Yes, a dog. We’ve done our due diligence and found the perfect rescue dog for residents of all 50 states. This week, we’re over the rainbow in love with this little pup.

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…Cairn Terrier
Getting a dog is pretty much choosing a child, best friend, and roommate all in one. No pressure, huh? If you happen to be a citizen of the fine state of Kansas, we are about to make your decision less stressful. Just click your heels together and get a Cairn Terrier. We all remember falling in love with Toto, the sweet Cairn Terrier in The Wizard of Oz who was always by Dorothy’s side.  Dorothy’s commitment to Toto, her insistence that a home without him was no home at all, is the kind of love people associate with Kansas. A Cairn Terrier will make you eager to return home every day.

Lying in the very heart of the United States, Kansas is a state that breeds courageous characters—and not just the fictional kind. First woman pilot Amelia Earhart was born there, as was the first African-American Oscar winner, Hattie McDaniel, and 34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Cairn Terriers, too, are very alert and curious. They’re not ones to veg out in front of the TV or hide out in the shade of a back porch. These pups, like many Kansan go-getters before them, are proactive and independent thinkers. Plus, they embody the friendliness and warmth of the Sunflower State.

As we all know from The Wizard of Oz, Kansas weather is no joke, with tornadoes being a frequent occurrence. Luckily, Cairn Terriers’ coats are hard and weather-resistant for when the rains and winds pick up—and they’re easy to hug while you’re huddled down for shelter. If you’re ready to add a Cairn Terrier to your Kansan home, here are some great adoption resources to start your search.

Kansas Cairn Terrier Rescue Resources:
Kansas Cairn Rescue Groups
Adopt A Cairn Terrier
Kansas Cairn Rescue


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