Recall alert: Redbarn Bully Sticks

Redbarns Natural has announced its 1st ever recall — certain packages of its 7 Inch Bully Sticks dog chews. The reason is a familiar one: the possible salmonella contamination.

For full details about this recall, and to share the news with others, please click here:

–Dave at Petful


Recall alert! Plus, euthanasia drug found in pet food

From Dave at Petful:

1. Raws for Paws – ground turkey (dogs and cats)

2. Beef Munchies treats (dogs)

Click the links to get the full details of these recalls.

The J.M. Smucker Company has announced a voluntary withdrawal of various flavors of both Gravy Train and Kibbles ‘N Bits canned dog foods. This news follows independent testing earlier this month that reportedly turned up traces of pentobarbital — often used as a euthanasia drug — in samples of Gravy Train. Pentobarbital can be deadly when consumed by dogs or cats.

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How to Protect Your Pet from Coyotes

While most collies aren’t in danger of being prey, this article points out how some dogs and coyotes are attracted to each other and how to lessen those chances.


By Nicole Pajer


In recent years, we have been hearing more and more about wildlife posing a threat to dogs and cats. News headlines have highlighted the tragedy that can unfold if a hungry coyote crosses paths with a small, unattended pet. People have reported coyotes snatching their pups from their backyards, causing mass hysteria. But how common are coyote attacks in urban and suburban areas? Is this really something to lose sleep over? We asked the experts to answer burning questions about coyotes, and offer advice on how to keep your pets safe.

Read the rest here.

Notes from our president

2018 Membership Renewals

Thank you to everyone who renewed their MWCR memberships and to the new people who joined. If you’re still interested in being an MWCR member, simply return your paper renewal form to the address on the form, renew online at, or in you’re interested in joining, complete a membership form on our website. And, thank you to all who included a donation with your renewal.  Greatly appreciated by all of the collies we’ve taken in from the cold this winter.

Suggestions for New Services

Thank you to everyone who submitted suggestions for additional services that MWCR could provide. Your thoughtful suggestions covered many areas, including food allowances for foster homes, additional support for chronic conditions, temporary fostering of collies to prevent the need for surrender, and others. The Board has started the process of reviewing and prioritizing the suggestions to determine which we could feasibly implement in the short term and which may need much more planning and review. If you have additional suggestions, please send them to

Online Silent Auction

MWCR is planning another online silent auction this spring. Linda Riegger has volunteered to head up this popular fundraiser again this year. Watch for more details in the coming months.

Community Event Season has Started

MWCR’s participation in community events is starting with the Great Lakes Pet Expo in Milwaukee at the State Fair Park on Saturday, February 3. So, stop by our booth and visit with MWCR volunteers and their collies.

We participate in community events to increase the awareness of MWCR, to showcase our wonderful adopted collies, and to support the organizers of these community events, many of whom are volunteers themselves who organize events to promote animals and their adoption. We’re always looking for more volunteers to spend a few hours at our booth interacting with the public. Watch for a list of upcoming events and their location and let Cat (, know if you’d like to volunteer.  There is an underscore _ between cat and chisago.  Thanks so much!

Terry Libro, MWCR President

Gray Gables Dog Treats and Bath Products

Kitty Hilk at the Collie Frolic in Blaine

The middle of the winter is the perfect time to pamper yourself and your dogs with goodies from Kitty Hilk’s Gray Gables line.  Kitty will custom-make fresh, preservative-free dog biscuits and dog turkey jerky for your pooch.  Turkey jerky is $7.00 for an approximately one- quart jar or $15 for a one-gallon plastic bag.  Dog biscuits, made of meat and cheddar cheese, are $7.00 per quart jar. Kitty’s extra-rich hand cream is $7.00 jar.

The prices do not include shipping, but Terry Libro will be making dog food runs to Madison and Milwaukee and possibly other areas in the next few weeks and would be glad to deliver any orders.  Please call Kitty at 952-472-6897 to place your order, then contact Terry (, if you’d like delivery through her.

January adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Adorable Ace, a 3.5 year old tri-headed white has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Ace was surrendered when his human mom passed away from cancer and Dad just doesn’t have the time or capacity to keep him.  For an “outside dog” who had never worn a collar or a leash, he took to the life of an inside pampered pet pretty quickly. Ace is officially our first foster flunkie of the year and we couldn’t be happier that he found his loving forever home!


Big handsome AJ has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Sometimes life doesn’t go just as we planned it, and a gorgeous collie like AJ has to be reluctantly surrendered by his loving family.  AJ was adopted from MWCR in 2014 as a 2-year-old and is coming back to us for re-homing, due to a divorce. His new mom and dad are retired and have lots of collie experience. They already let us know that everything is going really well and that they love him. Mom is even planning to do some more training so he can get his CGC and go to the local retirement home. I know this sweet, gentle boy will love all the pets and attention!


Lovable Lance, a 4-year-old sable merle, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Lance was sadly surrendered when his owner realized that they didn’t have the skills to deal with his reactive behavior. This sweet boy has been working hard to learn how to get along with other dogs, but he didn’t need any help to know how to snuggle up his human. In fact, he’s done such a good job at being lovable that his foster home has turned into his forever home. Congratulations sweet boy!


January photo wall – brrrrrrrrr!

Already shoveled the back once so the royalty has a place to play and potty.


Collie boys Danny and Sherman relaxing in the snow in their back yard. I love how they embrace winter!


Smoothies Ruby & Mikey help with barn chores in -12 outside temps.


Foster Molly is a Great Pyrenees/Collie mix merle.


Recently adopted Dickens


Thank you so much for Brodie! Today marks 6 months that we have had him in our home. He’s the best friend we could have ever asked for.


Today we celebrate Maxwell’s third year with us! Thank you Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue for bring us together, who rescued who? 💖


Happy New Year from Bonnie!


Quinn and all of the other MWCR Collies celebrating their first New Year’s in their forever homes wish you a safe and happy Holiday. Thank you for your support!


MWCR alum Lyle enjoying the below zero temps at his cabin up north


Patches is all groomed and ready for the New Year! THANK YOU for bringing us together with this beautiful boy! We are FUR-EVER grateful!!! ❤


Baron (MWCR alum), and his new little brother Henry


Fantastic Finn (formerly Chance) 1+ years after surgery to fix a hole in his tiny puppy heart ❤️




Checking out the snow from the inside