July adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator

Dua, Wylie, Wilson (nka Finley) and Winston (nka Kirby) have all found their permanent homes. Dua to Minnesota and the other three in Wisconsin. All of them will have canine siblings to play with and Finley & Kirby are our latest foster ‘failures’. Congratulations to everyone concerned and also to me, since Kirby is actually my personal ‘failure’, with Creena and Rivers’s approval.



Pickles, a 13-year-old male, white factored smoothie has been adopted. A huge thank you to everyone who helped with him.

Tips from Petful on unsafe food

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It’s Dave again from Petful. I’m continuing to monitor pet food recalls and will let you know when one happens. Today, I want to share some important pet food safety tips. Follow the tips below, and you’ll greatly reduce the chance that you ever feed unsafe food to your pet.

What I’ve Realized

Over the past few months, I’ve come to realize that dry pet food is not ideal. A bag of kibble can have bacterial growth, mold problems, fats going rancid, mite infestations … not to mention most dry pet foods are lacking in nutrients because of the rendering and processing.  Even canned pet food has its problems. Many of these canned pet foods have harmful added chemicals and preservatives, BPA-lined cans and mold problems … and they’ve all been subjected to extreme processing.

You might be tired of me bringing up The Farmer’s Dog, but I really do think it’s a terrific dog food because it’s real, freshly cooked food — the sort of high-quality, nutritionally balanced diet that has been shown to add YEARS to a pet’s lifespan. Here’s the link to my review: https://www.petful.com/the-farmers-dog-review/

And for cats, I’m really liking NomNomNow. It, too, is made with the freshest, restaurant-quality ingredients. Veterinarian formulated, which means better food, better health. Learn more here: https://www.petful.com/nom-nom-now-cat-food-review/

Now, let’s get to those safety tips.

Safety begins with proper storage, because as soon as you first open a bag of dry pet food, important dietary fats in the food will already start to turn rancid. In addition, if the food is contaminated (for example, with nasty salmonella), you don’t want to spread that to your family. So, to avoid sickening your pet (or yourself), follow these important tips:


  • Buy only one bag at the time.
  • Make sure there are no tears in the bag.
  • Check that the expiration date isn’t near or passed.
  • Store in the original bag, sealed, at room temperature — not outside or in a hot garage, and not in direct sunlight.
  • If you want to use a container, use a clean metal tin or can, but keep the food in the original pet food bag within this metal container.
  • Limit the amount of time the food is exposed to air.
  • Do not mix in new food with the old.


  • Make sure there are no dents in the cans.
  • Check that the expiration date hasn’t passed.
  • If there is a lot of dust on top of the can, that is another sign it is too old.
  • Store unopened cans at room temperature. Do not freeze.
  • Store opened cans in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, covering with a plastic can lid or with plastic wrap tightened with a rubber band.
  • When you remove canned food to feed your pet, be careful not to scrape the sides of the can.


  • Store in secure packaging, such as a sturdy covered plastic container or zippered freezer bags, in the freezer or refrigerator. The temperature should never be above 40 F.
  • Refrigerate leftovers immediately. These should keep for 2 days.
  • Power outage? Discard the meat, even if it smells and looks OK.
  • Wash hands, tools and surfaces after any contact with raw meat. Use hot soapy water.


  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3–5 days.
  • For long-term storage, place containers in the freezer. (Thaw in the fridge overnight before feeding.)
  • Wash empty containers with hot soapy water.


  • Do not store/prepare the pet food (or feed your pet) in the kitchen. This is especially important for households with young children.
  • Wash your hands after touching any pet food materials, including treats.
  • Discard uneaten food in your pet’s bowl after 4 hours.
  • Wash the food and water bowls daily with hot soapy water.

Until next time, friend,


July Rainbow Bridge


It is with great sadness that we had to help Lobo cross the rainbow bridge last night. He was not getting better. He was able to come home with us for the day from the hospital on Sunday and spent the day on the couch upstairs with us watching tv and being snuggled nonstop. Lobo is in no longer in any pain. It feels so unfair that he was only with us for 2 1/2 years, but he was the best puppy we could have asked for, and tried our hardest to give him the best life possible. Thank you all for keeping us in your thoughts over the last few days. It has been a hard week, but knowing we have so many caring people in the rescue thinking of Lobo and wishing him well has helped!  – Chaid & Kevin

June photo wall

Maui Olund enjoying the beach at Park Point, Duluth.


Recently adopted Hazel helping Mom with the garden weeding.


Hazel learning that playing in the water is a good way to keep cool.


Minnesota Collie Frolic

June 24 at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge, Blaine, Minn.

Thanks to everyone who attended Sunday’s MWCR Collie Frolic in Blaine, Minn. People and dogs had a great time, with the dogs playing in both the indoor and the outdoor play areas and people mingling in the play areas and in the dining area. Congratulations to the raffle winners and to the furries who won prizes in the Longest Schnoz contest. It was good to see familiar faces as well as to see so many new faces. We’re a good group of caring dog lovers. Also seeing our adopted collies so happy with their families is very rewarding. Thank you to all who brought a dish to share and who donated items for the prize drawings. Thank you to Spirit Graphics, Gray Gables Farm, and Alan Michael for making your wonderful products and services available to those who attended, to Brenda Pulkrabek for the fabulous pictures. And, thank you to our Events/Fundraising Committee who spent many hours planning and working at the event.


For more pictures from this frolic, you can visit our Facebook Page



June adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Beautiful Duchess, a 2-year-old tricolor female, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. She has moved around quite a bit in her young life and her previous owner hoped that MWCR would be able to find the perfect fit for this lovely lady. Duchess can be nervous of new situations and is a bit reserved when first meeting new people. Her new parents are excited to give her a quiet, stable home where she can develop the skills, trust and good manners that will make her the wonderful companion she wants to be. No more looking for love in all the wrong place for this regal girl.



Nellie, a 6-year-old sable/white girl and 9-year-old tricolor,  Zivah, have been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. They originally lived with several other collies in one loving home since they were a few weeks old.


Unfortunately the hardest of life’s knocks tore their home apart and their loving Mom asked MWCR to re-home them. We’re so happy to announce that they are now officially foster ‘failures’. A big thank you to their foster mom for knowing these girls would be happiest staying together and making them a part of her family.


The Minnesota Collie Frolic held at the Stone Mountain Pet Lodge was a fun event for both dogs and people.  We had good food, great vendors, and fun contests, including the Longest Schnoz and the Shortest Schnoz contests.  Thank you to all who donated your time, items, and food as well as thank you to all who attended and made it a fun event.  Please check out the pictures on MWCR’s Facebook page.

The Madison Area Collie Frolic will be held on Sunday, September 23, at the home of Diane and Dale Liebert.  Their park-like yard is the perfect setting for the Frolic.  Hope to see you there.