BOD changes

The Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue Board of Directors would like to congratulate Marian Ridge and Matt Beckwith on their appointments as Directors for MWCR.  They fill the vacancies created by Patty Hopkins who moved from Director to Treasurer following this year’s election and by Chris Norman who decided to step down after serving six years on the Board.  Beth Selburg, who did not run for re-election as Treasurer due to professional work demands, decided not to remain on the Board as a Director at this time.

Marian and Matt have both been active with MWCR for a number of years, including transporting, fostering, and adopting dogs.  Marian has provided valuable input on decisions involving foster dogs, their care, and their transfer to MWCR.  Matt has a strong business and accounting background which will help guide MWCR as we continue to grow and evolve as an organization.

The Board wants to thank Beth and Chris for their years of valuable guidance to MWCR.  Beth will continue to manage the tags and microchips for our foster dogs.  Chris will continue to use her journalism background to write and manage MWCR’s newsletter and blog.  Beth and Chris will continue to be ambassadors for MWCR at various community events throughout the year.

We greatly appreciate the work that Beth and Chris have done for MWCR as Board members and are pleased that they’ll continue to be involved with the organization. We want to congratulate Marian and Matt on their new roles with MWCR and thank them for taking on additional responsibilities within MWCR.

Terry Libro, Sarah Rebernick, MyLinda Anderson, Patty Hopkins, and Mary Scopp

Recipe for dog treats

Dog treats, along with their recipe, was brought to the collie frolic in Wauwatosa, Wis.  This treat works for Ranger’s sensitive stomach.  Our dogs love them!
RANGER’S TREATS              375°  for 20 minutes
2 C  Whole Wheat Flour
1 Tbs  Baking Powder
1 C  Peanut Butter
1 C  Milk
Mix dry ingredients, add peanuts butter and milk.
Place dough on lightly floured cookie sheet & roll to 1/4” thick.
– Sue Bodden-Eichsteadt

The MWCR Auction is officially Open!

The easiest way I’ve found to bid is to go to the Helping Paws, Inc Facebook page:

Click on the “photos” link on the left side of the screen. You will then see the MN WI Collie Rescue auction photo with the notation beneath stating “auction is open”.  Click on “see all”, and all photos will be displayed. You can scroll through the photos, clicking to open the ones that have items you wish to bid on.

The process to get to the site to bid is sometimes a bit confusing, just remember the auction is being hosted by Helping Paws, so their facebook page is where to bid at (not the MWCR Fundraising FB page).

I’ll be monitoring the site, and will be available to assist as needed, I’ll be checking the site frequently. You can also contact me directly at or 612-756-2728.

Please share widely with your Facebook friends and families!

Happy Bidding!

-Linda Riegger

April Rainbow Bridge


At noon today, our sweet, quiet member of our pack was sent to his final resting place. Scout was born in 2004 and came to live with us in 2010. Scout’s only purpose in life was to “be with his people”.

He also loved to play tug with a rope and chase a ball, as long as it was inside the house. He loved his home and would never think of leaving it. In fact it took him a couple of years to investigate his entire back yard. He preferred run out the front door, say “hello” to our neighbor Tony and run right back in the house, again.

When Scout joined our family, he joined a pack of one canine sister, Sandy, and two feline’s, Greta and Grayling. This was fine with Scout; he just adjusted to them all. Then in 2014, energetic 1 year old Charlie came into his life. Charlie needed a lot of discipline and both Scout and Sandy took turns dealing with the situation. It was great fun watching Scout and Charlie playing tug. Scout also wrestled Collie style with Charlie.

Then last summer, Scout developed a Collie style ear problem and started losing his balance. Even though some days he was fine, his condition deteriorated and this morning he gave up trying to stand up. We will definitely miss the sweet, Gentle Giant of our pack. – Diane Lambert


A memorial video for Cece by Laure Victor:


The era of the “Boat People” has come to a close


It is with heavy hearts that Tamy and I must bring the sad news of Lucky’s passing. Lucky was the last of four collies that we loving referred to as “The Boat People”. On 8/24/2004 Lucky was rescued by MWCR from a shelter in Racine, Wis. where he was in danger of being put down. Lucky was estimated to be 18 months old at that time. He was pulled and fostered by a MWCR member in Racine. Some time later the Racine foster needed to leave on a business trip and needed a temporary foster home for Lucky. Tamy and I volunteered to be temporary foster parents. We soon discovered that Lucky had an unpredictable mean streak; he bit me when I tried to pet him. Perhaps he had been mistreated by his original owner who dumped Lucky at the Racine pound. As a result MWCR decided that Lucky was too risky to send to a forever home. Tamy and I worked with Lucky, giving him lots of gentle love and understanding and eventually he got over his bad manners and became a very well behaved and perfectly safe collie, even for small children. But because Lucky had a past history that was unpredictable, Tamy and I decided it was better for Lucky to stay with us than to confuse him by sending him to a new home. And so on 9/18/06 we officially became foster flunkies by adopting our foster Lucky.

The Boat People

Over the last two years Lucky started to lose strength in his back legs. But, being the indomitable fellow that he was, he kept right on being the same collie he always was, except at a slower pace; he never did catch a squirrel, but his disabilities didn’t stop him from always trying. Starting last summer Lucky could no longer climb more than two steps. When up at our lake cottage, we had to carry him up and down the steps to go in and out of the house. We knew his condition was getting worse. We were giving Lucky carprofen (generic Rimadyl) which greatly helped his condition.

Last past fall, Tamy and I were quite afraid that Lucky would not make it through the winter, but to our surprise, aside from falling down a couple times on slick ice patches, he came through with flying colors. He couldn’t navigate deep snow, so we used the snow blower on the back lawn and he was able to do his business there. In the last several weeks he seemed to be visibly slowing down. Our walks were down to a very slow pace now. We went on short 1 block walks that took 30 minutes, mostly sniffing and exploring and not much walking. We only went out on nice days to avoid the dampness which had a tendency to aggravate Lucky’s weak back legs.

The Saturday before Easter was beautiful. High for the day was around 80. So I took Lucky for what became his last walk. Evidently the heat of the day and spending the afternoon in the shade of our back yard was too much for his weak constitution. Saturday at around 6 p.m. Lucky threw up and was so weak he couldn’t get up. He stopped eating and drinking. His breathing became very difficult and I could see by the color of his tongue and gums that he was starving for oxygen. So at 6 a.m. on the morning of Monday April 17, 2017 the vet came to our home to help Lucky cross over the Rainbow Bridge. Lucky was approximately 14 years and 2 months old. Our hearts are broken and I can’t stop the tears, because he was the most rewarding foster we ever had. The joy that Lucky brought into our lives, as he grew from a sassy little brat, into the fine loving collie he became, will remain in our hearts forever.

Thank you to MWCR for giving us the wonderful gift of our collie Lucky. He will forever hold a special place in our hearts among the seven collies Tamy and I have been blessed with. – Collie Hugs, Bob and Tamy Galanter


Notes from Terry Libro, MWCR President

Event Season Has Started

Every year, the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue participates in a number of community events to raise awareness of our rescue and to showcase our gorgeous collies.  On April 28, Kitty and Arnie Hilk and Dave Gibson staffed our table at the All About Dogs Day at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  On April 29, Chris and KJ Norman and Judy Roggow staffed our table at the Pause 4 Paws Adoption Day at the new Stone Mountain Pet Lodge in Brooklyn Park.  Also on April 29, the Milwaukee Collie Frolic was held.  We’re finalizing the date and location of the Minnesota Collie Frolic which will be held in late June or July.

We have more events planned for May and June.  We’ll have a booth at the Bark for Life walk held at Barkers Alps Park on the border of Bayport and Stillwater, Minn.  on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  On May 21, we’ll hold our annual Collie Flower (and Sheltie) gathering at Catholic Eldercare in Minneapolis from 2 – 3 p.m.  On June 3, we’ll be at the Canine Carnival at the new Wildlife Science Center located in Stacy, Minn. from 11 a.m. to 4.p.m. where our dogs get to interact with the wolves.   Paws on Parade at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Minn. is from 9 a.m. to 1.p.m. on Saturday, June 10.  Then we’ll be at the CBS Radio’s Pet-A-Palooza on Saturday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  If you can volunteer at any of these, please let us know.

Also our first Online Silent Auction will be held from Wednesday, May 3, through Sunday, May 7.  Be sure to check out the fun items on the auction which will benefit our collies.

Special Needs Dogs

Recently, MWCR has taken in a number of collies who are deaf, blind, or both as well as several elderly collies who need homes.  Thank you to the loving foster homes who have cared for these dogs and thank you to the wonderful adopters who have opened their hearts and homes to these special dogs.  These dogs simply want a safe and loving home in which to spend their final years, and I’m so grateful that we were able to care for these dogs and find them their special homes.  We couldn’t have helped them without the care and support of all of you.

April Adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, Adoption Coordinator


Charming Nicholas (Nico), a 2-year-old mahogany sable/white male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin.  This sweet boy was surrendered to MWCR by a good samaritan who was worried that he would end up in a bad place when his original family didn’t have time for him anymore. This wonderful boy is working very hard to spruce up his manners but one thing he didn’t need to learn was how to be a sweet and loving collie!



Sweet Laddie, an 11-year-old sable/white male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. This wonderful gentleman proves the power of a tiny microchip. After picking him up from animal control we called the microchip company and they were able to tell us who this sweet boy was registered to! Sadly, after contacting his owner he was not able to go back to his original home but happily, we now know his age, name and history. Laddie is now comfortably enjoying his new forever home which includes MWCR senior siblings Bella & Jade (nka Kade).



Charming Crystal, a 1-year-old female double-dilute white collie, has been adopted and will be living in Missouri. Crystal is both blind and deaf – the result of a mating between two merle parents. She is the remaining sibling of Cloud (deaf) and Blue (blind), who were both recently adopted. These beautiful dogs were saved from euthanasia by their Guardian Angel and surrendered to MWCR. Crystal took to her new mom and dad right away and she also has two collie siblings to help her find her way, so life is pretty good for her :-).