June-July Adoptions!

Jackson adoptedFoster failure! Jackson (previously known as Butch) is a 1.5-year-old sable headed white who was found abandoned on a farm. He had gone without food and water for three days prior to his rescue by a good Samaritan but even that wasn’t enough to keep him from being a happy, loving boy.  Jackson fit in so well with his foster mom, dad and furry siblings that they can’t imagine letting him go and I know he’s thrilled to be staying right there with them! Congratulations!

JakeWhy does Mr. Jake look so happy? Because he will be staying with his foster family forever! Congratulations to our latest foster flunkies and to Jake. Good boy!

ShilohShiloh, a 4-year-old tiny bundle of smoothie love, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin with her new mom, dad, beagle and a kitty. Word has it that kitty is unimpressed by the new addition but I’m sure he’ll come around in time. Shiloh came into rescue when her family had to move and now she has a lovely fenced yard to play in with her new brother. Good job, Shiloh!

ElgarElgar, 3-year-old tri-headed white, was surrendered due to a changing family situation. He has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota with his new mom & dad. He’ll also get to share his life with another MWCR alumni, a sable/white big sister collie. Congratulations on your new family Elgar!

FlashFlash, an 8-year-old sable/white male, came back into rescue last week due to his separation anxiety and fear of storms. Fortunately for Flash, a wonderful forever home has been found for him where there is almost always someone home. He only has to share his new mom’s attention with a parakeet and he has a couple of neighbor dogs that can’t wait to play with him. Congratulations to Flash and his new mom!

BelleBelle’s picture may seem familiar because she is a returning MWCR dog. She was adopted earlier this year and developed some behavioral issues that made it clear that it was not right fit for her. Her adopters loved her very much and tried behaviorally and medically to make it work but it just wasn’t to be :-(. Fortunately for Belle, she found the perfect fit with her new foster family and their pack, including another MWCR collie. So two paws up for beautiful Belle and her new family!


Big Lassie_blogBig Lassie, 6-year-old, tri-color male, went on to his new home in Wisconsin today. Cool, calm and collected, Big Lassie won over his new canine sister in record time and it looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Big Lassie came into rescue when his family lost their home and had to move into an apartment. Now he’ll be enjoying his lovely fenced yard and the companionship of his new sister, mom, dad, two non-furry siblings. Nice work BL!

Collie story: Little Em Finds Her Voice

Emily_blog postHello, I am Little Em, and I thought you might want to know how I found my voice.  My actual name is Emily Ester Rose Gibson, and I am six years old now.  When my Mom and I found each other she called me “Little Em, and the name stuck.  I was 41 pounds, still a puppy, and afraid of things, especially riding in the car.   I also wouldn’t talk.
My Mom took me to obedience school, and I grew more and more confident as time went by.  One day I wasn’t getting snacks fast enough, so I barked to let her know.  My teacher told my Mom, “she found her voice!” and I have been talking ever since.  The neat thing is that I am really listened to!! For example, I was tired one night when I was walking with my brother Laddie, and a motorcycle went by.  Now I hate motorcycles, but I didn’t feel like telling this one off so I told Laddie to go for it for me, and he did!!  He did a wonderful job too, especially since this was the first time he had done this.  He doesn’t really like to bark at things, like rabbits, squirrels, and such, but he sure told that motorcycle off for me.  I told him “Good job, Laddie!”
That’s not the most fun I have had using my voice though.  Let me tell you about the little dogs that live on my block,  One morning they set up a chorus, barking from every direction, and this was early morning no less.  Well, when I finally got let out I ran over to the back gate, and told them all in no uncertain terms to shut up!  I barked angrily, loudly, and clearly until they did just that!  For the rest of the day not one of those little dogs let out a pip!  It seems to me that the collie voice is listened to, and respected by all!  So now you know the story of how I found my voice, and the confidence it gave me.

– Emily Ester Rose Gibson


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Adventures of a Foster Failure

By Kitty Hilk

Oh yes, we did it again! FOSTER FAILURES!!  We did not intend to adopt again, but what can I say…….we fell in love with Jackson and the heart wants what the heart wants.

His history is, he was abandoned without food or water a year ago and a good Samaritan brought him home and cared for him. He has always been an outside farm dog. At the home of his rescuer his residence was a dog house behind the owners home. He had never been vetted, never been groomed or bathed. It took us several days of brushing, filling three grocery bags with matted fur and smelly debris before we could bring him to our groomer.  She had to bath him three times to get him clean.
What impressed us about him was how patient and good natured he is when he is faced with experiences he had never had before, especially  when you factor in how young he is.
 He made a couple of mistakes and had a few errors in judgement when he first arrived home with us. He came to us as an intact male and as such approached Daphne with what she considered his lewd intentions. Being a girl of high moral values, she spurned him several times by bearing her teeth at him to let him know that she was not “that type of girl”. Undaunted by her rejection he then turned his amorous intentions on Tristan. Tristan is a gentleman and has not had a lot of “life experiences”. He was horrified by being approached in this manner and was totally at a loss of what to do. Life returned to sanity when Jackson was quickly sent to the vet at their first open appointment for his “procedure.” Incidentally, the vet fell in love with Jackson and wanted to adopt him.
Now that Tristan and Daphne no longer have to worry about being sexually molested by Jackson, they have grown to enjoy him. He follows Tristan on fence line checks, goes on daily walks with Arnie and is back-up barker for Daphne. She has introduced him to the joy of yapping insults through the woods to an elderly black lab who lives on a neighboring hobby farm two blocks away from our house. She has never seen this dog, and he has never seen her, but that doesn’t stop them from trash talking. Lucky for us we have no close neighbors, Jackson is having the time of his life.
He has been the almost totally perfect dog, except …… he removed most of Arnie’s landscape lights early one morning. He had them in a neat pile by the back door. Arnie was still in bed and I was on my way to work when Jackson showed me his handiwork. He was smiling and wagging his tail  so proud of himself. All I could think of was how upset Arnie would be. My first impulse was to grab Jackson and leave town for a while. but I went to work instead. When I came back home I found Arnie & Jackson on the front porch. Arnie was sitting in one of the wicker rockers and Jackson was sitting next to him, being PETTED!! Arnie had a serene smile as he explained that because Jackson was young and had never seen landscape lights before coming here, he was forgiven …… bless “The Puppy Cuteness Factor”, as it protects them.

A President Steps Down

By Chris Norman

Mary Hickerson took over the reins of Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue (MWCR) eight years go when the rescue was a mere two years old. Under Mary’s watch MWCR has grown into one of the top breed rescues in the country that adopts out an average of 100 collies a year. She has been a leader, foster parent and mentor to many. She steps down this month as president but plans to continue her involvement with the rescue.
Mary worked quietly and tirelessly behind the scenes ensuring the well-being of the collies while also working as a professor and Associate Provost at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. There have been many ups and downs of the growing rescue, and Mary was always willing to listen and bring in outside help when needed. She often traveled from her homes in southwestern Minnesota and eventually the lake country in central Minnesota to all parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, participating in transports or other rescue-related events and meetings. She presided over the Annual Dinner every fall, often traveling through the inclement Minnesota weather, and the Collie Frolic every June. She was always quick with a smile or comment making everyone feel welcome. Her dedication was and is unsurpassed.
Stepping up as President is Terry Libro. Terry became a member of MWCR in 2005 when she adopted Mindy. She began volunteering with the Events/Fundraising Committee a year later and currently serves as Chair for that committee. She was appointed to the MWCR Board of Directors during the summer of 2010 filling in as Secretary and was eventually elected to that position in 2012.
Since adopting Mindy, Terry has adopted five MWCR collies, giving homes to the often hard-to-adopt senior collies. She currently has Folie (10) and Molly (8), along with two cats, Bunny (18) and Stubbie (16), whom she adopted after their elderly owner died.
Terry worked in the healthcare field her entire career and now works part-time for a social research firm in St. Paul.
Thank you Terry, for graciously accepting this appointment!

Welcome to the new blog for MWCR

MWCR stands for Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue. We are a non-profit breed rescue that serves more than Minnesota and Wisconsin. We also have members in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, South Dakota and beyond. We take in needy collies, give them vet care and prepare them for adoption though individual foster homes. Please visit our website at MWCR.org.


Come back to look for collie stories, announcements, up-coming events and much more.