Early Summer Events in Minnesota

By Terry Libro, MWCR President and Events Committee Chairman
The Collies and volunteers with the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue had a busy first half of the summer getting the word out about MWCR, meeting potential adopters and supporters, and raising money for our rescue Collies.

Kitty, Chris, KJ, and Cat with Woodson and MauiThe Canine Carnival was held at the Wild Life Science Center in Forest Lake, Minnesota.  Despite being cut short by heavy rain, the event was enjoyed by many.  Milo, who lives nearby with his foster mom Andi Wulff, made an appearance and charmed all.All of the dogs had the chance to visit with the wolves, bears, and other wildlife at the Center.

Chris Norman and KJ, along with collies Woodson and Maui, gave a presentation on MWCR to the attendees.  Thank you to our volunteers Chris Norman and KJ with Woodson, Cat Olund with Maui, Kitty Hilk, Mary Ann Statz with Cindy, and Andi Wulff with Milo for making the event a success.Milo
MWCR participated in the Super Adoption Event in Rochester sponsored by the Rescued Animal Coalition of Southeast Minnesota at the end of June.  The event, held at the local fairgrounds, highlighted numerous rescues and pet adoption agencies in the area.  Several MWCR adopters stopped by to visit.
Christina and Russ Sager with NessaCBS Radio’s Pet-A-Palooza at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul was another huge event with numerous rescues, vendors, entertainment, and of course, fair food.
Cat Olund with Maui, Linda Riegger with Willie and Allie Mae, Chris Norman with foster Lady, Russ and Christina Sager with Nessa, and Mary Ann Statz with Cindy staffed MWCR’s booth.  Several Collies stopped by to visit with the MWCR Collies.Lady







Barb Gibson and Arnie Hilk with ColliesThe Dog Days of Summer at the Alimagnet Dog Park in Burnsville at the end of July was another outdoor event dampened by rain.  Nevertheless, people and dogs turned out for the event.

Kitty and  Arnie Hilk with Tristan, Daphne, and Jackson, Barb and Dave Gibson with Emily and Laddie, and Robin Kashuba with Harley staffed MWCR’s booth.Tristan Hilk







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Collie Story: Dog Only Nose

By Paul Hanson
GabbyDog only nose I have owned Collies all during my 67 years and have many a true story but this one is simply the most astonishing.
Currently Gabby is my MWCR tri-color “furever” female four footed friend!  I adopted her about three years ago and we have been learning and exploring ever since.  We walk two to three miles each and every day no matter what the weather may be.  I think she likes the exercise and she of course knows that I need it.  So the situation is as mutual as it can be …. we love our walks.  Ahh …. but during one of our walks “up north” something truly  unbelievable happened!
It was mid summer last year while walking along scenic Hwy. 107 that follows the Wisconsin River that something truly amazing happened.  Nearing a bend in the road we both heard it!  Gabby’s head turned sharply and she immediately stopped dead in her tracks to hear it again.  And there it was:  a helpless cry … no, more of a terrifying scream.  It was the sound of a  helpless bleating cry of an endangered lamb!  It reminded me of the terrible  cry a rabbit makes as it is caught in the talons of an owl in the middle of the night. But this was taking place in the middle of the day.  Something was crying out in terror as it splashed around in the water.  We both ran ahead about 50 feet to see what was causing such a noise.  To our utter amazement there in the swampy section of the river off to our left was lone wolf chasing a small baby deer!  Back and forth in the muddy shallows the small doe tried to postpone her immanent death and hopelessly cried out for help.  We saw her circle about several times narrowly escaping her enemy’s teeth and nails.  The water made it hard for the wolf but he was committed.  Gabby made no sound.  The herder she is, she usually barks up a storm. After all, Gabby barks at almost anything that moves.  But then perhaps she knew there was nothing she (or I) could do to save the poor young fawn.
So I yelled at the top of my lungs.  I shouted out as loudly as I could and whistled sharply.  What else could I do?  Suddenly the wolf dodged back into the wooded section and left the doe to make her escape into the tall reeds and bank.  Gabby and I ran ahead and thrashed about into the same area.  We ran as fast as we could and hit heavily wooded and solid ground where we stopped and stood perfectly still.  We listened but all I could hear was my pounding heart.  Gabby continued to stand still … she did not pant but carefully sniffed the air and listened.  Nothing!  No wolf.  No baby deer. Not a thing.  Not even a singing bird or croaking frogs …. just an eery  silence.   Where had they gone to?  Was the baby deer caught?  What happened?
Under the lush canopy of green we continued to stand still.  Finally Gabby looked at me as if to ask what was next.  It was time to leave.  Nature had taken her course.  So sad.
As I  began to lead her away Gabby suddenly froze.  Her nose pointed to the baby right in front of us!  There!  Not 12 feet away from where we were frozen in time lay the poor little fawn.  She was perfectly camouflaged and very much alive!  She looked at us and we stared back in disbelief.   She was somehow spared and given another chance.  As though nothing had happened.  So we began to slowly back away and leave the fawn to herself.  But Gabby looked up and away from the baby toward her right.  She froze again staring at the fully grown deer peering down from a sloping hill.  The deer was looking at us!  As we continued to slowly back away from the fawn she began to wobble up onto her legs.  She slowly turned to the deer above and began to move toward it. We saw the slightly bloody hind quarter of the baby but she appeared to be strong enough to get up the hill toward the deer.  At last the fawn was right next to her mother.  Mom turned her head toward Gabby and me and uttered a very thankful “MOO”.
Gabby and I returned to the shack.  It was certainly a good walk. Dog only nose.

Collie story: From Farm to City

LaddieHello, that is me, gazing at the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis.  I am thinking of many things, but mainly about how my life has changed.  I am very happy now, in fact, people have told my mom that.  They say, “He’s beautiful, and he looks really happy!”One lady, my mom’s friend, Helen, said that I make her happy!
I am thinking about my past life . . .  life on the farm, where I was left outside to more or less fend for myself. I was lonely and went down to visit the neighbors a lot.  I think they got sick of me because one day my owners decided to get rid of me and put an ad in the paper.  Little did I know it then, but my life changed for the better! A lady there saw the ad, and I ended up in collie rescue, and ultimately to my new life.  It wasn’t that easy, I had to learn many new things, like not lifting my leg whenever I wanted to, sitting when requested, adjusting to a companion, and two humans.  I now live in Minneapolis with a girl collie that I have grown to love even though she is a pain sometimes. She likes to jump around, play ball, and tries to get me to play tug and chase.  I didn’t quite know what that was all about, but I am slowly catching on.  This morning, in fact, I picked up a toy and handed it to my mom, and we had a pretty good tussle!  Em, as I call her, wasn’t too trilled with that, but that’s ok, she needs to learn new things too.
I am bigger now, too.  I have been in my new home a year and I have grown!  I went from 60 something pounds to 87, and I swear I have gotten taller and longer too!  I no longer ask permission to go upstairs.  I know that this is my home, and I can do what I want within limits.  I enjoy having a bed, two meals a day and snacks, and most of all someone who loves me and will make sure the tangles come out, and my teeth are brushed, and that I get enough exercise.  I’ll tell you what though, I better lay off the snacks now.  I sure don’t want to get any bigger, what I need to do is to work on new things, and look forward to the future!  You never know what it holds in store, for me, it held a wonderful life!
           – Laddie Luke Gibson

Wisconsin State Fair Expo

334352521MWCR volunteers had a booth in the Small Animal Palace one day during the Wisconsin State Fair and had a wonderful time. With the help of Jake and Creena we raised awareness of our mission to help collies in need and brought in a fair amount in donations. Creena and puppy Jake must of had a hundred kids hugging and petting them, which they totally loved!654802723

August webinar shares newest findings on dog bloat

Imagine finding your recently fed dog retching and in obvious pain. If his stomach looks distended and he gets weaker or collapses, it might be a life-threatening situation that can cause death within several hours.

When a dog’s stomach expands and twists, it cuts off crucial blood supply to the stomach and results in severe shock to the rest of the dog’s body. This condition, gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV), is more commonly known as bloat. When bloat is combined with a stomach twist a dog’s survival rates are grim if left untreated.

Any breed can develop it, but large, deep-chested dogs are particularly prone to this devastating disease. The reason why one dog may survive GDV and another may not has been an enduring veterinary mystery – until now.

Dr. Elizabeth Rozanski, a researcher from Tufts University, believes she is close to unlocking the secrets of this condition and hopes to improve the outcome and survival rates for dogs with GDV. With Morris Animal Foundation funding, she is searching for more effective methods of evaluating the prognosis for dogs with GDV.

“The goal of this study is to try to better evaluate why some dogs with gastric dilatation-volvulus recover uneventfully while others have severe illness and prolonged hospital stays or don’t survive this devastating disease,” Dr. Rozanski says.

Dr. Rozanski will discuss her promising research findings on Wednesday, August 21 during a public webinar. Register here for the webinar.

Her team has reviewed the cases of nearly 500 dogs with GDV and discovered a factor most associated with high morbidity in patients.

“This project provides us with vital information, including the potential to develop an ability to intervene in these dogs early on and prevent complications. This could help lower the mortality rate of this devastating disease,” Dr. Rozanski says.

Knowing which dogs with GDV have an increased risk for death or a prolonged hospital stay will help clinicians identify those animals in need of more aggressive care and will hopefully improve survival rates.

In addition to her research findings, Dr. Rozanski will also discuss which dogs are at risk, the clinical signs and important things to know about GDV.

Open Secretary Position Filled

Please join me in thanking and congratulating MyLinda Barke on her appointment to the position of Secretary for the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue.

The open Secretary position occurred as a result of my becoming President and needing to step down as Secretary. The Board is thrilled that MyLinda graciously accepted the appointment and will serve as Secretary until the elections in early 2014.

MyLinda, who adopted Ace from MWCR, brings a wealth of business experience as well as volunteer experience with animal welfare groups to the Board.  MyLinda is the General Manager of a shipping company and has worked in the international business arena her entire career.  She also has been a volunteer with the former Minnesota Valley Humane Society and, while living in Mexico, volunteered with a local animal rescue group to raise funds and educate the public about animal rescue issues.  In addition to regularly attending MWCR’s Collie Frolics and Annual Dinners and doing home visits for MWCR, MyLinda also serves, and will continue to serve, as the Coordinator of the Give to the Max Day fundraiser in November to raise donations for MWCR.

Thank you, MyLinda, and we all look forward to working with you!

– Terry Libro, MWCR President

Do you know Milo?

Milo came into MWCR through Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue, over a year ago. He was in very bad shape. So matted and full of ticks, and an oozing abscess. RLRR heard about a dog that was going to be taken out into the woods to be shot. They rescued him and contacted MWCR. He is still in foster care, but has made an amazing recovery.

Did you know Milo has his own blog? You can read all about him and see pictures from being shaved down to his skin, to his now gorgeous coat here.