Pictures of the Month

Thunder1Foster boy Thunder takes a boat ride.


Jake's new toyPuppy Jake napping with his new toy mom found. Yes I’m cute!


Abby PepperFosters Pepper & Abby sold 16 coupon books recently and got lots of love at the local Boston Store ūüôā


Pictures from the new families of recently adopted collies settling into their new homes

IZZY PIPPAIzzy and Pippa getting some fresh air

ONIEOnie in his favorite chair in Colorado

Big LassieAnd Big Lassie with his new buddy


TillyTilly (fka Brianna), adopted in 2007 loves going for walks and barking!pawprint_pink

LadyLady, adopted last summer, is enjoying her newly fenced yard and her new bed by the fire with her family.


JinnyJinny has her very own ‘grumpy cat’


QuincyQuincy adopted in June, joined Tanner, a collie mix from a Nebraska shelter.   They are great buddies and playmates. His new family reports that he’s learned what he can and cannot chew, love playing Frisbee and has been building his confidence through walks. He is sweet and affectionate and learning how to sit and wait for attention. Quincy’s family also reports that, with the colder weather, Quincy finds the winter air invigorating and runs through the back yard like a gazelle and the recent snow was a big hit!


1472952_10152005787923555_1546360008_nJake (left) and Maisie in their post grooming photo shoot.


November Adoptions

LaylaLayla, a 2-year-old female tri-color, is the first adoption in November. She will be living in Minnesota. She was surrendered by her original family due to lack of time and attention but she will be getting plenty of both in her new home. Her new mom and dad are experienced collie owners and foster mom reports that it was love at first sight for all concerned. Although she will be an only collie for now, we’re betting it won’t be long before she gets a new brother or sister. Congratulations to all concerned!pawprint_pink


Lady, 6-7 year-old, sable/white female has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. She was originally found as a stray several years ago but was surrendered to MWCR due to a changing family situation. Her new mom has plenty of past collie experience and is very excited to welcome this sweet and beautiful ‘lady’ into their lives.pawprint_pink

Pepper1Pepper, 2-year-old sable headed white female, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Pepper was surrendered when her owner realized that he was not home enough to give her the attention she needed. Her new mom is excited that she will have lots of time to dedicate to her and lots of collie experience to make sure she gets her needs met. Hopefully she’ll continue to get along with her new kitty siblings.pawprint_pink

AbbyAbby (now Gabi), 1.5-year-old sable/white female, has been adopted and will be living in Iowa. She was originally purchased as a puppy to be a companion for a disabled child but, unfortunately no one in the family had any experience with dogs and, given the demands of their family life, Abby was not getting the training or attention that she needed. Her new mom & dad have lots of love and time to give her and word is that she already thinks her new yard is awesome!pawprint_pink

Thunder is a 2-year-old old mostly black/white tricolor male and our newest foster flunky. He came into rescue from the local humane society and immediately claimed a spot in his foster family’s hearts and home. Fortunately for MWCR, we didn’t even lose a foster home because they still have room for more ūüôā It’s a win/win situation all around!pawprint_blue

Holiday Photo Request

collie-smoothHappy Holidays to everyone from the Collies and the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue.  We wish you a happy and joyous holiday season and a wonderful new year.

Be sure to send us your holiday pictures featuring your adorable Collies to share on our Blog (, and our Facebook page (

Wishing you the best!

Terry Libro, Sarah Rebernick, MyLinda Barke, Douglas Christman, Leslie Ciaccio, Patty Hopkins, and Chris Norman

Thank You Volunteers!

Harvet HowlMWCR volunteers participated in, or organized, 32 events in 2013, a new record for us.  Our event season starts in February and ends in November.  We could not have done this without the generous participation of many, many volunteers across several states and without the skills of our two Volunteer Coordinators, Cat Olund and Laura Michlig.  So, thank you to all of you and your gorgeous dogs for staffing our booth, visiting with people who stopped by, promoting MWCR, giving us a positive image in the community, and hanging in there through the heat, cold, rain, and wind that we experienced during a few of our outdoor events.

To see pictures from events, please click here.

2014 Membership Renewal

MWCmwcrR membership renewal forms will be mailed to current members in early December.  The 2013 membership year ends on December 31, 2013 and renewals for 2014 must be postmarked no later than December 31 in order to be eligible to vote in the 2014 election.  So, watch your mail for the renewal forms.

If you are not a member and are interested in joining MWCR, you can complete a membership application which is located on our website at under the GIVE tab at the top of the page.

Thank you for supporting the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue!

Sharing is Giving to MWCR

Even people who don’t shop often shop online this time of year.¬† Like you, they probably want to make sure Shopping = Giving at stores like Amazon, jcpenney, Macys, Nordstrom, and lots, lots more.¬† Asking them to help is as simple as forwarding this information.¬† As always, it’s completely free, all costs are paid for by the stores. Over 1,000 of the greatest stores participate.

Now is the moment for maximum help for MWCR. That’s why we’re giving MWCR an extra $5 for every new member that tries the iGive Button, even if they don’t end up shopping.

Share now by forwarding this link, posting on Facebook, or even tweeting.
Here’s¬†the special¬†link you¬†must use:

The optional iGive Button makes it really, really simple

It automatically makes sure that a portion of your purchases at over 1,000 stores means a free donation to the cause of your choice.¬†¬†Shopping = Giving year ’round.¬† The Button makes sure every purchase¬†counts, even if you forget.¬† Use an iPad or iPhone?¬†It’s¬†very easy to help – just visit and start your shopping there!

Annual Dinner Huge Success

Hi MWCR members and supporters!

Desert tableMWCR’s Annual Dinner and Fundraiser was a huge success with over fifty people attending the dinner and over $3,100 raised for MWCR’s Collies, including donations from people who were unable to attend the dinner!¬† Thank you to everyone who attended the dinner and who supported MWCR.

Several first-time attendees added to the joy of seeing old friends and making new friends.  One of the surprise attendees was former Minnesota State Senator, and former Lieutenant Governor candidate, Gen Olson who was invited by her neighbor, Arnie Hilk, and his three MWCR Collies.

People had fun shopping for homemade jams, jellies, gift baskets, dog treats in pet-themed containers, and dog turkey jerky treats made by Kitty Hilk of Gray Gables Farm.¬† The MWCR merchandise table was busy as was our “free” table of items.¬† The silent auction was packed with wonderful items thanks to the numerous donations from our members and supporters who made personal donations as well as gathered donations from various businesses.¬† The lasagna dinner was delicious and our dessert table was overflowing with goodies brought by people.

Kate Anders of Pretty Good Dog gave an entertaining and educational presentation on Canine Body Language.¬† Her presentation included photos of MWCR’s foster, Thunder, to illustrate the difference between “soft eye” and “hard eye” in dogs.¬† Former President, Mary Hickerson, was honored for her years of work on behalf of our collies and MWCR.¬† Adoption Coordinator and Vice President Sarah Rebernick gave an update on former and current foster dogs, thanked those who foster and are involved in the adoption process, and gave an update on the Bon Ton coupon booklets project.¬† In the summer of 2013, MWCR adopted its 1,000th collie!¬† Give to the Max Day Coordinator and Secretary MyLinda Barke discussed the upcoming Give to the Max Day fundraiser.¬† Blog editor Chris Norman and Intake Coordinator Barb Heideman were introduced to the group.¬† The program also included a financial update and an activities update. In 2012, MWCR had nearly $77,000 in expenses, including about $62,000 in veterinary expenses for our foster collies.¬† We received nearly $65,000 from donations, adoption fees, and merchandise sales, leaving us with a deficit of about $12,000.¬† Fortunately, we had funds from the previous year to cover the deficit, and 2013 is looking more positive.¬† MWCR either participated in or organized 32 events and fundraisers in 2013, a new record for us.¬† Cat Olund and Laura Michlig spent many hours organizing the volunteers to staff these events.

Door prizes, games, and free items always add to the fun of our Annual Dinner.¬† Carol Brandenburg generously donated “Rescued by Love” dog bandanas and dog tug toys for all to take home.¬† Carol also donated the jar of dog treats for the “Guess the Number of Treats” contest, a large cake, a jar of after dinner mints, and numerous items for the silent auction.¬† Catherine Loveridge donated the “doggie bags” filled with samples of Angie’s Kettle Corn and Marley videos as well as the two books given to the winners of our Collie Trivia contest.¬† Mary Hickerson did the honor of drawing names for the door prizes which included a bottle of Collie Isle Winery wine, a $25 Mills Fleet Farm gift certificate, an MWCR travel mug, a pearl earring and bracelet set, and a collie picture frame.¬† Of course, we couldn’t forget our dogs, so we had drawings for a stuffed dog toy, a Christmas stocking filled with dog toys, and a doggie Christmas stocking.

Special thanks to all who made this event a success.  Barb Gibson recommended and contacted our speaker, Kate Anders.  Dave Gibson served as the photographer for the dinner (there are six albums of pictures from the dinner found here).  Linda Riegger, Cat Olund, Judy Roggow, and others organized the silent auction.  Barb Gibson and Robin Kashuba registered people.  Mary Ann Statz staffed the MWCR merchandise table, and  KJ Norman handled the credit card transactions.

And, a big thanks to Laura Michlig, Sarah Rebernick, Barb Gibson, Cat Olund, Catherine Loveridge, Kitty Hilk, Arnie Hilk, Linda Riegger, Mary Ann Statz, and Robin Kashuba who serve on our Events/Fundraising Committee and spent the year planning, organizing, and staffing MWCR events.  You do a great job of representing MWCR to the public!

Hope to see you next November at the Annual Dinner and Fundraiser!

Terry Libro

MWCR Needs Your Help On November 14th!

Give to the Max day is coming up on Thursday, November 14th. We hope that you will help us raise money on this day to further our mission to shelter and care for homeless, neglected, and/or abused Collies until permanent loving homes can be found for them.
Ask friends and family to donate – our Give to the Max page here: Give to the Max/MWCR
Consider a matching donation. Please contact MyLinda Barke at if you are willing to make a matching donation during Give to the Max Day or know someone that might.

Collie Story: So Happy Together

laddies scot hat spring 2013 (36)Hello. My name is Emily Ester Rose, the Princess of 46th Ave S. You may remember when I told you how I found my voice. Well, I am writing this time to set things straight. Laddie Luke, my big brother wrote the last two stories. Now, I encouraged him to write the first one, but I didn’t intend for him to take over! He is feeling more and more at home and is even playing with my toys, sleeping in my bed, and racing through my dog park! I used to like to sit on the hill at the park and have people admire me, now I have to run, and people tell him how handsome he is! (Truthfully now, I get compliments, too.) Some of this is good, some not so good. I am, after all, the Princess and ruler of this household.

He was so polite when he first came which is why he stole my family’s heart and I accepted him into the house. I was cautious at first, he didn’t know how to play, or even how to get up the stairs to the bedroom. I took him in remembering what it was like to be alone and afraid in a new place. I must say he OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwon my heart, too, and I am happier with a friend and companion. I am including a couple of photos of Laddie and I at home in our bed so you can see how indeed he has taken over! Now don’t tell him (I have to keep him in line), but I am much happier too.