December Adoptions

LoganLogan is a 4-year-old rough blue merle male who was surrendered to MWCR because of a divorce. Although he was obviously very loved, his old family was no longer able to give him the care that he needed. He is very happy to be an only collie in his new home although he will be enjoying the company of four feline siblings. As an added bonus, someone is almost always home in order to give him all the attention he deserves. Pretty sweet deal.


PhineasPhineas is a 2-year-old sable/white male who will be living in Wisconsin with his new family and a 3-year-old golden lab playmate. Phineas was surrendered to MWCR because his family didn’t have time for him and because he grew much larger than they had expected. But this big beautiful boy was exactly what his new family was looking for to help fill the void left by the passing of their previous big, beautiful collie boy. I hear he’s already settling in nicely and as his foster mom said – got to love a happy ending!


ChewbaccaChewbacca has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Chewy is a 5-6 year old sable/white collie mix who spent the first part of his life on a farm where he lived outdoors and learned to get along with many different animals including, dogs, cats, sheep, goats, and horses. His old family knew he wasn’t getting the attention he needed so they surrendered him to MWCR. In his new home Chewy will be enjoying the comforts of indoor living and get to share his love with the resident kitties.


Bullet and TobyBullet, 2-year-old collie mix, and Toby, 2-year-old sable/white male, went together to their new permanent home in Wisconsin. Both were abandoned when their families moved, Bullet left tied up in his backyard and Toby left in the home when his family moved out. Bullet was rescued by a concerned neighbor and he had even more bad luck when another neighbor shot at him. He had two gun shot wounds, one in the hip and one at the base of the tail. His rescuer took him to the vet to have the wounds treated and once he was healed he went to the local humane society, who asked MWCR to take him. Toby came into rescue after his family had to move and could not take him with them. He was left alone in an empty house and a good samaritan contacted us about his situation. Toby was actually adopted out earlier this year but it soon became apparent that he needed another dog around in order to be happy. When Bullet and Toby met it was obvious they were meant to be together and now these two orphans are very loving brothers with a special bond.


PearlyFriday the 13th turned out to be a pretty lucky day for some MWCR collies! Pearly, 1-year-old sable/white female, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. She was surrendered when her owner moved back home to his parents’ farm and Pearly wanted to herd the horses, which they did not appreciate at all. Her new home will have plenty of room to play and a young collie sibling to cavort with so I’m pretty sure she won’t miss the horses at all. Congratulations Pearly!


KallieSweet Kalli is starting her new life with her new family in Minnesota. Kalli is a 2-3 year old tricolor who was found alone along a country road in Missouri, very skinny with matted hair and covered in fleas. She was taken in by a Missouri rescue group and when they were unable to find a suitable home for her they transferred Kalli to MWCR. In her new home she has a big brother collie to play with and someone is almost always around to give her the love and attention she deserves. Sounds like her rough journey has a pretty nice ending!


Pictures of December

MollyMolly’s favorite chair.


MWCR Alum, Emmie, is four years old now, happy and healthy.

Bullet and Travis

Bullet & Travis enjoying a little play time.

Molly birthday

Molly turns one and shares her cake with Parker.

ColeCole, adopted five years ago, getting a bit gray, but still full of energy!

Holiday/Winter fun

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Desi the Diva LucyPatches Robi skijoring Sabrina


Belles+Christmas Tucker+Christmas

Braveheart in Montana


Shalamar & Rocko SHalamar and Ceecee Shep & Ceecee


Finnegan & Brogan


Finnegan & Brogan 2


Memorial – Lou

LouLou started collie life as an 8-week-old puppy on a farm.  At age two, he was surrendered to a shelter and luckily came to MWCR and was placed.  He was returned to MWCR at age 10 years.  I adopted Lou 25 months ago at age 10.5 and his records indicated he had suffered storm anxiety all his life.  We immediately started a targeted program to relieve his storm anxiety.  His biggest accomplishment in his collie life, aside from being a very gorgeous collie and having everyone he met fall in love with him, was that he overcame his fear of storms and he lived the last year of his life in peace.  He passed to the Rainbow Bridge with dignity on 12/21/2013.  He is greatly missed.

– Gail Toussaint

Memorial – Isaac

Isaac - Dec 17In loving memory of our 12 year old collie, Isaac, adopted from MWCR in 2004 who died December 17, 2013.  Isaac liked every person and dog he met and made many friends of both during his many walks.  His most important concern after making sure we knew it was time for his walk was to make sure every member  of his family, people, dog and cat were all together in the house.

Isaac will be missed by us, his sister collie and our cat who shared his bed almost every night.  Good-bye our rambunctious and wonderful dog.

– Ron and Ingrid Roed

2014 Membership

mwcrThank you to all of our members who have renewed their 2014 MWCR membership.  This is just a reminder that the renewal forms, which were included with the holiday cards, must be postmarked or completed on online by December 31 in order for members to be eligible to vote in the 2014 election.  So, if you haven’t already renewed, please do so soon!

MWCR Collie Passes TDI Testing

Brenda Pulkrabek & EddieBrenda Pulkrabek and her MWCR collie, Eddie (formerly known as Edoha), passed the TDI therapy dog test on Saturday with flying colors.  Eddie was a perfect gentleman throughout the test.  He is going to make a wonderful therapy dog! Some of you may remember, Eddie is the collie that has some kind of nerve disability where he bunny hops instead of runs.  Robin Kashuba reports that when he came hopping back on the recall, it was so cute. Testing class

Foster Failure Update w/DNA results

Just thought I’d share some fun information about Thunder, who we recently fostered and then adopted.  We knew he was a mix so just for fun we decided to buy the Wisdom Panel DNA test kit.   The results came back, and (drumroll, please) – Thunder is a German Shepherd / Whippet / Collie / something else mix.  One parent was a solid match for GSD/Whippet and the other parent was mostly Collie with some other breed mixed for good measure (possibilities given were Pomeranian, Spitz, Scottish Deerhound, Belgian Tervuren or Bearded Collie).

We were pretty sure from the beginning that he had German Shepherd in him, but Whippet????????  I just don’t see it.  He’s about 70 lbs. and has a really solid build with big, thick paws.

Extra info on the tests for anyone who is interested.

I read some articles online to figure out which test kit to buy.  From my research, I found that they can be hit or miss, but that Wisdom Panel appeared to be the most accurate, and definitely had the most breeds represented.  The best price I could find was on Amazon for $64.99 with free shipping.

The test was pretty easy too – just a couple cheek swabs and mail them in.  The results came back way faster than they promise too – about 2 weeks ahead of schedule.

– Jenny