March Adoptions

HawkeHawke, a 9-month-old sable/white male, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Hawke came into rescue due to a change in his owner’s living situation. His new home has everything a young collie could want – kids, other animals and lots of space to romp and play. Congratulations Hawke!


AngusAlthough Pippin, now Angus, is a good traveler, he’s happy he won’t have to go all the way to Minnesota to find a new family. His new mom and dad saw him on Facebook and just knew he would be a perfect fit for them. Angus got to go along for their home visit and he definitely thought so, too. So instead of being a foster failure (it was a close call) he will now be living in Wisconsin with his big sister collie and big brother Australian shepherd.


DaisyDaisy, a 7-month-old sable/white female, has been adopted and will be living in Missouri with her new family. Daisy was surrendered to MWCR when her elderly owner was not able to care for her. She is a sweet, loving girl who will have lots of fun with her new mom and dad and two MWCR collie siblings. Congratulations Daisy!


JakeJake, a 3-year-old sable/white male, has been adopted. He was reluctantly surrendered to MWCR when his loving mom had to move with a family member and couldn’t take him along. Jake will now be living with his new mom and dad in a home across from a lake in Wisconsin. With a big fenced yard and five-year-old MWCR alum Toby, to share his new life, Jake is sure to have a wonderful time.


Pictures of March – Collie Colors

MWCR members and fans were asked to send us their collie colors, after posting this link. Click on picture for a larger view. A huge thank you to everybody who sent in their photos!

Emmie Emmie at the officeThis is Emmie, a sable and white, from MWCR. She came from a breeder in Iowa who had 19 collie puppies. I flew to Wisconsin to get her. Emmie now lives in Georgia and is the queen of our house. She is funny, talkative and amazingly smart, not to mention beautiful – Jennie Vitty-Rogers


AstroI was told that Astro is a white factored sable merle  – Cindy Matz


BraveheartBraveheart is a tricolor – Judy Hanson


FionaFiona, showing off her classic collie pose, is a sable and was adopted from MWCR. She was formerly known as Sadie and lived her previous life as an outdoor farm dog – DW Johnston


caseyupnorthCasey, classic sable collie, adopted from local shelter.

finnlakeFinnagan, sable-headed white, rescued through local shelter – Dan and Amy Estep, La Crosse, Wis.


Ilsa2IlsaHere’s our white Ilsa! We’d lose her in the snow if not for the color around her face 🙂 – Jen and Scott Swanson


LaceyIt was six years ago on March 17th, or thereabouts, when MWCR took in five little collie puppies from a litter of nine. One of those babies was our dear sweet Lacey, the only girl in the group. She is doing well and although she misses Max, Lacey is surrounded by her feline buddies. We are so grateful to MWCR for rescuing those babies. – Shiela and Bruce Rabe


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI saw the picture of Tucker’s sister, Lacey, and wanted to send a picture of our collie boy from that litter. We picked him up in Fridley, Minn., on March 14th, 2008.  This picture is of the many snow piles around our yard with his little sheltie brother Chewie. – Thank you, Vickie


imageGina S. says Lady, adopted last summer, is “the best dog ever”!


Hallie and kitty

Hallie and Pirate

Hallie, adopted in 2005 (see update here), and her kitty sibling, Pirate.





Dog Olympics


India and Mackenzie

The Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue participated in the second annual Dog Olympics, sponsored by the veterinary students at the University of Minnesota Veterinary School and held at the equine center on the St. Paul campus.  The event was open to the public and included a variety of contests such as a costume contest, best trick competition, and relay races as well as dog disc and agility demonstrations.  Five dogs and their handlers from the St. Paul Police Department’s K-9 unit gave an exciting demonstration of their skills.  The veterinary students donated the proceeds from the event to the K-9 unit to help with veterinary expenses.

Mackenzie and Marian Ridge made their debuts as MWCR ambassadors at the event and both proved to be naturals.  Mackenzie, a stunning blue merle, was a crowd stopper, and Marian enthusiastically answered questions about collies and MWCR.  Mackenzie became friends with India, a beautiful blue merle collie girl, who stopped by several times to visit.  Mackenzie is hoping that India will attend our Collie Frolic in June.  Mackenzie modeled a red Jezebelle collar and Collie-wannabee Cindy Statz, a long-haired black german shepherd, modeled our new St. Patrick’s Day green collar, resulting in several people buying collars from MWCR.

At least two local TV stations sent crews to the Dog Olympics to film the activities, so the event received good publicity. Thank you to Marian Ridge with Mackenzie and to Mary Ann Statz with Cindy for making the event a success! – Terry Libro, MWCR President and Events Planning Committee Chairperson

More pictures

Collie Flower Party

flowers-in-a-blue-vase-free-clipartAt Catholic Eldercare in northeast Minneapolis, May 4

Collies and Shelties welcome for an afternoon with the residents. Dogs do not need to be certified with TDI or DELTA Pet Partners. The only requirement is to like people and be comfortable in crowds. It is a good opportunity to see if you and your dog would be a good pet partner team.


2:30-3:30 p.m., Catholic Eldercare, 817 Main St. NE, Minneapolis

RSVP to Kathy Buliczk, Catholic Eldercare, at or Judy Roggow, MWCR member, at for questions and a final head count.

More info from Judy: For those who want to test their dog to see if they would be a good therapy dog this is a great opportunity.  I would encourage people to keep the dog to owner/handler ratio at 1:1.  Even though your dog loves people, think of them first this can be stressful for them if they are not used to wheelchairs, walkers, canes and people wanting to hug them.  The most important thing I learned in training is that you are there for the residents but you are always first and foremost an advocate for your dog. Watch their reactions and don’t hesitate to give them a break and most importantly have fun with your dog.


Hallie: Adopted in 2005



I just wanted to provide an update on Hallie. It has been a while. I adopted her January 28, 2005. She celebrated her 13th birthday last month and is still in very good health.  She had her senior exam last week and her blood work came back normal!! It was good even for a 6-year-old. She runs around the yard after squirrels like she always has. She has a touch of arthritis, but it doesn’t affect her ability to get around at all. It is manageable with glucosamine.

I couldn’t have asked for a better dog. A true lady, well mannered and always gracious. She has been great around my cats, my two boys that I had when she arrived and the two girls in our household now. She was so patient with them when they were little and they kept “attacking’ her tail. Now that there are grandchildren around, she is wonderful with them as well. Everyone who meets her loves her. One day I was walking her and she was full of energy and bouncing around. We came upon a frail, elderly lady who wanted to pet Hallie. I asked her to sit and Hallie sat perfectly still while the lady pet her for about five minutes. After the lady left, Hallie was her bouncy self again. She knew she had to keep still for that lady. She’s one of a kind. 
Thanks MWCR  for my best friend!! – Janet Wiand

Why I Foster

By Chris Norman

Foster montageI’ve been fostering collies for MWCR since 2009. I am so glad I finally took that first step. I had been thinking about it for a while, probably over a year. I live in a townhouse and was under the false assumption that I had to have a fenced yard. I wasn’t a member of MWCR (you do need to be a member to foster). I was more of a lurker. Pulling up the website and looking at available  collies. I currently had my own collie, Thor, and an Aussie mix, Brett. I don’t know why I was drawn to the available dogs (probably just to see the pictures), as I knew two was my limit in my limited space. But I still had that desire to foster. I started mulling it over constantly and I finally landed on the fact that I love the breed and realistically was only going to have a few more of my own. Fostering was a way to come in contact with so many more collies! I filled  out the online application, had the home visit, and was fully on board. My first foster was Janis. A stray who was found in Joplin, Mo., thus the name. She was such an easy foster. A collie mix. Such a sweet girl. Sneaky, too! An expert at slipping out of her collar, I almost lost her on a walk, when she saw a rabbit and went backward, instead of lunging forward toward the rabbit, as my dogs have always done. She dipped, and was very close to being successful, but I managed to realize what she was doing quickly, and backed up, too, grabbing onto her before she was able to slip the collar. I had her about a month and a half, when she was adopted by a woman just south of Minneapolis. Leaving this first foster was the hardest for me. I can still see her and her new owner standing at the gate beside the house as I walked out to my car. Janis was standing there, just looking at me. I cried all the way home.

But, I knew she was going to be loved and well cared for. I was very comforted by that knowledge. I was also very happy for Janis and even more happy for her new owner. This was my first experience of helping someone else find a great dog.

Last December my 21st foster was adopted. They have all been special in their own ways. I’ve learned what I’m good at (housebreaking), and that I can’t have older dogs, as I have three sets of stairs. I have a crazy schedule, so the dogs that are in need of extra vet care, are better with other people. MWCR has a wonderful adoption team, so most fosters get adopted within a month. The longest foster I’ve had was about three or four months, I think. I’ve learned I don’t want to foster in the winter, because not having a fenced yard, is not good for my mood . . .  to be house training and walking when it’s cold outside.

I’ve learned that my own dogs are really good at helping a foster learn how to be a house dog, but not necessary. What a foster dog needs most is love. Even the shy ones come around with a little patience. My second foster, Baron, wouldn’t even get out of my car. My son had to push him while I pulled him close enough, to where I could pick him up and carry him into the house.

Fergus was so afraid of storms, he tried to go through a mirror thinking it was another room farther into the house. My heart went out to him thinking of where he came from. He lived in a fenced area away from the house with just a dog house.

I’ve had potential adopters pass on what I thought was a great dog, and I’ve learned to be patient with that. Of course, I want the adopter to get the right dog for them. I respect their decision making.

I’ve also learned what is meant by the phrase, dogs live in the moment. They truly do adjust quickly to their current situation. And while I’m understanding of each foster’s particular issues and history, I don’t feel sorry for them. I’m patient, but I want them to move out of those issues without ‘fostering’ the imbalance. I have what I’d call a patient ‘get over it’ kind of attitude. It works for me. Living in the moment also helps when they move on to their forever families. The same way they adjusted to my family, they will settle into their new family.

I can truly say, this journey has by far been the most rewarding adventure I have had and am looking forward to continuing it as soon as the weather starts to warm up, even though it feels like that’s never going to happen (the warming up). I’ve been able to keep in touch with many of the adopters, too, which is very cool.

So please, if you have been thinking of fostering, please look into it. You won’t regret it. You may even wish you had started sooner, as I did. I’ve been able to have all colors of collies in my house! Please contact MWCR, even if you’re just thinking of it. You can email for more information or I’d be happy to personally answer any questions you may have. Email me at

Full disclosure: I did fail once. Thor was diagnosed with Lymphoma in the fall of 2011, and went quickly. I decided I would continue to foster, having just Brett and a foster. Desi came in about a month after I put Thor down. She was a good foster to have as the first one after Thor. While she was a very sweet dog, I knew she wasn’t right for me, so no danger of failing with her. Just when I was getting used to the idea of having one dog of my own and one foster, Bruno (now Woodson), hopped out of Terry’s car, as my next foster, and I knew immediately he would be staying. There have been other fosters I would have kept, but again, I know my limits. And I want to keep fostering, which I wouldn’t be able to do if I adopted a third dog.

Adoption Update – Maddie

IMG_2577Hello MWCR! My first time sending a picture of Maddie. We adopted her in 2010.She was seven then and just celebrated her 11th birthday on St. Paddy’s day. She is a wonderful dog, to say the least.  She is so loving and smart. We tell her every day how lucky we are to have her with us. Her health is doing very well considering her age. Her hips are doing very well. We have had x-rays since we got her and the vet says they are not getting any worse than when they were done before we adopted her. Wonderful news!! She is getting very anxious to get out and play in the backyard after this very long cold winter. Won’t be long, I hope!! We are so grateful that we were able to adopt our precious Maddie.
Marilyn and Paul Johnson

Ides of March – Beware of Ice and Snow

Please remember Spring can be difficult times for our collies.

It was one year ago today that Brogan and Finnegan fell off the ice into the icy lake water and had to be rescued by the fire department. We were so lucky to only have had some minor hypothermia in Finn and minor cold burns to Brogan.

Please remember that the ice at this time of year isn’t safe for furries or humans!

It’s interesting that neither dog has ever gone toward the lake since.  I wonder how much they remember. I know I still remember that horrible, sick feeling! – Dave, Julie, Brogan and Finnegan


This reminder prompted foster mom, Marian Ridge, to pass on this story about her recent experience with the Spring snow:

I was thinking of this story Thursday night, when Sam and I went through our own winter trauma!  I had let old Sam, his daughter Emily and my Mackenzie out for an evening bathroom break.  I went out 15 minutes later to get them, and Emily and Mackenzie came right in.  I was a bit surprised because Sam usually is the first in — his hip is too crippled with arthritis to go very far (unless he forgets and tries to chase a vehicle).  I called but he didn’t come, so I thought that he was just delaying because he had found something to investigate.  I wasn’t too concerned until half an hour later when he still didn’t come in.  I called and called but he didn’t come.
I went in and got a flashlight — I live on a small rural road surrounded by bush and there are no lights around. I walked up and down for about an hour, checking the shoulders and going up into the bush anytime that I saw disturbed piles of snow but I couldn’t find him.  I would call and call and then wait to hear a bark, or his collar jingling or anything. I went about a mile north and then doubled back.  I was starting to panic and imagine terrible things.
I doubled back to my driveway and I was going to come in and call the rescue  but I decided to go south on the road, although it’s not a common direction for the dogs.  I had just passed my neighbour’s driveway,  when I thought that I saw some movement.  I shone my flashlight over there and about 200 feet down her driveway partly behind a garage was Sam, stuck in a snowbank up to his shoulders.
I ran over calling to him.  He must have struggled hard trying to get out for almost two hours.  He had no energy left and he was frightened, and the driveway was just a sheet of ice.  I dug him out with my hands and then started to walk him home with him leaning against my leg and my hand on his other side.  It took 20 minutes to walk about 500 feet back home.
The poor old dear had no strength left but we made it up the few steps into my house.  I gave him water and wrapped him in a blanket.  He was so stiff and in pain the whole night, he woke me up crying every time he tried to lie down after standing up.  I gave him an extra painkiller, then extra food and added extra foam to his bed. By Friday evening he was fine, but when we go out he’s being extra cautious..
It is terrifying when they can’t be found and this winter has brought so many hazards for senior dogs.

Read about Brogan and Finnegan’s mishap in the original article found in last May’s newsletter, here.

Thank you nominating committee!

Collie thank youThank you to the members of the 2014 Nominating Committee for their work on MWCR’s 2014 election.  Co-Chairs Linda Riegger and Barb Gibson along with Sarah Rebernick, Judith Roggow, Russell Sager, and Betsy Winter were tasked with soliciting nominations for the offices, identifying dates and deadlines for the election, announcing the election and keeping MWCR members informed of the process, creating and mailing ballots, counting the returned ballots, and announcing the results.  Their involvement ensured a smooth and successful election.  Thank you for volunteering your time and energy to making the process a success! – Terry Libro, MWCR President