MWCR has been busy the last few weeks participating in dog events, including two events on May 31.
Robin Kashuba and Prince at the Pause 4 Paws adoption event
MWCR had a booth at the first Pause 4 Paws Adoption Event held at the BMW of Minnetonka dealership. Eighteen rescues participated in the event held on the grounds of the dealership where visitors learned about the rescues and met pets available for adoption. Robin Kashuba brought MWCR foster Prince Colby and her deaf sheltie Skyler. Arnie Hilk attended with MWCR adoptee Tristan and Mary Ann Statz came with collie-wannabee Cindy. All of the dogs, and the people, were great ambassadors for MWCR. Adding to the festive atmosphere of this event were a face painter, fresh grilled food, fresh ice cream, cotton candy, popcorn, and a balloon artist.
The annual Paws on Parade was held in Hutchinson, Minn. on May 31. Robin Kashuba, Brenda Pulkrabek, and Kitty and Arnie Hilk staffed MWCR’s table at this indoor event. Robin also served as the “caller” for a doggie square dance demonstration. Also on May 31, the Canine Carnival was held outdoors at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. Once again, heavy rain resulted in the event ending early. However, before the rain fell, Andi Wulff and MWCR adoptee Leo participated in a herding demonstration involving ducks. Chris Norman with foster Cody, Mary Ann Statz with Cindy, and Doug Jurcich staffed our booth.
See pictures from the Pause 4 Paws and Canine Carnival here.
Thank you to everyone who represented MWCR at these events and thank you to everyone who stopped by to visit! – Terry Libro, President and Events/Fundraising Committee Chair
By Sarah Rebernick, MWCR Adoption Coordinator
I’m sure it will come as no surprise that Victor (fka Henry) will be staying with his foster mom forever. This big 4-5 year old mahogany sable male has come a long way from the frightened, filthy farm boy I helped transport a couple months ago thanks to his new mom’s patience and love. Another huge thank you to everyone who helped bring him into rescue, clean him up and get him to his new home. Reading his updates always makes me cry from happiness – congratulations on your new life Victor!
Rusty and Sheba
Sheba, a 5-year-old tricolor female and Rusty, a 9-year-old sable/white male, came into rescue as a bonded pair and we are so happy that we could find a home for them together. They will be living with their new mom, dad and sister collie in Nebraska. With a big fenced yard and parents that are retired they are sure to have a great life!
Adorable 6-month-old Pumpkin, a white factored sable male, was adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. His new family is sure to have their hands full with this active bundle of love and I’m betting they love every minute. Pumpkin came into rescue with his brother Ricco as the last two pups in a farmer’s litter.
The rumors were correct and handsome 6-month-old, white factored tricolor male, Ricco, also found his forever home this Memorial weekend. Like his brother he will be an only collie but he’ll be sharing his new home with a couple of kitties that are sure to teach him who’s in charge.
Handsome and fun-loving Prince Colby, a 1-2-year-old tricolor male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Prince was a stray who came to us from a local shelter. But those scary days on the road are over and now he has a wonderful new home complete with mom, dad and two MWCR alums to show him the ropes. The three of them are going to have a great time playing in their big fenced yard this summer – Congratulations Prince!
MWCR alum Abbie Kauth was named Pet of the Month by Bay East Animal Hospital in Green Bay, Wis.
Ben and Dave
I’ve had Ben for four years! Seems like only yesterday. I thought it might be fun to submit a couple of my favorite pictures. – Dave Flynn
Gabe and EZ Ryder
About a year and a half ago, we fostered Gabe. He came in with mom Mariah, Beth, Rocky and a mix, from a hoarder in Iowa. All were in sad shape. Once again we became “foster failures”. On the left is Gabe (now 30 pounds heavier at over 90), and probably the largest collie I have ever had as a pet companion. Our vet estimated him to be about eight years old when he came in.
On the right is E Z Ryder. He is another one of our “foster failures”. Ryder has been with us for over seven years and turned 10 in February. Our other collie tri-boy, Reese (another one of our foster failures), will be 11 or 12 this year. All three of our boys are just the best! Gabe adopted us and his two brothers quickly. He was easily house-trained and he is very sensitive. I only have to give him “the look” requiring a rare “No-No”. – Vickie Dutter
A big thank you to everyone who came out to socialize, chase, herd, shed and bark at the Wisconsin Collie Frolic. Even the weather cooperated to give the event one of the nicest days so far this year and 20 beautiful furry guests enjoyed every minute. Collies of almost every color, hair type and age, from sable headed white smoothie Jake to big tri rough Ranger, raced and played with 20 week-old puppy Dixie, senior Ruby and our two favorite “mini collies”, shelties Cooper and Penny. They were all a little jealous of the people food on the other side of the fence until Terry showed up with Kitty Hilk’s wonderful treats, at which point she became every dog’s best friend.
See more pictures here
A great time was had by all and I can’t wait to do it again next year. – Sarah Rebernick, MWCR Vice President; Adoption Coordinator
The next Collie Frolic is fast approaching. The annual Minnesota frolic is scheduled, rain or shine, on Sunday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge, 9935 Radisson Road NE in Blaine, Minn.. This year, we’re featuring a picnic theme including lunch for a suggested donation of $5. Ants are not part of the theme!
The event will include dog games with prizes, door prizes, a raffle-type drawing for items, and a table of free items to exchange, so bring along anything dog-related that you’d like to add to the exchange. Of course, Kitty Hilk of Gray Gables Farm will be back with her gourmet dog biscuits and turkey jerky. Kristin Elmquist will be our canine massage therapist this year, and animal communicator Ilga Cimbulis will provide insight into your dog’s thoughts and behaviors. Plus we’ll have a professional photographer as well as a roving photographer this year.
So, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or register at mwcr.org to let us know who is attending, both human and canine. Registration is free – we’d like an idea of attendees to plan for the food for both people and dogs.
Click here for flyer
See you in about a month! – Terry and the Events/Fundraising Committee
Duane Hasegawa ski-joring with Robi
MWCR In-take Coordinator Barb Heideman is featured in today’s Star Tribune on choosing to live ‘Up North’ Minnesota. See article.
Tomorrow (May 18), is the Milwaukee area collie frolic at the Central Bark on River Parkway in Wauwatosa, Wis., noon-4 p.m. See here for more information.
Then mark your calendars for the Minneapolis area collie frolic on Sunday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Stone Mountain Pet Lodge in Blaine, Minn.
Stone Mountain Pet Lodge has been the location for our last several frolics and has an indoor and outdoor play area to accommodate any type of weather. We have a fun day planned with a new lunch menu and returning popular features such as Gray Gables dog treats and bath products, an animal communicator, massage therapist, dog games, drawings, and more.
Watch for more details!
Events and Fundraising Committee