Finding Mr. Right

By Sarah Rebernick, MWCR Adoption Coordinator

MWCR alum Sarge

MWCR alum Sarge

So you’re thinking it’s time to add a new member to your pack but you want to make sure it’s the perfect match for you. Who do you work with and what steps can you take to get the right fit? For those of you wondering, here’s what goes on behind the scenes in our rescue to help adopters find Mr. (or Ms.) Right.

Once an adopter submits an application the adoption team contacts personal and veterinary references, then sets up a home visit, which is an excellent opportunity to get to know more about the adopter and what type of collie would be a good fit. Collies coming into rescue go to foster homes where they are evaluated and brought up to date on vaccinations and other medical procedures as needed. When they’re ready, the foster home sends their bio information to the adoption team and we match up adopters and collies based on what the adopter is looking for and which collie seems to be compatible. Then we put them in contact with the collie’s foster home so they can learn more about their needs, quirks and personality. By taking all of these factors into account we do our best to play Cupid and find a match that will ‘click’.

Our foster homes are an incredibly important link in the rescue chain. They have the responsibility for the daily care of our collies as well as the painful task of giving up a little bit of their heart to each and every one. As far as I’m concerned the most important thing is doing what’s best for a collie, which is why I’m never upset when a foster home decides they want to turn into a forever home. Sure it’s tough to lose a foster but knowing that their foster dog won’t have to go through the stress of yet another change in their lives is great and it’s especially wonderful when the collie is older or has special needs.

The key to finding the right dog is working together. From Intake gathering information on a collie’s previous life to the foster home meeting with a potential adopter, every one of our volunteers has a vital part in a collie’s path to a new home and helping an adopter find Mr. Right-for-them.

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June Adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, Adoption Coordinator

Tori

Tori

Wonderful adoption news! Tori, our beautiful sable/white senior smoothie, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Tori started her life as a ‘breeder’ producing litter after litter and living outdoors. She was rescued and learned about the wonderful world of being a companion but then her mom had to move and Tori came into foster at MWCR. Although her foster mom loved her very much, I know Tori must be pretty excited to have her very own family again. Her new mom said that they were drawn to Tori because of her ‘mature’ age – what a lovely phrase! Congratulations Tori!

 

 

Spring

Spring

Now we’ve had some fast foster failures in the past but I think this one may be the winner, as long as you don’t count the transport flunkie from last year. Pretty 2-year-old tricolor, Spring, was in her foster home for less than three hours when they knew it was meant to be and let us know she had found her forever home. This petite lady came into rescue after she was surrendered to a vet clinic and she is definitely going to have a great life from here on out. So congratulations to Spring and our latest foster flunkies!

 

Ollie

Ollie

Big handsome Ollie has been adopted and will be living in Wisconson. Ollie originally came to MWCR with a serious secondary skin infection from his allergies. He’s been treated in his foster home for about a month and they thought they would be working on it for quite a bit longer but by a happy coincidence he has found a great forever home. Ollie went with his foster mom to do a home visit and not only did the family fall in love with him but they have experience with allergies and skin issues and are willing to tackle what could possibly be a lifelong issue. Seems like a perfect match for a perfectly awesome boy and he’ll even get some kitty siblings to play with – congratulations Ollie!

 

Joey

Joey

Joey, a big cuddly 5-year-old sable/white boy, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. He was originally taken in after spending his early life as an outdoor dog but that family was unable to keep him and surrendered him to MWCR. Joey tipped the scales at over 100 lbs. when he came in. Now at 94 lbs., he’s looking pretty good although he is still working on losing a little weight – but hey, who isn’t. This easygoing, mellow boy is going to love his new home with mom, dad and two little humans to love. There are even some kitties to pal around with and his foster home is happy that he’ll be nearby for visits. Have a wonderful life, Joey!

 

Cody

Cody

Cody, a 2.5-year-old sable/white male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Cody was surrendered to a local shelter when his mom lost her home. Now he will be enjoying all the attention that comes with being an ‘only’ collie but he will have to share some of the spotlight with his new grandparents two collies. Congratulations on your new home, Cody!

 

Nesta

Nesta

Nesta, a 3-year-old mahogany sable/white collie/sheltie, has been adopted and will be living in Illinois. Nesta was surrendered to MWCR when his mom could no longer care for him. He is quite a little heartbreaker and his new family fell in love at first sight. I know he’s going to be very happy getting all of their love and attention but I hope he’ll remember his roots and always be a Packer fan!

 

Andy

Andy

Andy, a 7-month old sable/white, collie-sheltie mix came to us from Minnesota Sheltie Rescue since his size and looks were more collie than sheltie. Andy is a playful somewhat shy boy who was an outdoor dog until coming into rescue. In his foster home he learned all about how wonderful indoor life is and quickly picked up the manners needed to stay there. His new home has other collies as well as two-legged siblings to play with and show him how great life can be – they even made him a Welcome sign. Happy new home, Andy!

Welcome Andy

 

Bender

Bender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well I’m sure you all know about Bender by now . . . He is a 9-month-old sable/white smoothie mix (my bet is on Collie/Great Dane – those legs are crazy long!) who came to us from Kenosha Forgotten Friends rescue. Bender went along to the Collie Frolic in Minnesota and had a wonderful time. When a pre-approved adopter who recently lost their smoothies came to meet him, there was no doubt that it was going to be a good fit. Now he is in his forever home with two little humans, a mom and dad who are able to take him to work with them and a lovely fenced yard to cavort in. Pretty sweet deal, Bender!

 

Lassie and her new brother

Lassie and her new brother

 

Lassie, a 7-year-old sable/white female, has been adopted and will be living in North Dakota. Lassie was an owner surrender who has spent her whole life as an outdoor dog. She is very afraid of storms so I’m sure she’s happy to be indoors now, especially with the weather we’ve had lately. Lassie’s new mom and dad have had lots of collies over the years and since their last MWCR alum passed they and Lassie’s new Aussie brother have been very lonely. It looks like she’s fitting right in and making everyone feel better. But what else would you expect from Lassie.

 

Buster

Buster

Buster, a 10-year-old male tricolor, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Buster was surrendered to MWCR when his family broke up and the people he was left with could no longer care for him. Luckily for Buster it didn’t take long for his foster home to fall in love and realize that he had found him new home right there with them.

 

Max & Sparky

Max & Sparky

 

Max and Sparky, 5-year-old sable/white males, have been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. They were surrendered to MWCR when their owner had to move to care for an elderly relative and we’re so glad that this bonded pair will be able to stay together in their new home. Their new mom and dad have cared for lots of senior and special needs dogs and I know Max and Sparky are in good hands.

 

 

 

 

Pictures of June

Weekends are for sleeping in at Grace Land's house.

Weekends are for sleeping in at Grace Land’s house.

 

 

The only time collies get this close to water is when hot dogs in the pool are involved

The only time collies get this close to water is when hot dogs in the pool are involved (submitted by Laura Michlig).

 

 

More summer fun with Jake and Dice (submitted by Laura Michlig).

More summer fun with Jake and Dice (submitted by Laura Michlig).

 

MWCR alum Rebus keeping an eye on his flock (which includes the neighbors).

MWCR alum Rebus keeping an eye on his flock (which includes the neighbors).

 

Happy 6th birthday to MWCR alum Sparky!

Happy 6th birthday to MWCR alum Sparky!

 

 

Newly adopted Brady (fka Cody) "winks" for the camera while getting dry and fluffy.

Newly adopted Brady (fka Cody) “winks” for the camera while getting dry and fluffy.

 

Bo and Mandy, both adopted from MWCR, are doing great. Mom reports that Bo can be a typical little brother pest who sometimes needs to be put in his place by his big sister, but usually they get along extremely well

Bo and Mandy, both adopted from MWCR, are doing great. Mom reports that Bo can be a typical little brother pest who sometimes needs to be put in his place by his big sister, but usually they get along extremely well.

 

 

Sandy, Scout and Charlie Liebert will be hosting the Madison Collie Frolic in August.

Sandy, Scout and Charlie Liebert will be hosting the Madison Collie Frolic in August.

 

 

Treat Me Right fundraiser benefits MWCR

tmrPause 4 Paws, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for animal rescues, has partnered with Treat Me Right treats as a fundraiser for Pause 4 Paws.  The funds raised during the fundraiser will be distributed to animal rescues, including the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue.

Treat Me Right makes organic, human-grade, all natural dog treats for the purpose of helping their partner groups be able to save and rescue more dogs.

Purchases from the Treat Me Right website treatmeright.org, generate a donation to Pause 4 Paws. The donation amounts range from $1.50 to $7 depending upon the item purchased.  The Patriotic Puff dog treats were designed specifically for this partnership, and the fundraiser runs through July 8.  Several varieties of treats are available.

People can order dog treats for their own dogs, friend’s dogs, relative’s dogs, etc. to help raise money for Pause 4 Paws, and the website has an option for people to order treats for donation. MWCR will receive all of the donated treats to give to the dogs in our care.  Again, this fundraiser runs through July 8.

So, check out the fundraiser at treatmeright.org and help raise funds for Pause 4 Paws which will distribute the funds to several rescues, including MWCR.  Thanks! – Terry Libro, President, MWCR

 

Minnesota Collie Frolic recap

Thank you to everyone who attended the Collie Frolic at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge in Blaine on June 22.  We had at least 75 people from three states and between 50 and 60 dogs attend.  Needless to say, the place was hopping!

The weather cooperated for the most part so the dogs had fun romping around the large grassy play yard while their people visited both inside and outside.  Some dogs took advantage of Stone Mountain’s grooming salon for a grooming while others used the coupons for a discounted nail trim.  Stone Mountain also provided attendees with a $5 off coupon for use in their retail area.

Attendees enjoyed a picnic-style lunch generously donated by the members of the Events/Fundraising Committee (Cat Olund, Barb Gibson, Kitty Hilk, Linda Riegger, Mary Ann Statz, Robin Kashuba, and Terry Libro).  Arnie Hilk made a special trip to St. Bonifacius to pick up the freshly-made hot dogs and hot dog buns from Mackinthun’s Meats.  After lunch we had drawings for door prizes.  Later in the afternoon, the raffle-like drawings were held for numerous gifts donated by Coleen Baldwin and Carol Brandenburg.

Linda Riegger, with assistance from Doug Jurcich, organized several “Collie Olympics” dog games where the winners received medals, dog treats made by Kitty, and dog toys.  The table of free items was popular as was the table at the entrance piled with bags of dog treats donated by Carol Brandenburg.  Our guests, Mindy St. Dennis of LiliPhoto, animal communicator Julie Snouffer, and Kitty Hilk with Gray Gables Farm dog treats and jams were busy during the Frolic.

Several of our foster dogs attended and a few potentials adopters were quite impressed with them.

Thank you to everyone who attended for making the event the fun and successful event that it was.  Thank you for visiting the vendors who donated a portion of their proceeds to MWCR. Thank you to Rachel, Kitty and Arnie’s granddaughter, for helping with the drawings and thank you to KJ, Chris Norman’s son, for managing the credit card transactions.  A special thank you to MWCR supporter, Carol Brandenberg, for donating the dog treats and most of the prizes for the drawings.  And, thank you to the members of the Event/Fundraising Committee for the many hours of work that went into planning and organizing this event and for the time spent during the Frolic keeping everything running smoothly!

See pictures here.

Hope to see many of you on August 24 at the Madison Area Collie Frolic, next May for the Milwaukee Area Collie Frolic, and next June for the Minnesota Collie Frolic! – Terry Libro, President, Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue

 

The Best Birthday Party Ever!

By Laddie Luke Gibson

LADDIE B_DAY 2014 (162)That’s right, it was MINE! Mine, and Little Em’s, but really, it was mine because my birthday was May 26, and the party was the day before. I love parties, and the attention that I get. Little Em doesn’t like them so much, she is more of an introvert, nevertheless I shared the day with her.

Friends came over, lots of friends, there were so many friends that the games went by the wayside. We ate, and socialized and spent the day saying hi, and smelling the scents in the yard and looking for squirrels and things. I had thought the chipmunk would entertain us all, but he must have been in hiding! We had two homemade doggie birthday cakes, and two dozen homemade peanut butter biscuits. Would you believe we ate all of it right down, and looked for more? The people, too, ate and ate, various things, hot dogs, salads, cake and ice cream, but we doggies didn’t get to share that. There were five of us collies, and two shelties, a dachshund and a black lab. We all got along, and had fun! I can hardly wait until the next one!

See more pictures here.