Register now for the annual dinner meeting

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MWCR’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser is only a month away.  Once again, we will be gathering at the American Legion in Wayzata, Minn., from 3 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 1.  The American Legion is located at 949 Wayzata Blvd. E.  Here are a few highlights of the evening with more details to follow in subsequent emails.This fun event will provide people with an opportunity to visit with other dog lovers in a casual environment, hear an entertaining speaker, get an early start on holiday shopping by bidding on silent auction items and purchasing Gray Gables Farm goodies, and enjoy a delicious meal.  The Events/Fundraising Committee has planned a few surprises for attendees so that everyone will take home something to remember the evening.Our guest speaker this year is nationally-known animal legal expert Attorney Marshall Tanick of the Helmuth and Johnson law firm in Minneapolis.  Marshall has been a legal advisor to MWCR for many years and will share his tips for working with animal control should you ever have the misfortune of animal control visiting your home.  Marshall is a dynamic speaker who also will  answer other legal questions.

Donations for our Silent Auction are coming in.  We always have a large array of items that are generously donated to us.  If you’d like to donate an item to the Silent Auction, either bring it to the dinner or contact Terry at tlibro@hotmail.com.  The Silent Auction will include gift cards, Christmas items, a large popcorn popper, dog beds, a painting, a large movie basket, and wine.

So, mark your calendars for Saturday, November 1, register at mwcr.org, and plan on having a great evening with fellow collie lovers! See this year’s flier here. Please register by Oct. 21.

See you there!

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Pictures of September

Sissy (Rob Parker)

Sissy (Rob Parker)

Daisy

This is our girl, Daisy Jane Austen Collie!  We adopted her almost four years ago from the Coulee Region Humane Society in Onalaska, Wisconsin (right near La Crosse). She will be six years old in October. Daisy and I are a certified Therapy Dog team with CRHS.  She loves people, most other dogs, cats, even guinea pigs and chipmunks … the squirrels better beware, however! We live in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and always look for opportunities to take Daisy with us.  We love her so much; Daisy is the first collie I have ever owned and am definitely in love with this breed! – Diane (and Randy) Breeser

 

 

 

 

 

Collin

Collin running in the back yard about a month after I fostered then adopted him.  Collin went to the Rainbow Bridge end of March of this year.  I still miss this noble boy! – Robin Kashuba

 

 

Chet and Ava

My sheltie and my collie, Ava & Chet. My sweet Chet passed away in May. We miss him so much! – Gilda

 

 

 

Ginger

This is Ginger! She is three years old, and I refer to her as my Social Butterfly. She loves absolutely everyone!!! Ginger hopes to pass her therapy dog classes this fall so that she can brighten more people’s lives!! – Twila Kock

 

 

 

Eli relaxing on our deck

This is our Eli. He came to us in March of 2013, he was one of Mary Scopp’s fosters and she called us to adopt him and bring him into our home. We did and he is now in his forever home. We are happy to be able to give him a good home and spoil him all we can. – Denise and Mark Patsches

Eli last winter when he came in from the bitter cold. All collies should be this pampered.

Eli last winter when he came in from the bitter cold. All collies should be this pampered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shelby

Shelby enjoying himself on the deck.  Shelby came to us in 2010, from Duluth, Minn.  Mary Scopp recommended us for his forever home.  Shelby went to the rainbow bridge in November of 2013.  Even though his time with us was too short, he was such a loving member of our family.  He was a favorite of our neighbors and all the neighborhood kids.  We were happy to give him a loving home. – Denise and Mark Patsches

 

Bandit has had a busy summer supervising all the passersby his house and everyone doing their yard work. - Kate Collins

Bandit has had a busy summer supervising all the passersby his house and everyone doing their yard work. – Kate Collins

 

In Bandit's spare time he loves to go for long walks and even got to do some off leashing. He turned two this summer but he has been clear to remind us that he is still all puppy at heart. - Katie Collins

In Bandit’s spare time he loves to go for long walks and even got to do some off leashing. He turned two this summer but he has been clear to remind us that he is still all puppy at heart. – Katie Collins

 

Mariah who, along with four other collies, was rescued from a hoarding situation in 2012, is still going strong at her permanent foster home. She loves to lay in front of her fan, with her toy, and on "her" bed.

Mariah who, along with four other collies, was rescued from a hoarding situation in 2012, is still going strong at her permanent foster home. She loves to lay in front of her fan, with her toy, and on “her” bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September Adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, MWCR Adoption Coordinator

Spooner

Spooner

Handsome 7-year-old tricolor Spooner has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Spooner was surrendered because his family didn’t have time for him. Now he will be living with a retired couple who will be able to lavish him with all the attention he can handle. Rumor has it there will even be grandchildren to play with and that’s sure to make him even happier!

 

Nalu & Buddy

Nalu & Buddy

Nalu and Buddy, 5-year-old sable/whites, have been together all their life and today we’re happy to announce that they went to their new forever home together. This good looking pair was surrendered when their family had to move out of the country and couldn’t take them along. Now they will be living in Wisconsin with a nice yard to play in and plenty of walks to meet neighborhood friends. Congratulations!

 

Walker

Walker

Playful Walker, a 2-year-old tricolor male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Walker came into rescue with two other collies when his owner passed away, so he is happiest being with other dogs. Fortunately his new home has another collie and a couple of young boys for him to play with. Happy new life Walker!

 

Charles

Charles

 

Beautiful 9-year-old blue merle girl Charles, has been adopted and will be living in Nebraska. She was surrendered when her family moved out of the country. Her new family includes a senior MWCR alum and two smaller dogs as well as a nice fenced yard to help keep this active girl busy. Congratulations on your new family Charles!

 

AJ

AJ

 

 

Big handsome AJ has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. AJ was sadly surrendered to MWCR when issues with his skin seemed to indicate that life on the farm was not for him. This country boy embraced the city life in record time and had no trouble adjusting to the comforts of living indoors. Testing showed that he was hypothyroid and he has been doing better every day since starting on medication. AJ’s new family is dedicated to continuing his treatment and AJ is sure to love all the attention he will get from his new mom, dad and three sisters. His new feline sister is still reserving judgement but I have faith that he can win her over too.

MWCR at September events

By Terry Libro, MWCR President; Events and Fundraising Committee Chair
Emily and Laddie at the Responsible Dog Ownership Day

Emily and Laddie at the Responsible Dog Ownership Day

MWCR spent two spectacular late summer days participating in the Responsible Dog Ownership Day and Brookdale Dog Park Expo in September.

On Saturday, September 6, several kennel clubs, breed specialty clubs, and local 4-H clubs held the Responsible Dog Ownership Day event at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, a proud dad of two long-haired black German Shepherds, declared that Saturday as Responsible Dog Ownership Day to encourage people to learn about the various breeds and their characteristics. The event included agility, obedience, conformation, rally, weight pull, carting, earth dog, and tracking events as well as information on grooming, canine good citizen designation, and therapy dog training. Barb Gibson, Barb’s friend Hellen, and collie ambassadors Emily and Laddie staffed MWCR’s booth. Emily and Laddie participated in several events and won ribbons. Great job Barb, Emily, and Laddie!

Rodgers and friend at the Brooklyn Park Bark Fest.

Rodgers and friend at the Brooklyn Park Bark Fest.

The following Saturday, MWCR had a booth at the Brookdale Dog Park Expo in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Once again, puppy Rodgers stole the show. People couldn’t stop admiring him and he loved every minute of it. Big brother Brett, who is a regular at the dog park, had his admirers as well. Several MWCR members and supporters, including Gayle Koska and Mary Beth Hinrichs and her daughter, stopped by with their collies, so we had quite a crowd at our booth. The dogs even received hugs from a costumed dog character. Thank you, Chris and KJ, for setting up and taking down our booth.

See more pictures of both events here.

Rainbow Bridge: Talley

Dear MWCR,

Talley

Talley

In 2007 I adopted a beautiful blue merle collie from you, Jewel. I renamed her Talley. She had been rescued from a barn and was extremely frightened and shy. For about two years I couldn’t even walk her anywhere outside the yard — she was that panicked. Over time I brought her to visit friends, and she actually made friends with other people. Eventually I could walk her and take her to the dog park for runs. She became happy and playful, often took up most of the bed sleeping with me. Over our time together, Talley continued to blossom and enjoy loving and being loved by a person. My friends were amazed at how Talley bloomed. She was the gentlest and politest of dogs.

Sadly, after a wild dog park run, a tumor that was hidden deep in her abdomen ruptured (we didn’t know it was even there), and Talley died. She wasn’t in pain and went quickly.

Talley1Thank you for everything you do for Collies. And thank you for entrusting Talley to my care. We loved each other deeply, and I miss her. – Sincerely, Mary McComb

2015 Calendar preview

Eileen Mack has done it again! Not only has she gathered the photos and designed another wonderful calendar, but she created a fabulous video previewing the calendar. Thank you so much Eileen!

The 2015 MWCR calendar will be available soon for ordering. We will send out an email blast on how to place your order and post it in the blog. They will also be for sale at the Annual Dinner in November.

Thank you to everyone who sent their collie photos, too!