As 2014 comes to a close, I want to thank all of MWCR’s supporters and volunteers for their work and support on behalf of MWCR and our collies. Your passion and devotion have made a difference in the lives of each of our collies. We have many smiling collies who will be starting the new year in a much better place because of the veterinary care, support, and adoptions that you made possible.
So, thank you for sharing your hearts and homes with our wonderful dogs. Wishing all of you a very happy new year. – Terry Libro, MWCR President
By Sarah Rebernick, Adoption Coordinator
Sweet senior Bailey, a 9-year-old tri-factored sable (or maybe Harlequin?), has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Bailey was surrendered to MWCR when his family’s living situation changed and he was having trouble adjusting to the added activity. Now his new mom will be giving him a peaceful home and lots of love. As you can see from the picture, it looks like he’s already found his favorite new spot.
Loving boy Campbell, a 1-year-old sable/white, has been adopted and will be living in Missouri. Campbell is a smaller bundle of joy who was transferred to MWCR from the shelter that took him in as a stray. His sweet personality and endless supply of collie kisses charmed everyone there and in his foster home. Now he is working his magic on his new family members – mom, dad, two furry brothers and two of the human variety. So glad this sweet boy has found his forever home for the holidays!
Handsome George, a 1-year-old sable/white male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. George came to MWCR through a local humane society where he had been surrendered due to some naughty teenage behavior that needed to be corrected. Now that he has had some consistent training his paws are firmly planted on the straight and narrow and I know his new mom, dad and border collie brother will continue to show him the way. His new little Pom sister may take some time to warm up but I’ sure he’ll win her over too. So glad you have a new home for the holidays, sweet boy!
Handsome, shy Justice, a 2-year-old sable/white male, has been adopted and will be living in Iowa. The first two years of his life have been pretty rough but then he was rescued by a Good Samaritan. He was quite underweight and, as an outdoor dog, his coat was a mess and full of burrs – even between his toes. But now things have really turned around for Justice and his new family is determined to shower him with love and show him the joys of being a pampered pet. Another happy collie has found his forever home for the holidays.
By Sarah Rebernick, MWCR Adoption Coordinator
Sweet Ollie’s situation was first brought to our attention by a member in early November. Ollie is an 8-year-old sable/white male who was the victim of extreme abuse due to neglect and was brought into rescue down in Arkansas in early October. This poor boy has bad hips, terrible teeth, was very overweight and heartworm positive. Ollie has a fissure adjacent to one of his back teeth that is open to his sinus cavity and it will require extensive dental intervention. While in Arkansas, Ollie started to lose some weight and gain some confidence as he learned to be a house dog and Ollie is oh so happy to be an inside dog. He was described to us as “sweet, sweet, sweet, and gentle – a true collie gentleman”. Arkansas Animal Rescue could not afford Ollie’s dental care or heartworm treatment and was looking for another collie rescue to take him in and give him a loving home for his remaining years. MWCR couldn’t help but agree that, despite his many physical issues, this sweet boy deserves a chance at a much better life than he has had.
One concern when bringing in a case like this is finding a foster home willing to commit to what is definitely going to be long term foster care, but one of our wonderful homes in Wisconsin stepped up almost immediately. The next hurdle, arranging transportation to Wisconsin, proved to be more difficult. Several transports that were set up, including ones with help from Pilots and Paws, fell through at the last minute and we were starting worry. We greatly appreciate the help and suggestions from our members and other rescue groups when we posted about the situation and were thrilled when a member in Missouri not only volunteered to pick him up from Arkansas but to foster him as well. As an added bonus, they live near a vet who specializes in the type of dental care that Ollie will need.
Happily, Ollie is now in his MWCR foster home and has started the first phase of his heartworm treatment. Thi
s involves a course of specific antibiotics that will help improve his health in general and kill a parasite inside the heartworm that is believed to make treatment riskier. He has also had his initial visit to assess his dental needs. We will continue to update everyone on his progress.
Thank you so much to all of our wonderful volunteers who worked so hard to get Ollie into our care. If you would like to donate to MWCR to help with his medical bills, you can do so through the Donation link at the bottom of our homepage www.mwcr.org
. Our member’s dog, Sailor, is helping to raise money for Ollie as well. If you would like to donate by sponsoring Sailor just let us know with a note on the donation form so he can thank you personally!
It’s been a great year Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue!
To our members, foster families, transporters, all the coordinators, veterinarians, shelters, seekers of collies in need, donations of time and money, people spreading the word and the adopters – a huge THANK YOU! You all volunteer your valuable time and we wouldn’t be successful without you.
If you’re interested in lists the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for our blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Click here to see the complete report.
If you thought you missed out on getting a 2015 MWCR calendar, think again!
Each year Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue publishes a calendar which captures beautiful photographs of rescued collies in their forever homes. All proceeds go toward the well-being of collies in our care. Calendars can be previewed and purchased on the MWCR website. Be sure to watch the video! Prices are $18 for one calendar, $17 each for two to four calendars, and $15 each for five or more calendars. Prices include tax and shipping.
Tribute to our friends who went to the Rainbow Bridge in 2014.
The blog at Vet Depot has an article listing five holiday treats that are dangerous for pets. Number one is chocolate. See here for the rest of them.
We are sad to report that our girl Willow, adopted from MWCR in 2011, went to the bridge yesterday at age 13. We thought we were going to lose her last spring, but the summer weather and a new puppy in the house gave her a temporary burst of energy that lasted into the fall. Winter came along, and she succumbed to her old age and the effects of her previous years of neglect before coming to MWCR. We gave her a warm place to call home for her final years, and she rewarded us with her quiet affection, resting her chin in our laps and following us everywhere. We will miss her. – Jenny, Jeff & Stephanie Krause
We adopted Sadie from MWCR about ten years ago and had her until early November when we were forced to put her down due to health issues. We still have her brother Sam aka Rudy but sadly he is in failing health and will be joining his sister at the rainbow bridge soon.
Thanks to MWCR for giving us the opportunity to have these two. They were the best ever! – Tom and Ann Mortonson
West Bend, Wisconsin