January photo wall

Jinny celebrates the New Year

MWCR alum Jinny celebrates the New Year


MWCR alum Wilson spending his first winter at his new home.

MWCR alum Wilson spending his first winter at his new home



Mil pet expo

At the Milwaukee Pet Expo


At the Milwaukee Pet Expo

At the Milwaukee Pet Expo




Double your donation to MWCR


Shop at www.iGive.com on Super Bowl Sunday (February 1) and double your donations to MWCR.

iGive is a program with over 1500 online retailers that gives a percentage of your order to your designated cause, which we hope is MWCR.  If you aren’t already registered at iGive, simply go to www.iGive.com, set up your account, and select the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue as your cause.  Then click on the link to the retailers and shop away.  The site includes national retailers such as Target, Macy’s, Ace Hardware, Staples, major airlines and hotels, Petco, PetsMart, Godiva Chocolate, Kohl’s, Walgreens, etc.  In addition, the site will tabulate the percentage of your purchase that is donated and provide a receipt that you can use for tax purposes.  Simply go to the Settings tab located at the top right of the page to set up your tax receipt.  So, this is a win-win for all – MWCR gets a donation and you can use the donated amount as a tax deduction.

On Super Bowl Sunday, the percentage donated to MWCR will double.  This is a great way to shop for yourself and help MWCR.

iGive now works with the AmazonSmile program which also donates a percentage of the sale to a designated cause.  So, go to https://smile.amazon.com and set up your Amazon account and earn more donations for MWCR.  The same Amazon order will earn donations via both iGive and AmazonSmile.

Thank you for supporting MWCR.  We’ve received over $3200 in donations from the iGive program because you’ve selected MWCR as your cause. Have fun shopping online on Super Bowl Sunday and earn more donations for our Collies as well as a tax deduction for yourself! – Terry Libro, MWCR President


January adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick



Four-year-old sable/white Mackie has been adopted and will be living in Illinois and Georgia. Mackie came to MWCR through a local humane society where he was taken in as a stray. Although we don’t know about his time out on his own, I do know that things are definitely looking up for him now. He will be an only dog and his new mom and dad are retired, so they will have plenty of time to give him all the love and attention he deserves. Right about now it seems like a pretty sweet deal to be able to go south for the winter, too!




Sweet Tundra has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This handsome 1-year-old tricolor male is a typical teenager with lots of energy and bunches of love to give. Now he has a huge yard to run and play in and his new mom and dad can’t wait to start giving all the love and attention he needs. Congratulations on you’re new home, handsome boy!


Pups & Rusty

Pups & Rusty

Pups and Rusty, 2-year-old sable/white brothers, have been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. The litter mates were surrendered to MWCR due to their family’s changing living conditions and we are thrilled that they will get to stay together in their new home. These two handsome boys originally came from a farm and, although they adjusted quickly to the comfortable life of indoor pampered pets, I’m sure they will enjoy the big fenced yard in their forever home. Congratulations boys!

First event of the new year!

header-logoThe 2015 Milwaukee Pet Expo is January 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MWCR will have a booth there and we’re looking for some people to help out and show off their collies! This event is a lot of fun and a great way to show your support for MWCR. Volunteers are needed for noon-2 p.m., 2-4 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. If you can help please contact our Wisconsin event coordinator, Laura at michliglaura@yahoo.com for more information.

If you’re planning on attending the Expo, be sure to stop by and say hello! wqeWe love to meet you and hear about your collie experiences.

Spotlight on fostering: Chris and KJ Norman

Rodgers, foster failure #2

Rodgers, foster failure #2

Name/Family Members: Chris Norman | KJ Norman

Location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Number of Years Fostering: Five years
Number of Fosters: 24 
Number of “Foster Fails”: 2
Resident Pets: 6 (two dogs, 2 cats and 2 bunnies)
How do the resident animals feel about the fosters, are they helpful? My dogs are pretty good when I bring in a new foster. I’m usually more concerned in how the foster is going to react. My new puppy (second foster failure), hasn’t had the experience of welcoming a new foster yet, but the older dog has seen many come and go. 
What do you find most rewarding about fostering? Helping a new family find the dog that is right for them and knowing I’m giving the dog a family who will take care of him. To see a dog start to trust again, is also rewarding.
What do you like least about fostering? Some have been hard to let go, but it helps knowing they will be well-cared for. I won’t lie, some I have been happy to see go, because they weren’t a good fit for my family. 
Favorite fostering experience? I don’t think I can pick one. While each one is different, and some start out difficult, they all turn into a good experience. Some of these dogs come in and don’t know how to be a house dog. My own dogs are very helpful as leaders, teaching them how to do stairs and walk on slippery floors, drink from the toilet. 
Smelliest fostering experience? I actually can’t remember which dog this was, but we had to drive with the windows down after picking him up. I keep deodorizing spray in my garage and they get sprayed before they even come in the house. A bath, neutering and regular brushing helps take away any smells. 
Helpful hints for others considering fostering? Patience. Dogs adjust quickly. 
Anything else you’d like to share? I think what I hear most is how if someone fostered they would no be able to give the dog up to another family. Foster with the mindset that it is your job to prepare the dog for another family. Don’t worry so much about how you will give it up. Knowing you have helped a family and a dog come together is very rewarding. If you’re thinking of fostering, try just one. If you decide to adopt, great. One of the things I thought of was, I am only going to have so many more dogs in my life. By fostering I have been able to connect with way more that I would have with just my own dogs.
Pictures here: The Dog in the Blog 

Rainbow Bridge: JarJar

JarJar1With a profoundly heavy heart I am writing to inform you of the loss of JarJar (sly).

He passed yesterday as we held him.
JarJar was a best friend, companion, and in every way a perfect dog. I  have many fond memories of our time together.
The day I first met him at his foster home, he cautiously approached me, sniffed me, and then sat down and licked me as if to say, “I choose you”. The time in obedience training where he learned quicker than the other dogs, got bored waiting for them to catch up, and making everyone laugh by sighing and rolling over on his back to watch upside down. The summer days playing in the yard and sleeping under his favorite tree. Helping me in the barn as I feed the horses, sometimes engaging in his only vice of sneaking off to try to get the most irresistible of all treats, the frozen horse turd. Sleeping with his buddy Cowboy as I work in the office. Not getting up to greet me because he didn’t want to disturb the cat sleeping on top of him.
Our walks in the park.JarJar3
He never completely got over his pre-rescue experiences. He did not trust strange dogs unless they were small. He did learn to trust and bond with his housemates Sadie and then Cowboy. He was a survivor. He lived almost five years after nearly dying from a GVD and complication from the surgery.
This first day without him is hard. Cowboy is pacing and looking in every corner looking for his buddy. To say I am devastated just trivializes how I feel. My life has been forever enriched by my time with JarJar, and my soul will forever feel his loss. – Tim Bush

Rainbow Bridge: Basie

BaisieSweet Baisie, a 13-year-old tricolor smoothie, went to the Rainbow Bridge Saturday. Basie has been in permanent foster care for the last three years due to his age and vision issues. We are so grateful for his foster home for loving and caring for him during his final years. Thank you for healing his broken heart.
Here is Baisie’s original adoption bio:
Hi! I’m Basie and I’m looking for love. Love is a funny thing: sometimes it makes you feel so good and sometimes it makes you feel sad. For a long time I only knew about the happy part of love. I lived with people who really, really loved me and boy did I ever love them. But then one day they stopped loving each other and my dad moved away. I missed him, but I still had my mom so I was happy. (Don’t tell dad, but mom had always been my favorite!) Then my mom got real sick. She tried to take care of me and I tried hard not to be any trouble, but one day she told me that even though she would always love me, I would have to go and live with someone else.
That was when I learned about the sad part of love. Even though I was being taken care of, my heart was broken and I missed my mom so much that I just wanted to die. I went to live at a place called a “foster home” and someone called my “foster mom” told me that she understood just what I was feeling. She said that my mom wanted me to be happy and to find new people to love. At first I didn’t know what she was talking about, but she was so nice to me that I began to feel like maybe I could love someone new.
My foster home has lots of other dogs and even some cats. That was new to me, and though the cats are a little bit boring, the other dogs are fun to watch. They run around and bark and play with each other. I’m too dignified to join in, but sometimes their play gets so exciting that I bark along to cheer them on. These other dogs like to play something called “fetch.” It’s where foster mom throws a ball and they all go running off after it like a bunch of maniacs. Being smarter than the rest of the pack, as soon as they run off after the ball, I run to foster mom and get all kinds of petting and attention. After awhile, one of them brings the ball back and they all crowd around foster mom and elbow me out of the way. Then she throws the ball and the whole process starts all over again. You would think that eventually these other dogs would catch on but they never do, and in the mean time I’m getting all the cuddles. I love fetch! Foster mom says that I’m the best dog ever!