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

 

 

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Double your donation to MWCR

Hi!

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

Terry

January adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick

Mackie

Mackie

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!

 

Tundra

Tundra

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