March Photo Wall

Annie and Bonnie Roberge

Annie and Bonnie Roberge


Jake Knoll shows off his 'Spring Steppin'

Jake Knoll shows off his ‘Spring Steppin’


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Newly adopted Olive is not too sure about this whole ‘diet’ thing.




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Sweet and shy, Rudy Therault or Ru Bear, 10. Mom Sherry says she can’t stand the microwave flashing nor can she stand the sound of a hairdryer. She’s extremely gentle with kids. She attended training with a bunch of German Shepherds being the odd one in the bunch. Her favorite toy is a stuffed pony that nays.


Bailey Price, adopted in 2007.

Bailey Price, adopted in 2007.


Bailey Price

Bailey Price




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 "Holly, The Holiday Collie", my Christmas present 10 years ago. She will be 11 in September - Cheryl Myers

“Holly, The Holiday Collie”, my Christmas present 10 years ago. She will be 11 in September – Cheryl Myers


Foster boy Deuce is MWCR's ambassador at Central Bark's downtown Milwaukee location, March 21.

Foster boy Deuce is MWCR’s ambassador at Central Bark’s downtown Milwaukee location, March 21.


Jinny enjoying the Spring snowfall.

Jinny enjoying the Spring snowfall.

March adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, Adoption Coordinator


Handsome Derby, a 2-year-old tricolor male, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This sweet boy was surrendered to MWCR from life as an outdoor dog. He quickly adjusted to indoor living and his happy, radiant personality came out. Derby loves playing with squeaky toys and snuggling and he will have plenty of opportunity for both in his new home. He will be sharing his new life with a big brother collie, a kitty playmate and two human sisters who are ready to shower him with love.





Three-year-old Serenity, a mahogany sable/white female, has been adopted. Serenity was a farm collie who came into rescue due to her owner’s health issues. Her new home has kitties for her to take care of and a mom and three sisters to take care of her. She has already chosen her nighttime spot beside mom’s bed and in the morning she lies in the hallway to keep track of everyone’s activities. They said she is just what they needed and wanted and they hope they are just what she needs as well.





Three-year-old tricolor girl, Olive, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. She is a sweet, happy girl who needs to take off a few pounds before bikini season (hey, who doesn’t?!), because of her loving relationship with her food dish. This cuddle bug, who was surrendered due to a family illness, loves attention and brushing and her new home has a big sister setter who will be happy to help her with her new exercise routine. Her new mom and dad report that everyone is getting along well and that she is about the mellowest pooch ever. Congratulations!




Pretty collie mix, 6-month-old Amarilla, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin.  Rilla was an owner surrender who will now be enjoying the sweet life of an only pup with her new doting mom and dad. They have been waiting quite a while to welcome their new family member and report that she is a precious little love. She also has quite the spunky side and has decided the motorcycle across the street is her sworn enemy. Enjoy your new life Rilla and have fun keeping mom and dad on their toes!




Handsome Kessler (fka Koda), 1.5-year-old sable merle collie, has been adopted and will be living in Iowa. Kessler was struggling in the shelter environment and MWCR brought him into foster. Maybe it’s those gorgeous blue eyes, but when his new mom picked him up from the shelter it didn’t take long for them to realize it was true love. So now Kessler has found his forever family and they couldn’t be happier – truly a match made in heaven.

Milwaukee Collie Frolic

Collie frolicIt’s time again to get our frolic on in the Milwaukee area. Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 19th, from noon to 4 and be ready to romp. We will be gathering at the Central Bark on River Parkway in Wauwatosa (6442 River Pkwy), so we’ll have both indoor and outdoor play areas in case of rain (or snow)!
Central Bark requires all dogs that use their facilities to be up to date on vaccinations including Bordatella. There will be a form to sign that requests vaccination expiration dates. Please make sure you know these dates for the form or contact me for a copy to fill out in advance.
To RSVP, get directions or ask questions, please email me at
I hope to see lots of collies for tail wagging fun,



Rainbow Bridge: Mariah

MariahOver two years ago Mariah and four other collies were seized by animal control from a hoarding situation. Twelve year old Mariah was the Mom and in the worst shape. She was extremely underweight trying to compete with four young collies and one St Bernard for communal feeding. Her skin and coat were in terrible shape, with skin infections and bald spots. Mariah blossomed in the care of her foster home and she stayed with them as a permanent foster.
Today we received the sad that Mariah has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. Her mom shared this with us:
It is with a very sad heart that I need to let you know of Mariah’s death. The last couple of weeks she had been struggling to get up and walk, but with strong supplements and pain meds was able to manage.  It became apparent last Saturday that she had lost the battle and could no longer enjoy life.  Mariah was as beautiful and sweet as they come and was very determined to live life to its fullest.  She is greatly missed by the entire household.  Both I and the other dogs are really missing her, still expecting her to come around the corner as she had always done.
Mariah had so much to give to those around her and I feel grateful to have been the recipient of her friendship and love. I would like to thank Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue for the honor of caring for Mariah the last few years!
I know all of us appreciate so much the love and care they gave her. I’m sure she realized how much they loved her and I can’t think of a better place for her to have spent her last years.

Save the dates!

putthis_on_calendar_clip_artMark you calendars for MWCR’s Collie Frolic and our Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser.

The Collie Frolic will be held on Sunday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge’s new facility located at 10073 Baltimore Street NE in Blaine, Minn.  Watch for more details.

The Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, November 7, at the Wayzata American Legion in Wayzata, Minn.

Hope to see you at both events! – Terry Libro, MWCR President and Event/Fundraising Co-Chair

MWCR President’s Corner

mwcrCongratulations to Sarah Rebernick on her re-election as Vice President of the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue, congratulations to Beth Selburg on her election as Treasurer, and thank you to Douglas Christman for his many years of service to MWCR as our Treasurer.

Sarah is a highly visible member of MWCR who also serves as our Adoption Coordinator.  Sarah, who has been an MWCR member since 2010, lives in Milwaukee with her husband Randy and their collies.  In addition to her adoption work for MWCR, Sarah also fosters collies, transports dogs, does home visits, staffs events, plans events, and is our Facebook guru.

Beth, who lives in Waukesha, Wis. with her husband George and their two collies, has been an MWCR member since 2006.  Beth fosters for MWCR, transports dogs, and staffs events.  She has managed our microchips and MWCR tags since 2007.  For the last thirty-one years, Beth has worked in the accounting department of TRC Global Solutions, Inc., an international relocation firm.  Beth brings solid skills and experience to her new role as our Treasurer.

I want to thank Douglas Christman for his many years of service to MWCR as our Treasurer.  Douglas and his wife have retired to their new home in the gorgeous mountains of North Carolina.  Over the last five years, Douglas has also transported dogs for MWCR and helped in any way he could.  Douglas will finish the books for 2014 and will work with Beth during the transition.

Congratulations to Sarah and Beth and thank you for your willingness to serve MWCR and our collies.  Thank you to Douglas for being our Treasurer for the last five years and keeping MWCR financially healthy.  Wishing you the best in your new adventures in North Carolina. – Terry Libro

Rainbow Bridge: Maddie

MaddieToday we had to say goodbye to our beloved wonderful Maddie.  She didn’t seem like herself the last couple of days so we took her to the vet this morning and she was diagnosed with lung cancer and it had spread quite a bit. The vet said the next few weeks or so would be hard on her so to spare her the suffering that was to come, we let her join the rest that have gone before her across the Rainbow Bridge. Our hearts are heavy as we post this note but we wanted to tell you how lucky we were to have had these five years with her.  Thank you MWCR for all you do for our wonderful collies. Maddie would have been 12 years old next week. – Marilyn and Paul Johnson

Rainbow Bridge: Maxwell

MaxwellMy beautiful Maxwell has not been well for several months.  Yesterday we helped him make his journey to the Rainbow Bridge to meet with Halley, Isis, Kepler, Hubble, Mr. Newton, Buddy, Gimbal, Tesla and Tycho and Trouble.  His spirit was alive but his body had betrayed him.

He started having seizures about a year and a half ago that we had under control with a very low dose of potassium bromide.  ISU vet teaching hospital classified his seizures as idiopathic.  Whatever was causing the seizures started to take its toll on the rest of his nervous system (according to the neurologist).  His back end became progressively weaker.  He was losing his hearing and his sense of smell had decreased.  For a blind dog this is devastating.

Maxwell had been blind since birth.  However, you would never have known it.  He could run and woof with the rest of the herd in the backyard and never miss a step.  He got around the house like a champ.  Most people never knew he was blind based on his activities.  He loved to walk, and was always in perfect heel position.  Food was a great passion for my Maxwell so it was fortuitous that he liked walking.  He was also my morning cuddle dog.  When Randy got up in the mornings Maxwell took over.  On cold mornings when he stretched his 70 lb collieness out next to me it was shear heaven.

My beloved Maxwell, we will love you forever. You are greatly missed. – Ann and Randy & Huygens and Hadron

Collie Flower Party 2015

10996491_10206519981784841_171956880294259113_nYesterday’s Collie Flower Party was a huge success. Held at the Catholic Eldercare in northeast Minneapolis, this is the second year of this event. Collies and shelties with their humans spent time with residents and you can see how much this means to them in these pictures. A big thank you to Judy Roggow with Phoebe, for once again organizing this and to participants, Robin Kashuba with Skylar and Harley; Chuck Heubach with Whendy; Kitty and Arnie Hilk with Tristan and Jackson; Cat Olund with Lilo and Maui; Barb and Dave Gibson with Emily and Laddie; Terry Libro and a few members of the Minnesota Sheltie Rescue.