By Sarah Rebernick, MWCR Vice President & Adoption Coordinator
This week (April 15), we have a ‘Foster to Forever’ adoption story – it doesn’t quite qualify as a ‘foster fail’ because they knew it was probably a permanent placement right away :-).
Handsome Luigi has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This 6-year-old sable/white boy was reluctantly surrendered by a loving owner whose living circumstances are changing. His personality is as beautiful as his looks – the classic combination of sensitive, gentle, friendly and kind. Although he had been with his previous family since he was eight weeks old as an only dog, he has quickly adapted life with canine siblings. A big thank you to his experienced foster parents for welcoming another MWCR collie into their lives.
Laddie, a 9-month-old sable/white, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Laddie came to MWCR after he was surrendered to a shelter with a serious wound on his front leg. It involved most of his leg from the knee down and may have been caused by a chemical burn, but we don’t know for sure. Although it was probably quite painful and he had to have frequent bandage changes and care, Laddie still has his sweet, loving temperament. His foster family realized quickly what a special boy he is and have decided to make him an official member of their family. Congratulations to Laddie and a big thank you to his foster/forever home for taking such great care of him!
Handsome senior Snoopy, a 9-year-old sable/white male, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Although he’s older, this big boy still approaches life with youthful vigor. Snoopy was reluctantly surrendered due to a change in living situation and his new mom and dad were happy to welcome him into their home. His adoptive family also includes his new BFF, an MWCR smoothie brother, and a kitty sibling, who’s relationship status is yet to be determined 😉
On March 27, our sweet boy, McTavish crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He left us, peacefully at home in his sleep. We are heartbroken. McTavish came into our lives, unexpectedly, after the loss of our sable boy, Foster. We knew we weren’t ready for another collie at that time, but I wanted to have everything in place when the time was right. As Sarah was leaving after our home visit, I made a comment on how I really would love a male blue merle, knowing that might take a while. Just a few days later, Sarah called and said “I know you aren’t ready but we have a blue merle coming in that I feel would be perfect for you. Do you just want to meet him?” We met and Sarah could not have been more right! McTavish, then known as Logan, was a beautiful, sweet, smart, lovable boy. We couldn’t wait to make him ours!
He fit into our family so perfectly and made our loss a little easier. Tragically, we lost him after a brave battle with immune mediated hemolytic anemia. He was only five years old. We had only had him for 15 months. We didn’t have nearly enough time with him … there was so much more we wanted to do with him, but we loved him a lifetime’s worth. Run free, sweet boy! We love you! Thank you to MWCR for helping McTavish find his way into our home and our hearts! – Mary Sciurba
Today we said goodbye to our Abbie. She has come so far since her adoption from MWCR in 2008. She came to us afraid of her shadow, leery of every little thing, but we saw in her the potential to become more. She went through obedience training, Canine Good Citizen and passed Therapy Dog testing with flying colors. Her greatest joy was “working” … making seniors smile and reminisce about their own dogs, making children giggle and snuggle, and helping wheelchair bound CP clients smile and reach out to pet her. I always heard a “Here comes Lassie” when we walked into a nursing home or the CP center. She was also the fearless defender of her own family, especially her “grandkids”. When they were sick or hurt, she was always there to sound the alarm. Most of all she was a faithful companion and a good friend to all of us. We will love and miss her always but know she is running free with our other collies, without pain or hesitation and will be with us again someday. Special thanks to MWCR for helping us through some rough spots following her adoption and her special foster mom, Pattie Schey.
“Dogs are our bridge … our connection to who we really are, and most tellingly, who we want to be.” Patricia B McConnell
– Kathy Kauth
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I have not been very good at keeping up on my bragging and boasting responsibilities so I wanted to get you all up-to-date on how Rusty & Copper (fka Pups) have been doing.
The boys are such sweet and awesome doggies, and we are so glad they are part of our family! Both seem to have adjusted nicely to indoor dogs, although they certainly enjoy their backyard (and their new six foot fence). In fact, I am looking at both right now and they have grass stains on their feet from running around the yard. It is a riot to watch them wrestle and chase each other around. We have a two walk-per-day routine, and they are slowly learning that weekends can start a bit later than 4:30 a.m.! We have even gotten to “sleep in” until 6 a.m. a few times. Along with our walking routine, we have an annual pass for the dog park which they love — and have taken them to doggie daycare on occasion if Ric and I will be gone most of the day. There have been chewing incidents when they’ve been left alone but those have seemed to disappear (knock on wood). We think it was more opportunity driven than separation anxiety. Apparently rugs and couch pillows seem to be much more fun than doggy bones and Kongs — who knew! Both learned quickly that the couches and chairs are very comfortable. It took about five weeks before they would climb the stairs to our second story where the bedrooms are. They then figured out how comfortable human beds and pillows can be.
Rusty & Copper have made many friends with the K9 and human neighbors alike. And as we learned with our previous collies, everyone is always so awestruck at the sight of them. Drivers have stopped their cars on busy roads to tell us how pretty they are. The geese that hang around the pond next to our backyard are apparently something to bark loudly at — though the ducks are ignored. Now, the squirrels that run along the top of the fence, and jump back and forth between trees above their heads to tease them are a different story. Archenemies; everyone last one of them! But their cute and adorable personalities always come shining through. Copper is definitely the major cuddle bug, while Rusty would rather cause mischief first, and then cuddle up. On Easter we had a house full of family and friends, including our 3- and 4-year-old grand-nieces. The boys were so gentle and patient as they were tugged around all day to play. Once everyone left and the house was quiet, it took them only seconds to collapse and fall sound asleep until morning. The nieces live in Texas and the 4 year-old is still asking her mom and dad when Copper can come to live with her!
We did learn both Rusty & Copper tested positive for Lyme antibodies and Copper an additional tick antibody as well, so they were exposed at some point. The vet was not surprised at all given that they were outside farm dogs for so long. They may never have any issues from it, but just something we’ll be keeping an eye on going forward. Otherwise, both are happy and healthy and have learned what the crinkle of the heartworm pill wrapper sounds like!
Well, that sums up the news for now. We are enjoying these two furry kids immensely!
Collie kisses to all! – Pam & Ric Peltier
Collies and collie wannabes gathered at Central Bark yesterday (April 19), in Wauwatosa. Sarah Rebernick reports: Had so much fun at the Milwaukee Area Frolic today! About 20 collies and their people came to play. Thanks to everyone who attended, especially our president Terry Libro, who came all the way from Minnesota bearing treats and snazzy new MWCR merchandise created by Joan and Yogi Tadisch. Lots of tired collies around here tonight ;-).
Just a reminder that MWCR will be holding three Collie Frolics this year.
The first is this Sunday, April 19, from noon-4 p.m. at Central Bark on River Parkway in Wausatosa, Wis. To RSVP or get directions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sunday, May 17, the Collie Frolic will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge’s new location, 10073 Baltimore Street NE in Blaine, Minn. Once again, we have a full day planned with an animal communicator, an energy healing/Reiki practitioner, Gray Gables dog treats, dog games, lunch, door prizes, and more.
On Sunday, October 4, another Collie Frolic will be held in the Madison, Wis. area at the home of Diane and Dale Liebert. Diane and Dale have graciously opened their home and spacious yard to us for the last several years.
So, mark your calendars for these Frolics which are a great opportunity for the collies, and collie wannabees, to play while we visit and share collie stories. Watch for more info on these frolics.
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Shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, Keelin met April at the Bridge. They are running together again like they did October 15, 2003, when we brought Keelin home. She was to put a spark back in April, and that she did. April hadn’t seen another collie since she left her family in June 1990 and she was thrilled to meet Keelin. Thank you Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue and particularly Mary Hickerson . . . without you I would not have had the pleasure of adopting my beautiful Keelin. – Iva Rahlf
Editor’s note: Keelin is featured in the MWCR 2015 calendar for the month of December.