August Adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, V.P. and Adoption Coordinator



Almost adoption:

When MWCR Intake coordinator, Marian, responded to a Facebook post about a smoothie girl looking for a new home, the plan was to bring her into foster and find her a forever family but the owner wasn’t interested in working with rescue. Serendipitously, we had a previous adopter looking for a smooth collie girl to join their lives. So, since the most important thing is finding a collie a good home, we were able to play matchmaker and put these two in contact with each other. Now this lovely girl, Amelia, has a great new life, a loving mom and dad and an exciting job as co-pilot. We’re calling this one an MWCR-by-proxy success story :-).




Millie (fka Bliss), an 8-month-old sable/white girl, has been adopted and will be living in Illinois. Millie was surrendered to MWCR and will now be sharing her life with a big sister collie, some kitties and a bunny. She also gets a new mom and dad and two little human sisters who I’m told enjoy playing dress up. Sounds like great fun and I’m sure Millie will look fabulous in a tiara!





Our beautiful Princess, a 4-year-old sable/white female, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This lovely girl was sadly surrendered to MWCR by her previous family and now has another kingdom to rule with a nice, quiet fenced yard. She will be sharing it with her new mom and dad and a built-in loyal subject in the form of a big brother collie. Congratulations sweet girl, long may you reign!







Smokie, a 3-year-old merle-headed white collie (or collie mix), has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This poor boy spent quite a bit of time fending for himself near a campground before he was picked up by the local animal control. I’m sure it must have been a very frightening time for him and he even has some wounds that may have been caused by buckshot :-(. When efforts to find his family failed, the shelter contacted MWCR since he was fearful and uncertain in a kennel environment. They felt he would be happier in a foster-based program and, boy, were they right! It wasn’t long before he was snuggling with (and sometimes on top of), his foster mom while covering her face with kisses ;-). Smokie is continuing his loving ways with his new mom & dad and even the resident kitties think he’s pretty okay. Congratulations on your new life, sweet boy!

August Photo Wall

Sparky celebrates his third anniversary of his 'gotcha' day. Photo submitted by Nancy Soucek

Sparky celebrates his third anniversary of his ‘gotcha’ day (submitted by Nancy Soucek).


Recent adoptee Baxter schmoozes with a lady friend on vacation (submitted by Jerry Struven).

Recent adoptee Baxter found the prettiest lady in town while on vacation (submitted by Jerry Struven).


Baxter’s new dad Jerry Struven, reports he has lost 10 pounds (down to 95), and that they are very happy together.


Striker knows exactly where to go to beat the heat (submitted by Vickie Tweed).

Striker knows exactly where to go to beat the heat (submitted by Vickie Tweed).


Justice, adopted in 2014 - Hi family reports: Pretty as a picture! He has settled in very nicely - we adore him and he is loving the spoiled life! I mean how can we refuse that face?!!!! Cannot thank you enough for finding him for us! He is our family!

Justice, adopted in 2014 – His family reports: Pretty as a picture! He has settled in very nicely – we adore him and he is loving the spoiled life! I mean how can we refuse that face?!!!! Cannot thank you enough for finding him for us! He is our family!

Thank you for your donations

Collie thank youThank you to everyone who has spontaneously donated to MWCR in the last several months.  These donations, whether in memory of a beloved pet, in honor of a graduation or birthday, in memory of an animal lover, or just because, greatly benefit our collies.  Your generous donations pay for needed veterinary care for our foster dogs.  The smiles on their collie faces and the happiness in their eyes are their way of saying thank you to all of you.  – Terry Libro, MWCR President

Raffle tickets still available

raffleThank you to everyone who has purchased a raffle ticket for the Pause 4 Paws raffle to raise funds for the rescues it supports.  If you’re still interested, we have more tickets to sell.  Pause 4 Paws, a 501(c)3 nonprofit in Minnesota, supports select rescues by hosting events to showcase rescues and by raising funds which are then distributed to rescues.  The Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue is honored to be one of the eighteen organizations selected as a Beneficiary to receive funding from Pause 4 Paws (

Only 500 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each.  Multiple people can go in on one ticket; for example, four friends or coworkers could each contribute $25 and share in the winnings.  Ten prizes will be awarded, so your chance of winning is 1 in 50 – much better than the lottery!  The prizes are:
  • one $10,000 Grand Prize winner
  • two $5,000 winners
  • three $1,000 winners
  • four $500 winners

The drawing will be held at the Pause 4 Paws Fall event on Thursday, November 5, 2015, in Minneapolis.  People do not need to be present to win.  MWCR will have a booth at the Fall Event, so we’ll be the first to know if one of our tickets is drawn as a winner.

Half of the money raised with this raffle will go to the prizes and half will go to Pause 4 Paws to be distributed to its beneficiaries, including MWCR.  MWCR will get $20 for every ticket that we sell.   Plus, if a ticket sold by MWCR is drawn as the grand prize winner, MWCR will get $1,000.  In addition, we will share in the proceeds from the raffle ticket sales, so it is a win-win for all.

This is a great chance to have fun and raise funds for MWCR.  If you’d like to purchase a ticket, please send your check for $100 made payable to Pause 4 Paws to:

Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue

1600 18th Avenue NE

PO Box 68006

Minneapolis, MN  55418

We will then mail your raffle ticket to you and forward your check to Pause 4 Paws.

Thank you for supporting Pause 4 Paws and the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue.  Good luck!!!

Dog Days of Westonka



Dog Days of Westonka was held on August 22 on the beautiful shores of Lake Minnetonka in Mound, Minn.  Brenda Pulkrabek with Eleanor, Robin Kashuba with Harley and Olaf, and Arnie Hilk with Tristan, Jackson, and Sammi staffed MWCR’s booth and provided plenty of opportunity for guests to play with our gorgeous collies.  As you can see from the pictures, our dogs and people had a great time!  Thank you to our volunteers and their collies for being great ambassadors for MWCR.

See more pictures here.

Upcoming events include the Responsible Dog Ownership Day on September 5 in Lake Elmo, Minn. and Bark Park Pet Expo on September 12 in Brooklyn Park, Minn..  Hope to see you there! – Terry Libro, MWCR President and Events & Fundraising Committee Chair

Ann Olson, speaker at Annual Dinner in November

By Terry Libro, MWCR President
Photo: Second Chance Animal Rescue

Photo: Second Chance Animal Rescue

Ann Olson, founder and executive director of Animal Folks Minnesota ( will be the featured speaker at MWCR’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser on Saturday, November 7, from 3 – 6 p.m., at the Wayzata American Legion in Wayzata, Minn.

Several of us heard Ann speak earlier this year on animal welfare legislation and several MWCR members have worked with Ann over the years.  Ann will cover the progress that has been made on ensuring the proper care and safety of animals in large breeding kennels in a thoughtful presentation without a lot of “hard to look at” pictures.  Wisconsin’s law focusing on animal sellers has been in effect for several years and Minnesota’s new law focusing on animal breeders went into effect on July 1 of this year, so we’re excited that Ann can speak on this timely topic.

Our Dinner will include a lasagna dinner, silent auction, Gray Gables products, time to socialize, updates, and door prizes.  Watch for registration information in the coming weeks.  We look forward to seeing you in November!

Rainbow Bridge: Raine

RaineRaine (aka Diego), has crossed the Bridge at 7 1/2 yrs. old. He was adopted from MWCR in 2009 at the age of 19 months. Raine suffered from a severe seizure disorder but even with his compromised health, Raine was a happy boy and one handsome, sweet soul. Seizures (grand mal), became unbearable and frequent and the medication for them also compromised his immune system. Raine had the best vet care possible with a wonderful family who provided all the love and comfort that he needed and deserved. A fan of Raine’s transposed a pic of Lad (the collie boy who was shot in the face and touched hearts around the world).

MWCR volunteer Barb Gibson surprised for 35 years of service

MWCR member Barb Gibson wears many hats for us. Transporter, photographer, event volunteer and writer are just a few. She was recently surprised at her job at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, where they recognized her 35 years in Federal Service, including past military service, Post Office and Air Force civilian in Germany.

Barb said, “If I had known they were going to do this, I would have combed my hair!”

Here is a video of the presentation: