Still time to order the 2016 calendar for the holidays

calendar2016We still several copies of the 2016 MWCR calendar that can be ordered on the website at mwcr.org.
Our grateful thanks to Eileen Mack for putting together another gorgeous calendar and, of course, to our fabulous models for being so … well, fabulous! Some of this year’s pictures were submitted by foster parents, so check it out and see if your baby was a calendar cutie before you even met them 🙂
Get a sneak peek with the lovely video of this year’s beauties.

November adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, MWCR VP and Adoption Coordinator

Odie

Odie

Odie, a 3.5-year-old sable, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. When Odie’s original owners retired to town, he stayed on their small farm with relatives but he didn’t understand “no harm, no fowl”. Unfortunately he was overly enthusiastic with some pet geese being raised for a 4H project and found himself banished to a life in town where he was kept outdoors on a tie out. Now Odie will have his own lovely backyard and a family who can give him lots of attention. His new mom and dad’s previous collie passed away earlier this year and I know Odie will help fill their home with collie joy again.

 

Maggie

Maggie

Sweet Maggie, a 7-year-old sable smoothie mix, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Maggie’s family sadly surrendered her to MWCR because their lifestyle and home environment dramatically changed after the arrival of their first baby and a cross-country move. Now Maggie will be sharing a home with her new mom and dad and an English Shepherd sister – it’s always nice when your new place comes with a built-in playmate :-).

 

Teddy

Teddy

Teddy, a 9-year-old sable/white collie/sheltie mix, has been adopted and will be living in Iowa. This petite sweetheart was sadly surrendered to a shelter when his elderly Dad’s health problems meant that he could no longer care for him. Teddy was quite stressed in the shelter environment and was transferred to MWCR so that he could be in one of our foster homes. This turned out to be just the ticket for Teddy because his foster family fell in love and now they are his forever family. Beside his new mom and dad he will sharing his home with an MWCR alum brother. Congratulations Teddy Bear!

 

 

 

Rainbow Bridge: Gertie

GertieGertie came to us right before the Memorial Day weekend of 2012. She won us over from day one:  fell asleep on the way home from our ‘pickup’ and never missed a beat. She moved right in, befriending our border collie, Scout, and our MWCR adoptee Belle, and making her presence felt right off.  She was the biggest canine in the house (1/2 Bernese Mt. Dog/half Collie, weighing in around 70#), and definitely the alpha. Funny, when she came, the first thing we said was “Gertie?  We’ll have to come up with a better name than that”, although she was already seven years old, so we tried for something similar. Didn’t work:  it didn’t take long to see that “Gertie” suited her just fine.
She loved to run; chase squirrels, groundhogs, and moles; eat; patrol our property border (the end of our 1/4-acre fenced dog pasture abuts a rails-to-trails path and is heavily used), with Scout; lie in the sun or lie in shade depending on the season; cadge treats; go for walks; and get petted, not necessarily in that order.  She became the queen of the realm in no time, as well as queen of our hearts.  When a prospective adopter was interested, we couldn’t bear to give her up, and we became foster failures.  She became Gert the Flirt when our youngest son or Ron’s brother would visit:  she just adored them and fell all over herself and them, obviously smitten.
 She had this adorable look, with her ears up and out to the side like the Flying Nun’s habit … we would call her Hope, because that was the look she had, so hopeful you had some special treat for her … or maybe just a good petting.
 Her unbounded joy in life – the outdoors, playing, walking, or just lying on her pillow or the couch – made our lives richer and full.  She loved her smoked bones from Bunzel’s (guarded jealously, as if anyone would dare cross her!), and sharing a piece of cheese with Mom at lunch time.  We only had her three and a half years, but she gave us so much more than we gave her.  She is mourned by Mom, Dad, and sister Belle, but she will never be forgotten.
Knowing she has met up with her brother, Max (another MWCR rescue) and step-brother, Scout, makes the hole she left behind a little easier to deal with.  She was definitely a keeper and one of a kind.  And she was well loved. – Mari, Ron and Belle

Rainbow Bridge: Mario

MarioAt 9:00 this morning, my sweet Mario crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. He had an advanced case of kidney disease and his creatinine levels were so high they didn’t even register on their graph. I am so grateful that this little Sheltie came into my life when he did. He helped me get through the death of my mom and my divorce and he was my first therapy dog. Thanks to everyone who sent prayers and positive thoughts–I know they all helped him cross the bridge with peace. Thank you Mario for being such a special dog and inspiring pet therapy to be my life’s purpose. Run free little man! I love you! – Robin Kashuba

Thank you for your support

Collie thank youThank you to everyone who supported the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue in our Give to the Max fundraiser.  We have an amazing group of supporters who care about our collies and the work our organization does. Every donation, regardless of the size, helps make the lives of collies in need that much better.  So, thank you for allowing us to continue our great work.

A special thank you to MWCR’s Secretary and Give to the Max Coordinator, MyLinda Barke, for the extraordinary amount of work she put into this effort.  MyLinda spent countless hours creating the beautiful videos, working with the GiveMN organization over the last several months, writing updates, and keeping all of us informed throughout yesterday.  We would not have been able to raise this amount of money without MyLinda’s work and her dedication to MWCR and our Collies.

Congratulations to our friends at the Minnesota Sheltie Rescue who finished second in the Small Nonprofit category.  It is heartwarming to see so much support for organizations dedicated to helping collies and shelties.

MWCR has earned a strong reputation as a high quality, highly respected rescue organization over the years.  Thank you to everyone for the work you do on behalf of our homeless collies and for your support of our organization.  We are an all-volunteer organization and it is all of you who make MWCR the great organization that it is.  Every collie who has been touched by MWCR thanks you for your generous support.

Sincerely,

Terry Libro, President
Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue

Rainbow Bridge: Tieko

TiekoWith grateful hearts we celebrate the life of Tieko, our permanent foster.  Tieko  joined us a year and a half ago, running and then walking, our vineyard with his three collie brothers. He barked at deer, trotted after squirrels, and tolerated the cat. He was gentle and quiet; friendly in a reserved way, and always enjoyed treats and meals. Tieko epitomized the elegance and grace of a collie. It was our privilege to share a small portion of his life. Tieko was a gift who was shared with us and we are thankful that we had the opportunity to know and love such a special dog. – Mary And Jeff Aderman